“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
I’ve been critical of the Prosperity Gospel, and Word of Faith, movements, for some time now. Movements built on central tenants equating financial prosperity with the gospel, and life problems resulting from a lack of faith. Movements that impacted me early in my walk; one that the enemy intended for my downfall, God used, this stumbling block, for my growth in the Spirit. And today, I am overjoyed to blog about Joyce Meyer. Please read Joyce Meyer Says Her Views on Prosperity and Faith ‘Got Out of Balance’ With What the Bible Says.
In the clip, she flatly says, “I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I learned about faith, but it got out of balance,” explaining, “every time someone had problems it was ‘cause they didn’t have enough faith. If you got sick, you didn’t have enough faith. If your child died, you didn’t have enough faith … Well, that’s not right.”
I doubt this was an easy admission for Joyce Meyer. I praise God for her honesty and humility, and I thank God for all the people it will help. Benny Hinn expressed a similar conclusion in an interview a while back. Good for them both. Glory be to God! I believe a lot of people will be helped by what she recanted. It’s amazing how despite getting off the path a bit, God can still transform and use us, any of us, for his kingdom’s work. The Spirit convicts us; God calls to us, and we that belong to him, listen to his voice. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Again, I am reminded, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). God’s grace is nothing short of amazing, and he promises to complete the good work in us that he started! God is good!
Don’t be surprised when in the coming weeks, months, and years, we see God convicting hearts, and more admissions, similar to this one, come to pass. The truth is going to be brought into the light, one way or the other, especially among those claiming to come in the name of the Lord. I sincerely pray for more revelations, which come by way of contrite hearts, but woe to those whose hearts have hardened and been taken captive by sin. Sheep are being separated from goats (Matthew 7:23); this revelation is already underway, and its good work has to be completed. Let us keep watch and pray, and in all things, seek the Lord.
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