We all want to hallow our own names. To hallow means to set apart, to magnify, to honour. The hallowing of our own names is an age-old problem that goes back to the beginning of history. Adam and Eve wanted to be their own arbitrators or right and wrong. Our forefathers sought to build the Tower of Babel to make a name for themselves rather than for God. Humans are fundamentally narcissistic.
Often in the midst of financial slowdown we realise where our true confidence ought to be. We can spend our entire lives accumulating wealth and providing simply for our physical needs, and then realise we cannot take it with us to the world to come.
Tutankhamen was an Egyptian Pharaoh who lived about 1300 BC. He thought he could take his wealth with him when he died. He had his tomb filled treasure to enjoy in the Afterlife. When Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen tomb in 1922, the treasures where still there – worth hundreds of millions of rands. Tutankhamen was gone, but the treasure was still there.
We may spend our entire lives accumulating wealth and the abundance of possessions, but we can’t take it with us. We need the right perspective.
When I was a teenager (many, many years ago), I was often told in our youth group how important and essential a regular “Quiet Time” was. A QT was a time when you were quiet, by yourself and with a Bible. You read the Bible, you thought about what you read and then you prayed. You did that often. It was a Christian habit, whether you felt like it or not. Our youth leader often asked us, “How’s your QT going?”
Very seldom today do I hear the same note of urgency, value and importance of regular devotion times.
One of the characteristics of the Word of Faith Movement is that it emphasizes physical healing.
According to them Jesus’ atonement not only secured our spiritual healing, but our physical healing too. Christians should simply claim God’s promises by faith and the sick will be made well and the ill restored. Sickness and disease are enemies from Satan and God wants his people to be healthy and prosperous.
If, as a Christian, you are not healed it is because you do not have enough faith or because you have unrepentant sin in your life.
Many Christians as a result have left Word of Faith churches disillusioned and damaged.