Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The REAL Secret

The Secret --- it can move mountains and create miracles.
The Secret reveals a law that has traveled through centuries to reach you! When you discover it you will never be the same. Everything you have ever wanted to be, or do, or have, will be yours.

The official website of The Secret reaches out – movingly spiritual, bringing alive the lure of ancient mystery and tempting with its glorious promises of fulfillment.
It is well done.

What does the ‘secret’ promise?? It promises that YOU can sit on the throne of your life! You can have the power to ‘attract’ into your life the things that you want!!
The law of attraction!
Really?? A thought has the power to change the world??
If that were true wouldn’t you expect the most horrific traffic jam of thoughts colliding in the universe - all of them vying for primacy??
Maybe that’s why it’s a secret….to keep too many people from finding out about it!!!

In the hype of excitement it is being proclaimed as a newly discovered secret law….but really it is simply an old lie done up in new packaging.
Its funny, isn’t it? We never get too old to be tricked into judging a ‘gift’ by its wrapping!!

Isn’t the Secret really the same old lie that caused all of our problems to begin with?
Satan whispering ‘the secret’ into Eve’s ear that if she would just eat of the forbidden fruit, power would be hers? Promising she could rule over her own world!
It didn’t work for Eve; I doubt it has worked for anyone else since.

Have you ever noticed that the most powerful lie has the most truth in it?

This is true of Rhonda Byrne’s “Secret”.
The Law of Attraction does states things that are true.

For example,
1> It says that you get what you focus on in your mind.
God says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7)
But the difference is that the Secret promises that you can change things outside yourself,
God says that what you think about defines who you are.

2> The Secret says an affirmative thought is a hundred times more powerful than a negative one.
Scripture tells us, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, it there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, think on these things.” (Phil.4:8)

The lie of the Secret is that it ignores the Source of the Power.

If I sold someone a house and showed them the outlets in the walls, telling them that they could plug any appliance they liked into the outlets and every appliance would work, I would technically be telling them the truth. But if I neglected to tell them that the house was not connected to any outside hydro source I would have sold them a useless house and a lie.

The Secret is disconnected from any real power because it leaves God out!
"And God has declared… “God has spoken once, twice have I heard this, that power belongs to God!” (Psalm 62:11)

But I think the biggest reason the Secret lie is so powerful is because there really IS a Secret.
A real One!

“The Secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant!!”
(Ps. 25:14)

I think the reason we all so love a secret is because a ‘secret’ speaks of intimacy. We have a need, a longing to be intimate…to be loved, to belong in a very special way.

And here God Himself reveals that there is a Secret known only to those who fear Him, those who love Him, are willing to surrender their will, their heart, their life, to Him alone.

The Secret reveals to us .......

1> Where there is a hiding place to keep us safe when we are in trouble.
“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion, in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me…” (Ps. 27:5)

2> How to find a place so close to the heart of God that the insults, the offences of man, and the words that so easily wound, cannot hurt us.
“You shall hide them in the secret of your presence from the pride of man; you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” (Ps. 31:20)

3> That we are called to live under the shadow of God Himself - that intimate place close to His heart.
“He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Ps. 91:1)

4> That God delights to share the Secret, looking for those who desire to live according to His commandments.
“For the forward is abomination the Lord, but His secret is with the righteous.” (Pro. 3:32)

5> That when you are privy to God’s Secret, He tells you about treasures and riches and where to find them…… those who live in God’s secret learn to know and understand Him - knowing the wonder of His Words.

“And I will give thee the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places …..” (Is. 45:3)

I have watched with puzzlement how people en mass are grasping onto the world's Secret and embracing it with all their might -- ignoring the real Secret that God offers!
Perhaps because the counterfeit seems free but the real one will cost you your life!

Jim Elliot said,
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

To give up our ‘selves’ to gain God, how is that a sacrifice???
Is to know the Secret of God not a pearl of great price that is worth whatever the cost may be???


James Janzen said...

You have captured in words exactly what i've felt in my heart. I have a friend who has been encouraging me to read the book: " the secret". I will send him a copy of your blog as you have clarified it soo well! Thanks!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Every generation seems to have a new huckster selling the secret. Of course it would now be available on the www.!
Thanks for putting the true secret out there on the web as well. It made for a great reading over breakfast.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I left a comment to your comment on my blog. You'll agree to my request, and serve tea too, right?

Lovella said...

I was watching another mind boggling guy on TV the other day claiming to be Jesus. People buy into these lies, and for the life of me I can't see how they an be so blind.

ru4real said...

It’s been a while since I last visited, so I had quite a bit of reading to catch up on. What a blessing each posting was! One post particularly ministered to me – I’ll make a separate comment on that post later. For now I just wanted to say hello, and see if you had an iced tea ready for a visitor from the hot and humid south!

I’m sorry to hear of your painful condition. I’ll be praying for your relief – and a speedy delivery of your new meds.

Sara said...

Bravo Julie! Very well stated.