December 17, 2008

The Secret to "Success"?

This morning, I was thinking about all the people who follow the New Age guru's with the hope of learning "the secret to success". They spend a great deal of money (of which most of them do not have); they spend a great deal of precious time attending conferences, purchasing books, watching DVD's, memorizing "self-talk" mantra's--all with the hope that these methods and philosophies will pay off. It is amazing to me how many will put a great deal of money and effort into something that is a lie. The secret to these New Age Guru's success is your blindness and/or ignorance which pads their bank accounts and keeps you deceived. They certainly do not want you to know that the secret to their success is in their ability to keep the real secret, a secret from you.

Guess what? It's not a secret at all. It's been revealed and it is FREE.

Imagine one of them opening their conference with the following words and suggesting that you memorize this mantra. (Silly me, that would mean that they actually care about you.)

My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;

Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;

Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
He guards the paths of justice,
And preserves the way of His saints.

Then you will understand righteousness and justice,
Equity and every good path.
When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,

Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things,

From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
Who rejoice in doing evil,
And delight in the perversity of the wicked;

Whose ways are crooked,
And who are devious in their paths;
To deliver you from the immoral woman,
From the seductress who flatters with her words,

Who forsakes the companion of her youth,
And forgets the covenant of her God.
For her house leads down to death,
And her paths to the dead;

None who go to her return,
Nor do they regain the paths of life—
So you may walk in the way of goodness,
And keep to the paths of righteousness.

For the upright will dwell in the land,
And the blameless will remain in it;
But the wicked will be cut off from the earth,
And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it.

1 comment:

Mel said...

Amen!! You're so right...

"Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God."

Is there anything more beautiful, precious, or worth seeking than this, as it flows from an intimate relationship with the Almighty?

Praise His name!