Manifesting is a new age philosophy that teaches us that whatever you think will be, it is a belief that your thoughts are like a force that makes things become. So if you think positively, things will turn out positively and vice versa; as long as you focus and fully believe that something will happen then it will really happen in real life. For instance, if you desire to become a great business person, you just have to manifest it! The whole idea of manifesting is centered on self- ‘You can make it!’ ‘If you just believe!’ Etc.
In as much as at some instances some of the people still ‘thank God ‘ for the fact that what they manifested came to pass, I personally believe that as a Christian I should not manifest. Here is why:
- Manifesting ignores the fact that we can only have one Creator! This belief ignores that God created everything- Genesis 1; Colossians 1:16- “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”
- Manifesting makes us our own god. This philosophy is very self-centered, teaches that one can just create their own reality. Other than this being false, it creates the danger of making one their own god. Rather than teaching us to trust only in God, manifesting teaches us to trust in our thoughts and our abilities. Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us that we should trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not in our own understanding; in all our ways, submit to the Lord and He will make our paths straight. As I continue to walk in this journey of Faith, I learn daily that the way I live shows a lot about who exactly I have enthroned- Is it God or is it me?
The 1st temptation in the Bible in Genesis 3, was the temptation to be like God. Vs 4: The serpent said to the woman- “You will not certainly die, For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Then the woman took the fruit and ate.” (The 1st sin in the bible). I still find this very same temptation in the idea of manifesting- to be like God.
- Manifesting denies God’s sovereignty. Proverbs 19:21 teaches us that many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. It is true that actually God wants the best for us, but that best may not be just what is in our thoughts and plans. “It is in their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps,”- Proverbs 16:9. Therefore, it is through submitting our plans and desires to the Lord and praying for His perfect will to be done that we accept that He is God and we are not.
- Manifesting creates idols in the things we desire. Daily, as Christians we should check our idols. In one of my devotional times this month God rebuked me for how I made one of the promises He had given me my idol. I even came in prayer just to press for it to come to pass, whenever I’d come before His presence, I had an agenda, and it was such a sobering realization for me on how that promise had taken over my thoughts and I let it to stand in between me and God.
Most times we desire something so deeply that we spend most of our time visualizing how it will be and doing everything we can to make it come to pass. Idols can be formed out of any good thing in our lives, for instance a good job, a promotion, a good marriage, children, a degree, our families and so on. Whenever our lives rotate around just one desire, we risk creating an idol out of it.
- Manifesting causes us to neglect God’s timing. This idea robs us of the gift of patiently waiting on the Lord to fulfil great things in our lives according to His will and in His perfect timing. It creates a sense of urgency to get what we have manifested and we even neglect or complain throughout the preparation process. The danger of receiving a gift that one is not ready for is the inability to sustain it; You desire a promotion at work but lack the humility and leadership skills needed to stay in that position? What manifestation doesn’t answer is what happens after manifestation? How do I take care of what I manifested?
What can we do:
- Instead of manifesting, we can practice contentment. A ‘manifester’ is always occupied with what will come in the future and fails to recognize and celebrate the present gifts they have. We end up becoming a society of unhappy people who constantly want more. 1 Timothy 6:6-12“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
- Our fulfilment should be in the Lord only! Is God enough for you? The truth is, God is all we actually need. Yes, He truly desires and gives good gifts to His Children but He is the greatest gift we have ever and will ever receive. In an age of manifesting we should intentionally choose God daily. Psalms 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
- We should beware of the schemes of the enemy. Satan prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8. I read a certain quote online which made a lot of sense- ‘The devil doesn’t always come dressed in red cape and pointy horns, many times he comes as everything you have ever wished for!’
- We need to acknowledge that success is obedience to Christ, therefore we need to read His Word, pray, listen to His voice and stay submitted to His will in order to know how to achieve our goals.
- We need to remember that we do not actually know what is best for our lives! In several moments in my life, I look back at what I was praying for and what God gave me and I now know without doubt that I absolutely do not know what is actually best for my life. God desires to give us infinitely more that we can ever ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20) if we just believe Him and not in ourselves.
Pray with me:
Dear Lord, I thank you for the blessings you have given me in my life, I mostly thank you for the gift of knowing you. Please direct my steps and plans that they may please you and align my desires to your will and plan for my life. Forgive me for making my desires my idols and help me to walk in your perfect will for my life. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.
Prayer of salvation:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins and right now I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I confess You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
(This prayer is for anyone who would love to surrender their life to Jesus, He loves you and would really love that you become a part of the family. Remember that after confession, personal fellowship with the Lord through His word and prayer is key, and so is fellowship with other believers)