I received this from a friend of mine earlier this week and she sent it with good intentions, yet she just does not have a better biblical understanding for stuff like this.
She replied enthusiastically with thanksgiving for the proper biblical understanding that I provided to her in my reply and I thought you might be blessed by reading the reply too. Here is what was sent to her.
Novena - One Hail Mary and One Our Father
Novena: You were chosen to receive this novena. The moment you receive it, say: Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus, Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming year. No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed. You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year. For the year 2008-2009, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down.I knocked at heaven's door this morning, God asked me... My child! What can I do for you? And I said, 'Father, please protect and bless the person reading this message...
This is a Novena from Mother Theresa that started in 1952. It has never been broken. Within 48 hours send 20 copies (Or as many as you can - God does know if you don't have 20 people to send it to. It's the effort and intent that counts.) to family and friends. This is a powerful Novena. Couldn't hurt. Can only help.
My reply follows below, but first, let me ask, do you know what Novena means? Well, according to dictionary.com, the definition for Novena is a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services. So whoever has sent this, is likely a Roman Catholic church-goer and does not understand what the word Novena means. This in no way consists of nine separate days of prayers or services at all, which alone is disqualifying biblically.
GOD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU, It shall be well with you this coming year.
If God truly has spoken such to a person, who is this person and what kind of life have they been living that I should trust in this? Why isn't the world changed right now, because of these "prophetic" words? Why isn't it well now and why do we have to wait until next year? Isn't it bad enough as it is now?No matter how much your enemies try this year, they will not succeed. Paul asked God three times for the messenger of Satan to be removed, the thorn in his flesh and God did not answer Paul's prayer (2 Corinthians 12:7-9).
In addition to that, Jesus said that we would experience persecution and tribulation because of the Word, (Matthew 13:21, Mark 4:17).
In Paul's letter to the Romans he asked what could separate us from the love of Christ? "Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" These things imply what they say, tribulation (we see that in the financial markets), distress (look at the climate and weather related disasters), persecution (fierce attempts to silence Christians from preaching against homosexuality, removal of the Ten Commandments), famine (we see this in third world countries and even here at home), nakedness (look around the poor neighborhoods), or danger (everywhere), or threats to kill with a deadly weapon (locally and globally).
It's just absurd for someone to say that God has restrained every attempt of the enemy from a person. Just look at Job! (Job 1-3). He was a righteous man of God and God allowed Satan to ruin his life, because He knew Job would not curse God for his losses and he was told by God that he could not physically touch him. Job lost everything, including his children in a matter of hours and he still did not curse God for his tragic losses, yet his wife wanted him to! (Job 2:9).
The apostle Peter even said that we should rejoice in partaking in the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 4:13), so the statement which implies the enemy will not succeed is contrary to Scripture.
The Christian and the unbeliever will both suffer attacks from the enemy. That will never go away until Christ returns and Satan is bound for 1,000 years and then tossed into the eternal lake of fire.
There is no easy road to walk for the Christian.
Jesus said, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it." (Matthew 7:13-14, New Living Translation)
The apostle Paul said to Timothy, "Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." (2 Timothy 3:12).
So how much do you really want to live a godly life in Christ knowing that you will suffer persecution and God will allow such persecution to occur in your life.
You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year.
Yes, this is possible, but not just because God said so. Sin has not been removed from this world, nor has Christ returned to restore His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
When He comes, the lion will lie down with the lamb and the two will not be predator and prey. This type of theology, "You have been destined to make it and you shall surely achieve all your goals this year," is nothing more than a "name it and claim it" type of theology and it is not biblical.
For the year 2008-2009, all your agonies will be diverted and victory and prosperity will be incoming in abundance. Today God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain because HE that sits on the throne has remembered you. He has taken away the hardships and given you JOY. He will never let you down.
If God has confirmed the end of your sufferings, sorrows and pain then that would mean you are no longer living, because only in heaven will "God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4).
God remains on His throne, but emails like this remove Him from His throne when unbiblical stuff like this is written and circulated on the internet.
It's not that God will never let us down, but we often let Him down by the way we live, selfishly and sinfully.
He will never leave us, nor forsake us, but we have and often walk away from Him, when we shouldn't.
This is a powerful Novena. Couldn't hurt. Can only help.
No power is contained in such an email that holds no solid biblical teaching whatsoever.
This actually does hurt people, in a spiritual way because they are being led to believe that what they are reading, even praying to be true, when it isn't. The use of Scripture has been misinterpreted severely by the originator of the email, just as the serpent had done in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3, NKJV) and as Satan tempted Jesus when he was in the desert for 40-days (Luke 4:1-13, NKJV).
Can this help? What do you think? The answers are found in the Bible and that is where to look and which is true.
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