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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The Secret on The View Video: Anybody Got It?
By Paula Neal Mooney
Did anyone catch what the ladies of The View said about The Secret?
Us east-coast-time viewers were pre-empted by President Bush’s speech today.
My TiVo was poised to play their views of The Secret when W cut in.
Googling "The Secret on The View" has gotten me little, as has going to The View’s website. No secret there.
Anyhoo, this all comes in God’s perfect timing as it were, since The Secret has been on my mind since I first saw it on Oprah.
You may remember when I asked my readers, “Is The Secret Anti-Christian?” and got a boatload of good responses from The Secret supporters and detractors.
I still haven’t seen the DVD, nor watched The Secret fully online. Therefore when this reviewer for this sponsored post ordered a $75 review on my blog about The Official Secret Seminar, my first knee-jerk instinct was to turn it down.
Instead, I accepted it, wearily wondering to myself: Am I selling my soul for $48.75?
But I watched and prayed, watched and prayed for the Lord to speak to me, as He always does. The other day I was in Barnes & Noble and – oh miracle of miracles! – my young children entertained themselves for so long listening to Kidz Bop music and the like, that I was able to read nearly the entire The Secret book.
Leery at first, I soon was grinning like an idiot as the biblical truths therein really resonated with me:
• To act as if we already have the blessing we’ve prayed for…
• To give, and it shall be given unto us…
• To enter into God’s gates with thanksgiving…
• Speak in the positive -- call those things that be not as if they already are…
I decided to put a couple of The Secret tips into practice. I had a $97.42 Amex bill due, that I didn’t know how I was going to pay. (Note, that $4,375.75 I’ve earned online has already paid plenty-o-bills.)
Normally, I would carry the bill around open in my purse as a reminder that, “This need to be paid!” This time, as The Secret teaches, I prepared and acted as if I already had the money to pay it.
For me, instead of placing my faith in fear, it became a demonstration of putting “feet to my faith” in Jehovah Jireh, my Provider, and showing Him that I trusted Him to take care of it.
I wrote out the check, put it in the envelope and sealed it up. Stuck a stamp on it. Then calling on my tither’s rights, I stuck the bill in my Bible and rested it on Malachi 3:10:
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it."
Lo and behold, that same day my husband transferred more money into my account unexpectedly and sooner than normal. I hadn’t told him anything about the bill due.
So my bill was paid. Maybe I was too harsh on The Secret to begin with, but I’m still keeping my eyes open for what God wants to do with its popularity.
I mulled over buying The Secret DVD in Barnes & Noble. "Give me a sign," I prayed again to the Lord, acting as a modern-day Gideon. I look up directly at a sign that read, "Try it before you buy it."
God, you are good, I chuckled beneath my breath. But in calling around to my local video stores, I found out that neither Hollywood Video nor Blockbuster even carried The Secret. So maybe the real secret is their money-making distribution deal...
I’m a mature enough Christian to know that the Lord is not the magic genie depicted in some The Secret promos, but I also know that He uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise.
Whatever The Secret teachers are teaching, may they also stress the all-important John 3:16 and mightily uphold John 14:6:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ”
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