I’m beginning to believe that ALL “self-help” books whether they are secular or religious in nature have one thing in common.
They are always a roadblock and many times a replacement for the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
We the people, jack our lives up in so many ways, but instead of surrendering our complete will to God, our heavenly father, and His Holy Spirit, we look to human authors, human support/small groups, and the companionship of human beings instead of relying on the HS in our life to do the work of making us whole.
ALL self-help books promote “work.” But they promote US doing the work since we basically are the ones who jack up our lives, but think about it. As long as we rely on any other book outside God’s Holy Word, we are relying on another man’s intrepretation of what, when, or how we get redeemed from our sin.
There is only ONE way to redemption. Christ blood shed on the cross paid the debt of our troubles and our transgressions. He is “the way, the truth and the life.” -John 14:6
Many authors feel they are spirit-led to write books and other materials that guide us into a redemptive relationship with God, but I now believe that all other books that “resonate” with people for their “Best Life Yet,” their “Emotionally, Healthy, Spirituality” and so on and so forth (the list of self-help, self-awareness is SO extensive, I’m encouraging people to do their own research) are nothing more than a ploy to keep you from “true” redemption and “true” salvation.
Scripture backs this up:
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
2 Peter 2:1-3 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”
These are but a few verses warning of what happens in the latter days.
Let God teach you. If you are a willing pupil, he will reveal His truth to you.
He did it for me; He’ll do it for you.
In no other time in history is the believer more at risk. We live in a world of lies. People whom we respect are buying into the idea that the truth of the gospel should be watered down, re-written so that all people can understand God and the importance of Him in our lives. Much trust has been placed in pastors of churches who are already apostate and the church bodies don’t know it.
They have been deluded according to 2 Thessalonians 2:10-13 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
The truth is that God does reveal Himself through His word. If you cannot understand it, you have a spiritual conflict. Someone or something is preventing you from hearing the truth.
Don’t let ANYONE get in the way of your salvation. It’s personal and it’s eternal. And, yes, it’s very unpopular to do this. Many will think you’re weird, you’ve gone off the deep end and many will lose their own family members, according to Matthew 10:34-38.
But if you start to feel like you’re an outcast and you’ve become counter-cultural, then you’re on the right track!