We sometimes make a spectacle of our sacrifices to God, seeking recognition for our piousness rather than truly doing that which God has called us to do. Maybe this is why "The Lord looked with favor upon Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favor." Genesis 4:4-5 NIV
This video shows both a displeasing spectacle and its use by the enemy to sway others away from following God.
We Christians sometimes put down the new age movement, but if we look with discernment we will find that they have better understood and embraced some biblical truths. Among them, the understanding that what we think about and speak about is what we attract into our lives. When we allow a negative thought into our being we produce negativity. When we talk constantly about how little we have, we are unable to attract the abundance we desire, and that God desires for us.
When we pursue something, rather than just desire it, it is what is foremost in our mind. The word pursue indicates urgency and determination in the quest. Therefore, pursuing righteousness and unfailing love, that is seeking it with urgency and determination, keeps those things in our thoughts and words and naturally draws them to us.
This is the same dynamic that is at work in faith. Though we can not see it, we believe it is ours, and when we ask God for it with that unwavering faith, His word promises that it will be ours.
"Then the disciples drew near to Y'shua while he was alone and said to him, 'Why were we not able to heal him?' Y'shua said to them, 'Because of your unbelief. For truly I say to you that if you had faith in you like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, move away from here, and it would move. And not a thing would be able to prevail over you.' "
Matthew 17:19-20 AENT*
*Aramaic English New Testament published by Netzari Press. Follow this link to learn more about AENT.
Why is this true? Because He is God!