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#110 Saying “God is moving”

This is a popular saying with hazy meaning. Taken literally you might think God has abandoned his ancestral seat and is swanning about, but you infer from the context that can’t be what they really mean.

“God is moving!” is said frequently in Facebook status updates, pastors’ Twitters and Christmas/prayer letters. It is often cited prior to announcing record attendance numbers at their church or that another state has outlawed gay marriage.

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posted December 15, 2009 at 5:21 am

Yup. So true.
Every time you mention these catch phrases in your blog, I always chuckle. I guess I’m not the only one who thinks it’s ridiculous.

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posted December 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

Has He filled out a change of address card?

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ben parsons

posted December 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm

one thing you don’t want to say to your audience is “i’m really moving here, lets just try to keep up with me!”

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posted December 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm

So does that mean when a state legalizes gay marriage that God is, conversely, immobile?

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posted December 15, 2009 at 4:12 pm

you’ve nailed it again, Stephanie! I always found it funny that God was moving when something we (because at the time, I was part of it!) liked, whether or not it had to do with anything biblical.

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posted December 15, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Movin’ on up
Movin on up…
To the East
To the East…
To a deluxe apartment,
In the sky-y-y.

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Rocky Presley

posted December 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I was extremely constipated one time and I needed God to move. He did and it was awesome.

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Bill Stonehouse

posted December 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

Did you know that when we say prayers, when we are believing God for something, it’s like planting spiritual seeds? It’s a principle that God established at the beginning of time. We determine the harvest we have in our lives by the seeds we sow.
In the natural, think about how the farmer waits for his harvest. He knows that if he protects his seed he will get an abundant harvest. He waters it, pulls the weeds, and keeps the soil soft.
In the same way, we have to protect our spiritual seed. We can’t allow the “weeds” of negative thinking to come in. We have to pull them out by simply saying, “God, I know You’re faithful. My trust and confidence is in You.” We have to water our seed by staying full of praise. We have to keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. That’s how we protect our seed. And when you protect your seed, when you stay in faith and keep the right attitude, it won’t be long before you see that harvest of blessing in every area of your life.
By; Joel Osteen

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Rocky Presley

posted December 16, 2009 at 11:36 am

How many farmers read Olsteen? It must be a large demographic of his followers to use that tired metaphor in today’s culture. Jesus used it because He was speaking to…FARMERS! Olsteen is speaking to 40 year old women debating if they should get that next cosmetic procedure so that they can keep up with his wife. They don’t farm! Pick a new metaphor! Here, let me help. Imagine if you will that I have that curly hair, a goofy grin, and the pastor twang.
Ok everyone. Close your bibles. We won’t be needing those. We are going to talk about faith, and although there are plenty of references in scripture, I am going to make one up so that it will fit the point I am trying to make. Faith is like trying to build your twitter followers. You can’t just open a twitter account one day and expect the next day for you to have 1000 followers, unless your Joel Olsteen (hold for laughter.) No, you have to go and “follow” others, and have a positive attitude that they will follow you back. Now, odds are not everyone will do that, but you can’t let that get you down. You are tweeting your way to a better you! (hold for applause).

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posted December 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

I think by “seed” Joel Osteen really means “money.” (I hope God moves in my bank account like he moves in Joel’s.)
As for negative thinking…aside from the ludicrousness of dressing up the teachings of Jesus in terms of pop psychology, rather like stuffing a fully grown cat into frilly lace doll’s clothes, attributing the salvific, transformative presence of a holy God to “thinking happy thoughts” (fairy dust, anyone?) degrades the nature of real love and the nature of real suffering. If we’re supposed to be upbeat and positive all the time, or else doubt the sincerity and depth of our faith, then Job, David, Jeremiah, Paul and most especially Jesus had it all wrong.
This prosperity gospel crap varnishes reality and cheapens everything the faith stands for, and only looks congruous in overfed, self-satisfied countries of wealth like the United States where the difference between happiness and joy, and positive thinking and faith, rarely encounters testing among people of the upper and middle classes. But I guess God only moves in those countries (or states) – the Christians and animists being slaughtered in Africa must not be thinking positively enough.

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posted December 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I bet he is moving…this explains why he’s too busy to do something about what’s happened/ing in Darfur or the Gaza Strip.

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