When Name It and Claim It Doesn’t Work


There is an increasingly popular “Christian” philosophy that says “name it and claim it” and you will have it. Those who prostitute this philosophy tell you that you can have anything from perfect health to millions of dollars in your bank account. What about when you “name it and claim it”, and it doesn’t happen?

Some might say, “Matthew, you didn’t have enough faith.” I can begin to name countless things that I have believed God for, and He did not give them to me. Is that my fault? God’s fault? Or was it not meant to be?

May I ask this? What if “your best life now” involves living in an average house, driving an average car, living paycheck to paycheck, and maybe even wondering where your next meal will come from? What if “your best life now” is lived in simple and humble obedience to God? No one may ever know who you are, but your acts of obedience do not go unseen by God.

I want to conclude with a verse that may put this into context for you. I John 5:14 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Did you notice the phrase “according to His will”? It may not be God’s will for you to be wealthy. I don’t care what some famous preacher told you. Stick with what GOD said not someone’s twisted interpretation. If you have trouble dealing with the fact that your “prosperity package” never fell out of Heaven, meditate on this verse: “Now godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy‬ ‭6:6‬ ‭NKJV‬). Read the verses surrounding that also. It puts life into perspective. By the way, this was coming from a man who wrote some books of the Bible from a jail cell. Don’t tell me he didn’t have enough faith! He had more than most of us because he was being persecuted for the true gospel rather than enjoying the luxuries of a pimped-out, fake gospel.

If you are wondering why life has not turned out the way you believed it would, you may have been taught some bad theology. When you walk with Jesus daily, you’ll say along with the song writer, “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold. I’d rather be His than have riches untold…I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.”

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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