Are you a Christian entrepreneur who isn't sure what to think when people talk about manifesting money in their business but you know that your priority is to honor God and stay true to His Word?
If so, this is the blog post is for you!
Let’s start by answering the question: what is manifesting?
This post is specifically about manifesting money. You may have seen people post or blog about “How I Manifested a $10K Launch” or “How to Manifest Anything You Want.”
If you explore what these people are talking about, you’ll find that manifesting is based on the idea of using the law of attraction to bring money into your life, often through business (since usually this stuff comes up in the entrepreneurial space.)
The law of attraction states: "by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life."
Let me be clear in that I have not extensively studied manifesting and I am not trying to write a thesis here so I could leave something out. If you notice something is missing, I encourage you to comment because my intention with this post is to open up the conversation about manifesting with Christians while giving some biblical principles around it. From what I’ve gathered, different coaches and influencers describe the process of manifesting differently but in this post I’ll dive into 3 components of manifesting that I’ve seen and discuss what the bible says about it. I’ll start by sharing the parts of it that I believe are true and biblical and then bring up where it can become misaligned.
- What you think about, you bring about
- We all have a vibration or frequency that welcomes or blocks financial abundance.
- The Power of the Subconscious mind that manifests money that is at work and makes things happen.
Okay, starting with number 1…
What you think about, you bring about
The bible supports this concept, not as a total 100% correlation but as a general principle in life. And truth be told I really doubt that any advocate of manifesting would argue there is a 100% correlation between the thoughts we have and the reality we experience.
Consider the intuitively true statement “what you focus on you find.”
Here’s a little exercise to prove the point:
Think about the color blue.
Now look around you for the color blue. I bet you see a lot of blue.
Can you recall any yellow? Probably not.
Now look for yellow. You probably found a lot more yellow than you originally noticed.
If you are thinking about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy (as Philippians 4:8 calls us to do), for the most part that is what you’ll find. That puts you in a positive state focusing on positive ideas and opportunities and this leads to positive action and the best results possible.
I recommend reading “The Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer to see in depth examples of how our thoughts affect our lives. For any negative mindset you are dealing with that is causing havoc in your life, the bible gives you positive and empowering to replace those thoughts with. The bible is clear that our thoughts matter, affect our heart, our words and our actions.
Romans 1:28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Also there’s the element of you need to think about what you want in order to have clarity in what you want, set goals, make a plan and then execute the plan. So that is another explanation for what you think about you bring about.
However, you could come across examples where “what you think about you bring about” becomes unbiblical (and unrealistic.) The video “The Secret” on YouTube that talks about the law of attraction, encouraged people to literally just think about checks coming to their mailbox and expecting them to appear. That steers into mysticism, which is the belief characterized by self-delusion or dreamy confusion of thought, especially when based on the assumption of occult qualities or mysterious agencies. If there is supernatural power going on, it is either from God or from satan. So when it comes to that, unless we are talking about praising God for a blessing, steer clear.
Now for number 2…
We all have a vibration or frequency that welcomes or blocks financial abundance.
I have heard it argued that our frequency is a physics thing that can be scientifically proven. I am no physics expert but I certainly believe that if God created the world in a certain way, it is not up to Christians to deny what God has allowed science to reveal about His earth.
Also, the idea that we emit some kind of energy that affects people is a truth that we have all experienced. For instance, if someone comes into a room full of life and energy, it can affect the whole room. The same goes with a Debbie downer. You may have even expressed this phenomena and said “I love your vibe” or “I love your energy” to someone.
Additionally, as discussed in topic number one - our thoughts and mindset matter. In this way, if we have negative feelings towards money (or mixed feelings, many times in the Christian world due to misinterpreted scripture) we very well could be resisting money. Sometimes this happens at a subconscious level. For example, sometimes entrepreneurs don’t even realize the reason they aren’t promoting their services is because they feel like it is selfish to ask people who need something to pay for it.
Do the physics of their vibration matter in this situation? I’d argue no. The point is that if you are resistant to receiving money, you’ll have a hard time making decisions and taking action that lead to you making money. Sometimes it can be such a problem that there is straight up self-sabotage. Therefore it’s important to check with yourself if you are truly open to receiving, but not because of a potentially mystic belief about your vibration.
And finally number 3…
The Power of the Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind is an accepted element of psychology. It is the part of our mind that is not in current awareness. This is necessary for us to function. We can focus on things like reading this blog post because we don’t need to consciously focus on our breathing and digestion and the hundreds of other processes our bodies do simultaneously while we live our lives. How amazing that God created our mind to work in that way. Undoubtedly the subconscious is powerful and useful.
Another example of the subconscious mind that is closer to something you sometimes consciously think about is if you’ve ever accidentally driven to the wrong destination. You weren’t consciously thinking about where you were going so your muscle memory and subconscious mind took you somewhere else.
In the previous topic I alluded to having subconscious resistance to money. This happens all the time and that is one reason why mindset work is so important. However, just as the reason to work through that resistance is not because of the physics going on with your body, it is also not because there is something mystic going on with your subconscious mind. It matters because thoughts and beliefs create feelings which create actions which create results. Sometimes those beliefs aren’t at the forefront of your mind, but they still affect your feelings, actions and results.
Besides potentially turning the subconscious mind into something mystical instead of scientific, this idea can also cross the line if it turns the subconscious mind into a god and also overstates its power. Honestly I haven’t seen a lot of coaches in the online space idolizing the subconscious mind, but I do believe the book “The Power of the Subconscious Mind” does in various parts.
So is manifesting biblical?
My answer is that it depends on what you mean by manifesting. If your interpretation of manifesting is all you need to do is think about something and not take action, no. If results are attributed to mysticism, no. If the results glorify your mind instead of God, no.
But if it’s referring to creating something in life based on visualizing what God has called you to, focusing on it, maintaining a positive mindset, diligently following through with the actions required and then receiving the fruits of your labor, then yes.
Personally, I steer away from the word “manifesting” because there’s enough resources out there about how to build a business and make money that are clearly not going in the direction of mysticism. Also as someone who speaks to Christians, I know it’s a word that a lot of Christians are unsure of and I’d rather use language that my audience feels totally comfortable with.
Comment with your greatest take away, your opinions or with any questions you still have about manifesting! If you feel this post would be helpful for people you know, then please share.
Want this material to sink in? Here’s the video I shared on What the Bible Says About Manifesting.
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