This third installment of a series offers 90 days of proclamations and Scriptures centered on affirming God’s blessings in readers’ lives.
According to Coker (God’fessions 2, 2015, etc.), an associate pastor of a Nigerian megachurch, Christians should stop thinking of “confession” as a negative term that acknowledges one’s shortcomings before God. Instead, the word should be reinterpreted to mean “to repeatedly and continually say a thing in order to achieve a desired end.” Just as God spoke the world into existence in Genesis and Jesus performed miracles through the mere uttering of words, so can readers who are made in God’s own image use their statements to “create, re-create, change, prohibit, and allow things” in their lives. Each of the author’s daily declarations uses proclamations, affirmations, and Scriptures—all of which are to be spoken out loud by readers—to summon life-changing miracles and transformations. These assertions cover a variety of topics, including casting out fear, obtaining wisdom, discovering one’s purpose, and, most commonly, achieving “victory” in all aspects of life, including attaining prosperity. For example, in Coker’s typical grandiose style, one daily pronouncement encourages everyone to embrace the idea that “I am born to reign and created for dominion; greatness is attracted to me. I win always, and everything is working for me.” Another reading announces: “I am wiser than my peers…I am immune to failure, and success is attracted to me.” For Christians of Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions that embrace prosperity theology, the author provides concise, potent daily affirmations that focus on the creation of wealth, success, and wisdom. Alternately, many mainline Christians may find his self-help theology off-putting in its constant emphasis on bringing blessings solely to individuals and their friends and families. Christians who follow traditions that embrace self-denial and suffering as a means to experience God will also not find a place in Coker’s daily readings. Moreover, the author is much less concerned with theological exegesis and the doctrinal implications of his statements than he is with their intended power to radically change the lives of his readers.
A worthwhile compilation of daily readings for Christians who believe in prosperity theology.