Have You Made The Right Decision?
Have you ever found yourself wondering if you made the right decision? Or questioning whether you are doing what you are “supposed” to be doing. Have you asked yourself, “Did I really hear God or did I make this up for the sake of my own ego?”
I know that I certainly have had these thoughts. Actually, I had a weekend like that about a month ago.
I had just spent a considerable amount of money on two e-mail advertising campaigns to create awareness and sales for my book, Ideolatry. I have been diligent in my efforts to “spread the word” for over two years. That weekend I was feeling like a failure because I had gotten ZERO response. I know that God told me to write Ideolatry, but Monday morning I decided that I couldn’t handle the frustration anymore. I decided that I was going to stop all of my marketing efforts.
I arrived at my office and told my staff of my decision. My first appointment that morning was with a long time patient. She knew of my journey and I shared my frustration and the decision that I had made. A moment later, my dental assistant brought me a note.
One of my newer patients was on the phone and wanted to know if I could offer a discount for 5 books and four study guides! He wanted to use Ideolatry as the subject for the Bible study group that he teaches and wanted to get the books for his group that night! I told my assistant that I would call back when I was free to discuss his request.
I turned to my patient and we just looked at each other, stunned! I explained that I was somewhat expecting that call as the patient had discussed the possibility a few weeks earlier. Although I was encouraged, this had nothing to do with my marketing and advertising. I was still resolved to suspend my efforts.
I was still feeling sorry for myself when I saw my next patient. She was also a long time patient with whom I had previously shared my book journey of the last few years. We exchanged greetings and I got caught up on her situation. Then, she sincerely asked the fateful question, “How are you doing?” I shared what had just occurred, my frustrations with my marketing and disappointment with the results and expressed my resolve to quit.
Just as I finished my pity party, my assistant arrived with another note. Someone was on the phone and wanted to know if I would give him a discount if he bought 5 books! Since I do all of the packing and shipping for Ideolatry, I recognized his name and I asked my patient if she would be OK with me taking the call. Knowing my dilemma and supporting me, she said emphatically, “Absolutely!”
The caller had purchased the Ideolatry book and study guide about a year earlier and proceeded to tell me his story. I was absolutely dumbfounded as he spoke. He purchased the 5 books and I asked him if he would willing to let me share his story. He said that he would write me a letter and explain it in more detail. I went back to my patient and explained what had happened. I told her some of the details that the caller had shared. We looked at each other, and we both exclaimed, “I guess the marketing will continue!”
It seems that God was making sure that I got the message that I was doing what I was supposed to be doing!
The letter from the reader explaining his situation just arrived yesterday.
I would like to thank you for your book Ideolatry. I don't remember when I first came across the book. It sounded interesting and a topic that I was on high alert for, so I purchased the book.
Your book had a major impact on my life and the relationship that I have with Jesus. I was a believer before I read your book, but not like I am now. You have an extreme talent for putting everything in proper perspective. This book had such an impact that I have read it cover-to-cover three times to be certain I haven't missed anything.
A year later I bought 5 more copies, one for each of my two pastors, one for each of my children and one for my wife.
For several years, my life had been very dark. My wife, my love, had somehow gotten heavily involved with the New Age movement. She was into everything she could find, Science of the Mind, the Unity Church, she became a Reiki master, got involved with Tai Chi Yoga and Shambhala. She sought out a Healing Touch Practitioner, a Labyrinth Practitioner, delved into Stones and Crystals, Sage cleansing and Indian drumming circles. Some of her friendships got her then involved with the Ascended Masters Movement. Another false religion believing in reincarnation where Jesus is not God he's just a highly evolved person.
She had a litany of over 300 occult books that were scattered around our home. She had a group of friends who were all like-minded. They were all searching for a god that they wanted, not caring if there was any truth at all, just as long as they could continue to live the life of sin that they chose, whatever it was.
Our marriage was in shambles and if I was to somehow save our marriage, I needed to find out about all this stuff. I started by going to the church that she was attending a Science of the Mind Church. As far as I am concerned, Satan controlled the church. The people who were trapped in this church were lied to and manipulated. No one had been aware that they don't believe in the God of the Bible. Their doctrine discloses this but you have to search. When I presented this to my wife she left the church.
I bought every book on every religion and cult that I could find. I had to stop this madness. I studied and read and took notes on how to fight back. I prayed, I read the Bible, I asked Jesus for help. But there was just no way she was going to leave this life of hers and I could not live in the same house with all these occult items. In March or April of 2018 my wife and I decided to divorce. I contacted an attorney and the proceeding began.
We got to the part we had to divide up 45 years of marriage, pictures, furniture, household items, etc. My plans were in full movement. I retired and my plan was to move to a few hours away and live in my cabin. My wife could buy a smaller home or rent an apartment and continue on as she was.
I knew that neither my wife nor I really wanted to divorce. When I told my wife I was leaving and on what day, I asked her to come along. She declined, saying she couldn't live in a cabin in the woods, but would leave all this occult stuff if I could move away from this area to get away.
We chose a nearby town and I'm happy to tell you we are here. We are free. Little by little things began to change. We went back to church together, we prayed together. We are involved with a new Christian Church home. My wife is in two Bible study classes. I'm in one and I spend at least an hour a day in the Word.
My prayer would be to help anyone get out of the New Age false doctrines and into the love, joy, and peace of Jesus Christ. So thank you, Rich, for I do believe that your explanations of truth in Ideolatry we're at least partially responsible for helping me hold our marriage together.
God bless you and how can I help?
This reader found Truth in the Word of God and Ideolatry helped him understand it better!
This reader, just by telling me his story, has helped immensely. Sometimes we need a little kick in the rear to keep us going, even when we know that we are doing what we should be doing.
I have reflected many times on the frustration that God must deal with. He has been working to spread the Word about His love and salvation through Jesus for 2000 years and much of the planet will not listen. So who am I to complain about a couple of years of frustration?
This reader was really touched deeply by the words that God gave me to write in Ideolatry. He might never have known of it if I wasn’t doing the marketing. Jesus spoke of the importance of just one of the sheep in Luke 15:4-7. He said that the shepherd would leave 99 of them and go search for the one. I will keep that parable in mind, knowing that if I reach one, I have fulfilled and rejoice in my purpose.
We are impatient creatures, especially living in an age in which almost everything is instant. Listen to God, let His Holy Spirit speak to you and build your faith upon His Word. Let Him guide your path and remember to take God’s world view and keep the right perspective.
I pray that this book, Ideolatry, would affect you the same way that it affected the person in this letter. It is my heart that this material would get into your hands and deepen your walk with our Lord.
May God richly bless you in all that you do!
Dr Rich Masek
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