No Genie Here

Why do you buy or read books?  Even if the book is a novel, why would you read the book? We have all kinds of books and scripture even tells us Ecclesiastes 12:12 KJV  “And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”

The answer is easy, we read and study books to learn. We learn how to do things. If we follow the directions in the book we can expect the results the book promises. If the results the book promises does not happen, the book ends up as fireplace material. Plus, the reputation of the author is ruined.

But if you follow a book’s instructions, you should be able to confidently conclude the book’s promised results.  It does not matter if it is making a cake or tearing an engine apart. But if you bake that cake or tear that motor apart and you skip a couple chapters in the book, what kind of results will you have?

God has a book and it is his word and he calls it the volume of the book
Hebrews 10:7-9 KJV “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
[8] Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein ; which are offered by the law;
[9] Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

When Hebrews 10 says – in the volume of the book – clearly God is telling us His book is made up of a volume of many books, 66 books to be exact. And God did not say he has 43 different versions of his book either. God gives us instruction, guidance, promises and teaches us about him and his ways and how we can be saved and go to heaven.

But just like baking the cake or tearing that motor apart, you can read the book all you want. Even study the book until you memorize the book. You can even quote the book, but until you act on what the book says, it is just a book. It is just a book on baking a cake or tearing down a motor. It is just a book about God.

You can claim the promises in God’s word but you have to see if and what the promises require before you can claim them. We are told several times in the scriptures to examine ourselves.
2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV  “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

There are people I’m sure, who think they are saved because they said some prayer, or because they had some feeling. But true salvation is based in neither of these. True salvation is believing on Jesus Christ and receiving him into your heart as your Lord and Saviour.

But once you get saved does not mean you now have a genie. When you get saved you agree to be a holy vessel for God to work through you. God may change your plans, your job, your vocation. Actually, he usually does change your plans. But that does not mean we sit around and wait for God to direct us or lead us.

We are in a partnership with God once we get saved. Oh yes, you still have your free will but now, your decision has God participating. And God is not your genie. Let me share an object lesson that helped me understand.

God provides for us all we need. Even Paul said,  Philippians 4:19 KJV  “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Some take that verse to think God is magically going to make your mortgage or rent payment. Poof! Yes he could but if you know anything about scripture, you know God does not work that way. And God explains this to us in several different scriptures. God gave us these verses to teach us. Remember the woman who was broke and the prophet of God asked what do you have. She said enough oil and meal for one meal? God multiplied that.

The boy with the bread and fish, Jesus asked what do you have and the boy said these fish and pieces of bread. Jesus multiplied them. God provides us the trees, all we need, we have to cut down the trees to build our house. God is not going to go poof and there is your house. God gives us the trees so we can build our house, build our boat but God is not going to build it for you.

Can God do miracles? You bet. Does God do miracles today? Absolutely.  But if you know the way God works, from his word, you know God is going to ask you, what do you have now? Do you have a sewing machine you can put to work and God will give you customers. Do you have a love for mechanics, building things, landscaping. Do you have an interest in helping others so you could volunteer somewhere and God will promote you into a real job.

As children of God, if you are saved, God tells us we need to be spiritual minded, of the highest integrity and an example to the lost. Another words light and salt. Success is not looking for a genie to give us everything we want. We are earthen vessels in a partnership with God, through Jesus Christ not only to be an example, but an ambassador for the King of kings and Lord of lords.

So look at what you have now to change your life. Look at your talents, your experience, your possessions, your passion and pray asking God to bless your ventures. Use wisdom and prudence and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I know this post is quite different than my normal posts but so many people are preaching like God is our genie. He is not. He is our God. God is holy, just and true. He has given us his instruction book. We need to follow his instructions.

Until next time.

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