April made the dinner in the photo the other day. She made sweet and sour chicken that I thought was better than most Chinese restaurants’ versions, and I would know. I asked her how she did it and she replied, “I just followed a recipe.” It’s funny though how you can give 12 cooks the same recipe and the final dishes will all taste differently. Most likely due to each individual’s uniqueness.
A few years ago, while attending a church service that featured a semi-famous man of God, I witnessed individuals taking notes, as if they were there to learn the recipe of how to get God to do the same thing in their lives as He had done for them. They failed to realize the man of God was giving his testimony in hopes to boost one’s faith. Knowing that God did something for one can help you believe that God can do something big in your own life.
When one such note-taker tries to implement the same practice in the exact same way but fails to get the same result they can become disgruntled and dissatisfied with God. Attitudes Satan can use to draw an individual away from God.
Keep in mind, that God is extremely creative. He does things in unique ways. Not because He gets bored, but to exhibit just how vast his power and imagination are. He likes to do things in new ways. He may ultimately do for you, what He did for the man of God, but He will do it in a new, fresh way. In a way that is most likely due to each individual’s uniqueness.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isa. 43:19a (NIV)
God’s word assures us He likes to do new things.
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2 thoughts on “Don’t Follow the Recipe”
Agree, 100%, Mark! If I were exactly the same as someone else, one of us would be unnecessary. It’s so freeing to be able to focus on the Lord and what He wants for my life, rather than look around at everyone else and try to be all the things they are, which is impossible, anyway.
I know we are all different, but I desire that more people would have the relationship with the Father as you have! Blessings