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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Life can come at you hard and fast at times. Bills you can’t pay arrive in the mail. A routine checkup delivers a death sentence. Your spouse announces their love for you has run dry. Yes, these may be the extreme cases of life, but even the everyday life can cause you to gasp for air. You feel, “If I could only reach the surface, I could breath.”
It is in those moments having a trusted friend helps. So does having a church to go to where God has prepared a meal for you from his word via your pastor. There are also an abundance of messages online, or on YouTube. Listening to someone else’s testimony can encourage your faith, but keep in mind, just because God did something in one person’s life in a particular way does not mean He will do it that way in your life. The point of a story, or testimony is to help you believe, be convinced, God sees you, knows you, loves you and wants to be active in your life,
Keep this fact in mind; Jesus went to the cross. He died on that cross. His body was removed from that cross, so he is no longer suffering to the point of death. Then, three days after his body was placed in the tomb to rot, to decay, to go away, he overcame the chains of death. He arose from the dead. The stone was rolled away and the light of the morning became his “exit” sign.
My point is this: if you believe in Jesus and the power he demonstrated, and you place your trust in him and you believe that he overcame and can empower you, and lead you to be an overcomer then what’s the problem?
It’s not ignoring the issue(s) of life, but placing them in the hands of the One who overcame not only life, but death! The problem you are currently dealing with does not own you. It does not define you. It has no power over you, because if you give it to Jesus, then you will overcome it. Not only will you look at it in the rearview mirror someday, but you will recount the story of it, to others, to encourage them. To help them overcome their current situation as well.
“I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” John 16:33 (MSG)
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You go to a friend’s house and they serve a wonderful dinner. You go on and on over the entree and you even ask for the recipe so you can imitate it, or duplicate it at home. Then the day comes when you make the item, and you have great anticipation of it melting in your mouth the way it did when you first tried it, but it doesn’t. You go over the recipe line by line and you swear to yourself you followed it 100 percent. Disappointment sets in, perhaps even anger.
I have noticed whenever there is a guest speaker, people will flock to the church and sit there with pen and paper taking notes. The speaker may be sharing their testimony of what God did in their life. The people listen with intent. Then when they go home they start doing the things in their life, just like the guest speaker, but they don’t get the same results. Disappointment with God sets in, and perhaps even anger.
There are two reasons why:
1) You aren’t them. God worked in the guest speaker’s life in a unique way knowing the best process to minister to and through them. Now, with that said, there certainly are some principles based on the word of God that can be applied to every believer.
2) God is creative. I think he likes doing things differently for each person.
Is it the guest speaker’s fault?
No. There is nothing wrong with them sharing their experiences with God, because their victory can increase your faith. Just don’t expect God to do the same thing as he did for them at least in the same way.
A better way:
Instead of trying to duplicate someone else’s success with God try getting to know him. I mean know him so well you don’t ever second guess his commandments, or instructions. There are no shortcuts in this process. It takes time, lots of time hanging out with the creator of the universe. Did you know God had a great sense of humor? There is nothing like talking to God and then having a belly laugh moment with him! Get to know his nature, his love, and then imitate him.
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