Having dealt with Legalism, we now turn to Magic Formulas. First, the truth:
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Rom.8:32)
One of the hardest things in Christian life is reconciling our desires with what God wants for our lives. He knows us, he knows what is best for us, and he has a part for us to play in his plan. We know what we want. We learn very quickly in our Christian life to pray and ask God for his blessings, but we also need to learn to wait on his time and accept his will.
There is no 'magic' way to move God. He is sovereign and cannot be coerced or persuaded. If our appeals to him directly appear to receive no response, there is no other way. The only exception to this is when there is something wrong in our lives which has affected our standing before God, and this needs to be put right. This is no magic formula, just a re-establishing of our relationship on the right footing.
Previous posts in this series:
Legalism: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Further posts to come in this series:
Magic Formulas: The Trap, The Solution
Answers to Everything: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Scripture Twisting: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Superstition: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
Elitism: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
The Need to See: The Truth, The Trap, The Solution
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