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God is not a genie: the case of mistaken identity

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Some people think God is in heaven working overtime to see to it that the dreams they have for themselves come to pass. If you’re one of those people, sorry to burst your bubble.

Newsflash: God is not a genie.

Despite that fact, a large and continuously growing sector misidentifies and mischaracterizes the Lord, placing him at the center of one of the biggest cases of mistaken identity in history.

If you are a part of this misguided group, you may be shocked to find out that God’s role in your life isn’t to make all your wildest dreams come true. If you already know better, pass this along to someone else who may need it as a public service announcement.

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In this article, we will go over three amazing, commonly read and quoted verses and expound upon them. When you read these scriptures and the commentary beneath them, view it as your introduction to doctrinal rehab, which is where you go to detox from all the wrong, addictive, doctrine that’s been pumping through your veins.

These passages will help deliver you or anyone one you know from lie-filled, feel-good sermons that give you an emotional high, only to let you down later when the truth hits you like a ton of bricks.

That come-down is a mean thing, too.

It leaves you wondering, why hasn't God answered my prayers even after I gave the preacherman $20, jumped up and down, turned around three times, and did laps around the church?

#1 Matthew 6:33 (ESV): “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

This verse proves that it’s not God’s job to please you. Shocking! In fact, it’s the other way around. You’re supposed to seek to please Him. When you do that, you’ll receive everything else you need. When your primary concern is developing your relationship with God, He will download His dreams and desires into your heart. Then, when you begin to act in faith on those things He has shown you, God will cause the dreams to flourish and come to fruition. Why? Because they are in alignment with His will. As you can clearly see, it all goes back to what He wants, not what you want.

#2 Jeremiah 1:5a (NIV): “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you...”

The Lord told Jeremiah, who was called to the work of God at an early age, that he had been chosen, set aside, and singled out to occupy the prophetic office before he was conceived. This passage teaches us that God decides what He wants us to be and do, not us. He has pre-ordained your destiny. Understanding this keeps you from falling into the trap so many others fall into.

They assume our Heavenly Father’s primary role is to accept their offer to be their Executive Director of Wish Fulfillment. The job description says, “When I find out what I want to do and have, God, you go about the business of providing the funds, opportunities and proper support system to make it all happen.” To ensure that the Lord complies, they throw in some incentives. Their mentality is, Oh, I'll just rub him the right way with some praise, sprinkled in with a little obedience and He’ll do what I want.

Go ahead.Try it. But to save you the suspense and time, here's the truth: That doesn't work. Praise and obedience are not manipulation tools to get what you want.

#3 Philippians 2:13 (NLT):, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

The Lord will give you the desire to do exactly what He wants you to do. When you say yes to Him, He wires you to want what He wants, love what He loves, and hate what He hates. You don’t belong to yourself. You are His possession. You have been bought with a price, paid in full by the blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross.

The Apostle Paul understood this well. He referred to himself as a slave or servant of Christ. We are servants, too. How many servants do you know that tell the Master of the house what to do? You and I were created for His good pleasure and His glory. That is why we exist.

Now, here’s the good news: When you are pleasing God, He will provide you with every tool—mental, spiritual and physical—to carry out His will for your life. He will, however, only bring to pass the dreams He has birthed in you. If they didn’t originate with Him, don’t expect His backing. If you want to be supported, helped and favored, you must be busy carrying out His will and living out His dream.

Now that you have an understanding of who God is not, devote yourself consciously, continuously and consistently to discovering all the wonderful things He is.

His true nature and character is revealed only through His word. So make 2 Timothy 2:15 NLT your goal: "Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth."

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