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How do we define a loving relationship? Some believe God is a Genie in a bottle ready to fulfill our wishes. But health and wealth are not available on demand. The Christian walk is not a formula of saying the right things; rubbing the magic lamp in the right way to order a perfect life

Is God is a Genie in a Bottle Ready to Fulfill Wishes?

How do we define a loving relationship? Some believe God is a Genie in a bottle ready to fulfill our wishes.

Health and wealth are not available on demand. The Christian walk is not a formula of saying the right things; rubbing the magic lamp in the right way to order a perfect life.

Some assume if we walk God’s ways our life will be blessed, pleasant, devoid of trials. They think the key to Christian living is to separate ourselves from the world, behave in certain ways, and avoid certain things. This type of performance-based spirituality can be rooted in pride.

Last night, I watched the documentary William Tyndale (translator who made the English Bible available, considered Father of the Reformation). He was burnt at the stake as a heretic. This is not first thing that comes to my mind when I think of a blessed life.

Not All Peaches and Cream

Following Christ does not mean a life filled with pleasant experiences and good feelings. We walk a narrow way often full of potholes and bumps. We can be treated wrongly, suffer diseases, ugly emotions, stress, early death, and consequences of sin.

The real blessings we receive from a relationship with God is shalom– peace. Not the peace the world gives (John 14:27). God gives us an inner peace because of our living relationship with Him.

According to Strong’s Concordance 7965 Shalom means completeness, wholeness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

His Fruit is Sweet to My Taste

Solomon compares a loving relationship to a delightful treat of a surprise apple tree in the forest.

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest…
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
(Song 2:3).

The word taste expressed a knowledge of someone through intimate personal experience “Taste and see that the Lord is good” Ps. 34:8. God’s Word is sweeter than honey. (Ps 119:103).

I delight to sit in his shade.

Christ is our shadow where we can rest in any circumstance. When we are torn up with sin and exhausted with difficulties, we find peace in our relationship with Him. Those that are weary and heavily laden may find rest in Christ, in relationship not performance. The true blessings are remission of sins, faith, grace, and assurance of glory.

Eat His Word and enjoy the taste (not as a ritual to-do thing to check off your list). Read to fill your hungry hearts and grow in Him.


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8 comments

  1. Ah – the health and wealth message. So sad. And especially sad that so many well meaning Christians fall into the trap. Maybe if we spent more time watching documentaries on pillars of Christianity like William Tyndale – instead of the garbage we do — we’d see the truth of Scripture. . . there are NO promises of anything on this earth.
    … Glad to join today on the Fruit of the Spirit!
    Kindest Thoughts,
    esthermay

    Esthermays last blog post..The Message of the Cross. . .

  2. Photini

    Here is some more information on Tyndale:

    http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2002/0212fea3.asp

    Peace and blessings to you in Christ Jesus!

  3. “The Christian walk is not a formula of saying the right things; rubbing the magic lamp in the right way to order a perfect life.”

    SO true, Robin!

    Ya know…what saddens me, is when innocent people buy into the whole wealth and health doctrine, and then end up becoming disillusioned with God because their life is less than perfect…OR…they end up thinking something’s wrong with THEM & turn away due to a sense of personal failure.:( SIGH. Breaks my heart…and HIS…

    As always, bless you for sharing, sister!

    P*

  4. Hi Robin
    I just wanted to commend you for your bravery using the Anti-Semite word on THL!Al you can do my watchman friend is sound the alarm. the blood will be on their hands, not yours.
    Pra that their eyes are open for they are as blind as can be.

    Because of Jesus, Bobbie

  5. Ah, great post Robin…once we get past the fact that our formula’s won’t work, we can rest in His sovereignty.

    Bless you, daughter of The king, sister in the Lord.

    Susan

  6. where is genie’s lamp

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