Proverbs 3 9-3-22

Magic vs. the faithfulness of God. We all fight it.

23 Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,
    and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.
So because you [King Saul] have rejected the command of the Lord,
    he has rejected you as king.”

I have heard that magic is manipulating circumstances using spells, elemental ingredients, talismans, etc. for a desired outcome. Many cultures and even civilizations were/are based upon magic, and that includes religion. In fact, in many places, magic IS the religion.

For Christians, we must ask ourselves if we have carried something from our former life into our Christian life expecting things to work the same way. For instance, we are told to pray and move mountains (actually, it’s about faith in God’s sovereignty rather than our efforts), to “name it and claim it” (actually, it’s about being dead to ourselves and seeking the Spirit’s leadership in our lives), and that if we have enough faith, miracles happen (actually, our faith is to be in God’s overall plan to reach the world with the Gospel; how He does it is His business). I wholeheartedly believe that if I were to go to a place where the Gospel is new and the atmosphere was toxic with pagan religious rites, I would see miracles happen as God shows Himself mighty unto salvation in the form of signs, dreams, visions and physical miracles. At least, that’s what I am praying concerning Africa, China, Iran, Iraq, Israel, and other parts of the world.

Instead of taking the responsibility of answered prayer upon ourselves, let’s leave the outcome up to the Lord. We have His promise that He never leaves us nor forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5), so we can trust Him in all circumstances. In fact, the famous verse, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13), is about trust and patient endurance in the face of hard times (read 4:10-20). We can trust Him with our pain, with our loved ones, even our lives. Let’s just remember that His long-term goal is for us to be with Him in glory,

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Tomorrow, we will look at another kind of magic called, “Performance Magic.”

Abba, You know our hearts. We love You, but we can’t seem to let go of control. It started in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day in every person’s life. Help us to let go and trust You in all things for all things. I know our blood pressure would be lower and our attitudes would be better. Amen.

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