No Magic! Grace Solutions From God

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

We’ve all seen a magic trick at some time in our life. A magician takes a coin in his hand, squeezes and blows on it, opens his hand and the coin is gone. He opens his other hand and there it is. That is called magic—the art of illusion. Nothing really happened but sleight of hand fooling the eyes.

God does not do magic. We don’t hand Him our problems where He takes them in His hand, squeezes and blows on them, so that they appear to be suddenly gone. That would be an illusion. God is about miracles and leading us to grace solutions.

You know what a miracle is. It’s not the illusion of being fixed and made whole. It is the miracle of God’s power supernaturally changing something and it being made whole, healed, and complete—nothing missing, nothing broken.

By grace solutions, I mean that God, who is in you and with you, leads you by His Spirit, to think, say, and do thing right things that bring solution to the problems we cannot solve ourself.

The majority of problems we experienced, we’ve helped create. Marriage problems for example, don’t just happen. We say and do things God tells us we shouldn’t say and do and we don’t say and do things God tells us we should. By disobeying God we create problems.

When we get in our crisis times, we often pray out of desperation when what we are usually looking for is “the magician”—not God. We want God to wave His wand and make the problems go away. God is interested in transforming us. He is interested in transforming how we think, how we speak, and how we behave. He is interested in transforming our attitudes, motives, and purging selfishness–helping us to instead become selfless like Jesus. Romans 12:2 NLT says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.”

This transformation will take time because you will have to make the personal decision to hear and obey God’s voice speaking to you through the scriptures. Even when you sense Him talking to you through His Word, you still have to make the decision to obey and make changes He leads you to make. He won’t make you, so if you like the misery you create, He’ll let you continue in it. But, He wants His best for you, and you making the effort to follow His lead again and again is what will transform you. Nothing else will! So how fast you change depends on how much you want to listen and respond in obedience to the voice of God. There is seldom an instant fix. It will most often be a process. Jesus has already died and forgiven you if you’ve given your life to Him. But, you won’t forgive yourself until you make the necessary changes. You’ll bask in your own condemnation and resentment. Listening and obeying repeatedly over time is what will cause your character transformation and the Christ-like character that always leads to solutions and blessing!

Hardship and the desire to get out of our problems has a way of helping us remember what we don’t want to repeat again. If God just did the magic and took away the pain from the problems you created, you would not be transformed into Christ’s image and you’d repeat those stupid mistakes and sins over and over again. He is interested in your transformation. While this is happening He’ll always be by your side to speak to you and lead you, encourage you, and strengthen you if you will listen. He’ll listen to every prayer, and help you in every step. And as you change, His grace and supernatural help will help you work through your problems. And you will on occasion experience miracles that are His love and compassion bringing the immediate help you need.

Psalms 91:14-15 (NIV) “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”

If you are looking for magician, there are plenty around. There are also plenty of cheer-leading scam artists making God-like promises. But there is only one God and one Savior—Jesus Christ. He is your help. He has your solutions. And He brings both while transforming you into His image and teaching you to walk in His wisdom.

Psalms 120:1 (NLT) “I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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5 thoughts on “No Magic! Grace Solutions From God

  1. This is a wonderful message, pastor. The problem is that many Christians want God to be our magic genie, our butler and our doorman, and He cannot be any of these. And even after Jesus consistently preached that we should desire spiritual things and not earthly treasures, many Christians pray to God for new cars, more money, a promotion and for an end to sickness and pain. That’s witchcraft, not Christianity.

    As you say, we should instead be seeking God’s help to overcome and grow stronger from all that the world sends our way, not seeking a Genie to give us “stuff” and giving us a life of leisure and ease.

    • Stephen, You and I agree although I do not believe for one second that God has a problem with us asking Him for those things that are vital and necessary to our life. Even in practical daily living items, they are a part of our equipping to fulfill our call. We shouldn’t judge what the needs of others are as that is God’s business as He knows what He has assigned them to do in this earth. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:19 (NIV) “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.’ At the time He said this, he was sharing about giving – God using them to help meet the material needs for his life and calling. Paul knew God would meet his needs and theirs. And he also taught that rather than worry which is contrary to God’s will, to pray in faith. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Everything you said I should not pray for I have prayed for because I pray and talk with God about EVERY aspect of my life. There is no manipulation. I believe that God knows my needs and he told me to discuss them with Him. He is not put off by me having things. He is put off by things having me. They do not. Knowing God will meet my needs has made it easy for me to tithe, to give generous offerings, and to be generous with people. You can’t out give God and He says, Proverbs 22:9 (NKJV) “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.” And Proverbs 19:17 (NIV) “He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.” God bless you Stephen!

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