So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. 1 Corinthians 10:14 (TM)
I can’t stand televangelists who spend all of their time asking for money. When I come across one I turn the channel as fast as I can. They spend all their time using God as something they can control. "Send me ten dollars and God will bless you with a hundred!" they will promise. God becomes your personal cash cow – a talisman – a good luck charm.
God is not a genie in a bottle. While He does care about our hearts’ desires, He also cares more deeply about our heart condition. When He controls our hearts, our desires are true. When our hearts are filled with greed, envy and selfishness – then our off-course desires are greedy, envious and selfish.
God is not in the business of making us what we want to be, but what He calls us to be: loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, gentle and self-controlled.
Is God controlling me or am I trying to control God?
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