Same Old Story...?

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;

there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

Spoiler alert! Most fairy tales have a familiar pattern that is loosely based on the same scenario…sort of like that one Harlequin romance story that has been written and re-written with different names and locations to produce thousands of dime-store novels. There is a hero (frequently a prince), a heroine (princess, or soon-to-be one), and an evil character (often a sorceress) who produces some kind of magic spell that adversely affects the people of the kingdom. The hero must overcome insurmountable odds, win the heart of the princess and vanquish the villain to liberate his kingdom from the magical curse. Somewhere along the way, there is usually some kind of plot twist that makes things a little more interesting. That may be a little simplistic, but more or less, most of them pretty much follow that course.

I don’t think it is any coincidence that many fairy tales hold a lot of similarities to God’s grand plan for man. In fact, many of the things God created as gifts for us have been reproduced by the enemy - with a twist - as counterfeits to distract us and lead us away from God’s Truth. For example, psychics and the tools of their trade are shadowy and treacherous counterfeits to steer us away from what God has provided for us. He gave us the Bible as our guide book with many prophecies that foretell the future, along with angels and His Holy Spirit to be our protector, teacher, counselor and guide. He even displayed His faithfulness through signs and wonders in times when people sought Him for direction. A few examples that come to mind are Gideon with his fleece, Elisha asking that his servant’s eyes be opened to see chariots of fire on the surrounding hills, Moses hearing God’s voice from a burning bush and/or parting the Red Sea, and Magi from a foreign land who read the signs in the stars and traveled a long distance to find the baby Jesus who had been born exactly when the sign appeared in the sky. The list goes on and on. I have no doubt that if our physical eyes could see into the spirit realm, we would be amazed at all that is going on around us at any given moment. God’s Truth is far more exciting than any fairy tale. Anyone who thinks the Bible is a bunch of boring, incomprehensible mumbo-jumbo needs to take another look with fresh eyes, and ask the Holy Spirit for help to see the reality of His wonders, many of which have been verified in secular sources.

After mankind and the earth were cursed through the original sin of Adam & Eve, man had about four thousand years to try to get it right with God, and not one person was able to do it. So, God sent Jesus to offer us the chance to have eternal life with Him within the perfection of Heaven. After all, that is why God created us in the first place and it is what He really wants: to have us live happily ever after with Him in Heaven. The twist is, we have to believe in Him even though we cannot see him, and accept His Truth on faith in order to be cleansed of “the curse” of original sin. Then we are supposed to value the unsubstantial things of God over the glittering riches of this world. The challenge is to live and function in this world while keeping our hearts and minds focused on Him. It seems an impossible thing to accomplish on our own. The not-so-secret twist is, if we will submit our hearts to God and ask Him to replace the wrong desires of our hearts with His desires, He will! It sounds too easy to be true, but it is! We can actually want the things he wants for us! AND, His Holy Spirit will help us along the way if we will just ask.

In offering our lives to Him, we experience freedom like we never knew was possible, and receive riches beyond belief, both in this world and the next. Some of the gifts He offers us here are a little mind-bending and seem to come right out of a fairy tale: prophecy, healing, miracles, words of knowledge and faith that can literally move mountains, just to name a few! All it takes is faith and trust…faith that He truly loves us as much as His Word tells us He does, and trust that His unlimited love means He will never ask anything of us unless it is absolutely for our highest and best good. And if you are tempted to think the gifts of the Holy Spirit are no longer viable in our world today, just pray to have your eyes opened, look around, do a little research, and then watch Him blow your mind!

Prayer: Father God, thank You for all You have done for us and all You plan to do. We ask You today for eyes to see, ears to hear, minds to believe, and hearts to receive Your Truth. Thank You for Your amazing grace and boundless love. Help us, in the midst of our unbelief, to have the faith we need to accomplish everything You have purposed for our lives, all in accordance with Your will and Your great plan, in Jesus’ magnificent name, amen.

Additional scriptures:

“No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:7-10

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” Isaiah 64:4

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:15-17

“Gideon said to God, ‘If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.’ And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, ‘Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.’ That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.” Judges 6:36-40

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’” Matthew 2:1-2

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