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God Is Not Creating Your Problems – Part II

Since my latest post, “God Is Not Creating Your Problems” I’ve received a lot of comments. Some positive, some negative, some indifferent and some very emotional. First of all I want to say that I in no way am intending to hurt feelings. I’m also not trying to force my point of view on anyone, or trying to debate people. At the end of the day, if you believe and accept Jesus, you’re going to Heaven. Period. I just believe the Body of Christ is largely missing out on some wonderful things God provided for us through the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I also believe we’re greatly misunderstanding the nature of God and His Word.

God Is Not Creating Your Problems as well as this post, are not intended for anything other than expressing a different point of view. It’s for those looking for answers that they can’t find. It is not for debating or “making” anyone agree with me. I just want to answer some of the questions that came up because of this post. I said in my original post to please study this all out for yourself. Do not just take my word for it. Take what I say and find out if it all lines up with the Word for yourself.

“…He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mark 4:9

 

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.”  Acts 11-12

 

What about the sovereignty of God?
God turned over a lot of that power to man in the garden of Eden. In Genesis 1:26-28, God gave mankind dominion over the earth, and all things in the earth. Dominion means sovereignty. So, God turned that sovereignty over to man, essentially limiting Himself. Again in Psalm 115:16, we see that earth belongs to man. God gave us His word when He gave man dominion, and according to Psalm 89:34, He will not go back on His word.

Man also was given free will and God will not override the will of man. That would make God unjust.

 

What about Job?

Job did not have a covenant with God. Satan had total authority of Job whereas God did not. Also, if you read in Job 42, God tells him that he spoke wrongly of Him (vs. 7), but instead of cursing Job, or putting more hardship on him, God blessed Job! In verse 10-12 it says that God restored all that was lost to Job and blessed him in his latter days more than his beginning! That’s without a covenant, so now that we have an even better covenant (Hebrews 8:6) God is most definitely not afflicting us with hardship, grief or loss. Colossians 1:12-13 says, “Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” There’s been a change. If by the cross of Jesus we’ve been moved out of darkness, then that means darkness must not be of not of God.

If God was allowing bad things to happen to us, then we would be wrong to ever go to the doctor. We would be wrong to ever fight against temptation since God must be bringing into our lives for our betterment. We would be wrong to protect our children from harm if God is trying to show them something. Could you imagine watching your child run into the street in front of a car and just sitting by so they learn to not do it again? Could you imagine injecting your child with a disease so that they learn to trust in God? Could you imagine your own mom or dad allowing someone to rape you so that you learn to forgive others?

Acts 10:38 says that Jesus went about healing ALL that were oppressed by the DEVIL. I said this in my original post, but I’m going to repeat it… if God’s will for us is to sometimes go through bad things in order to allow something better to come of it, then Jesus was totally going against God’s will. Jesus never afflicted pain, grief, or refused to heal someone. “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”  Matthew 8:2-3.

The only time Jesus did not heal someone or work miracles was due to someone(s) unbelief (Matthew 13:58). So, it’s God’s will for all to be healed, delivered from the devil, darkness, etc., however, our own unbelief can hinder it from happening.

 

Romans 5:6-11, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Verse 9 says that we have been saved from wrath and verse 10 says we’re no longer enemies, but reconciled and saved.

James 1:13-18, “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”

Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

Luke 9:56, “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

I believe with all my heart that God has only good intentions for us and that He would never do anything to cause us harm. He is a good father. Good fathers don’t abuse their children. I know sometimes we find peace in believing that God is doing something good in the midst of all the pain, but it’s so much sweeter to recognize that Jesus already won the battle for us and that we have the victory. We can stand up and believe His Word and rest in His peace and goodness. The peace I have knowing that God is not afflicting me, but instead helping me walk out the victory is much greater than believing God would allow it to happen for something good to out of it.

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God Is Not Creating Your Problems

God is not against you. He doesn’t want you to struggle through life just barely making it. He doesn’t want you to learn the hard way, and He certainly isn’t creating your problems to teach you something.

I think my most hated phrase is, “God must be trying to teach me something.” Yes, God wants to teach us things, but He doesn’t need or want to teach us a lesson by hurting us. I think we can all agree that it is a bad idea to stick your finger in the light socket, right? So, tell next time your child starts to stick their finger in that socket, let them. Let them do it because it will definitely teach them to never do it again. Let them hurt themselves in order to make them stronger. That’s stupid, right? Of course it is! You love your child too much to allow something like that to happen to them. God loves you too much to allow something bad to happen to you just so you learn something from it.

Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! ” – Matthew 7:9-11

“Good gifts”, not evil or harmful things. Gifts are good things, not evil.  God wants to give you good gifts and only good gifts. God is not allowing you to get cancer in order to teach you to trust Him. God is not allowing you to live in poverty because He wants to teach you how to be thankful. God is not allowing you to have miscarriages so your marriage will grow stronger. God is not allowing, or choosing for people to die before their time because He has bigger plans, or needs them in Heaven. (Side note here… What? God needs someone in Heaven more than here on earth? People don’t need to hear the Gospel in Heaven, there aren’t people perishing in Heaven, there aren’t people who need to know God loves them in Heaven. God need us here on earth way more than He needs us in Heaven.) God is not allowing bad things to happen to you because it builds character.

 God is not creating your problems. We live in a fallen world that has not be saved/redeemed yet. Satan is still the god of this world and blinding people’s minds (II Cor. 4:4). Satan is still lying and trying to steal, kill and destroy us. My Bible says in John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Sin is still in this world. Also, we still have free-will. God gave us free-will and the ability to think and choose for ourselves. Truth be told, we are most likely creating our problems more than anyone or anything else. We probably shouldn’t even give Satan credit for some of the bad things that happen to us. If you sleep around with anyone you want/ choose, and then contract a STD… that’s most definitely not God’s fault, and it’s not even really Satan fault. It’s your fault. Neither God, nor even Satan was forcing you to live that way. And God isn’t punishing you either. Jesus took all of our punishment on the cross, and then He took it to the grave (Romans 3:21-31)! STDs are a consequence of that sort of lifestyle. Our actions have consequences that aren’t always good.

If this was all really God’s will or plan, why did we never see Jesus allow people to continue to be sick? Jesus is the perfect representation of God the Father (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus must have been going against God’s will by going about doing good and healing all (Acts 10:38). If you want to know what God is like, you need to read through the Gospels and see what Jesus was about. Jesus healed all who came to Him in faith. The only people Jesus never healed were the people who couldn’t believe it (Mark 6:5-6).

So, what are you believing? Are you believing lies? Are you unable to believe God can help you without it involving struggle? Are you perishing for a lack of knowledge? Please ask yourself these questions, pray about it and ask God to show you the truth. Study this out for yourself. Don’t just take my word for it, seek the truth for yourself.
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:31-32

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He Is Alive!

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Thank you Jesus for your love! Thank goodness it is finished!

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:30

He has paid the debt we could never pay. (I John 4:10)

He has forgiven us. (Ephesians 1:7)

He has forgotten our sins and wrong doings. (Hebrews 10:17)

He took our place and gave us His. (II Corinthians 5:21)

He has reconciled us to God. (Romans 5:10-11)

He has healed us. (I Peter 2:24)

He has made us new. (II Corinthians 5:17)

He has given us life. (John 10:10)

He has freed us. (John 8:36)

He has given us power. (Luke 10:19)

He has made us children of God. (Galatians 3:26)

He has made us heirs. (Romans 8:17)

He became poor to make us rich. (II Corinthians 8:9)

He loves us and nothing can change that. (Romans 8:38-39)

He is interceding on our behalf. (Hebrews 7:25)

He is alive! (Revelation 1:18)

He is the ONLY way, not one of many. (John 14:6)

He is coming back… (Revelation 22:12-13)

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Knowing God – Do You Know Him?

A teaching about knowing God I taught at the Bible College about a month ago.

There is a huge difference between knowing God and knowing about Him. I grew up in a Christian home with born again, Spirit-filled parents. I always knew about God, but never knew who God was. Funny isn’t it? How we can know about God without ever really knowing Him. We can quote every verse in the Bible, we know all the right things to do and say, we even know all the worship songs. However, it all means nothing without the love of God according to 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
If we don’t know the love of God, we do not know Him because He is love. Do we really know God, or only about Him?

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Do You Know Him?

I grew up in a Christian home with born again, Spirit-filled parents. I always knew about God, but never knew who God was. Funny isn’t it? How we can know about God without ever really knowing Him. We can quote every verse in the Bible, we know all the right things to do and say, we even know all the worship songs. However, it all means nothing without the love of God according to 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.
If we don’t know the love of God, we do not know Him because He is love. Do we really know God, or only about Him?

For example: I can tell you about Brad Pitt, however, I do not know him personally. Well, that’s how we are with God. We may know things about Him, but do we know Him personally? Do we know His character? Do we know what He will do in certain circumstances? Or do we just have a general idea, more so, “guess” of who He is, and how He will handle things?

I know a lot of people, Christians even, who ask the question, “Where is God? If He loved me, wouldn’t He do something for me?” Well, maybe you just don’t know God personally and intimately yet. Maybe the reason it seems God is not helping you in the situation you are in, is simply because you do not know Him.

If we all truly knew who God is, we would not have fear, we would not be poor, sick, depressed, worried, or ashamed. We would not be wearing ourselves out trying to get God to move on our behalf either. If you really knew how much God loves you and values you, you would be able to trust God and have peace. Trusting God is simply being confident and secure in His love for you.
Trusting God is simply being confident and secure in His love for you.

But how are you going to know how much He loves you? By getting to know Him personally. If money is tight and your car breaks down, are you worried about where the money will come from, or do you know that God will supply all your needs according to His riches (Philippians 4:19)? If you find out you have cancer, are you scared you will die, or do you know that God is the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26)? If you have a messy past, are you condemning yourself, or do you know that there is now no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1)? Do you wonder why God is letting horrible, natural disasters occur, or do you know that every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes from the Father of lights, who never changes or casts a shifting shadow (James 1:17)?

Sometimes we wonder why certain things happen, or why God would allow things to happen, when in reality, we just don’t have a knowledge of who God really is. We do not know that God is a god of love and forgiveness. We do not know that God has a plan for us that far surpasses anything that we could ever dream of. We do not know that God has given us His very best, and His everything. Or maybe we’re just not understanding what Christ did on the cross. We don’t understand that on the Cross, Jesus took our place and gave us His.

So how do we get to know God and gain understanding?
His Word (the Bible) is a great place to start. God’s Word is like a love letter to His children (us). When you read the Word, you are reading God’s very words to you! You are reading His hopes, dreams and plans for you. You are reading about who He is and what He has done for you, and what He wants to continue to do for you.
Praying is another great way to get to know God intimately. All prayer is is talking to God. Let God reveal Himself to you through His Word and prayer. Talk to Him, He is always listening and loves talking with you.
Look at Jesus. Jesus said that when we see Him (Jesus), we see God (John 14:9). Whatever Jesus did, is God’s will. Who Jesus is, God is.

So, do you really know God, or only know about Him?