Have you ever asked yourself this question: If God is such a loving God, why did this or that happen? Or why didn’t He come through in this situation?
Doesn’t the bible say, “Ask and it shall be given?” And doesn’t it say, “Knock, and it will be opened to you?” Or what about, “Whatever you ask in prayer believing, you shall receive?”
I don’t understand.
So many different persuasions of so-called “bible teaching” are floating around today that it’s no wonder there are so many people experiencing things that are exactly opposite of what Jesus experienced in His ministry during His life.
In Psa. 115:16, the bible says that the Lord gave the earth to “the sons of men” which immediately implies that we have some responsibility to perform. While the Old Testament was written under the laws of a different covenant, we actually have a higher level of “personal” responsibility and accountability now days to the Lord first, then to our families, loved ones, and ourselves.
I came from a very controlling and demanding legalistic and religious upbringing that not only implied, but openly taught at times that when bad circumstances came against you, God was either punishing us and trying to grow us up to be more like Him, or He was mad at us and we’d better straighten our act up.
This kind of teaching comes from a lack of understanding of what we currently have in Christ, and secondly, the truth that God really is a loving, merciful, and good God who only has our best intentions at heart.
God Gave Us His Authority
In Luke 10:19, Jesus told His disciples, “Behold, I give you authority…over all the power of the enemy, and nothing by any means shall harm you” (NKJV). The Gospels provide numerous examples—ships in the storm, feeding of the four and five-thousand, casting devils out of people, healing others, etc.—where it was very apparent that Jesus was plainly disgusted with His disciples because they did not or would act on what He had already taught them.
In Matt.10:8, He commissioned more of disciples with power to, “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons.” It’s hard to deny that He clearly gave us the same power He had to make His kingdom collide with this natural realm. And each time Jesus, or finally, His disciples acted on His Father’s words and authority, the earthy realm always gave way and bowed its knee to God’s kingdom authority…always!
The True Nature of The Father
If we will allow ourselves to be open-minded enough to admit that our particular denomination or doctrinal teaching might not have had “all the right answers,” we might just find ourselves standing in a new level of freedom and authority over our enemies and our circumstances that we’ve never experienced before.
But, in order to reach this place you must believe that God is always good and always loves and is NOT responsible for all the havoc and destruction that is happening on the earth today. If you believe that, then what in the world is the devil’s job? Doesn’t John 10:10 say that the (or devil) only comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus comes to “give life” (not take it away) and give it in abundance?
Jesus also said in John 14:9 that he who has seen Me has seen the Father. And in Hebrews 1:3 it says that Jesus is the expressed image of the Father upholding all things by the word of His power. And last but certainly not least, John 3:16-17 God SO loved the world that He sent Jesus and that He did not send Him to condemn the world but the world might be saved.
Does that really sound like a God who wants to judge, condemn, and destroy the very beings He created? Luke 9:56 says that the son of man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.
Act on the Word Alone
In closing, I’d suggest that if you’re being fed traditions and doctrines of men that are not lining up with the word of God, and furthermore are not producing the same results that the word promises, then get out of there fast and repent for it.
When Jesus confronted the religious leaders of His day in John 5:39-40 He rebuked them because He told them that they were searching the scriptures because in them “they thought” they would find eternal life. And in fact, the scriptures even testified of Jesus. But then He said, “but you’re not willing to come to Me that you may have eternal life.”
The whole purpose of learning and abiding in God’s word is first and foremost for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Then when that is established and we know who we are in Him and what we have in Him, we can and should start walking in the authority He won for us on the cross over His adversaries. We are not supposed to be “under anything” from the devil, the world, or the flesh.
That’s why the apostle Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:57, “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Serving You Truth,