Grace Works Through Faith – Part 5
The Bible reveals that in the last days people will call evil “good” and good “evil” – Isaiah 5:20. If we cannot discern between what God is doing and what the devil is doing, we won’t know what to resist and what to yield to.
What Jesus did was good. Acts 10:38 “GOD ANOINTED JESUS OF NAZARETH with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about DOING GOOD, AND HEALING all that were OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL”. As the Bible teaches that Jesus is the perfect example of GOD’S WILL we can be assured that GOD DOES GOOD ONLY AND THE DEVIL DOES EVIL ONLY.
Some people have TWISTED AND MISUSED James 1:2-4 to teach that God controls everything in our lives. James 1:2-4 KJV “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the PATIENCE AND COMFORT OF THE SCRIPTURES might have hope.” ACCORDING TO THIS VERSE PATIENCE COMES THROUGH SCRIPTURES, NOT HARDSHIP AND TRIBULATION. When we got born again, God gave us patience. Galatians 5:22 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is… longsuffering (patience).”
We need to use our patience for it to develop. Just like being a better soldier comes by participating in battle, patience gets developed by being used. BUT WE MUSTN’T SAY PROBLEMS COME FROM GOD AS MUCH AS THE ENEMY THAT ATTACKS SOLDIERS IS NEVER SENT BY THE COUNTRY THEY SERVE. The enemy comes with an intention to kill the soldiers. So do the problems that come our way, their intention is to kill us.
James 1:2-4 isn’t saying that God puts problems on us to make us better as much as the enemy that comes against a soldier does not come to make the soldier better but to kill the soldier – problems come to kill us. WE MUST NOT ATTRIBUTE EVIL TO GOD, SATAN WILL USE THAT TO KILL US WHILE WE THINK IT IS FROM GOD. James 4:7, says “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
If it is good, it is from God. If it is bad, it is from the devil. GOD IS A GOOD GOD. The devil is a bad devil – John 10:10. Don’t confuse God with the devil or the devil with God. The devil is out to destroy you, don’t be fooled by him thinking that God is working in your favour.
Many people are turning away from God because they think He is the source of their pain. Others are just hanging in there until they die because they are afraid of spending eternity in hell. This is not what Jesus died to give us.
We shouldn’t preach what is not true to clear ourselves from being blamed for not exercising our faith. We mustn’t live like one leader of the synagogue who had a sick woman coming to his synagogue for 18 years without being healed. When Jesus healed her this leader of the synagogue decided to tell his people that they should not come to be healed on a Sabbath day – Luke 13:10-17. Let’s trust God to confirm His Word with miracles signs and wonders – Mark 16:14-20.
James 1:13 NKJV says, “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.”
“REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST.”