And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
This scripture has been so misused and misunderstood. This scripture IS NOT saying that God puts us through trials, sickness, disease and death and then uses it for our or someones good.
This scripture has been used often to justify when someone is going through a sickness, cancer, disease, even the death of a child.
Lets look at these scriptures:
Romans 8:1-6 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
We are no longer under the law as BELIEVERS in JESUS. We are FREE From the law of Sin and death. Jesus ushered in a new covenant and God is no longer using sickness, disease, tragedies, depression or anything negative to teach us. He sent HIS SON, Sacrificed His Son so that we now are not under the law. His Son paid the price for us in FULL. His desire for us is to live in health, peace, love, grace, forgiveness, freedom, prosperity, fullness of joy. So why are so many blaming God for the sickness, death and sin in the world?
What I see has happened is that when we (the church) cannot explain the tragedies we see in those we love and our own lives, the world and especially with Christians. We explain it away by quoting in particular the scripture “all things work together for good.” or I hear also: “God works in Mysterious ways.” Really? You are blaming God for these things and explaining to others that it will all be for good. Again, what good is cancer? The death of a child? the death of a mother of 4? A Tsunami? Flood? An answer to this question that I also hear is that God’s ways are NOT our ways and you may never know what good will come of this? Perhaps someone will come to know Jesus through this?
What ‘CAN’ happen, is that a person can use these things to finally turn to God and seek Him in their lives. But God has a better way to teach us. HIS Son, His Word, The Holy Spirit, is our teacher. He left us His Holy Spirit as our guide and to teach, He gives us wisdom and leads us if we listen.
John 14:6 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
God does not ever say: I will bring sickness and tragedies to teach you.
Ephesians 1:16-17 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
And one of my favorite to debunk the thought that God is causing all the tragedies, sickness and disease is 2 Timothy and 3 John.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
3 John 2 – Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
Jesus never told a single sick person that it was God’s will that they suffer and be sick a little longer. He never made anyone sick “to teach them something, since HE gave HIS Son to die for us. He never “Allowed” sickness to come on anyone to grow and teach them. These are lies of the enemy and many have believed them to explain why they are sick.
So why are God’s people sick? God will only allow what WE allow. “As a man thinks, so is he.” “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Words can bring life or death. God tells US to CHOOSE LIFE. So He is telling us that we can choose health and healing and to use our words. Stop looking at all the health reports on TV. These bring unbelief!
Romans 10:8-10 says that all who BELIEVE with their hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead shall be saved. The word saved is translated to: ‘Sozo’ – which means, Healed, Prospered, Forgiven, Set Free. Saved is not just forgiven of our sins, but is the past tense of health and healing. We can walk in health, healed and living the best life ever here. I am not saying that we will not be attacked by the enemy or a word filled with unbelief and sickness, but I am saying it does not have to overtake me, stay or kill me.
But you must first BELIEVE.
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