Have you ever heard someone mock God? Have you ever heard someone accuse God of lying?
I’m sure you have, but you might not have noticed it. They may have framed their accusation in such a way that you actually agreed. Why do I say this?? Where am I going?? Read on to find out!
Recently the world has been found in a devastating pandemic. Lack, sickness, death, debt, sadness, sorrow and despair have been the order of the day for countless millions of people. Yet, there remains a remnant of persons who seem untouched by it all. They are few and far in between. Nonetheless, they do exist. These persons are the persons who believe unrelentingly in the goodness of God, in His desire to see us prosperous in all four seasons, during famine, drought, plagues and war. WOW! That sounds like an awesome God!
So, why are so many persons, especially believers struggling? Should we not be the ones being set apart above the world?? Prospering when they are in lack, and thriving when they are sick?
Well, the truth is the church has accused God of lying. He promises in his word to heal, protect, prosper and deliver. However, many churches say this is nothing but the “prosperity gospel”. In response to this, I would like to ask, what is the prosperity gospel? Many would deem it to be the “health and wealth” doctrine. They describe it as preachers trying to get money from innocent tithers, promising a life of riches and no problems. Many churches warn this is false teaching because Jesus promised suffering.
My response?? They are accusing God of lying and taking the bible out of context. Look at John chapter 16 verse 33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jesus did say we will suffer tribulation, but what does it say at the end? He said He has overcome the world. Hence implying with Him, we will overcome tribulation. It did not say the tribulation will dominate us and bring us to our knees, making us pitiful and sorrowful. Yet this is what is preached. This verse says we will overcome.
3 John chapter 2 verse 2 KJV plainly tells us Gods will for our lives: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Furthermore, John chapter 10 verse 10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
If we read our bibles throughout, we will see God promises to be there for us and deliver us from lack, sickness, demonic oppression and every attack the devil may try.
So, what’s the issue??
The first issue is we have been conditioned to not believe Gods promises. They are in His word, but we rather listen to uninformed, religious, falsely humble pastors that believing for something pure and good like provision and healing, is evil. Not knowing Gods promises, because we are not seeking the truth. In other words, we accuse God of lying when we believe that God does not want us to prosper and be fully well. We accuse him of lying especially when we acknowledge the many verses on healing and provision but then say, they don’t always come to pass. In other words, we accuse God of not always keeping His word. Do we not know God is a covenant keeping God?
The second issue is that we, as a people, are not using the armour God has gave us in Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10-18. This passage includes the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.
I have learned that when a problem arises, we must take our authority as believers and speak to the storms in our lives like Jesus spoke to the storm in the boat and commanded it to be still. What do we tell the storm? We tell the storm of lack, that “my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory”, We tell the storm of sickness that “By His stripes I am Healed” and “I shall Live and not die to declare the works of the Lord”.
We must command for the devil to take His hands off God’s precious children, and we must make a demand on Heaven to establish the kingdom of God in our lives. The kingdom does not look like feeble, sick believers or worshippers in lack. We must believe and agree with God, get rid of false humility which thinks there is meekness in suffering and claim the identity of children of a supreme King. Children of royals do not go around looking down and out, they are finely taken care of. If God is the King of Kings and we are his children, I cannot imagine why we should accept the lies of religion that to be impoverished and sick, suffering and being hit all around as the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. In doing so, we accuse God of lying and mock the God of the universe.
In honest transparency, my last 4 months have been quite stressful. Just like most people, I have been affected by Covid-19. Financially, in my health and in my emotions. The difference, however, was for me to believe in the goodness of God, His will for me to prosper, and the power of my authority as a believer in Christ. While these months have not been easy, these months have held miracle and after miracle for my family and I. These miracles have been absolutely life changing. We, as Gods children have been dominating the enemy. It couldn’t have been possible had we not known what Gods will for us is as we stand on His promises. We have been seeing miracles as we declare “God is not a man that he should lie.”
I truly wish for all my brothers and sisters in Christ to experience the same breakthrough. However, if we don’t believe Gods promises, we will never see them fulfilled in our lives.
I will close with Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6 NIV. “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
Elizabeth is a student of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Special Education, a proud public speaker at Toastmasters International and budding entrepreneur. In my free time, she loves reading, cycling, crocheting and most recently, mastering cuisine in the kitchen. Her life’s ambition is to own an international non-profit ministry focusing on eliminating poverty in Africa and Asia as well as ministering mental and emotional healing.