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It’s Always God’s Will To Shower You With Goodness

Do you believe God always has good intentions toward you?

Some say they believe He does, but then if they get a diagnoses of cancer, fear and confusion often set in and then they begin to wrongly believe, “This must be God’s will. Maybe He has a purpose in it all.”

Some say they believe this, but then when they get sick as a result of them not getting enough sleep, they question God as to why they are sick, unwilling to look at their own choices.

Some say they believe this, but when they become fatigued all the time they get confused about what they call “God’s ways” instead of looking at their own life and allowing the Holy Spirit to show them they are exhausted due to the amount of sugar they’ve been putting into their body.

Some say they believe this, but they have scheduled their lives to the second, with no room for margin, which causes them major stress and then they ask God why their life is so hard and why they feel terrible all the time.

I just hate it when God gets a bad rap, but it happens far too often. There is so much confusion among Christians as to God’s true character.

Let me just encourage you with the truth for a few minutes:

Psalm 145 says,

1 I lift You high in praise, my God, O my King!
    and I’ll bless Your name into eternity.

I’ll bless You every day,
    and keep it up from now to eternity.

God is magnificent; He can never be praised enough.
    There are no boundaries to His greatness.

Generation after generation stands in awe of Your work;
    each one tells stories of Your mighty acts.

Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
    I compose songs on Your wonders.

Your marvelous doings are headline news;
    I could write a book full of the details of Your greatness.

The fame of Your goodness spreads across the country;
    Your righteousness is on everyone’s lips.

God is all mercy and grace—
    not quick to anger, is rich in love.

God is good to one and all;
    everything He does is suffused with grace.

 (MSG)

Anytime we are suffering with health issues, trouble with our mind or emotional pain, it is never God’s will. We may not always understand what is going on in our lives or why it’s happening, but the disconnect is never, ever, ever on God’s part.

I got a cold a few weeks ago and because I am willing to look at myself in an honest way instead of blaming God for stuff like this, I was able to be reminded by the Holy Spirit that I caught that cold because I hadn’t been getting enough sleep and I had been eating too much sugar. In other words, I had not been following the leading of the Spirit in these areas of my life; therefore, my immune system was compromised. My cold had nothing to do with God. In this instance, it had everything to do with my choices.

Now, I do realize we live in a fallen world and we have an enemy who loves to attack us so I am by no means throwing everything into one box here, but I am just stunned at how many “believers” believe that God is the cause of their suffering.

Here’s an important point about my cold though: What did I do once I realized why I had a cold? Well, I did not go into guilt and condemnation mode. Instead, I ran straight to the throne of God’s grace, had an honest conversation with my heavenly Daddy about my predicament and received His love and grace, despite my not having used wisdom in these areas.

I went directly into believing that God would help me get over my cold very quickly, not because I deserved it, but because I live my life by God’s grace (His undeserved favor). I live my life through Jesus’ life of perfect obedience to the Father, not by my own obedience.

Of course, those who choose to receive God’s grace like this will experience a heart change that will cause them to effortlessly live at a higher level of obedience. But this won’t be the result for those who agree to receive God’s grace only when they think they’ve been good enough to receive it. That, my friend, is not grace. That would be self-righteousness.

I’ve also had terrible ringing in my left ear for several years now. Is God allowing this ringing to continue to teach me something? No, no, no.

I am convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that God’s will is that I receive my healing in this area. One thing the Holy Spirit encouraged me with recently is just to take time each day to receive the manifestation of my healing from Jesus which I had not been doing.

You see, Jesus has already finished the work so I know I am healed, but for some reason I’m not receiving it. Could it be that I am simply forgetting to receive what is mine in Christ Jesus?

I have communion elements prepared and sitting next to me right here on my nightstand and I’m planning on taking some time soon to simply honor Jesus for His finished work on the cross and receive from Him everything He died to give me!

Here’s another thing that happens sometimes: We can all let unbelief creep in as a result of a longstanding symptom, a negative medical report or even from googling our problem. Unbelief is sneaky.

Last year I had taken a break from CrossFit due to my schedule and was walking a lot in my subdivision for exercise. I had already encountered some dogs charging my husband and I six months earlier and when that happened I was not filled with unbelief in this area. I had been listening to worship songs that day about the power in the name of Jesus. As these large dogs were charging toward us I stretched out my hand and repeated, “In the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus. In the name of Jesus.”

I witnessed something I will never forget. These dogs stopped right in front of us and it was like there was an invisible wall between us and them. They kept barking for a while but never came any closer. We walked away and didn’t even look behind us because we felt so confident that God was protecting us. It was obvious!

Then, much later on last year, I read a news story about a dog viciously attacking this couple. Unbeknownst to me, this caused unbelief to creep into my heart and I began to have fear while walking through my subdivision. I was listening to a teaching by Andrew Wommack one day while walking and he explained that reading or hearing bad reports/bad news is one way our heart can be opened up to unbelief. I got it that day. I said, “no more.”

I continued to walk through my subdivision after that with my eyes on God and His goodness and His protection over me. I am back to doing my CrossFit workouts now and not walking for exercise at this time, but my twin girls said this to me a couple of weeks ago. “Hey Mom, did you hear about that dog attack in the news?” I said, “nope and I don’t want to hear about it.” I explained to them why I would be avoiding such news from now on.

So we really do have to guard our heart or unbelief will often try to creep in and when it does, it will affect our ability to trust God.

Have I told you how poorly sugar affects me? Well, it does and I’ve had some very wonderful seasons of being off of sugar in my life and reaped the benefits of it, but I’ve also had far too many seasons where I’ve allowed an addiction to sugar to control me.

One of the many areas where sugar affects me is in my mind. Because an excessive amount of sugar intake always makes me feel exhausted physically, this affects my thought processes as well. I have more fearful thoughts and can even experience suspicious thoughts when I am taking in a steady diet of sugar/sweets. Yep. It’s true. I have often said I could write a book titled Sugar Makes Me Weird!

So is it God’s fault when I struggle with my thoughts? No way. He only wants to help me and shower me with His goodness. It’s not God making me put the sugar in my mouth which affects my hormones and increases my hot flashes. Nope. He’s just ready and waiting to help me anytime I’m ready to receive His help!

Why do we hear so many Christians – in some way, shape or form – trying to pin the blame on God for their suffering? Some say God causes it. Others say God doesn’t cause it but He does allow it. My husband and I still haven’t figured out what the difference is.

Why are we not hearing more Christians willing to say, “Holy Spirit, please show me if there is anything I need to see here. Please show me if there is any disconnect on my part – anywhere I’m not following Your lead.”

Again, I’m not saying if someone is sick that means they did something wrong or that they are in some kind of sin. I’m just saying it’s totally worth asking some questions just to see if there is anything the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to us or any wisdom we can gain from asking and listening!

I’m convinced there are many Believers who do not understand God’s true nature and/or their identity in Christ; therefore, they resist learning about any disconnect on their part (their responsibility) due to fear.

Once a Christian really gets rooted and grounded in their identity being in Christ Jesus as opposed to what they do (their actions/their works), that person becomes free from fear and totally open and ok with whatever truth the Holy Spirit wants to lead them into. In fact, they welcome it!

Believe me, I am a witness to this change in my own life. I used to feel so bad whenever God would lovingly correct me because I didn’t feel like He was lovingly correcting me. I thought He was against me and mad at me each time I messed up. I saw God all wrong and definitely didn’t have a clue who I was in Him. Now, I totally welcome God’s correction, direction, leading and guidance in my life. I feel like a little kid in His love for me and that feeling doesn’t change when I do something wrong.

Some final thoughts:

Steve and I have often wondered how it’s possible for a person who believes that God either causes or allows sickness, disease, mental torment or emotional pain in their life to truly resist these things? After all, why would you resist something you think is from God?

And if a person believes God allowed this terrible tragedy to happen to me or my child or my spouse, wouldn’t it be hard for them not to wonder if He is going to allow something else bad to happen?

I just hate it for people who believe this way. I really do. I want them to know God as a good, good Father and I know why I feel so passionate about this subject. It’s because I lived for a very long time believing wrong about God and it messed me up on so many levels. Unbelief was a prevailing line of thought in my mind, blocking me from being able to fully receive what God had already provided for me in Christ Jesus.

But the good news is, by God’s grace I did an about-face where my believing was concerned and every person has this same opportunity. Every Believer can know the truth about God’s gracious nature and receive His goodness toward them on a daily basis!

Here’s the truth about God:

Matthew 9:35 says,

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” (NIV)

In John 10:10 Jesus Himself said,

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (NASB) 

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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