This bible lesson started out with the title “Why Does God Allow Things to Happen?” Read/listen on for a great message on God’s presence in our lives, his promises, and his expectations for how he expects us to receive his gifts and powers.
There’s a deception out there in the Church community. We ask ourselves why does God allow hurricanes, wars, cancer, Corona virus, etc.? If he’s such a good God, why does he allow all of this to happen?
My God is, however, all and always Good. See John 10:10: he thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Satan came to kill, steal, and destroy. God does not do these things.
Pastor Louise begins with Adam, who disobeyed God and so opened the door to Satan.
Satan’s temptations made to Jesus in the 40 days in the wilderness meant that Satan owned the earth and was all evil. Jesus turned down all he offered with his answers.
God sent Jesus to win back what Adam had lost, so Jesus is often called “the Second Adam.”
When Jesus returned from death and resurrection, he gave us authority to do right, to reject Satan and his temptations. To be “born again” describes this gift from Jesus to us.
See Acts 10:38. “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” and Matthew 4:23: “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
And read Matthew 8, 1-4 again: “When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy[a] came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
The leper is like all of us. God can do anything, but we need to let Jesus know what–like the leper–we need or want.
Continue with Isaiah 53:4
“Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.”
Look up “grief.” The original was translated from the Greek as “grief,” but it also means physical sicknesses and illnesses.
Jesus bore all our sicknesses and illnesses at the Cross, the Atonement. This meant not just spiritual, but ALL physical illnesses.
The biggest weapon that Satan has against us is our ignorance. God has given you the weapons to defeat Satan but YOU have to draw on Scripture or the Word to bring it to pass in your lives.
God will not put any disease or sicknesses on us, but he will “allow’ it.
Pastor Louise then described how experiences with tennis lessons got out of hand, getting involved in strife, etc. with the ladies at the court. “I was out of God’s will,” she said. Hand pain followed, then she had to listen to God who was allowing tennis to put Louise into disobedience to his word. She allowed her flesh to take over. Then she turned away from the obsession with tennis and to God’s word.
You have to judge yourself. Be honest, then Louise gives a short description of End Times, the Rapture, Tribulation, etc.
But God DOES NOT put sickness on you. Satan wants to take you out, you, as a Christian, have a target painted on your back.
You can speak life, or speak doubt and death over your life.
Louise finishes this lesson with the story of a tornado that roared through our neighborhood on April 27, 2011. The power of God saved us.