Discipleship – Level 1 Lesson 13

Level 1 Lesson 13

GOD’S NOT GUITY
By Andrew Wommack

Today I want to share one of the most important things God has ever done in my
life. It seems people automatically believe everything that happens to them is from God,
that He controls everything. The reason for this is that by definition, God is supreme and
all-powerful, and they just assume He controls everything that happens in their lives.
Even unbelievers believe it. There are many Christians who promote this doctrine, and it
has become ingrained in their lives. I believe what Scripture teaches is contrary to this,
and it’s very important that you learn this lesson. James 1:13-17 says, “Let no man say
when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither
tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust,
and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is
finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my brethren. Every good gift and every perfect
gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

These verses make it very clear that God is the author of the good things. Jesus
said in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I
am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” If it’s
good, it’s God; if it’s bad, it’s the devil. That’s very simple theology. The reason this is
so critical is because James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you.” This says we have to submit, or yield control, to God
and resist the devil. The word “resist” means to actively fight against.

When people believe everything that happens in life is totally from God—for
example, sickness, failure in business, losing a job, rebellious children, or divorce—that
puts them in the position of being passive. If they really believe God is the author of a
situation and is using it to punish them or change them, they would be fighting against
Him if they resist. Yet, James 4:7 says to resist the devil and he will flee from you. You
have to submit yourself to God. This shows that certain things are of God and certain
things are of the devil. There is a force of evil in this world, and not everything that
happens in your life comes from God. If you don’t understand that, you will end up
submitting to the devil, and actually empowering Satan.

I want to bring out a passage in Romans because it is misused so often. I’ve
actually been to funerals where people don’t know anything about God, don’t go to
church, and know hardly any Scripture, but they know this one. Romans 8:28 says, “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.” This has been interpreted to say that whatever
happens in your life, God does it and works it together for good in some way. I actually
was at a funeral for a young boy and girl who had been mixing alcohol and drugs, got
into a car, drove too fast on a slick road, slid around a corner, hit a telephone pole, and
were both killed. The preacher quoted this Scripture, “We know all things work together
53for good,” and said God must have a purpose in doing this. God didn’t kill those
teenagers, and in a sense, you can’t even say the devil did it. It was the teenagers. I’m
sure the devil enticed them to rebel against the standards their parents and others had
taught them, but ultimately it was their choice. They’re the ones who did the dope and
alcohol; they’re the ones that hit the telephone pole. That was a natural thing, and God
wasn’t the source of it.

What does it mean when it says “we know that all things work together for
good”? First of all, it didn’t say we know all things come from God and work together for
good. It says all things work together for good but puts qualifications on it: “to them that
love God.” This Scripture doesn’t work for a person who doesn’t love God. That is so
obvious that it should go without saying, but it is amazing how people apply it toward
instances like these young people who were doing drugs and alcohol and were in total
rebellion against God and His principles. This says it only works together for good to
those who love God, and to those that are the called according to his purpose.

In 1 John 3:8 it says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
might destroy the works of the devil.” God manifested Himself to destroy Satan’s work.
That’s His purpose, and it will only work together for good for those who love Him and
are called according to His purpose; that is, those who are walking in this calling, are
resisting the devil, and are out to destroy his works. Those who are resisting the devil and
living for God can say that regardless of what the devil does in their lives, God can turn it
around and use it for good.

We need to start discerning that God does not control everything in our lives.
There is an enemy that comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but Jesus has come to give us
life. We have to choose life and willfully recognize that God’s not guilty of everything
that comes into our lives.

If God was a physical human being who did the things He is accused of, such as
putting cancer, deformities, depression, sorrow, and grief on people, I guarantee there
isn’t a government on earth that wouldn’t arrest, imprison, or try to stop Him. Yet we
think God, who is much more merciful than any person we’ve met or imagined in our
lives, is going around striking people and doing this. There are some things that are
demonic attacks and some that are natural, and not all disasters are God ordained. The
insurance companies write in their policies “acts of God, such as earthquakes and
pestilence.” No, God is not the author of all these things.

Discipleship Questions

1.  Read James 1:13. Does God cause men to be tempted by evil? ___________________

2.  Read James 1:17. Where do good gifts come from? ___________________________

3.  Read John 10:10. Who is the thief? ________________________________________

544.  Read John 10:10. What are his purposes? ___________________________________

5.  Read John 10:10. What is the reason Jesus came?
________________________________________________________________________

6.  Read James 4:7. What is the result of submitting yourself to God and resisting the
devil? __________________________________________________________________

7.  Read Romans 8:28. Does Romans 8:28 say that all things are from God? __________

8.  Read Acts 10:38. Is sickness from God? ____________________________________

Read 1 John 3:8. What was the purpose that the Son of God was manifested?
________________________________________________________________________

Scriptures to Use with Questions

James 1:13 – “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot
be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.”

James 1:17 – “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down
from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

John 10:10 – “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you.”

Romans 8:28 – “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.”

Acts 10:38 – “How 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; for God
was with him.”

1 John 3:8b – “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the
works of the devil.”

Answer Key

1.  Read James 1:13. Does God cause men to be tempted by evil? No.

2.  Read James 1:17. Where do good gifts come from? The Father of lights.

3.  Read John 10:10. Who is the thief? The devil.
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4.  Read John 10:10. What are his purposes? To steal, kill, and destroy.

5.  Read John 10:10. What is the reason Jesus came? To give us life more abundantly.

6.  Read James 4:7. What is the result of submitting yourself to God and resisting the
devil? He will flee from me.

7.  Read Romans 8:28. Does Romans 8:28 say that all things are from God? No.

8.  Read Acts 10:38. Is sickness from God? No.

9.  Read 1 John 3:8. What was the purpose that the Son of God was manifested? To
destroy the works of the devil.

Copyright © 2004, Don W. Krow
Permission is granted to duplicate or reproduce for discipleship purposes on the condition
that it is distributed free of charge.

Discipleship Evangelism
P.O. Box 17007
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80935-7007 U.S.A.
http://www.delessons.org

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