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188. Does God Allow Bad Things? // Part 5: Debunking Bad Theology

188. Does God Allow Bad Things? // Part 5: Debunking Bad Theology

We know that God doesn’t cause bad things, but…. does He allow them? Tune into the last episode in the debunking bad theology series to learn the answer to this question!

Bible Verses:

Luke 22:31-32 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”

Matthew 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

Matthew 18:18 ““I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

Hosea 4:6 “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.”

Job 2:1-7 “One day the members of the heavenly court came again to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan. Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.” Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant, Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.” Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!” “All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.’ So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.”

Matthew 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

Topics Discussed:

Did God Allow the Bad Things in Job’s Life?

  • Many people have the wrong belief that “God didn’t do it, but He allowed it.”
  • Satan asks God for permission to attack Job, and God agrees, and He removes His hand of protection from Job for a time. Job 2:1-7
  • In the New Testament, Jesus tells Simon Peter that Satan has asked to sift them like wheat. But Jesus interceded for him. Luke 22:31-32
  • Job did not have Jesus to intercede for him. We do!
  • Jesus prays for us, and Jesus’ prayers get answered!
  • The enemy does not have access to us, and he does not have the ability to attack us like he attacked Job in the Old Testament.

We are in a New Covenant

  • We are New Testament believers!
  • Jesus’ work is finished through his death on the cross and resurrection.
  • The enemy is DEFEATED! He no longer has power because Jesus took it from him!
  • The only thing satan has the power to do is to lie and deceive people.
  • There are 3 parties at play: God, the devil and us.
  • It is not God’s fault when bad things happen.
  • The enemy wants to kill, steal, and destroy but it is up to us to resist him.
  • We have been given the authority to fight the devil.

God Allows What You Allow

  • What we forbid on earth is forbidden in heaven and what we permit on earth is permitted in heaven (Matthew 18:18)
  • God has given us free will.
  • We have a responsibility for our choices and decisions.
  • Our theology is not based on our circumstances.
  • We have to cling to God’s Word and declare it out when our natural circumstances do not align with God’s Word.
  • We must understand the authority we have in Christ.
  • Sin and speaking death opens the door to satan.

Personal Responsibility

  • We have the authority to put a stop to satan’s attacks (sickness, disease, poverty, etc.)
  • You may have allowed bad things to happen because you didn’t know better. You do need to take responsibility for that BUT going forward stand on God’s Word and use your authority to speak LIFE and watch the promises of God come true in your life.
  • God told Joshua to meditate on His Word day and night and then Joshua would make his ways prosperous. It was up to Joshua to know God’s Word and put it into action.
  • Proverbs 18:21 Life and death is in the power of the tongue. What you speak is important!
  • You have a personal responsibility over your life, what you think and what you speak and declare.
  • The theology of “God allowed it” is a sign of victimhood.
  • It is much easier to point the finger at other things, or other people than it is to take responsibility.
  • To be someone who takes responsibility, you’re going to have to have a heart of humility.
  • As mature believers in Christ, we have to recognize responsibility.

Powerful Quotes:

“Jesus is our advocate and defender!” – Colby

“The enemy is DEFEATED! He no longer has power because Jesus took it from him and gave it to the church.” – Colby

“The only thing satan has the power to do is to lie and deceive people.” – Colby

“God allows what you allow.” – Colby

“God Word is for those who are obedient and who are putting Him first and obeying His commands.” – Caroline

“If you are wanting to see the promises of God, come to pass in your life, you must obey Him.” – Caroline

“There is personal responsibility for our choices and decisions.” – Colby

“Our theology is not based on our circumstances.” – Caroline

“Sin opens the door to satan.” – Caroline

“It is going to take a humble heart for someone to take responsibility.” – Caroline

Resources:

Episode 184 The Truth About Job

Episode 185 Is God in Control?

Episode 186 What Was Paul’s Thorn?

Episode 187 Do Believer’s Have Authority?

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