We read in Matthew19:26 and in Mark 10:27 that ‘with God all things are possible’.
God is the creator of all things and nothing is impossible to God, but there are things that God won’t do.
In nugget #41 of his book An Enemy Called Average, John L. Mason says “it is as important to know what God can’t do as to know what He can do”, and then he lists a number of things.
It might be a personal thing, and with no negative intent towards anybody, talking about Almighty God, I prefer to rather refer to things that God won’t do – because He is righteous – than referring to things God ‘can’t do’.
To see John Mason’s list you will have to read it in the book. What I would prefer to discuss is the fact that there are certain things that God won’t do, seeing that we have been given a responsibility too.
Yes, God cannot lie because in the Kings James Version of Titus 1:1-4, the Bible says “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour”.
God cannot change because He says in Malachi 3:6 (NIV) “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed”.
This is where our responsibility starts. We need to read this scripture in context. Read Malachi 3:6-7 (NIV); 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, “says the Lord Almighty”.
You might say ‘yes but Malachi is in the Old Testament and we are not under the Law of Moses anymore”. That is correct, but it does not take away any responsibility on our part. We need to return to the Lord. When we return to the Lord, and abide in Him, we are no longer under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:14 (NIV) says “14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
(Romans 6:15-16) 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
Reading Malachi 3:7 again, we see that we need to return to God. It is not God who leaves us; it is us who leave God. God cannot (and will not) break His promises and He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). But when we do not abide in Him, we are moving away from His protection.
We cannot live a life of greed and corruption, give in to fear, think we can protect ourselves when we have a healthy bank account, and then blame God if things go wrong.
We also cannot become passive, and think “if it is God’s will He will make me healthy”, or “if it is God’s will, he will get me out of this financial mess”.
The fact that we are saved by grace, and not by our works, does not take away the responsibility that we have. God’s will is made known to us in His Word. We need to pray according to His Word, then speak His Word, and then apply our faith to act in the physical according to what we believe.
Yes, we will miss the point at times, but if we repent and bring it in all honesty before the Lord, He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will not hold it against us. The price has been paid. We have His forgiveness and we are saved.
In Mark 7 Jesus gave an explanation about the fact that it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but rather that what comes out of his mouth. Whatever enters a person from outside, goes to his stomach, not to his heart. He then continued to declare all foods clean (verse 19).
Does that mean that all foods are healthy now? No, if you continue eating junk food there will be consequences. In Leviticus 11 you can read all about clean and unclean (healthy and unhealthy) food. So, does this mean if you eat unclean food, you can’t go to heaven? No, you are saved; it has nothing to do with your salvation. But you cannot say ‘it must be God’s will’ for you to be sickly and you don’t know why, if you continue eating unhealthy foods. There will be consequences here on earth. So you have the responsibility to determine what the quality of your life will be here on earth.
The same goes for when we have sinned. There is no need to start tormenting yourself. The ultimate sacrifice has been made. Repent and sin no more. Rejoice and enjoy life.
When there is only one set of footprints in the sand, it is not because God has left you; it is because He was carrying you.
Don’t Be Passive.
God created the universe by speaking His Word. The Word became flesh (John 1:1-18). If God doesn’t change, neither does His Word. We have been given dominion over this earth. Dominion is a great responsibility. When you reign over anything, it is pro-active. It is not a guessing game.
God’s will is being made known to us in His Word – the Holy Bible. We are His ambassadors here on earth. We need to speak his Word according to what is written, and then take the appropriate actions that need to be taken in the physical. After that we need to stand in faith. After you have done in the physical what you could do, then leave the rest of the results in the hands of God. But once you have prayed, do not doubt (James 1:6).
An ambassador to a country, speaks with authority. When He speaks, he represents his country and he is speaking on behalf of his country. In order to that, he must be very familiar with what his government is standing for. We are ambassadors for God and His Kingdom here on earth.
This sequence is important though:
- You first have to know God’s will (He made it available to us in His Word – the Bible)
- You have to speak His Word.
- You have to take action according to what you believe.
- Have faith in God and do not doubt.
What We Cannot Do
- We cannot keep the Law of Moses. We all have sinned. Jesus is the only man who is completely without sin. (Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:28)
- We cannot earn righteousness or our salvation through our own works. We are saved by Grace. It is a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:7-9)
What God Won’t Do.
- God will never leave us and He will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
- God will never break His promises because He is faithful (Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 1:9).
- God made a blood covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:8-10). The fact that Abraham was willing to offer his only son, having faith in God, opened the way for God to give His only son as a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 13:19-21). Through the sacrifice of Jesus, the devil was defeated and the blessing was restored into the earth. We now have legal right again to speak God’s Word and have dominion over the earth. But because that responsibility has been given to us, as ambassadors of the Kingdom of heaven, God will not overrule what we say in this earth. That is why it is so important to think carefully about what you say (Mark 11:22-26).