Fingerprint of God: Life vs Death
Too many people have died recently that are connected to our tribe (The Way Ministries), that people will tend to question the will of God, especially pertaining to death. This sermon, preached days before Mother’s day, brings clarity about the often ambiguous belief about death, and who is responsible. This part of the sermon is connected to the story of Mary when she received her assignment from God to bring forth Jesus. The connection between the two is LIFE, and who is the author and giver of life. Hold on tight..
What is the Will of God?
If God’s will was done all the time, it’d be Heaven on earth right now, all the time. God’s will is not done all the time. The reason for this is because God gave us free will, and choice, so we can make our own decisions. The greatest gift from God, free will, can also be the greatest curse of man. People that die pre-maturely is not part of God’s will.
Is God Responsible for Death?
There has been in a problem that has been promoted in church that is taught as a doctrine, but has nothing to do with truth, and that is in regard to God’s sovereignty, in which the belief is that He is in control of everything. So, when disaster happens, let’s say, it doesn’t necessarily mean that was God’s intention or God’s plan. During a funeral you will often here the minister say, “God giveth and He taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Who are they quoting? A man by the name of Job. They are not even quoting God. Does God taketh away? Earth is the testing ground that will determine how we will live our eternity, and it is God’s desire, I believe, that we stay in our earthly bodies as long as possible.
God is all powerful, and He is all knowing. Has He appointed our deaths? Not all of them. In fact, living in a certain way could increase our chances of dying prematurely.
I Chronicle 29:11 (NKJV) Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as head over all.
Matthew 6:13 (NKJV) And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
It’s not good for us to take spiritual words and try to naturalize them. When the our spirit man is activated by the Spirit of God, we get access to His frequency, and can be guided and directed by Him.
Mary and God: Life Givers
Now to transition slightly to the story of Mary, where a famous biblical quote is used that says, “With God all things are possible.” Let’s look at the context of that verse, and how this fits in with who God is.
Luke 1:26-38 (NKJV) Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”
When Mary received the word of God, Holy Spirit came upon her, and she conceived, in her womb, the word of God. His power knows no bounds. He is the life giver. He turns graveyards into gardens, the tree of death into the tree of life. It is vain to attach God’s name to a curse because He only gives life. We server a good God, and we need to realize what things come from His hands. Everything has a fingerprint. Death has a fingerprint and it’s not God’s, it’s the devil’s. He’s the destroyer. The fingerprint of God is attached to all things pertaining to life. So, to recap: sickness and disease is from the devil. Healing and restoration is from God. God would not put cancer inside one of His children, just like you, as a parent, would not put cancer inside one of you children to teach them a lesson. God is better than you too. He is just so good. That’s His nature, and it can’t be changed. God can’t give what He doesn’t have. God gets blamed for a lot of bad things in this world. He’s an easy target, and He just takes it. God has asked us to partnership with Him to bring His reality to earth. He gave us all power and authority and dominion for planet earth. It is illegal for us to ask God why He allows bad things to happen. His question back to us would be asking why WE allowed it. We as believers need to step up and start taking our position in the power chain. All it takes is faith the size of a mustard seed, and all things are possible.
What to Do When Bad Things Happen
Bad things happen to good people, and vise versa. That’s the design. Accidents happen. Bad things happen. Take a look at what Jesus says:
John 16:33 (NKJV) “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
God is not going to abandoning us. When we are going through hardships, we need to run to God. Take a look at the hope found in these verses:
Psalms 23: 4 (NKJV) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Isaish 41:10 (NKJV) Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
The righteousness of God is what gives you life and peace, and no one can bring an accusation against you because you are in right standing with God. Being free from the law doesn’t mean we can be law breakers. We fulfill the law with a life of righteousness. Check out the full sermon here: