I’m concerned because some of the false doctrines we got straightened out years ago are now creeping back. There is a foundational doctrine that must be rock-solid and fully established in your heart and mind if you are going to live a joyous and successful Christian life, and I think it will surprise you what that doctrine is: The God of the Bible is a Good God. Believe it or not, many Christians have forgotten this, and some have never been taught this. Consequently, their lack of faith and trust in God allows the devil and demons to run over and defeat them again and again. Don’t let that be you!
To the world, Oral Roberts is known only as a faith healer, but he brought forth vital revelation from the Word of God for his generation and ours. The revelation that had the greatest impact was that the God of the Bible is a Good God. Romans 2:4 says that it is the goodness of God that leads a sinner to repentance. First John 4:1,7-8 repeats, “God is love.” The very essence of God is love and goodness, and everything He does imparts His love and goodness. Jesus came on the scene and said that God didn’t send Him to condemn the world, because we were already condemned. God sent Him to save us (John 3:17). God is good!
Before we got the revelation that God was a good God, most Christians believed He allowed or actually caused bad things to happen to them to teach them, grow them, and make them more spiritual. Sickness, poverty, and abuse of any kind were His classroom. This is one of the most diabolical deceptions of Satan, because it is how he can keep believers sick, poor, beat up, depressed, and hopeless.
If you think it’s God’s will for you to be sick, you have no faith for God to heal you – and why go to a doctor? If you think being poor is being holy, you have no faith to be blessed to be a blessing – and why try to make a better life for your family? If you believe you are being beaten and abused because you are a terrible sinner, then you have no faith to embrace your identity as a righteous, beloved child of God – so why try to be good?
When we saw God was good, that He loved us and wanted us to be healed and blessed, we also had a revelation of how He teaches us, corrects us, and rebukes us: By His Word and His Spirit – not by cancer, bankruptcy, and sexual assault! That’s the devil’s work! We saw how His desire was for us to be in health and prosper, even as our soul prospers (3 John 2). And our soul prospers by the Word of God – not getting hit by a car or catching the flu. Our teacher is the Holy Spirit, and our textbook is God’s Word. Period.
Today, read Psalm 91 and John’s epistles. See that the Lord is good! He loves you and wants His very best for you!