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Our minds must be renewed to the truth that God is a good God. Since the garden of Eden, men and religion have always blamed God for all the bad things that have happened in the earth and in people’s lives. God has been blamed for accidents, for sickness, for tornadoes, for taking people early and for all kinds of destruction. Many of God’s children have a distorted picture and a wrong impression of who God is. And where did they get it from? Religion. Religion has taught that one-day God might make you sick. The next day He might make you poor. Some preachers have even said that God gives you things like sickness and poverty to bless you. Let go of your traditions today. Renew your mind with the Word of God.

This is who our God is:

Psalm 145:8-9 NKJV

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

Say…”The Lord is gracious. The Lord is full of compassion…”

You are one of God’s works. He created you. You are His workmanship. His tender mercies are over you. When God created you, He never made junk, He never made anything bad.

Say…”I’m good. I’m a good person. I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m loved”. He never made junk. So, if anything is not functioning properly in your body, take authority and command it to come in line with God’s original plan, which is wholeness and soundness. You are His workmanship. The word “workmanship” in the Greek means, “Masterpiece”.

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

You were not mass produced. You never came off an assembly line. You were carefully handcrafted. You are not a copy; you are a design original. You are God’s masterpiece. God didn’t have a bad day when He created you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God wants you living the good life this year. The good life which He has prearranged for you.

Ephesians 2:10 AMPC

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

Psalm 145:8-9 NKJV

The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.The Lord is good to all,

And His tender mercies are over all His works.\

a. The Lord is…gracious

That means God is inclined to show you favor and likes to do good things for you. Some people think that God is in a bad mood sometimes. No, God is always in a favourable mood. Even right now, He is leaning towards you with favour.

Leviticus 26:9 AMPC

For I will be leaning toward you with favor and regard for you, rendering you fruitful, multiplying you, and establishing and ratifying My covenant with you.

a. The Lord is…full of compassion

He is absolutely overflowing with love for you. He cares deeply about everything that concerns you and has promised never to leave or forsake you. Because He loves you as a father, He wants you to succeed and be blessed even more than you do.

b. The Lord is…slow to anger and great in mercy

When you disobey Him or make a mistake, He’s not quick to punish you or make you pay. He just asks you to repent and confess your sin so that He can forgive it and help you get back inside His circle of Blessing.

Remember now, 2022 is the year of correction, direction, protection and perfection. Be open for God’s correction in your life this year. To be corrected, you must be teachable. If you are teachable, you are reachable. You must be humble to receive correction because pride doesn’t like correction. Give your heart to God and say, “God, judge my heart. If there’s anything that is hindering your goodness from flowing into my life, reveal it to me, I will repent and correct it.” Even if you’ve been a repeat offender and you are afraid you’ve worn out God’s patience, He’ll still receive you with open arms when you turn to Him. It’s the goodness of God that leads people to repentance. Not the wrath of God. Not the anger of God. Not the judgment of God. It’s the goodness of God. God is not an emotional bookkeeper who keeps record of all the wrongs done to Him.

Romans 2:4 NKJV

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?

a. The Lord is…good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works.

God doesn’t have a great plan for one person and a lousy plan for another. He doesn’t love one of His children more than another. He has a glorious plan for every one of us because He loves us equally and He is good to all. His plans for each person will be different because we are all unique. But you can be sure His plan for you will be just as good for you as mine is for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

A Rabbit on the Swim Team

Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world. So, they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects. The duck was excellent in swimming, in fact, better than his instructor. But he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his web feet to be badly worn, so that he was only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that-except the duck. The rabbit started at the top of his class in running but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because of so much make-up work in swimming. The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying class because his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He developed “Charlie horses” from overexertion and so only got a C in climbing and a D in running. The eagle was a problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing classes, he beat the others to the top of the tree but insisted on using his own way to get there.

The obvious moral of the story is a simple one – each creature has its own set of capabilities in which it will naturally excel – unless it is expected or forced to fill a mould that doesn’t fit. When we force people or expect people to fill a mould that they don’t fit into, it results in frustration, discouragement and even guilt bring overall mediocrity or complete defeat. If God made you a duck saint – you’re a duck, friend. Swim like mad but don’t get bent out of shape because you wobble when you run, or flap instead of fly. Furthermore, if you’re an eagle saint, stop expecting squirrel saints to soar or rabbit saints to build the same kind of nests you do. So, relax. Be yourself. Be who God created you to be. Stop comparing and enjoy being you! So those two verses that we just studied now, reveal the nature and character of who God is. Renew your mind to that. It’s not God’s nature or character to hurt you, inflict pain on you or to withhold any good thing from you. God’s nature is a loving and giving nature.

James 1:12-17 NKJV

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Temptation is a solicitation to do evil.

A salesman will solicit you to buy a new cell phone contract. The choice is yours as to whether you will buy it or reject it. The devil solicits you to do the wrong thing. He tries to sell you an evil opportunity to go against God and His plan for your life. Now you have a choice. If you endure that temptation and don’t yield to it, then God will reward you with a crown of life.

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

Now this is very very important. When trials, temptations and tough times come, don’t blame God. Don’t accuse Him. Don’t say, “I am tempted by God. God is doing this to me. Why did God allow this to happen to me”. He is not the One who is tempting you or the One who caused the bad thing to happen to you.

No, we live in a fallen world with fallen people and a earth that is under a curse and the gross weight of sin.

Like Job, satan wants you to curse God to His face. Why? Then God’s goodness and power is hindered from flowing towards you.

14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Don’t believe the lie of the enemy. Every good gift and every perfect gift comes from your Father above. There is nothing bad in Him to give. He is a good God. He is absolute Good. Did you know that (-273.15c) is absolute cold?

John 10:10-11 NKJV

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

Jesus is the good Shepherd not the bad Shepherd and He gives His life for the sheep. The enemy has come…Jesus has come…But their missions are different.

John 10:10 NLT

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Now as we close, my question to you is this. Whose report are you going to believe? Are you going to believe the report of the world that says, “God is behind all the trouble and bad things in your life”? Are you going to keep believing and holding on to your religious traditions that says, “God is the One who makes you sick and takes away sometimes to teach us something”?

Or are you going to believe the report of the Lord that says, “He is gracious, full of compassion, slow to anger and good to all.” I choose to believe the report of the Lord. I choose to believe that every good gift and every perfect gift comes from my Father above, who loves me with an everlasting love.

How about you?

I challenge you today to renew your mind and allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate your thinking to the truth that God is a Good God.

Confession!

My God is a good God. He is gracious. He’s inclined to show me favour. He is full of compassion. He is overflowing with love for me.

He is slow to anger. He is not holding anything against me. He has forgiven me and I forgive myself for all past mistakes, sins and failures.

God has a good plan for my life. A glorious plan. I am taking God’s path for my life this year and I will live the good life which He prearranged for me.

Satan, you are the thief and I am not listening to you and your lies anymore. You will no longer steal, kill and destroy my life. You are a defeated enemy and I give you no place.

My Father loves me and today by faith I receive His goodness flowing into every area of my life, in Jesus Name. Amen

LESTER HOLLAND