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First things first
God did not do this to you. God is not trying to teach you a lesson. The horrible situations you have gone through, or are going through now, are an act of the enemy - the devil. Most people believe the lie that God is trying to teach them something by causing them some sort of pain.
That is not Scriptural.
Nowhere in the Bible do you find God hurting His people. He will, however, allow you to reap the consequences of your own actions if you choose not to confess your sins and repent. But get this, no matter what you have done (other than blaspheme the Holy Spirit ) God will forgive you and even forget what you have done - if you ask Him to. (Mark 3:28, 1 John 1:9, Hebrews 8:12, Isaiah 43:25)
Jesus said in Matthew 12:25, “ ... a household divided against itself will not stand." Jesus would never go against the Father and heal people the Father was trying to teach a lesson. Also, not one time in the Bible do you read that someone could not be healed because God the Father was trying to teach them a lesson, not once out of the thousands upon thousands of people Jesus and the apostles healed. In fact, Jesus said in John 5:19 “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner."
So it makes perfect sense that the Father wants you well and living happily.
And in James 1:2-3 when Jesus said, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." (depending on which version you are reading) it does not mean God is testing your faith, but rather, the enemy is. And you are not to give him the satisfaction of knowing it bothers you. It means to just be joyous that the situation is making your faith in God stronger.
As we are told in John 10:10, Jesus came so we could have life and have it
abundantly. Why would God the Father sacrifice His beloved Son for us and then torture us
with sickness, lack and sorrow?
He wouldn't .
So why is this important to know? Because your relationship with God (your heavenly Father) and your well being depends on this truth. The lie that the enemy wants you to believe was created for a few reasons; First to destroy your relationship with your heavenly Father. Think about it, how could you trust God if at any random moment He may decide to cause you pain or sorrow just because He felt like it - just to teach you a lesson? You couldn't really. Another reason he created this lie was to make you a helpless victim. So many people don't stand in their authority as believers because they believe that God wants something bad to be happening at that moment. So they don't come out of agreement with the situation, but rather say that it must be God's will and allow the enemy free reign in their lives and the lives of their family. So he goes around killing, stealing and destroying and God gets all the blame! (See John 10:10)
You will never have true faith if you don't know the truth of who God really is. God is a loving Father and He wants only the best for you!
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JESUS IS LORD!
JESUS IS LORD!