“Let no man say when he is tempted, `I am tempted by God’ for God cannot be tempted and He Himself does not tempt anyone” (James 1:13).
Several years ago, a college professor asked a young student by the name of Mark Rutland this catchall question. “Is there anything God can’t do?” Too which he replied, “No, There is nothing that God can’t do.” Mark went on to become a successful president of major college universities as well as a world wide evangelist for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been and continues to be a world changer for God’s Kingdom, but the point in all of this is that his perspective of God is not the same as it was years ago. Get the picture, the way we see God does not change God’s love for us, but it can and often does change our ability to receive the rich blessings He won for us at the Cross. So once again, is there anything God cannot do? Yes ____ No ___
In retrospect, Mark has often acknowledged that the answer he gave as a young college student was incorrect, and if you answered yes, you answered correctly. There are several things that God cannot do, and all of them give us a stronger foundation on which we build our faith. For starters, God cannot change. That means that He remains faithful even when we are unfaithful. Unlike us, He is not cheerful today and grumpy tomorrow. God never changes. “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). We must not read into this great truth that God has not changed His covenant with Israel because He has. He once ministered to Israel with the Law and spoke to them through prophets, but not anymore. He has now spoken to Israel and to the entire world through His only begotten Son, Jesus. God never gave the Law to Gentiles, but two thousand years after the Cross, most of Israel and myriads of Christians live their daily lives under the Law. Israel because they rejected Christ as the Messiah, and gentiles because many preachers and teachers still mix the Old and New Covenants of Law and Grace. If we believe that God still deals with us according to our sins, then we are still under the Law. Here is a life changing truth: God did not abolish the Law, but His Son Jesus rendered it powerless as our master at the Cross. We are now recipients of God’s abundant Grace and Mercy. Next, “God cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). That is good news! Today, we live in a world where world leaders blatantly lie and then hire professional liars to cover their lies. They cannot be trusted, but we can place our trust and eternal souls to God because all of His promises are “yes” and “amen” through Christ Jesus. We must remember that we are in the world but we are not of the world.
God has a promise for every trial of life, but we must know what they are, and where we can find them in scripture if we want them to work for us. Our part is to know them and speak them, while God’s part is to cause them to happen. Jesus said, “When you pray, believe that what you pray will come to pass, and it will be given to you” (Mark 11:24). Finally, and there are many more, “God can’t stop loving us” (Jer. 31:3). That is the best news yet. In spite of our sins and failures God cannot and will not stop loving us! Our enemy wants us to believe that God’s love and blessings are meted out contingent on our works, but that is yet another lie from the father of liars, Satan. Hebrews 10:17 declares: “Your sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Dear Reader, if you are hurting, if you are lonely, if you are discouraged, if you feel that your situation is hopeless, God wants to draw near and remind you of His love and His promises. It is impossible for Him to not watch over His Word and bring it to pass (Jer. 1:12). Trust in Him and He will restore your soul to green pastures. He cannot and will not fail you. Neither can He leave or forsake you. Do your part by studying His Word, spending time in prayer, speaking His Word, and learning to hear His voice.
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