God is Good

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 KJV

The whole of chapter one in the Book of James is focused on the goodness of God. He is the giver of everything good and everything is given perfectly because He is always good.

His goodness is without variation. There is not even a shadow of anything but goodness in His nature.

We are even assured that He tempts no one ever. We are to never, ever, say that we are tempted by Him.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: James 1:13 KJV

Our God is good! All the time!

All the time, God is good!


Rewarder

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 KJV

God’s Love for each of us is the same as His Love for Jesus, His only begotten Son. That revelation should be enough to take your breath away.

What, to me, is just as amazing is that He rewards those who respond to His Love by seeking to know Him diligently. When we focus on Him and His kingdom He is pleased and lavishes us with supernatural benefits.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Matthew 6:33 KJV


Rich

The blessing of the Lord , it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 KJV

Many are the life’s story of those who have great financial success only to wind up emotionally shipwrecked, depressed, divorced, on drugs, or alcohol. Some even have committed suicide in their hopelessness.

When the Lord extends His blessing it gives the power to get wealth and is accompanied with peace, contentment, and joy. God always gives good gifts!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 KJV


Separated


For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord , plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 MEV

Nothing is worth being separated from God. Lust is a cheap, disappointing, imitation of the love only found in God, who is Love.
Don’t separate yourself from the promises of God in Christ. Come out from the people and environments that would draw you into eternal destruction. The temporary pleasure you may find in sin will eat at you like an unseen cancer until it deals its death blow.

But each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. Then, when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin; and when sin is finished, it brings forth death.James 1:14‭-‬15 MEV

Embrace the goodness of God.

Do not err, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no change or shadow of turning. James 1:16‭-‬17 MEV


God is Good

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O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.   1 Chronicles 16:34 KJV

Rejoice in His goodness and mercy. They are unending.

It is God’s goodness, His mercy and loving kindness, that is expressed by grace, and manifest in Christ Jesus.

It is also demonstrated by His unalterable covenants with Israel and His Church.

He is just and must exact the penalty of sin. He is bound by His righteous judgement.

In order to satisfy the law, He sent His Son, His only begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, to bear the penalty due the sin.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 KJV


The Prophet Speaks

Jeremiah spoke

Jeremiah spoke the heart of God when he said of old:

“. . . I will set mine eyes upon them for good, . . . and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. (Jeremiah 24:6)

Why then do so many reject Him? Why are some so unwilling to allow Him to work in their lives? Why are many missing the benefit and blessing of God?

Jeremiah answers with these words:

“Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.” (Jeremiah 5:25)

Let us come in to all that God has provided for us in Christ Jesus and withhold nothing from His Lordship.

Let each one of us make a positive commitment to enter into all that God has pre-arranged for us according to His loving kindness.

You and I must “cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me” by design. (Psa 57:2)


Good and Evil

Good and Evil

Let’s look at the Genesis account:

And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9 (KJV)

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV)

Satan made the knowledge of good and evil a thing to be desired. He intimated that it was “good” to know good and evil:

For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:5 (KJV)

In actuality, the knowledge of good and evil is death! When we make determinations about what is good, or what is evil, outside of the life of God it is sin. It is operating outside of the life of God and, therefore, below the level that God intended for man to live. It is making determinations based upon soulish values that are not flowing from the Christ life within.

For example: Would you say that it is good to go into the wilderness? Are you able to rejoice in whatever circumstance you find yourself? Are you able to have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost when, after abounding, you are abased? How do you act when things aren’t going your way? Consider this:

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Luke 4:1 (KJV)

Why was Jesus being led into the wilderness? Wasn’t it to be set upon by the devil himself? If that was you, would you think it was good or evil?

The Light of Life

Only the light of life within can give us joy and peace when we are going through any wilderness experience.

Look at another example:

And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. Acts 20:22-23 (KJV)

Here we see Paul knowing that he was being led into a very uncomfortable situation. He is willing, but those who know and love him have a different view of what he should do. Who is right? Should he heed their warnings or should he follow the light of life within? What would you do if several prophets told you that where you were going was going to cause you to be bound and afflicted? Is this good or evil?

He was warned by those with revelation; those with a valid word of Wisdom. Look at one of the warnings:

And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Acts 21:10-12 (KJV)

The reaction of those who loved him was that he should not go. But he heard another voice. He had life within and that life told him something other than what the soulish knowledge of good and evil said. He said, I know nothing:

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV)

Beloved, you and I must learn to walk by faith and not by sight. We must learn to walk in the high places of the Spirit.

Obedience to the Word of God and the voice of the Life within is our only duty and our only safety.