There are lots of people in the world, even Christians, who are questioning why God is allowing bad and evil things to happen.  “Where was God?  Why didn’t God stop this?  Why didn’t God protect those innocent children?  Why is God allowing the suffering in this world?  Why does God allow those people to starve to death in that country?”

We must realize that Satan, the master deceiver, is using shootings and killings of innocent children and the death of a spouse or child or what looks like unanswered prayers to raise question in the hearts and minds of people, even Christians, about God’s integrity and the integrity of His Word.

Why doesn’t God just stop bad things from happening?  God can’t, not without violating us.  This may come as a surprise to you but God doesn’t always get what He wants.  He is not willing that any should perish but yet people perish every single day.  God could intervene but He restrains himself on account of love.

The greatest massacre in the history of mankind was when Adam ate fruit from the forbidden tree.  Adam by that one act condemned the entire human race to death and God did nothing to stop it.  It was not God’s will that Adam eat the fruit but Adam ate the fruit anyway.  It is not  God’s will  that people kill other people and do horrendous things to others, namely little children but yet these people by their own will that God had given them purposely do what they want to do.  The free will is a gift of love God has given to all mankind that He created and yet some use that very gift to sin against God and hurt and destroy other people.  A person’s free will is a powerful thing!  With this gift of free will we can choose life or death and Almighty God can’t stop us.  God gave us the free will knowing that Jesus would have to come and die to remedy our choices; Jesus would rather die than live without us.

At many funerals you hear, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away”, but that does not agree with the rest of God’s Word.  Those are the words of a man, Job, who was under attack of Satan when Job opened the door to Satan into his life that brought great destruction and death to his children.  Those words were not spoken by God but a natural thinking man.  The truth is that God gives without changing His mind.  And God promises without changing His promises.

Ps 89:34 No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.  NLT

Num 23:19 God is not like men, who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind.  Whatever he promises, he does; He speaks, and it is done.  TEV

Who opened the door to death and violence in the earth? It wasn’t God and it wasn’t Satan. It was one of us.

Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: KJV

It was Adam’s decision to reject God that brought death to all of us and Adam’s offspring who built civilization on violence.  Death and violence have been here for a long time, since the first sin.

Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; KJV

Many question, “Where was God when I need Him?  Where was God when that terrible thing happened?”  What deceptive thoughts of the devil for the purpose of bringing question to God’s love for us and to question His integrity!  God didn’t leave us, we left Him. Remember?

Gen 3:9 But the LORD God called out to the man, “Where are you?”  TEV

God didn’t reject Adam but Adam rejected God.  Notice that even after Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden that God went with them, He didn’t abandon them and we know this because their children were familiar with God’s voice.

When bad things happen, that doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love and care for us or doesn’t care about the suffering in the world and is doing nothing about it.

The bad things happen and people suffer because an individual motivated by evil spirits make an awful choice and carry out the evil in their hearts and wicked leaders of a nations, influenced by demons whose intent is to destroy people of a nation, allow their people to starve to death while the leaders enjoy a finer life.

When bad things happen we must never blame God but know that one sick individual or one wicked leader of a nation carried out his own will that God cannot go against.  God is not opposing us.  It is in bad times that we really need to know and hold on to the truth that God has limitless love He wants to pour out on a hurting person, a hurting nation that will bring healing and hope.

Many believers are offended at God today because they think He is not answering their prayers, “Can’t the Lord see that we are suffering?”  These people don’t realize some very important things when it comes to receiving from Heaven.  I am reminded of this scripture:

Matt 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. KJV

You might ask “Well, if Father God knows we have these needs then why do we have to pray?” Because that is how He has set things up in the earth, that we use faith in prayer to receive what we need from Heaven.  Heaven operates by faith but physical ways of getting things done is all done by natural faith in natural remedies that may or may not work. Father God uses faith and we are born again of Him to use His faith in the earth. Remember He said, “The just shall live by faith and not by sight.” That is faith minus of the natural five physical senses that can only discern things in the physical world but cannot ever discern spiritual things and the operation of faith. Faith and five physical senses never work together.   So you can never judge God’s faithfulness to do what He promised you by your physical senses and certainly not your natural feelings and natural emotions.  There’s where Satan becomes involved and brings these questions about Father God’s integrity and the integrity of His Word.

So many people want to understand God by their mere human feelings and emotions and reasoning and logic but they will never understand Him with these carnal, human means. God is a spirit and you can’t understand the Lord God with mere human reasoning, intellect, human emotions and feelings and certainly not at all by the five physical senses. They are all flawed and Satan the master deceiver can use them to destroy our faith in God and His Word.  Mere human discernment of things is what Satan used to deceive Adam and Eve and look what it has cost mankind.

Here is a scripture in the New Testament that clearly reveals what I am telling you:

1 Cor 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. KJV

The only way we can know and understand our Lord and His Word and His Kingdom operation in the earth is by our spirit and revelation knowledge. Jesus told Peter that it is by revelation knowledge by which the Gates of Hell would not prevail against the Church.   And we can add, not deceive the Church of today.

What is revelation knowledge? When we got born again we got the mind of Christ and it is called revelation knowledge. This is what Adam and Eve used every day before they sinned and after they sinned they fell to this low level of reasoning and logic and the use of the five physical senses and human emotions and feelings and that is what put them in the dark about God and stole from them experiencing the relationship they once had with God. That’s the low life of the flesh or no real knowledge of God or knowing God in a personal relationship; but God did not leave us in this low life. Jesus came and gave the mind of Christ, revelation knowledge, to those who will believe in Him! Revelation knowledge doesn’t come from the five physical senses but is the knowledge that comes from God who is a spirit and comes right into our spirit. Unlike human reasoning there is no feeling involved in revelation knowledge, none. God doesn’t want any feeling in faith and revelation knowledge because feelings have flaws and Satan can deceive through feelings and that is what He is using to plant doubt about God and His Word in the hearts and minds of believers today. It is reasoning and feelings that Satan used to plant in the minds of Adam and Eve in the Garden that God was holding something good away from them and Satan still is using that deception today even in the Church!

We must recognize is that our human reasoning and logic are pure natural and cannot ever understand God and His Word and never lean on this low level human knowledge. Also we need to make constant check daily of our mere human emotions and feelings when they try to convince us that God doesn’t care, God is not answering our prayers, God doesn’t care if we are suffering and He is doing nothing to help the children and those suffering and dying in the world from starvation, etc.  We need to speak out loud and tell the reasoning and feelings and emotions to, “Shut up!” This is all mere human knowledge and mere human discerning that is incapable of knowing and discerning spiritual truth.

No natural thinking person can discern God and spiritual things for they are revealed by the Spirit through the spirit after a person is born again of the Spirit of God by Jesus Christ. The Church must become more spiritually minded or they too will be deceived along with those who have not received Christ and live as mere human beings and governed by their logic and reasoning!

People who question God do not realize that even though God is sovereign God has placed the body of Christ in the earth to be His hands and feet and voice in the earth, using His authority and dominion He has given them in the earth through prayer and through using the Word of God against the demonic working through people to kill, steal and destroy.  Our prayers and our use of Kingdom authority and dominion in the earth are capable of rendering powerless the work of the enemy in the earth. People do evil things because they are driven by a demon or demons who love to kill, steal and destroy and they don’t care who the victim is.

It is not Father God’s fault that terrible things happen in the earth. It is the Church’s fault if we do not pray and use our God given authority and dominion on this earth, in our neighborhoods and nation.

The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man. Ps 115:16

God gave us this planet and we are responsible for much of what happens.  Jesus told His disciple then and the Word of God tells His disciples today that Jesus has been given all authority and dominion in Heaven and earth and we are to go into the earth in His Name and with His authority.  We are the spiritual police force in the earth to arrest and stop the work of Satan and his demons.

Now how does the Church stop the wicked and evil things that are being done in the earth?  Recognize that God is sovereign but God expects His people to pray and use their words, their voice to speak God’s Word and speak God’s dominion and authority in the Name of Jesus in this earth that has the power to change anything!

I give you a spiritual weapon in the following prayer confession that will enforce the dominion and authority of God in your part of the world, changing the world around you and making it a safer place in which to live and a place where the Kingdom of God and government of God reside and operate and run the devil out of your city, town, state, province, and country!  I hope you pray this daily and certainly as often as you are directed by the Spirit of God.

(Name of City, County, State, Nation)
Prayer Confession

Father, we come boldly to your throne of grace interceding for _____. We thank you that your eyes are upon _____ and your ears are open to our prayers. Father, we thank you for preserving _____and bringing restoration and wholeness to our communities. We pray for a spiritual awakening in the hearts of _____residents. Restore faith and vision in this generation and ignite in them a holy fire and godly passion that will destroy every unclean influence. We decree that Jesus is Lord over _____! Every strategy that the enemy has devised against the people in _____ is hindered, rendered powerless and defeated.

In the name of Jesus we bind the strongmen that have held _____in bondage. We bind the spirits of greed, violence, murder, suicide and self destruction. We bind the spirits of hatred, abuse, anger and rage. We bind the spirits of division and racism, strife, mental oppression, depression and mind control, crime, vandalism, stealing, assault, and gang violence. We bind the spirits of lust, sexual immorality, perversion and homosexuality, rape, molestation and adultery. We bind the spirits of fornication, incest, pornography, prostitution, divorce and the destruction of marriages and families. We bind the spirits of fear, lying, idolatry, witchcraft, anti-Christ, deception, rejection, pride, jealousy, bitterness and rebellion. In the name of Jesus we bind the spirits behind organized crime, illegal firearm sales and usage, all black market activity, the illegal drug trade and usage, gambling and corruption.

We execute divine judgment against the forces of darkness and cancel every satanic operation and maneuver designed against _____and its residents. We evict every demonic spirit from the neighborhoods in ______and decree that the works of the devil are destroyed. We plead the blood of Jesus over every household in _____ and render every assignment of the enemy against our youth null, void, powerless and ineffective. We declare that heavenly angels have been given charge over _____ to protect, guard and defend it in Jesus name.

We lose the blessing upon every individual, family, neighborhood, business and area of government in _____. We decree that every stronghold of the enemy has fallen and is no more. Father, send forth laborers into _____ preaching the gospel, bringing healing to the broken hearted, deliverance to the captives and liberty and restoration to them that are bruised. Father, send forth an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, wisdom, truth, love, joy, peace, righteousness, faith, holiness and your Word to saturate this entire _____.

Father, thank you that Your Word will not return void, but shall accomplish everything it is sent out to perform in _____, in Jesus name. Amen!

Now we need as well to speak God’s Blessing and Favor over these places.