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"Is it God, or is it the devil?" As a pastor, I hear this question on a regular basis. All we have to do is look at the mission statement of God versus the mission statement of the devil—then we can easily define the source:
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.
(John 10:10)
Both mission statements can be found in one verse. I call John 10:10 the dividing line in the Word of God. This scripture clearly defines what God does and what the devil does. It divides what they do into categories and everything that happens in life can be placed in one of these categories. Let me explain.

The thief is not your friend. He is your enemy. The thief represents Satan and John 10:10 gives his mission statement, which is to steal, kill, and destroy. But who is it that he wants to steal from? It's you! Who is it that he wants to kill? It's you! Whose life does he want to destroy? It's yours! Satan is the prince of darkness, the father of lies, and the source of chaos, confusion, and destruction. Jesus said that he was a murderer and that there was no truth in him.

On the other hand, God sent His Son so that the world would not perish but have life. After Jesus stated Satan's mission statement, he proclaimed His own. The mission statements are completely opposite. While Satan's purpose is death, destruction, and lack in your life, Jesus came to bring life, restoration, and abundance.

The definition of a mission statement is "to keep members and users aware of an organization's or leader's purpose." Jesus clearly states His purpose. He came to give life.

So the next time you hear someone say "Is it God or is it the devil?"—the answer will be clear. Which category does "it" come under? It if steals in any way, if it brings death or leads to death, if it destroys or brings destruction, it's the devil. If it brings abundant, it's Jesus. Jesus is not the thief. Jesus is not the one who brings death and destruction. Jesus is not the destroyer. Jesus brings life.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 that we must rightly divide the Word. If we are told to rightly divide the Word, then that must mean that the Word can be wrongly divided.

I believe that most wrong division of God's Word is by not understanding this simple truth—God is a good God and the devil is a bad devil. James 1:17 says that every good and every perfect gift comes from the Father. Then, it goes on to say that God does not change. Jesus said in John 8:44 that Satan was a liar and a murderer and that there was no truth in him. And according to Jesus, Satan does not change.

When someone says that sickness is of God, then they are attributing the work of the devil to our Heavenly Father. Isaiah 5:20 says, "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

Once after Jesus healed a man, the Pharisees attributed this work of the Holy Spirit to the devil and Jesus said that their accusation was blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and that it was unforgivable (Matthew 12:22-32). When a person attributes the work of God to the devil or a work of the devil to God...that is very dangerous territory.

Recently a minister stated in a letter to the editor that sometimes healing is God's will and sometimes sickness is His will. This man clearly does not know God's heart. For if he did, he would know Satan is the destroyer, but God is the healer. Satan brings death. God brings life. The devil destroys and brings defeat. God brings recovery and restoration.

Scripture References:
  • "Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9).
  • "I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil" (Romans 16:19).
  • "Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God" (3 John 1:11).
  • "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" (James 1:17).
  • "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it" (John 8:44).
  • "He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8).
  • "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim 2:15).
Larry Ollison Ministries
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Author Biography

Larry Ollison
Web site: Walk On the Water Faith Church
Dr. Larry Ollison is founder and Senior Pastor of Walk on the Water Faith Church and founder of Larry Ollison Ministries. With over forty years in the ministry, he is a very popular speaker nationally and internationally and ministers the Word of Faith through radio, television, Internet, and daily e-mail devotionals. As the author of eight books (including The Power of Grace, The Practical Handbook for Christian Living, Breaking the Cycle of Offense, Life is in the Blood, and recently released The Paradise of God), he is in frequent demand for radio/TV interviews, book signings, and magazine publications.

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