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It is God's will that you be well. "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 2).

God wants you healed, and He will go any way you choose: through doctors, through the Word, or both. But, if you fall for Satan's lie—if you believe God puts sickness on people to teach them something—your faith is in neutral.

You cannot use your faith to get rid of something you believe God gave you!

Satan is not the finisher of your faith, and if trials and tests perfected faith, Satan would be the finisher of it. Hebrews 12:2 declares that Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith.

Heaven Knows No Tests Or Trials
Let me call your attention to something Jesus said when he was teaching His disciples principles of prayer. "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hollowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven" (Matt. 6:9-10).

Just stop and ask yourself this question: Is it God's will that we be tested and tried in heaven? The answer is obvious. There will be no tests or trials there. Therefore, that must be God's will for the earth.

In Matt. 26:41, Jesus said to His disciples, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation…." Evidently you can avoid temptations, tests, and trials by watching and praying. Most of the time we get into trials and temptations by not doing what Jesus said to do to avoid them.

The word temptation in James 1:2, "…count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations," and in verse 13, "Let no man say when he is tempted I am tempted of God…," is the same word translated trial and test in other parts of the New Testament.

Let's paraphrase it: "Let no man say that it is God doing the tempting and trying: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man."

"Do not err, my beloved brethren." Or as we would say, do not be misled. "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 1:16-17).

The word shadow here speaks of less light, or darkness. There is never any gradual turning from that which is good and perfect. God is not guilty of using evil or darkness to perfect you.

Source: Faith That Will Not Change by Charles Capps
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Charles Capps
Web site: Charles Capps Ministries
Charles Capps is a retired farmer, land developer, and Bible teacher who has traveled extensively throughout the United States and several foreign countries sharing the truths of God's Word. He has taught Bible seminars for over 35 years, emphasizing the authority of the believer, faith and the power of words. We celebrated Charles' promotion to heaven at 5:15 pm Sunday, February 23, 2014. Charles Capps was a man of integrity, a man of his word and he got what he said. He called those things that be not as though they were.

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