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September 2017

Suing God!

Knowing that God is in charge of every detail in the universe, there are times where we may find ourselves complaining to Him as to why He allows or doesn't allow certain things in our lives.

Perhaps, you can relate to two people who tried to sue God in court, due to what they perceived as His failure to act the way they thought HE~ should.

In 2005, a Romanian prisoner, under the name of Pavel M., after he was found guilty of murder, made the allegation that God had failed to keep up his end of the contract that was made at his baptism.

Pavel M's lawsuit, however was thrown out of court, because the Judge declared that he had failed to give a proper address to which the lawsuit papers could be given to God.

And not to be outdone, a United States Senator from Omaha, Nebraska, by the name of Ernie Chambers in September of 2007, also decided to file a lawsuit against God.

In his lawsuit, Chambers sought a permanent injunction ordering God to cease certain harmful activities and the making of terroristic threats.

However, Chamber's lawsuit was also dismissed, as the Judge reasoned that it was beyond the powers of the Court to get God to defend himself from the charges made in the lawsuit.

Even though we may not have gone to extreme of attempting to sue God in an actual court of law, don't we do something similar whenever we complain to God about our lot in life, making our case before Him that He's not treating us the way we think a loving God should?

It's comforting to know that some of the greatest Saints in God's "'ford also complained to God, and that God was Merciful enough to hear their cases.

For example, Job demanded an audience with God regarding his sufferings; Abraham interceded for Sodom, making a bargain with God, so that he would not destroy Sodom if there were ten righteous people who lived there; Moses sought the favor of the Lord when God threatened to destroy the Israelites, after they worshipped the golden calf in Exodus 2:2, and often in his Psalms, we find David going to God with his complaints. and questions.

In Matthew 15 we find a remarkable case of a Syrophonecian woman who wins her case with God in flesh, that is Jesus, that her demonic possessed daughter be healed.

The odds of her winning her case seemed stacked against her before she even began. For not only was she a Gentile, she was also a woman, and in addition to that, her daughter was demon possessed, which automatically made her unclean by living in the same house with her.

And in verse 27, it looks like this woman definitely had lost her case, as Jesus answers her with the following words, "First let the children eat all they want, for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs".

But, rather than taking these words of Jesus as a denial of her request, instead this woman sees a glimmer of hope in these words of Jesus and

And so based upon these words of Jesus, she responds in verse :28, by reasoning, "Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table eat the! children's crumbs".

And from her example, we find how we too can "sue God" and win our case by using His very Words, to answer our request.

For as Numbers 23:19 describes, "God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind". God is bound by His word!

When our prayers are based upon the foundation of the sure Word of God then we can be sure like this woman that are prayers will be answered,

Lawyers when making their cases in court, will often have files and files of legal documentation, through extensive research in their effort to win their case before the Judge.

And in a similar fashion, we are to pour over God's Word and find! the legal documents in order to make our case before Him.

And with the confidence that our case is based upon the sold rock of God's Word, we will be given unshaken faith through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit who inspired these Words, even when outer circumstances or a delay in time would compel us to give into doubt and despair.

Prayer is not child's play. It is serious business! For it is battling with the forces of evil that are against us from realizing God's blessings in our lives.

Jesus once said in Matthew 11:12, "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it".

Knowing this, we are to cling with all our might to His Word by faith, even when nothing seems to be happening and our prayers seem to be unheard of rejected by God.

Through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, we have been given a much higher status than this woman in our text, who was compared to at dog begging for crumbs at the dinner table.

For even though we do not deserve it due to our many sins, God in His grace sent His Son Jesus to give us forgiveness of sins, making it possible for us to be given the high status of being His child, with all the rights and privileges of being an heir of salvation and eternal life.

As Romans 8:15 puts it, "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father".

Because of this we can boldly come to the throne of God and make our case before Him, just as a dear child goes to their dear father about a promise they have made.

With open Bibles we can remind our Heavenly Father, "You said so! And because you said so, I make my case. Knowing that you do not lie, I therefore am convinced that you have heard my prayer even before I see it's physical manifestation in my life. For I am convinced that you will keep your Word."

As 1 John 5:14 expresses, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what you asked of him".

In Mark's account, we read in chapter 7 Jesus assuring the Woman, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter. She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone".

The case was won based upon the sure Words of Jesus!

Can you picture Jesus saying to you the following regarding your prayers:

Because you have made your case based upon My Word, be assured that your prayers have been answered!

Suing God may seem like a hopeless case. But when we make our case based upon His Word, we are guaranteed to win!

As Hebrews 4: 16 encourages: "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need"

In His Grace!
Pastor Wendt

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