A Journey of Living from Glory to Glory

But God!

We sometimes wonder where God is in our time of trouble. We tend to look at the circumstances as they appear to our worldly eyes instead of what the word of God says they really are. We take a negative view of those circumstances and see them as proof that God is off somewhere else, probably ministering to Benny Hinn or Joel Osteen. But God has promised He’ll never leave nor forsake us but deliver us out of defeat.  He’s done it four countless others and He will do it for you because He’s no respecter of persons. What He will do for one, He will do for the other.  He will dwell on the inside of any person who seeks Him by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

He doesn’t want you to see your circumstance the way it is.  He wants you to look at it through His covenant promises of joy, peace, health, wholeness, blessings, and abundance.  Where do we find the truth about our circumstance?  We go to the Word and find out what God really wants for our lives.

We regard the Bible as the living Word of God, printed not only on paper, but imprinted onto our hearts and filled with the Power of God to carry out all the Words that are contained therein.  This Word offers us salvation, which every Christian knows about.  But most Christians ignore the other promises of salvation, such as total deliverance, hope, joy, encouragement, enlightenment, peace, joy, healing – both physical and spiritual, wholeness, and abundance. It’s a Book of revelation, revealing the nature of God. It’s a Book of love, revealing the heart of God. And it’s a Book of victory, revealing the God Who will deliver us from our time of trouble and crush every one of our spiritual enemies until they are made His footstool.

Let me tell you something, if you don’t get anything else out of this:. . . . God always wins!  He’s never lost a battle yet and He never will. Losing is not one of His attributes. If we will just let Him do His thing, He will defeat our enemies on our behalf by fighting battles through us.  Because His kingdom is within us, and He dwells within that kingdom, He will wage warfare through us.  Every time the devil comes against a son of God the outcome is already certain. He loses and God wins.  The only way that the devil can win is if the son of God permits it to happen.  God will not intervene if someone is actually helping the devil to win. There are a lot of stories in the Word of God that illustrate both defeat and victory for the devil.  And the sons of God always win when they are walking in His ways and waging warfare as He commands.

The story of Joseph in the Bible illustrates a resounding victory for a son of God.  Joseph, being sold into slavery by his own brothers, eventually became second in command of the entire kingdom of Egypt.  God’s favor was on him!

9 And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt.  But God was with him

10 and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. (Acts 7:9-10)

There are two words in the first verse that spell out the difference between a son of God and anyone who doesn’t know God or who is a child of disobedience. In every challenge that comes from the devil to the son of God these two words that are the difference between victory and defeat.  They are two of the most powerful words in the Bible and they are, “But God!”  Look back at verse 9, “And the patriarchs (the brothers of Joseph), becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt.  But God was with him,”.

Those two words, “but God” are used together a total of 43 times in the Bible and they are the Holy Spirit’s answer to every attack and every stronghold of the devil in the life of a son of God. “But God” is the bottom line. It’s the last word. “But God” says “It’s all over devil, we’ve won!”

No matter where or how an attack comes against you, “But God” is there and ready to serve, protect, and uplift.  “But God” says that you can boldly walk into the enemy’s camp and take back what he has stolen from you. It’s never over until God has had His say. Whenever the devil comes to you with a lie that you’re not going to make it, remind him that you are a son of the Most High God!  And that’s reason enough for you to hang in there . . . .the jury has already decided on your situation . . . . all the votes are already counted . . . and guess what?  We win!

The devil tries to tell you he still has power over you. “But God” says that greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

The devil says you’re sick. “But God” says, By his stripes you were healed. (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)

The devil says you’re defeated. “But God” says, you’re more than a conqueror.  (Romans 8:37)

The devil says you can’t do anything, “But God” says you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. (Philippians 4:13)

The devil says you don’t have anything and you never will, “But God” says that He shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory. (Philippians 4:19)

The devil says he will put so much grief on you that you’ll give up.  “But God” says, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.” And why is this so?  Because “his is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. “ (Isaiah 54:17)

The devil comes to you and says, “Remember all those sins you used to do? Sometimes you still sin and would like to sin more often?” Then he says, “Based on that, you’re not really saved after all.” “But God” says, you were washed, you were sanctified, and you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.  (1 Corinthians 6:11)

The devil works overtime to discourage us and to defeat us. I want to make it clear the Bible is a Book of Covenant Promises sealed in Blood and they are meant for every child of God. Those promises spell defeat for the devil in every situation and circumstance. The devil and the world he controls would try to make you believe that the he is powerful and in charge.  But there are two words that prove all enemies wrong…..“But God.”  Those two words haunt the devil, day and night.  Speak them often.  Learn what Scripture has to say about your situation.  And then remind yourself, the devil, and all enemies, “But God is with me!

Copyright (c) 2011, Craig Tanner

5 responses

  1. 2 miscarriages, weeping, sad,mourning and the thought maybe I couldn’t have children, BUT GOD healed my body!!!!!!!
    I had Jeremy,Justin and Jessica, 3 healthy pregnancies,3 healthy babies!!!! My…Lord heals,Praise God!

    May 12, 2015 at 11:47 pm

  2. Craig,
    When I just finished reading the last article you wrote and made a comment that led me to talking about this very superior and life changing phrase, “but God …”

    I cannot BELIEVE (yes I can) that the next article’s title that caught my eye was “but God!”

    So here I am having finished reading “But God” and I have that funny little feeling. Will you believe this, brother? I didn’t read this and writ that! I wrote that and read this!

    Sounds like “Who’s on First, Where’s on Second, and What’s on Third” the old Abbott and Costello piece is it?

    What’s really important is the simple truth that when God puts His “…but …” (nothing rude intended here, of course!) into the situation, get ready for change!

    I’m learning to embrace change as my great friend. Why? I want to be like Jesus more and more and more. That turns the key for change to “ON” and I continue to be transformed. Not that my embrace has anything much to do with the changes … just that my cooperation with the process with my new point of view helps me to remain open to the Lord and not srlf-satisfied.

    Thanks, Craig. Your gift keeps on giving.

    August 8, 2015 at 6:10 am

    • Thank you Janice! You have such a wonderful and unique insight on relationship with the Lord. It has been refreshing to listen and converse with you about it. As with true friendship in the Kingdom, iron sharpens iron.

      August 8, 2015 at 10:13 am

      • It’s never a complete picture, when we miss out on someone’s view who’s a unique and loved treasure of the Lord. You’re bringing that to the table. Once again, thanks for your thinking brain and sense of humor! Let’s never lose either!

        August 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

  3. Reblogged this on come2worship and commented:
    Are all y’all ready for another fine serving of fresh bread? Coming right up! Coffee? Water? Journal? Sketchbook? Pencil – whatever helps you keep and “ponder these things in (your) heart” and ” happy are you if you do not hear alone – but also DO what your heavenly Father asks of you.”

    August 8, 2015 at 6:36 am

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