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  • Staci Sweet

Just Because Something is Present Doesn’t Mean God Is Not

Over the weekend I watched a teaching by Phyliss Moore, Co-Pastor of Faith Life Church and she told the story of a friend who has a brain tumor. She told her that she was going to have to stop thinking about it because if she didn’t it would consume her. When she said that immediately God showed me Jesus walking on the water. At the time, the Lord was in the midst of a storm. Yet Jesus continued to walk in the presence of rain and hurricane-like winds which lets us know that just because the tumor or whatever condition or situation may be present or persists, does not mean Jesus is not walking on and/or coming through that situation. In other words, just because you're experiencing does not mean that we you’re not healed.

What happens is that people have a tendency to go to the doctor where tests are run. If the tests comes back and shows that cancer, a tumor, cyst, or whatever is present, they’ll immediately agree with what they see and lose hope. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The presence of sickness doesn’t negate that healing is in operation.

You can have a disease, condition, tumor or symptom – something that can be readily seen and/or tested in your body but that doesn’t mean that God is not healing you. It just means that the thing is still present but so what? What does that mean? Satan is still active in the earth but that doesn’t mean that the Holy Spirit is not. The devil and his people are still here but that doesn’t negate that so we.

Galatians 5:16-18 puts it this way,

‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.’

Both the Spirit and the flesh are present. One doesn’t negate the other.

Romans 7:15-20 says,

‘For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me…. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.’

Both good and evil are present but that means absolutely nothing! In fact it proves that just because the flesh is present doesn’t mean that God’s Spirit is not. Just because good is present doesn’t mean that evil will exit. Both are on the scene. We just have to choose which we’re going to engage with.