The “Buts” of God and the “Buts” of Satan and Figuring Out Which Voice to Follow

Father God in the Name of Jesus our Christ, Lord and Loving Savior. We come to You and ask for wisdom, knowledge and revelation of You, Your will and even our ways. Lord, we don’t always make choices that glorify You, “but.” Help me, as Adam, to show the love, mercy and un-ending grace of our Savior.  I ask this in Jesus Name. Amen.

“So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.” – Colossians 1:9 (New Living Translation)

You may read the title of this blog saying “what in the world is a “but” God and Satan?” You might even laugh and laughing is great. “Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with joyful songs. Then the nations said, "The LORD has done spectacular things for them." – Psalm 126:2 (GW) “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face.” – Proverbs 15:13 (GW) “But” keep reading, the text which says “we would be filled with the knowledge of His will.”  It seems contradictory, right? I mean after-all, shouldn’t I know immediately?  It’s quite possible that God can show you immediately, but it’s also quite possible that God wants us (me and you) to take into consideration that He also wants us to have spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Sometimes in life we are faced with choices that may seem unsurmountable. The truth is somethings in our lives we put off because we are scared or we feel inadequate or incompetent to fulfill the task at hand. To set the record straight, those feelings may not be that bad, they can cause you to learn and lean on the Father.  However, the steps of faith that are required by our Father must be accomplished.  We must take steps, even if it’s baby steps. 

The truth is, in our flesh we often make “bad choices” and “mistakes.” “But” do we? In all honesty even in our most sinful times of our lives, did we? Did we make that choice in 1995 that has altered our future for the worst or have we placed our trust in the “worst” as opposed to the best? A lot of people saw a “mistake” and it led them to Jesus, was it really a “mistake” or miracle? It’s a miracle, not a “mistake.” You see, sometimes we can think we made a “mistake” and two things can take place at that moment, we can think “I made a mistake” and Satan comes in at the perfect time to accuse, ridicule and slander you.  Once you perceive something to be a “huge mistake,” Satan will make you feel like you are the “mistake,” that you made all these terrible choices and that’s why “so and so happened.” Is sin real in this world? Yes. We live in a fleshly body, a body contrary to Gods plan, but remember “spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Those take time.

Perhaps, even now you feel as though you messed up, life could be changed forever and you are just a “failure” at something, “but” did you? Where did your faith go? Why did your faith leave you and turn into doubt so fast? A “mistake?” Have we forgotten this gracious and loving God we serve or did we change Him immediately to this mean, unfindable God? God is ever present and filled with love and compassion. The thing about a “mistake” is this, they cause regret and regret can cause harm in so many areas, even down to our health.  That’s not Gods will.  Jesus died for our sins. “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” – Romans 5:6 (New Living Translation) Think about that, someone died and not just someone but God. God came, lived and died for our sins.  He loves us. He does not see us as “bad,” “terrible,” “stupid,” “filled with mistakes” or any other lie satan places in our minds. He see’s us as awesome children who are making baby steps to get closer to Him. You see, sometimes what you think is a “mistake” is the sovereignty of God at work (didn’t it seem like a “mistake” for Jesus to be rejected and die unjustly?). All throughout the Bible we see what people think are “mistakes” and it’s often preached and taught that way, but at the same time we can unintentionally hurt a person by the way we teach us because subconsciously the person could be in an “I’m a failure mode.” That’s not Gods will. 

The fact is this, in Hebrews 11 which is deemed by most preachers, pastors, teachers and bible students as “the Hall of Faith.” Many times you can read it and think, “wow they did great things for God.” “But” what about me, I did horrible things, repeatedly. It seems too and so overwhelming that I cant even think about it. Notice one thing that is so necessary to recovery of faith, not once did God condemn, judge, ridicule or claim they made a “mistake” in that chapter.  You may say, “but” wait, why did it seem like that in the Old Testament, why can I see a “mistake?” Well, have you noticed when you awake from sleeping and its kind of blurry, you cant see much, but you can make out some things, but not everything? Perhaps we overlook the “spiritual wisdom and understanding” in that verse. We miss this great love of God and we wonder at ourselves, “I just woke up, I cant see it for me, after-all I did this, that and the other.” My case is totally different. I messed up and well, quite honestly I question the fact of why I keep messing up and I feel worse every time. What an opportunity for Satan to heap guilt, doubt, insecurity, lack of trust and self condemnation and fake condemnation from God.

There is something called grace, it’s talked about, but the experience of grace is difference. Gods grace does not eliminate problems, it enables you to see problems as miracles, opportunities, blessings and His hand and heart at work in your life.  Grace is so amazing. Isn’t it weird so many people survived hard times (before medication, hospitals, etc.) singing “amazing grace?” Did we lose that when we had an opportunity at these so called luxuries or have we made these luxuries our “amazing grace?” God never looks at you like you look at you. God never sleeps nor slumbers. “Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.” – Psalm 121:4 (New Living Translation) His vision is clear. He doesn’t fall asleep and wake up and barely make out what is going on. He see’s you as so amazing, beautiful and awesome. God looks at you with compassion. “The LORD is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all His creation.” – Psalm 149:5 (New Living Translation)  God cares, about you, all of you, every aspect of your life. “Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 (Gods Word)

You may say, yea “but”….and therein lies the problem. How do I fix this? Who is talking to me when I hear these “buts.”

1)      The Character of God is being slowly altered when we say “but.” When we add “buts” to God’s periods, often we neglect the first part of what we said. “Well, I trust God to provide regardless of the circumstances, “but.” And often we unintentionally do it, but it should be a period. It shouldn’t be a “but.” “Buts” are satans tools at demonic deception and clouded perception.

 

2)      When a “but” comes in - What if your so called “mistake” is Gods ultimate will, “but” it didn’t come in your form. I mean let’s face it, Joseph was to be a ruler, “but” was in slavery. Moses was to lead the Children of Israel and ended up being led (notice being led) by God into a trap. “But” why? It seemed irrational for Jesus to be rejected, betrayed and killed unjustly on a Cross “but” God’s “but” was His ultimate plan to bring salvation to those who believe and present it to those who don’t quite believe yet. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” – Titus 2:11 (KJV) Trust Him. You are valuable. To feel forsaken is to feel a satanic “but” in your life. “Buts” are so dangerous they can make you stay in a rut, unable to move, because after all, I may be able to move “but.”

 

3)      “Buts” hinder your attitude – God knows our propensity and capability to have those “buts.” He knows we are frail and often prone to making that come about in our lives. However, He is also capable of getting you to a place where your “but” turns into faith. Faith determines your attitude.  Have you ever missed a meal or saw a meal that you wanted but perhaps your wife or husband didn’t want? You wanted it so bad, it looked so great, “but” you began to inwardly complain. Oh, you may have smiled and complied “but” inwardly your attitude changed. Satan can even use a meal to start to try to separate a family! A simple thing can be huge because of a “but.” We must be careful!

 

4)      “Buts” hinder your altitude - We are made to soar. However, the truth is, we have a nest. We all do. We have something of comfort that brings us to a place where we feel like “life isn’t going well right now “but…” We feel comfort in the most uncomfortable situations because “but” what if I try and fail?”  “But” what if I attempt to do something and get free, “but” I don’t get free immediately? “But” God I thought.” Our altitude goes down. The nest is a “but” in your life. That’s how you know what it is. It’s what makes you feel super comfortable. God isn’t against comfort, “but” (the Jesus “buts”) He wants His amazing children taking these huge strides (even if at a slow pace) of altitude to glorify His Sons Name in this world. God knows you. God knows what you can do. “But” we don’t. What if you took the “buts” from your prayer life, attitude, altitude (faith) and capabilities in life? What if you removed the people who always say “but” to you? What if God see’s you soaring so high above the clouds glorifying the Savior who is merciful, loving and kind and you stay down because after-all why risk opening up or doing that when I can end up hurt?

 

The truth is this; “ALL things work together for good to them that love God.” (Romans 8:28) There is a “but” that is good, great and God glorifying. “But” what if I don’t do “it” for the Father’s glory?” “But” what if Jesus is saying I can do it and provide and I trust Him more than my circumstances.” “But” what if my faith can turn around again and I can believe for the impossible while seeing only the possible?” “But” what if My Lord says I can, but I can’t hear Him?” When a “but” comes into your mind, ask yourself this question “but” what if God is able?” Not you, not your so called “mistakes,” not Satan, not your attitudes and feelings, “but” your faith in God. Remember these two promises as you go through your day and life.

 

“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown your love to Him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” – Hebrews 6:10 (New Living Translation)

 

“No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him.” – Hebrews 12:6 (Gods Word)

 

Don’t let your “but” hinder your blessing. Your “but” isn’t dependent on you, its dependent on our Fathers great grace towards you. Cancel your unconstructive and destructive “buts.”

 

Father God in Jesus Name, I ask right now for rejuvenated faith. I ask for Your peace to fill my heart. I ask for Your power to flow in my life. I ask for satans condemnation to be removed now. I ask that You begin to show me Your plan. I ask that You take the “buts” out of my mouth and trust you. I ask that You remove any “but” people from my life that hinder my love and ability for Your Son. I ask that we glorify Your Son. We may sin, we may stumble “but” Your deep, ever-lasting love is there to cover anything we may have done. God, most importantly, help us to see, have the peace and have the knowledge that we are not failures, dumb, stupid or anything that is contrary to positive aspects of our lives. We are Your work and master-piece. We are the object of Your love, affection and beauty to this world. You love us. You don’t stop loving us and I thank You for that and praise is on my lips because of that in Jesus Name. Amen.