But God

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ONE OF MY favorite phrases in the Bible is in the Book of Ephesians: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us . . .” (Eph. 2:4).

But God . . . .

In Matthew 7:24–27, Jesus talked about a wise man and a foolish man. The wise man built his house on the rock. This person heard God’s Word and obeyed it. When the storm came and the wind and the rain beat upon that house, it stood. The foolish man built his house on the sand. He heard the Word but didn’t obey it. That same storm destroyed his house.

Life Happens

Life will happen. No one will ever get to a place in faith where life doesn’t happen to them. Everyone will have many opportunities to act on God’s Word. When everything seems to be falling apart, “but God” has to be our go-to.

As we approach the Lord’s return, the world isn’t going to get better. Not long ago, we went through a global pandemic. Things will keep happening. Whatever storm we get caught in, we have to stand up and say, But God.

COVID didn’t eliminate “by Jesus’ stripes, I’m healed.” Nothing can change what God says. When life happens, our first response must be, “What does the Word say about this?”

Romans 3:4 says, “Let God be true, but every man a liar.” Well, that includes Tad. Let God be true and Tad be a liar. If I believe something different from what God says, I would have to call myself a liar.

Nothing—no sickness, no lack, no adversity—can change what God’s Word says. Anything opposite of the Word has to be a lie.

One time I visited a Rhema Bible Church member in the hospital. He had been having severe headaches and had bleeding in his brain. After his surgery, I was there when they brought him back to the room.

The doctor told us the surgery went well, but he didn’t know if this man would recover.

The doctor gave us the facts. But thank God, we knew the truth, and the truth never changes. The truth of God’s Word says, “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:5).

We prayed and spoke the Word over the church member, and he kept gradually getting better. During another visit, a nurse said, “It’s a miracle. This should not be happening. God had to have done this.” He made a complete recovery!

When life happens, our first response must be, “What does the Word say about this?”

Tad Gregurich

Moving Forward

Some people are dealing with issues from their past. But I guarantee you there’s not one person who hasn’t had some failures. We’ve all been there. For some people, it may look like they’ve just thrown it all away. “But God” is the answer. Let go of the past, let go of the mistakes, and dare to believe the Word of God.

John 16:33 AMPC says, “Be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” Through what He did on the cross, Jesus has deprived mistakes, sickness, calamity, and anything else of power to harm you. Whatever comes against you, remember, But God . . . !”

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[Editor’s note: Tad Gregurich is the dean of Rhema Bible Training College and an associate pastor at Rhema Bible Church.]

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