Must all things pass through God first
God is in control of your life, all things must meet his approval and fit into his over all plan.
The question is, must all things pass through God before they can happen. In other words does God give his OK before a Christian is persecuted or before they are faced with a trail? Does Satan have free reign to afflict peoples lives as he sees fit.
Let’s look at some of the scriptures pertaining to this topic:
Let’s Start with Job, We all know this story. First you must be aware that Satan is the accuser of all of the body of Christ. Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. He is continuously telling God (Satan currently has access to heaven. He is only banished from heaven during the second half of the tribulation) that those who follow God are not worthy of Gods blessing and protection. Here in Job God gave permission to Satan to touch Jobs life. This tells us that Satan does not have permission to touch those who are in the Body of Christ unless it is given from God.
Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth (have nothing to do with) evil?
Here in Luke Jesus mentions that if Jerusalem (Israel) would have followed him he would have protected them against the out side elements. Because they would not, they lost Gods protection and would have to go though many unnecessary trials and tribulations which are still going on today.
Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
This speaks of the Father protecting those who have eternal life.
John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
Once again God must give permission for his elect people to be touched.
John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.
Why would God allow his followers to be affected and tortured?
First God will not give us more then we can bear:
John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
1Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
God will allow us to be tempted if:
1. We are not saved
2. It is for the good of our soul. If a person is slipping backwards God may allow a hardship to enter into our life as a wake up call. Remember that in our weakness we are made strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
We make a boast to serve God no matter what happens. Sometimes when we open our mouth, God may allow a test to come upon us to see if we will stand by him or not.
God decides if we are to be tempted or not, and how much and for how long. However it is up to the individual person on how to respond to the temptation. This does not take away our choice to do good or evil.
A husband and wife are having problems getting along. This could be a test from God in order to find out how the couple will handle the situation. They could get a divorce and walk contrary to God’s word or they could meet it right and ask God for grace peace and understanding in the issues at hand. In time God will grant the blessing. It could also split in two, either one could leave the other one. However it works out, each person needs to make their own choice on how to handle the problem's) at hand.
Another example could be that a person makes the claim that they will follow God anywhere and through anything. God might send a test to test our faith to see if we are true to our words.
I believe that if you are saved you have the protection of God and anyone who will do anything to you needs to go through God first.
** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.