Cooperate With God
Some people don’t like these truths at all. It’s comforting to them to feel that
God is the One who willed for this person to die and that one to fail, this person
to have a nervous breakdown and that marriage to break up. They find comfort
in this mentality because it takes all responsibility away from them and they’re
able to say, “Whatever will be, will be.” I understand that these truths I’m
sharing will unsettle some people, but it’s the truth that will set them free. (John
Before my wife and I were married, there was a girl we were both very close
friends with. I was with her when she died.
She was praying and saying, “God’s going to heal me. Now is the time. It has
to be now.” She was believing for healing. We were shocked when she died
because we honestly expected God to heal her. Although it took me almost four
years to learn enough of God’s Word to figure out what had happened, I finally
realized that we had violated many spiritual laws and done many things wrong.
GOD’S MESSENGER BOY?
At that time in my life, I was under the false teaching that says, “God puts
tragedy in your life to perfect you. He’ll bless you with sickness and disease
because it’s through your hardships that you are made better.” This is absolutely
untrue, but back then I didn’t understand enough of the Word to know any better.
So I believed it, and accepted it.
I actually attended an out-of-state conference where I heard a man teach that
Satan was God’s messenger boy. He said,
“Anything the devil wants to do in your life, he has to get God’s permission.
Ultimately, God is the One who’s controlling both the good and the bad, so bad
things are actually sent from God to perfect us.” When I returned home from this
conference, I gave a tape of this message entitled, “Satan Is God’s Messenger
Boy,” to my friend. She immediately listened to it.
In the message, this man used the example of a high school boy who was too
timid and shy to witness. Even though he wasn’t bold enough to speak to others
about his faith, he wanted the Lord to use him, so he said, “God, I’ll do anything.
Put sickness or disease on me so that people will see that I’m not afraid to die.”
The very next day, this boy came down with leukemia and eventually died of
it. While sick and dying, he witnessed to people. Since he was a football player,
the whole school turned out at his funeral. At the ceremony, four people were
This man used that as an example of how God answered this boy’s prayer to
be a witness by “blessing” him with leukemia. This girl listened to that tape and
prayed the exact same prayer as that boy. “God, give me leukemia so I can be a
witness.” The next day, she passed out. They rushed her to the hospital. She had
acute leukemia, and eventually died of it. God wasn’t the One who answered that
prayer. He doesn’t put sickness and disease on us. Satan is the one who takes
advantage of a “prayer” like that. Both of those young people dropped all their
defenses and opened themselves up to leukemia believing it was of God.
When this girl died, four people were born again at her funeral.
I was there. I saw it. Some people thought, It must not have been God’s will
to heal her. How dumb can you get and still breathe? I’m not saying this to be
critical of anyone. I was personally involved in this situation. We were so stupid
that we were asking God for cancer.
If you start asking God for cancer, believing He is a source of it, it will come
your way. It’s not that God sent it, but there are lying spirits that masquerade
themselves as angels of light who will claim to be His messenger. (2 Cor.
11:14.) If you start praying for tragedy in your life, you’ll get plenty of it—and
you’ll think it’s from God.
There are laws that govern how God operates. We asked for this sickness and
submitted to it, claiming it was the Lord. Because of that, we never fought
against it. We never actively resisted the devil because—in our warped way of
thinking— that would have been fighting against God. We thought He was the
One who gave this sickness. So there we were asking for sickness, believing
God answered our prayer by giving this girl leukemia, and then, on the other
hand, asking Him to take it away. That’s double-minded.
Let not that [double-minded] man think that he shall receive any thing
of the Lord. JAMES 1:7
That’s violating and voiding the laws of God.
This girl died through my influence. I had a part in it. Some people don’t
want to accept responsibility. Maybe you know someone who died. Perhaps
you’ve lost a marriage because you didn’t understand the laws of God. You didn’t
know how to stand and fight. Those tragedies and negative things you’ve
experienced weren’t God’s will—it was your fault, or the devil, or someone else.
Many people don’t want to accept this responsibility. They’d rather blame God. I
understand how you feel because I’ve been there. Yet, I accepted responsibility. I
realized that we did so many things wrong. We violated God’s Word and opened
up a door for the devil through false teaching and wrong believing.
I accepted my responsibility, and I’ve changed. I’ve believed the truth, and
the truth has set me free. Since then, I’ve seen many people healed of leukemia. I
can’t undo what’s done, but I can redeem that situation by going and sharing
these truths with other people and seeing them set free.
In Mark 6, Jesus went into His own hometown.
When the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue:
and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man
these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even
such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the
son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Judah, and Simon?
and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
These people knew Jesus as the carpenter, the son of Joseph and Mary.
However, the truth is that He wasn’t a carpenter or Joseph’s son. Jesus was the
Son of God who happened to work as a carpenter for a period of time. These
people knew Him in the physical, natural realm, but they didn’t know who He
truly was. Due to this, they rejected His ministry thinking, He’s making Himself
out to be somebody better than us. He grew up here with my kids. I’ve seen Him
since He was a tiny little boy, and here He is proclaiming that He’s the Son of
Because of their familiarity with Jesus, they were offended at Him and
But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his
own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could
there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk,
and healed them.
Notice how Jesus could do no mighty work there. It’s not that He wouldn’t do
When many people pray and ask for something and it doesn’t come to pass,
they think it was God that chose not to do it.
God is not free to move independent of us. He has to have a believer—
knowing what the laws are and taking their authority —to flow through. We
must cooperate with God. If you pray and don’t see something come to pass, you
need to evaluate: Have you cooperated with God’s laws? Is what you prayed for
something He’s promised? If you’re praying for something that isn’t revealed in
the Word— stop. It’s not good for you and God hasn’t provided it.
When something, like healing, is promised to you in the Word, take your
place of authority as a believer and say, “This is a law of God, so I command my
body to respond. In the name of Jesus, I am commanding what God has already
done to manifest.” But you have to know what has been promised.
Mark 6:5 says that Jesus could do no mighty work. It’s not that He wouldn’t
do it, He couldn’t do it. God Himself will not violate our free will. He won’t
make you receive. He has provided— generated— the power, but you must
cooperate and flip the switch. You must learn how to receive what God has
YOUR FREE WILL
It isn’t the Lord who is letting people die and go to hell. People are choosing
to go to hell because God gave them a free choice. Regardless, He’s doing
everything He can to keep that from coming to pass.
No one who is condemned to hell on Judgment Day will be able to put their
finger in Jesus’ face and say, “It’s not fair. You didn’t give me a chance!” God
has put obstacles and barriers in front of every person who is headed to hell.
They’ve had to climb over their own conscience that has convicted them and told
them they were wrong and should repent. God used other people to be a witness
to them in some way during their lifetime. There has been obstacle after
obstacle. God is faithful to deal with every person who has ever lived, trying to
turn them from their destructive ways. But they choose to reject His drawing and
ignore Him, so no one will be able to accuse God. He’s not the one sending
people to hell. They’ll know that it was absolutely their choice.
It’s the same with healing. It’s not God who is letting people be sick. He’s
already provided for the healing of every single person. The problem is we’re
ignorant of His provision and His laws governing how to receive it.
Just as Jesus could do no mighty work in His own hometown because of the
unbelief of the people there, unbelief prevents God from doing what He wants to
do in people’s lives today. (Matt. 13:58.) It wasn’t Christ’s unbelief or lack of
willingness, but their unbelief that hindered His power. Our unbelief stops God
from doing His will.
God will not move in your life without your cooperation. You must be in
agreement with Him. That’s one of His laws. Your free will is something that the
Lord will not violate. You may desire the right end results, but you won’t receive
them if you disobey every single law along the way. You may wish to enjoy
good health, but if you’re committing sexual immorality shacking up with
anybody and everybody, through those actions you are putting a law into effect,
the law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7-8), and faith for good health is dead
without accompanying works (James 2:17). You can’t just pray for something,
and then act in a contrary way. That’s not how the kingdom works.
POWERFUL AND IMPORTANT
I recently prayed with a woman in a hospital. She was very close to death
and looked terrible. Since she was barely alive, she couldn’t talk or
communicate. I tried everything I knew to discern if there was anything I could
minister to her or her family, but I couldn’t perceive anything, so I just prayed
for her the best I knew how and left.
Right before I left town, the family called and told me that she was going
downhill fast. The doctor only gave her an hour or two to live. Since I was busy
holding a meeting, I sent some friends back to the hospital. After she passed on,
my friends were talking to the family. They discovered that this woman had said,
“I give up. I’m ready to die.” She had quit believing. I was trying to exercise my
authority and minister healing, but it was against this woman’s will. It doesn’t
work that way.
God gave us a free choice. Even a medical doctor will tell you that once
someone loses the will to live, they’ll die. The ailment could even be something
minor that could be treated by medicine, but without that will to live, they’ll die.
However, when some people go beyond medicine’s ability to help and the
doctors say, “There is nothing we can do for them; they’re going to die,” some
people just have a will to live and they fight through. Your personal will is very
powerful and important.
One of God’s laws is that you can’t have your will in one direction and then
expect to get the results that would come from going in another. You can’t just
yield to and serve the devil, giving him total access to you, and reap the benefits
of a godly life. It’s not because God won’t flow, or that He’s looking at you as
being unworthy. We’re all unworthy in that sense. God doesn’t move in our lives
because we deserve it. However, in order to see His provision—His will—
manifest, you do have to cooperate with Him.