10 Things God Cannot Do
I remember many years ago I was a Sunday School teacher for some 6 year old toddlers. I had an amazing moment where I learnt something from one of these innocent children. One day I was teaching them about the power and magnificence of God. As I taught them I would tell them that God created the earth and the animals, and that God can be everywhere at the same time, and about the wonderful and amazing miracles that God performs. During the lesson, I then confidently remember telling my class: “God can do anything! Nothing is impossible with God!”
As soon as I said those words, a young 6 year old boy in my class slowly put his hand up to speak and he softly said to me: “There’s something that God cannot do – God can’t lie”.
What an awesome lesson I learnt from that young boy’s statement because it is such a true statement.
God cannot do things that are not in accordance with His nature or which are contrary to His word.
Below are some things that God CANNOT do.
(1) GOD CANNOT SIN – It is not in God’s nature to sin, to lie or to perform any kind of wickedness. God is holy, pure and sinless. God is not corrupt nor can He be tempted to become corrupt or to sin. His thoughts, His motives, His actions are always good and righteous and just. (1 Samuel 2:2 – “No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.”) ; (Numbers 23:19 – “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?)
(2) GOD CANNOT CONTRADICT HIMSELF – God cannot change His mind when it comes to issues that are consistent with His very nature and His word. He is not confused nor can anybody confuse God. God’s word, the Bible does not contradict itself nor can God behave in any way that is contradictory to His nature. (Malachi 3:6 – “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.) ; (Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.)
(3) GOD CANNOT BECOME A FALSE GOD – False gods might try to imitate or counterfeit the power and nature of the one true God. However, God himself will not imitate anybody. God does not need to become like anyone. God is God and there is only ONE God. Therefore God, for example, cannot become Buddha or a god from another religion. (Isaiah 43:10 – “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me.)
(4) GOD CANNOT TEMPT ANYONE – God cannot tempt anybody to perform sinful desires. God does not cause people to commit a sinful act. God is not the author of wickedness nor does He make people commit wicked acts. It is not in God’s nature to deceive anyone. (James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.)
(5) GOD CANNOT HATE YOU – God is love. God cannot hate His creation. When He made all that He created in Genesis, God saw that what He had made was good. God loves us even when we are at our very worst. This is why He sent His begotten Son Jesus to die for us. (Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)
(6) GOD CANNOT SHOW FAVOURITISM – God does not have favourites. He loves us the same. God does not judge anybody unjustly or unfairly. (Acts 10:34-35 – Then Peter opened his mouth and said:”In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him”.)
(7) GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED – God cannot be ridiculed. He cannot feel mocked because God is all knowing and all sufficient and He lacks nothing. There is nothing that anyone can say about God that will make God feel mocked or inadequate. (Galatians 6:7 – Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.)
(8) GOD CANNOT BE DECEIVED – Nobody can deceive God. He cannot be fooled because He is all knowing, omniscient and almighty. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. (Hebrews 4:13 – And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.)
(9) GOD CANNOT BE DEFEATED – God cannot lose. The reason He cannot be defeated is because nobody can match God’s power and might. There is nobody like God and therefore He has no equal. God has already won the battle against the devil through Jesus Christ and what Jesus did on the cross for mankind. As a Christian, the scriptures say that you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37). God is triumphant and it is not in His nature to lose. (Psalm 147:5 – Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.) ; (Matthew 19:26 – But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”)
(10) GOD CANNOT ALLOW A PERSON WHO IS NOT A CHRISTIAN TO ENTER HEAVEN – A person who is not born again / saved / a true Christian cannot enter into Heaven. To become a Christian, a person must believe and receive Jesus Christ as his/her Lord & Saviour. The only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.
John 3:3 NKJV – Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 14:6 NKJV – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
“Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it— the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Knowing the nature of God is very important. God will not ignore us if we call to Him and if we have a genuine desire to know Him and have a relationship with Him. There are MANY things that God will do in your personal life which are consistent with His word and with His nature. Allow Him to guide you and help you.