3-21-2014 12:05:27 PM
God is Not in Control- Changing Your Paradigm on the Christian’s Responsibility
A lot of people say “God is in control.”
First, let's look at how God is in control…
God created everything (Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:11).
God is the God of gods, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (Deuteronomy 10:17, Psalms 136:3, 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:16).
Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.”
God will test your faith.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Perseverance must finish its work for us to be mature and complete.
But, if we choose to walk away from the tests and trials, we do not persevere, and consequently we will not be mature and complete.
It is our responsibility to persevere.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
God will work things out for us, but we must choose to love Him, which involves keeping His commands (John 14:15).
Psalm 33:11 TEV "But His plans endure forever; His purposes last eternally."
God has a perfect plan. His will and purposes will be carried out.
It is up to us to surrender to Him and His will.
Since His purposes will be carried out, if we choose not to surrender to His plans for our lives and to what He has called us to do, then He will call someone else to fulfill that calling.
There is an issue of trust, us trusting Him, even when it doesn’t seem like things are going right.
Philippians 2:12-13 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
By His Holy Spirit, God works in us, but we must obey Him. He doesn't force us.
Hebrews 11:6 says "Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." God responds to faith, not problems. That scripture also says we have to diligently seek Him.
Jesus said in Luke 10:19, “I have given you power in My Name to trample…over all the power of the enemy…”
God has given us His power through Christ.
If you tell someone that God is in control and that person’s relative dies, they are going to think that God took them. That will cause that person to become resentful and turn his or her back on God.
Also, if God is in control, then what about suicide?
Proverbs 18:21 tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Since life and death are in the power of the tongue, we must speak God's Word for His will do be done. God is not in control of our tongues. We are.
If God is in control, then why did he tell us not to quench and grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19)? If God is in control, then it would not be possible for us to quench or grieve the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 115:16 “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's; But the earth He has given to the children of men.”
And, in Genesis 1:28-30, God gave authority to man and dominion on the earth.
Jesus said we have authority to use His name to heal the sick and cast out devils (Mark 16:17-18).
We need to understand the authority God gave us through Christ here on the earth. We also need to understand the responsibility we have as followers and disciples of Christ.