We experience the consequences of … He is the Sovereign God and sits on the throne. God did…. Christ continues this saving work through those who willingly surrender to the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence in their lives. If we are not absolutely convinced that this is true, then it is like the marriage of yes and no together. If God is in control of everything that occurs that means that God has a plan and eventually things will work out. Whilst it’s true that currently God’s He never has to compromise or twist His word or His Holiness by causing death, loss, or destruction (kill, steal, destroy) to accomplish his will. We are both growing in our understanding of the sovereignty of God, blessings on you!! All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God! Faced with that scripture you are left with two options: God’s will doesn’t always come about. We picked up mother and MaMohn and headed for New York. When my perspective shifted my trust for God went off the charts. Scott, I believe you vastly misinterpret what happened between God and Satan regarding Job. God is in Control Scripture Quotes Discover the best Bible verses that confirm that God is in control. “Not through force nor power, but by God’s Spirit of loving sacrifice the world will be transformed into God’s kingdom on earth” (Zechariah 4:6). Therefore, if God was in absolute control of the The bible teaches that worry and fear is a sin. God is in complete control of every molecule in the universe at every moment, and everything that happens is either caused or allowed by Him for His own perfect purposes. God says “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Notice he doesn’t say for my intent of the greater good, or my administrative choice. Although there are forces of evil that dwell on the earth, God is in control and will be with us. God also knew that Satan would come back and say that Job was only faithful because nothing happened to him physically to cause suffering! Job 1-2 is a prime example how God allowed the devil to do so much but not more. I know this truth will eventually settle into the hearts of those most offended by this article, lol. GOD IS IN CONTROL. That is where true trust comes from. To say God is in control, is to say God made them that way. He does not give us free will then take it away. Scott we were born into a war. And did you know that the Koran also teaches the sovereignty of Allah? [For information on becoming a child of God see Introduction To Life ]. June 30, 2018. Pans the ability to explain the misinformation so many are just “buying” because their pastor or some pastor preached it one day. Btw Scott, I didn’t mean for my comments to seem like I was attacking what you were saying just disagreeing with some of it. God Is (Not) In Control! There is further good news! Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. Is there anywhere in the Bible we see God wanting people to sin? Ok, back on track. Peter in looking at the context is answering the query as to why the Lord has not returned, ( verse 4). I’m no expert on Job but I’ll just say this and then move on. Take salvation – 2 Peter 3:9 states that “God wills that none would perish but all would come to repentance.”. Even His wrath on unbelievers is only a means to the end of glorifying His grace on believers: “What if God, desiring to show His wrath and to make known His power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of His glory for vessels of mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory?” (‭Romans‬ ‭9‬:‭22-23‬). If God is in control, He could have prevented you from writing and sharing a such article. Secondly, when in the Hebrew the word is sovereign it doesn’t mean “in control” it means “in charge”. Tempered By Trials Sermon # 6 Jeremiah: Learning God is In Control! Did men do it? and when asked why they would respond “Insha’Allah” – which means “if God wills”. Your will for your baby’s life outweighs your will that your baby not be stabbed. of lies? He loves me! Because of the pain and suffering they have experienced and they believe that God will bring more upon them in the future as they pursue him. As a morally responsible free person, you can make choices that maximize your safety and minimize your vulnerability against other free people who have chosen evil. That means the use of the phrase “God is in control” can be misleading. If God is in control, I don’t need to share my faith; God will bring people into the kingdom. Whether God let it happen, made it happen or it was simply part of living on this cursed earth, people need to be told that God is not surprised by their circumstances. Not long after the dawn of mankind, the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, were deceived into disobeying God. To me, saying that God wills sin us like saying He wills something to offend Him. They are simply a reason to sit tight. As I have looked at the book of Job, and especially the first two chapters, some amazing things stand out to me. We welcome your thoughts and discussion to our posts. God is in control, but He doesn’t control all things. I do not doubt for one moment that God can challenge us to bring good out of suffering and tragedy. Your boss is not the ultimate authority in life. Does God will sin? He’s the one in whom is no darkness at all! etc etc etc There are things we’ll never understand & we must be careful not to force an explanation to the difficult things & paradoxes. Because God is in control, He can control the uncontrollable. (God) does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. That is why Jesus said, “If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw people to me” (John 12:32). Lam 3.33. A famous example is the sin of Joseph’s brothers, were we are told they “meant it for evil”, and “God MEANT it for good.” God had intention with their sin, and though their will in it was evil, His will was pure. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. There is never a moment when God is not in control. He offers us blessing and cursing, life and death. You properly defined sovereignty, and used excellent scriptural examples to highlight the truth that God is not an insecure puppet master! I was my biggest enemy, I was a puppet to circumstances which yanked and pushed me in different directions. Paul, was not allowed to speak the word in Asia and the Spirit did not allow him to go to Bithynia (Acts 16:6-7) because He had other plans. He blogs regularly at his own website. Do you really think God orchestrated your child’s situation or was that a result of Adams sin that is passed on to all of humanity? Again, all part of Satan’s scheme. At the funeral of a young man who died in a mountain … But once I went into a long term wilderness season where I could not help myself in any way, I really needed God to be in control! God commanded Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, but God was in control of Pharaoh’s decision not to let them go. As high as the heavens above are His ways above ours…..THATS HIGH FOLKS. He knew me even before I knew Him and He had a plan for my life. - Things never get beyond the control or the reach of God. Never! God relinquished power in order to give us the freedom to love. Much of what you’ve written above coincides with my book. He never referred to the sicknesses, and the demons, and the diseases etc. Your email address will not be published. It’s like we try to make God personal, but then right when it means really letting go and trusting Him, we want to gain back our control. This thinking becomes self-centered, it becomes all about you and how God is “causing” all these things to happen for “your” sake. This view of “if it doesn’t happen then it’s not God’s will” or “if it does happen it is God’s will” is really scary though. Yes, yes, yes. To take away the sins of the world. By the way I too have suffered. No he’s going to give me himself, more and more clarity and deeper fellowship in the Holy Spirit as I pursue him. [3] The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word….”. It’s the kind of thing the oppressors tell the oppressed to maintain the status quo: just accept your suffering, God has a reason for this. Absolutely God works in our lives to bring about his will and purposes but do you know what I believe…. And for some Christians, the idea that God is in control provides them with the motivation to continue fighting against injustice, knowing and believing that eventually compassion and justice will prevail. I think your explanations are quite limiting to the brilliance (meaning understanding) and power of God. We must accept that what’s happened is part of God’s plan!”. Here are eight Bible verses that remind us God is in control. Phil, Phil, Phil! 0 523 2 minutes read. But God does not cause the evil. We then see man hand those keys of authority to Satan in the garden of Eden. Trust him and do not fear. An absolutely brilliant strategy! That the OT was only a shadow of the truth about God until Jesus the perfect and final word and will of God showed up to unravel the mystery and declare what the Father really looks like, and this by the way trumps every other perception of God if it does not align with Jesus. She wrote The vast majority of suffering mentioned in the New Testament is the result of Christians loving not their lives unto death. Through loving sacrifice, they can change the world. This seems pretty obvious, the problem is that there are plenty of people out there who will argue that it is always done. I believe God receives them, I just don’t believe he’s killing people, he is the giver of life, Jesus is the one who came to give abundant life not take it, not destroy it, and not diminish it, mentally or any other aspect, do you see that? Jesus the most ridiculously joy filled person on the planet lived a totally selfLESS life loving his Father and his neighbor as himself. He sees me writing this message right now! To have a God who is not incontrol is a small God and not worthy of our worship. The idea that God is micro managing the horror story that is occuring around us should be a no brainer. He does not give us free will then take it away. Why pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers??? May they help you understand that you can face challenges that are out of your control and not act out of control, because GOD IS IN CONTROL. Regarding the rest of your response I have no desire to “win an argument” or to even be right. May these scripture quotes give you comfort and peace in difficult times. God’s control, his authority, gives us freedom because “the human will is free when it is not in bondage to prefer and choose irrationally. “God is not in control, but He is in charge.” Bill Johnson The moment we said yes to Jesus, we were invited to transition from sinner to saint, from orphan to son, from lost to found, from law to grace, from slave to free, and from a theology of control to a theology of love… “The opposite of love is not fear, it’s control.” Donald Miller With grace and wisdom, Jason wr God opened my heart and mind to the reality of his great kindness about 6 yrs ago. Now here’s the great news! This is why many Christians and Christian leaders that I hear over and over again mention that they at times struggle with trusting God. My take on it is that Satan already had taken the keys of authority from Adam as proven by Jesus when he took them back. In other words our immense suffering and loss, our view of history rather then “His-story,” the standard that Jesus set through the truth he declared. This is why Satan could offer Jesus in the wilderness the whole Earth, because the whole Earth was no longer under man’s control but rather it belonged to Satan. I have experienced very, very deep suffering in my life, handed to me through things I could not control. And God knew exactly how He was going to respond. Once we understand that God is in control, we must look to His goodness. When we understand what the greatest treasures are, we begin to relax more with the sovereignty of God even in the tiny details of our suffering, because we know they actually come from the hand of God as gifts to take us into the richest diamond mines, to pull out things that will last all through eternity! This is their urgent responsibility. God is in me, I strongly believe He is involved in everything in my life down to the smallest issue, & the degree to which I respond to His working (grace) in my life is the degree to which I am walking in the Spirit ie walking by His grace (empowerment). But sovereignty does not mean control… Be polite. Why would John tell us that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil? On the societal level, they all are called to participate in the political process in wrestling against the “principalities and powers.” According to theologians such as Walter Wink and Hendrikus Berkhof, these powers and principalities include the corporate institutional structures of government and economic systems so that they can do the good that God wills for them to do, rather than the evil for which they are often responsible (Ephesians 6:12). There is no contradiction, Jesus is the complete full revelation of the will, nature, and character of God. In Acts 2:23 we are told that Jesus was delivered “according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God.” That word translated as “definite plan” is one of the Greek words for “will”. Although that may be sometimes difficult to understand in the OT it was definitely and finally made crystal clear by Jesus. But Jesus was given ALL authority after (and because of) the completion of His work on earth. ~ He Still Moves Stones These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. He does not control me, nor does He control men, but ultimately He is in control. It talks about this in Psalm 115:16 where it says the Heavens are God’s but the Earth He gave to men. He gives us options. God is not the author of the evil and temptations in this world (James 1:13) but has sent His Son to initiate a movement to overcome these things. And what is his purpose? Jesus fully demonstrated this. Thanks Phil for your continuous proclaiming this good news of great joy! Now think with me for a minute. And if He isn't in control, doesn't that make Him weak and less than God? She always says ‘God is in control’ I looked in my concordance and the word ‘control’ is not there. Because I know that when I don’t sin, in fact, when I do something that would please The Lord, my relationship with Him develops and I am more and more remade into His image as is His devine will. Lastly, God’s permission for Satan or man to act is nevertheless part of God’s ultimate design and final control. “God is in control.” The statement comforts many people because deep down we know that we are not in control. Why would Jesus tell us that it’s the thief who comes to kill, steal, and destroy? Because while God could control everything, He has no desire to do so. (Heb 1) God has elevated his Word and he will not contradict it or change His mind He’s not a man that He would lie. He crownedDon’t be discouraged. In Exodus, God led His people out of slavery in Egypt with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 13:21). We see unjust, uncaring or even clearly wicked people doing things that adversely affect us. This session is focused on chapter 1. He never said no, wait, yeah but, he just healed them. (Matt 4:8-9)’ … we can go on to the ‘great commission’ verses at the end of Matthew: ‘All authority has been given to me, in heaven and on earth…’ Also Jude 25 – ‘to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority…’ We can’t leave authority with Satan, can we! Later on God actually says to Satan, “… you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” Do you see that, Dan? Two thoughts: 1. Our goal is that our comment section helps us learn from one another and grow to be more like Christ. (Acts 4 verse 10, Genesis 50 & verse 20). That God is micromanaging every step of our lives. Have I not … But that I’m sure can still be wangled out of. Jesus the perfect will and demonstration of God, trumps every other understanding in the Bible that does not align with his truth. Therefore, comments that divert from this goal (ie mutual edification) will not be allowed. Looking forward to getting to know you :). Be strong and courageous. You have a higher authority you … The resurrection of Christ from the dead is the evidence that the forces of darkness are no match for the God revealed in Christ’s resurrection (Philippians 3:10). When Satan headed off to afflict Job, he only did it because God had set him up and made a bet with him, and God knew from all eternity past that Satan would take that bet and that God would then permit him to have specific leeway in his affliction of Job. And if God doesn’t will them to die then he will protect them. Stream 240 - Wake Up Dead Man: God is Not in Control, part 2 - with Tim Gombis by VOX Podcast with Mike Erre from desktop or your mobile device SoundCloud JavaScript is disabled We need to hear that life’s mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out. This teaching series is based on Jason’s book, God Is (Not) In Control. This whole sovereignty of God understanding has become so twisted. Relax! However, God does want to lovingly lead and guide us. I have had an 18 wheeler truck hit me, ( thank God, My God was and is with me) We also need to understand the true meaning of words. Check out this great listen on Audible.ca. God does. He is sovereign over everything. God is He who “will accomplish all of His purpose” (Isaiah 46:10) and “does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth” (‭Daniel‬ ‭4‬:‭35‬). HE does. It is sometimes God’s will that God’s will does not come about. He’s not going to unload upon me a stone or a serpent when I ask for bread or fish. (Rev.12) This is the selfless love that Paul and others continually lived in and suffered for by risking their lives for the gospel, for the sake of the love of others. So this amazing truth, as you said that you want me to see, is that all suffering to humanity, down to every detail comes from the loving hands of my loving Father. As an example, He doesn’t control what time I get up in the morning or if I choose to go to work and call in sick. Although there are forces of evil that dwell on the earth, God is in control and will be with us. May Christ keep you in all His ways. God knows this. If God is in control, we can absolve ourselves from responsibility and use it as an excuse to not … When we understand what the greatest treasures are, we begin to relax more with the sovereignty of God even in the tiny details of our suffering, because we know they actually come from the hand of God as gifts to take us into the richest diamond mines, to pull out things that will last all through eternity! It’s NOT God’s will for any of us to be sick or live in pain. In; Job 2:4-6, God Set A Limit Which Even Satan Feared To Exceed. Sorry to be so blunt but I thought this way for 30 years until I was born again..again and set free from me as I explained. They have provided joy and peace that I don’t believe I would ever have found otherwise. Lauren I think that is a great question. You have nothing to hang on to.” “If God chooses not to control all things, however, then there is something you can do about it. See more ideas about god, words, christian quotes. While he is in charge and responsible for a large amount of employees he ultimately isn’t in control of their actions. That doesn’t mean we follow our own experience which is “the way that seems right to a man.” Fallen human reasoning in Christianity has greatly influenced & twisted this view of God’s sovereignty. Goodness, if we were to pick out core themes that run through the Bible one of them would surely have to be God’s desire to see people living free from sin and all the bondage that sin puts upon their lives. No need to lose hope. When you have a disappointment, have a bigger view. That also brings up another question for me that I’ve thought about for a long time. Jonah is another example of God’s Sovereignty and the one who holds ultimate control over the affairs of men. The CEO doesn’t know one of his employees is going to steal money. 2. "God is not in Control," as we shall see, thereby placing evil and wickedness on the responsible parties. - When things seem to be out of control it is time to look to God. The “God is in control” narrative is silencing. So Satan was doing what his sphere of authority allowed him to do, that is, to kill, steal, and destroy. The scripture never teaches that this was God’s manipulated plan to get Joseph to the Palace. God does. This to me describes a God who is infinitely more powerful, not less-so. The Bible actually expressly tells us that this world is not under God’s control; it’s “under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19)The Evil One, Wicked One…call him what you like, he’s usually referred to as the Devil. Our redemption was to the praise of the glory of His grace (Ephesians 1:3-6). You don't have to know the key men if you know the Man who holds the keys. Or is it possible that God isn’t in “control”? The most senseless and horrific scandal in the history of the universe was when the only loving and righteous and godly Man who has ever lived was brutally beaten and nailed to a cross to die. Isaiah 41:10 NIV 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. On that Wednesday in April 1982, my faith was being tested. thank you for giving a good example. The bible teaches that worry and fear is a sin. Before we examine how this works in our personal lives, let's take a brief look at the lives of some Biblical men and women. People also reap what they sow. A lesser known example is Isaiah 10, where God uses Assyria to punish Israel, even though Assyria does “not so intend”. He offers us blessing and cursing, life and death. Afterwards, you will also find some of the most inspirational and uplifting Christian quotes on God being in Control in every situation. This is what the Kingdom of God is all about, bringing the moral will to pass every where. Phil can you speak to these? So why don’t we talk about something more irrefutable. All too often when there is news of a tragedy, such as a mass shooting or a child suffering from bone cancer, there will be someone who will say something like, “God is in control. As long as you stay in faith and keep honoring Him, He’ll bring the right opportunity to you. "This is not how it should be, This is not how it could be, But this is how it is...And our God is in control. Because God is in control, He can control the uncontrollable. this article blows out the philosophy that God is in control of everything. If you want to see God’s wrath and judgment in Jesus, just read what happens when Jesus comes back to the earth one day! Many wouldn’t even wear seat belts (or even make their kids wear seat belts!) There are many things that we find difficult to comprehend in this world and in Gods dealings with men and women. I do not say any of this to be fatalistic. But I think that is going off on the inevitability that we sin and fail but that won’t stop God’s will from coming to pass, that we develop our relationship with Him. Bart Campolo thinks so. God’s Eternal Plan One of our problems with the sovereignty of God is that it frequently does not appear that God is in control of the circumstances of our lives. Isaiah 53 and verse 11 says, “He shall see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied”. We can do everything we can to … Also, if you have a fb page I could like? Unless it’s about me and my rights (opposite of selfless love ) then I’m an open target for the enemy and for getting offended at others, discouragement, depression, fear, unbelief. This has so launched me into the freedom of God’s pleasure, never again blaming or wondering what is God doing? I also believe that God never changes. That means “this or that” — anything you do — you should go into it saying, “I’m not in control here.” It’s arrogant, he says, to think you’re in control. That “Nothing occurs, either in the earth or in yourselves, without it being in a Book before we make it happen. But we know from the Bible that ALL disease is a result of the curse. I don’t think anybody would will to be slapped in the face, God certainly doesn’t, it is in His grace that He works through it for good, for His will. The one thing that is always left off of articles like these is that God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. A couple chapters later, we are told the same thing; that the Crucifixion was what God’s “hand and plan had predestined to occur” (Acts 4:27). His moral will is things like thou shalt not steal, that shot not murder, etc.. 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