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. If God is in control, we can absolve ourselves from responsibility and use it as an excuse to not … And I, having, once again witnessed His strength in my weakness, am brought to a better place. An absolutely brilliant strategy! I've always been puzzled about this. His beautiful kindness and goodness has overtaken me because of how I now see and encounter his goodness, it’s everywhere I look. You said “His will is done in Heaven but not always on Earth,” so what does that say about Lucifer? Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. The Bible paints a different picture for us. Tempered By Trials Sermon # 6 Jeremiah: Learning God is In Control! 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. Anything short of that will leave us double minded and lacking in the abundance of what God has already provided for us to live in and enjoy. God also knew that Satan would come back and say that Job was only faithful because nothing happened to him physically to cause suffering! [3] The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word….”. God is in control, but He doesn’t control all things. Not sure if I posted this correctly, so here it is again: Dan, I don’t know you, so I am going to go ahead and say this: Don’t let a desire to win this argument, perhaps an argument you have engaged in in the past, don’t let that desire keep you from seeing the amazing truth here! Because God is in control, He can control the uncontrollable. Although that may be sometimes difficult to understand in the OT it was definitely and finally made crystal clear by Jesus. Again, it’s because of God’s brilliance and power that he can make the worst of situations work out to something so beautiful that to human understanding it appears as if he must have caused it to happen for that very reason, when he didn’t, He is just that brilliant and sovereign! If God has given us the freedom to choose whether or not well love him, does that mean he is not in control? thank you for giving a good example. Notice he says angel but in my mind I would have never thought that would even be possible yet Paul seems to say it’s possible. 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. “God is not simply an observer, but God does everything that God can do using the resources in that context to effect the most positive outcome that God can do.” “Sometimes this means that God does something surprising, because there are resources in the context that allow for this surprising action of God that we call a miracle,” he said. No need to lose hope. If one wants to see God’s wrath and judgment in Jesus then that’s what they’ll see and that’s how they’ll live. 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. and when asked why they would respond “Insha’Allah” – which means “if God wills”. this article blows out the philosophy that God is in control of everything. We need to hear that life’s mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out. He offers us blessing and cursing, life and death. I am not questioning the extent of God’s power. He offers us blessing and cursing, life and death. There is further good news! 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. Whether over a tragic death, a lost job, or even a lost presidential election, Christians like to brace themselves with the security that despite the circumstances, “God is in control!”. Jesus the most ridiculously joy filled person on the planet lived a totally selfLESS life loving his Father and his neighbor as himself. Well I’ll get to that in a second but first lets quickly discuss God’s will. Our perspective of God determines every day how we will live and love in this life. God did not create us to be puppets, but in Christ chose to draw us to Himself through an ultimate act of sacrificial love. Lastly, God’s permission for Satan or man to act is nevertheless part of God’s ultimate design and final control. Heb. Sovereign in the dictionary means to “possess supreme or ultimate power.” it doesn’t not necessarily mean that it’s being used in every situation in the world to control everything. Your email address will not be published. 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. We want to think we have control to feel safe and secure. I don’t talk about these things merely academically. Therefore, comments that divert from this goal (ie mutual edification) will not be allowed. God does. See more ideas about god, words, christian quotes. Jesus is coming back and the good work that He does in us and through us will be completed on the day of His coming (Philippians 1:6). This session is focused on chapter 1. Introduction - It is wonderful to know that God is still in control. 2. 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. That is where true trust comes from. Joni Eareckson Tada, (a person whom Francis Chan called the most spirit filled person he has ever met) , said that if she had her life to live all over again, she would live it just like she has, with the diving accident and the quadriplegia. of lies? That perspective will disarm the Christian from fighting the good fight as he lays his sword down convinced that God is in control. 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. And God knew exactly how He was going to respond. 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. What is needed is relinquishing control, which I never had in the first place, to God who has all the power, is my Savior and is my friend. 2. etc., until it robs my freedom and joy that comes from true selfless love in the Holy Spirit. I’ve been told that Muslims believe that all that happens was “written” before the foundation of the world, and that we are simply living out God’s pre-ordained script. You see, God is never desiring to hurt me for some purpose nor is he ever angry or disappointed with me, ever. Excellent article Phil!! Why God Is Not in Control. My faith is great because He is the author and finisher of my faith and it is not finished yet. ;), Hey Phil!! Although there are forces of evil that dwell on the earth, God is in control and will be with us. I believe that the proper meaning of Romans 8:28 is that in the midst of all that is happening, God can bring something good out of what is obviously tragic, and perhaps even evil, especially through people who are committed to using tragedy as a motivation for bringing about great blessings. And Satan only has power that we humans give him in our dark choices. Your boss is 5. There is a difference betwen being in charge and being in control to the respect of our own free will, however there is not a difference in the ultiamte plans that God has for his Chrildren and His Creation. Thanks Phil for your continuous proclaiming this good news of great joy! When you have a disappointment, have a bigger view. 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. If Gabriel for example did that then Paul is saying “let him be accursed”. This was not God’s will but at the same time it was. I’m simply saying He doesn’t need to be in control. Just like the employer, God is in charge. “God is in control.” The statement comforts many people because deep down we know that we are not in control. Lauren I think that is a great question. So is it God’s will that we go on sinning? 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! He does not control me, nor does He control men, but ultimately He is in control. 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. 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. God says right there that HE is the one who went after Job to destroy him! Great stuff, Phil! That’s why Jesus came! Obviously, you say no, but what if your baby were dying and the only thing that could save its life is in a syringe that needs to be stabbed into it? Circumstances come and go and he will work through them all for my good because his love never fails! Thank you again. As high as the heavens above are His ways above ours…..THATS HIGH FOLKS. At the funeral of a young man who died in a mountain … The CEO does not know what’s going to happen to his company tomorrow. Humans can have more than one aspect of their will. We will flag your comment if we feel it is inflammatory. Jesus fully demonstrated this. When Controlling Within A Given Proximity, Know There’s A Boundary. The reason why the analogies and comparisons you used don’t work is because the Queen of England and the CEO isn’t omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent on a universal scale. Pans the ability to explain the misinformation so many are just “buying” because their pastor or some pastor preached it one day. Scott, I believe you vastly misinterpret what happened between God and Satan regarding Job. All that God created was meant to be good, as it says in the opening chapters of the book of Genesis. Our redemption was to the praise of the glory of His grace (Ephesians 1:3-6). Because it creates a will of God that it tethered to our experiences and not the Bible and the words of Jesus! God is not controlling. The bible teaches that worry and fear is a sin. God did…. How can this be reconciled with His hatred for sin? 0 523 2 minutes read. 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 stopped being self-centered, meaning that a lot of stuff that happened to me I thought was all part of Gods “fashioning the clay.” In reality it was just my wrong beliefs and an enemy who got a great kick from my reaction when poking me. If God is in control, I don’t need to share my faith; God will bring people into the kingdom. Christ continues this saving work through those who willingly surrender to the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence in their lives. In the ancient world, it was believed that the ruler was either chosen by a god, or in fact, was a god. 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. We need to hear that God is still in control. The end justifies the means. People also reap what they sow. He sees me writing this message right now! We do not want God to have control because that’s more scary and requires really, truly trusting God with our lives. This teaching series is based on Jason’s book, God Is (Not) In Control. But we know from the Bible that ALL disease is a result of the curse. All is done for His glory (see Isaiah 48:9-11) Sin exists to show His glory in two ways: First, He desires to show His wrath and power (Romans 9:22). The vast majority of suffering mentioned in the New Testament is the result of Christians loving not their lives unto death. It is not always easy to believe that God is in control. 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. Oh well, thanks so much. The salvation story is about a God who humbles Himself and emptied Himself of power (the words “empty” is the translation of the word kenosis in the Greek of the New Testament) in order to express fully His love for us. Does God will sin? God Is (Not) In Control! To have a God who is not incontrol is a small God and not worthy of our worship. Well said scott. Assyria’s will was to conquer and become great, God’s will was to use their evil to chastise His people. Here are eight Bible verses that remind us God is in control. Also, if you have a fb page I could like? It’s embracing the revelation of Jesus through the Holy Spirit, not the “trying to understand Job.” that sets us free, really free. Why? He knew exactly what Satan was going to say and challenge him with before God ever brought up the subject of Job. "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. However, it is true that He allows men to have free will and do whatever they please providing they don’t interfere with His overall plan. God knows this. He gives us options. He never tried to qualify their sickness by explaining some orchestrated controlled plan of God. "But He's not in control of everything at this moment. In Christ, we find a God who deliberately gave up power to control everything in order to save the world through sacrificial love (Philippians 2). Check out this great listen on You don't have to know the key men if you know the Man who holds the keys. Not long after the dawn of mankind, the first man, Adam, and his wife, Eve, were deceived into disobeying God. You can follow me on Facebook here –, Hope that helps – SO blessed to hear that you have been enjoying some of the stuff on the site and super encouraged by your kind words! But sovereignty does not mean control… God controls the opportunities. This is their urgent responsibility. “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 Much of what you’ve written above coincides with my book. God opened my heart and mind to the reality of his great kindness about 6 yrs ago. He does not give us free will then take it away. He loves me! But his sovereign will is his plan of the ages and it always is accomplished (Right down to every spinning electron!). Who did that? Have I not … One of the countless things that jumped out at me was the way many of the people drove. They drove like maniacs… to the degree that they made my driving look good! Just as humans have a desire of the flesh and a desire of the spirit and we must submit the one to the other to be in the right relationship with God. When Joseph said “God meant it for good” It could also mean that God thought, planned, and devised a way to bring good out of it. Your boss is not the ultimate authority in life. If we are not absolutely convinced that this is true, then it is like the marriage of yes and no together. I too believe that suffering and trials in this life will be used to fashion and mold me into the beautiful bride he has destined me and all his children to become, And that God indeed will work all things (not cause all things) together for my good because I love him & have been called according to his purpose. Or that God “caused” your wife to leave you? increasingly in the likeness of Jesus). 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. So through the power of his grace we have the opportunity to do the same if we have the right perspective. Is there a difference between controlling and being in control? And did you know that the Koran also teaches the sovereignty of Allah? Jeremiah 18:1-6 Jeremiah is sent by God to the potter house to watch him as he worked. And perhaps God in his mercy had been protecting Job from the authority Satan already had to destroy. Second, He desires to show His mercy and grace (Romans 9:23) on sinners who need to be forgiven. So… was God in control when that baby The idea that God is micro managing the horror story that is occuring around us should be a no brainer. Be strong and courageous. You can’t do both. He could do this because He is so good at working things out for good and seeing His overall purposes come to pass. Church Life, Politics, Practical Justice, Theology. It’s the choice that God made when he came to us in Jesus Christ. Once we understand that God is in control, we must look to His goodness. Although there are forces of evil that dwell on the earth, God is in control and will be with us. If they recognize this they will empower their employees, if they don’t they will try to control them by micromanaging every move they make. God is in control. 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