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GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL

Sep 26, 2009

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GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL

Have you ever been late for an appointment and stuck in a traffic jam?

 

Has it ever rained every day of a long-awaited family vacation?

 

Have you experienced a company buy out and restructuring that left you unemployed through no fault of your own?

 

Sooner or later we all face situations beyond our control.

 

The Bible teaches that even when we find ourselves in unpredictable, uncontrollable, and frustrating circumstances, we can still know two things:

 

First, we can trust God to work in our lives to bring order, hope, and peace out of chaos.

 

And second, we can always, with God’s help, control one thing-ourselves.


WITH ALL THAT IS OUT OF CONTROL IN THE WORLD, HOW CAN PEOPLE STILL SAY “GOD IS IN CONTROL”?

Acts 17:22-31 . . . He has set a day for judging the world with justice.
Even though we may not understand the sin and evil in the world, we can trust the Lord of heaven and earth to one day work out his great redemptive purpose.

Colossians 1:15-17 . . . He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.
Jesus Christ is Lord even of all unseen spiritual forces and can be trusted with the ultimate control of the universe.

Ephesians 1:19-23 . . . God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and he gave him this authority for the benefit of the church.
By the same power that raised him from the dead, Jesus will one day bring all things under his sovereign control.

Hebrews 1:10-13 . . . Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
Even though our human perspective is limited, Jesus Christ is the supreme ruler of all things.

 



CAN THE BIBLE GIVE ME ANY HELP IN DEALING WITH CONTROLLING PEOPLE?
Genesis 29:15-30; 30:25-43 . . . Soon after Joseph was born to Rachel, Jacob said to Laban, “I want to go back home.”. . . “Please don’t leave me,” Laban replied.
Jacob finally broke free from Laban’s control by a combination of confrontation, patience, and shrewd negotiation.


3 John 1:5-11 . . . He not only refuses to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them.
As John advises in this passage, we are to confront those who control others for selfish reasons. We must never sacrifice the truth or the good of the whole church for one selfish and controlling person. However, any such confrontation must be handled with love (see Ephesians 4:15).


Galatians 4:8-10, 17-20 . . . Those false teachers who are so anxious to win your favor are not doing it for your good.
Paul confronted in the strongest possible language those who sought inappropriate and destructive control of the early church.

 


HOW CAN I LEARN TO HAVE MORE SELF-CONTROL?
2 Peter 1:5-8 . . . Make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life . . . Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to.
Self-control comes only as the product of intentional spiritual growth.

James 3:1-12 . . . Those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every other way.
Self-control often starts with taming the tongue.

Romans 8:1-9 . . . Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
The best self-control is really “Spirit control.”

Galatians 5:22-23 . . . When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace . . . and self-control.
Self-control is one of the primary marks of the Holy Spirit’s presence and activity in our lives.