Thursday, May 02, 2013

Sovreign God

Reminder: This Sunday while we are away at our all church retreat, there are only two Sunday gatherings at PCC: 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.  There is no 10:30 gathering!
There may be no other attribute of God that has brought more comfort and more security to me as a follower of Jesus that the sovereignty of God. Meditating on this one attribute will cause your spirit to soar and your perspective to be aligned. Don’t believe me?  Read the following very slowly…

What Is God sovereign over?
  • He is before all things; all things hold together in him.  He was before the mountains were born, he brought forth the earth, and he alone is immortal.
Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
  • He created all things, both in heaven and on earth, both visible and invisible.
Colossians 1:16 For in Jesus all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
  • He upholds all things, sustaining everything, holding it together by His Word.
Colossians 1:17 Jesus is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
  • He is above all things, specifically that so people all around the world in every culture may know Him.
Ephesians 4:6 God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
  • He knows all things. He isn’t a limited God.  God knows all things actual and possible, all things past, present and in the future.
Isaiah 46:10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
  • He can do all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him! Nothing--N-O-T A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G--is impossible for Him.
Luke 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God.
  • He accomplishes all things. He orchestrates and determines what he is going to do in our lives, in all lives everywhere. Whatever he plans in this world and for this universe, he does.
Isaiah 46:10 Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.
  • He rules over all things. This is what sovereignty is all about.  All strength and power are in his hands.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
  • He is in control of all things.  The economy, evil that is rampant in the world, Boston bombings, evil and injustice all over the world does not escape God’s sovereignty nor will it have the last word! When Satan wants to mess with our lives, he has to ask God’s permission.
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.
Don’t tell me that doesn’t bring hope!  What would happen if you started each day, taking 5 minutes to renew your mind with these truths? 
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