I believe that one of the most dangerous doctrines being taught today is the one that states God sovereignly controls everything. This doctrine has rendered the majority of churches powerless.
People go through life being controlled by other people’s actions but that is not God’s design for them. Think about the excuses we make to explain our circumstances:
- I’m the wrong collar
- I don’t have enough education
- I was abused
- I was passed over for promotion
These things will only have control in our lives if we allow them to! God has given us a free choice. No one can make use angry or bitter unless we choose to allow them to.
It seems like our society has embraced the belief that each one of us are a product of our environment. This has led to a victim mentality that is keeping people from fulfilling the plan of God in their lives.
God has given us a freewill. We cannot control the things that are done to us but we can control how we react. We all will face temptations and problems but we do not have to governed by them.
God created us in His image. We have His Spirit living inside of us and we have the power to choose to follow His leadings or to be a victim of circumstances.
I used to believe the lies that were spoken over me. Teachers would tell me that I was not smart enough to learn. They would give me a passing grade and send me to the library! I allowed myself to be controlled by other people’s opinions and even spent time in an abusive relationship.
My life was a fulfillment of the words spoken over me until I chose to open the Word and learn who I was in Christ. The change did not happen overnight but as I continued in the Word of God day after day it began to take root in my heart.
God does not sovereignly control everything that happens in this world. The Church is largely responsible for this erroneous belief. The world as a whole is dodging responsibility. They spend millions on diets and plastic surgery trying to reshape their physical being into what is defined in the world as ‘beautiful’.
I was stationed in New Orleans with the Navy when Hurricane Katrina struck. There were news reporters and Christian leaders making declarations of how the storm was God’s judgment on the city for its sins. God’s judgement was poured out on Jesus at the cross and we are living in a day of grace. God did not send that hurricane and God was not judging the city.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Jesus told His disciples that Satan is the one who is stealing, killing, and destroying. When we see the destruction following a storm like Hurricane Katrina it should be obvious to us that God was not involved!
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 78:41)
I have heard ministers say that God is sovereign and it is impossible for us to limit Him. God is sovereign in the sense that He is first in rank, order, and authority. This is how the dictionary defines sovereignty.
The Psalmist tells us that Israel limited God by choosing to turn back. We can limit God with our choices!
Jesus came to give us life. It is Satan that brings destruction to our lives. God does not control us. He has given us the freedom to choose. Our choices will limit his ability to operate in our lives and they will also limit Satan’s ability to cause destruction in our lives.
God is a good God! The Old Testament contains examples of His wrath being poured out. In the New Covenant we have been redeemed from the curse (Galatians 3:13-14)!
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