I briefly introduced the topic of sovereignty in the last post. Let’s dig a little deeper into the subject to see what the Bible has to say about the subject.
First, it is essential to understand that God does not control everything that happens in our lives. For example, think about what I’ve written about the sovereignty doctrine. You may disagree with me at this point, but please consider one question. If God is truly in control, wouldn’t that mean He made me say these things? If not, then would that mean He is in control of everything except people who offer a contrary opinion? I know that this may seem like an extreme example, but it illustrates the point I’m trying to make.
God has given humanity tremendous freedom and liberty. We have an enemy whose sole focus is to bring destruction to our lives. Many people are following him and set their focus on things he inspires, resulting only in the manifestation of death in their lives.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
God desires for us to live in the abundance of His provision, and Paul tells us this will only happen if we choose to place our attention on His kingdom.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1 – 2)
The decision to set our minds on the Kingdom of God is ours alone to make. To say God is in complete control is equivalent to saying that He is the one who makes us turn away from His Word and our relationship with Him. Can you see how contradictory it would be for Him to tell us to “set our minds” on His things and then make us do otherwise?
We have an enemy who will provide all sorts of distractions to pull our attention away from the Kingdom of God. We will only experience death if we follow him and allow our attention to be focused solely on the input of our five physical senses.
Romans 8:6 tells us that the result of placing our attention on the Word of God will be a manifestation of life and peace. I believe this is the state God desires for us to live in, but doing so requires us to focus upward on His things consciously.
It is unfortunate, but some people have had a tragedy they attributed to God. They do this as a result of the teaching received in their churches. In my experience, this usually leads people into bitterness towards God, robbing them of the joy found only in a relationship with Him.
You may have experienced some form of tragedy or another in your life. I could tell you many stories of things that have in mine. As I look back over the years, it is clear that a decision made in each instance led me down a path leading away from Him. He allowed me the freedom to make those choices but was always waiting to deliver me and provide guidance back onto the way He desired for my life to travel.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:13 – 17)
God will never change. He is rock steady, and we can always depend on Him. He is good, and it is an absolute truth that we can always know God will always be waiting for us to help when we need Him.
James describes the good things manifesting in our lives as being “good gifts.” We can depend on two simple truths: 1) good things come from God, and 2) bad things come from the devil.
I believe that the one deception Satan has used more successfully than any other in the Christian community has been birthed in the sovereignty doctrine as it is taught by religion today. The results of his effort are statements that attribute a sickness or terrible accident to God.
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)
A minister once praised God for the death of his daughter. He attributed her illness and resulting death as the cause of many people receiving salvation. God may have turned the situation around for good but was in no way the author of this young girl’s sickness or death. Can you imagine how many more people would have received salvation had the family successfully resisted the illness or been able to receive a miracle?
God can bring good into any situation, but this does not mean He causes the tragedies people are experiencing in this world. We live in a world ravaged by sin, and we have an enemy focused on stealing, killing, and destroying.
I pray that the verses shared in these first posts have helped change your opinion about God. He is not the cause of your problems and wants to pour His goodness into your life. Receiving His gifts will require you to make a conscious decision to purposely set your attention on Him and pursue His Word every day.
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