THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

 


THE SOVEREIGNTY

OF

ALMIGHTY GOD !



IS GOD IN COMPLETE AND TOTAL CONTROL

of EVERYTHING that HAPPENS?


Undoubtedly the Bible teaches that Almighty God is in fact sovereign.

....HOWEVER........

The word of God does NOT teach that God is sovereign in the way many of us have been taught by some theologians and scholars, in that “God is God and he WILL do what ever he pleases.” Many who are in authority in the church who have been taught by these theologians just merely keep on repeating what they have heard without searching the word of God to see if what they have been taught is the TRUTH.

Contrary to the mainstream teaching on the sovereignty of God it is clear to see from the scriptures that God has CHOSEN to place certain LIMITS upon himself.

You have more than likely heard people say things like, “NOTHING is impossible with God, and God can do anything he desires, when and where he so chooses.”

But you see, while God may be ABLE and capable of doing anything, HE SIMPLY WILL NOT do certain things! And the reason being is because he has chosen through his word to set certain PARAMETERS in place.

For instance, one example that is readily and easily to be seen is the fact that God CANNOT LIE. It is not that God does not have the ability to lie if he so chose to lie, but RATHER that God has made the CHOICE to NEVER LIE, therefore he limited himself by his CHOOSING to NEVER LIE, so then, by God limiting himself, it has become IMPOSSIBLE for God to LIE.

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 6:17,18 that it is completely IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie.

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the IMMUTABILITY of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things in which it was IMPOSSIBLE for God to LIE, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope that is set before us.”

The word “immutable” means UNCHANGEABLE, unchanging, or not being able to be changed. God's word is not susceptible to change. And neither is there a shadow of turning with God. The Bibles teaches us that he is a God that changes NOT. So God AND his word will not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and FOREVER!

Psalm 119:89-91 says this about God's word being forever SETTLED in heaven,

“FOREVER, O Lord, you word  is SETTLED in heaven. Your FAITHFULNESS  is unto ALL generations: you hast established the earth and it abides. They continue this day according to your ORDINANCES: FOR ALL YOUR SERVANTS.”

The word “settle” means to put into order, to arrange or fix DEFINITELY as desired. It also means to reach a decision or to determine. In other words, God reached a decision and determined in his mind how he desired things to be and then spoke forth his word forever settling that matter of the desire of his will or intent.

God places great emphasis on his FAITHFULNESS and his word is a representation to us his servants of God's integrity. God's faithfulness to his word is his highest priority. One might say that God is HONOR BOUND to his word. God will not do anything that is contrary to his word. Nor will God do anything that goes against his nature or character.

Look at Psalm138:2 which says,


I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your loving kindness and for your truth: for you have MAGNIFIED your word ABOVE all your name.”


In order to fully understand the sovereignty of God one must come to this knowledge of the truth that God has reached a decision and has determined to MAGNIFY his WORD even ABOVE his very own name.


Now think about this for a moment in relation to God's ability to do anything compared alongside of God's WILL and desire, that which pleases him or brings him pleasure. Think about how FAITHFUL God has to be in order to perform his word to the letter, even when it breaks his heart to do so and goes completely against what he truly desires and WILLS.

Now I know those wheels are turning in your mind trying to process all of this, but hang in there with me and I will show you what I mean by saying God has CHOSEN to LIMIT himself by his OWN word.

Some have argued that, “God is God and he will do whatever he pleases, because either God is Sovereign or he isn't. And who are we to argue with God if he CHOOSES to do this or to do that?”

Well no one wants to speak against the sovereignty of God so everyone remains silent when they hear such teaching. They know that God is sovereign, but many also know deep inside something is not quite right when they are dogmatically taught that God is sovereign in order to support a teaching that they know does NOT agree with the whole word of God.

You see I also believe that God is sovereign, BUT I just cannot accept all the garbage that I have heard through the years from those who have ignorantly taught that God sends tragedy, sickness, and disease upon people, because God is God and he is in control; he can do anything he desires. Yes I agree and know that God is in control, BUT I firmly believe that the word of God teaches us that he has chosen to DELEGATE or ENTRUST some of his authority or control to mankind. In other words, Almighty God has given us a will to choose and make choices, to BELIEVE his word, or to not believe his word. To me it is perfectly clear that God did not create man as a mindless puppet or robot to be controlled in every aspect of life and have absolutely no say in the matter, as the saying goes, what ever will be will be. Those who believe this theology just let Satan have his way in their lives and then they BLAME God for all the bad things that happen to them.

In other words, according as some teach, [if God chooses to send a storm and wipe out your home, then you are just to accept this as being God's WILL, because God is sovereign and therefore God is in control, which to some means that God therefore caused the storm. Some believe and teach that NOTHING happens without God's authorship. And they go on to explain their teaching of the sovereignty of God by saying, now we may not understand why, but we must trust God, because he sees the whole picture. Then they try and bring comfort to you by saying things like, there must certainly be a purpose for God destroying your home, but we just don't know what it is yet. Maybe God wants to teach you something...blah, blah, blah...???]

No, no, no, a thousand times no, the Bible clearly does not teach this type of logic, because this type of teaching on the sovereignty of God clearly goes COMPLETELY against the nature and character of God and his word.

       The Bible teaches that God has given MAN authority in the earth. Jesus demonstrated this when he REBUKED the storm.

        
        Look at Mark 4:37
 
        “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he (Jesus) was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke him, Master, care you not that we perish.
        And he arose, and REBUKED the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a calm. And Jesus said unto them, Why are you so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”
 
 
Listen to what Jesus said.
 
 
“Why are you so FEARFUL? HOW IS IT that you have NO FAITH?”
 
 
How or why is it that most Christians do not have FAITH to take the authority that they have been given and REBUKE the “STORMS” that come against them?

Well the main reason is that many have been TAUGHT the word of God incorrectly. You see, the Bible says FAITH comes by HEARING and hearing (that is to say hearing rightly and understanding the TRUTH) comes ONLY by the WORD of God. One cannot believe what he or she has not heard and come to understand.

Some stay, in their ignorance or lack of understanding the TRUTH, and because some have not been taught correctly, they REASON within themselves [ Why did God send the storm?]. The truth of the matter is that God did NOT send the storm. The storm was caused by our adversary, the devil. This is what the word of God teaches. I want you to read some verses of scripture for me first, then I will explain why it was impossible for God to have sent the storm.

Read Matthew 12:28


And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, EVERY kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand; And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?”


Now I know in this passage of scripture, Jesus is referring to Satan sending a sickness or disease upon someone and then Jesus is being ACCUSED by the scribes and Pharisees of turning around and casting that same sickness out by the power of Satan. Jesus was saying if this were true, then Satan's kingdom is divided and will come to destruction, BUT the TRUTH taught here in this passage of scripture still stands in any situation.


EVERY KINGDOM DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF WILL NOT STAND!


Therefore I wish to illustrate to you something with this TRUTH of God's word found here in this passage of scripture that will carry over to nearly every aspect of your life. Get a hold of this TRUTH and you will no longer simply roll over and let what ever happens to just happen. You will no longer be ignorant of one of Satan's devices.


IF GOD SENT THE STORM OR THE SICKNESS AND DISEASE as some INTERPRET this verse to mean, AND THEN JESUS TURNED AROUND AND CAST OUT THE SICKNESS AND DISEASE, or in this case of a STORM that is SUPPOSEDLY SENT BY GOD, and then JESUS the SON of GOD, who has been given AUTHORITY BY ALMIGHTY GOD TURNED RIGHT AROUND AND REBUKED THE STORM and the STORM become CALM and CEASED to be a STORM, THEN GOD'S KINGDOM WOULD BE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF AND THEREFORE WILL BE DESTROYED.


However, the Bible teaches that God's kingdom will abide forever. Therefore it remains that God does NOT send or ALLOW disastrous storms to destroy without cause. Satan, the destroyer, does these things to mankind and many BLAME God not knowing that they themselves have been given ALL AUTHORITY over the enemy to rebuke and resist these “storms” that come against them. Even the world because of these false teachings of Christians call storms an ACT of God. And in the same way many Christians BLAME God when they are oppressed by the Devil with sickness and disease being ignorant of God word.

Jesus said in John 10:10

The THIEF comes 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”

However, this abundant life, which is freedom from sin, sickness, disease and tragedy, does NOT come to us like ripe cherries falling off a tree into our laps.

Let me ask you this question. Were you SAVED automatically, without you having to do nothing? Absolutely not! It was an act of your WILL to CHOOSE to accept Jesus as your savior and then to follow on in his steps. So likewise we have to first BELIEVE the word of God preached to us, then we have to, by FAITH, act upon God's word before we will receive all the BENEFITS of salvation that are already freely given to all of mankind. Yes there is more to salvation than just the forgiveness of your sins.

Psalm 103:1,2

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, o my soul, and FORGET NOT ALL his BENEFITS.”

The blessings of the Lord are his benefits to us, and Deuteronomy tells us that sickness and disease are a CURSE and not a blessing. And the word of God also teaches us that through Jesus we have bee redeemed from the CURSE of the law, which includes EVERY sickness and disease. But again we must appropriate these benefits of living free from sickness and disease by FAITH. For the word of God teaches that without FAITH it is IMPOSSIBLE to PLEASE God.

So what PLEASES God? Well anything according to his WILL. So how do we know God's will? Basically God's WORD is his will for ALL of mankind. And some of the things the Bible teaches us is that God desires for us to live our lives TOTALLY FREE from ALL sickness and disease. God also desires and commands us to live free from sin. These things are God's will and desire for all of mankind, but it is up to us to make the CHOICE to believe God's word and appropriate ALL of his BENEFITS.

Yes, God is sovereign, BUT not in the way that most of us have been taught. God gave the earth to mankind and then gave mankind authority and dominion over all the earth. In other words, man was the god of this world in which we live, but when man listened to the lies the enemy, Satan, then the authority that man once had was DELIVERED or transferred to Satan, who then became the god of this world. Every thing I just said hear can be supported by scripture, and I have done so is some of the other studies, such as JESUS THE SON OF MAN, if you desire a deeper understanding of how to do the same works that Jesus did while he was on the earth in the days of his flesh.

Psalm 115:16 says,

The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord's, BUT the earth  has he GIVEN to the children of men.”


Then in Genesis 1:28 we are told that God Gave mankind DOMINION over every living creature that moves upon the earth.


In Psalm 82:6 God says,

I have said, YOU are gods; and all of you are children of the Most High.”


In it's simplest definition the word god means having authority, and the word “God”, as in “Almighty God” means having the HIGHEST or SUPREME authority. Now by no means is this all the the word “God, god, theos” means, but for the purpose of making it easier to understand that God himself has called us gods I chose to use the simplest form of defining the word “theos”.

Jesus tells us this is John 10:34,35

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, you are gods ? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken:”


Luke 4:6 tells us this about man's authority being delivered to Satan.

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give unto thee, and all the glory of them: for that is DELIVERED unto me; and whosoever I will I give it.”


2 Corinthians 4:4 says this about Satan being the god of this world,

In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which BELIEVE NOT, lest (for fear that) the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should SHINE unto them .

Satan does not want you to know the TRUTH of God's word, because he knows you will be set free from sin, sickness and disease, which he binds and oppresses upon mankind, including some believers because they have not been taught the TRUTH of God's word.

You see FAITH is the means, the ONLY means by which we are saved and likewise FAITH is the ONLY means by which we will OVERCOME sin and walk free from sickness and disease.

Now Jesus purchased back our authority which the devil has stolen from mankind, BUT it is up to each individual to accept these truths from God's word and apply them to their own individual lives by FAITH. Remember faith COMES, grows and increases in intensity by hearing. and hearing and understanding comes ONLY from the word of God ; and not by the REASONING of man. So Get into the word and study to show yourself approved unto God. I cannot do this for you. You will only grow by desiring the sincere milk of the God's word. And the word of God can only be PROVEN by you being a doing of the word and not a hearer only. So stand upon the word of God and start walking in your authority. For a deeper understanding of "WHAT DOES BEING SAVED TRULY MEAN", "BIBLE MEANING OF FAITH", and "THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE BELIEVER", please read these studies.

For now let us return to the topic at hand, which is the sovereignty of God. Again yes God is sovereign, BUT God has NOT predestined our every move and decision. Some falsely teach “that humanity is so depraved that mankind cannot make a righteous choice so God has to choose for us”. I go into this subject of being the CHOSEN or the ELECT of God in the study of "PREDESTINATION: WHAT does the BIBLE SAY?", S then, if you desire a deeper understanding on the Biblical meaning of predestination please read that study.

Now as for PROPHECY. This is the written word of God and therefore can be readily known by all of mankind. Whereas each and every decision that each and every man, woman and child make each and every moment are not DIRECTLY controlled by God or by Satan. What I mean by this is that God's Spirit woos and draws us in the direction that pleases God, and the adversary tempts and entices mankind to do evil and all that opposes God.

For a simple word picture to illustrate this is much like the cartoon we watched when we were little, with a little angel upon one shoulder whispering in one ear and upon the other shoulder is a little devil whispering in the other ear. It all comes down to WHOSE voice are you going to listen to and OBEY?

So yes, the PROPHECIES or written word of God are foreordained and will come to pass or be fulfilled without fail. God is completely sovereign in this respect and nothing or no one can alter or change what God has ordained in his PROPHETIC word.

Now this brings us to some of the hard scriptures that seem to dictate the God controls every aspect of every ones life.

In Genesis 45:5 Joseph says to his brothers,

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that you sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.”


Yes it is true that God directed the path of Joseph, BUT it is also true that this was prophesied beforehand in the WORD of God. In Genesis 37:5-11 Joseph has a dream were his brothers, father and mother bow down to him for he has become ruler over them. In verse 6 Joseph speaks forth his dream to his brethren, thus prophesying his own destiny.

Now obviously this was God's intended purpose, otherwise God would not have given Joseph the dream. I do believe that the Bible teaches the sovereignty of God to reach to the areas where God CALLS certain individuals to fulfill different purposes to bring about his ultimate PLAN for mankind, but the person involved knows that God is with him or her leading them in the direction that they should go.You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, when Joseph was thrown into the pit by hit brother he did not simply say or believe that this was God's WILL for his life. Yet for me personally I believe that Joseph kept the dream that he had of his brothers bowing down to him in the front of his mind and was believing God that he would be deliver from that pit. Therefore God put it in the heart of his brothers to take him out of the pit and sell him to some travelers. Again I am sure Joseph kept believing God that he would be delivered, because of the DREAM that God gave to him. I am sure that at time Joseph may have doubted his dream, but in the end he came back to his FAITH in God. Now we are not told every single detail in the life of Joseph and what he felt and prayed, but we can see throughout the Bible that God is moved by FAITH.

God will use his word to guide us. God will use his Spirit to guide us. God will use dreams and visions to guide us. And at times God will use his angels to guide us. But to say that God uses tragedies and sickness and disease to guide and teach us is going beyond the word of God. The truth is that Satan saw to thwart God's plan by killing Joseph, but God made a way of escape and delivered Joseph from the pit and every other plot of the enemy to destroy God's plan.

Most of the misdirected teaching of the sovereignty of God comes from the Old Testament where everything is accredited or attributed to God. You see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, they did not have the word of God as you and I have today and therefore they simply did not know of the adversary, the devil.

Look at Job 13:15

Though he (God) slay me, yet will I trust in him:...”

You see, Job is accusing and blaming God for all this trouble that he is going through, but the TRUTH of the matter is that it is Satan who is the one that was responsible for all of Job's affliction, and NOT God. Yet Job BLAMED God for his troubles simply because he did not KNOW that it was Satan who was doing all of this to him.

Look at Job 2:7

“So SATAN went forth from the presence of the Lord and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his crown.”

Remember Satan comes not but for to steal your health and finances, and to kill and to destroy your crops, plants, flowers, livestock, pets, and anything else he can, including you and your family if you let him.


DON'T BE DECEIVED! YOU HAVE AUTHORITY OVER THE ENEMY, SO STAND IN YOUR AUTHORITY AND BEGIN TAKING BACK WHAT THE ADVERSARY HAS STOLEN, OR IS TRYING TO STEAL.


Quit focusing on all you don't understand in God's word and begin with what you know to be the TRUTH without fail. God is LOVE. Think about this. Would you do some of these things to your family that some people FALSELY blame God for doing? Absolutely NOT! So how much greater is God's love and goodness than your own?

The Bibles teaches the God IS LOVE, and only the Father is wholly GOOD. God is pure, holy and just. It is this fact that God is JUST that has caused him to receive the blame for the things that the enemy has done. For a deeper understanding of what I mean by this please read "UNDERSTANDING WHY?"

 
 
For now read Matthew 13:24-30 where Jesus says,
 
 
...The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed GOOD seed in his field; BUT while MEN slept, his ENEMY came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
So the servants of the household came and said unto him, Sir, did not you sow GOOD send in thy field? From whence then has it tares?
He said unto them, An ENEMY has done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, Nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.
Let them both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn.”

First I want you to notice that ONLY GOOD seed was at first planted and, then by the secrecy and cover of the night or darkness the ENEMY came in unaware and sowed tares or the BAD SEED. Jesus goes on and interprets this parable in verses 36 through 42.

Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house; and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

He answered and said unto them, He that sows the GOOD seed is the Son of man;
The field is the world; the GOOD seed are the children of the kingdom; BUT the tares are the children of the wicked one (Satan, the devil);
The ENEMY that sowed is the DEVIL (Satan); the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that OFFEND, and them which do INIQUITY; and shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
 
 
The phrase “ all things that OFFEND” here means things that CAUSES sin, a stumbling block or an OBSTACLE. You see, the ENEMY places OBSTACLES in the way of mankind to thwart God's INTENDED purpose for ALL of mankind. God does not CONTROL every single circumstance and predestine some men to be saved and some men to be destroyed in the lake of fire as some have FALSELY taught. But rather God created all of mankind for his GOOD pleasure. The teaches that God is NOT WILLING that any man should perish, but that ALL of mankind should come to the knowledge of truth and be saved.

But you see God does not always get his way, because he himself has CHOSEN to exalt his WORD even above his very own name. And because God is so FAITHFUL to his word it has caused him great pain and sorrow. Genesis 6:6 says.

And it REPENTED the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it GRIEVED his at his HEART.”

You see God created all things GOOD, but then man was deceived by the ENEMY and sinned. So were did this enemy come from? If God created all things, then did God create this enemy? I answer these questions in the study UNDERSTANDING WHY?

For now just know that God creates all things GOOD and sin was found in Lucifer who later became known as Satan.

One of the biggest arguments for the misguided teaching on the sovereignty of God is that “GOD is GOD and he will do as he PLEASES.” So I did an in depth study on what pleases God and what displeases God. This study will help you further understand the God's sovereignty according to the TRUTH of his word. For a deep understanding on this subject please read the study entitled "WHAT IS GOD'S WILL?"



DON'T BE DECEIVED! SEARCH THE WORD OF GOD DAILY TO SEE IF THOSE THINGS YOU ARE BEING TAUGHT ARE FIRMLY BASED UPON THE WORD OF GOD.


STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED OF GOD RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.


Yes, God is Sovereign, BUT NOT in the way most have been taught. There is an OPPOSING ENEMY that seeks only to destroy the goodness of God. And God is faithful to his word, therefore he will Not go against what he has already spoken. For a deeper understanding on this subject please red the study entitled "UNDERSTANDING WHY?"


Your in Christ Jesus,

Always and Forever,

Mark.

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