Have you ever questioned God’s sovereignty? With all the tragedies happening in the world today some folks may question whether God is truly in control. Every time we turn on the television, radio or read the newspaper we are subjected to all of the violence and assaults on humanity. Our churches are beginning to water down the FAITH and manipulate God’s Word by interpreting Holy Scripture to fit man made doctrines and traditions.
Non-believers and believers alike are becoming confused when they hear the Gospel because of all the fighting and bickering regarding the interpretation of God’s Word. Is it any wonder that there are so many people in this world that turn to false religions and cults instead of turning their life over to Jesus Christ.
My fellow believers in our Lord Jesus Christ…. let us all work together as “One in Christ” to overcome the devil who is putting PRIDE within our churches and turning all the saints against each other by installing the idea that “their church” is the only church that God has anointed to be the Bride of Christ. This is not God’s will. We know from Scripture that God has ultimate authority (Psalm 103:19) and is in complete control.
Please turn your Bibles to Ephesians 1: 11-14, and let us read and meditate on God’s Word regarding His Sovereignty and Love that He has for His children.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12)
As you can plainly see, God's purpose is to offer salvation to the world, just as He planned to do long ago. God is sovereign; He is in charge. When your life seems chaotic, rest in this truth: Jesus is Lord, and God is in control. God's purpose to save you cannot be thwarted, no matter what evil Satan may bring.
Word Focus: purpose - (Gk. prothesis) (Ephesians 1:9, 11; 3:11; Romans 8:28) Strong’s G4286; counsel (Gk. boule) (Ephesians 1:11; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 6:17) Strong’s G1012; will (Gk. thelema) (Ephesians 1:1, 9, 11; 2:3; 5:17; Romans 1:10; 1 Corinthians 1:1) G2307: Three key words, all related conceptually, appear in this verse. One of these words (thelema) has been used by Paul twice before in this chapter (Ephesians 1:1, 9). The word conveys the idea of desire, even a heart’s desire, for the word primarily expresses emotion instead of volition. Thus God’s will is not so much God’s intention, as it is His heart’s desire. The word prothesis denotes an intention or a plan; it literally means “a laying out beforehand” like a blueprint. This plan was created in God’s counsel, a translation of the Greek word boule which means the result of deliberate determination. But behind the plan and the counsel was not just a mastermind but a heart of love.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)
My friends, the Holy Spirit is God's seal that we belong to Him and His deposit guaranteeing that He will do what He has promised. The Holy Spirit is like a down payment, a deposit, a validating signature on the contract. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us demonstrates the genuineness of our faith, proves that we are God's children, and secures eternal life for us. His power works in us to transform us now, and what we experience now is a taste of the total change we will experience in eternity.
So let us all work together and bring unity and trust back into Christ’s churches. Set aside all PRIDE and focus on the Great Commission that our Lord has commanded us to do. Let us go out and bring the lost and hurting souls of this world to the Lord. Put aside those petty man-made traditions and doctrines and go out and preach the Gospel that the Apostle Paul and many other saints have done over the centuries… Preach and teach Christ Crucified.
References: NKJV Holy Bible, Life Application Bible (NIV), and the Nelson Study Bible