The Sovereignty of God
3 John 2 – ‘Beloved, I pray that you will prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.’ Prosperity has to be understood from God’s point of view: sound emotional responses to life, a sound mind, discipline so that life will be continually filled with joy and blessings. The fundamental principle of any Christian life is the sovereignty of God.
It is difficult for many of us to agree with God that He is right all the time, as we are sinful and may rebel against the difficult things for us to understand with our human minds. We need to completely submit to God and not grumble and complain for the blessings of God to manifest in our lives. Romans 9: 19 – “Why does He still find fault with those who resist His will… on the contrary who are you that you answer to God” We should have an attitude where God leads and we follow as God owns everything, Genesis 14:19, Deuteronomy 10:14, 1 Chronicles 29:10 – Everything that is in the heavens and the earth belongs to God. Tithing is a way that we recognize God’s sovereignty, Malachi 3:6. We are mere sojourners on this earth and are here temporarily. Genesis 2:7 – This shows where God created a man. He didn’t need man’s permission because He is God, and His sovereignty must be upheld. Satan works against God to reject His sovereignty, Psalms 2:3. Deuteronomy 8:18- if you prosper materially, it is God who releases it into your hands. However, many of us assume ownership in our hearts. He will not allow His sovereignty to be challenged. He is not a respecter of persons, and whatever a man sows, that will he reap. Blessing comes on the one who submits himself to God’s sovereignty and follows his ways, but the fullness of the blessing may not be seen until the succeeding generations, even the third and fourth generations. God’s plan is ever greater with the blessing of God. Cursing comes on the one who rejects God’s sovereignty and refuses His ways, even on the succeeding generations. God does not curse us but removes his covering, and the enemy infiltrates our lives. Let us submit every area of our lives to God and accept His sovereignty. Let us follow God’s plan and receive His blessings.
The Sovereignty of God – Part 2
God does not execute judgement speedily; therefore, the hearts of the sons of men are set in themselves to do evil. We live in an ordered universe, and things don’t happen by chance, and so we need to understand that there are spiritual consequences to the things that occur in our lives.
Isaiah 37, shows how King Hezekiah submits to God’s sovereignty and how the King of Assyria faces God’s judgement for not submitting to God’s sovereignty. Whether or not we are Christian or we do not know God, He will exercise His sovereignty. Nearly all Christians think that because they’ve accepted Jesus, their place in heaven is secured. However, this is not the end. They have to come under God’s authority, serve God and walk in His ways.
The law of blessing and cursing is part of God’s judgment. The curses can be broken if we walk in God’s ways through faith, confession, repentance and persistent action in submitting to God’s sovereignty. When we come into an intimate relationship with God, through prayer, worship and reading His word, we will increase in faith, hope and love. God says if you love me, you will keep my commandments, we will overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony, and we will glorify God.
We can display God’s sovereignty in our lives through the following areas: Spiritual – We repent and receive Jesus Christ as Lord. Soulish – Worship and submission in all things. Physical – Glorify God in your bodies, Material – Tithing and Offerings.
We can produce abundance by recognizing God’s ownership in all things. We are His faithful stewards.
Leviticus 25:2-7,17-24; Haggai 1; Malachi 3:6-18 – tithes have to be paid so that “there will be food in your storehouse…” This will allow a hedge of protection around our households.
To prosper abundantly, offerings will open up God’s blessing, 2 Corinthians 9 and the law of investing Philippians 4:14 – 19. “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ” – This is the law of investing in God’s work. Let us aim to glorify God in every area of our lives.
The Sovereignty of God – Part 3
God’s plan is for us to see the promises of God fulfilled in our lives. We need to realize the sovereignty of God so that our purposes can be in divine alignment with His will. God intended all to work harmoniously in the world. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and sin is simply when we reject God’s values. When we do not understand this principle of sovereignty, we come under the Adamic curse. In Eden’s garden, Satan deceives Eve into rebellion, and Adam also partook of the fruit, and both fell into sin. This led to a distorted version of God’s plan, filled with death, sickness, greed, poverty, hatred etc. The root cause of sin is the rejection of God’s sovereignty and the substitution of our ideas about what is right and wrong.
When we repent and put our faith in Jesus, God intends for us to not only be saved but for us to enter into an intimate relationship with Jesus, where Jesus is Lord in our lives, and we follow Him.
He will bless the work of our hands if we do His will and His work. Job 1: God blessed Job because He was blameless and upright, submitted to the sovereignty of God. God blessed Job because He would help to correct the distortions. Job 29:11-18, his secret to success was that he obeyed God and did His work here on earth, and God multiplied all that he had