Appropriate the Doctrine of the Sovereignty of God.

“God alone is sovereign (Ezekiel 12:28; Acts 2:24; Revelation 6:10). To be sovereign is to be unrestricted in power and absolute domination, confessing no limitations or restraints. In layman’s terms this means that God is in control, totally and completely in control of everything, everywhere, all the time. As the Bible says, “…He does according to his will among the hosts of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35).

Unlike all created entities (angels, humans, animals, everything but God), God is not dependent upon any outside source for anything at all. God never has to ask permission. God never needs help, aid, counsel, approval, or affirmation: He does what He wants to do, when He wants to do it, how He wants to do it, and He does it despite how people may feel about it. Only God is sovereign; because only God has absolute and unrestricted, unlimited power and domination. For this reason, King David prayed, “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all… In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12).”♦

Since God is sovereign we, (believers in Christ), do not have to be afraid, anxious, worried, or upset about anything at all. For, our God is in control. He is in control of everything. He is in control when we have huge life changes, when we feel terribly alone, when we are under massive amounts of stress, and when we face circumstances that seem impossible to overcome. As Believers, we have the comforting knowledge that in everything- at all times and in all places- our perfectly kind and gloriously gracious God has total and absolute power, authority, and dominion over everything in our lives. We have the certain knowledge that our good and Sovereign Lord is working all things out for the good of His people and the glory of His name. Therefore, when our lives feel unbelievably out of control- we should remind ourselves that God is in control.

♦First paragraph taken from Walking in Newness of Life: Experiencing the Power of  God in Resurrection by Identifying with Him in His Death and Burial (p. 24).

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