The Sovereignty of God
Sermon shared by Eddie Snipes
Summary: Unless we understand the sovereignty of God, we can’t fully trust Him. This sermon takes an indepth look at the plan of God and His purpose for each of our lives.
Series: Understanding Sovereignty
Audience: General adults
Under this modern false teaching, God is turned into an opportunist looking for loopholes to get His will in when He can. This completely goes against scripture. God will never honor the teachings of anyone who rejects His word and those who are following false teaching are committing the same sins. This is why the Bible warns us so strongly, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1. God will never contradict His word. The Bible goes on to warn that false apostles transform themselves into apostles of Christ so they can deceive. The do so to because satan does the same. He masquerades as an angel of light to deceive. They have authoritative words and convincing arguments so that the only way to know they are evil is by comparing them to the word of God and looking at the fruit they produce.
The sovereignty of God is not a dispute over doctrine, but the foundational issue of scripture. If God is not sovereign, then He is not worthy of worship. If God is not in total control, then I cannot trust Him with every part of my life. If God does not have authority, God can’t direct everything according to His purposes. If God is not all these things, then we are calling Him a liar because God Himself makes these claims. Satan may be called the god of this world, but God says that all authority is granted by Him. He raises one up and casts down another and all things work to fulfill His purpose. Can we trust any teacher that says that God is less that God tells us He is? Any teacher that challenges the power of God will be judged and the Bible warns that those who follow will be judged with them. The Bible says that God has all authority and power and He will not share His glory with any other. How can anyone have the arrogance to take this glory and give it to satan? We must get to the position of the Psalmist who said, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" Only when you can stand in awe of God, you can understand that God is able to make your path and design it perfectly. Only an omnipotent, omniscient, sovereign God could orchestrate your path and work all things to your good as He has promised. I want to finish this study by turning our focus away from the error and look at the trustworthiness of our Sovereign God. To make this study memorable, I am going to use the acronym P.L.A.N. so you can remember that because God is in control, you can trust in God’s plan for your life.
P - stands for Plan
God has a perfect plan for every person’s life. Each time we lose sight of that perfect plan and quit pursuing God’s purpose for us, we get tempted to step outside of God’s will and abandon that plan. Each time we step out of God’s will and interject our own plan, we fall short of God’s perfect design. Because God is sovereign and He can see tomorrow and perfectly designs every moment of our life. When we quit walking by faith, we begin to think that we can do better and know better than God. In reality, we cut ourselves short each time we bypass God’s plan. Look at Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not
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