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GOD'S RESUME – what the Bible teaches about the Sovereignty of God

1. He existed before anything else.

Ps. 90:2: "Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God."

2. He created all things.

John 1:3: "All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created."

Col. 1:16: "Because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created through Him and for Him."

3. He sustains all things.

Col. 1:17: "He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Hebrews 1:3 adds that Jesus is the radiance of [God's] glory, the exact expression of His nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word.

4. He is above all things.

Isaiah 46:9-10: "Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; [I am] God, and no one is like Me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will." God is not limited or restrained by anything.

5. He knows all things.

Ps. 139:1-4: "Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; You understand my thoughts from far away. You observe my travels and my rest; You are aware of all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, You know all about it, Lord." The knowledge of God is described in Scripture as exhaustive, thorough, covering the details down to the smallest possible levels.

There are three “Os” that describe only what God can do – Omnipotence, Omnipresence and OMNISCIENCE.

Five facts about the omniscient knowledge of God:

(a) His knowledge is totally comprehensive (Prov. 15:3).

(b) He has a perfect knowledge of all that is in nature (Psalm 147:4). This chapter in Psalms declares that God knows the number of stars and calls them by their name!

(c) He has a perfect knowledge of all men (Prov. 5:21). “eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good”

(d) He has a perfect knowledge of human history (Acts 15:18).

(e) He has a perfect knowledge of ETERNITY (Isaiah 48:5-8).

6. He can do whatever He pleases.

Ps. 135:6: "The Lord does whatever He pleases in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the depths." Jeremiah 32:27: "Look, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me?"

7. He orchestrates all things.

Isaiah 14:24: "The Lord of Hosts has sworn: As I have planned, so it will be; as I have purposed it, so it will happen." Eph. 1:11 reminds us that God "works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will."

8. He rules over all things.

In Daniel 4:34-35, the most powerful man on earth decided to take on God. When God was through with him, here was what he said, "But at the end of those days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven, and my sanity returned to me. Then I praised the Most High and honored and glorified Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can hold back His hand or say to Him, 'What have You done?'"

9. He is in control of all things.

He controls the choices of world leaders - Prov.21:1: "A king's heart is a water channel in the Lord's hand: He directs it wherever He chooses."

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