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Summary: Who is really in charge? Is there such a thing as free will?

We want to see your Kingdom coming…

Mat 6:10 & 25-34

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Adrian Warnock

We want to see your kingdom coming….

* Who is really in charge

* What about when it seems He isn’t

* What are we going to do about it

Who is really in charge

* Me

* A Kingdom is ‘a domain in which I can fully impose my will’

* My wants, desires and likes

* Where can I really fully impose my will

* ‘Free will’

Do we really have ‘free will’

* God sometimes gives us over to sin (Ro 1:24ff)

* God sometimes says ‘It was I who kept you from sinning’ (Gen 20:6)

* We are either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness (Ro 6:20ff)

* We inherit a sinful tendency and guilt (Ps 51)

* We are influenced by others – ‘Bad company ruins good morals’ (1 Co 15:33)

* But we remain responsible for our own sin (Ro 3:5-8)

Do we really have ‘free will’

* The Lord has made everything for its purpose even the wicked for the day of trouble (Prov 16:4)

* The heart of a man plans his ways, but the LORD establishes his steps’ (Prov 16:9)

Creation and Fall

* We were given dominion by God, offered a lie by the devil, and gave up our dominion to another…..

Is Satan really in charge

* And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” (Lk 4:5-8)

* The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe to keep them from seeing the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Co 4:4)

* BUT, see Job 1

Is God really in charge of Heaven

"Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”" (Psalm 2:1-6, ESV)

Is God really in charge of Earth

* To Belteshazzar- ‘The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom He will.’ (Dan 4:25)

* There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God (Ro 13:1-2)

Is God really in charge of the future

* The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”(Re 11:15).

* The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever (Da 2:44).

Is God really in charge of the future

Behold, with the clouds of heaventhere came one like a son of man,and he came to the Ancient of Daysand was presented before him.

And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,that all peoples, nations, and languagesshould serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion,which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. (Da 7:13-14).

Is God really in charge of now

* Ludovic Kennedy ‘Every week in their churches Christians belt out in hymn after hymn that "God" is just and merciful and wise, yet also, they claim, invisible, inaccessible and silent as night. These attributes are contradictory, for if the latter are true, the former cannot be. And just where in our daily lives do we find examples of God’s mercy, wisdom and justice

.....Do the brothers and sisters really believe they are being listened to, and have they ever paused to consider how silly to outsiders they sound and look’

Is God really in charge of now

* My response was ‘I have to say that if I believed that God was that inactive then I would give up going to church and find something else to do on a Sunday morning. Fortunately as Kennedy stated such a state of affairs is contradictory, and in this much I agree with him. If God isn’t vibrant, alive, breaking in constantly in my life I want nothing to do with him.’ (www.Adrian.Warnock.info)

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