This video teaches the importance of overcoming fear and worry. I am not in any way saying anything to diminish God’s supremacy or position as the ultimate power in this universe (and any other universes there may be). This is why many Christians and Christian leaders that I hear over and over again mention that they at times struggle with trusting God. controlGodJesuslovepowersovereigntysufferingweakness. I am not questioning the extent of God’s power. [3] The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word….”. No one is coerced into loving God. A famous example is the sin of Joseph’s brothers, were we are told they “meant it for evil”, and “God MEANT it for good.” God had intention with their sin, and though their will in it was evil, His will was pure. The fact is that God works through the sinful acts of men and women to bring good from them. He’s got you covered. Sounds like a bad idea to me. While he is in charge and responsible for a large amount of employees he ultimately isn’t in control of their actions. The good news of the gospel is worth sharing!! Here are eight Bible verses that remind us God is in control. God is in control, but His promise of working good out of problems applies to His own children. If one wants to see God’s wrath and judgment in Jesus then that’s what they’ll see and that’s how they’ll live. As a professor at Eastern University, I earnestly try to challenge my students to define themselves as agents of God, called to participate with God in delivering those sectors of the world where they are called to work and serve from any evil and suffering. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. You don't have to know the key men if you know the Man who holds the keys. Paul talks about putting on the whole armor and then he lists what they represent which is of course the finished work of Christ. A picture of a God who is so secure in His position and power that He comfortably gave us control knowing we’d screw up. When Joseph said “God meant it for good” It could also mean that God thought, planned, and devised a way to bring good out of it. That’s the kind of perspective that has permeated the church and caused much of it to become fearful & powerless behind the mask of ‘God is in control.’ The promises of God are ALWAYS yes in Christ…period. Does God will sin? He healed “ALL” who came to him over and over again. That means “this or that” — anything you do — you should go into it saying, “I’m not in control here.” It’s arrogant, he says, to think you’re in control. “…All things work together for good or God works for the good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” This verse no way indicates that He causes these things to happen. Is there a difference between controlling and being in control? Love cannot be coerced. Excellent article Phil!! As we labor, we labor with this hope. Did men do it? Pride stands in your way of the truth. More recently, Dr. Campolo has provided leadership for the Red Letter Christians movement. God does not control us. Church Life, Politics, Practical Justice, Theology. We picked up mother and MaMohn and headed for New York. Tempered By Trials Sermon # 6 Jeremiah: Learning God is In Control! Oh well, thanks so much. My desire is help as many people as I can discover this intense love and crazy beautiful freedom of explosive joy that my wonderful Father has brought me into every day of my life. For 40 years, he founded and led the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that created and supported programs serving needy communities in the Third World as well as in “at risk” neighborhoods across North America. God Is (Not) In Control! There are many things that we find difficult to comprehend in this world and in Gods dealings with men and women. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He never tried to qualify their sickness by explaining some orchestrated controlled plan of God. Did God do it? I’ve had the privilege of spending time in the Middle East a few times now (it’s one of my favourite places in the world!). From the beginning God chose us, His “employees”, those He would delegate responsibility to and put in control of the Earth. Isaiah 53 and verse 11 says, “He shall see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied”. Your boss is not the ultimate authority in life. Job 1-2 is a prime example how God allowed the devil to do so much but not more. I have experienced deep suffering in my life that included a profoundly retarded child, a wife who left the marriage and other things. He loves me! Therefore, comments that divert from this goal (ie mutual edification) will not be allowed. (What a fun choice to give to a good Evangelical Calvinist). We know where history will end as we struggle through all of these efforts. The answer that Bill Johnson gives in this clip is true, prayer is what brings God into our lives and decisions, but Prayer does not mean God does not have Control of everything. this article blows out the philosophy that God is in control of everything. of lies? Much of what you’ve written above coincides with my book. Scott, I believe you vastly misinterpret what happened between God and Satan regarding Job. Why pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers??? Why is the power of life and death in your tongue if everything that happens is the will of God? Relax! I have had an 18 wheeler truck hit me, ( thank God, My God was and is with me) We also need to understand the true meaning of words. You could answer yes and no, and have both be true. The truth is this: although God is not directly responsible for bad things that happen, He is ultimately responsible for everything that happens. All too often when there is news of a tragedy, such as a mass shooting or a child suffering from bone cancer, there will be someone who will say something like, “God is in control. Goodness, if we were to pick out core themes that run through the Bible one of them would surely have to be God’s desire to see people living free from sin and all the bondage that sin puts upon their lives. Lam 3.33. It’s what we’re called to do. When my son died, God was the first one who cried.”, In a televised discussion between a Christian apologist and an avowed atheist, the Christian was stymied when asked, “If an all-powerful and loving God is in control of what happens in this world, then why is there so much suffering?”. He is sovereign over everything. Required fields are marked *. Far to often we find ourselves in the situations we are because we were metaphorically driving around recklessly saying Insha’Allah instead of just putting on our seat belts and stopping at red lights. So through the power of his grace we have the opportunity to do the same if we have the right perspective. Joni Eareckson Tada, (a person whom Francis Chan called the most spirit filled person he has ever met) , said that if she had her life to live all over again, she would live it just like she has, with the diving accident and the quadriplegia. This is what the Kingdom of God is all about, bringing the moral will to pass every where. Whether God let it happen, made it happen or it was simply part of living on this cursed earth, people need to be told that God is not surprised by their circumstances. Why would Jesus tell us that it’s the thief who comes to kill, steal, and destroy? What better more supreme strategy could the devil ever scheme up then to convince Christians that all the harm befalling them is some how the will of God, so God could accomplish a greater purpose in their life. Years ago I would hear a a pastor on the radio say this phrase which he taught to young people to help them if they came to a fork in the road sort of speak in their conscience; It’s always right to do what’s right It’s always wrong to do what’s wrong It’s never right to do what’s wrong It’s never wrong to do what’s right. God did…. Is there anywhere in the Bible we see God wanting people to sin? To have a God who is not incontrol is a small God and not worthy of our worship. Christ continues this saving work through those who willingly surrender to the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence in their lives. He offers us blessing and cursing, life and death. and when asked why they would respond “Insha’Allah” – which means “if God wills”. That the OT was only a shadow of the truth about God until Jesus the perfect and final word and will of God showed up to unravel the mystery and declare what the Father really looks like, and this by the way trumps every other perception of God if it does not align with Jesus. Isaiah 41:10 NIV 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. Really? Introduction - It is wonderful to know that God is still in control. But we allow and elevate our life experiences and history to define the will of God rather than the standard Jesus set. God is in control of all things: Satan, demons, and every human being and every circumstance. Your boss is 5. Because God is in control, He can control the uncontrollable. I believe that God has chosen not to be in control of everything going on in this world. If God were not in control, prayer is a waste of time. Hi Elizabeth – sorry for not replying sooner – I’ve been on a hiatus from replying to comments on the website and I’m only just about to get back into doing so. This was not God’s will but at the same time it was. Absolutely God works in our lives to bring about his will and purposes but do you know what I believe…. I choose everyday to see God’s truth and mercy through what he fully demonstrated by hanging on that cross and the gracious words of love & forgiveness to those who put him there. Which is all about transformation through the power of his grace & truth. How can this be reconciled with His hatred for sin? He never referred to the sicknesses, and the demons, and the diseases etc. Just a thought, the moral will is the will of Jesus (Yeshua) which is always submissive to the sovereign will of the Father. I don’t say these things merely academically. Whilst it’s true that currently God’s Tony Campolo. Why do you think that Jesus told us to pray that God’s will would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven? There is further good news! ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 Be strong and courageous. He knew exactly what Satan was going to say and challenge him with before God ever brought up the subject of Job. I believe He did it because He knew Satan would challenge Job’s loyalty, and He knew that he would give Satan certain permissions which Satan actually requested in his challenge! I think we have to be cautious with how much control we think we truly have because most of us tend to not want to let go of control. 2. Could He at any moment take the reins of the whole world back? ~ Deuteronomy 31:6. I argue that God is not in control, because God’s nature is uncontrolling love. I really needed to know that He wasn’t shocked with the place that I was in. And perhaps God in his mercy had been protecting Job from the authority Satan already had to destroy. This has become a very popular teaching and I used to say all of the same things, but now after I’ve been through the fire, I no longer agree! loved this article!! Phil, further to this… ‘We then see man hand those keys of authority to Satan in the garden of Eden. It is not always easy to believe that God is in control. "But He's not in control of everything at this moment. We need to hear that life’s mishaps and tragedies are not a reason to bail out. The one thing that is always left off of articles like these is that God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Just as humans have a desire of the flesh and a desire of the spirit and we must submit the one to the other to be in the right relationship with God. If God is in control of everything that occurs that means that God has a plan and eventually things will work out. Sorry to be so blunt but I thought this way for 30 years until I was born again..again and set free from me as I explained. In; Job 2:4-6, God Set A Limit Which Even Satan Feared To Exceed. That is why the great multitude in heaven can praise Him for punishing the wicked (Revelation 19:1-3). He’s the one in whom is no darkness at all! It talks about this in Psalm 115:16 where it says the Heavens are God’s but the Earth He gave to men. This is an extreme example. Additionally we ask that you: Tony Campolo is Professor of Sociology at Eastern University, and was formerly on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. As high as the heavens above are His ways above ours…..THATS HIGH FOLKS. June 30, 2018. When you have a disappointment, have a bigger view. We have an enemy who does not want us to get free and so did they. By the way I too have suffered. I could totally be missing something and would love to hear your and everyone else’s thoughts, but I always thought Lucifer was proud and “sinned” and that’s why he fell…. (Matt 4:8-9)’ … we can go on to the ‘great commission’ verses at the end of Matthew: ‘All authority has been given to me, in heaven and on earth…’ Also Jude 25 – ‘to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority…’ We can’t leave authority with Satan, can we! Through loving sacrifice, they can change the world. Education Religion GOD IS NOT IN CONTROL. We are both growing in our understanding of the sovereignty of God, blessings on you!! I do not say any of this to be fatalistic. It’s the choice that God made when he came to us in Jesus Christ. God does not control us. Why God Is Not in Control. God is in control. I challenge those who are led to be in medical vocations to interpret what they do as nurturing the kind of health that God wants people to enjoy. This is why Satan could offer Jesus in the wilderness the whole Earth, because the whole Earth was no longer under man’s control but rather it belonged to Satan. God is in Control Scripture Quotes. And if He isn't in control, doesn't that make Him weak and less than God? (Heb 1) God has elevated his Word and he will not contradict it or change His mind He’s not a man that He would lie. Not sure if I posted this correctly, so here it is again: Dan, I don’t know you, so I am going to go ahead and say this: Don’t let a desire to win this argument, perhaps an argument you have engaged in in the past, don’t let that desire keep you from seeing the amazing truth here! I really needed God to be bigger than myself. God is sovereign, and one day when we see how vast he is, we will know more clearly why and how. Sovereignty does not mean the mean the same as control. If God exercised total control over everything we do, we could not love God because love always requires the lover to freely choose to love. God down to every spinning electron! ) God also knew that Satan come. 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