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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Sovereignty of God

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal,” 2 Corinthians 4:18, KJV.

It is a privilege to praise God for He is the good God; besides Him there is no other. And to put anyone or anything beside Him is an insult. Let’s take a look at that being who dared to do just that. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High,” Isaiah 14:13-14, KJV. Lucifer, son of the morning, later became Satan. “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit,” Isaiah 14:15, KJV. We must all consider the end…obviously Lucifer, like so many, thought that such a good God would not only allow this lunacy, but move over for “their” will to be done. Can we just for a moment consider the end?

In acknowledging God’s sovereignty, we must understand that He is I AM. The very definition of the word sovereignty means a government free from external control. So, if God is sovereign then we have to know that nothing can control Him. Many become fearful at the happenings in today’s world, but do we really understand that God is still in control? When we look back at the martyrs, those who suffered for the cause of Christ, does that make God any less in control of the situation because they died? Does any of this make Him any less aware? Of course not; God may allow certain things to happen in this world, in our lives, but we must continue to look at the things which are not seen…the things that are eternal not passing in a fleeting moment.

When Satan sought to overtake God’s kingdom, he soon realized that he could not. He formed an alliance with those once called angelic beings, now demons, and lost his residency in heaven. Anything that shows itself to be against God is for Satan. We must constantly look beyond what we see with our physical eyes because those things are temporary: cars, TVs, houses, human bodies, and even church buildings. Satan will try to distract us with temporal things, making them attractive in our eyes, so that we’ll be more apt to receive them. He’s a cunning and manipulative being. We have to understand that as he was able to convince one-third of the angels in heaven to follow him. So, what would make us think he’s not out there doing the very same thing by attempting to place our focus on non-spiritual things?

We must be steadfast in our faith fully aware of the things that are unseen: the good and the bad. There’s a spiritual battle going on whether some choose to acknowledge it or not. Ignoring its existence does not make it any less real.

Additional Reference: Luke 10:18, Ephesians 6:12

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