Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Has God Failed You?

"Has God Failed You?"
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them:
 for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee;
 he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Deuteronomy 31:6

Let your conversation be without covetousness; 
and be content with such things as ye have:
 for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.    
Hebrews 13:5
Have you ever felt like God failed you in an area that you were believing Him to move in,

and the outcome just wasn't what you expected from God or His Word (the Bible)?

Some people are so sure they understand every aspect of God and scripture and what He (GOD)

has promised them, that they will THINK they can demand God to do something they ask for because they think it is a "clear-cut promise."  They THINK they can just claim it and it must happen!  

I have even heard people say things along this line, "God if you don't do this, based on the Bible, then you are a liar, and I will no longer believe in you."  While they say they are not being irreverent but holding God to His promises, I think it is quite an irreverent way for a "man" to talk to God.

There are promises in the Bible that I personally have stood on and they never came to past.  

Maybe it was for someone's healing, or for a job, etc,  But you know if it doesn't turn out the way we expected, the fault is not with God being a liar (what a terrible way to think) but with our FINITE mind not understanding what God was doing in a given circumstance.  

One thing is for sure God did NOT fail us.  

The bottom line is that we misinterpreted scripture and God's will in a given situation.

I like the strong words found in Romans 9:20  

"Nay but O man [MERE MAN IN COMPARISON TO GOD]who art thou that repliest [ANSWER, QUESTION, DISPUTE, ARGUE, CONTRADICTS] against God. Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus?"  

Also we see the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY correct Job on this very attitude in Job 40:2
"Shall he [Job] that contendeth [FINDS FAULT, ARGUES] with the Almighty instruct 

Job saw how wrong his attitude was and in verse 4 properly answered the LORD with,
"Behold I am vile; what shall I answer Thee? I lay mine hands upon my mouth."

Boy can I relate to Job!  I have needed to put my hand(s) over my mouth and repent of some attitudes and words I felt when God didn't do it the way I expected Him to.  

Do you, for a moment, think God knew less than you what was best in a given situation, or why something happened and He didn't seem to intervene?  

Do I have all the answers to all what happens around me and you? - NO! But at least we need to NOT blame God or get upset with Him.  

In the future when you stand before God and He reveals Himself in ALL your past situations, you sure will wish you had just trusted the LORD with that situation and just moved on!

We must realize our understanding of things is limited.  

As I Cor. 13:12  states,
"For now we see through a glass, darkly [obscurely, blurred]; 
but then face to face, now I know in part [fragmentary fashion, incompletely]
but then shall I know [fully, completely] even as also I am known."  

Only in eternity, face-to-face with the LORD, will it all be crystal clear. 

As we think on the words in today's devotion and the scripture passages referenced, 

let us look inside our hearts to see if we have have a wrong view of God
and of those circumstances that we just don't understand. 

Today, by faith, GIVE them to the LORD and LEAVE them with the LORD, and MOVE ON with God's plan for you.

TRUST Him with them, and someday in this life, or more LIKELY in the life to come, He will make all those things crystal clear.

Just remember God has NOT failed you 
and He NEVER, NEVER, NEVER will!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Are you a ROCKMAN or SANDMAN"

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:24-27 (It's best to read the entire chapter)

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them NOT, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

This is an interesting passage, yet it is quite a simple passage to see Jesus' "MAIN POINT." Most of the time you hear people say we need to be founded upon the ROCK which is JESUS, which is True, but that is not the SPECIFIC principle Jesus was teaching here. Jesus was teaching what makes a person have a solid foundation or an unstable foundation or what makes one a "wise man" or a "foolish man," which comes down to ONE thing, which is whether we DO what we hear or not. Let's look at the difference between the "Wise Man" (Rock man) and "Foolish Man" (Sand man).

WISE MAN (built house on rock) FOOLISH MAN (built house upon sand)
heareth these sayings:
Doeth them
rains descended
floods came
winds blew
beat upon that house
It Fell Not
heareth these sayings:
Doeth them not
rains descended
floods came
winds blew
beat upon that house
Great was its fall

What is the difference? As you can see, the only difference is one was a doer of what he heard and the other was not a doer of what he heard. They both heard the same thing, had the same set of circumstances, but one fell and one did not, because one was a doer of the WORD and the other was a hearer only. James 1:22 says, "But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."

These scriptures makes it quite clear that we are deceived and in for a great (big) fall if we think hearing alone will benefit our lives. We can hear all the Bible studies, devotions, sermons, Christian conferences, Christian workshops, etc.; but if there is NO application you are not on a good foundation. I will say here that that should not be a discouragement from hearing (learning), as it is the first step to being a DOER.  I can't DO what I don't hear.  So, we need to HEAR! Then, we need to DO! I personally don't do 100% of what I hear (even though I should), but thank God I DO a lot of what I hear.  That DOING is where my foundation in Christ is established. Just for the record, I am NOT talking about "good works," but BEING DOERS OF GOD'S WORD.  There is a difference. If God's Word clearly tells us something then our goal should be to DO it.  

Do you want to establish a Firm (Solid Rock) Foundation? Then start putting God's Word to practice in your life. I promise you God who can not lie will bless your life!

I appreciate all your hunger for God's Word and hope to impart that which would make a Godly difference in your life.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Devotional Life Is Almost Crowded Out

I love writing devotions, but when I find a devotion by someone, such as this one, that though written so many years ago (way before cell phone and computers), all I can think is how "more" true this words ring today.  I must share this with others.  May it speak to you all in this modern days of distraction, often taking us away from that which matters most - Time alone in quietness with our Lord!  - Jim (jim@biblefood.org)

Devotion by A.W. Tozer
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business… 
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without…. 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12 

We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity!

Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible, multiplying distractions and beating us down by destroying our solitude.

“Commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still” is a wise and healing counsel, but how can it be followed in this day of the newspaper, the telephone, the radio and the television? These modern playthings, like pet tiger cubs, have grown so large and dangerous that they threaten to devour us all. No spot is now safe from the world’s intrusion.

One way the civilized world destroys men is by preventing them from thinking their own thoughts. Our “vastly improved methods of communication” of which the shortsighted boast so loudly now enable a few men in strategic centers to feed into millions of minds alien thought stuff, ready-made and predigested.
Are you burning the candle at both ends...  

The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today. Even the majority of Christians are so completely conformed to this present age that they, too, want things the way they are.

However, there are some of God’s children who have had enough. They want to relearn the ways of solitude and simplicity and gain the infinite riches of the interior life. They want to discover the blessedness of what has been called “spiritual aloneness”—a discipline that will go far in making us acquainted with God and our own souls!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

My review of: "Twelve Unlikley Heroes"

Periodically I review books for Thomas Nelson
This is my latest book review - I hope you find this helpful.
I always enjoy reading John MacArthur, and this book was no exception. Though I wouldn't put this in my favorites of John MacArthur, I enjoyed his story telling and weaving scripture passages together by pulling scriptures on these 12 "heroes" together from Genesis to Revelation.  I feel there were a little too many references to historians and Jewish tradition (but they are fallible).  God's Word is infallible.  Plus MacArthur makes some assumptions of things that "likely" happened in situations where scripture is silent.  In these cases when scripture is silent, maybe we should be too, rather than make an assumption of what was likely happening.  Overall I give it a 3.5 - 4.0 rating.  I recommend this book, if you have not read any of John MacArthur you should really enjoy it.  He is one of the best teachers out there.  Also, please do consider reading some of his other great books.

Note: Thomas Nelson gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review, and these opinions are my own.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

"What is Regeneration?

Who ever wrote this did an excellent job and lots of scriptures.  I can't really do any justice adding to it (so I didn't). I did bold, underline and color for emphasis. - Jim
"What is Regeneration?

Another word for regeneration is rebirth, from which we get the phrase “born again.” To be born again is opposed to, and distinguished from, our first birth, when we were conceived in sin. The new birth is a spiritual, holy, and heavenly birth signified by a being made alive in a spiritual sense. Our first birth, on the other hand, was one of spiritual death because of inherited sin. Man in his natural state is dead in trespasses and sins until we are “made alive” (regenerated) by Christ when we place our faith in Him (Ephesians 2:1). After regeneration, we begin to see, and hear, and seek after divine things, and to live a life of faith and holiness. Now Christ is formed in the hearts; we are now partakers of the divine nature, having been made new creatures. God, not man, is the source of this (Ephesians 2:1, 8). It is not by men's works, but by God’s own good will and pleasure. His great love and free gift, His rich grace and abundant mercy, are the cause of it and these attributes of God are displayed in the regeneration and conversion of sinners.

Regeneration is part of the "salvation package," if you will, along with sealing (Ephesians 1:14), adoption (Galatians 4:5), reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20), and many other salvation concepts. Being born again or born from above is parallel to regeneration (John 3:6-7; Ephesians 2:1; 1 Peter 1:23; John 1:13; 1 John 3:9; 4:7; 5:1, 4, 18). Simply put, regeneration is God making a person spiritually alive, a new creation, as a result of faith in Jesus Christ. The reason regeneration is necessary is that prior to salvation we are not God's children (John 1:12-13); rather, we are children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3; Romans 5:18-20). Before salvation, we are degenerate. After salvation we are regenerated. The result of regeneration is peace with God (Romans 5:1), new life (Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17), and eternal sonship (John 1:12-13; Galatians 3:26). This regeneration is eternal and begins the process of sanctification wherein we become the people God intended for us to be (Romans 8:28-30).

The Bible is clear that the only means of regeneration is by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. No amount of good works or keeping of the law can regenerate the heart which from birth is “deceitful and wicked above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). This concept of the new birth is unique to Christianity. No other religion offers a cure for the total depravity of the human heart, preferring instead to outline an often massive body of works and deeds that must be done to gain favor with God. God has told us, though, that “by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight” (Romans 3:20). Total regeneration of the heart is necessary for salvation. Paul explains this concept perfectly in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
This is true regeneration.

Author Unknown (will post name if anyone knows)

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Friday, October 05, 2012

"The Sad Truth of Biblical Illiteracy Among Us"

These [Berean's] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind [all eagerness], and searched [examining] the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  - Acts 17:11

Daniel Wallace states: "…The intentional dumbing down of the church for the sake of filling more pews will ultimately lead to defection from Christ (2006:337).

Allistair Begg states: "People do not know their Bibles. In an earlier generation the average 13-year-old or 14-year-old certainly in Scotland would have a far greater grasp of biblical parameters of truth than the average graduate from an American seminary today".

Al Mohler:  The many fronts of Christian compromise in this generation can be directly traced to biblical illiteracy in the pews and the absence of biblical preaching and teaching in our homes and churches.

C.H. Spurgeon: If you wish to know God you must know his word; if you wish to perceive his power you must see how he worketh by his word; if you wish to know his purpose before it is actually brought to pass you can only discover it by his word. 1607.377

Have you ever said or heard people say the Bible says, “God helps those who help themselves,”. Really give me chapter and verse, it's not in the Bible!  When asked 82 percent of Americans, said it was a Bible verse. Sadly, those who those identified themselves as born-again Christians did better–by one percent.  [83% - Sad]

That was my introduction. 

Today I was inspired and felt grieved enough to write on the subject of "Biblical Illiteracy." The final straw, so to speak, was reading some responses to someone's Bible questions to a Christian group on Facebook.  In many ways this group thinks they are so "on the mark" of Christianity.  I was saddened as most of their answers to the Bible questions were general, philosophical, and relational, but not Biblical.  

 Spurgeon said it so well: "Men talk about building upon Christ, and not upon the Scriptures; but they know not what they say; for our Lord continually established his own claims by appealing to Moses and the prophets. They would be Christo-centric, they say: I only wish they would. But if they take Christ for a centre, they will inevitably have the Scriptures for a centre too; and these men neither want the one nor the other. 2212.364

As I talk about "Biblical illiteracy," I am not talking about having to memorize the entire Bible, though memorizing is a very good and profitable.  I am also not talking about us all being Biblical scholars, although the Bible does say, "…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:– I Peter 3:15.

I'm a pastor-teacher with a humble intelligence, so everything doesn't come easy for me, I have to study a lot, and I still forget things; but I don't use that as an excuse for being Biblically ignorant (illiterate).  You or I may not be able to rattle off scriptures on every subject, but how about an overall understanding of the Bible and the doctrines (what the Bible teaches). 

I really cringe at the answers you get in the "church" and "born-again" crowd when you ask, "how do you know you are saved or are a child of God?"  Especially, of the younger generations, usually they hem and haw and give some really weak answer.  I don't want to give them the nth degree (well I sort of do), but most don't have a clue what "salvation" is!!!  If they are saved, and some may be, it is in spite of their ignorance.  It is still scary, sad, and sickening how few really understand God, salvation, and THE BIBLE! 

I personally say I was saved June 21, 1975, because that was when I gave my life to the Lord, though I didn't really "understand" Biblically what was happening to me. I simply (and amazingly) believed in Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  Immediately following I was so hungry to learn more about Jesus, so I turned to the Bible and read, and read, and read. Also, the Lord provided a very knowledgeable Christian brother (at a distance, and this was before e-mails existed).  I would write questions and wait for his answers, which were always full of scriptures.  I still have many of those letters 35 years later, and I thank God for putting this Christian Bible literate man in my path.  Then, in more recent years in the 1990's I met a very Bible literate brother/minister that I can always throw questions to, on top of my own studying for answers, and not as a replacement for my own studying, "…to see if these things be so"  Acts 17:11 

While there is a famine of God's Word out there, there is hope for anyone to grow in the Lord.  If you really want to learn the things of God, in addition to your own study time in the Bible, there are spiritual Bible literate people to help (you may have to search and pray to find them).     

This is a little bit of my heart on a big and serious problem in the church of the 21st Century.

Below are some passages for you and me to ponder, meditate, study, memorize, think on, and let God use to change our lives and help us to value God's Word to the utmost!

Study [be diligent] to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [handling accurately] the word of truth.  - 2 Timothy 2:15

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.   - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Thanks for listening, and may you grow in the Lord as you build on the solid foundation of God's Word (the Bible).

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Spiritual leprosy of all sinners!

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Today's devotion is written by Charles H. Spurgeon in the 1800's.
It is taken from "The Morning and Evening Devotional" 

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Spiritual Leprosy of All Sinners! 


“Behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, 
he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague". Leviticus 13:13

Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning [today] it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of the leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are “nothing else but sin,” for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment—it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus. Whosoever cometh unto him, he will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to him, then, poor heavy-laden sinner,

Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare;
You can't come too filthy—come just as you are.

My email: Jim (biblefood@gmail.com) 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Review: "90 Days of God's Goodness"

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WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
This is my latest book review - I hope you find this helpful.
When I received Randy Alcorn's book "90 Days of God's Goodness," I really wasn't sure what I would think of it.  The subject sounded great, but you can't always judge a book by its title.  Up to that point, I had only heard of Randy Alcorn, I had never read any of his writings.  As I cautiously opened this book (as I do with most books), I found it was well written, theologically sound, and so full of nuggets of truth.  The author also shares many personal experiences of Biblical truths as they applied to his life and also the lives of others.  I find that reading one "reflection" a day was sometimes not possible for me, I wanted to read more. 
This book gets "5 stars" from me, and I feel it would benefit anyone who reads it. 
~I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stand For the TRUTH

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men [don't be cowards], be strong. - I Cor. 16:13

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand... - I Cor. 15:1

In the last few days I have had the privilege of getting to know a little bit better the stand two Christians are taking for Christ and for the truth’s presented in the Bible, and also over the past few months I have had discussions with many who have made a stand for truth as presented in the Bible.

The one Christian, Madeleine McAulay who I learned of (this week) took a firm, but loving standing for moral truth. This is not always easy in a world that is digressing more and more with time, calling evil good and good evil. (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! - Isa 5:20). You stand for the truth get ready to be considered a hate-monger, etc. Now that’s one situation in the World.

At same time as this God honoring stand was going on,
there was the pastor full of hate for those in the world.

He is such a false example.

Whereas, most Christians have compassion for those who have bought in to lies about morals, life, etc.
We should wish no evil upon them, but speak the truth in love.

The second Christian, Yasmeen Suri, this week (who I was blessed to chat with) has also taking a stand against those who are living, experiencing, teaching error in the supposed Church leadership in our nation. Her is a woman who has had her eyes open to many false beliefs and teaching among Christian leaders (sadly so-called). Her stand may cost her in some ways, but I believe God will reward her stand.

 Part One

  Part Two
So let’s look at ourselves are we standing for truth! If not why not. We may vary on beliefs in some areas but let’s not fall hook, line, and sinker for the many lies being perpetrated as truth. I am not even talking what I consider minor differences between denominations, but major truths that really can’t be taking in all but one way. As they are no where representative of the God of Christianity.

Again examine your beliefs based of the Word of God (BIBLE) and keep to your biblical convicts.
Step forward Christians in the boldness and compassion of Christ.

I’m proud of both, and hope I would have the same boldness and compassion to speak for the truth.

Two things stick out to me. First, doing this in boldness for the Lord and secondly with compassion for those on the other side of truth.

 They (boldness/compassion) work great together.   Amen!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Who's in Charge Here?

Who's in Charge Here?   

We hear a lot about the sovereignty of God and the doctrinal debates and heated discussions that follow. So I was a little reluctant to share on this subject.
So I'll give a little introduction to why this subject has come to mean so much to me.

My story: I was brought up believing we "control" our destiny and sometime the devil does, and sometimes God does. But God only controls our destiny when we don't let the devil or self in. So basically, God is in control in a very limited way. In 1988 it all came to a head when my world went into a whirlwind of stuff. I was convinced the devil and I had so messed up things that God couldn't fix the mess. Then in 1992 I heard a message of a cassette tape by a minister, that started to open my eyes just a little bit about our sovereign God. Then, I really started to see and understand our God is sovereign in 2002/2003 AND am still growing in that understanding. But atleast I can now answer the question: Who's in Charge Here with my Almighty and Sovereign God.

I am not a know it all, but I do hope that some of what follows from the scriptures will minister hope, peace, and a belief in a God who is bigger and watch's over ALL your circumstances.

For the sake of devaluing my thoughts and exalting the Bible I have put in smaller font my "commentary". So that if you are having a hard time with "me" then atleast read the scriptures put in red for ease in reading. I'm always here for God's body and to Glorify God in all I say and do!

Today, we will lightly cover that exact subject, as it is quite vast.
The Sovereignty of God is the biblical teaching that all things are under God's rule 
and control, and that nothing happens without His direction or permission.

God’s Tapestry
God weaves the strands of life
Into a perfect tapestry. 
And though His plans for us 
May sometimes seem a mystery. 
If we but trust Him, 
Even when we do not understand, 
Our lives can be great works of art, 
designed by His own hand…
by Emily Matthews 
Sometimes we are exhorted to try to make our own way through life. This is an 
unbiblical idea. It is the Lord who orders our steps. He is weaving together a beautiful 
tapestry in our lives and in this world. This tapestry is to be a display of His glory. 
If I try to weave it myself, it would turn out to be rather ugly. God is the Weaver.

How far does God's authority really extend? Is He sovereign over everything or just some things? Is He intimately involved in the details or just the general plan? And if He's not in charge, then who is?

Three Options: Yes, there are actually only three options to choose from:
1. Chance - There is no God. Everything that happens is unplanned and accidental.
2. Dualism - Authority is shared between two (or more) gods who are at cross
purposes with one another.
3. God controls and has authority over everything.

Let's look at this not from an emotional standpoint, but based on what the Bible says:

1. The LORD is Intimately Involved with All Things:

He determines the roll of the dice -- 
The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. - Proverbs 16:33

Not one sparrow alights upon the ground apart from God's direction -- 
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. - Matthew 10:29

God directs through the decisions of government leaders -- The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; He directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. - Proverbs 21:1

God causes affluence and creates calamity -- 
I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. 
I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, 
I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. - Isaiah 45:5-7 

The LORD has a plan and works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will Ephesians 1:11

Therefore, no plan of man can succeed against the LORD -- 
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. - Proverbs 21:30

2. The LORD Directs the Decisions and Destinies of Men and Women\

A man's mind may plan his way, but the LORD is the one who determines his steps - Proverbs 16:9

No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.  -- Psalm 75:6-7 

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  -- Psalm 139:15-16 

3. The Scriptures Are Not Afraid to Confirm that Even the Actions of the Wicked are Ultimately Under God's Control:
The LORD works out everything for His own ends - even the wicked for a day of disaster (Proverbs 16:4).

The evil actions of Joseph's brothers were ordained by God to accomplish His purposes.
Joseph said to his brothers, "But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance."  -- Genesis 45:7
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. - Genesis 50:20 

The decisions of Herod, Pilate, Caiaphas, and others to destroy Jesus were part of the plan of God 
Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. -- Acts 4:27-28 

Even Satan works under God's control and unwittingly accomplishes God's purposes. 
Compare 1 Chronicles 21:1 with 2 Samuel 24:1. See also Job 1:20-22; 2:10; 42:11.

The biblical view of man -- indeed, of the whole universe -- pictures a God who has made men in His image and the world to reflect His goodness. It reveals Him busily involved in all the processes of nature and society, upholding the universe by the word of His power, working all things according to the counsel of His will and for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes. He is shown to be the God who "doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by His most wise and holy providence."
While God certainly does use secondary causes -- like genes, the environment, and all the other "impersonal" forces -- at bottom, He is at work in them all, accomplishing His good purposes to glorify Himself by the manifestation of His mercy and His justice. The whole universe is personally attended to by the living God; and men.

What a far cry from the picture of an impersonal, uncaring, even savage universe that is painted for us by the best minds of evolutionary science. This is not an impersonal cosmos, and the people with whom we share it are not simply the products of chance, time, and impersonal material particles and processes. And we must give more acknowledgment and thanksgiving to God who visits His creation for the purposes of His glory than this sad generation has been willing to give.

What Difference Does It Make to Believe That the LORD is Sovereign and thus in Control of All Things?

  • It challenges our small-minded images and concepts of God. -- We live in an age when the world and many churches are willing to acknowledge the existence of a god. But the god that is acknowledged by the world and preached about in many churches is not the powerful, sovereign, all-ordaining LORD of the Scriptures. This modern version of deity is an emasculated caricature of the God of the Bible. He is a buddy who we can use in times of trouble, but don't need to bother about when things are going good. Or He is the "good" god who fights against Satan, sickness, and weak finances when we give Him permission (-- this is just another form of dualism).

    The true God that we see in the Bible is God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:15-16).

    We need to get our view of God up to Biblical standards, no matter how difficult it may be to reconcile man's freewill, the problem of evil, and God's sovereignty. 
  • These questions have Biblical answers, but we will only understand them when we are willing to believe what the Bible says about the LORD. The Bible affirms a completely sovereign God who is involved at some level in every action, every event, and every decision ever made throughout all eternity.
  • We realize our absolute dependence upon God for any blessing, any mercy, or any goodness. My times are in your hand (Psalm 31:15). We are completely dependent upon God for anything good that happens to us. People who have a proper view of God have a deeper trust in God, are more humble, and are less fretful during times of trouble.
  • We find a greater security in the Christian life when we accept that less depends on us and more depends on God. The God we read about in the Bible is not only willing, but able to keep us -- Jude 1:24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.
  • John 6:39 Jesus said, "And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I WILL raise him up at the last day."

    Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Nothing good, bad, or evil will happen to me without first passing through my Heavenly Father's hands, so I know that all things do work together for the good for me (Romans 8:28).

God's plan

 for your life

far exceed

the circumstances 

of the day.

In closing, my prayer is NOT that this devotion/teaching will cause any conflict in the hearts of saved man, but that we will truly see who's in charge and accept His working in our lives, EVEN when it doesn't all make sense now, as someday it will (most likely when we see Him face to face in Eternity).

To contact me
Email: Jim (biblefood@gmail.com)