Text: He existed before anything else and He holds all creation together – Col 1:17
God is the King of kings, Creator of earth and the universe. The dictionary definition of the Sovereignty of God is the following is 1. Paramount; supreme. 2. Excellent. 3. Independent: a sovereign state. 4. Having supreme rank or power. There is no one higher in authority or power, but that does not mean He exercises His power by controlling everything in our lives. God seeks to reveal the plan He has for us, urges us in that direction, but doesn’t make our choices for us. The misunderstanding that God controls everything that happens to us is one of devil’s inroads into our lives that, making some to say “what will be will be” thereby, leading to inaction on our part. God directs everything in conformity with the purpose of His will (Eph. 1:11).
Sovereignty of God – What does it mean?
- It is wrong to assume that God is paramount and supreme that nothing can happen without His approval: 2 Pet 3:9 clearly states that God’s promise is not slack and it is not God’s will that anyone should perish, but the reality is people are perishing. That nothing can happen without God’s approval is not true since God in His sovereignty has in love given us free-will, and shared His power and authority with us, thus placing limitation on own His sovereignty. We make our choices, and bear the consequences. The only time God exercises His will is at “Final judgement”. Jesus said in Matt 7:13-14, “Enter ye at the strait gate: for wide gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in there at.” God’s will for people concerning salvation is not being accomplished. Relatively few people are saved compared to the number that are perishing. The sovereignty of God is grossly misunderstood, effectively rendering a believer a sitting duck for the onslaughts of the enemy. God’s greatest desire is for the whole world be saved (2Pet 3:9), for which He gave His Son (1Jn 2:2). The Lord has not yet returned because He is patient and He is waiting for all the elect to come to Him.
- Magnification of God’s Word above all His Name: Ps 138:2. this is a message on God’s goodness to the faithful. It reveals that God magnified His Word above all His name, and He is to be praised for His lovingkindness and truth. Since God is supreme ruler, and makes His own decision, it is generally misconstrued that God will do anything anyway, and everything He wants to do, rendering believers lukewarm, not fervent in prayer, and without desire to trust God for better things. God has elevated His Word above all His name which constraints His sovereignty. He cannot contradict His Holy nature, but be faithful to His promises and covenants. The fulfillment of God’s promises surpasses all previous revelation due to His lovingkindness.
- We have our part to play: Gal 2:8-9. God’s blessings, including salvation, were offered to us by grace, and we have to receive by faith. If we don’t receive it, as many still haven’t received Him, He wouldn’t force his will on us. Hence the will of God doesn’t automatically happen. Thus God isn’t the One that chooses who goes to Heaven. We do.
- The Lord gave us freedom to choose: Dt 30:19; 1 Jn. 2:2; 1 Tim 4:10. He doesn’t will anyone into hell since He paid for the sins of the whole world. Jesus’ perfect obedience and sacrificial death satisfied for God’s just demand for sin to be punished (propitiation). Salvation for the whole world means that, in keeping with God’s promise to bless all nations through Abraham and his descendants, Jesus’ saving death extends the offer of salvation to everyone. Jesus is the Savior of all who believe including people from every race and nation. The Lord gave us the freedom to choose, but we must choose to put our faith in Christ and receive His salvation. People choose hell by not selecting Jesus as their Savior, and it is the free will of man that damns him. We have to cooperate with God as He woos every person to Him. The Lord ultimately enforces our choices.
- God has a perfect plan for every person’s life: Jer. 29:11. It is not God that compels us to walk the path planned for us. He gave us the free will, and deposited in us ability to choose and control our destinies. We desire to be led of the Lord while each of us is behind the wheel of our lives, doing the driving and taking directions from the Lord.
- Man given authority over his own life: Jer. 10:23, however, man must have the Lord’s direction to succeed. God created us to be dependent on Him, and our independence is the root of all our problems. Man is also expected to run his affairs independently of God and His standards, while religion teaches us that all our problems are actually blessings from God. This increases believers’ passiveness, the killing of our faith and leads to resignation whereby people say, what will be will be.
- Actively fight against the devil: Jam 4:7. We must submit to things that are of God and resist things that are from the devil. “Whatever will be will be” is not actively fighting, you must resist the devil and he will flee from you. God has deposited in us what we need to defeat the devil, and we must exercise our authority since we have been empowered, and not think God will sovereignly fight for you.
- Your choice of life or death: Det. 30:19. God asks us to choose a life of blessed obedience so we and our descendants may live. He loves us so much He gave us free will to choose life or death. God is limited within His sovereignty since He shared His authority and power with us, and His will does not automatically come to pass unless we choose – it’s by resisting the devil, sickness, poverty, and all satanic plots.
- Receive your healing release of faith (Active or Passive faith): Acts 10:38. Jesus healed all those oppressed OF THE DEVIL. God did not oppress them with sickness, it was the devil. We need to resist sickness, by faith, submit ourselves to healing, which is from God through atonement of Christ. We need to either release an active or passive faith to claim our victory over sickness. The woman with the issue of blood for 12 years demonstrated active faith by touching the helm of Jesus garment in a crowd to receive her healing. Peter and John also released active faith healing the lame man at the Beautiful Gate by tapping from use of the name of Jesus, while the lame man had passive faith to receive his healing since he needed Peter and John to activate courage to believe. Of course Jesus was not able to perform miracles in His own hometown because of their unbelief due to familiarity with Jesus’ family. Jesus marveled at their unbelief, and said that a prophet has honor except in his hometown…God didn’t sovereignly heal those people. Their faith did.
- Receive healing through faith: Gal 3:13-14. God used sickness in the Old Testament (OT) as punishment, the law brings a curse. Jesus bore our curse in the New Testament (NT), and the Lord will no longer put sickness on a New Testament believer since both forgiveness of sin and healing are part of the atonement Jesus provided for us. So we know the Sovereign will is that we be in health – 1Pet 2:24.
Our God to whom we pray has power over the universe, over every single atom, and yet He is infinitely loving and cares about us. God is more powerful, more loving, and more in control than we’ve ever imagined. The devil came to steal, kill and destroy (Jn. 10:10). We must understand a fundamental doctrine of Christianity that if it’s good, it’s God, but if it’s bad, it’s the devil. Believing that God controls everything and whatever God wants will come to pass, is not true but simply renders the believer passive with no urge to resist and to trust for something better. The Lord is not our problem but the ultimate answer to all our problems. The more we begin to appreciate Sovereign God as He longs for us to see him, the more our prayers will change and our faith will be transformed.