orthodoxy |ˈôrθəˌdäksē|           authorized or generally          accepted theory, doctrine,                 or practiceT...
The Sovereignty              of GodTuesday 22 November 2011
sovereignty                           supreme power or                               authorityTuesday 22 November 2011
He is called Adonay.               2 Samuel 7:22,           "How great you are, O        Sovereign Lord! There is no      ...
Tuesday 22 November 2011
Most Christians have a   small view of God.Tuesday 22 November 2011
Most Christians have a   small view of God.Tuesday 22 November 2011
Most Christians have a   small view of God.   Evans believes one reason for this   is that Christians do not   understand ...
“God’s sovereignty concerns his         absolute rule and control over all of         creation. God rules absolutely over ...
“God’s sovereignty concerns his         absolutesovereignty involves thinking           God’s    rule and control over all...
“God’s sovereignty concerns his         absolute rule and control over all of         creation. God rules absolutely over ...
Tuesday 22 November 2011
Gods sovereignty has immense practical   importanceTuesday 22 November 2011
Gods sovereignty has immense practical   importance   ...it makes Him our proper object of worship. He is   the almighty, ...
Gods sovereignty has immense practical   importance   ...it makes Him our proper object of worship. He is   the almighty, ...
Gods sovereignty has immense practical   importance   ...it makes Him our proper object of worship. He is   the almighty, ...
God’s Absolute Rule Do you want God to be sovereign? Do you want Him to rule over you? Are you like a rebellious teenager ...
Tuesday 22 November 2011
1. God does what he pleases   The earth is the LORD’s,   and everything in it, the   world, and all who live in   it;   Ps...
1.a. God rules        You do not have the right to tell God what to do or        how to do it - he made it, he chooses, an...
Eph 1:11 - In him we were also chosen,   having been predestined according to the   plan of him who works out everything i...
Eph 1:11 - In him we were also chosen,   having been predestined according to the   plan of him who works out everything i...
1.b. God decides   There is no such thing as luck - there   is nothing that happens which hasn’t   been through God’s hand...
1.c. Our decisions   If not one of the smallest details of   our lives escapes God - do my   decisions matter? I can sit b...
If I choose is God in control, and if   he is on control do I really need to   choose?   Evans suggests it is like God   h...
However, Evans notes, “when all   is said and done...even the route   you choose will be the one he   sovereignly planned ...
1.d. Sovereignty and Prayer   God has determined what will   happen but it will not happen until   you ask, James 4:2,   Y...
1.e. Created for him   1 Cor 8:6   ...yet for us there is but one God,   the Father, from whom all things   came and for w...
God is the supreme authority. He is           not subject to any power or law            which could be conceived as      ...
2. God’s glory and will     “The sovereignty of God     means the exercise of his     attributes in order to     maintain ...
2.a. Forever Sovereign  God is omniscient - nothing  he does not know,  omnipotent nothing he  cannot do,omnipresent, no  ...
2.b. A Great example   Daniel 4      Nebuchadnezar to big head : God = sovereign                         = King   ...All t...
2.b. A Great example   ...All this happened to King   Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve   months later, as the king was   walking on ...
2.b. A Great example   ...All this happened to King   Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve   months later, as the king was   walking on ...
Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came     from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King     Nebuchadnezza...
His body was drenched with the dew of heaven       until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and       his nails l...
His body was drenched with the dew of heaven       until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and       his nails l...
All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.     He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven     and the peop...
2.c. Sovereignty and status   No matter how important   you are, how high you climb   etc. God is still sovereign.   Respe...
God is not a respecter of     persons - you are who you     are because God made you     that way, and he gave     grace t...
Omnipotence (Power, Sovereignty)            God’s omnipotence means that          God is able to do all his holy will.    ...
3. God’s sovereignty and our sin  So what of original sin -  why did God allow the  existence of evil -  especially as he ...
Tuesday 22 November 2011
1. As God works everything for his glory we have to conclude God gets more glory through the existence of evil than he wou...
2. In allowing evil God shows that nothing and no enemy will ever be able to thwart his kingdom purposes. This comprehensi...
3. God allows evil as he     does not wish to force     obedience.     For man to function as     God’s image bearer, he  ...
God does not plan, incite,authorise or approve sin. He   3. God allows evil as hedoes allow his creatures to   does not wi...
The sovereignty of God may be         defined as the exercise of His        supremacy, His infinite rule, His      authority...
4. God’s sovereignty and          our perspective      If you as a believer      understand God’s      sovereignty correct...
4.a. Strength  Php 4:13 (ESV) - I can do  all things through him who  strengthens me.  Christ supplies - we are  totally d...
4.a. Strength  In tests, male horned dung  beetles were able to pull  Php 4:13 (ESV) - own body  1,141 times their  I can ...
4.b. Comfort in                           circumstances  Life has ups and downs - and  they can change rapidly.  God’s sov...
4.c. ConfidenceThere is no luck, chance,accidents in God’s sovereignty;“Lord you did what I thoughtyou weren’t going to do...
4.c. Confidence Rom 8:28, 38-39There is no luck, chance, And wein God’sthat in all things God worksaccidents            kn...
4.d. The whole pictureWhen you walk under the coveringof God nothing can stop his planfor you - even the negative thingswi...
4.e. Sovereignty and                   impossibilities  Obstacles and the fact that  something has never been  done before...
4.e. Sovereignty and                   impossibilities  The confidence of Paul is  shown in 2and the fact that  Obstacles T...
5. God’s sovereignty and                         worship   God’s sovereignty should   draw us to worship - after   all it ...
5.a. Giving God honour  Worship is the correct  response to God’s  sovereignty - after all we are  thankful to get paid fo...
1 Chron 29:6-13  the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders ...
David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israe...
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5.b. God wants your worship  Most Christians are lazy  and unfaithful in their  worship - they expect to be  motivated by ...
5.b. God wants your worship  Most Christians are lazy  and the year that King     In unfaithful in their  worship -died, e...
Responding to God’s                        sovereignty  1. Do you worship God once a  week or is it a way of life? Do  you...
3. Do you believe Philippians    4:13 applies to your life?    4. Are you praying and    interceding for the    Nebuchadne...
Applying God’s sovereignty in               life  “I began to reflect on Romans  8:30, where paul describes God’s  sovereig...
“God was sovereign in the immigration of my     great-grandparents from Japan. He was     sovereign in the mortar in WWII ...
Applying God’s sovereignty in               life  He is to be the focus of our  worship. All glory goes to Him.  To Jesus ...
All God has foretold will surely come to pass.        He is working out His plans (Is. 42:5-9), and        nothing will ta...
These points are extracted from an original        much more detailed article here: http://        www.probe.org/site/c.fd...
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  1. 1. orthodoxy |ˈôrθəˌdäksē| authorized or generally accepted theory, doctrine, or practiceTuesday 22 November 2011
  2. 2. The Sovereignty of GodTuesday 22 November 2011
  3. 3. sovereignty supreme power or authorityTuesday 22 November 2011
  4. 4. He is called Adonay. 2 Samuel 7:22, "How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears."Tuesday 22 November 2011
  5. 5. Tuesday 22 November 2011
  6. 6. Most Christians have a small view of God.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  7. 7. Most Christians have a small view of God.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  8. 8. Most Christians have a small view of God. Evans believes one reason for this is that Christians do not understand the sovereignty of God. He continues suggesting that in our lives God is anywhere but on the throne and this results in our spiritual weakness and lack of power.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  9. 9. “God’s sovereignty concerns his absolute rule and control over all of creation. God rules absolutely over the affairs of men. He sits on the throne of the universes as Lord. Everything that happens comes about because he either directly causes it or consciously allows it. Nothing enters into history or could ever exist outside of history that does not come under the complete control of God” EvansTuesday 22 November 2011
  10. 10. “God’s sovereignty concerns his absolutesovereignty involves thinking God’s rule and control over all of creation. God rules absolutely over the What does it mean? affairs of men. He sits on the throne of the universes as Lord. Everything that of What are the consequences happens comes about because he this? either believing directly causes it or consciously allows What about war, famine, poverty? it. Nothing enters into history or could ever exist outside of historyand does What about sickness that death? not come under the complete control of God” What about the devil? EvansTuesday 22 November 2011
  11. 11. “God’s sovereignty concerns his absolute rule and control over all of creation. God rules absolutely over the affairs of men. He sits on the throne of the universes as Lord. Everything that happens comes about because he either directly causes it or consciously allows it. Nothing enters into history or could ever exist outside of history that does not come under the complete control of God” EvansTuesday 22 November 2011
  12. 12. Tuesday 22 November 2011
  13. 13. Gods sovereignty has immense practical importanceTuesday 22 November 2011
  14. 14. Gods sovereignty has immense practical importance ...it makes Him our proper object of worship. He is the almighty, omnipotent God, the creator and sustainer of all that exists. There is none higher, none more worthy of worship and honor.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  15. 15. Gods sovereignty has immense practical importance ...it makes Him our proper object of worship. He is the almighty, omnipotent God, the creator and sustainer of all that exists. There is none higher, none more worthy of worship and honor. ...it means He can be counted on, for nothing can stand against Him...for our salvation...to carry us through times of difficulty such that nothing touches us that is not in keeping with His desires for us...to keep all the promises He has made to us.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  16. 16. Gods sovereignty has immense practical importance ...it makes Him our proper object of worship. He is the almighty, omnipotent God, the creator and sustainer of all that exists. There is none higher, none more worthy of worship and honor. ...it means He can be counted on, for nothing can stand against Him...for our salvation...to carry us through times of difficulty such that nothing touches us that is not in keeping with His desires for us...to keep all the promises He has made to us. Rick WadeTuesday 22 November 2011
  17. 17. God’s Absolute Rule Do you want God to be sovereign? Do you want Him to rule over you? Are you like a rebellious teenager who wants God there to help but wants autonomy the rest of the time? Satan started this path of thinking - encouraged Eve not to be stifled or limited by God. Knowing God is sovereign means you realise no one is autonomous from him - he has absolute control over the universe.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  18. 18. Tuesday 22 November 2011
  19. 19. 1. God does what he pleases The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; Psalm 24:1 By virtue of this God can do whatever he wants whenever he wantsTuesday 22 November 2011
  20. 20. 1.a. God rules You do not have the right to tell God what to do or how to do it - he made it, he chooses, and the Bible declares this to be so; Job 23:13 - he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases. Job 42:2 - “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Psalm 115:3 -Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Isa 45:7 - I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  21. 21. Eph 1:11 - In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Rom 11:36 - For from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen. Rev 19:6 - Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  22. 22. Eph 1:11 - In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in Nothing escapes the rule conformity with the purpose of his will, of God him be the glory Rom 11:36 - For from him and through him and for him are all things.To No matter what happens forever! Amen. Rev 19:6 - Then I heard what sounded like a God the roar of rushing waters great multitude, like is ruling and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  23. 23. 1.b. God decides There is no such thing as luck - there is nothing that happens which hasn’t been through God’s hands first. Exodus 4:11 -The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”Tuesday 22 November 2011
  24. 24. 1.c. Our decisions If not one of the smallest details of our lives escapes God - do my decisions matter? I can sit back, relax and let God do it all. This is a great tension in theology and is called an autinomy - parallel truths which run side by side and do not appear to cross each other. One one side Sovereign God The other side My Own ChoicesTuesday 22 November 2011
  25. 25. If I choose is God in control, and if he is on control do I really need to choose? Evans suggests it is like God having a destination that he will reach but you choose the route he takes in order to get there. He will arrive but it will be through you, over you, around you or in spite of you.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  26. 26. However, Evans notes, “when all is said and done...even the route you choose will be the one he sovereignly planned to use in order to achieve his intended purposes” God will get where he chooses - the question is what you will look like at that time? God has determined men and women shall praise him for all eternity - will you do it in heaven or hell?Tuesday 22 November 2011
  27. 27. 1.d. Sovereignty and Prayer God has determined what will happen but it will not happen until you ask, James 4:2, You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. God has determined how he will act, but he waits for us to call before he acts - we have a choice. No one can thwart his plan all we can do is cooperate with it.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  28. 28. 1.e. Created for him 1 Cor 8:6 ...yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. It is God’s right to do with creation whatever he chooses - you were created to bring glory to GodTuesday 22 November 2011
  29. 29. God is the supreme authority. He is not subject to any power or law which could be conceived as superior to or other than Himself. Sovereign refers to a king who has authority over a certain land or group of people. Gods sovereignty is over all the earth and all creation, as He created all things. http://www.parentcompany.com/awareness_of_god/nog10.htmTuesday 22 November 2011
  30. 30. 2. God’s glory and will “The sovereignty of God means the exercise of his attributes in order to maintain his glory and accomplish his will” Evans Men will never knock God off his throne!Tuesday 22 November 2011
  31. 31. 2.a. Forever Sovereign God is omniscient - nothing he does not know, omnipotent nothing he cannot do,omnipresent, no place he doesn’t exist... God’s attributes guarantee that he will always be sovereign - how do you revolt against a God who is all powerful? He knows every thought in your mind so you can’t outwit him...Tuesday 22 November 2011
  32. 32. 2.b. A Great example Daniel 4 Nebuchadnezar to big head : God = sovereign = King ...All this happened Who will come out on top? Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”Tuesday 22 November 2011
  33. 33. 2.b. A Great example ...All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”Tuesday 22 November 2011
  34. 34. 2.b. A Great example ...All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?”Tuesday 22 November 2011
  35. 35. Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.” Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  36. 36. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  37. 37. His body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird. At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  38. 38. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  39. 39. 2.c. Sovereignty and status No matter how important you are, how high you climb etc. God is still sovereign. Respect and honour people but remember God is still in control. God is not intimidated by peoples status or reputation, or giving - we are all sinners in need of salvationTuesday 22 November 2011
  40. 40. God is not a respecter of persons - you are who you are because God made you that way, and he gave grace to you, “I am what I am by the grace of God” Paul Be thankful that God uses you - but don’t get proud in that, he gave you the gifts and skills that you are using - so he gets the gloryTuesday 22 November 2011
  41. 41. Omnipotence (Power, Sovereignty) God’s omnipotence means that God is able to do all his holy will. The word omnipotence is derived from two Latin words, omni, “all,” and potens, powerful and means all powerful Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology, p216Tuesday 22 November 2011
  42. 42. 3. God’s sovereignty and our sin So what of original sin - why did God allow the existence of evil - especially as he hates evil, is completely holy, and cannot sin, or even tempt others to do so. Rom 1:8, Isa 6:3, Ps 5:4, Jn 1:13Tuesday 22 November 2011
  43. 43. Tuesday 22 November 2011
  44. 44. 1. As God works everything for his glory we have to conclude God gets more glory through the existence of evil than he would have without it. Eph 1:11-12 Some of God’s attributes show up best when seen against sin Love - Rom 5:8 Holiness & Wrath are seen against the reality of sin - Rom 1:18, 9:22-23 Grace is seen majestically against sin - Eph 2:1-7Tuesday 22 November 2011
  45. 45. 2. In allowing evil God shows that nothing and no enemy will ever be able to thwart his kingdom purposes. This comprehensive defeating of his enemies will be the basis for great praise - Rev 19:1-6Tuesday 22 November 2011
  46. 46. 3. God allows evil as he does not wish to force obedience. For man to function as God’s image bearer, he has to have the power to choose and so evil must exist. If not people would just be robotsTuesday 22 November 2011
  47. 47. God does not plan, incite,authorise or approve sin. He 3. God allows evil as hedoes allow his creatures to does not wish to forcerebel against his authority - obedience.he then overrules theiractions for to function as For man his sovereignpurposes - in allowing he God’s image bearer, this has to have the powerGod demonstrates his to chooseGen 50:20 -Yougreatness - and so evil must exist. If not peopleintended to harm me, but would just be robotsGod intended it for good toaccomplish what is nowbeing done, the saving ofmany lives.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  48. 48. The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy, His infinite rule, His authority and power. Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature in authority, nature, and being, He is the Most High Lord of heaven and earth and all creation whether angels or the heavenly hosts. http://bible.org/article/resting-god%E2%80%99s-sovereignty-proverbs-161-4Tuesday 22 November 2011
  49. 49. 4. God’s sovereignty and our perspective If you as a believer understand God’s sovereignty correctly, you will understand life properlyTuesday 22 November 2011
  50. 50. 4.a. Strength Php 4:13 (ESV) - I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Christ supplies - we are totally dependent upon him.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  51. 51. 4.a. Strength In tests, male horned dung beetles were able to pull Php 4:13 (ESV) - own body 1,141 times their I can do all things through him who weight  -  the equivalent of strengthens me. six fully- a person dragging Christ double decker are laden supplies - we buses. totally dependent upon him. By comparison, a leafcutter ant can lift a mere 50 times its own body weight.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  52. 52. 4.b. Comfort in circumstances Life has ups and downs - and they can change rapidly. God’s sovereignty allows us to be sure of his love even when circumstances are not good or things seem o be going wrong. We might not ‘get it’ but we can be sure God does. God is the ‘god of all comfort’Tuesday 22 November 2011
  53. 53. 4.c. ConfidenceThere is no luck, chance,accidents in God’s sovereignty;“Lord you did what I thoughtyou weren’t going to do. That’sbecause you want to dosomething else in my life...goahead and do your thing”Evans suggests God is makinga cake in your life - someingredients taste good on theirown - others need to be mixedand baked to taste bestTuesday 22 November 2011
  54. 54. 4.c. Confidence Rom 8:28, 38-39There is no luck, chance, And wein God’sthat in all things God worksaccidents know sovereignty; for the good of those who love him, who“Lord you did what I thought have been called according to hisyou weren’t going to do. That’s purpose. Iwant to dobecause you am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,something else in my life...goahead and theyour thing” neither do present nor the future, nor anyEvans suggests God height nor depth, nor powers, neither is makinga anything else in all creation, will be able to cake in your life - someingredients tastefrom thetheir of God that is in separate us good on loveown - others need to be mixed Christ Jesus our Lord.and baked to taste bestTuesday 22 November 2011
  55. 55. 4.d. The whole pictureWhen you walk under the coveringof God nothing can stop his planfor you - even the negative thingswill be made positive in God.We might look at the small piecesof our life - God looks at the wholepicture.“You can’t change people - but youcan get out of the way so that Godcan run over them” EvansFast and pray - then leave it to GodTuesday 22 November 2011
  56. 56. 4.e. Sovereignty and impossibilities Obstacles and the fact that something has never been done before are irrelevant when faced with God’s sovereignty. Luke 1:37 The ‘most’ sinful person can be saved - Heb 7:25Tuesday 22 November 2011
  57. 57. 4.e. Sovereignty and impossibilities The confidence of Paul is shown in 2and the fact that Obstacles Tim 1:12 something hasam suffering That is why I never been done before are irrelevant as I am. Yet this is no cause when faced with God’sI know for shame, because sovereignty. whom I have believed, and Luke 1:37 am convinced that he is The ‘most’ sinful person can able to guard what I have be saved - Heb 7:25 entrusted to him until that day.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  58. 58. 5. God’s sovereignty and worship God’s sovereignty should draw us to worship - after all it is he who holds up the universe by the word of his power, who gives us air to breathe, who provides for us. And, he wants to meet with us as we live and worship!Tuesday 22 November 2011
  59. 59. 5.a. Giving God honour Worship is the correct response to God’s sovereignty - after all we are thankful to get paid for working, how much more thankful should we be to God who is our provider and so much more. In 1 Chron. 29 when David appeals for funds for the new temple to be built...and God gets the glory and worshipTuesday 22 November 2011
  60. 60. 1 Chron 29:6-13 the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king’s work gave willingly. They gave toward the work on the temple of God five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents of iron. Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  61. 61. David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  62. 62. Tuesday 22 November 2011
  63. 63. 5.b. God wants your worship Most Christians are lazy and unfaithful in their worship - they expect to be motivated by God to worship, not to motivate themselves to worship. If someone does not do a job we call them lazy yet we are blessed to be able to worship God and can’t be botheredTuesday 22 November 2011
  64. 64. 5.b. God wants your worship Most Christians are lazy and the year that King In unfaithful in their worship -died, expect to be Uzziah they I saw the Lord, high and exalted, motivated by God to worship, on ato motivate seated not throne; and themselves to worship. the train of his robe If filled the temple. do a someone does not job we call them lazy the Isaiah saw through yet we are blessed to be saw circumstances and able toGod worship God and can’t be botheredTuesday 22 November 2011
  65. 65. Responding to God’s sovereignty 1. Do you worship God once a week or is it a way of life? Do you only worship God when things are going well, is your worship present though all seasons of life? 2. Do you have a God given sense of his sovereignty with situations and circumstances or do you panic not realising God is in control?Tuesday 22 November 2011
  66. 66. 3. Do you believe Philippians 4:13 applies to your life? 4. Are you praying and interceding for the Nebuchadnezers in your life?Tuesday 22 November 2011
  67. 67. Applying God’s sovereignty in life “I began to reflect on Romans 8:30, where paul describes God’s sovereignty in salvation...I was overwhelmed that God knew me before I was born. The awesome implications of this truth flooded my mind. For God to see me down through time, for him to bring about my life, he had to sovereignly direct a billion countless details.Tuesday 22 November 2011
  68. 68. “God was sovereign in the immigration of my great-grandparents from Japan. He was sovereign in the mortar in WWII that exploded near my grandfather and caused him to lose his leg, sending him to the hospital where he met my mother. For God to see me, he had to see both of my parents and all the moments and days of their two lives that would lead to their marriage and my birth. “God saw my past, present and future perfectly...I could trust him with my questions about...my future” Joshua Harris, Dug Down DeepTuesday 22 November 2011
  69. 69. Applying God’s sovereignty in life He is to be the focus of our worship. All glory goes to Him. To Jesus "be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen," John said (Rev. 1:6). Gods redemptive purposes will not be thwarted. He will build His church (Matt. 16:18), and nothing can separate us from His love (Rom. 8:38-39).Tuesday 22 November 2011
  70. 70. All God has foretold will surely come to pass. He is working out His plans (Is. 42:5-9), and nothing will take away what God has for us. Because the sovereign God is also the God of love, He can be trusted in the fullest sense, to those who love Him, the combination of His sovereignty and love makes it possible for us to truly rest, to live without fear. He will ultimately triumph over evil. "There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Rev. 21:4).Tuesday 22 November 2011
  71. 71. These points are extracted from an original much more detailed article here: http:// www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b. 4225033/k.5971/The_Sovereignty_of_God.htmTuesday 22 November 2011

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