Is God in control? | Pastor William Bedsole

I’m sure this is something you’ve heard frequently, “Well, God is in control.” It sounds good religiously, but it is inaccurate scripturally. In the beginning God created man and gave him dominion. However, when man sinned, he bowed his knee to the devil, thus handing over that dominion. The Bible says that satan is the god of this world. He has a right to be here because man gave him that authority. But thank God, Jesus defeated the devil for us. We, however, must believe it and act on it for it to be a reality in our lives.

God is only in control to the extent that we pray and ask Him to do certain things. The great founder of the Methodist church, John Wesley, remarked, “It seems God is limited by our prayer life. He can do nothing for humanity unless someone asks Him.” The Bible also says in James 4:2, “yet you have not, because you ask not.” It’s a very simple idea, but we must ask. In His earthly ministry, Jesus said in Matthew 6:8, “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” So we’re still supposed to ask Him because it gives Him the legal right to act on our behalf.

God moves in line with His Word, so we must pray and ask in line with His revealed will to see results. Sadly, many people accept circumstances as the will of God, saying “It must be the will of God.” or “You just never know.” or “You can never tell what God might do.” YES, we CAN! That’s why we have the Bible! It’s our responsibility to find the will of God. God has given us His Word that we may know the things freely given to us. Don’t be satisfied with someone else’s knowledge of the Bible. Discover His Word for yourself. It’s only when you know it for yourself that that Word can’t be stolen from you. So find God’s will and pray and change things that need to be changed. Jesus said to pray, “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” If it was automatic, why pray? When we assume our rightful privilege and pray, things will surely change for our good and our lives will be altered. It’s much more convenient just to lay it off on God than to assume responsibility for the results we get in life. The truth is many things are in our control so what are you doing about it?

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