Posts Tagged ‘control’

  

“The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the notorious enemy at the Alamo, was a charming politician, but he was foolish in his ways. After being captured and allowing Texas its freedom, Santa Anna would be later released in 1837 by President Andrew Jackson, promising to never serve in politics again. That promise wouldn’t last. He would rise and fall numerous times in Mexico before eventually fleeing to Europe around 1855. He would die in Mexico in 1876 as a broken old man.

As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is a dangerous thing when we entertain the thought of arising to places where we can have others do what we want them too. Selfishness has no place in leadership. The lust for power and control is a corrupting cancer that no one is immune to.

If God raises you up as a leader, follow His example to be a Servant-Leader. God will only allow us to lead if He knows He can trust us to do the job right. Be safe and usable to God! You are loved today! 

  

My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.” (Psalm‬ ‭102‬:‭11-13‬ NIV)

As we sat in the car, you could feel the agony in the atmosphere. “Robert” no longer cared what anyone, even God, thought about him. His addiction meant more to him that family or career. That abandonment moment would last for several years, leaving many scars. Yet, could he change?

The scripture paints a picture of a man in deep dejection, loneliness, despair. He feels his life is ebbing away like the evening shadows and there’s so little time left for him. He says, “I’m withering away like grass.” Have you ever felt like that? And what do you do if you ever feel like that? 

Robert’s life eventually turned around, but only after great prices were paid. Do what the psalmist did instead. He looked away from himself, his own situation, he lifted up his eyes to the Lord and he saw the Lord by faith, on His throne, and he realized that the Lord doesn’t change with our situations and circumstances. The Lord is always on His throne! He never abdicates; He’s always in total control! Rest in His care and control! You are loved! 



Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!” (Psalms‬ ‭105‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

News Headlines from this past week: Iran trains to destroy American ships; North Korea prepares for war; Venezuela takes anti-American measures; Israeli-US ties fraying before UN speech… All the news services are buzzing with mankind’s struggle and intrigues being committed against one another. Doesn’t bring a reassurance concerning those in charge!

The Bible, though, tells us who is REALLY in charge and that we should be reassuring the world with that fact! While God allows us to practice our self-wills to our own peril, He cares for those that call on His name and works on their behalf. He’s there to comfort us in the middle of storms and He puts the pieces back together as He leads us to better days. 

God is greater than we give Him credit for! Even the strongest of believers needs to be reminded every now and then that God isn’t frail and isn’t in danger of becoming senile. Remind yourself and others of what a mighty God we serve! You are loved today! 

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Can you direct the movement of the stars— binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth?” (Job‬ ‭38‬:‭31, 33‬ NLT)

Only 25,000 light-years away, the Quintuplet Cluster is one of the Milky Way’s most spectacular sights. According to Listverse.com, the cluster is akin to a cosmic kindergarten—full of young, brightly shining stars. This area of space is also very densely packed, with stars located within punching distance of each other. The center of the Milky Way is obscured by patches of white-hot gas and dust. Thus, the Quintuplet Cluster remained hidden until 1990 when astronomers were able to peer through the shroud using infrared imaging.

We like to think we control our lives and keep everything in order, but we deceive ourselves. Just like we can’t order or control the heavenlies, neither can we orchestrate what will happen today or tomorrow, keeping ourselves safe or happy. Only God has complete control of all things around us because He sees it all.

So, relax and live! Come to church today knowing that Where God directs you, He will always take care of you. Short of creating your own meltdown, you’ll be fine when you let God direct your stars! True control belongs to Him! You are loved today!

And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:17 NLT)

Derek Prince, a minister of another generation, spoke of the age we now live in: “We are living in a very impermanent and changeable world. Nothing that we see is going to last permanently. The ambitions, the desires, the passions of people of this world who are immersed in time and the things of the flesh are all going to pass away. There are forces at work in the world – spiritual and material forces much more powerful than we are, forces that we cannot control. We are just like a little speck on the surface of a river being carried along.”

As things are progressing along & becoming progressively worse according to God’s standards, He still has the ultimate control. While not destroying Man’s free will, He lets us reap the whirlwind of our bad choices while fulfilling the times according to his prophetic word. Though it looks bad, it’s still going according to plan!

So take heart! God is still in control! Some things are spiraling into chaos, but you don’t have to be, if you’re anchored in God. Life happens while you’re busy living, but you are being gently held thru it all. You are truly loved & cared for today! (1/6/14)

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