Today I want to speak about God’s sovereignty. The reason that I want to speak about God’s sovereignty is because today’s teaching is ‘ God’s Will Or Self Will ‘. There are real problems when a will is not fully yielded over to the Holy Spirit. We’ll look at these problems as we open this up today.
Any area that is not surrendered up to God is sadly vulnerable to Satan’s attacks and controls. We really need to understand God’s sovereignty in questions about man’s will. I think you’re beginning to see where the connection lies.
We have to remember in our Christian walk day by day that a lot of our overcoming – our pressing in – our battles – taking the Kingdom by force, is really in many ways two wills that are in conflict, and that’s a lot of our battles.
It is [about] two wills in conflict until one of them surrenders. Now guess which one has to eventually surrender. Well you’ve already thought that one out haven’t you, and that’s why I want us just to look at how God works this.
We know a lot of scriptures on this but turn with me firstly if you will to Psalm 119 and we’ll look at verse 32 to start off with
I will run the course of Your commandments, For You shall enlarge my heart.
So the Psalmist is very aware that nothing can be accomplished unless God enlarges the heart. It is impossible. God is sovereign and He is able to enlarge and work upon our hearts, otherwise brothers and sisters this walk is hopeless, I’m just going to tell you that now.Pastor Kim
What does it say in verse 36..
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
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A blessed devotional: Partakers of His Suffering …but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings… 1 PETER 4:13 If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. Because of this process, you will never be surprised by what comes your way. You say, “Oh, I can’t deal with that person.” Why can’t you? God gave you sufficient opportunities to learn from Him about that problem; but you turned away, not heeding the lesson, because it seemed foolish to spend your time that way. The sufferings of Christ were not those of ordinary people. He suffered “according to the will of God” (1 Peter 4:19 ), having a different point of view of suffering from ours. It is only through our relationship with Jesus Christ that we can understand what God is after in His dealings with us. When it comes to suffering, it is part of our Christian culture to want to know God’s purpose beforehand. In the history of the Christian church, the tendency has been to avoid being identified with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. People have sought to carry out God’s orders through a shortcut of their own. God’s way is always the way of suffering— the way of the “long road home.” Are we partakers of Christ’s sufferings? Are we prepared for God to stamp out our personal ambitions? Are we prepared for God to destroy our individual decisions by supernaturally transforming them? It will mean not knowing why God is taking us that way, because knowing would make us spiritually proud. We never realize at the time what God is putting us through— we go through it more or less without understanding. Then suddenly we come to a place of enlightenment, and realize— “God has strengthened me and I didn’t even know it!” When a man’s heart is right with God the mysterious utterances of the Bible are spirit and life to him. Spiritual truth is discernible only to a pure heart, not to a keen intellect. It is not a question of profundity of intellect, but of purity of heart.