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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Trusting God - Control"

Date published: 05/15/2020

This is the sixth devotion on trusting God.  If you want to read the first five devotions on trusting God, please click here. 

 

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”

 

   There are three hindrances to trusting God: 1) “I am in control.”  2) “Things and people supersede God.” 3) “I fear trusting God.”  Today we will explore “I am in control.”  Control is the ultimate battle for Lordship.  Proverbs 28:26 declares those in control this way: “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.”  Clinging to control ultimately declares that you are superior to God – that is foolishness.  No one will ever relinquish total control, but every follower of Christ should be making continuous strides to putting God in control.  You do this by developing a soft ear to God’s leadings as you grow closer to Him.

 

   The most devastating effects of being in control come from one’s strongholds.  Psalm 52:7 talks about the stronghold of wealth: Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”  Every person has strongholds that exclude God.  Talents, proficiencies, desires, and pleasures can grow into strongholds that dominate your life at the exclusion of God.  Luke 6:38 explains the results of a life ruled by the strongholds of the world or by God: Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Pouring into the world may reap the rewards of the world while missing what God has for you.  The driving question for every follower of Christ is, “Who and what do I live for?”  Your answer will point to who is in control.  Luke 16:10-11 describes the result of who is in control: Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.  God wants to be the guiding and determining force in your life.  Your response to this will determine not only the measure God will use in your life, but also how much He will entrust to you.  Do you want just a little bit of God or do you want to experience Him in all His fullness?  Do you want God to be the window dressing of your life or the transformer, sustainer, and fulfiller of your life?  God saved you to be His all.

 

Isaiah 30:18 “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.  For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.”

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “Hard Times” and “Satisfaction.”