God’s Sovereignty, Man’s Responsibility

“Sovereignty is God’s control over His creation, dealing with His governance over it: Sovereignty is God’s rule over all reality.” – Dr. Norman Geisler

 

My Family and I were watching a documentary on Netflix a few days ago. It was the saddest and most disturbing thing I had seen in a while. Something about what the main character said caught my attention. While narrating what happened to her, she said that she lost her faith because of the actions of the “so-called” servant of God. That saddened my heart.

This is not the first time I have heard people say their faith has been shaken or lost because of what an individual did or said. A stemming problem that leads to this is often found in us. We often put our faith in the ministers of the Word and not God who is the Word. I know in Philippians 3:17 – “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.”KJV (King James Version). However, in Acts 17:11“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”KJV (King James Version). We cannot continue the apathetic attitude of not studying the Word of God. For this reason, many have perished for they do not feed their souls with what is needed.

In a book, I am currently reading titled “Broken Things” by Andrea Boeshaar, there was a line that got me thinking and produced this topic. “It’s a sovereign God who holds man responsible.” Do not forget that we are admonished in Philippians 2:12“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”KJV (King James Version).  The “so-called” minister we idolize is human and can also make mistakes but this should not deter us from who God is. Do not serve God in hypocrisy. Do it in reverence to God and who He is in your life. We need to grow in the knowledge of God.

1 Corinthians 3:2“I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”KJV (King James Version). As soon as we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are new born babes in Christ. We were fed only milk, and that was sufficient. With time, however, and as we grow older, we were forced to eat strong meat. Hebrews 5: 12-14“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”KJV (King James Version).

A lot of us refuse to grow up. Milk is easy to prepare and we are comfortable just drinking. If you have been around newborn babies, they start off with just milk. A time comes when they need something thicker to satisfy their hunger. The next stage, they begin to want to eat what you, as an adult, is eating. When this change does not occur, a baby becomes stunted in growth. Isn’t it funny that what was your sole purpose of strength and survival (milk) can no longer sustain you as you grow older.

The same way, in our quest to know God, the more you stick to just milk, as you grow, the more malnourished you become. Digging deeper into God’s word is our responsibility. The more you know God, the more you know who He is. We need to be grounded and grow in the knowledge of God through His word. In doing this, we shall not be tossed about by every whirlwind of doctrine or the “so-called” men of God.

God’s position and sovereignty remain constant until you draw closer. I read this over the weekend. “A child asked his father how big God was. The father told him to look at the sky and said, God, is like that plane. The child was surprised and said God is very small. The father then took the boy to a plane hangar and asked the boy what the size of the plane was now. He was simply fascinated on how big it the plane was. Then the father said to the son, God might seem small and far away but the closer you get to Him by reading his word and talking to Him, the bigger he manifests himself in your life”.

I might have lived a sheltered life not knowing what you may be passing through, but I ask of you please, grow deeper in your love of God. It burdens and pains my heart to find many losing their faith for lack of knowledge. I promise you, God is the only source of help. It might sound fictional to some of you but there are some things you cannot deny: The feeling you have in God’s presence; the joy you experience when prayers are answered; and knowing He is there when you cry yourself to sleep.

Like my Mom says, God is evident to her in the small things because she knows if He can handle small things, the big ones are a piece of cake. Get to know Him, pull closer, dig deeper, study harder and praise better. His sovereignty in no time will be made evident to you.

Thank you for reading. With more inspiration, we might visit this topic again. Remember, for God to be sovereign in your life, you have the responsibility of taking steps to ensure it happens.

I love you with the love that is God’s 😉

Peace be Still 🙂

Psalms 104:33 🙂

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – KJV (King James Version).

Coming out of Hiatus – It’s been a year, 1 month and 26 days

Hi guys,

I know it’s been a while. I’ve just been trying to sort a lot of things out. I cannot believe it has been so long since I’ve done this. I’ve missed it.

This is basically a letter of apology to those who read and also an announcement to all. I will no longer be writing this daily due to my other engagements but I will try post 1 to 3 weekly.

Thank you for patiently waiting and for those who encouraged me to continue, I am grateful.

Here’s a song to help start your weekend. I might not know what you are going through but remember, God is always working on your behalf so, SMILE!

Remember, I love you with the love that is GOD.

Peace be still 🙂

Psalm 104:33 😉

 

 

Little Miracles

Okay! So this morning I boiled an egg and it came out beautiful (well-done with no runny yoke, no funny looking things, just perfect). Can you believe that is a miracle? A miracle is not quantified as go big or go home. A lot of us remember the big but ignore the little. Things that happen daily we take for granted and think it is our right? That is a lie! It is a miraculous event that is currently taking place in you. The ability to breathe is not by your power, the ability to see is not by your power, the ability to speak, and hear, is all not by our doing.

There is a saying that we should not ‘sweat the small stuff’. I advise you sweat it! The bible admonishes us to notice the small things cause it makes a difference in our lives. Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Catch them before they spoil your vine. The enemy has a way of stealing our little miracles cause, we are so hung up on the big ones. Then he commits havoc and we blame God.

I pray your eyes are open to witness God’s daily working hand in your life. Witness this little miracles and you will realize the wait for the big miracle is not as excruciating. He loves you and leaves little reminders by your bed side the same way a husband or wife leaves notes to put a smile on your face. This brightens your day and makes you feel loved. He loves you and we all need this miracle, it reminds you of the father’s LOVE.

Reading this, is a little miracles 🙂

Peace be still 🙂

Psalm 104:33 😉

Love

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I felt the need to share this as a word of encouragement. I do not know what you might be passing through but after all is said and done, love remains. Not just any type of love but the love of God. It is forever sure, look unto him and he will love you unconditionally.

Height, Weight, Skin color, Facial proportions, Body proportions, his love is ever faithful. Never sell yourself short, a father who loves you will always and unfailingly make sure that someone who loves you as much is who you deserve.

I love you with the ever sure love of Christ.

Peace be still 🙂

Psalm 104:33 😉

 

Obedience: Total Or Partial?

Obedience means dutiful or submissive compliance. In other words, it is yielding to the authority of another without question. Therefore, partial obedience is disobedience, there is no two ways about it. A lot if us think doing part of the job sent you means it has been done, that is a terrible lie we need to wake up from. For example, you are told to put off the light, and you just dim it. Hello?! The light is still on. You may achieve the result you were going for but, it was and is disobedience. Moses did this same thing and for this cause, he did not enter the promise land.

You might think it unfair and wander why God did not cut him some slack but the truth is, he disobeyed. Numbers 20:8-11 “Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also”.

And in verse 12, you get God’s response to Moses’s act of disobedience. “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.” Thank God we live in the era of grace because a lot of us, including myself often obey God partially.

I urge you brethren to be totally obedient to God. It has great rewards. Deuteronomy 28:1 “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:”. Many blessings mentioned in this chapter for obedience. Read through when you have the time.

This is just a song I love and I pray it blesses and enriches you.

Peace be still 😉

Psalm 104:33 🙂

Hello, My Name Is …

1 Chronicles 4:9 – “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.” – King James Version (KJV)

Names carry power. I remember discussing with my friends and telling them what my names mean and why they keep me from being in certain places. My names Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus) Nantihim (My tribal name which means Put God First) and last but not least my Surname Emmanuel (translation – God With Us). Imagine finding such a name in a brothel or club, it does not feel right. Your name is a pronouncement on your life. The bible says in Proverbs 18:21 – “Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” What do you call yourself and what do others call you?

God himself changed names and situations for the importance of their meanings. For example, the name Jacob means supplanter  but God named him Israel –  Genesis 35:10 – “And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.” Israel means triumphant in God, he who prevails with God. Also look at Abram (Exalted father) who was changed to Abraham (Father to many) and his wife Sarai (Quarrelsome) who was changed to Sarah (Princess).

If you look closely at God’s definition of them, it was and is different from what men named him. Genesis 17:5&15-16 – “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” “And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.”

Until Abram became Abraham, he made some decisions without consulting God first which brought manifest to his name the exalted father. Sarai his wife indeed was quarrelsome until God changed her name. She got Abram to go in unto Hagar and she hated the outcome of it. When God changes your name, there is a reason and a purpose. A name change does not take away your identity, instead it magnifies who you are and have always been in God’s eyes.

Be mindful of who you call yourself and what others call you. If you identify yourself as trouble, trouble will always be where you are. Same goes for pain, regret, defeat and so on. Ask God to give you a name that will bring forth who you really are.

Peace be still 😉

Psalm 104:33 😉

 

New Season

John 16:21-22 –“Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world. “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” 

A new season basically means an introduced period that has never been before. This is the funny thing about changes and seasons, when you enter into a new season, there is either a good or bad reaction. There can never be a day that is exactly the same as the other. No matter what science has said, you might try to live your life the same way you did the previous day and yet those around you are rapidly changing and doing things differently.

When God takes you into a new season, it is to introduce you to what has never been before. I appreciate God for the changes I see in my life for it is a sign that I am alive. Only the dead relives the same day doing the same thing and never noticing the changes around.

I urge you to not think of this month as just another day or as another March in a new year but as a new season that requires a change in attire, in routines and behavior. I pray you do not miss your new season, do not be blind to the opportunities that stand before you.

Embrace newness. In the same way a mother forgets her labor pains for the joy of life in her hands, forget your past pains, worries, failures and embrace the new life in your hands. That is a more pleasant way to spend your time.

Peace be still 🙂

Psalm 104:33 😉