God is Sovereign

 

How many people do you know who can offer an accurate definition of the word “sovereign”? Believers use this word a lot but I wonder if they really know what it means. Here are the first four definitions listed by BrainyQuote on the internet (http://www.brainyquote.com/words/so/sovereign221955.html#ixzz1n1IovXHm):

  1. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince.
  2. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion.
  3. Princely; royal.
  4. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.

Given those definitions God is clearly sovereign—there is none like Him; He is wholly independent; He is supreme in power (in fact the only source of true power). But now let’s look at what you can NOT say about the sovereignty of God…He is not the cause behind everything that happens on earth. He does not “drop into” the sovereign territory of another to impose His will. He does not grant the devil authority to bring harm (or correction) to His children. These errors must get corrected if the body of Christ is ever going to come together in power and demonstrate its identity in Christ.

 

God gave mankind sovereignty in this world. (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 8) When we handed it over to the devil God sent Jesus to take it back again and reestablish us. This He fully accomplished, putting mankind in right relationship with God and His creation, in Christ. (1 John 3:8) God also designed us in His image, therefore with free will. That means that men can choose to do something evil and wrong and innocent people can be hurt by their actions. If God dropped into stay the hand of everyone choosing sin or evil, there would be no FREE will, would there? (You may want to speak to God about His reasons for giving this freedom to mankind when you get to heaven…) Perhaps God desires for us to learn the joy of freely choosing to love and the amazing power of surrender. We see the very best characteristics of mankind when we exercise our free will to pull together in response to evil, to deal with a crisis. That’s when courage, sacrifice, loyalty come forth…And obviously it would mean nothing if our “choice” to follow Christ and our desire for fellowship with Him was a forced choice and no other option was available, right?

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