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Topic: Control (01/30/06)
TITLE: Who's in control?
By Wendell Owens
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If asked I would suppose many Christians today would say Jesus is in control of my life. Yet, I counsel with so many that are struggling with even the smallest amounts of pressure from the everyday things in life.
Does it not stand to reason that if Christ was in control that there would be "peace" no matter what the situation was. Whether it be death of a loved one, finances, lonliness, our children, or any other matter, if Christ Jesus was in control, then peace must follow.
Oh I know many will say, "Don't tell me God is not in control of my life, you don't know me!" They bite your head off for saying such things. However, "the proof is in the pudding so to speak."
The Bible says that " you will know them by their fruits," speaking of the fruits of the Spirit of God showing outwardly in their lives. Fruits such as, joy, peace, kindness, self control and many more attributes of the living God in our hearts. In other words, (speaking in my Southern venacular) "If it ain't there, folks it ain't there, simple as that!" You either have the fruits or you don't!
Now I'm realistic also and know that none of us can go around everyday with a "zip-a-dee-do-da" persona all day long, we're human and anything human will fail from time to time. Yet I have also found that no matter what comes my way, if I take it to the Lord immediately, I find peace, joy and rest in knowing that He is still on the throne of my life and He is in control. He has never let me down even once, no not never. I on the other hand constantly let Him down by trying to "control" almost everything that comes my way. How silly huh? Who best knows how to solve my problems, me or God? The only we accomplish by keeping control is get in God's way of all the blessing He wants so badly to pour out on us. No wonder so many are now on anti-depressive medications, bi-polar meds and the like. We strain at the pressure of trying to control it all and "blow a fuse." We pray and say we surrender our problems to God, and five minutes later, we pick up that baggage again. That's being unsure of God's ability, or better known as "double-minded." The Bible tells us that "a double minded man is unstable in all his ways, and shall receive nothing from God."
So what's the answer you say? Take a look at your life and see if there is great peace or trouble, and that should tell you who is in control.
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