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!!! *God Is In Control*
*TEXT: 1 Chronicles 29:10-12*
*INTRODUCTION:* The September 11 crisis took our world by surprise and caused many to question who is in control of world events.
At the same time it caused others to re-examine their faith in God.
A few weeks after the September 11 crisis our nation went to war against terrorism and it seemed as though our world was spinning out of control.
As human beings we like to think and believe that we are in control of things that happen in our lives.
But the fact is there are many things that are beyond our control.
You and I cannot control everything that happens.
As a result many are living in a state of fear and insecurity.
I have some good news for you this morning; God is still in control of this world.
While the events of 2001 caught us by surprise they did not catch God by surprise.
We discovered that there are many things that we cannot count on; Such as world peace, the value of a dollar, our health and sometimes we cannot even count on those we love.
But there is one thing or better yet one person that we can count on and that is God.
You and I can count on God; we can trust God to keep His word.
    We need to have a strong belief and complete faith that God is in absolute control of the world that we live in.
/The Living Bible* 1 Chronicles 29:11* "Everything in the heavens and the earth is Yours, O Lord.
We adore You as being in control of everything."
    The Bible calls this God's sovereignty.
That means He is the absolute authority in life.
He's the ultimate ruler.
He is in charge and He is in control.
The Bible teaches us that God is in control of the world.
He created the world and all that is in it.
He sustains this world by the power of His word.
*/Hebrews 11:3/*/ Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
    Not only is God in control of the world; He is also in control of history.
We are moving toward a climax.
We are moving forward to a grand climax.
One day Jesus Christ is going to come back.
One day there will be a judgment day.
History is His-story.
We're not going through just random acts of events that happen in life.
There is a grand design.
There is a purpose.
There is a plan.
And God is in control of history.
Not only is He in control of the world, not only is He in control of history; God is also in control of our lives.
Therefore we need to walk in faith that what ever happens in our lives God can and will use it for our eternal good.
God is in control.
There are two questions that we need to answer before I get into the heart of this message.
If God is in control, do I have the freedom to make choices?*
Yes, God has made us as free moral agents and we have the freedom to make choices.
However we are not free from the consequences of those choices.
If God is in control, then why do bad things happen to us?*
When God gave man the freedom to choose, Man made some bad decisions.
Adam chose to disobey God and as a result sin and sickness entered the world.
Someone may object and say that it isn't fair for us to suffer because of Adam's disobedience.
I want to remind everyone that even in our day there are those that still choose to live in disobedience to God's word.
And sometime we Christians disobey God.
We make choices and then we reap the consequences of those choices.
You can choose to ruin your life but you're not free from the consequences of it.
So God is in control.
For a believer, that is comforting news in a world that seems to be spinning out of control.
We face a New Year where we don't know what is going to happen, but we can know that God is in control and that should bring us comfort.
There are three Facts that we need to remember about God's control:
*/Jeremiah 29:11/*/ For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
!! A.        Many times people plan and live their lives without given any thought of God's plans for their lives.
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That is to be expected of the world but not Christians.
!!! 2.      As Christians we should seek the perfect will of God for our lives
!!!! a)      that is not always the case.
!!!! b)      There are many Christians that plan and live their lives as though God didn't exist or have a plan for their lives.
*/Proverbs 19:21/*/ There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
!! B.        When we plan ahead we need to plan ahead with eyes and heart toward God.
!!! 1.      "We may make our plans but God has the last word."
!!! 2.      How many of you have ever had God change your plans?
!!! 3.      How many of you did not marry the first person you thought you might marry?
!! C.        I'm not saying that we shouldn't have goals.
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I'm not saying that we shouldn't make plans.
!!! 2.      Bible says we should to make plans.
But, "We should make our plans counting on God to direct us."
!!! 3.      The more mature we become as a believer, the more flexible we become and the more open to change we become.
!!! 4.      Why?
Because we realize how little we know.
!!! 5.      The older I get the more I realize how much I don't know.
When I was 16, I knew everything.
And my dad knew nothing.
It's amazing how smart he got by the time I was 21.
!! D.        Make plans but the key is to cooperate with God.
!!! 1.      Pray about your plans, "We should make our plans counting on God to direct us."
!!! 2.      Planning without prayer is presumption.
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You ought to say, "Lord, what do You want me to do?"
!!! 4.      One of the prayers I've prayed probably as much as any prayer in the last 15 years or so is, " God what do you want me to do?
How can I best serve you?
Because God Is In Control He Has A Purpose For My Problem
*/Genesis 50:20/*/ But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
*/Romans 8:28/*/ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
!! A.        Life is not a series of random events, with no meaning, or accidents that just come and go.
!!! 1.      Life has a meaning.
Life has a purpose.
!!! 2.      If you are a believer, nothing comes into your life without the Heavenly Father's permission.
!!! 3.      Every thing that happens in your life, even the bad, is Father-filtered.
!!! 4.      It can't come into your life without permission.
!!! 5.
Your problems have a purpose.
!! B.        I am not saying that everything that happens to you is God's will.
!!! 1.      God's will is not always done on earth.
!!! 2.      That's why we pray, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
!! C.        I'm not saying that God causes everything.
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