For every house is built by someone,

but the builder of all things is God.

Hebrews 3:4

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

God is Sovereign

My apologies for not posting this study on "God is Sovereign" for some time. We've had a garden to tend to, out-of-town guests, a dear friend who had her 5th baby at home (I had the priviledge of being there for the birth)...
My prayer is that you will be blessed by the scriptures that I have included in this study. Even though I have read these many times, they never get old. In fact, the Lord reveals more of who He is each time I read them.
It is encouraging to know that God is perfectly in control of all things. He reigns supreme over all of our lives, our husbands, our children, our homes, our president... Yes, He is in control of all things and He can never make a mistake.

Enjoy your time with Him!
God is Sovereign
"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Thine is the dominion, O LORD, and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all"
"Both riches and honor come from thee, and Thou dost rule over all, and in Thy hand is power and might; and it lies in Thy had to make great, and to strengthen everyone.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12
God is supreme and therefore is in control of ALL things
"The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed the world is firmly established, it will not be moved."
Psalm 93:1
"I know that thou canst do all things, and that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted"
Job 42:2
The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity, I am the Lord who does all these.
Isaiah 45:7
“He covers His hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.
“Its noise declares His presence; the cattle also, concerning what is coming up.
At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place.
“Listen closely to the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that goes out from His mouth. “Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightning to the ends of the earth.
“After it, a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain the lightnings when His voice is heard.
“God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend. “For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ “He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work.
“Then the beast goes into its lair and remains in its den.
“Out of the south comes the storm, and out of the north the cold.
“From the breath of God ice is made, and the expanse of the waters is frozen.
“Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
“It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, that it may do whatever He commands it On the face of the inhabited earth.
“Whether for correction, or for His world, or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.
Job 36:32-33, Job 37:1-13
1. 1 Timothy 6:15 says: which He will bring about at the proper time - He who is the blessed and only sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords;
Look up the word sovereign, and describe what might be meant by the truth, God is Sovereign.
a. Note the similarities between the definition of sovereign and the declaration of 1 Chronicles 29:11-12. What do these verses state about God?
b. If you believed and continually remembered this truth, how might it affect your life?
2. In each of the following verses, discover different areas in which God's sovereign control of all things is manifested.
a. Genesis 14:19
b. Deuteronomy 10:14
c. 2 Chronicles 20:6
d. Nehemiah 9:6
e. Psalm 47:2-3, 7-8
f. Psalm 50:10-11
g. Psalm 95:3-5
h. Psalm 115:3
i. Psalm 135:7
j. Psalm 145:13
k. Acts 17:24-26
3. Discover the beautiful truth concerning God's sovereignty illustrated in Matthew 10:29. What does this mean to you in respect to the "small details" of your life?
4. As you consider the sovereignty of God (review 2 Chronicles 20:6 and Job 42:2 and question 2), what do you think could stop God's plans from being carried out in your life, your family's life, or in the world?
5. Read Ecclessiastes 7:13-14 and Genesis 37 and explain the "bent" or "crooked" situation in Joseph's life.
a. How do you see God's sovereign protection of Joseph, demonstrated through this
b. What could be called the "straight" of Joseph's early life in Egypt (Genesis 39:1-6)?
c. Was Joseph responsible for the "crooked" situations in Genesis 39:7-20?
d. After reading Genesis 39:21-23, write what you think was Joseph's response to His
seeming misfortune.
6. God's perfect timing is demonstrated through what interesting aspect of Joseph's prison experience (Genesis 40, 41:1, 9-14)?
7. God's wise management of all things used Joseph's adverse experiences as a slave and prisoner to progressively train him for what important task (Genesis 41:25-45)?
8. What was Joseph's great testimony to his family of God's control of all things in their life (Genesis 42:1-8, 45:1-11 and Genesis 50:15-21)
9. Romans 8:28 seems to describe the life of Joseph. What personal application can you make from this account to your life?
Coming up next time:
God is Loving

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