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Is The God You Worship, Sovereign or NOT?

Updated on October 4, 2016

A Nation With a Wealth of Bibles

An Abandoned Library
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Why So Few Read the WORD!

American homes are filled with beautiful editions of the Bible and all too often they remain in their original pristine condition, due to the lack of any constant use. It is all too easy with today's technology to use your phone, tablet or laptop for convenience sake and we have removed the need for hymnals and bibles in church services by the use of the overhead displays. The lack of hymnals has removed a great deal of harmony from our congregations, not only the music but the spirit of the music. We are left with rhythm and melody alone while the harmony, a spiritually binding feature of music, is abandoned. Stay tuned to a future "In Defense of ...". As for the lack of the use of an individual's bible in our Christian assemblies, we are missing the relationship of the Scriptures to one another. An overhead displays only a set number of verses but the people do not see the relationship of the words of adjacent verses or pages and the marginal notes, either printed or penned by hand. I dislike digital watches for they only display a single solitary moment in time whereas a analog watch displays the time and its relationship to the entire day. I love my printed Bible and I relish the passage's relationships to one another; it helps define context and stirs my aging memory to an ocean of other passages (wonderful "rabbit trails") that stirs my spirit into a deeper union with my God.

What does all of this have to do with our understanding of the sovereignty of God? Being that we are very emotional creatures, we need every tool at our disposal to balance out our emotions with some Spock-like logic. We, as Christians have a tendency to live and act by what another person in which we have strong confidence writes, preaches or teaches. The Bible commends those who search out the Scriptures to prove the validity of another's teaching, using the written Word as the final authority. Having the written Word at hand helps us not to take Scripture out of context and as 2 Peter 1:20 states "...no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.", to keep everything in perspective. That which I write and teach is open to reproof and correction, when another rightly uses the Word in its entirety as their basis. We must have a teachable spirit about us; sadly I find this lacking in many "believers" and the social media has become a haven for the unteachables.

Danger: putting your faith and trust in another and shelving the one weapon in your arsenal that will keep the Devil and spiritual sloth at bay.

What Would Be, If Left to Man's Own Devices?

I Will Take God's Side, Every Time
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Which Percentile Are You?

Are The Church's Number Different?
Are The Church's Number Different? | Source

Honor God, Honor The Weak

We Truly Need Each Other
We Truly Need Each Other | Source

Whose Plan and Purpose?

It is interesting when God directly confronted Job, the Lord did not even attempt to explain the foregoing suffering and pain but went to the absolute crux of the matter. God demonstrated that He alone is sovereign in all matters of life and death through a series of rhetorical questions, such as: were you there when I created all things?; who are you to explain my workings in the affairs of man and beast?; and are you able to instruct and reprove God? Job, a righteous man, responded in pure humility when he uttered "I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." A great problem with the Western believer is that we seem to have the less than humble response to the questions posed to Job.

  • Carnal man must believe in evolution for he knows NO ONE was present and since there is no God, he desires a "scientific" explanation. The "carnal" Christian tries to wed evolution and creation into a "theistic" evolution. In reality the only thing missing is the letter "a" before the word "theistic".
  • Notice how "Mother Nature" has worked its way into a Christian's vocabulary, as if nature operated under its own laws apart from God. To the carnal man, it is the survival of the fittest which we see quite dramatically in business, sports and in the entertainment industry. Look at the mega-churches; they compete with one another by offering "more" perks for the for those who attend, such as Starbucks, incredible social opportunities and being more user friendly. Didn't you know that bigger is better.
  • It is the carnal man, one who rarely gives any meaningful consideration to death, taking solace in that if there is a hell, they will not be without friends and they will shake their fists in the face of a so-called god. It is here that the carnal Christian troubles me most.

I can understand why many Christians are confused about creation and a nature that is suffering from the effects of man's sins. The Devil owns the school systems and has been working overtime with propaganda contrary to Bible doctrine for the single purpose of weakening the testimony of believers. The question; which came first, the chicken or the egg is simple to answer if you believe God but difficult if one is not sure about creation. The enemy knows this and when they choose to debate (argue) against a salvation message, they like to use questions that could possibly cause someone who is witnessing for Christ to stumble. Once I was in this very circumstance and my only response was, "once I was blind, but now I see." After nearly 48 years, I pray I am more solidly prepared to "lovingly" give an answer to the Hope that lives within me.

Nebuchadnezzar, The Head of Gold

The Greatest Earthly Sovereign
The Greatest Earthly Sovereign | Source

Do You Believe God or Not?

First things first: if we believe the Bible we have today, in whatever version, IS the inspired Word of God, the Truth, the final authority for how we shall live in the present and for what awaits us in the future: why, oh why do we live as unbelievers? For those who do NOT believe, little of what follows will make sense but you might find it interesting.

When Nebuchadnezzar, the proud and arrogant heathen king, the golden head of Babylon was brought low, very low by God but saw his sanity returned to him by this same God; made one of the most profound acknowledgements of GOD in all of Scripture.

Daniel 4:35 "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What doest thou?"

Remember this was said by the most powerful sovereign, a god on earth, who completely understood how much power he wielded over his subjects. He was brought to a place where he had to acknowledge that he was hopeless before THE Almighty God and knew that our God alone is worthy of all glory and praise. NO ONE can alter His course nor question His doings. I have heard many times over the years, Christians who plan to question God when they come into His presence, as if they have a right to know. It will be a very difficult task to accomplish when we all are on our faces with a true fear of our Lord of Lords and King of Kings, totally overwhelmed in His presence.

It Is Written

If You Truly Believe the Word, Trust God
If You Truly Believe the Word, Trust God | Source

Hath God Not Said?

His Word, not mine:

  • Numbers 23:19 "God is NOT a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent.
  • Isaiah 55:11 "So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall NOT return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I PLEASE, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
  • Psalm 119:89 "Forever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven."
  • Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
  • Matthew 4:4 "...It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
  • Hebrews 12:2a "Looking unto Jesus the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith:..."

Is Your God Sovereign or Not?

A few simple questions to ask yourself to see if the God you think you worship is truly sovereign or if you belong to the "God is Sovereign, but...." crowd.

  1. Do you believe that God is able to save anyone He chooses at any time?
  2. Do you believe that God is able to keep one's salvation secure, though at times one may act unfaithfully?
  3. Do you believe that God is able to present you faultless before the presence of the Father with great joy?
  4. Do you believe your salvation was a work of God alone and you,being found without faith, by His grace imparted His faith to you, that you should believe in Him?
  5. Do you believe that God's work of salvation was complete in you and that your works are a testimony of your belief, not a requirement to keep your salvation?
  6. Do you believe that the Word of God is foolishness to those who are lost and that if one should "lose" their salvation, the Word would again become foolishness?
  7. Do you believe that the Word of God is the final authority for how we should live our lives this side of heaven?

If you answered NO to any of the above questions, you resemble a doubting Thomas and the joy of your salvation is darkened by an unsure belief in the faithfulness of a Sovereign God.

I believe in a perfectly sovereign god who chose me before foundation of the world and has promised that my name in the lamb's book of life is "un-erasable". I was one without faith who in due season was made to address my severe sin problem and my need of a savior. I received the gift of faith from god and was born again, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh or the will of man, but of god. I was drawn to jesus by the father (John 6:44) and my lord promised to raise me up on the last day. I am kept secure, not by my strength but by the faithfulness of god alone.

It is difficult at times to muster up the understanding needed to meet with the trials of this life but this I do know, I will have NO questions for my God for I shall see Him as He is. Believing in an absolutely sovereign God is a source of great joy and peace and that is a testimony that the world cannot deny or ignore.


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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      You are absolutely correct about your first comment which was faithfully pointed out to me some time back by another commenter and I have hopefully refrained from continuing the practice. Sadly, you may have convinced yourself that this life is all there is but your absolute fear of death would tell otherwise. It is a built in safety measure by the Sovereign God of creation for I have seen too many on their death beds that seemly have an extreme change of heart. Isn't strange that when someone writes about a "sovereign" God, the hackles rise up immediately, for every one of us desires to be in charge of our own life and answer to no one. But you have to answer to others every day of your life; the speed limits, public decency, maintenance of your living arrangements, spouse, and ultimately to death. We are all in the same boat, it just that a few, not many, have found that peace in this life that supersedes death or "oblivion". I am guaranteed a whole lot more than this life. Write again.

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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Be prepared: that is NOT all that you are guaranteed. Good hunting.

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      Summer LeBlanc 2 years ago from H-Town

      I don't think you are supposed to promote your own blogs in the comments, mainly because it says right below 'Comments are not for promoting your Hubs or other sites.' Like any other religious zealot, looks like you are using this forum to promote your own agenda as you've directed people to check out your blog several times in these comments. This does little for your plea of credence. Just wanted to add that. I believe that those who live their lives for a floating sky god or sovereign being are wasting a lot of time thinking about what will happen when they die- rather than focusing on what you can do while they live, which is all that we are guaranteed.

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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      You and all men know He exists for so much effort is made to disprove He exists: why, man does not want to subject to anyone foreign or domestic but to his own self. Your heart warns you He exists. You stand in awe of a sunset, or a zillion starry night, or a thundering waterfall or the beauty of a woman, yet your dog is sniffing a tree and a cat could less about anything. What is the difference? You are made with a piece of eternity in your soul and you guard yourself from as much danger as you can for a nagging fear lies within you: what if He does exist? We are not animals but a micro-image of the makeup of the Creator. Have a great day.

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      Warren Samu 2 years ago from San Diego, CA

      The point of the quote is that the concept of God is a paradox, self contradicting. The very idea of God leads to the conclusion he does not exist.

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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      God is more than able and willing for evil has not befallen you. He is long-suffering with man but that will come to an end in the very near future and all men will be without excuse. He is omnipotent for He does as He pleases and does not ask for your or my advice or input. He is NOT malevolent for you are not under His thumb as He patiently abides His time while you live in unbelief. Even now, you are faced with a decision and whatever comes is upon you alone for no one else will decide for you. He is God Almighty and old Epicurus knows it all too well now. I like your tenacity.

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      Warren Samu 2 years ago from San Diego, CA

      “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” -Epicurus

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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      One topic at a time, just take a moment to look at my Creation Corners and you will see the method to my "madness". See if some of what I offered as questionable evidence doesn't grab your attention. Just a teaser: Evolutionists use 3 basic dating methods of which only is reliable and that for only about 3,500 years. Creationists have over 100 methods using empirical data available to both evo's and cre's and the longest of any of the is about 10,000 to 20,000 years. As a creationist, I often wonder why God took so long to complete the creation process, He could have completed it an instant but chose to take six days. There is a message in there somewhere. Have a great holiday.

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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      All of life is made up of do's and don'ts, and this world which we now live in declares there is a God by the creation that surrounds us. The Word of God is filled with amazing love for a people that have turned their back on their creator and sought their own devices. He has every right to demand obedience but knowing what a weak and rebellious creatures we are, He made a way apart from His Law whereby we are accepted. He knows we cannot live a perfect life, so the Father sent the Son, Jesus to pay for the justice the Law demands. By acknowledging the work Jesus did for us upon the cross paves the way by which we are saved. Yes, damnation awaits those who reject Jesus as Savior, those who spit on His finished work but freedom from condemnation awaits those who believe. I struggled with this very thing for a few years until one day the Light came on and the way of salvation became totally clear and without cost. Thanks for your persistence, I respect those who struggle to understand rather than those who sit on the sidelines and just nod their heads like a bobble-head figurine. Keep in touch.

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      Summer LeBlanc 2 years ago from H-Town

      ((1. First things first, I am a creationist and believe in a world that is between 6,000 to 10,000 years old. A few months ago I received a comment much like yours which caused me to add to my blogs a "Creation Corner" for 7 or so blogs. They are meant to cause one to ponder some questions found within the empirical evidence that could cause one to re-think their old earth theory. Not only was I a practical evolutionist before I became a Christian but remained so for a period of time afterwards. Man has been here since the 6th day of creation so the man's history and the earth's existence coincide. You might enjoy my Creation Corners which ran from my Opening of the Seals Part I to Darkness Settles Over a Staggering Creation articles. They are not designed to cram propaganda down anyone's throat but to cause them to consider some interesting facts that don't jive with evolution.))

      With all due respect, you are completely entitled to believe whatever you want. I appreciate you being reasonable in your comments. I just don't understand how anyone can think that the world is only 10,000 years old with our current scientific abilities and knowledge of micro-organisms and other facets of the earth that are so obviously millions of years old.. It baffles me.. I mean, dinosaurs are dated back as having died over 65 million years ago.. I can't even grasp your train of thought here. Even the Catholics (I was born and raised strict Catholic) believe that the bible is a story- an example of 6 days of creation by men who didn't understand the intricacies of science, like any other Native American or Icelandic or Greek tale..

      ((2. Religion, whether in the name of Christianity, Islam, Taoism, etc. has definitely been a disgusting side of mankind from the beginning when and only when they step outside of the precepts of the Creator. Because some wicked men evoked the name of Christ to wage war and conquest does not imply they were even Christians. Even in todays world, if you are not Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, etc. you are then classified as Christian which is NOT even close to the truth.))

      Here- God used to be a woman. The 'Goddess' was revered for the powers of child birth. The pagans had it right- the worship of the stars, the sun, the moon, the earth- stuff you could see and touch. Other religions lasted far longer than Christianity, which is definitely on the cusp of elimination.

      ((3. Yes men wrote the Bible but not as you think. The Bible itself in 2nd Peter states that men were "moved" by the Holy Spirit to write the scriptures. The word "moved" implies that the writers were as a pen in the hand of God; it was not their thoughts but those of God alone.))

      What's the difference between Peter saying that men were 'moved' by the Holy Spirit and my saying I was 'moved' to write by a head of cabbage. It's ridiculous.

      ((4. The wicked man I think you are speaking of was King James, a truly wicked king. First of all, he hated the Pope and wanted an English Bible to rid of the Latin Vulgate and the Pope once and for all. He wrote nothing but went to his advisors and told them to collect the best biblical scholars they could find and put together an English version. What an amazing group of true gentlemen and scholars they were. All of them spoke and wrote, Latin, Greek and Hebrew and when I read their personal testimonies, I would love to have known them for they were humble, and avowed servants of God. They used the existing Geneva Bible's translation as their base and 75% of todays KJV is from this bible. What they did along with Shakespeare was change the English language forever and created a tool that would used for over 400 years to reach the masses for Christ. King James couldn't control his own household let alone the masses, yet God used this wicked monarch to set in motion changes that would rock the world and set men free, spiritually speaking, from every walk of life.))

      No, I was talking about the council of Nicea and Constantine, who held a long session and decided what should and should not be in the bible- 400 years after 'Christ' died... These men decided what we should and should not believe for our 'salvation' and to keep people in control- to control the masses, the money, the power, and the fear- and to berate women and keep them down.

      ((4. There is nothing you or I can do about the wicked of this world purloining the scriptures, and using them to fit their devices and to use them to deceive others. Remember, people do steal ideas from another source that does not have a history of success. Jesus warned His disciples that Christianity would grow into a great tree but the workers of evil like birds would settle within its branches. Paul warned the believers at Ephesus that after he left them wolves would enter the flock to deceive and draw followers after themselves.))

      Like any best laid plans, there are going to be problems. Again, words written by men. Hey, if Jesus existed or if the 'Jesus Movement' existed- I think he was a hell of a guy- but probably no more than the first real hippy.

      Just my thoughts- thanks for the chat though!

      -Wendi

      So many people look at the Bible as a list of do's and don'ts but in fact it is a book of love. God sending His Son to redeem the fallen of this world.

      Check out my Creation Corners and see what you think. Write me again, I really appreciate people who have sincere questions. I used to be a royal pain in Sunday school as a kid because I was forced to go, but as the song goes...once I was blind but now I see. May God bless.

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      Warren Samu 2 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I see little love in creating life and then destroying or damning it for not doing what you want. You say people see the Bible as a book of do's and dont's, yet you describe it as such in your comment.

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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      Judgment yes. Just as there are laws in this and every country on earth to govern their people, God has set forth laws that govern our relationship to Him as Creator. No matter what people say or try to convince themselves of, they know there is a day of reckoning coming. I remember when discrimination use to be a compliment because people would "discriminate" between that which right or wrong. Like a lot of the English language currently has been pirated by different groups to mean something totally different than the word once meant. I also remember when gay was just being happy and carefree and grass was something you mowed. As for spitefulness, I have been an ardent student of the Word of God for nearly 48 years and I have found nothing that would even vaguely resemble spitefulness. If you could elucidate the passages you are concerned with, I will gladly check them out thoroughly.

      Vengeance, sadly yes. For as the law of this land exacts "vengeance" upon the law breakers, those who choose to ignore the overriding Law of God, will be an example of God's vengeance in the future. As the old West's Judge Roy Bean, the hanging judge, once said, "The greatest deterrent to crime is not the severity of the punishment but the certainty of the punishment." If one chooses to live in direct opposition to God's Law, the punishment is certain.

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      Warren Samu 2 years ago from San Diego, CA

      It's also a book of judgement, discrimination, spitefulness, and vengeance.

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      David Campbell 2 years ago from Winlock, Washington

      No offense taken; I would much rather have a discussion with someone who was either hot or cold, it is the lukewarm of this world that I and my God find seriously offensive. I will try to answer your questions as methodically as possible.

      1. First things first, I am a creationist and believe in a world that is between 6,000 to 10,000 years old. A few months ago I received a comment much like yours which caused me to add to my blogs a "Creation Corner" for 7 or so blogs. They are meant to cause one to ponder some questions found within the empirical evidence that could cause one to re-think their old earth theory. Not only was I a practical evolutionist before I became a Christian but remained so for a period of time afterwards. Man has been here since the 6th day of creation so the man's history and the earth's existence coincide. You might enjoy my Creation Corners which ran from my Opening of the Seals Part I to Darkness Settles Over a Staggering Creation articles. They are not designed to cram propaganda down anyone's throat but to cause them to consider some interesting facts that don't jive with evolution.

      2. Religion, whether in the name of Christianity, Islam, Taoism, etc. has definitely been a disgusting side of mankind from the beginning when and only when they step outside of the precepts of the Creator. Because some wicked men evoked the name of Christ to wage war and conquest does not imply they were even Christians. Even in todays world, if you are not Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, etc. you are then classified as Christian which is NOT even close to the truth.

      3. Yes men wrote the Bible but not as you think. The Bible itself in 2nd Peter states that men were "moved" by the Holy Spirit to write the scriptures. The word "moved" implies that the writers were as a pen in the hand of God; it was not their thoughts but those of God alone.

      4. The wicked man I think you are speaking of was King James, a truly wicked king. First of all, he hated the Pope and wanted an English Bible to rid of the Latin Vulgate and the Pope once and for all. He wrote nothing but went to his advisors and told them to collect the best biblical scholars they could find and put together an English version. What an amazing group of true gentlemen and scholars they were. All of them spoke and wrote, Latin, Greek and Hebrew and when I read their personal testimonies, I would love to have known them for they were humble, and avowed servants of God. They used the existing Geneva Bible's translation as their base and 75% of todays KJV is from this bible. What they did along with Shakespeare was change the English language forever and created a tool that would used for over 400 years to reach the masses for Christ. King James couldn't control his own household let alone the masses, yet God used this wicked monarch to set in motion changes that would rock the world and set men free, spiritually speaking, from every walk of life.

      4. There is nothing you or I can do about the wicked of this world purloining the scriptures, and using them to fit their devices and to use them to deceive others. Remember, people do steal ideas from another source that does not have a history of success. Jesus warned His disciples that Christianity would grow into a great tree but the workers of evil like birds would settle within its branches. Paul warned the believers at Ephesus that after he left them wolves would enter the flock to deceive and draw followers after themselves.

      So many people look at the Bible as a list of do's and don'ts but in fact it is a book of love. God sending His Son to redeem the fallen of this world.

      Check out my Creation Corners and see what you think. Write me again, I really appreciate people who have sincere questions. I used to be a royal pain in Sunday school as a kid because I was forced to go, but as the song goes...once I was blind but now I see. May God bless.

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      Summer LeBlanc 2 years ago from H-Town

      I mean no offense by this, I am truly just curious- Do you ever stop and THINK about how long the world has been here? Do you ever think that religion is the cause of so much pain and suffering over the minuscule amount of time man has been on earth? But my biggest question- do you ever think about the fact that men wrote 'the bible'- then one very corrupt man pick and chose which of those writings to put in the book, wanting people to follow blindly for ultimate control of the masses?

      I ask these questions because it baffles me how people can believe in a 'God' who has been made by others to fit their needs. Most people who I ask this question of ignore all of the history and ignore me and my questions. Do you have an inclination to answer? I am just curious..

      Thanks,

      Wendi

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