God Is in Control

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Being in control is so appealing to humans. We like it, because when we’re in control, things are going our way. But even when we think we’re in control, we really aren’t. And when we think we are, but really aren’t, that’s when things will normally go out on a sour note and we get frustrated, upset, and discouraged.

I’ve learned that I don’t want to be in control, really. When things seem to be going my way and I feel I have control, that’s when things always go downhill.

I am praying lately that, come what may, I will remain strong always and ever faithful, and that I will trust in God, who really is the One in control, and just take what is handed to me. I’ve been so very blessed and have no reason to fret, but sometimes it’s times like these that make us go, “Hey, life is so grand right now! Everything is going just the way I like it!” and then we forget Who it was that blessed us with all this beauty, and just quit thinking of Him. …Until, that is, something goes wrong, and then we suddenly need God again and wonder where He’s been all this time. Well, um, He’s not the One who moved! If we feel far away from Him, it’s simply because we stepped away from His loving arms. (“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a)

This morning I opened up my Bible to dig for some helpful verses along these lines, and the first verse I saw said that “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Wow. So, when I have faith in myself rather than in God, I am not pleasing Him.

I once again turned the pages in my Bible and the next passage I opened up to was Isaiah 51. Verses 12 and 13 say, “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you… that you have forgotten the LORD your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you fear continually all day long…?” Ouch. Once again, that hit the nail right on the head. I must never, ever forget my Maker! He never leaves me, so I have nothing to fear or fret over and absolutely no reason to worry.

God warned the Israelites about forgetting Him, and promised just consequences if they did not remember Him: “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. It shall come about if you ever forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.” (Deuteronomy 8:18-19)

In the middle of writing this article, I had to leave for a singing and Bible study with a group of Christians from the area. The passage that was talked about tonight was the rich farmer/rich fool mentioned in Luke chapter 12, who stored up his treasures here on earth instead of in heaven. One lesson we can take from this parable is that we ought to remember God not only in our times of dire need, but also in our times of plenty, when we have what we need, what we wanted. Just because things are going just right does not give us reason at all to forget our Maker, who gave us all our blessings. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17) “It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.” (Proverbs 10:22)

As long as we remember Him, and stay committed to Him, He promises to never leave us, and to light the path which we should take.

“Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:3)

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Aren’t you thankful He’s the One in control, and not us? Aren’t you grateful He will always supply for our needs? Come what may, He is forever here with us.

We owe Him our thanks and praise always, and we shouldn’t only turn to Him when we are in desperate need. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (2 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

We need to always remember that we truly need Him to be in control, and be accepting of it, even when things don’t seem to be going our way. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” (Proverbs 16:18)

Our fleshly desires and plans just need to be put on the back burner, because His desires and plans for us are so much better in the long run. He sees the full picture, whereas we can only see what has already been and what is happening at this very moment. “If you don’t surrender to Christ, you surrender to chaos. You’re free to choose what you surrender to, but you’re not free from the consequences of that choice.”

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.’ “ (Matthew 16:24)

We must remember our need for our Maker through pain and health, rain and shine, sorrow and gladness. He’s not just a Friend for rainy days; He wants to be desired in all our circumstances–the good and the bad.

“I need Thy presence every passing hour. What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r? Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.”

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  1. THE DEFINITION AND PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM BY STEVE FINNELL

    What is the definition and the purpose of water baptism under the New Covenant?

    THE DEFINITION?

    Baptism as defined in the Scriptures.

    Acts 8:36 And, as they went on their way they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said, Look, here is water; what is there to hinder me from being immersed? (Ref: The Better Version of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

    The definition of baptism is to be immersed in water.

    Acts 8:36 As they went along the road they came to some water;and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” (Ref: NASB)

    The definition of water baptism under the New Covenant is immersion in water.

    Romans 6:4 We were, therefore, buried with him by immersion into that death; that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, thus we also should walk in newness of life. (Ref: TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

    In water baptism, believers in Christ are buried by immersion in water. This symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

    Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Ref: NASB)

    To be buried through baptism makes it clear that water baptism is immersion. Men cannot be buried under a sprinkle or by having water poured over them.

    Colossians 2:12 Having been buried with him by immersion, by which also you were raised up with him, through the belief of the strong working of God, who raised him from the dead. (Ref: TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

    Water baptism is a burial by immersion.

    Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. (Ref: NASB)

    Baptism is a burial by immersion.

    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF WATER BAPTISM?

    Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Let each one of you repent and be immersed, in the name of Jesus Christ, in order to the remission of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Ref: The Better Version Of The New Testament by Chester Estes)

    One purpose of water baptism is in order to have sin forgiven.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Ref: NASB)

    A reason to be baptized in water is so your sins may be forgiven.

    Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been immersed into Christ, have put on Christ. (Ref: TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

    One purpose of water baptism is to put on Christ.

    Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Ref: NASB)

    A purpose for water baptism is so men can be clothed with Christ.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved….. (Ref: TBVOTNT by Chester Estes)

    A purpose of water baptism is in order to be saved.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved…. (Ref: NASB)

    One reason to be baptized in water is so that you may be saved from the punishment of your sins.

    YES, WATER BAPTISM (IMMERSION IN WATER) IS ESSENTIAL TO BE SAVED.

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