Getting To Know God --- God is Sovereign
Getting To Know God
THE CREATOR CLOCK
Pastor Rory Clark
My name is Rory Clark and I am the Pastor of Barah Ministries…a worldwide Christian Church based in Mesa, AZ
I have a question for you…
What Do You Know About God?
These ten-minute lessons will introduce you to God and will make you aware of some of His attributes. To help you remember the Lord’s attributes, we’ll use The Creator Clock to help you recognize a few of the many things that are unique and special about your CREATOR. Tick Tock…what time is it on the Creator Clock?
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It’s Ten O’clock…
God is Sovereign
Let’s begin today’s lesson with a song…it’s called The Essence of God, and it is sung by Barah Ministries song worship leader June Murphy.
MUSIC AND REFLECTION
Be Occupied with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ
Enjoy the Singing of His Praises
THE ESSENCE OF GOD
That’s a great summary by June Murphy of some of the attributes of God we have
been learning about. By the way, June Murphy has over forty songs available for download free of charge at our website. Today’s attribute of study…Sovereignty.
What is Sovereignty?
The Lord Jesus Christ is supreme in power and authority…there is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of his influence and authority. He is the ultimate source of everything that exists. Only He can make those claims, and the truth of these claims are what makes Him superior to all other gods and makes Him, and Him alone, worthy of worship.
Revelation, Chapter 21, Verse 6…
Then He (the Lord Jesus Christ) said to me (John, the author of the book of Revelation), “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is the one who is in control of everything…including our salvation, and that makes Him the Sovereign One…Colossians, Chapter 1, Verse 16…
For by Him (the Lord Jesus Christ) all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ is your Creator! What did Job have to say about the Lord’s sovereignty? Job, Chapter 42, Verse 2…
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”
The Lord’s sovereignty caused Paul to exclaim, in Romans, Chapter 11, Verse 33…
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How
unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
The natural mind…the enemy of God, Satan…the world system of thought…and the flesh…does not accept the things of God…does not want to believe that God has ultimate will…which is another great term for sovereignty…ultimate will…the enemy of God, Satan, wants to usurp the will of God…and he can’t. Psalm 103, Verse 19…
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over ALL.
Jeremiah, Chapter 32, Verse 17…
‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You…’
Biblical scholar Charles Ryrie describes God’s sovereignty this way…
CHARLES RYRIE ON SOVEREIGNTY
It means principal, chief, supreme…it speaks first of position…God is the chief Being in the universe…then of power…God has all the power in the universe…how the Lord exercises that power is revealed in the Scriptures. A sovereign God could be a dictator…but God is not…a sovereign God could abdicate the use of his powers…God has not…ultimately God is in control of all things, though He may choose to let certain events occur which He does not sponsor…
Indeed nothing happens in the universe without God’s knowledge and without God’s permission. And we can be comforted by Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 28…
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
A sovereign God is the cause of all things.
Tick Tock…what time is it on The Creator Clock?
CREATOR CLOCK SLIDE
It’s Ten O’clock… God is Sovereign!
Keep on getting to know God.
I’m Pastor Rory Clark.
Pastor Rory Clark