WHAT EXACTLY DO WE HAVE CONTROL OVER?
We don’t have control over anything alone. We all have a lord over us, our decision is which one; God or Satan? Some people may think, they are independent, because they are doing what they want, when they want, & how they want, but we are not alone. Who are we allowing to control us?
Do you know which lord is yours? Are you choosing Jesus, the Christ (Eternal Life) or Satan, the devil (eternal death)?
JESUS IS LORD & GOD
John 17:1-3 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), When Jesus had spoken these things, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify and exalt and honor and magnify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify and extol and honor and magnify You. [Just as] You have granted Him power and authority over all flesh (all humankind), [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him. And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.
John 10:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), “… I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
ARE YOU BEING MISLED, DUE TO DARKNESS & HAVE ACCEPTED SATAN TO WORK IN YOUR LIFE?
Hosea 4:6 King James Version (KJV), My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
2 Corinthians 4:4-6 New International Version (NIV), The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, Who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
John 10:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy…”
Revelation 12:9-10 King James Version (KJV), And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
THE CHURCH/EKKLESIA COMMISSION (Commandment, Authority, Instruction, Assigned Task, Duty)
John 13:34-35 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), I give you a new commandment: that you should Love one another. Just as I have Loved you, so you too should Love one another. By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you Love one another [if you keep on showing Love among yourselves].
Luke 10:19 King James Version (KJV), Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Romans 8:16-17 King James Version (KJV), The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together … For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Galatians 5:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), For [if we are] in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but only faith activated and expressed and working through Love.
Galatians 5:6 King James Version (KJV), “…but Faith which worketh by Love.
Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV), But 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 diligently seek Him.
Habakkuk 2:4 King James Version (KJV), “Behold, … but the just shall live by his Faith.”
Malachi 3:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Hebrews 7:8-10 The Message (MSG), Or look at it this way: We pay our tithes to priests who die, but Abraham paid tithes to a priest who, the Scripture says, “lives.” Ultimately you could even say that since Levi descended from Abraham, who paid tithes to Melchizedek, when we pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi they end up with Melchizedek.
Mark 16:15-16 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]. He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 King James Version (KJV), Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
IN THE BEGINNING
God gave man dominion & He also gave us freewill.
Genesis 1:26-28 New King James Version (NKJV), Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE
Because of Adam’s disobedience to God, this allowed the devil the right to come into the earth to take control, which twisted man’s perception and actions. God never gave man dominion over another human being, which includes, verbal or physical abuse.
Genesis 3:11 King James Version (KJV), “…Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
Proverbs 14:12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
Proverbs 14:12-13 The Message (MSG), There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough, look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.
REDEMPTION IN CHRIST
But God is so loving & merciful that He gave His Son, Jesus to come to reclaim what belongs to us.
John 3:16-17 King James Version (KJV), For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
Romans 5:18-20 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), Well then, as one man’s trespass [one man’s false step and falling away led] to condemnation for all men, so one Man’s act of righteousness [leads] to acquittal and right standing with God and life for all men. For just as by one man’s disobedience (failing to hear, heedlessness, and carelessness) the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him). But then Law came in, [only] to expand and increase the trespass [making it more apparent and exciting opposition]. But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and superabounded,
OUR DECISION ALONE TO MAKE
We as individuals have been given a choice to accept Jesus as our Lord & Savior (born-again spirit), so that by doing so, we give God permission to come back in our lives & take control. Now, even though, we have accepted Jesus, we must be careful, because we still have freewill. Due to the choices we make, which are disobedient to God, we can automatically give Satan the permission to use & abuse us.
When we give God full permission, He is able to work through us to accomplish His commission, which is winning souls to Christ. Satan doesn’t have any control over us, when our minds are stayed on Jesus and being about our Father’s business.
Born again Believers, you are not your own. Yes, God has given us freewill to make choices, but He also gives us the answer. God is so good & God is love. Here are the choices, choose wisely.
Deuteronomy 30:19 King James Version (KJV), I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV), Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Romans 12:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV), [Living Sacrifices to God] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
Matthew 6:23-24 King James Version (KJV), But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (which is the opposite of God, mammon is Satan or his spirit in people).
Psalm 2:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV), Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling.
Just like we have never seen God, we never seen the devil, but we see the effects. God is good; God is love, Satan is Not, at all.
John 1:17-18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].
John 14:6-7 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me. If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
1 John 3:8 King James Version (KJV), He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Ephesians 6:12 New Living Translation (NLT), For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
OUR FREEWILL FLOWS WITH GOD, WHEN WE ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO LEAD US;
Romans 8:14-17 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God. And if we are [His] children, then we are [His] heirs also: heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ [sharing His inheritance with Him]; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.
Romans 8:8 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), So then those who are living the life of the flesh [catering to the appetites and impulses of their carnal nature] cannot please or satisfy God, or be acceptable to Him.
Romans 8:13 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC), For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.
HERE IS A QUESTION FOR EACH OF US TO LOOK INSIDE OURSELVES TO ANSWER…
Who am I allowing to lead me, the Holy Spirit of God or Satan? This is our freewill choice to make !!! (Don’t default by not making a choice, because you are making your choice, when you don’t choose Jesus.) Selah
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