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God is in Control – Part 1

God is in control. Things may seem like he is not in control, but he is. God created the heavens and the earth and since creation he has never lost that control. Right now his plan is being accomplished.

Now, man is the one who lost control. God gave man control and he lost it in the Garden of Eden. Man disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit. In the garden of Eden Satan came to man in a clever way and caused him to sin and as a result man sinned and lost control.

Things might look like God is the one who has lost control when it is actually man who has lost that control. The human sense of control we long for is a reminder of what man used to possess before sin entered the world. I believe the first time Adam met the lion never turned around and ran away. He was confident, well collected and very much in control. God gave him control. He had dominion.

In Genesis 2:19 the Bible says, “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof” (KJV). Man was truly in control before sin entered the world.

In the Garden of Eden man lost control and Satan gained an upper hand, because death now entered the world. The true loss of control is clearly seen in death, but Jesus has defeated death. Through Jesus Christ man has now regained control. Control is central in human interactions. It is a tool for accomplishing tasks or goals. Without it man basically remains a slave to something or someone else.

In John 10:18 Jesus in reference to control over his life says, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (KJV). There is no other human being who can confidently say these words apart from Jesus Christ. Jesus was and is still in control.

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