Class 16: Let God Be Your All in All (Part 1)
Today, we are beginning a new study titled, LET GOD BE YOUR ALL IN ALL.
Allow me to begin with a word from Henry Ward Beecher. He said, “The strength of a man (or woman) consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
First, we learned that when we share the love of God with others, we are fulfilling one of our main purposes as Christians. Matthew 28:19-20 states what is commonly known as the Great Commission. The Great Commission is Jesus’ commandment to all Christians to tell others all over the world about Him. Second, we learned that when we share the love of God with others, we must help them to understand their sinfulness and where their sinfulness will lead — eternal punishment in Hell. Third, we learned that when we share the love of God with others, we must help them to understand that Jesus Christ is the only Person who can save them and give them true peace and joy.
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the entire corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
I trust that you are doing well today. I am doing fine.
As you go through this life, you will find many times that the only Person you can depend on in times of trouble is God. People who you thought were your friends will forsake you—even your family members will forsake you, but God has assured us in His Word that He will “never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” So, in this letter, I want to share with you how to let God be your main source—your all in all—in this life:
First, you must be totally dependent upon God. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Throughout my life, I have found it to be the case, that when I put God first in everything and when I totally depend on Him, He has always led me in the right path and brought me through every difficulty that I have faced.
Second, you must be fully committed to God. The Bible says in Romans 12:1: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” You must make up your mind to be totally committed to God, no matter what. When God sees that you have given your all in all, He has a way of bestowing upon you all kinds of blessings and favor. This is why I believe the Bible said, “David was a man after God’s own heart.” Even though David was not perfect, he was totally committed to God. Be committed to the Lord throughout your life and be a woman after God’s own heart, and you will be blessed in a similar way.
Third, you must completely surrender your will to God’s will. Your daily prayer should be the same as Jesus’ when He was in the garden of Gethsemane, “Not my will, but thine be done.” When you are completely sold-out to God’s will for your life, then you begin to make God your all in all.
Daughters and YBW, may I lovingly encourage you to let God be everything to you. Depend on Him, be committed to Him, surrender your will to His, and be the joyful, powerful, Christian woman that He wants you to be.
With God as My All in All,
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
How can we let God be our main source, our all in all, in this life? When family and friends forsake us, how can we not give up hope? Let us look at the following ways:
- We should allow God to be our all in all in this life, because He has promised He will always be there for us.
Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
When God says that He will never leave us or forsake us, He means that He is going to be wherever we are at every stage of life. God promises to supply all of our needs, therefore, we do not need to pursue money, wealth, and material things. God promises to be our constant companion and friend, therefore, we do not need to waste time pursuing people who oftentimes let us down. God is our ultimate friend and He puts people in our lives who will be our true friends as well. In this verse, God promises us His presence. When we go through any experience, He is there. Not only is He there to help us and guide us, but He is also there to correct us and challenge us to do what is right. It isn’t much convenience to have an ever-present God when we’re bent on disobeying Him. Not only does He give His presence and provisions, but He also gives us His power. When He is with us at all times, He gives us strength and grace to handle the situations of life that prove difficult or unpleasant.
- We should allow God to be our all in all in this life, because human beings will often let us down.
Psalm 118:8 says, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Micah 7:5 says, “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.”
Why is it better to trust in the Lord? It is better to trust in the Lord because He is perfect, He makes no mistakes, He has our best interests at heart, and He loves and cares about us deeply. People are not perfect, are prone to make mistakes, mostly have their own interests at heart, and do not love and care about others to the level that God does — or even to the level that they love themselves. If you always put your confidence in people, you will be disappointed and frustrated most of the time. If we had to trust in a man, instead of Jesus Christ, for salvation, we would more than likely all be on our way to hell with no chance of hope or Heaven. When we depend on God for everything, we can depend on human beings less. When God is the center of our life, we have the confidence in knowing that He will guide us and He will never forsake us no matter how difficult the situation. When we trust in God, we simply believe that He loves us, cares for us, stands by us, and has the power and mind to help us. Putting our lives and our affairs in the hands of others will often lead to chaos and confusion, but in the hands of Almighty God, it will lead to confidence, peace, and joy.
- We should allow God to be our all in all in this life, because when we trust Him totally and completely with our lives, He will direct our steps.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Throughout my life, I have found that when I put God first in everything and when I totally depend on Him, He has always led me in the right path and brought me through every difficulty that I have faced. If we are trusting in the Lord, we cannot trust in ourselves. Let’s say, we toss a coin. The coin will either land on heads or tails, not both. You can’t have it both ways. To trust in the Lord means we depend on the Lord to guide us in every aspect of life and we do not attempt to play God. Trusting God means we rely on His truth, ability, power, and strength and we are confident in what He can and will do. When we trust Him totally and completely with our lives, we open the door for Him to direct our path and bless us in amazing ways.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD BE YOUR ALL IN ALL”.
Someone once said, “Looking back — Praise Him
Looking ahead — Trust Him
Looking around — Serve Him
Looking up — Expect Him!”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “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.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.