Class 25: Let God Control You (Part 2)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD CONTROL YOU.
Allow me to begin with a word from Lynn Austin: “Faith don’t come in a bushel basket. It come one step at a time. Decide to trust God for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He’s so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands.”
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
In this letter, I want to lovingly share with you the importance of letting God control your life. Please notice with me this very powerful verse: “This is the word of the Lord…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6). This verse is what I consider to be my life’s verse. I am a firm believer that if God, through His Holy Spirit does not do it, it won’t be done. In other words, if we want to see true success in our lives, God is the one who will make it happen, not us. So let me strongly encourage you here to be a woman who allows God to control her, lead her, and guide her by His Holy Spirit because that is where the power is.
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
What are some ways that we can let God be in control of our lives? Let’s take a look at three more of those ways:
1. Don’t compare your life to the lives of others.
John 21:20-22 says, “Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”
In this exchange between Peter and Jesus Christ, Peter was asking Jesus what John was going to do. Jesus replied to Peter by basically saying, ‘why is that any concern of yours, you just follow me.’ When we choose to allow God to be in control of our lives, we abandon ourselves to following the specific plan and purpose that He has for our lives. We cannot focus on what others are doing or are not doing. God has a unique, individual plan for every single person born into the world. The devil seeks to sidetrack us and get us distracted but when God is in control of our lives, we embrace the life He has given to us. When we focus on what others are doing, sooner or later, we will begin to live for them, for ourselves, and for approval and affirmation of people and the world. No one can provide the approval and affirmation we need except Jesus Christ and having Him in our lives.
2. Understand there is a time for everything.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
There is a time for everything. God knows what we want and what we need. He knows our heart’s desires. If we trust Him with our life, He will bring all good things to pass in His perfect time, will, and way. Sometimes, God avoids giving us things because we’re not ready for them. He may give us a vision for our lives, but He rarely ever brings that vision to pass immediately. In the time that we are waiting, we must grow, learn, listen, be broken, be humbled, and tested. This is all necessary preparation for us to be able to handle what God has planned for us. Ultimately, God wants us to learn to trust Him with our lives and that begins with building a strong relationship with Him.
3. Waiting is a necessary requirement.
Psalms 27:14 says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
Many of us don’t like to wait. We live in a culture that doesn’t like to wait either. In a world that celebrates immediate gratification and doing what we want when we want, we must remember that God never works on our timetable. Waiting is a necessary requirement for the Christian. We show that we are trusting God when we are willing to wait for His plan to be fulfilled in our lives in His time and in His way. Many times, our prayers revolve around asking God for what we want or asking Him to bless our plans. God’s answer to many of those requests is “just wait.” God longs to bless us far more than we deserve to be blessed, but like a farmer waits a long time for the harvest, we must learn to wait on God before He gives us the desires of our heart. The bottom line of our living should be, “Not my will, but thine be done” — no matter how long it takes.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD CONTROL YOU”.
Joel Osteen said: “Quit questioning God and start trusting 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.