Class 26: Let God Control You (Part 3)
Today, we are continuing our study titled, LET GOD CONTROL YOU.
Allow me to begin with a word from Allyson Felix. She said, “The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. Lots of times we go through different trials and following God’s plan seems like it doesn’t make any sense at all. God is always in control and he will never leave us.”
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:
The Holy Spirit is your friend and life long help. Consider with me this verse from John 15:26: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of Me.” Consider also this verse in John 16:13: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
Notice in this verse that the Holy Spirit is here to comfort you and guide you throughout your life. If you walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, good things will be manifested in your life. The Bible calls these things the fruit of the spirit, which are: “…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22, 23). When you let God control your life through the power of the Holy Spirit, the God of the universe can make something beautiful out of your life, and then you can relish in His peace and victory.
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. Remind yourself that God has a plan for you and He has the ability to take care of you.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
When things don’t go our way or we run into obstacles that we hadn’t previously planned for, it can be easy to sit, cry, and give up. But God doesn’t want us to do that. It is in these times that we must choose to push the negativity out of our mind and believe that God has a plan and purpose for our lives. It is one thing to say we believe these things about God with our minds but another thing to truly believe them in our hearts. When we truly believe that God has a plan and purpose for us, we will also believe that God has the power and ability to take care of us. God promises us peace if we trust Him with our lives.
2. Get rid of assumptions, presumptions, and over-thinking.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Many times, we presume something should happen a certain way, or assume control of a situation that God already has worked out, or even over-think what God tells us to do. Assuming, presuming, and over-thinking are all ways that the enemy uses to cause us to trust in our own strength instead of in God’s strength. We have to understand that the thoughts and ways of the Lord are not our thoughts and ways. He will do things and allow things to happen in our lives, not to make us miserable and unhappy, but to make us stronger in faith and wiser in our decisions. God sees the end from the beginning and He works things out for our good according to His will. So let go of assumptions, presumptions, and over-thinking and let God guide you to a better life.
3. Don’t leave God out.
Luke 2:43-44 says, “And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.”
Mary and Joseph were traveling a long way for the Festival of the Passover and had assumed the boy Jesus was with them for the entire journey. However, it wasn’t. He had gone His own path — being about His Father’s business. This situation wasn’t a bad thing seeing that Jesus was the Savior of the world, but these verses offer an important point. We should never go through life without constantly seeking the Lord’s guidance. If we don’t, we may go so far in life before we realize our most important relationship has been broken and God is not with us in our endeavors. Never leave God out; He enjoys spending time with His children and helping them to grow and become more like Him.
In our next class, we will begin a new study, “LET GOD ENCOURAGE YOU”.
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.