Class 24: Let God Control You (Part 1)
Allow me to begin with a word from Corrie ten Boom: “Don’t bother to give God instructions; just report for duty.”
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 from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
I am writing this letter from the Gospel Light Bible Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. I trust that you are doing well.
Since I have started writing these letters to you, several things should have happened in your life: God should have touched you with salvation through Jesus Christ; God should be hearing from you through prayer; God should be speaking to you through His Word; God should be filling your life with love; God should be your all in all; God should be making you into a woman of faith; and, God should be making you beautiful from the inside out.
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.
The Holy Spirit is your friend and life long help. Consider with me 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 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”. 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.
With God in Control,
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 of those ways:
- Choose to stop trying to control your life.
Luke 9:23 says, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
As Christians, we are called to let go of our plans, desires, wills, and agendas and turn them over completely to God. This is the process of “denying” ourselves. When we deny ourselves, we stop the race for what we want, and take up fully the cross that Jesus Christ wants us to bear. Taking ourselves out of the driver’s seat can be hard, but it is necessary as a follower of Jesus Christ. God made us not to live a life of sadness and sorrow, but to live a life of fullness and joy. We cannot live the kind of life God wants us to have if we are intent on doing things our way, pushing our agenda, and following our own thoughts.
- Commit to being fully obedient.
1 Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
Often, God tells us to do things that don’t make sense to us. But we must remember that our ways are not God’s ways neither are our thoughts God’s thoughts. God has infinitely more wisdom, understanding, and knowledge than we do. That is why we ought to listen and do what He says. When God tells you to do something, do it. It can be as simple as reading a passage of Scripture every day or as radical as leaving the comforts of home, career, family, and friends to serve as a missionary in a third-world nation. Whatever it is, don’t attempt to negotiate with God. Jonah tried that and it didn’t work. Don’t do half of what He says and neglect the other half. Saul tried that and it didn’t work also. When God tells you to do something, He wants you to do it for a reason. Incomplete obedience is complete disobedience.
- Don’t expect it to be easy.
Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
We’re not perfect. The Christian life is not perfect. Even though we are saved and striving to follow Jesus, there will be times when we will fall and make mistakes. We should expect trials and trouble to come our way. God never promised that the Christian life would be easy. If we are not strong in Christ and committed to doing His will, life’s circumstances will knock us off the path we are traveling, cause us to become distracted, to give up, and to lose heart. However, we must understand that when we turn our lives over to God, He takes pleasure in that and willingly guides us and keeps us going on the good and godly path.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD CONTROL YOU”.
Joyce Meyer said: “The only way to have victory in our lives is to play by God’s rules.”
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.