God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and
earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human
hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life
and breath and all things. From one
ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the
times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would
live… Acts 17:24-26 NRSV
God is in the heavens; he does whatever
he pleases. Psalm 115:3 NRSV
I know that the Lord is great; our Lord is above all gods. Whatever the Lord
pleases he does, in heaven and on earth, in
the seas and all deeps. Psalm 135:5-6 NRSV
are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you
created all things, and by your will
they existed and were created.” Revelation
The conception of deity in the
contemporary society is a miserable caricature. Even amongst those who identify
as Christians/believers there is a blasphemous travesty of truth as regards to
God. They say one thing about God and believe another.
The way people perceive God in
this generation is that He is a very fussy being who fails to command respect
in the society. He is seen as an object of pity rather than a Being who
He is presented as a God that is
theoretical or an abstract notion of futility yet He is a God of all reality.
God has been seen as a figment of
imagination and object of futility and yet God is a God of humanity. The way God has been presented to us is that He is doing all He can to save all humans.
People have a tendency of
throwing all manner of blame to the devil and his workings. We hold him responsible
for all the negative things in our lives that are contrary to our desires. Yet
in so doing we make the devil appear almighty and God ceases to be a Supreme
Being in our lives.
When we say that God's original plan of salvation of humanity
has been displaced by sin, we are dethroning God. We are degrading Him to
become a finite mortal being.
We live in an age of Humanism and
New Age doctrines, which teach us that God has no power in our lives; we can
checkmate God when we wish. When we begin to feel that man is a free moral
agent and a determinant of his own destiny, we are saying that man has the
ability of stripping God of His omnipotence.
It is important to understand
what it means when we say that God is sovereign. The sovereignty of God is the
supremacy and kingship of God. Besides Him there is no other.
He has total control over the past, present and future of all
God doesn't fluctuate and He is not modulated by circumstances
regardless of any changes that we go through globally.
There is nothing that happens
outside the knowledge and control of God even where human activity is
concerned. He is omniscient - all knowing.
All things are either caused by
God or allowed by Him for His purpose through His perfect will and timing.
We know that all things work together
for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 NRSV
The purpose of God has accounted for all positive and negative
things in your life now, in the past and in the future.
The purpose of God
must stand. It will not be held hostage by your mistakes or the negative things
that take place in your life.
The purpose of God was founded in
the womb of eternity through eternal wisdom. It precedes all things including
the existence of earth and man.
The purpose of God is encoded in
the word of God. We need to understand the heart and mind of God. The Spirit of
Revelation allows us to capture the heart and mind of God in Scripture.
Jesus is living word of God, the purpose of God. The Holy Spirit
needs to show you the purpose of God in the scriptures and in His word.
God ordained purpose not scripture. Without revelation,
scripture has no transformational power in our lives.
We need to operate with
the spirit of revelation so as not to walk in fallacy or miss out on
transformation. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth - the purpose of God
(who is Christ).
Christ's vicarious work on the Cross has catered for every
happenstance and circumstance in your life. Nothing happens outside of God's
control and purpose. The purpose of God i.e. Christ can never be aborted regardless
of what happens in your life.
God may permit the devil to do
certain things in our lives but He will never allow the devil or anyone to
tamper with His purpose in your life. Same case applies to circumstances that
aren't necessarily demonic but have caused us pain & suffering.
The purpose of God carries the absolute power resident in Him.
If you don't understand the purpose of God you will consider God impotent and
Atheists, for instance, do not understand the purpose of God. A
person that does not understand purpose is like a rolling stone that gathers no
God will do everything to protect His purpose in your life, even
allowing you to suffer because suffering has a prophetic purpose e.g. Christ's
death on the Cross was planned by God even before the foundation of earth.
There is wisdom in Christ you need to access to get a revelation
of the purpose of God. You need to have a prophetic foresight to understand
what the Spirit of God is saying to you according to His purpose and His
The will of God is not just good and acceptable; it must stand
the test of time. When God allows us to go through certain things it is because
He wants us to stand the test of time.
God wants to condition you to have a
broken heart and a contrite spirit. He wants to make sure we have testimonies
not just stories.
Because if you have not accessed the nature of Christ, no
demon will listen to you. You must be able to speak from a place of authority
If you have the same complaints today that you had in 2011, it shows
that you are not growing. It shows a problem in your condition not your
circumstance that God is trying to address.
Sovereignty characterizes the whole being of God - pertaining to
His nature, humanity and works of creation. It captures everything about the
attributes of God.
God is sovereign in as far as all His attributes are
concerned, even the exercise of His will. He exercises His power as, when and
where He wills not when the situation demands.
The sovereignty of God is His rulership over all reality,
veracity, truth and tangibility. There is a reality that comes from Him that only
He has oversight over. That reality is you and I.
It is His prophetic purpose
over your life. Unless you are in tandem with Him, you will not attain to the
fullness of the prophetic word and promise over your life; you will not access
the reality of God you carry.
There is an aspect of tangibility that creation carries that is
under the oversight of God. There are secret things about you that belong to
God. The only way you become a partaker and beneficiary of these secret things
is through fellowship, relationship and communion with Him. Some of these
things may remain secret to you because we have no capacity to carry them or if
by knowing them, we might abort purpose. In His sovereignty He will not
disclose things to you. However, He still wants us to benefit from His secrets
as we fellowship with Him.
God ensures the people He brings our way are raw and crude. He
uses them to process us and deal with the issues in our heart such that we are
aligned to Him. God has chosen to express Himself through that which is weak
and foolish to man so that man doesn't exalt himself in carnality.
When you fight the purpose of God, God will allow your
circumstances and people to deal with you. The only thing that will move God is
the purpose of God. When you are going through things, consider, what about
purpose is God seeking to address in your life?
Creation including man is the reality of God that exists
outside of God. But even so, He still has oversight over us.
There are certain mysteries of life that need you to be in
partnership with God so as to be able to apply. You need to understand the purpose
of creation before you can exercise any mandate over it.
There are also certain areas/provinces of creation e.g. in your
partner or people in your workplace that are exclusively for God to have
mandate over. Any attempt to manage these areas will cause frustration and
God will allow certain events to happen based on the natural
laws He has ordained e.g. the law of gravity, breathing in and out, etc.
God disposes all creatures according to His good pleasure. His
sovereignty acknowledges the existence of all beings that serve His prophetic
purpose as well as His relations with these beings and their works.
When we declare that God is sovereign, we are declaring that He
is Almighty and that none can thwart His purpose.
God's rule of government is
founded on fundamental truths we find in Scripture. God sets up kingdoms and
overthrows empires as per His purpose. Any nation that walks in sin will experience
reproach. In trying to be wise in their own eyes, nations end up destroying
God is the source of all things
and the world exists because of His entire being. He is the only one with the
absolute capability to guide creation to its meaningful end and into a place of
fullness and completion.
God's creativity seen in creation has nothing to do with chance,
luck or randomness. Creation is a result of God's purpose and decree. God
wanted to start a family of sons that were to come from Adam and Eve's
multiplication to fill the earth. The entire human race was grafted into the
seed of Adam.
The moral sovereignty of God over creation means God is to be
obeyed not just because He is mighty but also because He is righteous. He
judges nations based on His moral character. He is the source of all goodness
and His holiness means that he is completely separated from iniquity.
God is separated from His creation and works beyond our human
creation. He is transcendent. There are certain things about God that we cannot
God’s purpose wants to bring
creation to a place of fullness where we are in fellowship with Him. The
kingdom of God is God's meaningful end. It is the end we are all working
towards. Not a church or a denomination. The kingdom where everything comes under
the authority of the Son.
Not everything that happens in
our life is according to God’s perfect will. His permissive will allows us to
exercise our free will and it allows certain aspects of nature to manifest.
The sovereignty of God must be distinguished from fate and
destiny. Everything that happens in our lives has been predestined. Even that
which is as a result of actions contrary to God's will. Everything that happens
in your life has been determined and scheduled by God. But we will still be
held accountable for our actions and decisions.
We are taught from God's word that we have freedom. Freedom
means we must submit ourselves to the sovereignty of God. It comes with
God expects us to submit to the principles of His authority
found in Scripture e.g. that of the state, parental authority, work authority.
God allows humanity to choose to live in either freedom or
bondage. If you choose to subject yourself to bondage of sin, the sovereignty
of God means He respects your choice but holds you accountable. The
consequences of our choices remain.
As human beings, our rights are not absolute and without
consequence. Human rights are subject to sovereignty of God. They have limits
and must be exercised with caution. What we consider is a right is subject to
When you destroy your body, you are destroying the temple of
anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is
holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:17
Don't allow your freedom cause you to say or do things that will
cause brethren to stumble. There are principles in God's word that teach us how
to exercise our freedom. We are not to infringe on the rights of others.
When we affirm that God has the right to exercise His sovereignty,
we are allowing Him to be a Potter and us His clay. He fashions us according to
His purpose and based on our choices – we can become vessels of honour or
dishonour owing to the freedom of our wills to choose freedom or bondage. If
you live a defiant life, God will fashion you for a life of dishonour. He only
does so in respect to our freedom of choice. Yet, He always creates an
environment for us to be rescued.
God raised Pharaoh to demonstrate His power and sovereignty in
delivering Israel from Egypt.
God is under no rule or law outside of Himself. He is a law unto
Himself and has no obligation to explain Himself.
When the Amalekites waylaid the Israelites, God showed His power
and destroyed them.
The sovereignty of God is founded on His oneness and unity. It
is based on His self-existence.
God is one. He reveals Himself in three
persons who share the glory and majesty equally working together as one.
you it was shown so that you would acknowledge that the Lord is God; there is
no other besides him. Deuteronomy 4:35 NRSV
O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. Deutronomy
the mountains were brought forth, or
ever you had formed the earth and the world, from
everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2
God has no beginning and no end. He is from everlasting to
everlasting. He is sovereign in the realms of nature and grace.
Creation is a result of His sovereignty not necessity. God was
never desperate. He may have desired fellowship with man but it was never a
need. To think otherwise is to say that God is not self-sufficient. The only
person that is indispensable is God. Not man. That is why when you are proud,
God demotes you and lifts another. We shouldn’t allow our uniqueness to stand
in the way and make us think we are better than others. No one is
When Lucifer abandoned the will of God, God created man to
fulfill His will. When Saul became proud, God chose David to carry out His
God never replaces a person with their equivalent. The
replacement always seems lesser than but God raises them up for His glory.
God had to raise Goliath to manifest David. Goliath is a type of
vessel of dishonour. David's battle started in the spirit not the physical when
he remembered the encounters he had with God in the wilderness. Seasons of
wilderness should be moments when one traverses into eternity.
God must be seen as sovereign to fight certain battles in this
life. We don't have to prove anything. As believers, we need to create
spiritual environments where God can show Himself strong.
To Be Continued