God is sovereign with absolute authority.
Do you believe that God is powerful enough to heal? Do you believe that He is powerful enough to protect you from being afflicted by Satan? Do you believe that He is capable of preventing you from getting into an accident on the way home today? Do you believe He is capable of sending His angels to protect you from harm in this life? Do you believe He is more powerful than the woes of illness, sickness and death? Do you believe He can prevent us from getting sick or is the common cold or cancer too powerful for God? Did He not resurrect Lazarus from the dead?
More to the point, do you believe that illness of the mind is too powerful for God to heal or that He is somehow limited in the extent that He can help us assuming maybe that He might not be able see into a person’s mind or doesn’t have proper diagnostic tools to delve into the non-tangible aspect of the mind? Do you believe He is incapable of healing mental illnesses because it can’t be viewed in an x-ray, ultrasound, MRI or in lab results? Or even more disturbing, is He somehow handicapped in overcoming Satan—impotent against Satan’s attacks?
Friends, my omnipotent God is not, nor will He ever be, impotent in dealing with our foe, Satan! He certainly doesn’t need man’s pathetic, limited, diagnostic data. Our Creator, Who formed us in our mother’s womb and Who created the earth and everything in it by just speaking it into existence is so much more beyond what any human reason can fathom.
Our God is all-knowing—omniscient! He knows it all. He can build it up. He can tear it down. And He can fix it. I challenge you that “Nothing is impossible for our God!” Does He not have the power to change the flow of a river, or to dethrone kings or to heal any sickness?
A major discipline of being a child of God is to meditate on Scripture and to seek to know Who God is. Until you firmly establish what you believe, you are like the wind, blown every which way by every change in the weather of life. You must decide in your heart, from what you read in Scripture, “Is God Who He says He is?” and “Can He do everything He says He can do?”
Application #1: There is no one and no thing that can limit God’s authority or God’s power!
Not you—not me! Not the bad people who have done anything evil to you. Not the government who is in power at any given time. Especially not Satan or his minions! Whether we believe it or not, we are on a short leash. The earth is on a short leash. And while it seems that all hell is breaking loose, God is allowing everything that will in the end glorify His name.
While tragedies and trauma inflicted seem to be inconsistent with a loving God, if He is sovereign, we know that God allows what He allows for His glory! Job finally realized that God was going to make sure he knew that God had the authority to do everything He did!
Application #2: If you suffer from depression, God allowed it.
Pure and simple! It’s hard! It stinks! The suffering is great! But God didn’t fall off His throne and bump his noggin while it was happening to us. He has not forgotten us if we are still suffering! He is always in control (to allow, to hold back, to rescue, to heal and to save)! Nothing happens without His divine consent.
So, if that is the case, and we indeed believe that God is always good, then we have to believe that this depression is part of His divine plan for us. He has a special purpose for it! He has placed upon our lives a divine calling: weakness. I don’t like it any more than you do. But this is where we must trust Him and surrender to what glorifies Him, not what justifies and glorifies us!
Application #3: If you get angry about your depression, you are in fact getting angry at God.
In His sovereignty, the buck stops with Him. He can give or take away. He isn’t haphazard! He has chosen this affliction for you for this season. He could have disallowed it. He could have kept it from happening to you. He could have healed it. But if He hasn’t, then He has chosen not to, at this point! (We’ll discuss this more under the topic of surrender.)
Verses To Meditate On
Daniel 4:34–35 (NASB): “For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’”
Job 42:1 (NASB): “Then Job answered the Lord and said, ‘I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.’”
Proverbs 21:1 (NASB): “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns i wherever He wishes.”
Psalm 139:16 (NIV): “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV): “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
Colossians 1:16–17 (NASB): “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Also see: Isaiah 43:10–13, Isaiah 48:9–11, Jeremiah 31:27–28, Acts 17:24–28, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38-39, Romans 13:1.
Goodness! I could go on and on!!! But let’s just say that the Lord is jealous about His own sovereignty and His absolute authority! The earth is the Lord’s!
FT#13 God is sovereign with absolute authority: Nothing is impossible for our God!Tweet
Until you firmly establish what you believe, you are like the wind, blown every which way by every change in the weather of life. You must decide in your heart, from what you read in Scripture, “Is God Who He says He is?” and “Can He do everything He says He can do?”Tweet
Such great applications to an excellent and fundamental truth!