Friday, February 13, 2015

Open Heavens Devotional for Friday 13th February, 2015: THE SOVEREIGN GOD

TOPIC: THE SOVEREIGN GOD - February 13, 2015

Memorise: But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. - Psalm 115:3

Read: 1 Samuel 2:27-30
27 And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house?
28 And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel?
29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?
30 Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

God is sovereign! He possesses ultimate power and exercises supreme authority over an ultimate territory. Psalm 135:6 explains that God is able to do as He pleases in heaven and on earth. Luke 1:37 says that with God, nothing shall be impossible, and Daniel 4:35 says that He is unquestionable; no one can restrain Him.

It is very important to realise that God cannot be successfully opposed (Job 9:12, Isaiah 43:13). He is the Lord of heaven and earth. 1 Timothy 6:15 calls Him the only Potentate, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He reigns supreme and His kingdom is forever (Psalm 29:10). God’s sovereignty extends over all things. He is sovereign over creation because He created all things for His own pleasure (Revelation 4:11). He is sovereign over human life and over even the minutest details of life – for example, He said the very hairs of our head are all numbered (Matthew 10:30). He is sovereign over world history and governments. In proverbs 21:1, He said the king’s heart is in His hands. Daniel 4:17 also affairs that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and He gives it to whomsoever He pleases.

The sovereign God is completely in control of the life and salvation of His chosen people, as well as everything concerning believers. As a matter of fact, because Satan and his demons are part of the created order, they are also subject to the authority of the Most High God. Consequently, God is sovereign over Satan, gods, demonic forces, principles and powers in high places, etc. that is why Colossians 1:16 says that:

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things are created by him, and for him:” 

God deserves our worship and adoration, He is worthy of all glory, honour, and praise. He is greater that the greatest, yet He is full of love and mercy. All power in heaven and on earth belongs to Him. Lift Him up high. Magnify and bless His holy Name forevermore.

Action Point: Worship the sovereign God and sing praises to His holy Name throughout the day. As you do this, His divine presence will become manifest in your life in Jesus’ Name.

Bible in one year: Jeremiah 48:1-49:22, and Acts 25:13-27


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