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Thursday, October 1, 2020

God Is Still In Charge

By Bill Brandstatter

     Sometimes it seems things are rather chaotic in this world. With the recent death of the leader of ISIS, we are again reminded of the dangers of terrorism in this world. Despite dangers let us always remember God is still in charge. In the days of a Babylonian king, Daniel wrote, “…the Most High rules in the kingdom of men…” (Dan. 4:17). God rules in a spiritual way and with spiritual laws. His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36).
     In 2 Chron. 7:14, we read, “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked says, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)
     The first part of this scripture refers to God’s people. God’s people today are Christians.  God’s people once were the nation of Israel (Deut. 26:18). Now God’s people are Christians (1 Pet, 2:9). Next, we must humble ourselves. Too many today are proud and puffed up. Too many times we look to man for all the answers of life. God can do things no one else can. James states, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) That is why we should pray and seek His face. Prayer accomplishes a great deal for the faithful. (James 5:16)
     Then, we need to turn from wicked ways and be forgiven of our sins.  All men everywhere are commanded to repent (Acts 17:30).  Forgiveness comes through the blood of Christ (Matt. 26:28). We get into His blood by being baptized (Matt. 26:28; Acts 2:38).  Once a person obeys Him, God promises: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
     If we are Christians, we have the assurance that God hears our prayers (1 Jn. 5:14). Let us be intercessors for our government and all men (1 Tim. 2:1-4). The world needs saving. Let us be God’s instruments in helping to do that. God is still in charge. He is the final judge. We are His people and ones who should carry the gospel message to the world. (Acts 8:4) The gospel is powerful and it can save (Rom. 1:16). Let us be ones spreading the gospel message. God will provide the increase (1 Cor. 3:6).
- Bill Brandstatter preaches for the Marion Church of Christ in Marion, IL. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://marionchurchofchrist.com/


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