Andrew Roebert GIVING GOD CONTROL

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and felt led to share this with you today
as it really touched my heart!

WINTER:

We write to you from a chilly Pretoria, here in South Africa. The winter has made itself felt but our hearts are warmed as we remember just how much God loves us.
God has been challenging us to give Him full control of our lives. How often we seem to take back the control, thinking we know best. God knows best, that is the truth, and therefore we must continually surrender all to Him.  As you read, allow God to speak to you and let’s give Him full control. Remember, you are welcome to share these notes with others.

  John 3:30
He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]
This should be our heart’s cry as we continue our walk of faith!              

PRAYER:
Lord, it is our desire that You would increase in our lives.
Holy Spirit we pray that You will magnify Christ in our hearts and lives,
Amen.
GIVING GOD CONTROL
INTRODUCTION
God is looking for people with hearts that are 100% given over to Him.
We sing songs like I SURRENDER ALL, but do we really mean it?
Many people are reluctant or hesitant to give God complete control of their lives.
Some people are afraid of giving God 100% control.
God has plans for each one of us.
These are plans for our good and not to harm us.
But sometimes we have more confidence in our own plans.
As such we continue to hold onto the reins.
But God is calling us to give Him control.
WHAT STOPS PEOPLE FROM GIVING GOD THE COMPLETE CONTROL OF THEIR LIVES?
I have thought about this one long and hard and I believe there are several major themes that stop people from surrendering their all to God.
THEMES
1. Fear
2. Lack of trust. (They don’t really trust God)
3. A desire for control themselves. Humans want control. (Pride)
4. Some people are hesitant to give God control of their lives because they don’t really believe that His plans for them are actually better than their own.
5. The idea that if they give God control, He will expect of them to do things they don’t want to do or that they despise doing!

RESPONSE
1 John 4:18

‘There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.’God is love and we have no reason to fear.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 16:9
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 
Nothing could be further from the truth. Look what God’s word says:
Psalm 37:
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Perhaps we should take the words ‘Delight yourself in the Lord’ and substitute them with the words ‘Surrender yourself to God’ and then complete the verse.
We don’t really understand that many of the dreams and desires that are in our hearts were planted there by God Himself.

IDEAS ABOUT CONTROL

A. THE 51% CONTROL IDEA!
Years ago I was part of a negotiation between two organizations. It was a critical negotiation that would determine the future of Christian television broadcasting in our country. The government had given the organizations an ultimatum to work together and then they (the government) would make certain broadcasting opportunities available to Christians. So the negotiations continued, but the one party insisted they were only prepared to work with us, or anyone for that matter, as long as they had 51% control. This lead to a breakdown in the negotiations and ultimately the opportunity was lost. Sometimes we are like this in our relationship with God. We know that we should give God 100% control, but we would like to negotiate and we are prepared to give God 49%, as long as we can retain the 51%. This effectively means we stay in control. I often ask myself why it is that human nature always wants to remain in a position of power. It is almost as if we always want the upper hand. We may even be able to give God 51% control, but we hold onto the 49% with all our might. At best we may be prepared to give God the deciding vote, but this is not giving Him 100% control in our lives! We are perhaps prepared to give Him the veto, but for the rest of the time we want to be left to our own devices. This may all work well, until the day trouble comes.
THE 99% CONTROL IDEA
Here we give God control over almost everything. 99% represents almost everything. What people see from the outside may leave them feeling impressed that we are ‘sold out’ to God. But there is some area, some aspect, some dimension that we have held onto and not completely given into His hands. You see we all have a free will, so there is nothing stopping us from holding on to all control. But here we believe we have given all, but when it comes to a certain thing, we dig in our heels. It could take the form of a sin, a weakness, a habit, a passion, a fascination, a preference, an attitude, an idea or any aspect that is not fully given over to God. The danger here is that we are actually deceiving ourselves. The truth is that if we hold back on one area, when the heat is on, we could hold back on another area.

C. THE SLEEPING PARTNER IDEA
In business you find the concept of a ‘sleeping partner’. Sleeping partners invest money in the business and share in its profits, but do not take part in running it. They are uninvolved in the day to day management. Often ‘sleeping partners’ are brought in for legal, financial or specialist functions. It is also known as a ‘silent partner’. Many Christians live their lives in this way. They may even call God the ‘Senior Partner’, but they remain in control of all aspects of their lives and/or endeavors. God, is in effect, not active in their lives. They need Him from a legal perspective to give them the right to get into heaven. They need Him from a financial perspective to bring provision and prosperity. They need Him for specialist functions, especially when trouble comes. But in essence they are doing fine on their own and they will call on Him should they need Him.

Luke 8:22-24

One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, He fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
 Giving God control does not mean He is the ‘sleeping partner’ in our lives.
D. THE DESTRUCTIVE SACRIFICE IDEA
There is another dimension where we can allow this aspect of control to become destructive in our lives. We can allow this aspect of control to become something that is out of step with God’s word and principles. I have had good Christian people tell me that God told them to get divorced. Years ago we had a church in our city that developed into a cult. Children of members of our congregation would attend this church and they would be swept up claiming to be ‘doing what God was telling them to do’. At the same time they would disregard their parent’s requests and advice from other Christian leaders. They would do things considered inconceivable beforehand. On the other hand I have heard of churches that insist you consult them or the leadership on many of the basic issues of life. Allowing God to have control, does not mean some spiritual leader should control your life or even elements of your life. Spiritual leaders are meant to be shepherds, modeling what they do by the example of the Good Shepherd. In a certain culture there are still some people who perform Satee. Satee is a cultural tradition, where, upon the death of a man, when he is cremated, his wife/widow is required and/or chooses to get onto the funeral pyre and she is cremated alive with her deceased husband. This practice is fortunately seldom practiced any more. We must always be open to correction, input, submission and new revelation. When we think we have the only correct handle on things and we stubbornly do what we want to do, we may think that God is in control of our lives, but usually we are deceived.
E. THE TOTAL SURRENDER CONCEPT
We sing the song I SURRENDER ALL! But do we mean it and do we do it? God is looking for total surrender, in humbleness and willingness. I believe that Jesus set the example for us. At the time of His greatest challenge He prayed an awesome prayer.
Luke 22:42
“Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine.”
This attitude of ‘I WANT YOUR WILL TO BE DONE, NOT MINE!’ should be our attitude as well. Jesus also did what His Father did.
John 5:19
Jesus gave them this answer: ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’
Giving God control means following His example, do what He did and what He tells us to do as we humbly seek His will over our own! God is in control of all things, but is He in control of you? Living a life of humble surrender, is what God is looking for.
QUOTE:
The world has yet to see what God can do through one man who is completely sold out to Him.
SONG – I SURRENDER ALL
All to Jesus I surrender; All to Him I freely give; I will ever love and trust Him, In His presence daily live.
Refrain: I surrender all x2 All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all.
All to Jesus I surrender; Humbly at His feet I bow, worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now.
All to Jesus I surrender; make me, Savior, wholly Thine; let me feel the Holy Spirit, truly know that Thou art mine.
All to Jesus I surrender; Lord, I give myself to Thee; fill me with Thy love and power; let Thy blessing fall on me
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2 Responses to “Andrew Roebert GIVING GOD CONTROL”
  1. Janine says:

    Precious Debs, you are such a rich source of encouragement to me. Thank you for the gift of who you are. I know that who you are and the things that you share touch so many! I love reading your blog!! Have a beautiful week.

  2. Debra says:

    :)Thank you xx

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