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Have you ever thought things were out of control? Have you ever thought life could be so much better if you had better control of things? Or do you think you have a good grasp of things, but feel like something is missing in life - that you are drifting aimlessly without purpose and meaning? The message you are about to read comes from the Bible and is a timeless truth that has changed countless lives throughout history. Please take a moment to read this message in its entirety and decide for yourself if God is speaking to you today.

 

Creation: God’s Perfect Control

God’s perfect control is first demonstrated in what he has created. We are told that God created the heavens and the earth and all they contain. (Genesis 1) He also made man and woman in his own image. (Genesis 1:27) As our Creator, God possesses absolute authority over our lives. In His perfect wisdom and knowledge, He knows what is best for us. In His perfect holiness, God establishes a moral law to guide us and requires us to obey it. Most importantly, as our Creator, He commands us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) In His perfect plan, God allows His creation to choose or reject what He says is right and wrong.

Rebellion: Man Challenges God for Control

It wasn’t long before the first man and woman chose to violate God’s good and right rule over their lives. (Genesis 3) Instead of following God, they wanted to be like Him. But instead of gaining the control they desired, they simply incurred the judgment that God promised for their disobedience. As their descendants, we, too, have chosen to live our lives in our own way, ignoring our Creator. Our defiance is really an act of rebellion against God. The Bible calls it “sin.”  But what about you? Are you a sinner, too? Consider the following questions:

Have you ever told a lie?

Have you ever stolen anything?

Have you ever felt hatred or lust in your heart toward another person?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you can be sure that you, too, are a sinner and the Bible is right when it says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

 

Judgment: God Controls Our Destiny

It is common to believe that we control every aspect of our lives. But what about after we die? The Bible says that “it is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)  One day we must all stand before our Creator, a holy, perfect and just God, and give an account for the life we have lived. On that day, our false beliefs about God will not be an adequate defense for our sins. Since He is a perfect Judge, God must punish all sin. Our punishment will be eternal separation from God, whom we have rejected, in a place called hell.

Most people are offended by the mere mention of hell. In our day, it is considered impolite to imply the slightest possibility that someone could go there. However, you might be surprised to know that Jesus Christ, more than any other person in the New Testament, warned of the dangers of a literal hell. Jesus, who is acknowledged as the most loving person who ever lived, said, “do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28) He speaks of it as a place of eternal suffering. In doing so, Jesus is clearly and lovingly warning people of the terrifying judgment that awaits all who come before God in their sins. At this point you might be wondering how anyone can be saved from this fate.

Reconciliation: God Controls the Solution

If God’s judgment were the end of the story, we would be without hope. But the great message of the Bible is that God, in His infinite love, has provided a way to punish sin while offering salvation to all. To do this, He came into this world as a man in the person of Jesus Christ. Born of a virgin, Christ was made of flesh and blood, was tempted to sin in every way and yet remained obedient to God to the end. In love for you and me, Jesus willingly allowed himself to be crucified on a cross for sins he didn’t commit. In so doing, He offered His perfect life as a sacrifice in our place. In Christ, God poured out His complete wrath and judged every sin ever committed. The Bible says that “Christ also died for sins, once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God.” (1 Peter 3:18) Having died for our sins, three days later Christ rose from the grave, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. (1 Corinthians 15:4) Have you ever wondered if God really loves you? Here’s the answer: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Your Life: Giving Over Control to God

From beginning to end, the Bible is clear that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s forgiveness. Instead, we are told that the “free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Like any gift, we are free to accept it or reject it. Do we continue to live our lives as we always have, in sin and rebellion to God; or do we choose to turn from our sin and follow Him in faith? Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27) As you consider what you have read today, ask yourself if Christ is calling you to Himself. To receive the free gift of salvation that God is offering requires that you turn from sin and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. When you give your life to Christ, the Bible says that you become a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christ will actually live within you, giving you the strength to follow Him everyday. (Galatians 2:20) In addition to being at peace with God, you can know that you will spend eternity with Christ in heaven. (1 John 5:13)

If you would like to do this, one way to express your new faith in Christ is through prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God. Speaking from your heart and in your own words, admit to God that you have sinned and fallen short of His commands. Express your desire to follow Him in faith for the rest of your life. Ask God to give you the power to live the life He desires you to live. The Bible says that “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) It’s your decision. We invite you to give up control of your life to Jesus Christ today.

Suggestions for Spiritual Growth

Now that you’ve begun a new life in Christ, the following are some things that will help you grow in your spiritual journey:Develop the daily habits of reading the Bible and of prayer.Strive to do all that God tells you to do.Seek out a Bible-believing church to learn with others who are following Jesus.Finally, we would be honored to hear of your decision so that we can rejoice with God in your salvation.

You may call, e-mail, or write to:

Standard Controls, Inc.
Ministry Focus Team
9125 Viscount Row
Dallas, Texas  75247
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ministry@standardcontrols.com