* You must choose what will control you

In taking a definite stand for the Lord, Joshua again displayed his spiritual leadership.  You must choose what will control you.  Regardless of what others decided, because Joshua had made a commitment to God, he was determined to set an example of living by that decision.  The way we live shows others the strength of our commitment to serving God. (NLT)

Joshua 24:15 – “But if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, then choose today who you will serve.  Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates?  Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live?  But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”

* God always in ultimate control

God said the cities and territories of Israel were his, and he knew the future of each of the nations.  When the world seems out of control, we must remind ourselves that God owns the cities and knows the future of every nation.  God is in control.  With God’s help, we will gain the victory. (NLT)

Psalm 60:6-10 – God has promised this by his holiness: “I will divide up Shechem with joy.  I will measure out the valley of Succoth.  Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine.  Ephraim will produce my warriors, and Judah will produce my kings.  Moab will become my lowly servant, and Edom will be my slave.  I will shout in triumph over the Philistines.”

But who will bring me into the fortified city?  Who will bring me victory over Edom?  Have you rejected us, O God?  Will you no longer march with our armies?

* – It’s easy to think that Satan temporarily gained the upper hand in Jesus’ death.  But we see later that God was in control, even in the death of his Son.  Satan gained no victory—everything occurred exactly as God had planned. (NLT)

Mark 14:27 – “All of you will desert me,” Jesus told them.  “For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ “

* Satan’s temporary control of earth

Did the Devil have the power to give Jesus the nations of the world?  Didn’t God, the Creator of the world, have control over these nations?  The Devil may have been lying about his implied power, or he may have based his offer on his temporary control and free rein over the earth because of humanity’s sinfulness.  The temptation before Jesus was to take the world as a political ruler right then, without carrying out his plan to save the world from sin.  Satan was trying to distort Jesus’ perspective by making him focus on worldly power and not on God’s plans. (NLT)

Matthew 4:9 – “I will give it all to you,” he [Devil] said “if you will only kneel down and worship me.”

* Submitting to Christ’s control

Jesus started his ministry with the same message people had heard John the Baptist say: “Turn from your sins.”  The message is the same today as when Jesus and John gave it.  Becoming a follower of Christ means turning away from our self-centeredness and “self” control and turning our life over to Christ’s direction and control. (NLT)

Matthew 4:17 – From then on, Jesus began to preach, “Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

* Practicing thought control

Killing is a terrible sin, but anger is a great sin, too, because it also violates God’s command to love.  Anger in this case refers to a seething, brooding bitterness against someone.  It is a dangerous emotion that always threatens to leap out of control, leading to violence, emotional hurt, increased mental stress, and spiritual damage.  Anger keeps us from developing a spirit pleasing to God.  Have you ever been proud that you didn’t strike out and say what was really on your mind?  Self-control is good, but Christ wants us to practice thought-control as well.  Jesus said that we will be held accountable even for our attitudes.  (NLT)

Matthew 5:21-22 – [Jesus said] “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not murder.  If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’  But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment!  If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council.  And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

* God’s control over Satan

Although God permits Satan to work in our world, God is still in control.  Because he is God, Jesus has power over Satan and is able to drive out demons, thus ending their terrible work in people’s lives.  One day Satan will be bound forever. (NLT)

Mark 3:27 – [Jesus said] “Let me illustrate this.  You can’t enter a strong man’s house and rob him without first tying him up.  Only then can his house be robbed!”

* Freedom from sin’s control

The power of sin over us died with Christ on the cross.  Our “old sinful selves,” our sinful nature, died once and for all, so we are freed from its power.  The “power of sin” refers to our rebellious sin-loving nature inherited from Adam.  Though we often willingly cooperate with our sinful nature, it is not us but the sin in us that is evil.  And it is this power of sin at work in our life that is defeated.  Paul has already stated that through faith in Christ we stand acquitted, “not guilty” before God.  Here Paul emphasizes that we need no longer live under sin’s power.  God does not take us out of the world or make us robots—we will still feel like sinning, and sometimes we will sin.  The difference is that before we were saved we were slaves to our sinful nature, but now we can choose to live for Christ. (NLT)

Romans 6:6-7 – Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives.  We are no longer slaves to sin.  For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

May you find comfort, encouragement, guidance, hope, inspiration, love,
and peace – May you also find
answers to your question(s) through the Scriptures that address every situation
you face, and help with your problems: ; ;;

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