“Control” as the world recognizes it, is a word not found in the Bible because God doesn’t use it. He doesn’t need to use force nor inflict His will on anyone. God is a Gentleman. The devil uses control as force. This kind of control is rooted in fear and deceit.  Even though God is in control, He does not exert control. He operates from a position of authority. When you are in difficult circumstances, don’t ever believe the lie that the devil is in control. When you feel fear, wanting to control is a natural reaction. Trying to control people or circumstances is idolatry. Don’t put yourself on God’s throne. Learn to let God’s love replace fear. Use healthy self-control. Fear robs you of choice, but you have options. Being aware of your position of authority precipitates the power of choice.  Don’t try to control. Choose to use your God-given authority. You will feel strong and confident as you respond instead of react.

Memory Verse

“Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.”Matthew 3:15.

Declaration Prayer

God did not give me a spirit of timidity, or cowardice, or craven or cringing or fawning fear. He has given me a spirit of power, love and calm, and a spirit of well-balanced mind, discipline and self-control. What You’ve given me is phenomenal and I will put it to good use. Dear God, let Your purpose prevail over the many plans I make. Thank You for causing everything to work together for good because I love You and You call me to Your purpose for my life. When I make my plans, direct my steps. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Help me hold on to the truth that equality with You is not something I need to cling to. I don’t need to be You. It’s a lot more comfortable sitting in the God seat that You have for me while You sit on the throne. You hold all things together. You Alone are the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Praise You Lord Jesus!

Inspired By:  2 Timothy 1:7; Proverbs 19:21; Rom 8:28; Proverbs 16:9; Psalm 119:105; Philippians 2:6; Psalm 47:8; Colossians 1:17; Revelation 22:13.

Today’s verses: Matthew 3:15; 11:28-29; 18:3-4; Mark 13:11; Luke 11:21-22; John 1:50.

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