Tag: Control

Continual Dying

A.B. Simpsonby A.B. Simpson

He humbled himself —Philippians 2:8

One of the hardest things for those having a lofty and superior nature is to be under authority, to renounce their own will and to take a place of subjection. Christ took upon Him the form of a servant, gave up His independence, His right to please Himself, His liberty of choice. After having had from eternal ages the right to command, He gave Himself up to implicit obedience.

I knew a man who was once a wealthy employer but became a clerk in the same store. It was not an easy or graceful position, I assure you.

But Jesus was such a perfect servant that His Father said: Behold, my servant . . . in whom my soul delighteth (Isaiah 42:1). All His life His watchword was, the Son of man came . . . to minister (Matthew 20:28). I am among you as he that serveth (Luke 22:27). I can of mine own self do nothing (John 5:30). Not as I will, but as thou wilt (Matthew 26:39).

And then at last He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. His life was a continual dying, and at last He gave all up to death, and also shame, in His crucifixion. This final act was the consummation of His love.

Have you, have I, learned the servant’s place?

by A.B. Simpson

Don’t Be Fooled, Jesus Reigns

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Jesus rules the nations of the world. The Bible tells us, “He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; do not let the rebellious exalt themselves” (Psalm 66:7).

“The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19).

Don’t be fooled, our country is not ruled by Republicans, Democrats or any human authority. It is not ruled by Wall Street or big business entities. No power, earthly or supernatural, rules America or any other nation. God alone is in control. He sits as King of kings and Lord of lords, ruling and reigning over all creation from his heavenly throne.

I am amused whenever I hear politicians boast about our country’s power, how we established ourselves as the most powerful nation on earth. We did nothing of the kind. All the nations, kings, dictators and presidents of the world are mere specks of dust in God’s eyes. Our Lord rules over them all, pulling down one authority and raising up another.

“Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing … All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless” (Isaiah 40:15, 17).

If Christ rules as the supreme authority over his kingdom, and we are his subjects, then our lives must be governed by him. What does it mean, exactly, for us to be governed by Jesus? According to the dictionary, to govern means “to guide, direct, control all actions and behavior of those under authority.” In short, Jesus must be allowed to control all of our actions and behavior. He must guide and direct our lives daily, including our every thought, word and deed.

Allow your King, Jesus, to govern your life through his Word, then you will be blessed and your life filled with his joy.

by David Wilkerson