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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 19, 2011 - Control

By Jeff Sandstrom

Take a moment to read 1 Kings 17:1-6; 18:1,2.

What causes you to get stressed out? What causes you to feel the pressure? When you are alone and the noise is silenced, what causes your nerves to vibrate and your resting heart rate to beat 10 times a minute above average?

Control.

There are moments in life that give a feeling of stressful urgency caused by the necessity of doing or achieving something. Most of the time this is useless emotion that is a counterfeit due to an illusion that you are in control.

Control.

It seems the things that stress us out the most are things we cannot control. The opinions of others, a business pitch, a big exam, raising money for a ministry project, you name it. But somehow we have this self-absorbed way of putting it all on ourselves, don’t we? We think that we’re in control.

There’s an epic example of this in history. A king named Ahab reigned in Israel. This king was pretty arrogant, and the author of 1 Kings says that Ahab did more to provoke the anger of God than all of his predecessors combined.

Ahab thought he was in control.

There was also this prophet, a man who spoke on behalf of God. His name was Elijah. He said to Ahab, “There will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word” (1 Kings 17:1, NIV).

OK.

So what does that mean? Our God is the God of rain?

Yes.

But there’s so much more …

For all of those who feel pressure from the need to take control of every situation — when things don’t go the way that we had predicted or wanted — our God is the God of rain.

Control.

It was never ours in the first place.

“It will not rain unless I say so. Not only will I control whether or not it rains, but I am at the level of controlling condensation. A blade of grass will not even sweat unless I say so.”

God is not just at the level of rain; He is in every single very specific detail that you and I don’t even pay attention to.

Control.

It’s not ours.

We shouldn’t take what’s not ours.

That’s called stealing.

— Jeff and Ericka Sandstrom serve as associate pastors at 360Church, an Assemblies of God church plant in Berkeley, Calif. (Earl and Jan Creps, lead pastors).

 

 

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