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Attribute 6 -- Sovereign God

EP 1.11, MT 20.15 6C. Sovereign (supreme ruling)

RO 9.20,21; PS 37.23; IS 46.9-11, 2 TH 3.10 "provide" A Planner

DEFINITION: the exclusive right to exercise supreme political (legislative, judicial and/or executive) authority over a geographic region, group of people or oneself. –wikipedia

Religious. "That the great God, blessed for ever, hath an absolute power and right dominion over His creatures, to dispose and determine of them as seemeth Him good. Elisha Coles, God's Sovereignty." P 1.

Ephesians. 1:11

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Matthew 20:15

Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?'

Romans 9:20-21

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed, "Why have you made me like this?" Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?

Psalm 37:23

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.

Isaiah 46:9-11

Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, [10] Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,' [11] Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.

1 Thes. 3:10

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

work= 1)to work, labour, do work; 2)to trade, to make gains by trading, "do business", all of which require planning.

Just as God plans well, He expects the same of man manifested in his vocation -- yet He then expects man to surrender those well laid plans to change by His sovereign design.

Applications: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; [6] In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

If God is sovereign, then I cannot suffer harm by trusting Him, and making (lit., to acknowledge) Him sovereign over all. I can be sure He'll guide me aright.

Learn to carefully plan your-life.

Then ‘draw back’ to trust all events that happen knowing God makes no mistakes in everything He allows in your life. (Romans 8.28)

Try to begin to understand what His purpose is in your life- there is a work only YOU can do.