B. David Stevens | Take Your Hands Off the Wheel
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Take Your Hands Off the Wheel

Every human has been created to love deeply and to receive love deeply. Every person, no matter where they’ve come from, their background, ethnicity or social status has been created to honor God with their lives, to worship. Because of this, idolatry is a very easy road to embrace. As we develop, we learn how to show love or give love by our familial relationships. You can probably understand why family units are vitally important in comprehending how to love properly; how to worship. Human beings were created to worship or honor God with their lives. When the “worship of God” does not happen, the “worship of something else” does. If the God of the bible is not in first place, the god of other is. The Apostle John knew this all too well. In 1 John 5:21 he writes, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” John understood that this would be a daily battle for believers. It is very simple to put other things in a position of authority in your life. True worship cannot take place without true surrender. At the core of us all, there is a desire, a need for control. I believe this is the case because when we’re in control, it makes us feel safer.  More than likely it gives us a sense of security.  I mean who really wants to be in a situation where they’re “out of control”? Who wants to be in a problem they can’t change or adjust? Again, there is an inherent desire in all men to have and be in control. In the book of Genesis chapter 3, Satan addressed Eve. He tempted her to disobey God by giving her a promise that she will “be like God” (v. 5, ESV). To be like God means to have power, prestige, and control. A. W. Tozer quoted “The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.” Lucifer (Satan), whom many agree was the chief worship leader in heaven, had this same issue with control. He made claims that he would exalt his throne above the stars of God and be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:12-14). However, he observed quickly that there is no room for two gods, only one! When we try to hold on to control we become disappointed every time because we are literally fighting against God. In fact, we begin to look just like Satan who continues to oppose Him. Romans 8:5 (ESV) says, “Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” Choose today to be dominated by the Spirit. Allow Him to have the control. There can never be two gods, only one. Take your hands off the wheel!!

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