It's not OK to try to control others as we learned yesterday but it is OK to be controlled by God, even though He is not a controller, He will control our every thought, word and deed IF we ask Him to do it. The choice is ours. There is a WARNING to beware of. Satan is a controller and he will control our every thought, word and deed without us asking. He takes advantage of us all the time if we have not put God at the helm of our life. Do you see the difference in being controlled by SATAN and OTHERS, rather than being controlled by God Himself. If we are controlled by God, we don't have to worry about what we think, say or do, the Spirit of God works in us 'to will and to do of His good pleasure'. Philippians 2:13.
Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." We need to seek God first, put Him the very first in our days routine and 'all these things' shall be added to you. You will have to read the first of Chapter 6 to see what 'all these things' are. This is your assignment for this morning. Please do read it.
Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (man) No one can control another and be safe either in controlling or in being controlled, neither is a safe place to be. We must let God do the controlling but remember He WILL NOT control without our consent, we must consent to His will, in other words 'ask' Him to take over. You will always be safe in His loving arms when He is in control of your life.
Have you noticed that when you are being controlled by someone, that you begin to resent that person, that's what the Bible says will happen, we can't serve God and man both. We have to choose who will be at the helm of our life. If we are the one who is doing the controlling, we will always be miserable and never find joy in doing it, and our Christian life will be miserable too. We will never have peace, controlling or being controlled.
Turn it all over to God, which either place you find yourself, let God do the controlling and you will have the peace that you long for and your life will be filled with the fruit of the Spirit in Galatiains 5:22,23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." Don't you want a life full of these fruits? I sure do and God will fill our life with them if we but ask Him to. So let's 'humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift us up'. James 4:10. God help us to be this kind of people. Grandma Joan