Faye Bryant

God IS your authority.

What a prayer to pray! Simple, yet so filled with truth and joy.

David prayed these words, declaring that there is no other god anything like YHWH, Jehovah, Elohim (three names for God). He goes on to say they (Israel) hadn’t even heard of a god that was anything like the God of Israel. Not one.

I’m thinking I need to speak these words every day. What a way to reset my thinking to remind myself that there is no god — not money, not fame, not cars, not home, not family, not me — that can compare to God Almighty. Not one.

And that phrase, “O Sovereign Lord”? That’s a huge declaration in itself. The sovereign of any nation is the ruler. The head of the country. The one who can grant or take away. The utmost in authority.

Our God is sovereign over all creation, whether His creation recognizes Him or not. He is the Ruler. He tells the oceans their boundaries, and causes the mountains to stand. He tells the sun to rise then set. He is the utmost in authority, whether we agree with that or not. Those who deny His authority and refuse to come under it will face severe consequences for that choice. I hope it’s not yours.

Understanding God’s sovereignty is extremely hard, because we want a kind, gentle, loving giant of a God who wouldn’t hurt anyone or anything. His attribute that He mentions so much is that He is holy. A perfect holy. His holiness is beyond our capability to attain outside of Christ’s sacrifice. Only those who have attained that level of holiness will be able to enter into God’s presence. Trying to do so without that level of holiness results in death – eternal separation from Him.

Moving to that level of holiness is impossible in our own power, yet is so very simple. The solution is Jesus. He died on the cross, bearing all our sins — even us, over 2,000 years into the future! He was buried in a borrowed tomb, and He rose again to life, then ascended into heaven to be our advocate with the Father. He exchanged our sin for His righteousness. Our part is to agree aloud that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. Instant holiness.

Mind you, though, the flippant get-me-out-of-trouble belief won’t cut it. God knows your heart. It must be in alignment with your words or that righteousness won’t be imparted. Just being real here, y’all.

If you don’t know, accept, and follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, my prayer is that you will meet Him in all His glory today — like Saul on the road to Damascus. If you do know and follow Jesus, my hope is that you surrender to His sovereignty without reservation or question, knowing that He is working all things out according to His plan.

There is NO one like You, O Sovereign Lord. No one.

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