In today’s climate of turmoil and uncertainty, threatening and incapacitating feelings run rampant. Yet the God who created your emotions has also given you everything you need to navigate them. The Bible paints relatable and resonant portraits of women and men struggling with grief, anger, guilt, and despair—and provides divine wisdom for transforming your emotional trials into spiritual triumphs.
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Scriptures: Psalm 103:19, 115:3, 135:5-6, Proverbs 16:33, Job 42:2, Genesis 50:20, 45:8, Matthew 10:29-31, 6:34, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 11:33-36
We can live in the past, stress in the present and be unsure of the future. All of these lead to a life of overload. But there are four words that can help us live life more confidently and free of the anxiety of wondering what is next: God is in control. In this message, Dr. Merritt looks at the biblical doctrine known as the sovereignty of God. When we understand that God possesses supreme power and authority over everyone and everything, we can begin to release bitterness, fear and worry as we find greater and greater trust in the One who not only is sovereign, but knows us personally.
"There is no life without problems. Some of you will have a child diagnosed with cancer. Some of you may have a husband leave you for another woman or a wife leave you for another man. This past week I found out about a dear friend that I used to pastor who lost his job after twenty-two years and was only three years away from retirement. Those things happen. The only thing that will help you hold it together and keep you from losing your mind is to remember that God is sovereign and God is in control. Today, there will be events and circumstances that happen to all of us that we have no control over whatsoever and that by themselves will try to make us afraid. If God was not in control and if God was not sovereign Jesus' words would be meaningless. If God is not in control then i ought to face life with fear, but if God is in control then i ought to face life with faith." --Dr. Merritt
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Pastors Edge provides Bible preachers and teachers with ready-to-use resources and materials based on the preaching of Dr. James Merritt, Senior Pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA and host of the international broadcast ministry Touching Lives.