Dear Ones,

I was driving down the road this week, and a truck passed by me with a sign in the back window which read, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”  What a great reminder!  Immediately, I thought, “Lord, am I letting you be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords over everything in my life?  I hope I am doing that.  I want to do that.  I choose to do that.”  Of course, that led to an entire process of thinking about all of the things going on in my life and in the lives of my family members and other relationships, and asking God to reveal anything to me that I was hanging onto, trying to work out under my own power.  This is a good thing for us to do.  Every so often, in the business of life, we need to stop and take an account of whether or not we are letting God be God.  Are we doing what He asks us to do in the circumstances of our daily lives, and still letting our faith in Him be our guiding light.  Have we taken God out of the equation anywhere (perhaps without even intending to or realizing we have done so)?

What does it mean to make God King of King and Lord of Lords in our everyday issues?  It means handing your cares and concerns over to God (1 Pet. 5:6-7; Psalm 55:22).  Be humble enough to recognize you need help and to let God help you.  The Scripture says that every knee on earth will bow to the Name of Jesus, and all things are subject to Him, including every enemy of His light (Rom. 14:11; 

1 Cor. 15: 25, 27; Eph. 1:22; Heb. 2:8).  That means He has already won the victory in every circumstance.  He has defeated death, hell, and the grave.  

So, how do we prevent Him from being King of Kings and Lord of Lords?  Fear is always the root of our taking things out of God’s hands, or in other words, thinking we should do it our way instead of God’s way.  Fear is the result of self-concern or self-interest, watching out for number one, or basically thinking that God is not big enough to help us handle our issues.  Scripture tells us that fear of man (which is every fear that exists) is a snare, but those who trust in the Lord (making Him Lord or all things in their lives) will be kept safe (Prov. 29:25).

One of the biggest demonstrations of fear which we need to recognize in our lives is worry.  When we worry, we are basically thinking everything depends on us, and believe me, dear one, none of us can handle everything on his own.  We need God.  Worry is just fear of the unknown, but the truth of the matter is we do not have to exist in the “unknown,” because we know God.  We know His character; we know He has overcome everything and anything that creates darkness; we know we have His promises in the Bible and that His Word is true.  Most importantly, we know His heart of love toward us.  We are the apple of His eye (Zech. 2:7-9; Deut. 32:9-11).  The Scripture tells us that God crowns the righteous with blessing, and you are righteous if you are in Christ (Prov. 10:6).  He desires to bless us.  His protection is ever with us (Psalm 91).  Really, all we need to do is commit our way to Him, His way of doing things, and He gives us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37, entire chapter, esp. vv. 3-6).

Fear can take many other forms also, including greed, pride, anger, dishonesty, low self-esteem, envy, regret, strife, gluttony, addictions, depression, and compulsions, just to mention a few.  If you struggle with any of these issues or others, just recognize that you need help; be humble enough to ask God to help you rid your life of these darknesses that oppose His light in your life, and He will do it!  He will show you the way.  He will bring you out into the land flowing with milk and honey every time (Ex. 3:8).  He will show you streams in the desert (Isa. 35:6)!  He will bring you into your place of abundance (Psalm 66:12).  He will answer you from His Holy Heaven (Psalm 20:6).  He is SOOO for you, and loves you so much, that He WANTS to take your burdens and fears.  He wants to carry you through the dark places to His lighted path for your life!  He wants to bring you out into a bright and shining place that He has planned especially for you.  Think of walking through a dank and dark tunnel where your thoughts of full of fear.  Then think of packaging up all of those fears in a box, tying rope around that box (never to be opened again), and then laying that box at the foot of the cross.  Go ahead, do that in your mind’s eye and in your heart.  Place it all right at the bottom of the cross.  Then look up and see your resurrected Jesus in all His glory, emanating love and the most brilliant light you can imagine.  That is yours!  He is shining His light just for you!  Just put your burden at His feet and reach for His peace and majesty!  It belongs to you as a redeemed child of God!  Shed the fear and embrace His light and life!  Trust Him.  Trust His love for you and His heart toward you.

One practical way which I find helps me remember that God will help me when I make Him the Lord of all of my circumstances is by reading Biblical examples of people in desperate need and reminding myself how God helped them through to a place of victory.  Look at David and Goliath, Jonah, Moses and his people, Joseph, Jehoshaphat, Enoch, Ruth, and Esther.  Look at the New Testament examples of the woman at the well, blind Bartimaeus, Jairus, and the woman with the issue of blood.  One of my favorites is the story of the Good Samaritan.  Here was a man who had been beaten by thieves and stripped of all of his belongings, who lay at the doorstep of death, who could in no way help himself, and even though help seemed to pass him by initially (in the form of religious people – a priest and a Levite – who refused to stop to help him), God sent the Good Samaritan to supply for him more abundantly than he could have asked or imagined.  The man never knew who it was that picked him up off the side of the road when he was near death, bound his wounds, and took him to a safe haven to be cared for until he was able to walk out of the doors of that inn healed and restored.  You see, God supplied for him in his helplessness!  God is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow, and what He has done for one, He will do for you.  Just let Him be Lord!

Another way to encourage yourself to keep God the Lord of Lords and the King of all things in your life is to remember the times He has helped you through and brought you out victoriously in situations in your own life.  Keep a journal if you need to in order to remember His goodness toward you when you put Him in charge.  Remember, God told the Israelites to remember the Passover so that generations upon generations would remember how He delivered them from the hand of the foe (Exodus 12).  Put yourself in remembrance of His mighty delivering hand in your own life! 

Perhaps I became a little long-winded this week, but when God is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords over your life, your problems won’t be.  You will walk in peace and victory!

Lisa Marie

If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this:  Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption.  I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life.  I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit.  I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.  Amen.