“The Helmet of Salvation” 4/04/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @  www.Godsmanforever.com

(revised from 1/19/2011)

“The Helmet of Salvation… Part 2 of God’s Armor” 

   (For the first  2 days writing…type 4/02-03/2017, as separate dates into the search window of   www.Godsmanforever.com)

Ephesians 6:17… And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (NKJV)

I woke up this morning, and before I even had a chance to ask God to guide me through this day, I knew what I was going to write on today… I had been writing about scripture in the Book of Romans, but was sidetracked by the Armor of God, each and every Christian should  be wearing as a complete set…all 6 pieces…(Ephesians 6:10-20)   [ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph6%3A10-20&version=ESV ]

In looking at my own weaknesses as a Christian, I am hopeful that others can find out what pieces they are missing of the “Whole Armor of God”, to be able to make a stand against Satan… To be Spirit filled on a more  consistent basis, I believe it’s necessary to be wearing God’s complete set of spiritual armor…   As Christians, any chinks in God’s armor will allow Satan in, and leave a crack in our fragile clay vessel… Our cup cannot be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit, if we have any cracks in it…

The apostle Paul tells us in this, in…Ephesians 6:11… “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)

The opening scripture talks about “the helmet of salvation”…   Salvation; or being saved by God’s grace, is all about obeying the Gospel of Christ…   We must understand the gospel, and respond to God’s calling…or we will be left to “die in our sins”, as the Apostle John pens this spoken by Jesus, in…  [See 1. Below for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ]

John 8:24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”  (NKJV)

But once we are “Born Again” Christians, we must keep “the helmet of salvation” on 24/7…   Each and every day, we must be thankful for the grace God has gifted us with, as we have been accepted by Him into His family as a redeemed child of God…

As ambassadors of Christ, we must always look for opportunities to share the gospel of Christ with the lost and dying world around us…  This, for sure, was one of my major shortcomings for over 7 years, as I have previously confessed…because I allowed the Holy Spirit to take a back seat in my life…keeping me less than Spirit filled…Ephesians 5:18-20

Heavenly Father, being Spirit filled is what every Christian should strive to become on a consistent, but not perfect basis… Help each and every reader understand that Your complete set of spiritual armor is required, to protect us from Satan… It starts with “the helmet of salvation”… Help us Father to be striving to put on Your protective armor piece by piece…

Help us to realize that any chinks in our spiritual body armor will leave us vulnerable to Satan, and his bag full of tricks to deceive us…   Being Spirit filled is an ongoing, daily labor of love for You Lord, as Your obedient children walk in the Spirit…Galatians 5:16…   Help us Father, to keep our fragile clay vessel filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit…  I pray for this fullness of Christ within each and every one of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake I pray…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,   bruce

 

References:

 

  1.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“The JOY of family devotions!” 8/21/2017 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “THE DOMAIN FOR TRUTH”

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The JOY of family devotions!

 

This is a guest review by brother Tom.  He is a friend who reads this blog and his own blog can be found here.  Check it out.

 

Sure, it’s a great blessing to be able to attend worship services with other believers at church, but what happens in your life between services? Are you desiring the Word as you desire your daily meals? Are you seeking a deeper relationship with the Lord through daily prayer? Husbands and fathers, are you leading the members of your families to a closer walk with the Lord?

When I was a young husband and father, I assumed my family was getting enough spiritual “stuff” at church. How wrong I was! If you’re not making Christ the center of your home, ungodly influences will certainly fill the vacuum.

Our family went through some hard struggles and I even walked away from the Lord for a long “season,” but after I returned to the Lord, I understood I needed to make Christ the center of our home. Pastors often encourage families to have “daily devotions” together, but what exactly does that look like?

Three years ago, I was reading an article about a musician I had admired who had accepted Christ and he described in some detail how he and his wife had a daily devotion time of Scripture reading and prayer. I went to my wife and suggested we also have a devotion time and she gladly agreed!

Our devotion time looks something like this: We sit together and one of us reads a Bible chapter aloud and afterwards the other one prays aloud on our behalf. We alternate the next time. Sounds pretty simple, right, but there’s some detail that goes into that. What book of the Bible should you start with? We began by reading the Psalms and Proverbs and then read Genesis in the Old Testament followed by Matthew in the New Testament and then alternating between the Old and the New thereafter. But there are no rules. Depending on your family, you will want to be discerning regarding what books to read and the length of the passage. A child or a new believer will certainly be overwhelmed by reading through Leviticus and Deuteronomy. The Gospels, Psalms, and Proverbs are generally excellent starting points.

I prepare for the next day’s devotion by doing a short study of the next chapter. I read the text and use a one-volume commentary, Bible dictionary, concordance, and paraphrase Bible to get a good understanding of all of the exegetical elements that I may not be familiar with. It’s up to you how deeply you want to study the text, but it’s a good idea for you to understand the passage and to be prepared for questions from your family members. Make it an interesting time; a time of “Wow!” discovery of the eternal truths of God’s Word, not a drudgery. Your devotion time shouldn’t drag on all night but should be short and sweet! Not that I’m keeping track but we probably average around fifteen to twenty minutes.

After my wife and I read a Bible passage, we’ll often discuss how it relates to our everyday lives. The whole point of reading Scripture is not to make it a perfunctory, legalistic exercise but to allow the Holy Spirit to let it seep into our hearts and be a light unto our everyday paths. Before you begin reading any passage of the Bible, ask the Lord to teach you all that He wants you to learn from His Word.

After reading the Bible chapter, my wife and I will pray. Some believers might refer to a list of intentions in their devotions and that’s okay. But our prayers to the Lord should be mainly from the heart. It’s always a blessing to connect a learning from the Bible passage with something like the prayer that follows: “Lord, You taught us about (such and such) in your Word tonight and I ask that you help me/us to (such and such).” There is no such thing as a “bad prayer” from a child, but set an example of praise and unselfish supplication. There will be times when you and your family will be able to look back in gratefulness to answered prayer.

You and your family should be intentional about your devotion time. Other things will compete for your time and attention but make devotion time with the Lord a priority. But If you miss a scheduled devotion time, it’s not the end of the world, either. Just pick up where you left off. I keep a little journal to keep things straight.

Husbands and fathers, what an awesome and humbling privilege it is to lead our families in following the Lord and communing with Him as part of everyday life! Husbands, when you and your wife are seeking the Lord’s will together daily, your marriage will be blessed beyond measure. I can attest to that! Fathers, train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (Prov.22:6).

Wives and mothers, perhaps it’s you in your household who the Lord is leading to take the initiative in establishing a devotion time for your family.

I hope you’ll prayerfully consider setting up a daily devotion time in your home with your family.

 “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”Joshua 24:15

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P.S. (from bruce)  I know a few parents that use this “Bible in a year” app to share the love of Christ with their family with devotion time…  Here is the link for reading (or daily listening to) the Bible in a year (available in Spanish, Hindi and Arabic, and Simplified Chinese)…with a 10 minute commentary by teacher preacher Nicky Gumbel…   https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/

Here is a day’s writing on the importance of spending daily time in the Word…   https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/audio-bible-in-a-year-with-10-minute-audio-commentary-by-teacherpreacher-nicky-gumbel-12312016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

 

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“WHAT DO WE TELL OUR CHILDREN?” 8/20/2017 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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WHAT DO WE TELL OUR CHILDREN?

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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  Ronald Reagan

During this time of social unrest, global rumblings, world politics and a stage filled with actors that seem to have no direction, I often wonder what kind of legacy have we created for the children of the future.

These little ones are getting a distorted picture of what our world can be.  They’re exposed daily to tragedy, hopelessness and fear.  They cannot even attend school without going through secured doors.  The norm of their existence is peppered with negative news, bullying techniques on both sides, fear mongering, hatred and a social media that defines them.

Children are the future.  They are the ones who will lead us some day.  They need to know the cost of freedom.  They need to be reminded that this place is worth preserving and that God is always at the helm.

I am genuinely concerned for my grandchildren and their children.  As monuments are removed and destroyed; as art depicting battles from the past are eliminated from our public buildings; as words are revised and rewritten pertaining to the blood shed for the freedom we enjoy; as history is eliminated from the classroom –  future generations will never understand what the cost was.

National pride has almost become extinct. The word “pride” has now take on a totally new meaning.   Now we opt for self-gratification, instant everything and a country that will bend easily to our own agenda, rather than one that serves all.

What do we tell these young people as they come out of colleges and high schools?  How do we excite them for a future of success and accomplishment, when there seems nothing to be proud of anymore”   We owe it to them to re-instill a love of country.  America is worth the fight.  Those of us who lived through several battles over the years, will attest to the fact.  There are scars.  There are still open wounds.  Lives have been spent out of love for her, and the freedoms we hold dear are worth the battle.

We need to rekindle the flames of patriotism.  We need to pray for our leaders.   We must ask God to intercede so that there is something left for future generations to hand on to their children.

There is hope for the future.  God has provided for our eternal life with Him in heaven.  In the time we have remaining, as parents and grandparents, we need to leave a United States for future generations.  This means, putting aside our own interests and joining together as one nation, under God.

Dear God, heal our land.

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P.S. (from bruce)  2 Chronicles 7:14…  if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  (ESV)

 

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“Encouragement” 8/19/2017 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Original post @   https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2017/08/18/encouragement/

 

Encouragement

2Thessalonians 2:13-17

Paul has written this second letter to the believers in Thessalonica to encourage them in their time of persecution and to address an attempt by a person or persons unknown to us to deceive them into thinking that Jesus had already returned and left them behind. In this final portion of chapter 2, after his discussion of what was really going on in their midst, the larger picture of the great battle between God and Satan, he returns to encouragement. For anyone who still doubts what has been under discussion in 2:1-12, this should set the record straight, for Paul set up the context of the letter as encouragement, addressed the problem of the attempted deception, and now returns to encouragement. This is not the context of Paul delivering a section for the sole purpose of teaching eschatology and events that would happen thousands of years in the future.

In the first 2 verses, Paul expresses his thanksgiving to God for the Thessalonians, not just because they are persevering in a hard time, but because they are among the very first to respond to God’s call to salvation through the gospel. To be sure, that call was also made to their oppressors, but their oppressors refused to respond, preferring to attack God’s message in league with the one who will one day be exposed, to their everlasting shame. For those who have responded in faith to the call of the gospel, this is a glorious message.

Verse 15 comes to the main point as Paul tells them to stand firm in their faith and to hold on to all that he has taught them, whether in person or in his letters to them. For us, the admonition is the same today: Stand firm in your faith no matter what this world may throw at you, for you are in a glorious position through your faith in Jesus Christ. This position is so wonderful, that no trial or hardship in this life can begin to cast even so much as a shadow over it.

Verses 16-17 are Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians, that God would give them all of the strength and endurance they would need to hold firm, that God would continue to bless them by working in and through them to advance the same gospel by which they have been saved from slavery to sin and death, and into the glorious freedom that we have in Christ Jesus.

It is my hope and prayer that each one of us would take the same encouragement from our study of these things, that we would learn the lessons as Paul taught them, and that we too might come to stand firm in our faith no matter what our circumstances may be, and that in and through each one of us, God’s truth and call to repentance would shine forth in a dark world as a beacon of hope to everyone we encounter along our journey through this life as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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P.S. (from bruce) Can you find joy through your most difficult trials of life ??  You must have a personal one on ONE relationship with God first…  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“In the School of the Psalms” 8/18/2017 Written by Nancy Ruegg for “From the Inside Out”

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In the School of the Psalms

 

“Poetry is the robe, the royal apparel,

in which truth asserts its divine origin.”

— Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, clergyman)

Nowhere do we find divine truth dressed in more glorious, royal apparel than in the psalms of the Bible.   Heart and soul skip a beat as we encounter such regal lines as:

“Extol him who rides on the clouds—

his name is the Lord.”

Psalm 68:4

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“You are clothed with splendor and majesty.

He wraps himself in light as with a garment.”

Psalm 104:1-2

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“He spreads the snow like wool

And scatters the frost like ashes.

He hurls down his hail like pebbles.

Who can withstand his icy blast?

He sends his word and melts them;

He stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.”

Psalm 147:16-18

We marvel at the artistry with which the psalmists paint glorious images with their words. Then we remember: the Artist was God himself as he inspired these men to transcend mere informative prose and capture the essence of his grandeur and power with creative insight.

Just as toddlers learn to talk by copying those around them, we can learn to praise, worship, and pray by copying such psalms. Their worthy vocabulary, creative phrases, and poetic sentences offer expression for the mere shadows of thought in our hearts.

Surely that’s one reason God gave us the psalms in the first place: as a school for prayer.*

And in his wisdom he provided models of prayer for the full range of response to him in every situation we might face.

  • In need of comfort? Picture the imagery of Psalm 23.

  • Feeling like God is far away and uninvolved? Read Psalm 71.

  • Craving moments of intimacy with your Heavenly Father? Meditate on Psalm 103.

  • Feeling insignificant? Praise your way through Psalm 139.

  • Longing for reassurance that God is in control? Turn to Psalm 146.

  • At a loss of words to celebrate God? Enjoy Psalm 8.

In addition, the psalms provide worthy models as we pray for others.

Just yesterday, while researching the idea of praying through the psalms, I came across an interesting suggestion from Donald S. Whitney at www.crosswalk.com.**

He recommends we skim read five psalms per day and by month’s end, the entire book will have been reviewed. Pause, contemplate, and pray back to God those verses that catch your eye and touch your heart. (That process is expedited if verses which are personally meaningful have already been underlined.)

Then we can turn our attention toward verses appropriate for others. This morning my prayer list included two sets of friends, both with particular challenges in their lives. I skimmed through Psalms 1-5 to see if any verses stood out for them.

Sure enough, Psalm 5:11-12 fit perfectly.

I personalized it a bit:

“Lord God, I thank you for the examples of S. & E., G. & A., as they take refuge in you. They DO love your name and sing your praises in spite of the difficulties they face. I thank you for your protection over them.

“They are righteous in your sight because of Jesus, and they also strive consistently to obey you. Therefore, I know you will fulfill your promise to bless them. May they sense your favor surrounding them like a shield—today and always.”

It felt good to pray like that, because God’s Word is flawless (Proverbs 30:5a), and wields great power (Hebrews 4:12).

Later I messaged the two couples, letting them know that on this day, these verses were prayed over them. Sending these messages of encouragement also felt good.

I’m already looking forward to my morning prayer time when I’ll skim Psalms 6-10. Which verses will perfectly suit those on tomorrow’s prayer cards? It’s going to be fun to find out.

This School of the Psalms promises to be a very satisfying experience. Perhaps you’d like to join me?

 

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*A term created by Eugene Peterson in his book, Under the Unpredictable Plant (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1992), p. 100.

**”How to Pray through the Psalms,” www.crosswalk.com, November 9, 2015.

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“What Is the “Bible Belt” Holding Up?” 8/17/2017 Written by Matthew Winters for “Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)

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What Is the “Bible Belt” Holding Up?

 

For as long as I can remember, I have been using a belt to hold up my pants. I live in what is called the “Bible belt”. Someone I know recently made a comment on social media about this, so I asked myself the question “What is the Bible Belt holding up?” What is it supporting or containing?

Before I answer this question, I want to make it clear that I do not believe this to be the Bible Belt anymore. My answers will tell you why. In 8 years of living in this part of South Carolina, I have seen a major transformation in the religious climate. What I observed as a refreshing area where a move of God was taking place has become an oppressed area where people have settled for defeat and have given up on the faith. Why is this? Here are my observations on what the “Bible Belt” is holding up in 2017.

  1. Holding up tradition over what the Bible truly says. People will argue over Bible versions, worship styles, church building designs and furniture, committee structure, and how money is held before they would ever speak up against false teaching.

  2. Holding up emotionalism over truth. People will flock to what feels good before they will run to what they need.

  3. Holding up bad doctrine because they never searched the Scriptures for themselves. I often tell those who hear me preach to not take my word to the bank. Dig in the Bible for yourself. Just because your great-grandpappy cried while he told you that cleanliness is next to godliness is in the Bible doesn’t make him right. It’s not in the Bible although it’s good hygiene.

  4. Holding up the cult of personality above the Lord Jesus Christ. We have so many today who will go to the ends of the earth for a popular preacher and wouldn’t walk two steps for Jesus. Maybe that’s why the “Bible Belt” has more church splits than intentional new church starts/plants.

  5. Holding up conformity rather than transformation. I believe the #1 reason people walk away from the church is they get tired of faking who they are for fear of judgment. I’ve seen people pretend to be against alcohol “at church” and go buy a case of beer on their way home. Don’t lie in a fancy building about your stance on alcohol when you really believe it’s okay to drink. Conformity is really hypocrisy. We need to let God change us. If you and I really want to be like Jesus, God will transform us through His Word and by His Spirit.

I am not an advocate of going to church because it’s the good Southern thing to do, good for political reasons, looks good in an obituary, or is just what you’ve always done. It’s about a relationship with Jesus Christ that is rooted in the Bible! So let’s stop being Bible-Beltish and start being Bible-based.

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P.S. (from bruce)  For more on looking for a church with the right doctrine…read this link below @@

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“How Can We Lay Down Our Lives?” 8/16/2017 Written by Wally Fry for “Truth in Palmyra”

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How Can We Lay Down Our Lives?

 

John 5_13

 

Of course, when He made that statement, Jesus was directly referring the the fact that He was about to literally lay down His life for His friends. Jesus was about to literally lay down His life for the entire world and its sins. Is that necessarily the application for all of us? In certain circumstances, it might be. Any one of us could encounter a situation where literally laying down one’s life might be an appropriate expression of ultimate love. What about the rest of us? What if we are never asked to literally sacrifice our lives for a friend? Are we just off the hook? Hardly! What, then, might it mean to lay down one’s life for a friend?

We live in a culture today where people won’t even lay down their thoughts, ideas and opinions for their fellow man, much less their lives. The United States, particularly, is a “me” culture. “Looking out for number 1,” “If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will.” These are all reflections of the way we are. Yet, Jesus’ still said to lay down one’s life for friends is the ultimate expression of love.

We can do this by making others needs more important than our own. Jesus did that for us; He gave up his rightful place in Heaven to come here, live as a man, suffer and die just because our need for a savior was so great. Next time you have a situation where two needs are presented and only one can be met, meet your brother or sister’s need and let yours go unmet.

We can do this by forgiving. People wrong us; that is simply a fact. Scripture teaches us over and over that we are to forgive. Jesus asked His father to forgive the very people killing him on the cross in Luke 23:34.  We simply have to learn to forgive the same way; we need to forgive no matter the seriousness of the offense that is committed against us

We can do this by sacrificing for others. Not only might we be required to meet another person’s need and leave ours unmet, but we might actually have to give up something our our own to meet their need. Maybe you have plans but a brother or sister has a need; give up your plans and be there for them.

We can do this by meeting the needs of people who don’t deserve it and cannot or will not do a thing for us. Some folks don’t deserve help. Some are not capable of doing anything for us in return. Some are capable, but in our hearts we know they wouldn’t give us a fire extinguisher if we burst into flames. Help them anyway.

Laying down one’s life for friends is similar to Jesus mandate that we pick up our cross and follow Him. He didn’t mean for us to literally pick up a cross, and He probably didn’t mean, in most cases, for us to literally die for our friends. Jesus was setting a pattern for us here, and in our efforts to be Christlike, we should follow that pattern.

Who have we laid our lives down for today? If the day is just starting, who will we lay down or lives for today?

 

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P.S. (from bruce)  The title of Wally’s post is… “How Can We Lay Down Our Lives?”    I would add, that we cannot, in our own strength, love others more than we love ourselves…  We must first love the Lord with ALL of our heart, mind, and soul…  Jesus’ first, and most important Commandment  (Matthew 22:36-40)…  To be able to place the Lord first in our lives, on a more or less continuous basis…we must confess our sins before God, with a repentant and contrite heart (1 John 1:9)…  As we submit all of ourselves to the Holy Spirit [being filled with (under the total control by) the Holy Spirit – Ephesians 5:18-20], He, and only He will give us His supernatural strength to love even our enemies, as Jesus told us we should do, in…Matthew 5:43-48

My friends, I highly recommend the book “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan…  I urge anyone not currently “on Fire” for the Lord, who has been filled with the Holy Spirit (born again) by God’s grace alone through saving faith alone…to buy and read this book…

 

https://www.christianbook.com/remembering-the-forgotten-god-workbook/francis-chan/9781434700889/pd/700889?event=CBCER1

 

 

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“What Do We Know?” 8/15/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DEVOTIONALS  

What Do We Know?

We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.

 Romans 8:28

Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the center of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world’s tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, God is steering it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus walking on the water, and he hears a voice saying, “It is I-do not be afraid.” He knows too that God is always wise, and knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes and that nothing can occur that ought not to happen. He can say, “If I should lose everything, it is better that I should lose it than keep it if it is God’s will: The worst disaster is the wisest and the kindest thing that I could face if God ordains it.”

“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact. So far everything has worked for good; the poisonous drugs mixed in proper proportions have effected the cure; the sharp cuts of the scalpel have cleaned out the disease and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer’s heart is assured, and he is learning to meet each trial calmly when it comes. In the spirit of true resignation the believer can pray, “Send me what You will, my God, as long as it comes from You; there never was a poor portion that came from Your table to any of Your children.”

Do not say, my soul, “Where will God find one to relieve my care?”
Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.
His method is sublime and His heart profoundly kind,
God is never too early and never behind!

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.

 

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P.S. (from bruce) If you don’t know for sure, all of what is posted above is true in your life…be sure you are a Christian in God’s eyes…  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

 

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