Posts from July 2020

Posts from July 2020

Every Detail Under His Control

Every Detail Under His Control Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.( Proverbs 19:21) Not only are the willful malevolent acts of other people under God’s sovereign control, so also are the mistakes and failures of other people. Did another driver go through a red light, strike your car and send you to the hospital…

Our Testing Time

Our Testing Time God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.”(Genesis 22:1) Let us never forget that the truth of “the blessedness of possessing nothing,” and all such truths, cannot be learned by rote as one would learn the facts of physical science. They must.be experienced before we can really know them. We must in our hearts live through…

Making Faith Possible

And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.(Ezekiel 36:27) Repentance and faith are our work. But we will not repent and believe unless God does His work to overcome our hard and rebellious hearts. This divine work is called regeneration. Our work is called conversion. Conversion does indeed include an act of…

The Ultimate Concern

The Ultimate Concern Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! (Psalm 128:1) Is it not a fact that a love for God’s revealed truth, and a desire to know as much of it as one can, is natural to every person who has been born again? Look at Psalm 119- “Teach me your statutes!”; “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your las”; “Oh how I…

Mind and Heart

Mind and Heart Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. ( Proverbs 3:5) People imagine that if their mind is occupied with the truth, the spiritual life will as a matter of course be strengthened. This is by no means the case. The understanding deals with conceptions and images of divine things, but it cannot reach the real life of…

A Loaded Question

A Loaded Question Behold, God s my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid. (Isaiah 12:2) The question “Can you trust God?” has various possible meanings. Can you trust God? In other words, is He dependable in times of adversity? But the second meaning is also crucial. Can you trust God? Do you have such a relation with God,such a confidence in Him, that you…

Ultimate Surrender

Ultimate Surrender Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent.( Revelation 3:3) Repentance is much more than regret, more than deep sorrow for past sins. The biblical word for repentance literally means “a change of mind.” One church scholar describes it as “ that mighty change in mind, heart, and life, wrought by the Spirit of God.” This repentance…

A Love We Can Trust

A Love We Can Trust By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us. (1 John 3:16) According to 1 John 4:16, “God is love.” This does not say God loves, though He does love perfectly and unconditionally. The Scripture says that God’s essential nature is love. God will never act contrary to His nature. You will never experience God expressing His will except in a…

Giving Up Things

Giving Up Things For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? (1 Corinthians 4:7) We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety; this is especially true when those treasures ale loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save.…

The Heart’s Waiting

The Heart’s Waiting Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who for the Lord. (Psalm 31:24) It is with the heart we must wait on God. “Let your heart take courage!” All our waiting depends on the state of the heart. As a man’s heart is, so is he before God. We can advance no further or deeper into the holy place of God’s presence to wait on Him there, than our…