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  1. Iconoclast

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    from a sermon on james4:13-17 by Geoff Thomas

    http://www.alfredplacechurch.org.uk/index.php/sermons/james/413-17-what-is-your-life/

    I heard it preached that providence is a good diary but a bad road map.:thumbsup:

    Do you find this true in your experience?

    Do you reflect upon this during your prayer time, or in your daily thoughts of God's love and goodness to you?
     
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    Amen! It has been precisely my experience. I look back on my life and it seems I've been propelled down the path I've come.

    I marvel in awe and with thankfulness, sometimes many times a day, at His great lovingkindness toward me. It never ceases to amaze me. It makes my heart soar with joy. Thank you Lord.
     
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    You're walking in the steps of the blessed man of psalm 1 and psalm 37
     
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    How about those times where something happened so unusual or out of the ordinary that you know the Lord has a purpose in it even though you're not sure what the purpose is but it's definitely come up on you for such a time as this almost like in the book of Esther
     
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    Many plans are in a man’s heart,
    But the counsel of the LORD will stand. (Proverbs 19)
     
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    Very glad for the times God overrules his purpose is always right.
     
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    http://www.the-highway.com/providence_Boice.html



    [QUOTEWhere does uniformity come from if not from God? The Bible says that uniformity comes from God when it speaks of Christ “upholding the universe by his word of power” (Heb. 1:3) and argues that “in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). The point is that the providence of God lies behind the orderly world that we know. That was the primary thought in the minds of the authors of the Heidelberg Catechism when they defined providence as “the almighty and ever-present power of God whereby he still upholds, as it were by his own hand, heaven and earth together with all creatures, and rules in such a way that leaves and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and unfruitful years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, and everytProverbs 21:1 applies the same principle to human affections, using the dispositions of the king as an example. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”
    hing else, come to us not by chance but by his fatherly hand” (Question 27). Remove the providence of God over nature, and — not only is all sense of security gone—the world is gone; meaningless change would soon replace its order
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    [QUOTEThe book of Proverbs contains many verses on this theme. Proverbs 16:1 says that although an individual may debate with himself about what he will say, it is the Lord who determines what he actually speaks:

    “The plans of the mind belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.”


    Actions are also under the sphere of God’s providence. “A man’s mind plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9). So is the outcome. “Many are the plans in the mind


    Proverbs 2 1:30 sums up by saying, “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, can avail against the LORD.”][/QUOTE]
     
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    I remember a song we sang in church and you may have sung it in yours and I especially like this stanza from a song called Bear Me Up, Angels

    If our eyes are opened as onward we plod:
    We'll see all the horsemen, and chariots of God.

    What if our Spiritual eyes were open and we were able to see the miracles according to Gods providence going on around us 24/7?... I know I've had my share!... Just the foolish thoughts from a child of God... But what if?... Brother Glen:godisgood:
     
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    Have reflected on this several times today. Thanks. :godisgood:
     
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    How We Ought to Think about God's Providence

    by Thomas Boston


    1. Beware of drawing an excuse for your sin from the providence of God; for it is most holy, and is in no way any cause of any sin you commit. Every sin is an act of rebellion against God; a breach of his holy law, and deserves his wrath and curse; and therefore cannot be authorised by an infinitely-holy God, who is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity without detestation and abhorrence. Though he has by a permissive decree allowed moral evil to be in the world, yet that has no influence on the sinner to commit it. For it is not the fulfilling of God's decree, which is an absolute secret to every mortal, but the gratification of their own lusts and perverse inclinations, that men intend and mind in the commission of sin.

    2. Beware of murmuring and fretting under any dispensations of providence that you meet with; remembering that nothing falls out without a wise and holy providence, which knows best what is fit and proper for you. And in all cases, even in the middle of the most afflicting incidents that happen to you, learn submission to the will of God, as Job did, when he said upon the end of a series of the heaviest calamities that happened to him, "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord," Job, i. 21. In the most distressing case, say with the disciples, "The will of the Lord be done," Acts, 21:14.

    3. Beware of anxious cares and fearfulness about your material well-being in the world. This our Lord has cautioned his followers against, Matt. 6:31. "Take no thought, (that is, anxious and perplexing thought,) saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?" Never let the fear of man stop you from duty, Matt. 10:28, 29; but let your souls learn to trust in God, who guides and superintends all the events and administrations of providence, by whatever hands they are performed.

    4. Do not think little of means, seeing God works by them; and he that has appointed the end, orders the means necessary for gaining the end. Do not rely upon means, for they can do nothing without God, Matt. 4:4. Do not despair if there be no means, for God can work without them, as well as with them; Hosea 1:7. "I will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen." If the means be unlikely, he can work above them, Rom. 4:19. "He considered not his own body now dead, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb." If the means be contrary, he can work by contrary means, as he saved Jonah by the whale that devoured him. That fish swallowed up the prophet, but by the direction of providence, it vomited him out upon dry land.

    Lastly, Happy is the people whose God is the Lord: for all things shall work together for their good. They may sit secure in exercising faith upon God, come what will. They have good reason for prayer; for God is a prayer-hearing God, and will be enquired of by his people as to all their concerns in the world. And they have ground for the greatest encouragement and comfort in the middle of all the events of providence, seeing they are managed by their covenant God and gracious friend, who will never neglect or overlook his dear people, and whatever concerns them. For he has said, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you," Heb. 13:5.
     

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