"And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church." (Ephesians 1:22)
God has put all things, events, and circumstances under the authority of Christ!
How vast, how numerous, how complicated are the various events and circumstances which attend the children of God here below, as they travel onward to their heavenly home! What an intricate maze they often seem, and how much they appear opposed to us, as if we never could get through them, or scarcely live under them!
Yet, there cannot be a single circumstance over which Jesus has not supreme control. Everything in providence and everything in grace are alike subject to His disposal. There is not . . . a trial, a temptation, an affliction of body or soul, a loss, a cross, a painful bereavement, a vexation, a grief, a disappointment, a case, state, or condition, which is not put under Jesus' authority!
He has sovereign, supreme disposal over all events and circumstances!
As possessed of infinite knowledge, He sees them. As possessed of infinite wisdom, He can manage them. As possessed of infinite power, He can dispose and direct them for our good and His own glory!
How much trouble and anxiety we would save ourselves, could we firmly believe, realize, and act on this! If we could see by the eye of faith that . . . every foe and every fear, every difficulty and perplexity, every trying or painful circumstance, every looked-for or unlooked-for event, every source of anxiety, whether at present or in prospect, are all under His dominion, and at His sovereign disposal—what a load of anxiety and care would be taken off our shoulders!
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me." (Matthew 28:18)
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““Blessed are the poor in spirit.” There is a vast difference between this and being hard up in our circumstances. There is no virtue (and often no disgrace) in financial poverty as such, nor does it, of itself, produce humility...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
A. W. PinkArthur W. Pink (1886-1952) was born in Great Britain and immigrated to the U.S. to study at Moody Bible Institute. He pastored churches in Colorado,...
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Henry MahanHenry T. Mahan was born in Birmingham, Alabama August 1926. He began pastoring at the young age of 21 and has wide experience in the pastoral ministry, having...
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What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Mysticism is forever being injected into the way we are to view the scriptures. It is a subtle error not easily distinguished. The idea is that the truth depends on how I see it subjectively rather than being an objective revelation from God....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Zec. 3:2 Some of you know the story of Susan McDonald. She is the older lady who...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Bruce CrabtreeBruce Crabtree is pastor of Sovereign Grace Church, 1806 Hunter Avenue, P.O. Box 293, New Castle, IN 47362. Telephone (765) 755-3355 or (765) 529-6530.
Dear friend, Allow me to say, that it excites both my wonder and concern, that a Christian minister such as yourself, should think it worth his while to attempt political reforms. When I look around upon the present state of the nation, such an...[ abbreviated | read entire ]