Here is a gracious fact: “We receive support from the palace” (Ezra 4:14). Both the upper and the lower springs from which we drink are fed by the great King’s eternal goodness. In every moment we have been supplied with food and clothing.
Sometimes we have been reduced to a pinch. Then through our infirmity, fermented with the irritability of our unbelief, we ask, “What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear?” (Matt. 6:31). Still we have lived in the land and we have been fed. It has been especially gratifying to receive a loaf of bread from our Father’s hand. You have known poverty, but there has been a special sweetness in the daily bread that has been sent in answer to prayer. Although we do not drink water from the rock (Ex. 17:6) or find daily manna (Ex. 16:4), God’s providence still produces the same results, and we are fed and satisfied.
— Charles H. Spurgeon
A.W. Pink defines the sovereignty of God in the following way:
“What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the godhood of God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Daniel 4:35).
“To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psalm 115:3).
“To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is ‘The Governor among the nations’ (Psalm 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is sovereign is to declare that He is the ‘Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords’ (1 Timothy 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.”
I know a man who said when it comes to raising children, we need to put down the Bible and just … relate to them… I don’t know to what extent he means this, but he seems to be saying that I need to quit using the Bible in my instruction of my boys, and just spend Daddy time with them. What is most important is to affirm them where they are as children.
This one is the picture of the week simply for it’s oddity. You will notice the broken glass and the bottle cap in the picture, along with a wire retainer for our tomato netting. Not much when you first look at it. But please note, all three of those are sitting on the shelf of one of my grills. Still nothing unique about that. But here is the kicker: the glass and bottle cap are from our home in Terrell, TX.
Yes, you have failed in driving your subject out of the ministry. He was ordained into the gospel ministry and installed as a pastor charged with preaching that dreadful message. I have to say that he is a zealous one for the enemy. He is committed to belching out those dreadful words to the point that even those in his camp struggle.
But don’t worry. This will give you the perfect chance to work on him, leading him into usefulness for our cause. Just keep working on him with his strength and that will give you a foothold into bringing him down. Let him think that every word he utters is of the utmost of importance for the Enemy. Feed that pride. Help him think that he is the only one who is truly proclaiming that filth. If you can get him thinking along these lines, you can go a long way, for the moment that you trip him up into thinking that the message depends upon him, and his eloquence, you have him right where you want him.