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God Governs Hands-On, Using Even the Actions of Evil People for His Purpose (Sovereign Rule, Part 6)

In the previous post, we saw that God oversees people’s sinful actions while not being the source of them. He can allow events to take place, where evil plays a role — without being the source of the evil Himself. God does not originate everything He permits. He does not put evil in anyone’s heart. Such evil is the result of man’s innate evil desires and Satan’s fury. Even when suffering... read more

Do God and Satan Alternate Shifts? (God’s Sovereign Rule, Part 5)

Do God and Satan alternate shifts controlling the world? It often seems like Satan has punched in as manager of the world, and God is never coming back from His break. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Psalm 103:19 establishes a foundational fact: “The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom [his sovereignty] rules over all.” God is sovereign. As we saw in part one,... read more

An Easter Prayer: Speaking Life to Dead Things

Happy Easter! I pray you have a blessed and happy Easter! May these special days be filled with the Holy Spirit’s presence and anointing. May God give you a glimpse of our Savior and set your heart ablaze with His indescribable love. May the resurrection power of Jesus Christ descend and bring to life those things you thought were beyond reviving — your spiritual passion … your... read more

Easter: Fresh Insight and Inspiration from the Archives

  The following posts provide tons of Easter insight and inspiration! They contain informative articles, devotionals, teaching and preaching videos, and over a dozen worship music videos that will usher you to the foot of the cross in worship. The Resurrected Life The Confrontational Language of the Cross 13 Videos to Fix Your Eyes on Jesus and Fill Your Heart with Worship From the Cross to the... read more

Seesaw Control: How Perspective Draws Victory from Defeat (Sovereign Rule, Part 4)

We twenty-first century Christians take an approach to God’s sovereignty that is similar to a piece of playground equipment—the seesaw. We believe that one day God is in control of our lives, and the next day Satan or an evil person has gained control over Him. It’s as if today the seesaw tilts to the side where God sits, so that He wields all the power over life’s events. But tomorrow... read more

God Chooses the Weak: Celebrating Caleb and His Example

Today is World Down Syndrome day — the perfect day to tell you about a young man named Caleb and how God has used him to preach volumes. (I’m interrupting our series on God’s Sovereign Rule to celebrate this special day. Besides, I believe God has a message for you sent through Caleb…) Several weeks ago I had the privilege of seeing my friend’s son, Caleb, be baptized at... read more

The Apple and the Alien: Resting in God’s Sovereign Rule, Part 3

  It is critical that we grasp the truth of God’s sovereign rule and rest in His higher plan. When we do, we’ll not only survive our seasons of suffering, we’ll thrive. I want you to do more than barely survive your trial by the skin of your teeth. I want you to thrive! I want you to receive all the good things—the good fruit—that can come from your trials. You see, God... read more

Filtered Through His Fingers of Love: Resting in God’s Sovereign Rule, Part 2

God holds our lives in the palm of His hand. Nothing is allowed to touch us unless it is filtered through His fingers of love. Only the circumstances that will benefit us and reveal His character are allowed to seep through His protective fingers. In Part One of this series, we saw that God is the supreme ruler of the universe. He has ultimate control over every detail. No one outranks or overrules Him,... read more

His Throne Rules Over All: Resting in God’s Sovereign Rule, Part 1

Are you discouraged because of a hardship in your life? Have negative circumstances robbed you of hope? Has something bad happened to you—something it seems God should have either been powerful or caring enough to stop?  This is the first article in a series about a vital truth: God is sovereign. Whatever you’re going through, I believe this series will encourage you. Suffering and hardship got... read more

Praise God in Advance: The Fasting-Praising Connection

Is one of your causes for fasting an overwhelming situation that is beyond impossible? Are you powerless to do anything about it? Are you fasting because you’re desperate to enlist God’s help in solving the problem? Regardless of whether you’re fasting about minor needs or a major problem with insurmountable odds, the next step for you is the same—that of praise. It’s... read more

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