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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

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

Thank You for Sharing the Greatest Gift!

Here at Christmas, we’re celebrating the birth of Jesus and the greatest gift ever offered to mankind—the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ who came to save His people from their sins. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 The Bible promises that when we ask God for... read more

Thanksgiving in the Midst of Your Suffering (Part Two)

It is possible to find contentment and thanksgiving in our suffering because of Jesus Christ. Knowing Him more fully is the greatest gift we could ever receive. But it often takes experiences of suffering for us to pursue Him, depend on Him, cling to Him—and come to know Him more fully. For that reason, suffering is a blessing. Several years ago, I wrote two posts about finding thanksgiving and... read more

Thanksgiving in the Midst of Your Suffering (Part One)

Suffering is “having what you don’t want and wanting what you don’t have.” Defined by these terms, everyone is suffering in some way. Even you. Therefore, you might find it very hard to be thankful today. But it is possible for your suffering to be an occasion for gratitude and thanksgiving. (Tweet this) Several years ago, I wrote two posts about finding thanksgiving and... read more

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