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-The Providential Power of God Helps His People!

Posted by Scott on September 25, 2007

“Providence-there is a great mystery here that we may never fully understand.  Though God is not the author of sin, yet He allows for sin and directs every sin and act of evil for His own glory (purposes).  He is sovereign!”

“…the rise of the Nazi Third Reich, the death of Able, the boils of Job, even the presidency of Bill Clinton and the horror of 9/11 were all providential events.”

-Doug Phillips 2003

I know that today many of us are experiencing troubles that we never thought we would ever have to deal with.  In such a time it is such a great comfort to know and understand that we serve a providential God.  He works all things for good for those of us in Christ Jesus. 

“Our love to God arises out of our want:  His love to us is out of His fullness.”

-C.H. Spurgin

God speaks through prevailing prayer!  “He will call upon me, and I will answer HIm.” (Psalm 91:15)

In the Webster dictionary it defines prevail as “to produce or achieve the desired effect; to be effective; succeed.”  How do we achieve this desired effect with God….by being in good fellowship with Him.  In this way He speaks to us and answers our prayers.  Something that we don’t think about much is listening to God first and then pray based on what He said.  This will change the perspective of our prayers.  We might find that when we first kneeled down to pray it was all about us.  However, after listening to God and meditating on His word, we direct the focus of the prayer on Him and His glory no matter what our circumstances are.

As Christian dads and husbands we must continue in a spirit of prayer at all times.  Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint…” (Luke 18:1)  This does not mean we walk around with our hands folded, but just in each quiet moment whether it is short or long we can simply just speak to God about that moment…whatever that may be.

God assures us through His precious promises!  “Whereby are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises:  that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature.”  (2 Peter 1:4)

Many of us tend to forget the promises of God for some reason.  We trod along daily without much thought of His promises.  He has promised not to forget about us, yet we set around whining about how God has forgotten us.  We are forfeiting the benefits of God by doing this.  Memorize the promises of God on a daily basis.

Some of His greatest and most used promises are His protection and provision.  His provision is every moment of our lives, men.  He has not seen anything that shocks Him or catches Him by surprise.  If you find yourself today without a job, He knew about it before the foudnations of the earth.  This was not an event that caught Him off guard and now He must react to it…..He is working His perfect plan in our lives at all times.  God never sleeps!

Review, reflect, and rely on the promises of God.  This is what gives us men our assurance for our families success.  He helps us at every turn of our lives. 

Our personal peace in God is calming!  “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”  (John 14:27)

Guys we are all searching daily for meaning and purpose.  We are searching for that personal peace.  If we are not searching God’s word for this peace then we will come up empty everytime.  Our world is overrun with illicit sex, drug abuse, and even terrorism.  These are unsuccessful attempts to find that peace.   Real and lasting peace is found in Jesus Christ and only in Jesus Christ.  He offers us this peace if we are obedient to His calling and trust Him for all the results of our lives.  Guys our kids will turn out alright by God’s grace inspite of us.  We are all bent out of shape trying to make sure we do everything right.  Dads we are simply to do as God would have us do and leave the results of our kids up to Him. 

Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.”  (Joh 14:27)  We need to accept His personalized peace in our lives today.  This seems much easier to say than do, I know, but it is the only way.

God assist us through His providential power!  “And we know tha tin all things God works for the good of those who love Him.”  (Romans 8:28)

All of us dads and husbands are subject to various trials, troubles, and testings just like anyone else.  We are not exempt from this.  As a matter of fact God has told us we will encounter various trials and tribulations.  Why is it that we are constantly trying to escape them as though we should be put above everyone else on a cloud?  The trial is not evidence that God hates us…He is shaping us as a tool for His kingdoms glory. 

God works by helping His people through providential means.  He works everything, good or bad, together for their benefit and His glory.   We miss out on His benefits if we do not encounter trials and testings.  This is when we see our God at His most powerful it seems.  Bringing each us through these times as we labor and suffer through the pain is a means to display His massive providential power.

Often we will experience God’s rescue of His saints.  He uses His angels to assist us and rescue us many times.  I can remember numerous times that I have been about at the end of my rope and ready to check out when this peaceful ringing in my head will calm me down so I can think rational and focus back on His promises to me.  It is a battle, a struggle.  This is not a cake walk, gentlemen.  This is life as a Christian.  (Psalm 91:11)

God is at work, guys!  You can trust this statement.  He has not forgotten any of us that are laboring here and it will not be a labor in vain.We can trust in His word at a time when the world seems to have checked out on His word, including the church.  Sing His praises.  Sing the Hymns of old and study the deep transforming testimonies that are embedded in those hymns.  God inspired those like any other song written to Him.  I encourage you to read the songs, read God’s word and meditate on His promises for a successful life in Christ.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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