Richness of God’s providence

‘[You have] clothed me with skin and flesh,
And knit me together with bones and sinews.
‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness;
And Your providence (divine care, supervision) has preserved my spirit.
‘Yet these [present evils] You have hidden in Your heart [since my creation]:
I know that this was within You [in Your purpose and thought]. – Job 10:11-13

Beginnings are generally preceded by challenging circumstances – an environment that demands newness and freshness.  Darkness, ignorance, chaos, and death are a summons for light, understanding, Divine order and spiritual life.  Their existence reveals a need for a new beginning – a fresh start. – Blakely

In spite of our sinfulness, in spite of the darkness surrounding our souls, the Grace of the Holy Spirit, conferred by baptism in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, still shines in our hearts with the inextinguishable light of Christ … and when the sinner turns to the way of repentance the light smooths away every trace of the sins committed, clothing the former sinner in the garments of incorruption, spun of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. It is this acquisition of the Holy Spirit about which I have been speaking.—St. Seraphim of Sarov

Just as the divine wonders and portents lead to a deeper understanding of the daily miracles of providence, so the precepts are guides to the duty of individuals. Biblical religion is an indivisible synthesis of moral and spiritual principles, on the one hand, and practical observances on the other.

Our walk is the result of our spiritual state.

We will never know the full blessings of peace, abundance, and joy that God intends for His faithful people unless we understand this. In fact, we can’t even claim to be His faithful people unless we understand this. Righteous good deeds are the unavoidable results of a life yielded to Christ. They are the fruits of grace. They authenticate, verify, and give evidence to the work of the Spirit. They go hand in hand with the proclaimed Word.

Dr. Conyers was for some years a preacher before he had felt the power of the gospel. As he was reading Ephesians 3:8 in his Greek Testament, he came to: “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” “Riches of Christ”! said he to himself,- “‘Unsearchable riches of Christ’! What have I preached of these? What do I know of these?” Under the blessing of the Spirit of God he was thus awakened to a new life and a new ministry. Are there not some yet living who might put to their own consciences similar questions? – Spurgeon



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