Saturday, July 16, 2011

Is God active when not seen?--The Providence of God

Acts 23:12-35 
  • God works providentially in life. 
      • “Providence”: when God uses the natural circumstances in life to accomplish His purposes.
      • “Miracle”: when God breaks the natural process to invade it in a supernatural way to accomplish His purposes.
    • Jesus keeps all created things in existence. Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:17
      • “Sustain” means to carry or bear. It has the sense of active, purposeful control over the thing being carried from one place to another.”
    • God’s causing things to happen that we would think of as merely “natural” occurrences. Psalm 135:6-7; Matthew 6:26, 30 – God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers.
    • God also governs human affairs. Acts 17:26; Psalm 22:28; Psalm 139:16; Acts 4:28
    • God has a purpose in all that He does, and He governs and directs all things in order to accomplish His purposes. Daniel 4:35
  • God’s providential work is dependable – it cannot be stopped. Psalm 2:1-4; Proverbs 21:1
  • God providentially works through your trials, enemies and un-believers. 2 Corinthians 11:23-27
    • Jewish Zealots & Roman Solders
  • God’s providence motivates us to actively live for Him. Hebrews 1:14

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