Seeing God’s Blessings

Phil 4:4-9

Romans 8:28-31 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

WWR – written 11/22/00.

In the light of the recent events concerning the election of a president and the voting results in Florida, how can we give thanks, and how can we see the blessings of God?

  1. God’s plan is working, God’s way.

  2. Romans 8:28 is still true.

  3. I Tim. 2:1-3 – we should pray that God will give us good leaders so we will be able to lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty.

  4. Rome was the leading nation in Christs’ day and they weren’t “Christian.”

  5. The early church, the apostles, and Paul worshipped and served God under severe persecution. We should never forget our chief goal and aim in life is to serve God, spread the gospel, preach Christ, baptize believers, and teach the believers the all things of the Word of God, regardless of whether we have the freedom to or not. Daniel is a good example of this.

  6. The idea that patriotism and Christianity are together is wrong.

  7. I Peter 1:6,7 - Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

  8. Matt. 11:28-30 - The burden of God is light. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

  9. I Cor. 10:12,13 - Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

  10. When you do all these things, the problem will not go away. It will still be there, just as big as ever. But if you’ve followed these things in the spirit, with God doing it for you, there will be times wen the problem will no longer bother you. Of course, there will be times when Satan will cause the problem to be before us. But remember that it is Satan bringing it up, and not God. Take the things back before God. (If you’ve not been praying enough, this will also put you in more contact with God - which is where we ought to be in the first place.

  11. The above things are not a quick remedy. But they are God’s words. The application of the things are not done in the flesh, but in the spirit. They are not accomplished by the strength of the flesh, but by the power of God in us. If you are able to do the above things and get relief, it is not you that did it, but the Lord. There is no glory for men in being right with God.