Overcoming "Fearsome Storms" - Purity 955
Purity 955 02/01/2023 Purity 955 Podcast
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Today’s original artwork of a man reaching higher while summiting a mountain top as he is bathed in the glory of overcoming and the light of heaven comes to us from our man in the UK, Philip Hand. For those who don’t know Philip uses his artistic talents to inspire himself and others with the encouragement that the Lord has given us all we need to overcome the trials of life and the negative thoughts that can tempt us and threaten to take our joy and peace.
Although I have never met Philip face to face, we encourage one another in our walk of faith and with this artwork Philip sent along the following poem that I am honored to share with the world.
Fearsome Storms – By Philip Hand
Fearsome storms rage inside my mind.
Broken emotions unable to define.
I push up the mountainside just a little further.
Breaking through the storms embrace, I stand safe above the clouds.
How pure and sweet and fresh the air.
Skies crystal clear and blue.
A vision of majesty and splendour, a wonderful place of peace for you.
Perfect peace In the eye of the storm, all is still all is calm.
Perfect peace in that solitary place, seeing heaven face to face..
As my heart gains the victory, I believe I'm not alone.
Bigger than life stronger than fear, my Lord has wiped away my tears
Filled with awe and wonder I stand strong before God's throne.
Trusting in my Saviour, as He calms the raging storm.
Philip knows that the power of God in His life comes through his faith in Christ, by abiding in the Lord’s presence, and by directing his thoughts on His truth and he uses all of his artistic talents to share this message of hope. Philip has found his freedom in Christ and seeks to point people to the Truth, the Way, and Life, Jesus, and encourages us all to continually put our trust in Him.
Well, it is Wednesday, and although I didn’t plan in it, Philip’s mountain top scene, is perfect to represent the midpoint of another work week and it’s triumphant message is appropriate for the celebratory mood I find myself in today.
Last night, I led the first meeting of another Freedom in Christ Course for Freedom in Christ ministries and I am greatly encouraged by the men who showed up and boldly proclaimed their desire to learn, grow, and become more fruitful in their lives of faith. I am positively energized and filled with hope as I consider their testimonies and the potential that the Lord has for each one of them in the weeks ahead as the material will encourage them to agree with who they are in Christ and to resolve any personal and spiritual conflicts through the Steps to Freedom in Christ.
The Freedom in Christ course is not just a class as much as it is a process of transformation as it encourages the participants to gain an experiential knowledge of their new lives in Christ as their “head knowledge” is taken to heart.
I am positively jubilant this morning because I know what the Lord can do with this course and with these men. I know it because the Lord did it with me, personally, and with other men the previous courses I have led. So last night, I did my best to encourage the men to “stay the course” by assuring them of the truth and power of what would be taught and how it could impact the rest of their lives. The Lord did it for me and He can do it for them.
So, as always I encourage anyone reading or hearing this message to seek the Lord and to keep on walking and talking with God. When you walk to Him, God will take you new heights of freedom, victory, peace, and love that can overcome any fearsome storms.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verses are:
Romans 8:26-27 (NLT2)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
Today’s Bible verse encourages us with the knowledge that the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses and speaks for us even when we can’t express ourselves in words.
In this world broken by sin, there will be suffering, there will be pain, and there will be death.
However, the Lord has not left us alone in our afflictions. When we put our faith in Jesus, God sends the Holy Spirit to live in us as we are made spiritually alive. Through the Holy Spirit we have a constant connection to God, a form of two way communication as today’s verse indicates that God will “hear us” in our sufferings even when we are at a loss for words, that even through our groanings the Holy Spirit can communicate our needs to God the Father.
Any one who has walked through the fire of pain, suffering, tribulations, trials, or afflictions and has leaned on the Lord can testify that He never leaves us or forsakes us and gives us the strength to overcome situations that we would have thought to be impossible to endure.
The Apostle Paul writes this from experience as His ministry was accompanied by persecution, lack, and afflictions of the mind, body, and spirit.
So in your trials it is important to remember the that the Lord is with you for it is through Him that we can have peace in the storm, light in the valley, and strength in weakness. Abide in Christ and keep walking and talking with God, He will see you through.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we continue sharing from A.W. Pink’s “The Sovereignty of God.”
As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work. This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
By ARTHUR W. PINK
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD IN REPROBATION continues
Finally, it is worthy of careful consideration to note how the vindication of God in His dealings with Pharaoh has been fully attested. Most remarkable it is to discover that we have Pharaoh’s own testimony in favor of God and against himself! In Exodus 9:15 and 16 we learn how God had told Pharaoh for what purpose He had raised him up, and in verse 27 of the same chapter we are told that Pharaoh said, “I have sinned this time: the Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.” Mark that this was said by Pharaoh after he knew that God had raised him up in order to “cut him off,” after his severe judgments had been sent upon him, after he had hardened his own heart. By this time Pharaoh was fairly ripened for judgment, and fully prepared to decide whether God had injured him, or whether he had sought to injure God; and he fully acknowledged that he had “sinned” and that God was “righteous.” Again; we have the witness of Moses who was fully acquainted with God’s conduct toward Pharaoh. He had heard at the beginning what was God’s design in connection with Pharaoh; he had witnessed God’s dealings with him; he had observed his “long-sufferance” toward this vessel of wrath fitted to destruction; and at last he had beheld him cut off in Divine judgment at the Red Sea. How then was Moses impressed? Does he raise the cry of injustice? Does he dare to charge God with unrighteousness? Far from it. Instead, he says, “Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders!” (Ex. 15:11).
Was Moses moved by a vindictive spirit as he saw Israel’s arch-enemy “cut off” by the waters of the Red Sea? Surely not. But to remove forever all doubt upon this score it remains to be pointed out how that saints in heaven, after they have witnessed the sore judgments of God, join in singing “the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb saying, Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of Nations” (Rev. 15:3). Here then is the climax, and the full and final vindication of God’s dealings with Pharaoh. Saints in heaven join in singing the Song of Moses, in which the servant of God celebrated Jehovah’s praise in overthrowing Pharaoh and his hosts, declaring that in so acting God was not unrighteous but just and true. We must believe, therefore, that the Judge of all the earth did right in creating and destroying this vessel of wrath, Pharaoh.
The case of Pharaoh’s establishes the principle and illustrates the doctrine of Reprobation. If God actually reprobated Pharaoh, we may justly conclude that He reprobates all others whom He did not predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son. This inference the apostle Paul manifestly draws from the fate of Pharaoh, for in Romans 9, after referring to God’s purpose in raising up Pharaoh, he continues, “therefore.” The case of Pharaoh is introduced to prove the doctrine of Reprobation as the counterpart of the doctrine of Election.
In conclusion, we would say that in forming Pharaoh God displayed neither justice nor injustice, but only His bare sovereignty. As the potter is sovereign in forming vessels, so God is sovereign in forming moral agents.
V. 18. “Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth.” The “therefore” announces the general conclusion which the apostle draws from all he had said in the three preceding verses in denying that God was unrighteous in loving Jacob and hating Esau, and specifically it applies the principle exemplified in God’s dealings with Pharaoh. It traces everything back to the sovereign will of the Creator. He loves one and hates another. He exercises mercy toward some and hardens others, without reference to anything save His own sovereign will.
That which is most repulsive to the carnal mind in the above verse is the reference to hardening—“Whom He will He hardeneth”—and it is just here that so many commentators and expositors have adulterated the truth. The most common view is that the apostle is speaking of nothing more than judicial hardening, i.e., a forsaking by God because these subjects of His displeasure had first rejected His truth and forsaken Him. Those who contend for this interpretation appeal to such scriptures as Rom. 1:19–26—“God gave them up,” that is (see context) those who “knew God” yet glorified Him not as God (v. 21). Appeal is also made to 2 Thess. 2:10–12. But it is to be noted that the word “harden” does not occur in either of these passages. But further. We submit that Rom. 9:18 has no reference whatever to judicial “hardening.” The apostle is not there speaking of those who had already turned their back on God’s truth, but instead, he is dealing with God’s sovereignty, God’s sovereignty as seen not only in showing mercy to whom He wills, but also in hardening whom He pleases. The exact words are “Whom He will”—not, “all who have rejected His truth”—“He hardeneth,” and this, coming immediately after the mention of Pharaoh, clearly fixes their meaning. The case of Pharaoh is plain enough, though man by his glosses has done his best to hide the truth.
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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship
 Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (Swengel, PA: Bible Truth Depot, 1949), 95–98.