8 Favorite Quotes from the Book “Can I Know God’s Will?”(R. C. Sproul)

Here are my favorite quotes from the book, Can I Know God’s Will? by R. C. Sproul published by Reformation Trust Publishing . If you want to support the author, you can buy the physical book or download it on Kindle for free by following this link.

“…there is a God who is sovereign, whose will is greater than ours. His will restricts my will. My will cannot restrict His will. When He decrees something sovereignly, it will come to pass—whether I like it or not, whether I choose it or not. He is sovereign. I am subordinate.”

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8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Guidance and the Voice of God” (Phillip Jensen & Tony Payne)

Finally we got Internet connection now in our new home. I could get into some of my backlog digital commitments. Thank you for praying for us.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Guidance and the Voice of God by Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne published by Matthias Media. If you like these quotes, consider supporting the authors by purchasing the book by clicking this link.

“The God of the Bible is the Lord of history, who draws up a plan and then pursues it to completion. God guides according to a plan.”

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Book Review: Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman

Missional and motherhood might the last two words you’ll put together. Missional is a task of engaging the world with the gospel either in Zimbabwe or your next door neighbor. Motherhood in the other hand might give you pictures of a homebound mother feeding her children. However in Gloria Furman’s latest book, “Missional Motherhood” these two words convey the plan of God to His elect, how Christ work uphold this nurturing and the important role of “mothering” to the church and the world.

Part 1 of the book is the story of God’s grand plan for us. It’s a re-telling of the Old Testament stories which God despite of what sin has done to us, He is there as a nurturer. Even if the image bearers rebels over and over, God’s redemptive plan is unhindered. It’s a long read that might make want to skip because you already know some of it. Then again for those who are not familiar with the story (it’s either a new believer or a non Christian) this is a thrilling read. Imagine reading the OT in one sitting and understanding the big picture.

Gloria gave the last part of the book the solution to what seems to us a foiled plan of God for us. She showed how Christ intercedes to us as we become “nurturer”.  We see here Christ as a creator, redeemer, prophet and more. It’s a well executed writing from Gloria Furman as she connects Christ roles to motherhood. It’s not a copy and paste thing then poof a book on missional. She knows what she’s writing.

Gloria Furman wrote not just another missional book but THE missional book about motherhood. She’s not jumping on the bandwagon but she sets something that everyone should give a second look. “Missional Motherhood” can set a bandwagon in itself because of its biblical and theological rich content that is engaging and accessible to everyone. Yes I said the word: EVERYONE. This book is not just written for “mothering” women but “mothering” men also. Men should not read this to understand women who are “mothering”but how men can be “mothering” too. Great book worth grabbing at Amazon or you local bookstore.

My verdict 4.5 out of 5

Review copy of the book was provided by the author.

My Goodreads review of the book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1653777109

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Who is God? Part 5

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
For the pass two weeks, we shift gears to dig deeper on what is meant for God to be in control. We will conclude this next week then go back to the main points of this study, but first we will look at the last point of His sovereignity. In knowing who God is in terms of being in control in everything we come to the third aspect of it: God has a plan. Let look at our main text again in that part that mentions God being in control:
“…and through him.”–Romans 11: 36
Plan
“making known[a] to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”
Eph. 1: 9-10
Not only does God has purpose and will but He also has a plan. He set out the purpose and will because He has a plan. What we are experiencing right now, is according to His plan.The past, the present and the future is already in His plan. What we have gained as a Christian through Christ, was planned long before everyone and everything has been created. In God’s sight everything is laid bare from beginning to end. Nothing escapes from Him even in the smallest, most irrellevant details in the universe. God’s plan cannot be stopped by anything and anyone. His plan will be accomplished.
If we look at the text we have chosen to study and the surrounding verses, we can see that it talks about our spiritual blessings due to what Christ have gain on the cross. Adding much to much weight to this truth is that God sets all of this in a big picture. That big picture is His plan. Lets read our text more clearly in the Amplified Bible:
Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in [a]Him,
[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
What an awesome plan God has laid to us as a Christian. May we find these truth as a refuge as we live for God in this fallen world.

Book Review: Just Do Something By Kevin DeYoung

Finally a book that will make you run to an open space and scream on top of your lungs. “Freedom at last!” Yes freedom indeed. Freedom to the never ending question every Christian has been pondering: What is God’s will for my life?

“Just Do Something” blows the conventional way of thinking of so many Christians about finding God’s will which according to DeYoung is simple and not so difficult to look for. First, Ptr. Kevin clearly gives the three kinds of will of God. Then he points out the five reasons why we fret about God’s will. After that, he listed why the conventional approach wont work and strike them all down.

“Just Do Something” brings us back to Matthew 6:33 and reinforce it like we never had it before. In the latter part of the book, he lead us to hold on God’s wisdom in what we want to pursue which really matters in knowing God’s will. Finishing this book will give you a feeling of relieve that God’s will is not “Where’s Waldo?” cartoon. Yes you can know God’s will!

A never to miss book on God’s will, “Just Do Something” will get you gear on action to do what God intents us to do. This short book packs up some biblical and truly practical lessons for us Christians who are seeking God’s will. Its readable and you’ll love share it with someone. Highly recommended. Prepare for liberation. “Just Do Something” is here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blueprint of God’s Ultimate Purpose Part 4

For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. (Zephaniah 3:9-11 KJV)

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:21-24 KJV)

The last thing that God’s ultimate purpose brings to the church is:

2.) ownership – we need to again look at verse 10 and notice the word “my”. God claims his people. The reason why we are saved is not just to put us in a safe place, out of danger of God’s wrath but also to own us that we might “bring mine offering” including worhip to our King. We dont just know Him, but also we know Him because He acquired us for Himself to be fitting (because of Christ) to worship. We are saved to serve, first and foremost to serve God. What are our excuse for not complying to this? Nothing. Because in verse 11, we see God knocked out the barriers for not worshipping Him. Christians, dont make excuses not to unite with the church. Dont make excuses for not giving what God demands from you. Obey Him and give what He requires from you!

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (Acts 20:28 KJV)

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: (1 Peter 1:22 KJV)

Conclusion:

Where do you fit in this big picture? Do you see yourself in this church cuddling your complacency? Are you not willing to be in one with the church to worship God? Stop and consider you have been saved for this sole purpose. Reexamine yourself and repent if youre not giving God that reason you are created.

The Blueprint of God’s Ultimate Purpose Part 3

For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. (Zephaniah 3:9-11 KJV)

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:21-24 KJV)

Before we move on, lets check out again the three components of our salvation:

1.) regeneration – verse 9 we read “then will I turn to the people a pure language…” It is necessary for us to receive the things from God. Dead in sin made alive.
2.) faith – again in verse 9 “that they may all call upon the name of the Lord…”. Faith is the means to grab hold on to Christ’s promises to save. Faith originates from God.
3.) adoption-we draw that from verse 10 “From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.” In salvation, we become sons of God. Now we are able to call and legitimately worship God.

The graciousness of God to us undeserving sinners is truly staggering. Understanding this what should be the church response? What does it brought to us members of His body? Zephaniah 3:9 gives us two (the last one is for next week):

1.) Unity – verse 9 states that we “to serve him with one consent”. In other versions, “one consent” can rendered “one accord” (ESV), “shoulder to shoulder” (NIV) and “with a single purpose” (Holmans Bible). So it is our business as redeemed people of God to unite for the sole purpose to glorify Him and eventually worship Him. We cannot as a church effectively worship God if we dont have this sort of oneness. Unity is what we do and giving our best. Church, we need each other. Let us unity because we are saved. Let us unite for God’s ultimate purpose! Remember the early days of the church in Acts 2: 46:

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,”

(To be concluded next week…)

The Blueprint of God’s Ultimate Purpose Part 2

For then  will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. (Zephaniah 3:9-11 KJV)

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:21-24 KJV)

Now we turn to the second and third components of our redemption. As a Christian we must know this so that we can get in full terms with God’s ultimate purpose that is the worship of Himself.

2.) faith – “that they may all call upon the name of the Lord…”. After they have been regenerated, meaning restored from being lost to chosen, they are now able to accept the salvation by God. And they can only acquire it by faith. Lets look at the following verses:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Acts 2:21 KJV)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:13-15 KJV)

So faith is essential to establish the saving power of God.

3.) adoption. Verse 10 reveals this component, “From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.” After being regenerated and receiving faith to accept salvation, now God gives us the rights to be His. “My suppliants” and “my dispersed” shows the possessiveness of God. This gives His redeemed ones authority and ability to call God in a more personal level. He didnt just leave us regenerated, nor just saved but He gave us dignity. Check these verses out and see how God is good in adopting us:

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12 KJV)

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1 John 3:1-3 KJV)

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26 KJV

Being regenerated, receiving faith to believe and being adopted we must put it in mind that we are very privilege. Knowing this we should carry on that benefit to live for Jesus and to this dying world. And thats why we are elected to salvation. By now we are grasping the purpose of God for Himself.

Having now salvation as the key to God’s ultimate purpose, as a church what does it bring to us and how does it connect to the worship of God? How do we bring about the reason why everything exist as the apex of God’s purpose?

(To be continued next week…)

The Blueprint of God’s Ultimate Purpose Part 1

For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. (Zephaniah 3:9-11 KJV)

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:21-24 KJV)

When we say blueprint it is a detailed outline or plan of action. God has a ultimate purpose. He created this universe and everything in it for a reason. You and me were created because of that reason. So one may ask, what is God’s ultimate purpose? The answer is: the worship of Himself! But how do God accomplish this specifically for us, Christians? One may consider that their is a key for this purpose laid out for a believer. And that key is: SALVATION.

In our lesson, we will seek to view “God’s Ultimate Purpose”. But we need to go from the start, or in other words the basics. And whats more basic that to view our salvation.

What are the some of the components of our salvation?

1.) regeneration – verse 9 we read “then will I turn to the people a pure language…”. Regeneration is spiritual birth or restoration. It happens before we have faith. We are decaying with sin but by God’s mercy, He restored us back to we can take the faith necessary to be saved.

And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God. Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. (Ezekiel 11:19-22 KJV)

As you can see without regeneration, its impossible to be saved and follow God. Notice the “I” mentioned. It came from God not to men’s effort. How magnificent God’s mercy to sinners that He done something to us that are undeserving!

(To be continued next week…)