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Satan has never succeeded at thwarting God’s purpose, harming God’s church, impeding the spread of the gospel or the growth of God’s kingdom, or injuring one of God’s elect. — Satan is God’s devil, not his rival! He is God’s servant, not his error!
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Confidence in God’s Providence — Don Fortner
(Tune: Breathe On Me Breath of God — #164 — SM)
1. I have a confidence
That calms my troubled breast:
My Father rules all providence.
He knows and does what’s best.
2. His wisdom, love, and skill
All providence displays.
With grace and pow’r that cannot fail,
God orders all my ways!
3. Fictitious luck, and chance,
And fortune I deny.
My Father rules all circumstance.
Into His arms I fly.
4. My fearful heart sustain,
Secure my soul from harm,
And spread beneath my soul in pain
Your everlasting arms.
5. Oh, let me doubt no more,
But in Your pleasure rest.
Your providence, ruled by Your pow’r
I know will make me blest!
LIMITED ATONEMENT is gospel doctrine. It is not a debatable point of theology upon which reasonable brethren may agree to disagree. If you believe that even one shall be lost whom Christ died to redeem, you deny the very Godhood of my Savior, making him a pathetic failure, whose blood is utterly worthless and insignificant. No, you are not my brother. We do not worship the same God.
“In Me Dwelleth No Good Thing!”
Opening my heart’s door, as best I can, entering into its most secret chambers, I see the most foul, abominable, and frightful things imaginable. In my sinful heart of flesh I see every evil thing that man has ever done or imagined against God and his fellow man. I make no exceptions (Matthew 15:19). I see evil thoughts, murderous imaginations, vile adulteries, fornications and perversions, deceit, thefts, lying, and blasphemies.
Let other men talk of progressively getting more sanctified, holy, and righteous, and less sinful if they dare speak so proudly. As for me, “I know”, by the testimony of Holy Scripture and by painful experience, “that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing!” — “I am carnal, sold under sin!”
Before God saved me, I thought things would be different if ever God was pleased to save me. I knew my sins would not be eradicated. But I did think they would at least be fewer, weaker, and less troublesome. But things are not as I dreamed! I was shocked to wake up one day and realize that I am still just as sinful as ever by nature.
My flesh is still flesh. And it always will be. Until this body of flesh dies, my sin will never die, or even diminish! The outward deeds are not so bad as they once were. But the inward corruptions are worse, far worse.
I am trying to be honest with you, because I want you to be honest with yourself and with God. Before God saved you, did you ever imagine that a saved person could be so vile as you are? I never thought a saved man could love Christ so little as I do and love the world so much, trust God so little and fret so much, have such a cold heart of indifference to the things of God and such a lively spirit to the things of the world, have such a hard time praying and reading God’s Word, and be so impatient, murmuring, and resentful of God’s providence.
In myself I honestly see nothing good, righteous, or holy. I pray. But my prayers are full of selfish desires. I read God’s Word. But my mind runs to every evil thing. I love Christ. But my love for him is shameful. I trust my God. But my faith is mixed with unbelief.
This is my confession: I am a sinner, nothing else. I have never done or thought even one truly righteous and holy thing, and never can while in this mortal frame. My only hope is God’s free grace in Christ. My only grounds of acceptance with God is the righteousness and shed blood of Christ, the sinner’s Substitute.
The only righteousness I have is the righteousness of Christ, his obedience to God as my Substitute. The only atonement I have for all my sin is Christ’s precious blood poured out by the sword of divine justice at Calvary, when he who knew no sin was made sin for me. The only holiness I have is that new man in me created by God in righteousness and true holiness, Christ Jesus.
Why Am I Thus?
“I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. — The evil which I would not, that I do...When I would do good, evil is present with me.” — Why? Why am I in this condition? Why is sin so prominent in my nature? Why is evil always present with me? Why is there a constant warfare in my soul? These are questions that I am frequently asked by concerned souls who honestly acknowledge their sin. And these are questions I frequently ask myself. The Word of God alone supplies us with the answer to them. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).
It is as simple and as profound as that. All true believers are people with two natures - “Flesh” and “Spirit.” Those two natures are constantly at war with one another. The spirit will never surrender to the flesh and the flesh will never bow to the spirit. We do not walk in the flesh. We walk in the Spirit. And those who walk in the Spirit do not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Yet, we never escape those lusts. We will never be free from “the body of this death” until we have dropped this body in death.
Painful as this condition is, it is best for us, while we live in this world, that we live in this condition for three reasons.
1. We must never forget that the only thing that distinguishes us from other people is the distinguishing grace of God. — “Who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)
2. We must never forget that our only ground of acceptance with God is the blood and righteousness of Christ — “Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)
3. We must never become content with our existence in this world. — “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-5:9)
The Grace Bulletin
April 5, 2020
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road-Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Telephone (859) 576-3400 — E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor
Schedule of Regular Services
10:00 A.M. Bible Classes
10:30 A.M. Morning Worship Service
7:30 P.M. Mid-Week Worship Service