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Goodness

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The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one’s spiritual and eternal good (Romans 8:28).

Commentary from Concise Theology, p. 56, by J. I. Packer.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  1993

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Taught By God To Love Each Other

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Ambition is a characteristic that people in our society value greatly.  However, society’s view of ambition is “getting ahead,” “grabbing all the gusto,” “living for number one.”  All of these ambitions center on pursuit for the self.  The Christian’s ambition, however, is to strive for the kingdom of God.  Christians do not live to be flashy; instead, they seek to be obedient servants of Jesus Christ who is Lord of the church.  Whatever we do, let us do it faithfully, as unto the Lord, and let us be a positive force in society – serving those around us rather than stepping on people to get to the top.

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  (2003)

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Our God Is Able

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Through the ministry of His Spirit and the Word, we start to see things as the Father does and learn what pleases Him (Romans 12:2).  By believing that God keeps His promises, we will become stronger in our faith and more at peace.  Hardships that once would have thrown us off course will lose their power to shake us.  Hope will replace discouragement, and trust will overcome doubt.  Each time trouble comes, focus your attention on your loving heavenly Father and His ability to care for you.

Commentary from Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional, August 5, 2017.

Restoration

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Miracles are not merely superhuman happenings, but happenings that demonstrate God’s power.  Jesus performed miracles to renew people – restoring sight, making the lame to walk, even restoring life to the dead.  Believe in Him, not because He is a superhuman, but because He is God, graciously renewing His creation.  Although God does not always choose to bring full restoration this side of heaven, God does have a special concern for the poor, the weak, the crippled, the orphaned, the blind, the lame, and the oppressed.  Our concern should be like God’s – to care for the powerless in society by bringing Christ’s message of redemption in both our words and actions.

Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional NT.  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.  (2003)

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