The Decree Of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things. We have used the singular number as Scripture does (Rom. 8:28; Ephesians 3:11), because there was only one act of His infinite mind about future things. But we speak as if there had been many, because our minds are only capable of thinking of successive revolutions, as thoughts and occasions arise, or in reference to the various objects of His decree, being many, they seem to us to require a distinct purpose for each. But an infinite understanding does not proceed by steps, from one stage to another: "Known unto God are all His works, from the beginning of the world" (Acts 15:18).
The Scriptures mention the decrees of God in many passages, and in a variety of terms. The word "decree" is found in Psalm 2:7. In Ephesians 3:11 we see His "eternal purpose;" in Acts 2:23, His "determinate counsel and foreknowledge;" in Ephesians 1:9, the mystery of His "will;" in Romans 8:29 that He also did "predestinate;" in Ephesians 1:9, His "good pleasure." God’s decrees are called His "counsel" to signify they are consummately wise. They are called God’s "will" to show He was under no control, but acted according to His own pleasure. When a man’s will is the rule of his conduct, it is usually capricious and unreasonable; but wisdom is always associated with will in the divine proceedings, and accordingly, God’s decrees are said to be "the counsel of his own will" (Eph. 1:11).
Colossians 3:8: But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.
Ephesians 4:29: Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Colossians 4:6: Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
1 Peter 3:10: For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.
The Hope Movement had the God-given opportunity to assist the feeding center in Chiquimula, Guatemala in partnership with Mis Manos Tus Manos Ministry. On Friday, November 3, 2017 we served between 80 and 150 children. This feeding center managed by our friend William Lemus is in a community located in the trash dump. There are such much needs in this area and we pray that with your support we can continue to work with them to share the Gospel and love to those in need.
Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)
This Sunday until Friday The Hope Movement in partnership with Life Source Church and others will be flying down to the keys to share the love of Christ by helping to rebuild a church and homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Irma while also sharing the Gospel. Keep us all in prayer and those whom we will be serving.
Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)
La doctrina de la Trinidad, simplemente, es que Dios es absolutamente y eternamente una esencia que subsiste en tres personas distintas y ordenadas sin división y sin replicación de la esencia.
Cada persona de la Trinidad posee toda la esencia indivisa de Dios. Este hecho significa que las tres personas, aunque distintas entre sí, son iguales en cada perfección (Atributo) de la esencia divina.
On Saturday as we were working in the Haven of Hope Community Garden on North Avenue in Baltimore City we were playing worship music and landscaping. As we worked a man came to us and wanted to talk. He said he just got out of jail because he and his ex-girlfriend got into a fight, he is living on the streets and while in jail for two weeks his mother passed away of cancer and he missed the opportunity to see her. He said she was in the house dead for days and no one checked on her. As he spoke this hard man broke down and cried like a child.
He lives on the streets and came by to tell us that in the evening he sits in our garden and he feels close to God. We prayed together and later we gave him $2 to buy some hot dogs but before he went to get some food he helped us for about an hour watering the plants.
What is mercy? It is not getting what we deserve. Because Christ already suffered the judgment and curse.
"O Give Thanks unto the LORD; for he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever" (Ps. 136:1). For this perfection of the divine character God is greatly to be praised.
When we contemplate the characteristics of this divine excellency, we cannot do otherwise than bless God for it. His mercy is "great" (1 Kings 3:6); "plenteous’’ (Ps. 86:5); "tender" (Luke 1:78); "abundant" (1 Pet. 1:3); it is "from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him" (Ps. 103:17). Well may we say with the psalmist, "I will sing aloud of thy mercy" (Ps. 59:16).
"I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy" (Ex. 33:19). Wherein differs the mercy of God from his grace? The mercy of God has its spring in the divine goodness. The first issue of God’s goodness is His benignity or bounty, by which He gives liberally to His creatures, as creatures; thus He has given being and life to all things. The second issue of God’s goodness is His mercy, which denotes the ready inclination of God to relieve the misery of fallen creatures. Thus, mercy presupposes sin.
Spurgeon called them “three doctrines that must be preached above all else,” and he drew as texts for them “three third chapters (of Scripture) which deal with the things in the fullest manner.” Let's consider Spurgeon’s three R’s.
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:10-14
Our dear friend William Lemus who founded the ministry in Chiquimula, Guatemala called Mis Manos Tus Manos expressed a need in order to cover the cost to feed over 150 children who live in the trash dump. Without donations he uses his own funds even though he does not have a lot. So The Hope Movement once again was able to provide the needed funds to cover the food costs to provide nutrition and the Gospel to these precious children.
Far Less Has Been Written on the patience of God than on the other excellencies of divine character. Not a few of those who have expatiated at length upon the divine attributes have passed over the patience of God without any comment. It is not easy to suggest a reason for this, for surely the longsuffering of God is as much one of the divine perfections as is His wisdom, power, or holiness—as much to be admired and revered by us. True, the actual term will not be found in a concordance so frequently as the others, but the glory of this grace shines on almost every page of Scripture. Certainly we lose much if we do not frequently meditate upon the patience of God and earnestly pray that our hearts and ways may be more completely conformed thereto.
Probably the principal reason why so many writers have failed to give us anything, separately, upon the patience of God is because of the difficulty of distinguishing this attribute from divine goodness and mercy, particularly the latter. God’s longsuffering is mentioned in conjunction with His grace and mercy again and again (see Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18; Psalm 86:15). That the patience of God is really a display of His mercy is one way it is frequently manifested. But that they are one and the same excellency, and are not to be separated, we cannot concede. It may not be easy to discriminate between them. Nevertheless, Scripture fully warrants us in predicating some things of the one which we cannot of the other.