Four Confessions For Hard Times
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by Derek Gentle
1. Lord, Your plan is RIGHTEOUS
Psalm 145:17 - The LORD is righteous in
all his ways, and holy in all his works.
Psalm 48:10 According to thy name, O
God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand
is full of righteousness.
Psalm 65:5 - By terrible things in
righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who
art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that
are afar off upon the sea:
- Your plan for my life will never
violate your holiness.
2. Lord, Your plan is GRACIOUS
Ps 84:11 - For the LORD God is
a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good
thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Isaiah 63:7 - I will mention
the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD,
according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great
goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on
them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of
Titus 3:5 - Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he
saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the
Ephesians 2:3-8 - But God, who
is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of
his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God
- I do not deserve better. If I got what
I deserved, I would be in hell.
3. Lord, Your plan is WISE
Romans 11:33 - O the depth of
the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how
unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Romans 16:27 - To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ
for ever. Amen.
1st Corinthians 1:25 - Because the foolishness of God is wiser
than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
- If I had all the facts, as You do, and
were able to interpret them accurately, and with the
right motives, Your will would be the thing I would want.
- You are doing the smart thing.
4. Lord, Your plan is PERFECTLY
Galatians 4:4 - But when the
fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a
woman, made under the law
1st Peter 5:6 - Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time
Other verses on God's control
over timing: Revelation 6:10-11, 6:17, 9:15, 12:6
Psalm 83:18 - That men may know
that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over
all the earth.
Psalm 135:6 - Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven,
and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
Ephesians 1:11 - In whom also
we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to
the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of
his own will
Ps 33:20 - Our soul waiteth for
the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
Ps 37:7 - Rest in the LORD, and
wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who
prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked
devices to pass.
Isaiah 33:2 - O LORD, be
gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm
every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
- You control the timing as well as the
- Your delays have PURPOSE:
- Sin purging purpose.
- Motive purifying purpose.
- Strength building purpose.
- Skill training purpose.
- Circumstance arranging
- Your plan always runs on schedule.
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