Does God Desert Us?

Discussion in 'A Puritan's Mind Updates' started by C. Matthew McMahon, Mar 25, 2007.

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  1. C. Matthew McMahon

    C. Matthew McMahon Christian Preacher

    I'm starting a new series of tract-like articles that are short, simple and for new converts, or potential converts.

    Here is one:

    Does God Desert Us? (Part of the "Tract Series")
    by Dr. C. Matthew McMahon
     
  2. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    Matthew - I was blessed by your article. It will be a helpful read for those saints who struggle with the issue of assurance. Thank you for writing this edifying and comforting piece.
     
  3. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

  4. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    "Desertions are not the interruptions of God's love, but the acts of His love."

    Amen!

    Wonderful tract, Matthew. Good meaty stuff.
     
  5. shackleton

    shackleton Puritan Board Junior

    Suffering

    I guess this is similiar to where the WCF says, "5:5 The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave for a season His own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption, and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support unto Himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends."

    Are you saying that God causes us to suffer due to our sin, sort of like punishment? Or are you just saying that if we commit sin we are bound to suffer the consequences?

    What did you mean by this? "Christ comes, and if we are not ready for Him, He turns and goes to another house to knock. We may search and seek for days, weeks, months, maybe even years, and still not find Him. The Shulamite was not ready, and so He left and was not found by her. But Christ is always ready to receive a soul that seeks Him in earnest."

    Maybe suffering is a part of the sanctification process. We are caused to suffer and as a result we become a better person, maybe even being able to comfort someone in similiar circumstances. Suffering produces character and with this character we are able to better resist sin. During times of suffering we draw closer to God for comfort, deriving our strength from Him rather than from sin where we are accustomed to deriving our comfort.
     
  6. MrMerlin777

    MrMerlin777 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Good stuff.
     
  7. ChristopherPaul

    ChristopherPaul Puritan Board Senior

    If these are tracts, then where are the pictures? :)

    :cheers:
     
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