Thanking God.... The Mystery of Providence

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for stopping by. Thank you very much for your prayers for me. Thank God for His continuing mercies daily.

I just saw my psychiatrist today for a review on my bipolar condition. Thank God for improvements thus far, by the grace of God. It's been a year since I last experienced a relapse of bipoar depression. The medicine is working for me, by God's mercies, and our Lord is daily teaching me to pace myself better and to depend more and more upon Him. I am very thankful to our Lord for keeping me and dealing so graciously with me. Each morning that He enables me to wake up without feeling dreading to face the day, is a cause of thanksgiving to me. It is of the LORD's mercies that I am not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is His faithfulness!

I would like to share the following excerpt from John Flavel's Book "The Mystery of Providence" with you which encourages me that God is sovereignly in control of all things in my life, and He is working all things for His glory and my good, and that of His beloved people. Thank God for sustaining me and delivering me time and again from some 15 episodes of prolonged bipolar clinical depression over the last 21 years. I may not always understand God's dealings with me, in all his mysterious Providences, but I have no doubt at all of His love and His Power. He performeth all things for me. May that be our encouragement through all the changing scenes in life. To God be the glory.

The Mystery of Providence
Excerpt taken from John Flavel's "The Mystery of Providence", The Banner of Truth Trust, 1995, 1st Published 1678, pages 15 to 20.
 
"I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me" (Psalm 57. 2)

The greatness of God is a glorious and unsearchable mystery. “For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great king over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2).  The condescension of the most high God to men is also a profound mystery. “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly” (Psalm 138:6). But when both these meet together, as they do in this Scripture, they make up a matchless mystery. Here we find the most high God performing all things for a poor distressed creature.

It is the great support and solace of the saints in all the distresses that befall them here, that there is a wise Spirit sitting in all the wheels of motion, and governing the most eccentric creatures and their most pernicious designs to blessed and happy issues.  And, indeed, it were not worth while to live in a world devoid of God and Providence.

For it cannot but be a great encouragement to his faith, that God had transacted all things, or performed all things for him. This Providence that never failed him in any of the straits that ever he met with (and his life was a life of many straits) he might well hope would not fail him now, though this were an extraordinary and matchless one.

Providence not only undertakes but perfects what concerns us. It goes through with its designs, and accomplishes what it begins. No difficulty so clogs it, no cross accident falls in its way, but it carries its design through it.  Its motions are irresistible and uncontrollable; He performs it for us.

And (which is sweet to consider) all its products and issues are exceedingly beneficial to the saints. It performs all things for them. ‘Tis true we often prejudge its works, and unjustly censure its designs, and in many of our straits and troubles we say: ‘All these things are against us’; but indeed Providence neither does nor can do any thing that is really against the true interest and good of the saints.  For what are the works of Providence but the execution of God’s decree and the fulfilling of His Word? And there can be no more in Providence than is in them. Now there is nothing but good to the saints in God’s purposes and promises; and, therefore, whatever Providence does concerning them, it must be (as the text speaks) ‘performance of all things for them.’
 
And if so, how cheering, supporting and encouraging must the consideration of these things be in a day of distress and trouble! What life and hope will it inspire our hearts and prayers when great pressures lie upon us! It had such a cheering influence upon the Psalmist at this time, when the state of his affairs was, to the eye of sense and reason, forlorn and desperate; there was now but a hair’s breadth (as we say) between him and ruin.

This Psalm 57 was composed by David when he hid himself from Saul in the cave. This cave was in the wilderness of Engedi among the broken rocks where the wild goats lived, an obscure and desolate hole; yet even there the envy of Saul pursued him (1 Sam. 24. 1, 2). And now he that had been so long hunted as a partridge upon the mountains seems to be enclosed in the net. His enemies were outside the cave, from which there was no other outlet. Then Saul himself entered the mouth of this cave, in the sides and creeks of which David and his men lay hidden, and they actually saw him. Judge to how great an extremity and to what a desperate state things were now brought. Well might he say: ‘My soul is among lions, and I lie even among them that are set on fire’ (verse 4). What hope now remained? What but immediate destruction could be expected?

Yet now, while his soul is among lions, while he lies in a cranny of the rock, expecting every moment to be drawn out to death, the reflections he had upon the gracious performances of the Most High for him, from the beginning to that moment, support his soul and inspire hope and life into his prayers: “I will cry unto God most high, unto God that performeth all things for me.”

The encouragements to this resolution are taken from the sovereignty of God: ‘I will cry unto God most high.’ Upon this he acts his faith in extremity of danger. Saul is high, but God is the most high, and without His permission he is assured Saul cannot touch him. He had none to help, and if he had, he knew God must first help the helpers or they cannot help him. He had no means of defense or escape before him, but the Most High is not limited by means. This is a singular prop to faith (Ps. 59. 9).

To read this book online : visit http://www.reformedliterature.com/flavel-the-mystery-of-providence-intro.php

Take care and have a very blessed week!

All by His grace alone,
Nancie


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Wendy said...

Such a joy to hear from you, Nancie. This excerpt was strengthening to my faith, and encouraging. Our God is so loving, so kind, so mighty, so powerful. When He sends or withholds anything which we don't understand, it is wise to remember His attributes, and that He sees all, where we see so narrow a view of our life. Many blessings to you, my friend!
Wendy

Barbara said...

Glad you are turning a corner Nancie and as always a great testimony from you.

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

It's so good to hear from you too, Wendy! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, our God is so loving, so kind, so mighty and so powerful. He knows what is best for us and always work that which is best for us! His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Praise Him. Many blessings to you too, my friend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Thanks, Barbara. It's so good to hear from you again. Thank God for His many mercies in keeping me and sustaining me daily. All praise and glory be to Him. Trust you are well too. Take care and have a blessed week!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancie,

I'm suffer from the illness myself. I am Christian too. Thank you for writing this post. I am nowhere near where you have been through, I'm getting back up from a relapse myself, but seeing that God is good to you all these years gives me hope that He will be there for me too.

Bless you
A friend

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Friend,

Thanks for stopping by! It's so nice to hear from you and thanks for your encouragement. I am glad to know that you are recovering from a relapse. I am praying for you. May our Lord continue to strengthen and restore you.

Truly our Lord is the One that sustains us through all the changing scenes in life. He is with you and He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is able to deliver you and He works all things for His glory and your good. May He shower His love and many mercies upon you as you wait upon Him. Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Jane said...

Dear Nancie!
Okay so I've changed my ID a few times! But it's chalexa/jenalexa/jena/ and now I'm Jane! haha... Remember, also friends with Marja. You always always commented on my blog but this was a few years ago. I am writing to you because God has done so many amazing wonderful things in my life. I do still struggle with the bipolar but the meds have been working wonderfully and I've had maybe only a few minor bumps in the road over the last couple of years. My hubby is now a pastor! This was not in our plans, we could never have predicted this. Anyway, I wanted to let you know a bit of my life update because you have always been such a huge encouragement to me and to others by sharing your strong faith all the time. Never back down out of fear. If you do remember me, then thank you for remembering me but even if you don't because it's been so long and you can't even see my old blog anymore, then just know that we once were pals and you made a difference in someone's life :)
Have a wonderful day! Love, Jane

Joan said...

Hi Nancie:

Praising God for your good report and for God's sustaining hand. You have a powerful testimony here and you are an encouragement to others.

Stopping by from Thankful Thursday

Blessings,
Joan

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Friend,

Thanks for stopping by! It's so nice to hear from you and thanks for your encouragement. I am glad to know that you are recovering from a relapse. I am praying for you. May our Lord continue to strengthen and restore you.

Truly our Lord is the One that sustains us through all the changing scenes in life. He is with you and He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is able to deliver you and He works all things for His glory and your good. May He shower His love and many mercies upon you as you wait upon Him. Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Dear Jane,

Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I do remember you! I got to know you through Marja. So glad you are back. Thanks for the update. It's really amazing and wonderful how God works things for you!

Thank you for your encouragements! All praise and glory be to God for His many mercies to me. I have not been able to write and visit blogs regularly but I just pop over to your blog and hope to do so again in future, God willing. Take care and have a wonderfuly week!

Warm regards,
Nancie

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Nancie! Hope you are ok. Just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you & not just because it is TT. I wanted to let you know I took a stand this week! I am so proud of myself and just wanted to share. Hope you have a happy Memorial Day weekend if you celebrate. If not, a happy weekend full of things you love most. Take good care of yourself. I was told this a lot when I was sick with a sinus infection a few weeks ago.

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Becky,

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. It's so nice to hear from you again :)

Wow, you have had a very eventful week! Please say Happy Birthday to Rhett on my behalf. So wonderful that your Daddy could be there and it was a great gathering. Such a sweet gift you have given to Rhett. He must be very happy :)

I hope you have a very wonderful weekend! Take care and God bless!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Bayleigh Marie said...

Hi Nancie... I know I haven't been around for a while, and now I have a new id! Spin is connected to my domestic violence blog.

I will be around more. Miss you!

Barbara said...

Realise I did not read through the writings on Providence when last visiting. Such great truths but I will call it God who works all things out for our good and as the Bible tells us completes what he begins in our lives.
Blessings Nancie.

becky aka theRAV said...

Hi Nancy! Yes, it was wonderful my Daddy could be there for Rhett's birthay party. Daddy would not look directly at me when I took pictures of him but I took them anyway, white socks and all! LOL He has wore white socks all my life except when in a suit. I thought of coloring them in for the scrapbooks but that is my Daddy in white socks so I won't color them.

So glad to hear your dr's visit revealed good news! That is great! So happy for you. I loved this line in the words you shared..."the most eccentric creatures" for I am certainly one of them! LOL Loved the photo your friend took. Because you love photograpy probably as much as I do, I thought you might like to read my TT post for today. I figured you could relate to some of it. I also I felt like I had to be like you... and limit myself. I have learned I can say, "I am tired. I need to rest."

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Spin!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to hear from you. I missed you too. I have not been able to write and visit much but hope to be back again soon. Take care and God bless you!

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's so nice to hear from you again. Yes, God's providence is God working all things out for our good and completes what he begins in our lives. This is our comfort! Take care and God bless.

Warm regards,
Nancie

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Becky,

Thanks for stopping by. It's so nice to hear from you again. Thanks for all your encouragements!

So glad things went well with you. I just took a quick look at your post. I got to go now. Will visit your blog again soon to read your post. Take care and God bless.

Warm regards,
Nancie

becky aka theRAV said...

Well, thank YOU, Nancie for what you comments on my latest TT post. I guess I don't see myself as a blessing to others, but it is nice to know that I am. May I always be. I love sharing if you can't tell by now. I have to credit my abstract artist friend Cindy with the idea for the left over paints. I hope I am always an encouragement to others just as you are to me. So my prayer today is that Lord will let me continute to be a blessing and encouragement to others. ALso that he will let you always be an encourager for others as well. I thank you for the same things you thank me for and more. LOL You made my day when I read your comments.

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi Becky,

Your comment always make my day too :) You are surely an encouragement to me and I believe to others. I was glad to read in your TT post of the many wonderful ways God has been blessing you and also how He is making you a great blessing to others. This is one joy we have as a child of God, to share His love and goodness with others. May God continue to make you a blessing to others in the various ways He has gifted you!

Thanks again for visiting me and your encouragements to me too. You are always very encouraging and I thank God for your friendship and kindness to me :) Take care and have a very blessed week!

Warm regards,
Nancie

M. Caron said...

It is such a joy to read your blog, a true testimony to the power and the love of God. I admire your constant giving of glory to Him and to Him alone. I enjoy following your blog and will continue to do so! God bless you back a hundred times over for all that you've given to so many.

thebipolarchristian.blogspot.com

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Hi, M. Caron,

Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is so nice to hear from you and to know that you too desire to help others who are struggling with bipolar to find home in God. Indeed we are not alone. The Lord is with us and He is our help and strength. And is often in very difficult time that we come to know Him and His love deeply and personally. I pray that God will shower His mercy and grace upon you daily, and make you a blessing to others even through this blog. Take care and God bless.

Warm regards,
Nancie

marja said...

So good to see you writing and sharing again, Nancie. Thank God for keeping you well for so long. Yes, it's a great God we serve.

Love and prayers, marja

Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Thank God for keeping you too, Marja. It's nice to be able to write and visit again :) It is always therapeutic to me and brings much encouragement. Thank you for always being so encouraging. Thank God indeed for all His goodness and mercies to us. Yes, we serve a Great God!

Love and prayers too,
Nancie

Steph R said...

Nancie,
I was wondering if you had ever read this research that found a link between people who have psychiatric disorders typically have balance problems?
http://www.dailyrx.com/news-article/bipolar-mind-body-connection-may-lead-new-treatments-13844.html
I had recently had a inner ear infection and gone to a specialist. When I told him I had a psyciatirc disagnosis of Bi-Polar he talked briefly with me about this. I had never heard of anything like this though since my diagnosis 5 years ago. Have you?
God Bless you and best wishes.

Nancie said...

Hi Steph,

Thanks for telling me about this. I have not heard about it before. I will check out the link. Take care and have a blessed weekend!

Warm regards,
Nancie

 

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