Optimism


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Matthew 28

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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“There have been great and glorious days of the gospel in this land; but they have been small in comparison of what shall be.”

James Renwick, martyred 17 February 1688, A Choice Collection of Prefaces, Lectures, and Sermons by James Renwick, 1777, 279

“Though our persons fall, our cause shall be as truly, certainly, and infallibly victorious, as that Christ sits at the right hand of God. The gospel shall be victorious. This greatly comforts and refreshes me.”

John Owen, The Use of Faith, if Popery Should Return Upon Us, 1680, [The Works of John Owen, 1851, vol 9, 507-508]

“I had a strong hope, that God would ‘bow the heavens and come down’ and do some marvellous work among the Heathen.”

David Brainerd, Life and Diary for 22 July 1744, Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol 2, 1840, 349 

“I long to be engaged in the blessed work of saying to the heathen ‘Behold your God.’ Do not think that the future scenes cast me down. No! behold I go full of hope.”

Robert Moffat, Pioneer missionary to South Africa, to his parents before departing, 1816. The Lives of Robert and Mary Moffat, J.S. Moffat, 1896, 23

These quotes are to be found in a wonderful book by Ian Murray, The Puritan Hope (The Banner of Truth Trust, 1971, 2009). A fellow blogger recommended it to me: This Blog is Rated PG for Prophetic Guidance.

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Proverbs 4

18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

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8 thoughts on “Optimism

    • Good to hear from you, Levi! God bless you! You know we do have much to look forward to, for the Lord is so mighty and so good, and He is working for the Jewish people, and this fills us with anticipation.
      Today we had to put down our little chihuhua of 14 years. I’m crying but thanking Jesus because He gave her to us for that long. And I think how people must feel when they have much much greater losses, and we can pray for them – right? Yes!
      In His joy,
      Maria

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