The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith 1677/1689, chapter 5, ¶5
God is most righteous and gracious
On occasion God leaves his elect to the temptations of
the corruptions 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
God does this to humble his people and draw them to himself, both for his glory and their good
Christians have no basis to boast in themselves but have every reason to boast in the Lord Jesus who provides gracious salvation to them. Many problems in the church and culture can be solved by a healthy dose of humility before God and others.
Let's take a checkup ... a spiritual MRI to see how many of the old things are passed away in us. These 21 vices of a depraved society are extremely practical in detailing a heart that has wandered from Christ. Let there be light! The Light of Christ's Gospel in our life.
What goes into believers' plans and greetings? Titus 3:12–15 prepares us for the second serial reading in public worship on the Lord's Day. In these four verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that believers humbly see their neediness and seek/accept help, but also rejoice at opportunities to be used by Christ to meet others' needs
Luke 17:11-19 (KJV) And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. 14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. 15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, 16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. 17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
In another type or shadow of the life of Jesus in the account of Joseph in Genesis, we see them both falsely accused and arrested but also both maintaining Biblical character throughout.
Also Reference: Proverbs 7:22, Genesis 19:15-18. Matthew 26:60-61, John 2:19, John 2:20-21, Genesis 2:17, Genesis 3:4, Matthew 26:50, James 4:10 (see also Matthew 4 and Luke 4)
"Moral Rebels" and "Whistle Blowers" have gained a lot of attention today. The "little guy" who exposes the evil actions of those who seem too big to fall, appears to be in vogue. But rather than being a rare entity, there should be a lot more of it. Every follower of Christ should be a "moral rebel."
The healing of the blind man by Jesus sparked an electric trial instigated by the Pharisees. They have hardened their hearts against Jesus and do not see Him as the Messiah, but as a convoluted sinner. Consequently, they do everything within their might to dismiss the blind man's story and the miracle of Jesus. However, their attempts backfire and they are the ones who end up looking foolish and desperate.