Summary: This is the final part of an 8-part series on Divine Providence - what God provides under his plan for humans. This part addresses the place of miracles and phenomena in God's plan.

This is Part 8 of an 8-part series, which was originally developed for a 13-week adult class, with some of the parts taking more or less than a 45-minute class period.

I developed a set of slides on PowerPoint for use with the series and will be happy to share the PowerPoint files. The prompts reminding me to advance slides and activate animations are embedded in the sermon below. If you want to request the slides send me an Email at specifying what part(s) of the series you are requesting. Be sure to include the word “slides” in the subject line of your message; otherwise I am likely to miss it. I would find it interesting to know the location and a few words about your personal ministry if you will include it in your message. Allow several days for me to respond.


Outline of the series:

I. Introduction to the series

II. God’s Plan from the Beginning

III. God’s Plan Now and Our Problem with It

IV. Justice vs Mercy and the Plan of Salvation

V. The Only Way to Eradicate Sin

VI. Providence – What God Provides in Earthly Life

VII. Providence and Civil Governments

VIII. Providence, Miracles and Phenomena


VIII. Providence, Miracles and Phenomena

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(Quickly run through what was covered up to this point in the series.)

There are countless ways divine providence “provides” what we need, which is an eminently biblical perspective of providence.

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Peace - Romans 5:1

The incarnation - John 1:14

An anointing - 1 John 2:20,27

Never forsaken - Heb 13:5

All things pertaining to godliness - 2Pe 1:3-4

Great and precious promises 2 Peter 1:3-4

Understanding - 1 John 5:20

Way of escape from temptation – 1 Cor 10:13

Burden bearing – Psalm 55:22

Path-straightening – Prov 3:5-6

Discipline – Prov 3:11-12, Heb 12:6

Spiritual gifts – 1 Cor 12 -14

Lifting up the fallen - Psalm 145:14

Protection from enemies - Psalm 120-121

Restoration of the soul - Psalm 23:3

Hope, the anchor of the soul - Heb 6:19

Indwelling Christ/Holy Spirit/God - Gal 4:6,

1 Jn 4:12-13, Romans 5:1-5

High Priest who understands our trials - Heb 4:15

Healing for broken hearts - Luke 4:18

Living water - John 4:10

Abundant life - John 10:10

Victory – 1 Co 15:57

Rest – Matt 11:29-30, Heb 4:1-16

A vision of the Father - John 14:7,9

Righteousness revealed - Romans 1:17

The gospel – Romans 1:16

The church - Matthew 16:18

Mercy - Matt 18:28-30

Physical provisions - Matt 6:25-34

Spiritual provisions - 2 Pet 1:3-4

A Father’s Love - 1 John 3:1

A Mother’s Love - Prov 31:24-31

Civil Government - Romans 13:1-7

Miracle and Phenomenal Acts - Matt 4:24

Divine love – Romans 5:4

Caring - 1 Pet 5:7

Hearts of Compassion – Col 3:12

Healing – physical, emotional, and spiritual - Luke 5:31

The Good Shepherd - John 10:11,14

Angels ministering - Heb 1:14

Model for a perfect life - 1 Pet 2:21

Prayer, the avenue to his presence - Heb 10:19-20

His abiding presence - Psa 139:7-13

Power to become children of God - John 1:12

Times of refreshing – Acts 3:20

All needs supplied Php 4:19

Way of escape from temptation - 1 Cor 13:10

Abundant pardon - Isaiah 55:7

The truth that makes free – John 8:32

Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-17

“Beauty for ashes” – Isaiah 61:3

“The years the locust ate” – Joel 2:25

The Holy Spirit - Jn 3:34, Acts 2:38, 1 Th 4:8,

1 Cor 2:12, 2 Co 1:22

The seal of guarantee 2 Cor 1:22, 5:5

Wisdom - James 1:5

Intercession when words fail - Romans 8:26

Redemption - Ephesians 1:7

Reconciliation - Romans 5:11

Assurance of victory - Revelation

Joy - John 16:20

This series – or any series – of studies cannot identify and examine all that God does to provide for our needs. Many important ones have been mentioned fleetingly, or not at all.

But God provides for us in ways we see and ways we don’t see or understand.

His providence is sometimes against our wishes, but always for our good.

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Today we will conclude the series on Divine Providence by looking at one of the things God has provided for people.

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Mark Twain said the woman on the right, Anne Sullivan, was a “miracle worker.”

He gave that moniker to Anne because of her astounding accomplishment with the woman on the left, Helen Keller--blind and deaf at 19 months, and in this photo fully grown.

Anne Sullivan, herself nearly blind from untreated trachoma as a young child, her mother dead when she was 8, and raised by an abusive father in a dilapidated home. Anne herself did not learn to read and write until age 14. After college, at age 20 Anne accepted the Keller family's offer to tutor their blind, deaf, mute, angry, out-of-control daughter.

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