Trust Beyond and Against Appearances

Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental proof of the Lord’s power and goodness to save; when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances: and this trust, when habitual and strong, bears the name of assurance; for even assurance has degrees.
John Newton
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38–39

John Newton quote via The Sacred Sandwich on Facebook.


Liberty University v. Geithner UPDATED

November 26th UPDATE:

Supreme Court Grants Liberty University

Rehearing On Obamacare

Details at the above post.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In early November at Breitbart’s Big Government, Ken Klukowski reported that the Supreme Court would be considering a petition for the rehearing of Liberty University v. Geithner, one of the challenges to Obamacare.

When the Supreme Court decided NFIB, it denied petitions for review of all the other cases.

Staver filed a petition for rehearing, asking the Court to reconsider because Liberty University was different in several regards from the other cases. Now the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed, saying it does not object to the case being resuscitated.

In addition to making the same arguments about the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate in regards to the Commerce Clause and Congress’ taxing powers, Liberty argues that the mandate violates other constitutional prohibitions. The university contends that Obamacare violates its First Amendment religious freedoms through its funding of abortions and other practices that are contradictory to the religious mission of the university.

The lawsuit also challenges one of the other major provisions of Obamacare—the Employer Mandate. . . .

If the petition is granted, the Supreme Court will grant a writ of certiorari to claim the case, vacate (i.e., erase) the judgment of the Fourth Circuit, and then remand the case back down to the Fourth Circuit with instructions to consider arguments on Liberty University’s remaining constitutional claims.

The case could eventually come back to the Supreme Court for a final decision. Yesterday Klukowski wrote that the Supreme Court will be voting on the petition next Tuesday, November 20th, at its closed-door conference with the outcome probably announced on November 26th.

Please pray that God will have mercy on us and the unborn babies who would die under Obamacare, and that in His sovereign care for His people, He will grant the petition, guard our religious liberty, and strike down this law.

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
Proverbs 21:1
Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”
When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.
Jonah 3:5–10