Archive for the ‘submission to God's will’ Category

Deus Vult

November 15, 2011

Deus vult (Latin for “God wills it”) was the cry of the people at the declaration of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont in 1095. This became the motto of the First Crusade.

But what on earth made them think God wanted it? Their mistake was to neglect the clear teaching of Scripture against it. Let us not follow them

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When it says ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’, it means both your knees

December 19, 2009

When it says ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’, it means both your knees.

I begged of God that if I might do more good by being at liberty than in prison, that then I might be set at liberty; but if not, His will be done

December 8, 2009

I was not at all daunted but rather glad, and saw evidently that the Lord had heard me; for before I went down to the justice, I begged of God that if I might do more good by being at liberty than in prison, that then I might be set at liberty; but if not, His will be done; for I was not altogether without hopes but that my imprisonment might be an awakening to the saints in the country, therefore I could not tell well which to choose; only I, in that manner, did commit the thing to God.

John Bunyan, on the prospect of imprisonment, in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.188