God is everywhere, watching, superintending, overseeing, governing everything in the highest interest of His church, and carrying forward His plans and executing His purposes in creation and redemption. He is not an absentee God. He did not make the world with all that is in it, and turn it over to so-called natural laws, and then retire into the secret places of the universe having no regard for it or for the working of His laws. His hand is on the throttle. The work is not beyond His control. Earth’s inhabitants and its affairs are not running independent of Almighty God. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
Certain sins, sadly, are found in one generation after another within a family. Sins like drunkenness, dishonesty, rebellion against God, adultery, and many others. If such a sin is evident, the only recourse – the only way to achieve true freedom from this cycle – is to turn to Christ and ask Him, by the indwelling power of His Holy Spirit, to break the chains of iniquity so that they will bind and enslave no more.
His allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress is considered one of the great works of Christian literature and was often one of only two books, along with the Bible, that families owned for over 200 years until the early twentieth century.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was a Baptist preacher and writer. Bunyan grew up in Bedford, England, joined the army as a teenager, and later became a tinker, the trade of his father.