Righteousness is a treasure As Dr. Morecraft explains, living a righteous life brings God's favor whether anything else tangible is brought into your life that you can discern or not. Righteousness (obedience to God from the heart that's full of faith in Christ) is a treasure and is valuable in and of itself. Living a righteous life is far more valuable and precious than having the material things of this world. God's morality guarantees that the wicked will be punished and the righteous will be blessed, and there are no exceptions
God's judgement on the wicked Dr. Morecraft explains that it's important for us to understand the purpose of God's judgement on the wicked. There are three reasons why God brings such devastating punishment upon wicked people. First, to magnify the glory of His justice. God wants us to praise Him for His justice and holiness and wrath. He displays to people how great His justice and His righteousness are. Second, he punishes the wicked because that is what they deserve. They deserve to be punished throughout all eternity. Sinning against the Triune God is so infinitely heinous that the only way it can be justly punished is by infinite, eternal punishment.¬† Thirdly, God judges the wicked to deliver the righteous from them. When God brings His severe judgment upon His enemies, it is for the benefit of His people and for their protection.
Depend upon God Our plans will not prosper apart from God's intervention. We must embrace our dependence upon God, and seek His presence and blessing on all occasions. God smiles on the plans and efforts of those who depend on and seek His blessing. Those who don't depend upon Almighty God succumb to anxiety, whereas those who commit their way to the Lord are preserved from anxiety. You can trust completely a sovereign God who has everything in control. The point is to say, "Lord, I can't make it on my own. In trusting You, and embracing my dependence upon You, and knowing that You're there in my life, my burden is lighter. The demands are still as many, and the responsibilities are still heavy, but I can endure them because I know You are there."
Marvelous Sermon! Too bad there is no PDF. This sermon needs to be memorized and understood in its implications from resulting prayer. Prayer that comes from knowing a God who is worthy of the praise of his glory and of his grace that rescued us.
May God raise up more with passion for his glory in justice.
This pastor gave us the quote from Calvin worth considering. "God does not need our defense. But we would be less than dogs if we did not bark when our master was under attack." God's honor, expressed in Christ, is under attack. God magnify the glory in your justice.
The ear is the key to the heart Dr. Morecraft explains that Biblical Christianity is more a religion of the ear than of the eye.¬†In contrast to Biblical Christianity, the Medieval Church became a religion of the eye and a religion of the senses: beautiful art, incense, bells and smells, appealing to all the senses. This is why it can be called a religion of the eye, a religion of what you could see.¬†It's not accidental that religions that emphasize the senses downplay preaching.¬†The Bible says that faith comes by hearing; not by seeing statues but by hearing a voice.
Praying in Jesus' name This sermon includes an explanation of what it means to pray in Jesus' name. It doesn't simply mean superstitiously repeating the words "in Jesus' name" at the end of each prayer. None of the¬†prayers in the Bible end with those words, and yet God heard them all. So what does it mean to pray in Jesus' name? It's to live in obedience to His commands; it's to believe in His promises; it's to seek mercy from God for Jesus' sake. It's to draw encouragement and strength and boldness and perseverance from the thought of Jesus' mediation and His redemptive work. There is no access into God's presence without the Mediator.
The iniquity of the fathers Dr. Morecraft demonstrates that God still visits the iniquity of the fathers upon their children and grandchildren. However, it's very important to understand that the children and grandchildren are not the innocent victims of their forefathers' sins. Rather, God's judgment continues down through the generations because the children imitate the sins of their fathers and grandfathers. They commit the sins they learned in their home growing up, and therefore they receive the punishment due for their sins. The judgment of God that first came upon the father continues to come into that family as long as the children imitate the father.
A hot-tempered man is addicted to anger Among the many beneficial points of this sermon, Dr. Morecraft explains that a patient loving person is somebody who rules his passions and his circumstances. He rules his emotions rather than his emotions ruling him. He rules his circumstances by seeing them as events God has placed in his life, and dealing with them according to the principles of the Word of God. On the other hand, the hot-tempered man is the person who lets his passions and emotions sweep him away. He could stop it if he wanted to, but doesn't want to. He is somebody who is controlled by his passions. Because the quick-tempered man doesn't look at his circumstances from the perspective of the Word of God, the circumstances rule him. A hot-tempered person is a person addicted to anger. Anger is his first choice when he responds to any situation and therefore he stirs up strife. A hot-tempered disposition is always destructive to love and to friendship.
Only the Word of God can create a cheerful heart As this sermon explains, every Christian will¬†experience various afflictions. Nevertheless, each one can have a cheerful heart that enables him to endure, overcome, and triumph in all the afflictions, pains, and troubles of life. A Christian can have a cheerful heart because he knows that all the afflictions, as heavy as they may appear to him in this life, are but a feather compared to the eternal weight of glory that he shall receive. He knows that what's in store for him in the future is far more glorious than any troubles he has to experience in this life. It is that thought that causes a cheerful heart to triumph over all circumstances.
Apostasy leads to judgment Dr. Morecraft demonstrates that the spiritual condition of the church determines the political, economic, and social condition of the society in which that church exists. Don't blame the Democrats or Republicans, as bad as they are. It is the church that has led America to the judgment of God. The church in America is apostate to a large degree, therefore the nation is apostate. Furthermore, when God judges a land, the present generation will hate the heritage of its fathers and will seek to destroy it. This is being¬†fulfilled today as many people claim that believing in traditional heterosexual marriage is bigotry, and that America's heritage is racist and full of oppression.
The heart governs everything you are In this sermon, Dr. Morecraft explains the significance of the heart.¬†The condition of the heart determines the outward life and inward spirit of a person. The condition of your heart determines what's going to be on your face, how you're going to live in this world, how you're going to relate to this world, and what's going to happen in your whole inner life. The heart determines the way we think, analyze, evaluate, and reason. That whole complexity of intellectual activity is rooted in the heart: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." The heart governs everything you are. That's why the Bible says, "Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).
Humanity is divided by God's grace Dr. Morecraft points out that there is no unity in the human race. The human race was united in its common forefather and in its rebellion against God. Therefore, sin did not divide the human race, God's grace did. Just like He separated Israel from Egypt in the Old Testament. God put a difference between Israel and Egypt. God saved Israel in spite of her sins, and destroyed Egypt because of her sins. What was the difference that split the human race in Egypt? The sovereign grace of Almighty God. That's what divides the human race to this very day.
The power of a healing tongue In this sermon, Dr. Morecraft explains that the tongues of good people can heal the hurt and damage caused by the perverted tongues of evil people. That should give Christians the courage and motivation to speak in situations that might be intimidating, when they might be misunderstood, when they might be criticized, and when they might not be liked. It should be encouraging to know that the healing tongue is more powerful than the perverted tongue. And however much damage a perverted tongue brings to a person, a church, or a culture, the healing power of a good man's tongue can overturn and heal all of that.
Speech reveals character In this sermon, Dr. Morecraft explains important biblical truths about the tongue. Christians have the power to restrain their emotions from controlling them. They are not victims of their emotions. Self-control is a gift of the Holy Spirit. This means that we can constrain our speech. Instead of uttering violent words, we can respond to those who commit¬†wrongs against us with gentle words. A soft answer is a thoughtful, compassionate, and patient reaction to somebody who has done us harm, without compromising the truth. Furthermore, speech is rooted¬†in the character of the speaker. The way a person speaks is rooted in the basic, essential character of his life.
The true honor of a nation is its character As Dr. Morecraft says, the true honor of a nation is its character, not its wealth. The destruction of the character of a nation is the demise of that nation and the demise of its greatness, its security and its wealth. In the 1800s it was said that "America is great because she is good, and when she ceases being good, she will cease being great." Dr. Morecraft also explains that unlike in previous times, everything has become political in our day due to the expansion of government. It wasn't like this so much in previous generations. But now, it seems that everything in some way or another comes under the control or direction of civil magistrates. Christians need to know how to think about political matters from a Biblical perspective.
God honors wise people In this sermon,¬†Dr. Morecraft explains that a wise person is someone who fears God, who devotes himself to God's Word, who loves Christ, and who seeks to live in terms of God's Word in everything he does. God honors wise people with the qualities symbolized by a crown.
The Marxist view of wealth is anti-biblical Dr. Morecraft helpfully explains what the Bible teaches about poverty¬†and wealth, and points out that Marxist views and attitudes¬†are anti-biblical. God is sovereign in the distribution¬†of wealth. The blessings that God bestows upon faithfulness are comprehensive and life-wide.