Great Sermon! When we pray according to what we know is God's will, we will be broken over our sin(s) and the sins of others. Especially, those who are proud of sinful behavior; boasting without shame; but not without impunity. For God is still "keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty;" (Exod. 34:7). They know not what they do. So we should pray that the light of the glorious gospel will shine into their darkened hearts. After all, all men were created in the image of God, and were created for His glory. However, God will be glorified no matter what. We should pray that he delivers us from stubbornness of heart and laziness and cause us to seek His will for all men, in prayer.
The goodness of God leads us to repentance. He
Amazing!thank you for such clarity.'His Love has no limits,His Grace has no measure,His power has no boundaries known unto man,but out of His infinite riches in Jesus,He Giveth and Giveth and Giveth again!thank you this has helped my understanding this hymn has a greater meaning than it ever did before!
Heart searching dissertation The considerations presented deserve attention. Yes, God looks at the heart, while definitively humans cannot. However, here is a small observation to balance the issue.
âDo not judge a book by its coverâ has become a defensive worldly philosophy that has crept into todayâs evangelical way of thinking. To some it might even appear totally biblical. Certainly appearances can be deceiving, as pointed in the discourse, and discernment against all pharisaical self-deception is highly recommended.
However, on the other hand, what is in the heart it comes out and it reveals itself. Out of the abundance of the heart not only the mouth speaks, but inner attitudes, and values, or rebellion, become outwardly manifested. In other words, quite often, what one sees outwardly is symptomatic of what goes on inwardly. Surely we should âJudge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.â John 7: 24. However, âEvery tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.â Luke 6:44. One of our friends once said, certainly we should not judge by appearances, but there is nothing wrong about âfruit inspectionâ.
Great Sermon! Great sermon! Your sermon series on how to pray (as well as how not to pray) has been a huge blessing to us. Your teachings will help us greatly in our prayer lives, both together and individually.
Observations The yoke of âlegalismâ is tiresome and painful when the heart is not submitted to righteousness. Normally, new babes in Christ with healthy appetites, embrace ensamples of righteousness exhibited by mature godly believers.
The prevalent philosophy today deviates from absolute right and wrong reasoning that âwhat is right for you, it might not necessary be right for meâ so everyone approves what it is right in his/her own eyes as a norm. It would not be advisable to flippantly place a sugar-free diet example along other basic issues were excellence defines right from wrong, as in God-honouring music for example. To the contentious, the godly are an obvious rebuke, to the ignorant, a leading light of better things, or an example, and to the rebellious a flavour unto perdition or unto death. We find rest by surrendering to excellence. âThe righteous is more excellent than his neighbourâ Prov.12:26 âDaniel was preferred âŚ because an excellent spirit was in himâ Dan 6:3 âAbel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,â Heb 11:4 Let us âapprove things that are excellentâ Phi.1:10.
Commendable standards If there were a need, or obligation, to remember the incarnation at any time of the year in the church calendar, this service could be a pattern of principle and value to follow.
It was lovely to observe the quality of God-honouring music, and the integration of all ages into the worship. From the readings, music interpreted, spiritual reverence and preaching, Christ was honoured with Scripture value, rather than with the sentimentalism and trappings of season.
Perhaps, it would be beneficial and healthy for the elect of God to put together more often services as this for Christ's exaltation as such, without having to resort to the Christmas pretext. Why not?
Great Sermon! What a beautiful service this was! Cecil and I have never been to a Christmas service like this before. The music and singing was beautiful and your message was so good. The whole service was about our Lord! No Christmas decorations was an added plus.