Ron Cooke stands on the Rock of Biblical Truth A message that points the way to Christ by using the Word in all it's simplicity and in all it's power. We are reduced to the realization that there is nothing within us that is worthy of God but that we can indeed be delivered from ourselves by faith in Christ.
GRATEFUL FOR MY HELPER !! I know myself to be greatly loved by God because whenever Vanity Fair calls my name and I wander there--The Holy Spirit rushes in and rescues me, drawing me away from the counterfeit and back to the joy found in fellowship with Jesus Christ. It is as Pastor McClelland puts forth in this sermon that the children of God are prone to wander (following after the lust of the flesh), seeking to find happiness in imitation (the kingdom of this world) rather than the The REAL Thing (the Kingdom of God). Without Divine Help, we cannot resist and get victory over The Imposter.
FIRST THING FIRST !! Pastor McClelland is exercising Godly Wisdom to use the example of "the prodigal son" to reveal what must take place with a person BEFORE he is given "wisdom from above." There is a pre-requisite! One must be HUMBLED -- the proud self brought low. Apart from his father (a picture of the Heavenly Father), the son was lost and without any hope -- revealing a life where everything "under the sun" is only vanity. The prodigal found himself to be in a state of death and without any way of escape unless he repented and returned to his father and ask for forgiveness and mercy. The "puffed up one" had to be deflated BEFORE he was "made wise" BY GOD. And, so it is with all who are given Godly Wisdom.
A HARD NUT TO CRACK ! Thank you, Pastor McClelland, for tackling Ecclesiastes. Listening to you preach Solomon's autobiography of his life when he got away from God, is tremendously blessing me. There are so many things in Ecclesiastes that are dark and hard to understand. I am so grateful that The Holy Spirit has opened your understanding to them and is using you to bring that which is hidden out of the shell--truths that support the absurdity of the attempt of man to try to be happy without God.
WISDOM IS THE PRINCIPAL THING !! God's Word clearly reveals that there are two schools that bid for man and both send their literature. One is the SCHOOL OF WISDOM, the other is the school for fools. Those who are students in WISDOM'S CLASSROOM must have "a teachable spirit." And, Our Lord is gracious enough to send us a reminder of this fact through this sermon delivered by Pastor McClelland.
MUST HEAR! This is without a doubt,the best sermon I have ever heard.
The Apostle Paul might well have spoken these words.
Only a true man of the Lord God Almighty,could have such wisdom, compassion and discernment.
May the Living God of Life and Light,bless you now and always,as He already has and does pastor David.
Thank you for your amazing insight into the truth of the suffering saint.
To God be the glory,praise,honour,thanks and blessings, amen!
LOVE NOT THE WORLD !! As Pastor McClelland is careful to point out in this sermon, Lot's wife actually started on her way to safety. But, Mrs. Lot's problem was the same that many professing Christians have today--no eagerness of heart to obey God because God is not their first love. God is a jealous God and those who just move their head slightly toward the world, He does not view as a small offense. God views it as sin worthy of death! C.H. Spurgeon said, "If we would follow the Lord wholly, we must go right away into the wilderness and leave the carnal world behind us. We must leave its maxims, pleasures, and religion and go far away to the place where the Lord calls His santified ones. When the town is on fire, our house cannot be too far from the flames. To all true believers, let the trumpet call be sounded, "Come ye out from among them; be yet separate." (2 Corinthians 6:17).