Only the Word of God can create a cheerful heart As this sermon explains, every Christian willÂ 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 beingÂ 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.Â 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 commitÂ 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 rootedÂ 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,Â 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 povertyÂ and wealth, and points out that Marxist views and attitudesÂ are anti-biblical. God is sovereign in the distributionÂ of wealth. The blessings that God bestows upon faithfulness are comprehensive and life-wide.
The power of words Among the many valuable points made in this sermon is that the saying, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," is a bald-faced lie. In reality, it's better to be hit by a stick or a stone than to be slandered. As Dr. Morecraft says, the tongue is one of the most powerful weapons on earth.
A companion of fools versus walking with the wise Dr. Morecraft provides an extensive and powerful explanation of what it means to be the companion of fools, and what it means to walk with wise men.
Wise living requires knowledge of God Dr. Morecraft explains that nobody is going to make it through this life successfully without the knowledge of God that comes from the Bible.Â Knowledge of God comes with great effort. There are no shortcuts. There's no easy way to get it. The knowledge of God comes from believing, dedicated, daily, diligent, study of the Word of God. In contrast, foolishness is man's understanding and interpretation of life that originates with himself and not with God.
Practical teaching on humility and wisdom This excellent sermon by Dr. Morecraft covers a number of important points, including the six elements of wisdom: 1) The fear of the Lord; 2) Submission to God's Word; 3) Knowledge of the character and the will of God contained in Holy Scripture; 4) Skill in applying what you learn from Scripture to your everyday life; 5) Discernment to distinguish right from wrong and truth from falsehood; 6) Jesus Christ in your life - there is no wisdom outside of Christ.
The Biblical answer to depression Dr. Morecraft explains that as long as we are consumed with ourselves, we will always be depressed. Doing what the Bible says, regardless of how we feel, will change our lives for the better (Matthew 6:33).