Important points Faithful shepherds - will stand up against the wolves, hazard their lives and livelihoods, will not abandon the flock. vs
Hirelings - At best are just babysitters working for money. At worst they flee from the wolves, or are wolves themselves. Suggests that damage has been done to churches by Hirelings than by the world.
Walk by faith Pastor Price explains that if we only consider what we can see with our eyes, our fears will run away with us. Our sovereign God puts us into seemingly hopeless situations before powerful enemies, not to cast us into despair, but that we might look away from what we can see with our eyes, or what we hear with our ears, that we might look away from all of our own human resources, to cast ourselves upon Him and His infinite power, and wisdom, and help. Mere appearances are deceiving and misleading. That's why we are taught in Scripture that we must not walk by sight, and we must not walk by feelings, but by faith in who God is, and His might, and His power, and His wisdom, and His love, and His tender mercies. And we must also walk in the promises of God that He has made unto us. Whatever you face by way of some great trial that seems hopeless, it is not hopeless because God is ever faithful to His own.
Challenging God As Pastor Price explains, some people challenge God as if they were mightier than their Creator. They sin with a high hand and shake their fists in God's face and insult the Almighty by their wicked deeds. That's what's being done with the perversion of Biblical marriage in the so-called Respect for Marriage Act that codifies into national law same-sex so-called marriages. It seeks to shake its fist in God's face, destroy God's institution of marriage, and dares God to do anything about it. But He will do something about it; God will not be silent when we take such steps, whether as a nation, or whether as individuals. God may delay His judgment so as to give time to repent, but He will not be silent forever. As this sermon demonstrates, God did show up in a mighty way when King Belshazzar challenged Him at a drunken party. Belshazzar desecrated what God called holy, when he and his guests drank wine from the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple of God in Jerusalem. Interestingly, Belshazzar did not challenge any of the false gods of the nations, not even the gods of the Medes and the Persians who had surrounded Babylon. He only challenged the one true God because polytheists respected the gods of other nations, but the God of the Bible is exclusive.
Worthy is the Lamb! Thank you my Brother for exalting the Worthy Lamb and making sin exceeding sinful.
Rev 5:11¬† And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;¬†
Rev 5:12¬† Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.¬†
Pray for the fatherless and at such a time, that they would know Him! Isa 9:6,7
Misplaced faith Pastor Price challenges believers to search their hearts to answer questions about where they place their faith: Have we been trusting in riches as opposed to trusting in Christ? What is honestly and sincerely our chief goal in life? Is it to embrace Christ and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ to the glory of God? Or is it to embrace a better job? A bigger home? A newer car? Or a larger bank account? It is possible to have a misplaced faith by trusting not in riches per se, but in other things such as our children, our spouse, or our calling. Is how we view ourselves determined by what we possess? Or by what others think of us? Do we view ourselves as truly being successful and blessed because of our union to Jesus Christ or because of our union to our earthly possessions and the applause of others? What in your mind makes you truly successful in the most important and significant sense of success? Sincerely answering these kinds of questions can help us to understand whether we are truly trusting in Christ or in earthly possessions.
What would bring contentment? Pastor Price asks: What is the one thing that would make you content in this life? What would finally put an end to all of your murmuring, complaining, self-pity and coveting? A good paying job? A beautiful home? No more bills? A loving husband or submissive wife? Health? Wealth? Fame? If you have to have any of those things (or anything else) in order to be content, then you will never know contentment in this life. If you try to find joy and contentment in the things of this world, then you will find that they are all fleeting, here today and gone tomorrow. You either choose to look to persons or things in this life as the source of your joy, or you choose to be content by looking to the Lord Jesus Christ alone as the source of your joy. You can never blame your lack of contentment or lack of joy on not having certain things in this life. Because joy, contentment and peace are the gifts and privileges of those who fully¬†trust in God. When Christ is seen in every circumstance of life, how can you not be content?
Cut off from the Word of God Among the important points in this sermon is that the worst type of drought and famine that can fall upon a land (especially a covenanted nation that has known the preaching and proclamation of God's Word), is not a drought of rain that destroys crops and dries up wells, but is rather a drought of God's Word that destroys souls, and dries up the souls of men. But that is a drought that God brings upon nations that reject Him. He takes from them the faithful preaching of the Word of God. And when men's souls dry up, then all manner of abomination and rebellion and sinning inevitably follow. This is what we see more and more happening within this covenanted nation. God is cutting off more and more the faithful preaching of His Word. And what we see filling the void is foolishness in churches. This means that God is showing His anger and His judgment.
Thankfulness in all things As Pastor Price explains, in everything that you face in your life, you are able to give thanks because the sovereign and good hand of God is at work bringing to pass His most wise and holy plan for His glory, and even for your good in those circumstances. Even if it is awful what you are facing, even if it is painful, even if there is heartache, trial, suffering, the reason that you are to give thanks to God is because He has ordained that and He is working in that situation, whatever it is.
Desire for vengeance is a sin As Pastor Price explains so well, the desire for personal vengeance is a grievous sin that is rooted in pride and self-righteousness. This is a much-needed sermon that encourages listeners to look to Christ and die to self.
Great Sermon! Luke 16:18
18Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
1Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. 3So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.
10And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
39The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
All remarriage is adultery