We complete our study of Thomas Watson's teaching through the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer (there will be a few more weeks of supplemental studies to conclude this series). We pray in "Deliver us from evil," that God will either 1) prevent temporal evils or 2) deliver us out of them. And lastly, "In all the troubles that lie upon us, let us look up to God for ease and succour ... To pray to saints is idolatry advanced to blasphemy. Our Saviour has taught us in all our distresses to pray to God for a cure ... Let us, then, in all our straits and exigencies, look to God, and say, 'Deliver us from evil.'"
Ephesians 4:22-32 " That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 ¶ Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
God's rules have not changed. God hates rebellion. Disrespect towards parents is not of God. Children are not to try and figure out why a parent is asking something of them. Children are to obey their parents as long as it doesn't go contrary to God's word.
The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith 1677/1689, chapter 5, ¶5
God is most righteous and gracious
On occasion God leaves his elect to the temptations of
the corruptions of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts
God does this to humble his people and draw them to himself, both for his glory and their good
Author and researcher Donna Howell is here to uncover what God's first enemy did to Earth in the days it was "without form, and void", and what may have really happened in the days of Adam.
The new book Before Genesis is available HERE
We need to make sure that we set no wicked thing before us. We should lift up holy hands when we pray. If our hands aren't holy God will not hear our prayers. When you put wicked things before your eyes you separate yourself from God. The Holy Ghost will not dwell in an unclean temple.
I. Who foretells the evil sinners will do.
A. Some will depart from the faith.
B. Some will deny His good creation.
II. Who is always to be thanked for His blessings.
A. Receiving them all as such.
B. Receiving them as sanctified by His word and prayer.
Even the best leaders, apart from Jesus, are imperfect. Take Jehoshaphat - he was an incredibly good king but he kept going back to associate himself with the wicked house of Ahab. The consequences of this and the arranged marriage for his son Jehoram contributed to the disastrous reign of his son and grandson. Despite all this, however, God's covenant remained intact.
God's word exhorts us to courage and bravery in the cause of truth, and condemns the cowardly. (Correction: in the reference to J. Gresham Machen it should have been Princeton Theological Seminary, not the university.)