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May 6, 2021 6:00 am
Alan White, pastor, Bible teacher and author of his latest book, the power to bless the most important thing I think ever happened to a child would be to get a vision for his or her life through identity comes from. Interesting that the spirit of this present age would disagree with what I'm saying right now, spirit of the age. Quick to accuse me of sin.
We are trying to overcontrol your child and exert their influence and should do that.
Let the child that's Pastor Alan welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light. Excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series proof is presented in an old church in North Carolina. If you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program. I will make sure you know how to get our special resource.
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I pull out the folder and it was on this text and is far that I was only other time I preached on this text why I'm in prisons text more nomadic, but the folder I pulled out had sermon manuscript and it that I preached in October 1998 and what was interesting about it when I pulled it out it was kind of a little sentimental trip for me because it was just 2 1/2 weeks after our daughter Abigail had been born. She was born Tuesday, September 29, 1998, and a couple of Sundays. Later I was preaching on this text and I just had to look at it since there was a manuscript and say what did I have to say what was on my mind as I was preaching. Maybe the first or second time after our baby girl had come into the world what was on my mind is this is a is a father for the second time and I just chuckle out of it. This is this is verbatim from my introduction to that sermon 19 years ago, right after Abby was born. It began this way I have acquired an application for permission to date my daughter form. The applicant must fill it out before taking Abigail on a date. Remember, she's two weeks old and preaching this of course she will be 21 years of age before she has her first day. The form begins with this basic information, name, height, weight, IQ, GPA anticipated graduate study program to be pursued after college hours spent in Bible study and prayer daily just general information like that for the applicant, followed by a simple yes or no section applicant is to fill out yes or no. Do you own a van yes or no. Do you own a truck with oversized tires yes or no.
Do you own a waterbed only. We have those anymore they is a yes or no.
You have a nose ring, bellybutton ring, or any other ring attached to something it should not be attached to yes or no and then that form says if answer to any of the above questions is yes then discontinue the application leave the premises immediately. The next section. The next section of the application is I'm reading verbatim from a sermon 19 years ago. The next application of that section of the application to date my daughter is a narrative section with these instructors and 50 words or less. What does do not touch my daughter mean to you. Been there a few other questions on the form like a win would be the best time to interview your father or mother, and pastor at the end of the form.
The applicant signs and has a document notarized with the statement, to the best of my knowledge, under penalty of death of movement, dismemberment, electrocution, Chinese water torture and/or a red hot poker. All statements included herein are true in my favorite part of the form concludes by saying thank you for your interest. Please allow 4 to 6 years for processing and that sermon continued for sermon I preached after Abby was born. It continued like this reading from the manuscript. I have a vision for my daughter's life and is not for her to date certain kinds of men.
The parent loves the child and begins have a picture over the child's life visions out will be for her for Abigail, I envision her to be. As a Bible describes her namesake a beautiful and wise woman I want to be beautiful inwardly full of the joy, peace, gentleness and vitality of the Holy Spirit. I wanted to grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with men. I want to love God with all her heart want to be filled with the power the Holy Spirit because of a vision of purity of her life means that some things just don't fit that vision course are pieces of this picture that I don't really know how they will actually be lived out. I don't know what the ultimate color of her hair will be will be plenty of surprises in her personality. Along the way things I would've never guessed, and I believe she will accomplish things that I currently am not able to imagine that she will accomplish house 19 years ago, here I am a Father's Day and thankfully were still now two years away from an ABM being allowed to fill out the application to date her. But as I had envisioned when I first held her in my arms. She has indeed grown in wisdom stature in favor with God and man. She is as her mother, and I dreamed a wise and beautiful woman.
I was so much that I didn't know at that time couldn't have known, of course, I didn't know that the early part of her life that she would not live in a lighthearted home, but in a home that was heavy with sorrow over the advanced cancer that would take Abigail's aunt Mary away from the earth that her photos is a one-year-old seldom had smiles. She had breathed in some of the weightiness of grief in our home that year I didn't know when Abigail was born and I held her in my arms that I would have to join my wife and praying for a miracle to heal her of the threat of melancholy that had tried to infect her tiny soul and I didn't know that God would answer her prayer at such a glorious overflowing manner such that the light and joy and laughter and silliness would become Abby's chief calling cards.
I didn't know that she would be such a wonderful mixture little girl that will love to wear frilly early dresses and also loved to climb trees go on adventures. I didn't know she would love dogs and every animal and dancing classical ballet and live for a chance to be on a horse.
I didn't know that she would develop such a snarky, quick wit, such that she was the one in our house when one day she was little and I said I think Abby on I'm looking a little too fat and she looked at me seriously sis and daddy you don't look fat with a shirt on. I didn't know that this was the way it was going to be. I didn't know that she would try to dodge math and science. But when national speech contest. I didn't know all of these things, but I had a vision for her life. Vision of good things of purity of holiness of love for Jesus and the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our life. The things I knew for sure I had a vision for a life that's what a father does challenge right will have more teaching moment from today's important series like something is holding you back if you can important see that could change everything.
Is there someone you love to stack them out what's missing blessing on the vision spoken over you can learn how to embrace the practice of blessing to Pastor Ehrenreich's new book, which quickly became an Amazon number one bestseller after 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once send you the I thank you for your demo send this not only received the best-selling but also receive a free session video place in which Pastor Alan teaches how to blast and covers content not video course includes a detailed study guide perfect for personal growth or small group discussion. Make your gift today discovered the power to blast the gospel is shared when you get to Alan Wright Ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today. We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website Pastor our and.work. Today's teaching now continues you once again is the most important thing I think ever happened to a child would be to get a vision for his or her life right that's where identity comes from and it's interesting that the spirit of this present age would disagree with what I'm saying right now because the spirit of the ages would be quick to accuse me of sin.
We are trying to overly control your child and exert their influence.
He shouldn't do that. Just let the child be the child going to be discover him or herself and that everyone find their own direction and no one give restrain anybody by any such type vision. That's the cry of the age entity. There have been, of course, parents and authority figures who have been selfishly and selfishly impose their own agenda onto others and and that's the thing that people want to break free from. I understand that but but but the spirit of the ages has offered no vision for a child at all is absolutely wrong and if you think about it completely ridiculous. Of course you have a vision for a little child. I'm just using this as an illustration, but is a picture of the bigger issue of vision and a course you have a vision. If you have a child that crawls you have a vision for the child to walk. That's why we take them by their little hands and we hold them up and we straddle them only walk inside, show them this is what it feels like to wall to get a vision of them not crawling their whole life. But walking.
It's why when their preschoolers. We buy them books and we set them in our laps and we read them stories because we have a vision of them. Learning to read.
We have a vision and even people who say they don't have a vision for their children, but they do have a vision and something happens inside of a soul. When you begin to catch the vision because you align your life according to the vision were not were not raising slaves robots perform obediently for us. Of course not. The life of obedience is a life that aligns to what is highest and best and something gets planted deep within. So to say where there is no vision or no prophetic revelation people cast off restraint is to say if you don't have a God-given vision for your life. There is no inward ruling force that shapes all your decisions and all your behaviors but what a vision from God does is it puts into you and identity of who you are, why you exist and where you're going with your life so that then all competing ideologies and all distractions from your God-given purpose get laid to the side. In other words, you restrain yourself from all the distractions including the sin which so easily clings to us.
You are made for so much and God is your father and God is not silent. He is not a cruel father who leaves his children in silence, wondering what they're supposed to do is a God of revelation is a God of the word is a God of the spirit who deposits his own life inside of you, his own spirit and I'm just saying if I had as a father of a newborn baby girl vision over her life.
How much more so does your heavenly father have a vision for your life. We want you to receive it and catch it if I spoke prophetic blessing over my children in order to cast a vision for their future so they could grow into it. How much more so does God by the power of his word and his spirit speak a prophetic revelation of your life a blessing over your life. That's what his word is full of is telling you a vision for who you are a vision for what you've been made a vision for who you are destined to be surprising when when in this one little versus of famous where there is no prophetic revelation of prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint that the couplet the second part of it says, but blessed is he who keeps the law you might expect that the proverb would save where there is no prophetic vision, the people are discouraged, the people cast off restraint, but where there is revelation. The people flourish. You might expect it to say that it is that it's a parallel statement and other widgets sort of repeating the first statement, but the second statement says blessed is he who keeps the law there that seems odd at first but what I want to show you today is just how beautifully powerfully inseparable. These two ideas are that that. In other words, my point is about about raising Abby is that I wanted to put a prophetic revelation over her life of holiness, pure purity and love for Christ and of making a difference in the world because once she gets that then. Blessed is she who keeps the law.
Your obedience is not a drudgery to a slave master is in alignment to revelation, that is calm from your father. Let me start with this to try to explain further how sad and empty and dangerous.
It is where there is no vision or there's a misguided vision so the spirit of the age would tell you that you are more free when there's no one telling you what to do. That's the spirit of the age. Freedom is proportionate to how little restraint you have on your life that is categorically the opposite of the biblical picture of what freedom actually is freedom, powerful, beautiful freedom and biblical faith comes weather is vision and revelation and the word of the Lord, and in fact and biblical faith where there is no present revelation.
There is deep mourning. So, in the old covenant. You see, over and over. This theme that there is a great grief if there is no vision. Proverbs 1114 says where there is no guidance of people falls but an abundance of counselors there is safety first Samuel 31, little Samuel is called into the ministry that verse once is now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord in the presence of Eli and the word of the Lord was rare in those days there was no frequent vision to this is a grievous thing in the heart of Israel. If there was no frequent vision Amos eight describes one of the most painful forms of judgment that the Lord ever brought in the old covenant will hold the days are coming, declares the Lord God when I was in a famine on the land, not a famine of bread nor thirst for water but hearing the words of the Lord shall wander from sea to sea, and from Northeast, he shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they cannot find it is grievous thing.
If you didn't have a transcendent revelation giving you instruction for your life. Part of Lamentations the lament of the exiled people is for this very thing. Lamentations 29 are gates of sunk into the ground is ruined and broken her bars or kings and princes are among the nations. The law is no more. The Torah are word from God. Where is it will have it were not surrounded by what, and her prophets find no vision from the Lord is one of the greatest forms of grief in the life of Israel. Hosea 46 says it plainly, my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, all of biblical faith hinges on this God reveals himself and if you don't have revelation from God, then you are stuck or you're in danger. How contrary to our modern notions is a gift.
This is the most precious gift if someone who knows more than you do gives you a word of wisdom and revelation and vision that you can trust what a gift and if you don't have your stuck paralyze or imperil Helen Wright and today's teaching from the series foolproof. It's foolproof vision. Alan is back here in just a moment in the studio, sharing his parting good news thought for the day.
Stick with us like something is holding you back as if you lack an important seat I could change everything. Is there someone you love hissing stock to help them out what's missing blessing.
We all need vision spoken over, I learned you can learn how to embrace the biblical practice of blessing to Pastor Alan writes new book, it's a blast, which quickly became an Amazon number one bestseller after 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once send you the I thank you for your donation this night will not only receive the best-selling that also receive a free session video place in which Pastor Alan teaches how to blast and covers content not the video course includes a detailed study guide perfect for personal growth or small group discussion gift today discovered the power to blast the gospel is shared when you get to Alan Wright Ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today. We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I banks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor out.aware calendar back in the studio until you've according good news thought for today as we have the series on foolproof and if someone feels like I have trouble receiving this gift from someone. Is it because I think that an authority problem that what with their paranoid about something like that. Like for you to tell me what to do. Well I tell you one thing is we as we are talking yesterday's broadcasts that our capacity to hear from God is intimately related to our capacity to trust God and that's why you when you immerse yourself in the good news the gospel trust grows in you hear from God what we're seeing today will continue is that God has a visionary destiny for each one of us and so much of what happens when you get direction for your life is that you are gaining a sense of God's vision and is rooted in Scripture, but it is also rooted in God's interaction with you is your father and that vision is will see energizes us to work to obey and to excel so instead of focusing on oh I need to work harder.
I need to do something more Excel focus more on being filled with the vision of God for your life and his his focus will will come in your heart.
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