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The Answer for Every Generation

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June 7, 2021 8:00 am

The Answer for Every Generation

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June 7, 2021 8:00 am

Most people think freedom is what happens when you manage to escape boundaries and limitations. But in this lesson, Jonathan Evans points out why, spiritually speaking, the opposite is true. Join him for this perspective-changing look at the link between obedience and freedom.

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It's only right for me to make up because it is my survival and my good and the promise that he has for my life. Jonathan Evans cautions us to use our freedom of choice very carefully. Anything else is only to become enslaved to subletting celebrating.

This is the alternative Dr. Tony author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the a loving parent or text their children by establishing rules and boundaries special message today, Jonathan Evans points out that God does the same for us that only in obedience to God's rules. We truly experience freedom must join him as he explains chapter 6, verse 20 says when your sons asked you in time to come, saying, what do these testimonies and the statutes and the judgments means which the Lord our God commanded you, then you shall say to your son. We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and the Lord brought us from Egypt with a mighty hand. Moreover, the Lord showed great distressing signs and wonders before our eyes against Egypt and Pharaoh and all his household. He brought us out from there. In order to bring us into give us the land which he had sworn to our fathers, so the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God for our good always and for our survival as it is today. It will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all the commandments before the Lord our God, just as he has commanded us on those verses that they were rehearsing that they had seen him work. You saw that already or not, but they will rehearsing what limitations you will, God did for me yesterday but it was a question and it was a question that was coming since the size of Alaska and the time to come know that means means there's a time this coming of the sun's light is a question that's coming in. The question that's coming to the people is simple. It says what are the testimonies in the statutes and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded us what what are the testimonies in the statutes and the judgment to tell me what it means to say, tell me what it says I know what it says I just read it. I want to know what it means.

One of the benefits and outcomes. What what why is it necessary statutes and judgments what they're talking about is the 10 Commandments because the 10 Commandments, the Mosaic law was the covenant that the people were living under at the time, and so the question that's coming is what does it mean to live under that rule to say it like we said in our church. What does it mean to live your life, under the rule of God.

What is the meaning of living your life under the rule of God is one of the benefits and outcomes. Why is it necessary to live our lives under the rule of God. That is the question many of you have that question because you're living under the rule of God, kind of, but not all the way because you're still a little wishy-washy on whether or not is necessary to live your life from the rule of God you're okay with coming to church okay that he saved you from sin you're okay that now you know you're going to heaven. But while I live. Why is it only necessary for me to give my life totally to God what is the necessity of that and then they begin to answer the question you want to go through it again so you can see the answer, but I just want a storyboard for you now that you have the question, what you shall say is that we used to be slaves in Egypt but God brought us out with a mighty hand, he showed us himself when he brought us out to show great signs against all of my bad situations in my sin in my past to get me out of that mess and he brought me out in order to bring me into the promise that he has for my life. So he commanded me to obey him for my good and my survival as it is right now so it's only righteousness for me to obey God and everything that is calling me to do that make sense. No equipment, no net would say backwards is only right for me to obey God because it's for my survival and my good and the promise that he has for my life I have seen him with my own two eyes. I used to be stuck in a slave in sin, but he brought me out of that in order to bring me into where I'm currently standing so that I can continue to have good I can continue to survive and I can experience the fullness of the promise that he has for my life because I used to be a slave.

I know what slavery is and you want to ask me what does it mean to live under the live under the rule of God because it's for my good and my survival. He has given me a promise. So I'm living under the rule of God because God is the one that should rule since he's the one who has the mighty hand to bring me into the promise that you he has your life, what, what is the answer to the question simple. Submit your lives to God because God is the one who has your life to submit your life to anything else is only to become enslaved to something that and we spend our lives looking at the mighty hand of God for salvation, but will leave his mighty hand affects our own lives on earth and he saying here is the answer to the question and I don't care when the question comes because he said the time is coming, but the question will be asked and no matter when the question comes whether it's Old Testament or New Testament or what you feel like maybe your Testament is the same exact answer.

I don't care if you're a baby boomer millennial XML generation ABC DEF don't care who you are. Submit your life to God because God is the one who has that God is the one who's holding it. God is the one who brought you out to bring you into something God is the one who saved you God is the one who made you God is the one who put you two together in marriage. God is the one who positioned you so there's nowhere else to go if you want to experience the freedom that he freed you for you say will will how do I get my marriage from a turbulent one year to a successful tenure you have to both husband and wife, submit yourselves to God's will. I am a wife and I'm submitting myself to God and my husband. He's gone rogue. And he's not submitting himself to God. So what do I do I do it. Priscilla didn't go to the prayer closet and pray for your husband while you continue to submit yourself to God. Therefore, being a first Peter three woman leading by example because you can't change him with your mouth, but you can be the woman that God is called you to be the wife that God is called you to be as kind to him because you assume that the mighty hand that saved you with the same mighty hand I can hear his perspective still has everything to do with submitting to God said what is Old Testament Jonathan you're talking to me about the Mosaic law you're talking to me about the covenant back then all is New Testament James 122 says don't just be a hearer of the word.

Be a doer of the word. Let's you dilute your life is what John chapter 8 verse 31 and 32. It simply says that if you abide in my word, you are my disciples, and if you abide in my word, you will recognize that my word will set you even talk to children in Ephesians 1 it says children obey your parents in the Lord. This is right. Honor your mother and father because this is the first commandment with a promise, so that you may live long on the Luke 1128 says don't just hear my word, my word and you will be blessed. This is your good and your survival that the Old Testament, but let me tell you about Matthew chapter 7 where he talks about the man who built his house on the rock.

The man who built his house on the sand when this came through only one stood why because someone was resting on the word.

That's how you survive this a different Testament and maybe a different have to trust me was the plan the same exact obedience. What is the answer. Submit your lives to God because when you submit your life to God.

You get to have your life will running around trying to figure it out when her own hands in her own 2 feet coming more frustrated and becoming more bound and try to get different avenues to try to figure this thing out and he saying the question will be asking some of us are asking this question. Why is it necessary this whole church thing. Why is it necessary for me to give my life to God. They tell you because it was the mighty hand of God that brought you out of sin and death and it's the mighty hand of God that can give you the experience of the freedom that he freed you to experience. Do you know that you can be free to become a slave, or you can decide to become a slave, so that you can be free to people are thinking that I want to be free. A definition of freedom is.

I want to do whatever I want to do whatever I want to do it is not a definition of freedom. That's his definition of freedom that's really just camouflaged as a reality of chaos. We just introduced chaos to our life is not freedom at all, because who the sun sets free is free indeed. It is for freedom that you have been sent three Galatians 51. Never again return to the yoke of slavery say the verse backwards. That means that there is a yoke of slavery that you can return to. Even if you've been set free so you can be a free slave you can be a slave, that's for will learn more about being free, under God, when we continue in just a moment first so I want to let you know that the message or listening to today is the first in a new teaching series from Jonathan Evans, who serves in both the local church and the national ministry with his pastor friend and father, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. Evans will be returning to the broadcast. At the conclusion of Jonathan's two week series entitled forever starts now. It's a collection of lessons that complement the central teaching of his brand-new book, your time is now in it. Jonathan helps you explore your purpose to discover all God has in store for you if you feel like you been relegated to the sidelines of life and are only watching others pursue their purpose.

This book will help you get up off the bench so you can live out the full reason God has placed you here because this is such an important teaching. We want to give you both the book and all nine messages from the audio series is our gift when you make a financial contribution to keep the ministry of the alternative, coming your way to do that. Just visit Tony make a donation and request your copy of your time is now, and Jonathan Evans forever starts now audio collection available on CD as well as digital download again that's Tony or give us a call at 1-800-800-3222 members of our resource team are there 24 seven to help you in person. That's 1-800-800-3222 have that contact information for you, once again, after part two of today's message, and this must stop listening to the world definition strength discover which is much anticipated bestseller Tony Evans memorizing calls on mental break free from more than just influence those around the measure of a man is made like kingdom memorizing work to find the tools you need to rise to the occasion as a kingdom that find out What does it mean to live my life under the rule of God.

What is amazing and manger good in your survival and manger promise in your destiny and means that you don't spend your life and waste your life means that you get to experience what God has for you. Specifically, since he knew you before you and you and your mother's will. The people started in Egypt they were instantly enslaved story is okay they got freed by the mighty hand of God. They got to experience a promise but then by the time you get to Judges chapter 2 verse 10.

There were generations that did not know the Lord nor the work that he had done the work is important as it relates to knowing God they didn't know the work that he had done so by the time you get to the end of the book of Judges. The last verse 21, 25, they begin to do whatever was right in their own eyes, so they forgot about the mighty hand of God, and they decided to do what was right in their own eyes. So by the time you get to second Kings 2425 seconds Ron Echols 91 Nebuchadnezzar and his boys showed up and rated southern Jerusalem. Now they took him back into captivity for 70 years. That's why when you read the book of Daniel there in captivity again when they had already been set free and how did they end up in captivity when they had already been set free they start doing what's right in their own eyes and so God let Nebuchadnezzar and his goons show up and go ahead and read him tear down the temple and go ahead and take them so he could teach a lesson of how it is when you go to yourself in order to get things done right into captivity to go higher. Nehemiah and rebuild what God we got people who are rebuilding their lives that God had already built because they went to their own eyes.

Even though God had already set them the whole story we got slavery we got freedom. We got our own eyes will write back and slavery. Now we gotta go rebuild stuff.

I'll be in counseling sessions invited counseling sessions with my dad let you know I'm not sneaking in your business and I realized that my dance is the same thing every time in different ways, but is the same thing. They come in different problems, different things and one talk through my dad assesses he pulls out he proves to get questions answered.

Then he pulls out the area or areas that are not submitted to God and he put Scripture on those areas. Once those areas are pulled out. He shows the person that's telling them the problem and he shows how it's not submitted to God, and we gone to her own ideas and feelings in the situation has made us take a turn from all of these different things and as they see that situation sit in front of them because he's explaining it and he's a good talker. They start going yet he didn't even explain the vignette is just I'm already which you would go ahead. I know it's going to be hard because you feel like your hand is mightier than his hand. But if you would go ahead and submit this area of your life to God, then you will allow the freedom to show up for you that you may have to wait but at least you're waiting on a trustworthy hand. Matthew 11 come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Who gives rest. You don't. So in order to get rest.

You have to come to him, submit our lives to God because God has your life to submit your life to anything else is only to become enslaved to something that has nothing submit your lives to God.

My daughter Kelsey when she was younger 22 month 24 month something like that and she wasn't really talking very well talker sign language and so she would tell us more. When she was hungry and we would get her something to eat. Will she recognize that refrigerator was where the food came from. So she got smart as you become less and more we get a fruit that Putin's. So now she stood in front of the refrigerator is written more more Michelle refrigerator for dreadnought budget. More and more, so I saw her doing that I took notice and I went over and I picked her up to take her over to her baby chair to prepare her for what she was asking for, but all she knew was that she was getting further from the food so she start going to fit for layouts and you can't really hold taking her to her chair, but she was always trying to do was prepare her for what she was asking and and so you know how my parents sent her back in front refrigerator and I was I she was calm and I'm just zoned out this NBA playoffs just after while living in the bondage starving. She decided to renew her relationship with the person she came right back around the corner. You want me now now available to you now.

I picked her up. She was fully submitted scene have no problem she fits in her daddy's arms. I put her in the chair.

I put the baby seat on the table along. I put it in a sections I came and gave her little baby spoon plate and she said too many of us are standing in the refrigerator. Life for you and God is trying to give you the help that you need you to eat the meal that you want me to do it that way but eventually after living in Egypt long after being with you. Remember that it was the mighty hand of God and your relationship with the person you know you he will you good news about God's faithful live. If you're still looking for a reason to trust God's providence is Dr. Evans to tell us why it's so important.

The greatest need all of our lives for the forgiveness of sins is only one person who can do that Jesus Christ. That's why died on the cross and rose from the dead, and he offers forgiveness of sins. If you carry the guilt for what you've done. Fear for what you've done. Jesus Christ is right here right now if you go to him confess your sinfulness to him and trust him to forgive you. He will do it on the spot and also grant you eternal life.

Find out more about what it means to start a personal relationship with God. Visit Tony and follow the link that simply says Jesus you find everything you need including a personal invitation from Dr. Evans and some free resources to get your new life started off right. While you're there, you can request a full-length copy of today's lesson from Jonathan Evans, which includes material. We didn't have time to present on the air. Just look for the message titled the answer for every generation.

You can also take advantage of that special offer mentioned earlier Jonathan's brand-new book, your time is now along with all nine messages from his current series on CD and digital download. The name of the series is forever starts now in the book and series are yours is our thank you gift when you make a contribution to help keep this broadcast coming your way. Each day, again, this is a limited time offer so don't put it off. Visit us get all the details you can make your contribution and your request or call our 24 hour resource request line at 1-800-800-3222 let one of our team members assist you.

That's 1-800-800-3222 from the ancient Greeks to Shakespeare to Mark Twain. It's been said that clothes make the man. What tomorrow will discover there's actually a biblical basis to that age-old cliché, and as I mentioned earlier, Dr. Tony heaven's will be returning to the broadcast following our current two week series from author and speaker Jonathan Evans right now Jonathan's back with today's closing thought if there's anybody in the room today as I close, who is been living under the bondage of self and who has not submitted themselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Trust me when I tell you.

Don't miss your life. Finally, to that he would say when I was younger. He called me try to go my own way and he said what you are doing this I taught figure this out for football is done with football you can play no football, no keeping can play no you know you because you start try to make your own way. Would you try to make your own way. When God has already made a way for you way the answer to the question is what you make your way to make your way yesterday and today the celebrating 40 years of generous contributions like you

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