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August 21, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton in a message about a Christian response to a nation in crisis. Perhaps you and I are facing crises of our own need to know that we are to pray with you and for you phone numbers 866-899-WORD that 866-899-WORD 9673 and as you step in this time of Bible study with Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist and pastor.
We have insight about how we can and should respond both collectively as the body of Christ, and individually to this nation in crisis. We also have some wonderful resources on our website right now in tewonline.org about the courageous faith it takes to follow Christ. Dr. what good friend Charles Stanley has a book you can take look at right firstname.lastname@example.org now. Today's message with Dr. Don Wilton. Once the question where all we have to begin with. We are placed hope you know that today look at us look at our church. The good, the food we eat.
Just think about today. All the lakes and the boats in the grooves in the barbecue. The flags and the fireworks folks you don't get this. In some parts of the world.
You understand that America is why everybody wants to come here would list, but I will say to you if we don't launch that question honestly would not any bliss but we are also under attack. What happened here, to Jehoshaphat, the very people they gave license to took license and there were people out to destroy Judah and Jerusalem, Israel. There are people out to destroy this country that are on a mission.
They will use any means at their disposal. So how do we as Christian community respond, so I'm going to be very specific with you today. They're all many sided anti-Christian attacks being launched on the fabric of this nation, under God, I'm going to mention five to you me just tell you what they all and there are many more you'll add another 25 you will go out and say why didn't he say something about excuse me, there are scores of attacks coming against America. And we Americans today. You know that on there. All the abortionists. The activists, the theorists, the humanists and the atheists say why is that important to me as a Christian, why do I view that as an attack against America as it is a Christian, why is that out to destroy the soul of this nation as a Christian man. The abortionists we get it. The abortionists are out to take life which is only given by God. So you say to me, what about the fists. That's a sweeping term because that can be applied to so many areas, not all of which are bad. The word activist I'm talking about a beam terms of our Christian faith. The tenants of who we all as one nation under God. Why am I diametrically opposed to abortionists. Why do I reject that. Why do I pray against that lot allows God to help me when it comes to the issue of the abortion attack on the soul of America because they take life given by God. Why am I so deeply concerned about activists because they frequently old of God. God has in order and they threatened the order of God.
What about the theorists, there are all kinds of theorists out there, the most prevailing one right now is critical race theory which we reject totally as believers. Why is the question why because it knows the image of God. This is a big big subject. If you talk about critical race theory which is being introduced. Even to children. That's an abhorrent concept. It cannot be permitted.
Why is this important to me as a Christian man because critical race theory ignores the image of God. It essentially deals with the issue of racism and racial injustice.
Now listen carefully racism in any form is sin, it is sin against God. Why does critical race theory ignore the image of God because all people are created in the image of God he created male and female he created them.
And because we are created in the image of God. We all might not. I need to look like God but to love like God.
Sin entered our life to through Adam and Eve and we no longer love each other like God. Racism is sin because it is one person, not loving another person equally like God. That is sin, and God condemns that critical race theory says no that's not why you're a racist. You're a racist because you all of a certain if University it's not my ethnicity.
That makes me sin. It's Maha which sins against God and God condemns my racist attitude so all critical race theory does is introduce yet another platform to divide people from one another where all we will bill the humanists big subject humanism essentially sees man as he's own site.
It negates the sovereignty of God. The humanists in our society is tracking the very fabric of our fundamental belief that everything we have comes from God and that God, who is to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could all scream and think we are doing that. How does man. I'm a believer of the means by which I as a man do that is because I'm not any and will and by the spirit. But I am guided him given wisdom and direct by the spirit of the living God. God help in ages lost. That's what we believe, what about the atheists as well with diametrically opposed to all forms of atheism as believers. Why because atheism essentially denies the very existence of God. What more can we say so. There are three questions that we have to Oscar, if we going to understand how to be like Jesus in the world in which we live today.
Every time you turn on the television set.
The infiltration small groups of activists everywhere. The things that are going on in the sense of hopelessness and helplessness that's creeping into the ranks of the average Christian heart where all we we are blessed but we also under attack. So how do we respond this is what the Bible shows you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word will be back with the rest of today's message.
A Christian response to a nation in crisis in just a moment, we pause to remind you there are number of resources on our website that could be just what you need to grow in Christ in a fresh new way. Dr. Wilson's good friend Charles Stanley has a book called courageous faith about following Christ is available again on our website right now ITW online.org, and many are asking about the opportunity to become a part of this ministry every day lives are being changed by the power of the teaching of God's word that you'd like to help us out to be prayerful and financial supporters. The Encouraging Word it's by becoming what we call and encourage first John 416 and so we now line on the line. God is not to let her legs and live managing and guiding. We want everyone to know and be filled with the want to proclaim the love of God to listen. Join us in this nation yours.
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Now that today's powerful message of Christian response to a nation in crisis. Dr. Don Wilton where all we we are blessed but we also under attack. So how do we. This is what the Bible shows us take a look at what happened here. Let's just consider a few great great things here that so encourage our hearts as believers is a beautiful presentation here from God's would I want to know more. Jesus, I'm a Christian man and I love my country and my family. I try so hard to love all people. I want to love like Jesus. I want to love like Jesus. I believe all people are equal. Everybody's welcome. That's why we have a church today. We believe that this is the church where everyone can invite who anyone in need one.
You will come here.
You are so welcome. Why this church is about Jesus.
People the church's one foundation. That's why Jesus is everything here from beginning to end everything that's why we don't preach social gospel in the spool put we preach Jesus we go to the word of God.
That's why we do that anytime you preach and proclaim social gospel, you will see the disintegration of the church.
It's happened all over the world. In Great Britain going back to the times of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and Martyn Lloyd Jones and G.
Campbell Morgan in the great Welsh revivals and they began to introduce good subjects. These were not unimportant issues in the fabric of their changing society. But they brought back into the pool, puts, and they began to feed the people.
The steady diet of social activism from the point puts and gradually the evangelical church found himself with no foundation that had nowhere to go with a struggle with a concern that no one to turn to. That's why Jesus said in his word to preach is preach the instant in season and out of season studies God wants God. It's the people of God by the power of God through the God under the spirit of God to the people of the world that Jesus Christ is the one side, Christ makes the difference. America so what is a Christian was number one taken from this passage verse six acknowledge God. How does a Christian, how do I respond to my nation in crisis. No one acknowledge God. Verse six.
I don't read these. Again, the Lord our God brought about father's all you not the God who is in heaven. That's what we doing today when looking thing you you you the one you to your magnificent acknowledge God number two. Stay steady, stay steady. Look at verse nine. If calamity comes you listening if calamity comes where the bar sold a judgment playing coven salmon long lines at the pump onslaught. We will stand in your presence in the temple.
I'm not preaching on in times one of the signs of times folks you will find in the next 10 years it will shock you. They will be people you believe are Christians.
They gonna leave the church I gonna run from the church. One of the major signs of time I gonna run from the church.
What are they running from but gonna run from the church's one foundation to the court of public opinion they gonna leave the church listen church stands steady hold the line with your family. Stick to the word of God being worship don't become like everybody else and everything you read on social media going to a state of panic and then go and tell everybody how much the media's influence. Everybody but you yourself are getting caught up in done full for the same trap that you believe everybody else is falling for when you're a believer.
Stand firm stay steady. Number three call displayed verse 11. See how they are replaying by coming to us. You know what that phrase is call a spade a spade.
I just did. I so badly today wanted to just get up and preach to such are wonderful message and stay on the blessings of America because that's where my heart is that's me by nature God wouldn't let me. God was saying to me know how people need to hear the spade call displayed the splayed face reality parents look at me what your children run careful of the frames they keep watch out who you listening to where you going for counsel, very careful about where you spending your time you giving your money call displayed number four love this one. Admit in adequacy of God, will you not judging because we've got no power to admit your inadequacy. This morning I got on my knees before the Lord and I said Lord Aycock on preach this, I did. Lord Aycock: I can't preach this.
Admit your inadequacy. You will find in the coming days that you going to feel more and more like there's a colossus leaves the something out there and that you just got no control. Just admit your own inadequacy. You know what God wants us to do.
God wants us in a way to be like a little child just jump up in his arms and say daddy would you please hold me you're not a child I know, but that's how our heavenly father loves us he loves us so much he holds us he wants us to depend on him number five depend totally in the spirit of the Lord.
Verse 14 came to how you depend totally on Bible tells us four things that you do not close this how you depend totally on call. That's a real battle for me because quite frankly between you and me. I think I'm wonderful. So how do I depend totally on God when we the people you know we just we may not be humanists but boy we're impressed with also.
We really believe we've all got the onset we don't. But God does. So how do you depend totally numb one by listening by listening.
That's what the Bible says your men go, I'm just going through the text. He said listen King Jehoshaphat. Anyone know what it means to just listen.
Your listening right now aren't you listening to God. Just listen students to what God sees is so much noise in this world. Folks we've we've noised ourselves out of everything. Everyone of us want Siri or whoever it is to turn the volume up or to name the sweet little sweetheart that sits in our kitchen listen. Second way we depend totally is by engaging engage verse 16.
The Bible says tomorrow, March down against yes how this happens, folks utilize a church. We need to come together and we need to hear the word of God then you are not as citizens need to go out and do it take to stand Dutchess become inactive engage in our world but engage like Jesus your love like Jesus, you don't going engage the world like the world engages us as you not doing the Jesus way. That's a tough one for those of us who know and love the Lord Jesus number three by conceding to God Bible says in verse 17. Look at verse 17.
You will not have to fight this battle so God says engage but engage knowing that you're not fighting the battle text like only a Christian can understand that crime you engage. But you don't have to fight the battle God's doing that God do his work.
They can use use an instrument you let God do his rep confidence in God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could all that's how what what I mean by concede to God and then number four, not close with this by worshiping where we began this message today I'm in the Bible says in verse 18. So Jehoshaphat and all the people bowed down so I went to my twitter account this morning wondering what I could say wishing thousands of people are happy July 4, and this is what I see that now you know where it came from. As I was just reading over this again and God says that's what you need to say so I would've said and I will say happy July 4 everyone and it comes with all of my heart, but be close. I was listening to the Lord and because I read his word and because the spirit of God was speaking to me. I said celebrate America by worshiping the God who gave it to us. Would you bow your head today. It's all about Jesus is in its amazing how the Lord Jesus changes our lives.
You might've been listening today, and God is speaking to you.
Would you give your life to Christ.
Would you would you trust Jesus as your Savior wanting to pray this prayer today. Dear God, I know that you love me. I have traveled the road and I accept and acknowledge that I miss. Please give me an coming change me forever. I want to live for you and I want to make a difference in my will as a Christian pray this prayer in Jesus name.
Perhaps moments ago is. Dr. Wilton was praying you were praying along with him to give your life to Christ, maybe for the first time, or perhaps to rededicate your life to Jesus. In either case, Dr. Wilton has wonderful resources, free resources, he wants you to have if you call us and let us know about your decision are numbers 866899 word that's 866-899-9673 or perhaps you'd like to email Dr. it would be his joy to pray for you to know your story about God's working in your life.
If you'll just email them Don PON at tewonline.org again justice first name Don Dio in at tewonline.org he Dr. Wilton would love to hear from you each and every day. Recent letters and emails about how God is working through the ministry of The Encouraging Word and the power of the Bible itself. Dr. Wilton would love to hear from you Don Dio in at tewonline.org. Of course, the phone number and website. It's all there. At tewonline.org, G. Before we get away. Our pastor has a few closing thoughts from his heart. Okay, just before you go today.
I just want you to know how much I love you means so much to me and I just want you to know that with all the things that we've talked about the language God is speaking to your heart right now, we all The Encouraging Word and we are available to you 24 seven, morning, noon, not day you can call a friend one of my friends right now and they will encourage you to pray with you, listen to you. Isn't it great to have people around us really care about us. You are not alone.
God bless you and be encouraged.
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