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November 4, 2020 5:00 am
Pastor author and Bible teacher Alan Wright we know it is certain level shame works. Shame is essentially the live decision you don't measure as you are now in accepting to find a way to make yourself acceptable.
That's Pastor Alan Wright welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light. I'm Dino. Excited for you to hear today's message in the series titled exponential rates as presented at renewal the church in North Carolina.
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More on that later in the program right now. Let's get started with today's teaching in the series praying with our here is Alan Wright you ready for some good news our God of grace gives us the opportunity as his ambassadors to be part of the plan whereby his love goes on and on and on that he gives us the privilege of imparting this grace to the generations and as is those who both for our children are in our marriages are amongst our friendships and where we have influence in relationships. We are given the privilege of being a co-labor with Christ and who Christ is and what Christ did is shaped by the ministry of his own grace. I want to talk to you today about developing your home in your life palace of grace because people thrive best, where there is no shame and instead there is grace. We look in Romans chapter 5, Paul begins this most excellent discourse that will take place over the next four chapters, which is both a description of what it means to be justified by grace through faith and a crescendo like conclusion that invites us into the spirit led life rather than the life under the law, a life that is lived in a palace of grace is a life wherein we know spiritually that we are royalty and that we are accepted in the beloved through the unmerited gift of Jesus Christ and this is extraordinary what Paul has to say. Here in Romans five about the power of that gospel at work.
He says in verse one therefore, since we have been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through him we also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God more than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Here's here is my primary focus again verse five.
Hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who is been given to us happened to me again this week when my kids we homeschool, and also we have a lot of flexibility and I one day I want to go play golf as I want to get some. I was ready to wind down a little bit sorry I went my Bennett, who'd just turned 18 this week.
Isobel's goodbyes golf and beautiful day.
He said daddy said have left exhibit II guess in physics.
I got to do problems and I've got a Phil Nelson college applications.
I really need to get all this stuff and it's beautiful outside and we we we homeschool on the principle of the homeschool was evanescent so being the highly inspiring and motivational parent that I am I said to them, blow it off, let's go down I need to get this stuff done and so I said all right okay I'm proud of you want to get your done.
I went goat my 13-year-old Abigail just turned 14 yesterday I said have you said this is a beautiful day with your ride bikes take a walk in the park do some fun. Your go play hello fun. She said data love to. She said, but I've got to get an essay that I'm working on and I got some Spanish that I need to do so being the inspiring and motivational parent that I am in the principal homeschool acid blowing off is a beautiful day, you could do that later. You know what I do now what you could put off till later. I mean, just like Dan and I walked away houses like what's wrong with this picture there's a role reversal that is taken place here and then I chuckled a laugh and say this is actually a course thing. Every parent ever dream soft is that your child would take ownership of their life and want to pursue something not because there's a threat of a bad grade or threat of punishment hanging over them but because for some reason it's gotten into them to be invested with their life. What is it that motivates people in life about 1993 I was doing fine minding my own business, pastor, pastor and church another city and everything is going well and God sovereignly orchestrated at that there would be a new touch on my life from the Holy Spirit that would cause, and abounding joy to come in my life that I never tasted before. I was mean. I was never healthy cows and I don't think I was a unpleasant person to be around, but I was not.
I wasn't as happy as I am now at an earlier site, I was more pressure packed person inside.
At least I was mad I could go out have fun and I do things all but inside there was a lot of pressure songs is like there's a lot of pressure to do it right a lot of pressure to to make it right a lot of pressure to look okay and even the pastorate, I found myself I was. I was too perfectionistic I was to work in too much. I was concerned about too many things that took too much responsibility for others. All this is going on in my life and I was company and and God just touched my life so much. In 1993 and began an incredible healing and really maybe a different early may be a different person so I one thing is really the person I am now is is very different than than who I used to be. Thanks be to God.
Well, we had been wanting to have a child. We want we not been able to conceive and revise ever wanted to be a parent and you not been conceive.
You know there's a unique pain that goes with that and you and you realize that you know this, this, that many, many parents can just take for granted that they were able to have children as is not something taken for granted their child's Vista miracle, and we we had been so longing to have a child and we are beginning to be very concerned about whether we be able to have children well art our dear friends and this also evangelist friend of mine. We were down a renewal meeting down in Florida in January 1994 after all of this change of income in my life and and we're sit in a hotel room together before or after one of these meetings and we just we just brimming with faith and love for God is love them and they opened up about and said we've been trying to see which we would like to have children. We have been able to.
So far, and we said then where that same place and my friend he just got that kind of faith, he said, would you know what we need do is new praying agreement. Right now the God does give us children right away. Course I got my Presbyterian theology working over here like it. I listen you can't control God and you know it we pray more polite prayers like you know, would you please God may be, if it be your will you do something good even pray like that is as I left. I didn't have much faith really honestly but he had faith. I have faith in his faith in the little bit of faith. I did have us it will all join with him. We join hands and I said Lord God is that we just thank you that the children are blessed and we just we disclaim and receive from you the blessing of children. We will have right and so I said amen and then it was born in September 27 and three weeks later there their daughter, Sarah, Sue, was born so I knew going into the whole parenting gig that this was a miracle that had taken place and and I decided we don't try and experiment talent right will have more teaching moment from today's important series before that need to be fruitful before that called Abraham to father nation suppressed 10 releases Sam into ministry. He dressed 10 secret strategy to empower you to be all he needed to get the firm you proven your worth.
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The reward for it in your hearts be sealed from (because the ad is holding a blessing for media ready to shatter the ceiling that keeps you from soaring Iraqi pastor and writes the power of blessing will change your life change as you discover the ancient scale. The Hebrew patriarchs as they dress their children to tune your heart to accept and reject her's most evolved drinking and quenching the blessing of God in Jesus Christ, God's way with Karen writes send a message.
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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 work. Today's teaching now continues once again is this new thing that I was discovering of joy and the abounding grace of the Lord Jesus said what if what if we could, we could just have an environment of grace and instead of instead of shame as a experiment. What would a kid ever find motivation in life because he here's what I think most of us have bought into. We tend to think that if you if you give people unconditional love and unconditional acceptance. If you show unmerited favor towards people.
If you assure people of a blessed future and a blessed destiny then they're not going back on track is going get lazy and we we do this because we know it. A certain level. Shame works. Shame is essentially the the lie that says you don't measure up. As you are now and it's up to you to find a way to make yourself acceptable in knowing that every child every spouse, every employee, the people around us what they want is they want love and acceptance. They want to to have that more than anything else in knowing that what we tend to do sometimes is just very subtle. We tend to just withhold that love and acceptance. We can withhold the grace because then will just make you run harder after it. And yet what we realize is if this will motivate somebody, then we can always dangle in front of just a little bit anything that happens I think so often in so many of our homes is that in our lives or relationships is that we we may even say we don't have a lot of grace here, but when we introduce law and shame. In the midst of that is the same thing I been saying about the gospel in recent months where I've made this point that if I told my wife 99 days in a row. I love you'll never believe you and then the hundred day I said, I'm not sure if I love you and I might leave you unless you are up that one day that 1% for whites out the other 99.net Paul says that a little bit of law a little bit of shame.
It infects the whole loaf. That's what happens and so I think what happens in most of us most of our upbringing and most of our lives is because people sometimes get a little desperate and they want to motivate. We just introduce a little bit of law and shame and this is the great temptation that I have found in parenting and in pastoring over the years and that is that it first seems like that this grace thing isn't working you just kind of after while you tries a lot. Try that now will come over him will shame somebody into it now for gun work and so I wanted to have this experiment with this little boy that that was born into our lives.
I just want to have an experiment with the kids and and it wasn't we by no means done this perfectly, and I could so I could fill up the day with times that of messed up. Love Michael whatever but I say my intent was to build what I now would call a palace of grace and not about a physical structure but about something that is invisible about an environment in which in which the people can know that they are assured of of of blessedness that they are assured of an identity that is that is full of of expectancy and joy where there is quick forgiveness and there is very little condemnation. What would what would happen if you had an environment like that. Would somebody be able to thrive in that environment and so I just been a sentimental week for me because the boy turned 18 this week and 18 heat when we came to this church so it was one and is 18 and is a man and he sees he's filling out college applications don't vote in the election. He said the other day so I could not had a better election than this one. Devoted buddies got a vote you get out vote to add to and and is 18 some sort sort of sentimental because it goes very fast is very, very fast, but it makes you go back and reflect a little bit about what actually works and I just cannot just give a testimony grace works it works work and cleanup rooms, but it works on every thing works on it works. Grace gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are in grace unmerited favor and gift of saving power in our lives is given to us through Christ who died for the ungodly. This is what Paul is saying later and in Romans five Christ. He died while we were still in our sin and were his enemies. That's how powerful the grace of God is that the grace of God is powerful enough to redeem your life from the pit to the grace of God is powerful enough to take people who were destined for hell and curse and instead snatch them out from the clutches of darkness and bring them into the glorious kingdom of light of his own beloved son.
Grace is that powerful. The gospel is so powerful that it can dismantle every pretension and argument that sets itself up against the knowledge of God the grace of God is so powerful that it could transform your life so much that you move from being an orphan to be an heir and an heir with Jesus Christ himself. This is how gospel I just want wanted to do this apparent want to do it as a pastor I what I would invite anybody who would get excited about it with your life. Therefore, trust in the power of that gospel and do not be by the ways of the world reverting back to old ways of law and shame and accusation and condemnation and shame which work for a short time, but produce slaves instead take the route of the grace of God which transformed my life and yours and believe therefore it could transform someone else.
What I'm saying is if the gospel of grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is powerful enough to redeem our lives from the pit of hell. How much more so should we implement that grace in the upbringing of our children and the enjoyment of our marriage and the way that we work in our office in the way that we carry ourselves in daily life. Grace works. This is what Paul says in verse five the whole that is produced from this gospel does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit is been given to us to really understand any part of the store you always have to go back to the beginning of story. And remember that there was only one thing that we know about a relationship in paradise, only one verse, and that is it, Adam and Eve were naked and I knew no shame and is soon as sin entered the world. Fear and shame in hiding came in so paradise was the place where there was no shame in hell.
In the words of author Gordon Dalbey is a place where you bear your own shame as of the restoration with God is going to look very much like what life was like before there was sin, except in a new way. The sin is forgiven, though we may still stumble. We are reconciled.
Paul says with God, so it is just as if we had not sent all of this to say is you learn from the opening pages of your Bible that the atmosphere for growth for humanity is grace. The definition of life for Adam and Eve was grace. Grace means gift everything that they had was a gift and they knew it. And this is not changed every good thing in your life is a calf is just a fellowship with God and he walked with them in the cool of the day and they knew they had not made themselves and they knew they were made in his image. He was the creator so their life was a calf life was a gift. Your life is a gift that's grace the garden was again left that's grace and that garden, God gave them a vocation calling they would attend the garden to the environment of grace. The avenue of growth in that environment of grace was not a permissiveness that just anything you can do anything. The grace was always accompanied with a calling for living out your life in the image of God and God blessed Adam and Eve and then he said, be fruitful and multiply.
In other words, grace is the atmosphere in which human beings grow and blessing is the strategy for human productivity. The environment in which we grow best is Grace Allen right the palace of grace why people grow best in an environment of grace before that to be fruitful before that called Abraham to fibrillation. She dressed before God releases Sam into ministry. He blessed while secret strategy to empower you to be all he made you to be firmly proven their worth.
You did well in a Taoist accomplished a goal and prove yourself competent information is nice. It's not the way strategy is to declare your wife before you have anything to prove it is the fuel for your productivity mark. The reward for it in your hearts be sealed from twins because that is holding a blessing for media ready to shatter the ceiling that keeps you from soaring out around the pastor writes and how if blessing will change your life change as you discovered an ancient scale and the Hebrew patriarchs as they bless their children to tune your heart to accept and reject curse. Most evolved drinking and quench blessing of God in Jesus Christ, God's way with Reitz sent a message.
The labrum the power of blessing when you make your get Allen right ministry said I will send you Pastor Alan's messages, and attractive see them with your digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership gospel is shared when you get Allen right ministry's 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 Allen right ministry's, six 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor at work. Shame is a term that is used a lot in our ministry primarily with the focus that Shane also noticed condemnation is not the gospel in the phrase shame off you is used a lot in fact was the former title of your book. It's now titled for yourself.
Be yourself. But shame is so often used in the world even religious institutions and is used to wield power and it's very effective at that. The reason people you shame really Daniels because it does work at a certain level right at me, knowing that children want love and acceptance more than anything else.
Sometimes a parent will wittingly or unwittingly withhold that love and acceptance in order to try to motivate the child teachers or coaches, and certainly religious authorities do this as well.
But God's real plan is were learning in the series is absolutely contrary to that they got real plan of powerful change for our lives comes through with Michael exponential grace that the deposit of love and blessedness in F affirming words of vision over our lives that is handed down to us from generation to generation and the more that we can receive that race.
I think it can displace all the lies of shame, and so is honestly something very very central to but is absolutely central to everything that's powerful important about the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. God changes us by his love doesn't change just by withholding his law.
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