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March 1, 2022 5:00 am
Pastor, author and Bible teacher Alan Wright you are child, therefore, of the conquest and what it means. According to Paul in Romans essential no longer be your master longer a slave to sin. That's pastor welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new life.
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More on this later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright some things that you will never hear in this world except by the favor of God. God's favor can open up doors that you could never open up God's favor, could fill your heart with blessedness and gratitude in a way that you could never cause of your own effort is for this reason, we just made a huge attempt with our kids to just everything we could possibly do to speak into their life that you are blessed and highly favored I think is absolutely the most important things any parent can ever do is just get it into your child that you are blessed and favored. They look for favor look for blessing in your life lesson. A a lot of bad things happen in this world and we have trouble like everybody else, but where is the focus of our hearts and wares of ogres are like I just want my kids is no there, but you don't want to become a pastor. I don't know your kids early passers kids how they all turn out bad.
That is now in another saying is because I feel so deprived again so much pressure on them and everything. So how mega combat this, one of things we decided was to just keep pointing out to them. What a blessing it is to be the pastor's kids and so I remember Bennett B2 and 1/2 years old handed come over and visit me in my office and I talked a bit that say by Jim is Elway met Bennett I give up pencil or something. I give him a sticky note pad or something you know and I say you know why you didn't use the pastor's is also every time that anything good would happen, that was related to the fact that we are to pastor right gives you the pastor's kid.
I think the greatest thing in the world. We never talked about the fact on Saturday whereby else is going to the football game and do all the stuff they're doing it that the home studying for a sermon, but on Monday when we would go out to eat and we begin our pizza or whatever and if no crowd go, thereby back at work we LeGrand was a look at this would only want to look at all this week it would only have to wait for table was coming. You know, why don't you because you passers get where. Also Monday like this is also so blessed my heart so much.
I've told other pastors.
This and last year we as become a new custom week. Take all the all the staff that have young kids and we go get to of the big wagons at the Tanglewood Park view not been a big Forsyth County Park and they all this big white showed their and that you can ride through and see it in these and these these big wagons and so we we all and there last year and I was at one point, sin right up next to little Annie Johnson pastor Barrett and Ashley's little girl whose cute as a button and talkative and I was I was having a ball. You want to surround about the kids that were looking at the lights you were doing is hanging out stuff and then our wagons got to go down a different route that the cars were going on.
She said we going down this way I see him because he said for this special. I said yeah I said you know what we get to go down this thing. I was going to tell her this because this is an older charge and we got special thing I said you know why we get to take the special ramp without a blink and she said yeah because my dad's a pastor favor will get you what nothing else to get you and your entire life with God is a life of unmerited favor Jesus and this is the year the Lord's favor. This is grace's Jubilee, but understand Johnson and Sabbath.
Leviticus 25 literally reads is you shall count off a Sabbath of Sabbath years. So what would happen if every week in Israel's rhythm had this Sabbath and the Sabbath was a day of rest and refreshment and relationship. It was it was the way Israel thought about it. Life together. I thought the people lived in Alaska and they said that they don't call.
How many years have you been there. They have a winters has been was the way Israel was about Sabbath.
Everything was about how many Sabbath's wintertime at Jubilee the, really, how many Sabbath until we get to Jubilee and so it's 77 and that the Sabbath, the Sabbath was just so hard to describe what what it was when it was at its best. I mean, obviously by the time of Jesus.
The Pharisees religious leaders had made in a something so legalistic that Jesus had to had to rebuke them and remind them that man wasn't made for the Sabbath Sabbath was made for the man.
It was a gift from God and Sabbath, not anything for us to take legalistic Lee Paul even had to say. The Colossians hose but which do you feel you Keep a Sabbath day meeting in a legalistic way, but the principle of this was that there would be a rhythm to life in which you would have ongoing reminder that you are not a human doing your human being. Interestingly, the Scripture gives two different reasons why God mandated the Sabbath each and the listing of the 10 Commandments in Exodus chapter 20 verse 11 we read, for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. So because God rested.
We rest. We are made in the image of God, and God himself celebrated the goodness of creation and arrested God himself as an addendum to be productive all the time. Sometimes they can just the second reason is in Deuteronomy's account of the 10 Commandments and listen additional reason here in Deuteronomy 5 verse 13 six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God, and then picks up later you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and outstretched arm.
Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day so Deuteronomy. The reason to keep the Sabbath day is that the Lord your God is brought you out of your captivity and you're not a slave. The reason that this is important is because slaves were not entitled to Sabbath. Only the free people were. And so if you practice Sabbath, your proving your non-slave if you can stop and just be you are proving that you're not a slave to the pressures of productivity. You're not a slave to the shame that tells you that you have to be something more than you are now in order to be valuable. That's will have more teaching moment from today's important series being filled with the Holy Spirit shutting off your mind hearing for a wonderful surprise God's Word and God's spirit never meant to be separated spirit always belong together. Keep your abundant life in Christ knowing your Bible, the secret of being filled with the spirit, the answer is the word spirit missions into sound studying Scripture in some traditions, emphasize the spirit to real Christian growth is both word and spirit as someone once said all word spirit you dry all spirit. No word both word and spirit umbrella. You make a gift of support this night will send you Alan Wright's newest album on CD and digital download word and spirit Airlines embrace the fullness of God's word and his spirit can grow like never before with wording spirit realm up helping someone else grow as well.
And remember, when you partner with Alan Wright Ministries to be broadcasting the love of God to every day. 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 at work teaching now continues once again is Sabbath was according to the prophecy of Isaiah to be called a delight for a delight.
Jewish author Abraham of Cashel called it a palace in time carve out time and in it there is something Royal about rest and relationship.
It is countercultural in a world that is constantly running after thing Sabbath is about saying it's about the essence of your being in relationships. It's a delight to know in Hebrew there is no word for thing only word that they ever use it gets translated thing is a word, a bar which is actually the word for word words, what matter not seen so just one, but understand this, I absolutely you know from operation absolutely believe there's no legalistic requirement for Sabbath, but beloved, we have lost something and I don't know what we can because if you're in sales and you Sam will take that day off and you don't call somebody back there probable call somebody else who is going technical and now if you don't get back to somebody and 10 minutes.
I don't know what will do, but I'm just saying is a crisis. We've lost the capacity to be mindful of a moment and what we don't ever seem to have is that time when you not only can take time off and just relate to others and laugh and be free and rest, but to do so without a nagging conscience that is deceived and tells you you can't even enjoy it when you do try to relax.
I'm talking about Sabbath and Israel was the was that you can sit back and just watch the football game and not ever have the thought ought to be clean in the gutters and we don't even know what that feels like anymore but in Israel. What I'm saying is that when that was Sabbath. The beauty of it was that not only were you allowed not to work on that day, but it was expected that you wouldn't work so nobody is going to pressure you to enter no shame on you if you do not think it where like to even have this if I had a couple memories come back to me to try to give you an idea of Sabbath so you can understand Julie. I couple memories come back to me one for my childhood.
I didn't realize till grew up how luxurious it was. What a blessing it was that when I was a young, my family took two weeks at Myrtle Beach each summer. The driftwood motel. It was oh, it was wonderful around that would allow us to get two weeks vacation at the beach and just roll on the sand and play with my brothers and women's work in the ocean frolic in the pool and and and eat food and seafood and walked down to the arcade at Myrtle Beach and play ski ball.
I was just I think back to that time and I might we hear we had two weeks of this and and nobody is distracted with something else and I just I just to me that that's Sabbath is like I'm supposed to be here on this right now. There was never this pull and tug like you really ought be somewhere else studying for right now or you know you're supposed to make way for us to play on the beach as the expectation. One other time alive. I thought this is what Sabbath really feels like when nobody expects you doing think honeymoon I just told my wife at the honeymoon is behind because you know you going you going to honeymoon and I mean it is not only just a delight to be a newly married but it's nobody bothers you on your honeymoon by bothers you honeymoon with Anna. What are but one are honeymoon trip to New Orleans. We walked around Nora's ate food and just didn't where we want to do and no I in you is expects you to return a call just don't know if I could you start work on you when you donate your honeymoon. No I'm saying is that in ancient Israel.
This was the rhythm and free week for staff and if you are poor on the day of preparation the day before Sabbath you find some way to get a scrawny chicken. Have you and I Sabbath meal and all of humanity is just looking for some opportunity to know that you matter not because what you produce, but because of who you are and really be able to rest and Jubilee Leviticus 25 verse eight says is a Sabbath of Sabbath's Sabbath would happen is every seventh day, thereby rested every seventh year they let the land lie fallow and rest.
There was partial partial cancellation of debt partial.
Some slaves were set free every seventh year, but every seventh of the seven years, every Sabbath of seven years every Sabbath of Sabbath's Jubilee so I can something be holy, but is there between holy and holy of holies someone could be a king. But then there such a thing as King of King what I'm saying is that Jubilee is both the unmerited favor of God and the Sabbath of Sabbath of Sabbath's July. Imagine your slave, but you know Jubilee is coming.
Change your outlook. Or maybe your grandfather had owned land that had been apportioned after Joshua had led the people in the conquest of Canaan. But maybe your father died young and your mother had to sell off the land and you had no inheritance and were a menial labor. But when Jubilee arrived, you can get your granddaddy's land back ambient air.
If you are in big debt and it stayed on your mind every day.
Jubilee arrived so in your set free. So what Jesus did for us is he set us free. Because the god of this age is lined in the eyes of those I don't know Jesus.
But when Jesus comes into your life. He said shoe free from the dominion of the darkness and escort you into a new kingdom. You are a child, therefore, of the conquest and what it means. According to Paul in Romans is sin shall no longer be your master. You are no longer a slave to sin, because the cross of Jesus Christ has disarmed all of the dark principalities because the accusations against you can only be connected to you. If indeed there is cause, but when you are forgiven and reckoned as righteous because you have simple faith in Jesus Christ, then what voice of the accuser can land with you and so you get set free and I have your debt paid means that the debt of sin by which you and your said oh God had a penalty is due to you. Jesus takes that full penalties so the debt is cleared from your name and you have no more debt and just say that the land is returned is to say that Jesus has come, and the people of God are now made in the head and not the tail end this spiritual kingdom of an invisible territory. We are given the promise land and we have an inheritance so rich that Paul says to the Ephesians. You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
What this means is that you are not stuck. You are not in debt and you are not an orphan.
It means instead.
When you accept Jesus Christ you read debt free air who has been given some new land to rule over it means that everything is been reset ball, the new has come in the old is gone and anyone in Christ is a new creation. History likes to hold, let him be able to name Lisa's line because rain going to put in but I see him run around the corner and the devil run into the can.
But Jesus gets there first and kicks in.
Every body goes free and the gospel hello life in today's teaching freedom for the next generation through Jubilee. It's a conclusion to our series on unleased and Alan is back with us in the studio shearing is sporting good news.for the day. In just a moment being filled with the Holy Spirit shutting off your mind hearing for a wonderful surprise God's Word and God's spirit never meant to be separated in spirit always belong together. The key to abundant life in Christ knowing your Bible. The secret is being filled with the spirit, the answer is both word and spirit subjugation studying scripture in some traditions, emphasize the spirit to real Christian growth is both word and spirit as someone once said Pollard spirit you dry all spirit. No word both word and spirit umbrella. When you make a gift to support this man will send you Alan Wright's newest album on CD or digital download word and spirit highlights embrace the fullness of God's word and his spirit grow like never before with wording spirit realm up helping someone else grow as well.
And remember, when you partner with Alan Wright Ministries to be broadcasting the love of God to every day. The gospel is shared when you get 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 past Rowan.work here in the studio with Alan Wright her parting good news for the day as we depart this whole series and really my have to make mention again, avoid weeks we titled it with the. The image of the dog running free, a well-trained dog has that freedom and going in the Jubilee of Jubilee with the image of a cosmic game of kick the can you write about 1/5 remembers that from their childhood that that notion of suddenly going free because of one person's power to deliver and I can't think of a better way to leave our listeners for this whole series than to say Jesus did cosmic work of tremendous sacrifice and enormous power burner by giving his own life for you and it means in the end that you can be free. Freedom is not as society proposes having everything you want, keeping every option open and having unlimited choices. Freedom is sweet and powerful because it comes through submission Jesus Christ what looks like a very narrow option becomes the gateway to life abundant in Christ. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan Wright Ministries