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February 1, 2022 5:00 am
Pastor, author and Bible teacher Alan Wright God's freedom came in the person of Jesus, so that you would be free for us and this is how startling it is and how wonderful the gospel is all freedom and beauty and wonder of a life of uninterrupted fellowship with God and Adam and enjoyed in the garden has been restored to every person who accepts Jesus Christ that's pastor welcome to another message of good news that will help you see your life in a whole new life. I'm excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series called unbleached is presented at renewal the church in North Carolina. If you're not able to stay with us throughout the entire program today to make sure you know how to get our special resource right now. You can find out more about it and even receive a copy of your very own for your donation this month to Alan Wright ministry. So as you listen to today's message go deeper as we send you today's special firstname.lastname@example.org find out more about it and make your request or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860 begin our website pastor Alan.org. More on this later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright no fear of that ultimate fear this behind all others. No fear of death. Imagine that, no, no sense of mortality that hangs over them.
No, no fear of disease or decline of health or fear of running out of provision.
No worry no dread, no angst of any type, no tear any of the urgent. There free to learn their free to grow their free to share their lives. No one was pushing them.
No one was pressuring them whatever they did was from faith and hope and joy are free to laugh.
They were free to give.
They were free to enjoy life and they were free from sin and what was see is that the picture of freedom for the Christian is in the word of God is largely related to this from the movement from bondage to send a freedom from sin and in the beginning they were just free from sin and what this means, and they didn't have any of the misery that comes with all of the of the sin of our lives.
I missed imagine no covetousness so they never had that miserable feeling like I wish I had with Lynn never had that no in the no greed. There was no there was no there was no lust, no adultery, no betrayal, there was no sin said in Arlington have their own simile didn't suffer the consequences of someone else's sin.
No murderers. There were no thieves. There were no there were no there were no bullies. It was a place of ultimate freedom. They were free indeed ever want to know who God is and what he wants for humanity's start here at this paradise in a garden called Eden.
There was expansive and beautiful with this man and this woman that were made in the image of God in which is bursting with freedom so the nature of the temptation was at this serpent, who slithered in to the garden. Essentially sought to not only twist what God had said, but plant an idea that God had not said at all for the serpent said, did God actually say you shall not eat of any tree of the garden with this deception is the polar opposite of what God has guided said eat of every tree, except for one, and the service that did God say don't eat of any of the trees and at first the woman is clarify same with no no no, he said just don't even want to know.
You see where the primal temptation comes in here is the essence of that temptation is that Adam and Eve were tempted to think that any restraint even if it's just don't need about one tree in the middle in a rule, any restraint any form of obedience was diminishing their freedom. They were tempted to believe that God by denying them the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was somehow limiting their freedom that God was limiting the blessing that he had for them that they would be somehow more blessed and more free if they had this one more tree one more fruit company thousands of different fruits today have and the temptation was to think that there's one that you don't have is going to be the thing is to give you more freedom is Start this right here right now as part of the deep essence of what real freedom is about. It runs completely contrary to the spirit of this age and that is the temptation is to believe that more always means more freedom and it does not married to one woman, one wonderful woman and she is my best friend and see is my prayer partner and my ministry partner and see is the love of my life and she is my sweetheart and she is my romance partner and see is my coparenting to children. She is she's my wife and I don't need another divide if I did try to have another woman or two. Would there be more freedom and there would not be they would be a very bad thing everywhere bad in many different ways. The first place. All the freedoms that I enjoy when my wife would be contaminated if there was another. In other words, I have freedom with my wife because she's not leaving me and I'm not leaving her and so when I am myself with her. I need not be ashamed, and I can grow show my weaknesses to her. But if I were to try to add more although that would be lost would not imagine everything else it would be lost like my job and probably my name in the newspaper.
So all of that is it where it is and idolatrous illusion, a deception to think that you get more freedom by getting more of everything, more choices do not make you more free they came Adam and Eve came into a lie that they could be or should be something other than the humans that they were made to be. They wanted to be like God, not realizing they were already like God, they were made in the image of God and reflected God's glory and represented God on this earth and were tempted to believe that they were in adequate and they needed something else in order to be more free and so when they ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What happened so so tragically was all of this freedom that they had was suddenly gone.
I was speaking to a friend this week and that we're talking about this text in about the sermon series and he chuckled to remember a story of one of his kids who when the sun was 18 years old, went through a rebellious time. There was a senior in high school 18 and feeling all grown-up and so the boy came to his dad. He said that he said you know I just think you would have a lot of differences and I said, I do think I'd be better off living somewhere else and he said I have a friend who is that I can come live at their house and father said to the son he said well I love you very very much and I would miss you being here everyday so much and I want to reconsider love. Love you son and them. As I said no I really am of age, I really I'm ready to move out and the father said well okay just know that I'm always here for you. Love you and I shall help you pack your things and so this wise father knew it would not last long. He does 1 so he just went through the motions with him and he packed up his things.
It took motorist friends house late. It was going be a disaster because the friend was in a household with a single mom who was woefully alcoholic prone to being passed out half of the day and there was very little provision.
There and several three kids they are from different dads, none of whom were around anywhere and the father dropped office on two weeks later, the sun came and met with his father in and he said that he set out. I think the one more thing that I need that is need some money and he said Octavia said that if you if you give me $1000. I just then you won't have to hear from me more and I this is a man at work. Hard professional and had a right many assets and he was just smiling on the inside thinking I can't believe is is asking for thousand dollars a FISA Sony so I think if you knew more than you know you'd asked for more than $1000 and he was thinking about what the son's eventual inheritance would be one day so boy thought about it so well how about $2000 and divided no sign. I tell you if you get to be home and you will be in relationship with me every day I would provide for your every need. But if you want to be on your own and you guys have to be on your own and so he took him back over to the house two weeks later he got a phone call from a size spec said that you're right I'm wrong. Can I come home anyway.David told him stories about this woman in this house being passed out could move away corrupted nobody can take them to school didn't have a car did have a what they said there was hardly any food in the house whatsoever and come back home that's will have more teaching moment from today's important series. This is what size I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's times and have compassion on his dwellings. The city will be rebuilt on her lands and the powerless will stand in its proper place as homeless words from Jeremiah 30 for the heart of God lands to restore way to time cities would often be rebuilt on top of the ruins of the former city city would stand higher with social walls and a greater perspective pastor. Our night message see the ruling skill discover how God can build your life gloriously, yesterday's disappointments you need to get Alan Wright Ministries to listen to Pastor Alan's messages and attractive CD album through digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership. Call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor Aron.work. Today's teaching now continues here once again is live on.
Give me $1000 and 93 really what we see in the Scriptures, a paradox for freedom is not found out on your freedom is found in the loving father's house.
Freedom is found in the garden in submission to the Lord and where there something that they didn't understand. Like why can we not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When you're freely submitted to God. The question is only a question that is handed over to mystery because the wonder of it all is the goodness of God in all provision and all of his wisdom and he knows so much more than I do that I'm just so glad to be yielded to him. And so it is that Adam and Eve. As soon as they ate. They were they were no longer free. They lost the freedom from shame. They lost their freedom from fear. They lost the freedom of angst.
They lost the freedom to have a relationship with one another and with God. It was unhindered and now they're hiding in their isolated and their lonely and God sets them out from the garden and they lost everything that they had so cherished and then comes the mercy of God. What does God do when disobedient children are duped by the devil into believing an idolatrous illusion and run after their own will, rather than God's and therein lose real freedom is what happened back to Genesis 3 verse 22. Look at it again. The Lord God said, behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever in the English standard version has a and the reason that there is a there is because in the Hebrew this sentence is a fragment.
It is an unfinished sentence. There may be some other place in the Bible where God doesn't finish his own sentence, but I don't know where it is. This is God being so horrified by the thought of completing the sentence that he won't do it. That feeling their heads like something the steed I'm running to speak of it. You might start a sentence you say where I'd only wanted to speak about because if I did it at such and such happens, then, and usually finish the sentence because the consequences are two tires just to baggage and I will.
I wanting I came speak of it and that's what God did hear there was something that he was so concerned about something was so grievous to him that even the thought of it made him haul it says God would let the words come out of his mouth. Instead he just stopped and what he did was he instantly took action.
He halted his sentence.
He took action and he immediately move them away from the tree of life and put a cherubim with flaming swords that garden the way so that they could not come back to the tree of life.
What was he doing.
I believe it is this.
I believe that God thought it was just unbearably painful to even envision that Adam and Eve in the state of condemnation would come and eat of the tree of eternity and wind in an immortal condition of condemnation. It was too unbearable to God. So with all of his passion. He stopped midsentence and the God of grace essentially said quickly get the cherubim around the tree of life quickly quickly because now that he's in simple condition. Now that is on the weight of guilt maladies and shame maladies and in condemnation.
We cannot allow the man to eat of the tree of immortality and make the condition permanent.
Do not let them come back to live in an eternal state of guilt and death.
Do not let him make permanent the sin that he has done quickly guard the tree of life was. I believe the mercy of God and his soon as God had looked upon Adam and Eve had lost all their freedom. Beloved know this God to the sign in his right hand and he knew the plan that he was going to send a second Adam, and he was going restore the weight of the tree of life.
As soon as he sent Adam out. He made the plan whereby anybody who comes to be born again in a second Adam would be welcomed back to the very tree of life that tree never went away. It's always been there, was there in Psalm one Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked stands in the way of sinners or sits in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord a wall on his law he meditates day and night. He's like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit.
It was there in the song of songs as the bride seems as an apple tree among the trees of the forest. So is my beloved among the young men tree was hidden through Proverbs wisdom is a tree of life. Proverbs 3 says Isaiah prophesied bit owed Deb so there is Isaiah 44 break forth into singing O mountains of forest and every tree in its tucked away in Jeremiah's prophecy. In 17 verse seven.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord, he is like a tree planted by water. It sends out its roots by the stream and does not fear when the heat comes, the tree was in the EEC Ezekiel division of the temple, Ezekiel 41 the patterns all around on the walls of this template was carved a cherubim and palm trees and a palm tree between cherub and cherub it's there in the book of the prophet Joel in chapter 2. Fear not a land be glad and rejoice, the Lord's done great things. Fear not. You beast that the overpass of the wilderness are green. The tree bears its fruit. Even now, in Matthew three the ax is laid to the root of treatment, therefore, that tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down, but in Matthew seven, every healthy tree that bears fruit is sustained. Luke 13 the kingdom of God like a mustard seed that grows into a big tree and when John has his vision on the Isle of Patmos. He sees that tree he sees it in the spirit revelations 272, the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life.
Revelation 22 verse two through the middle of the city.
This is God's. This is this is John's vision also either side of the river in the middle of it. The tree of life with his 12 kinds of fruit.
The leaves of the tree with the healing for the nations.
Revelation 2214 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so they may have the right to the tree of life and they may enter the city by the gates. While other words, this story begins with a beautiful garden and a tree of life and a man and a woman that are free and it ends with beauty and wonder and glory, and a tree of life and all who have their robes washed by the blood of the land eating of the tree of life.
God loves freedom and he came in the person of Jesus, so that you would be free. Listen, this is how startling it is and how wonderful the gospel is all of the freedom and beauty and wonder of a life of uninterrupted fellowship with God and Adam and Eve enjoyed in the garden has been restored to every person who accepts Jesus Christ.
It means that we are so thoroughly redeemed is so thoroughly cleansed and we are free indeed. Those whom the son sets free are free indeed freedom. Beloved comes through radical submission and trust of God. It is found in the father's palace, not away from him. I miss saying it's really only the submitted and all that can go on lease and that the gospel right in today's teaching freedom through submission. Allen is back with us here in the studio and the sharing of parting the new start for all of us today. Stick with us. This is what the size I will restore the fortunes of Jacob's times and have compassion on his dwellings. The city will be rebuilt on her remains powerless. In its proper place as timeless words from Jeremiah 30 for the heart of God loves to restore way to time cities would often be rebuilt on top of the ruins of the former city. The city would stand higher with safer walls and a greater perspective pastor. Our night succeeding out of the ruins you discover how God can build your life gloriously, yesterday's disappointments you need to get to Alan Wright ministry said I will send you Pastor Alan's messages in an attractive CD album with your digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership, six 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor and data work blessing your life, discover God's grace filled vision for your training rights, free daily breast grace and encouragement. Allen writes a daily blessing. It's free.
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Still, the beginning of our series on unleashed freedom through submission and boy, when you talk about it. Here he really just makes sense over that person.
Right now who's looking for the take away what to do next town will develop will remember as we were just discussing their two trees in the garden in the middle tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life and the temptation is to think I will be more free if I keep all of my options open, including eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but that's when they lost every real freedom comes from the tree of life seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these other freedoms get added unto you will be duped by the culture freedom.
Real freedom comes through submission. Thanks for listening today.
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