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June 23, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today.
Through the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton on this edition of The Encouraging Word in just a few moments talk to ultimately taking a strike to Scripture to answer this question what to do when you don't know what to do is reopen the word together.
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Take a peek at it while we open God's word together on today's message with Dr. Don Wilton now gone has an encouraging word just for you today because he loves you. I'm going to invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Romans in chapter 8 Romans chapter 8 now friends you and I are about to study God's word together and this is his Encouraging Word and I can promise you one thing that the Lord Jesus by his spirit is already speaking to you now. When we open his word together. He is going to speak to you and directly to your heart. Let me just tell you this about what I'm about to speak to you about because the subject. What to do when you don't know what to do. We got a predicament. Every one of us has a predicament today and it's a twofold predicament number one we got a predicament because we live in a fallen world. I want you to just listen carefully to this when God created the world he created twofold. He created the world in which we live, and then he created us to live in the world that he had created. Armenta present to you the garden of Eden right you didn't just happen God made you, he created you in his image. What happened sin came into the world and when sin came into the world to things happened this was no longer perfect the earth, this world, this place immediately began to fall apart.
Second, we did to.
We live in, and in an imperfect, sinful world and we are so live imperfect, sinful lives, we got a serious problem in our hands now. If you fast-forward, I'm not preaching on this. I'm going to in the full. I'm going to be doing an incredible series this coming full in the book of Revelation, but if you floss pulled all the way to the end of the Bible, God tells us what he's going to do with this twofold problem number one he's going to re-create the world and new heaven and a new earth, this world in which we live is going to go back to the garden of Eden going to make all of us think very carefully is a question where exactly is eternal heaven going to be right here on this earth.
How do we know that because God's Encouraging Word tells us that the Bible in Revelation 21 say is I saw heaven come down from God to this earth and in the final scheme of God's plan for redemption, Jesus Christ, who has returned to this earth say trapeze raining kingdom in Jerusalem. The headquarters of heaven in a perfect world back to the Garden of Eden and every person who has trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior is going to be there. You know, folks, we are a sinful people bound by our sinful predicament. You've got a serious problem on your hands and our world has a serious problem. Those of us who know Christ ought not to be surprised at the behavior of the world that is walked. Paul is talking about here in Romans chapter 8. What he does is he presents to us this believable predicament. How is this world ever going to be restored and how can this ever sold its own problem and how can man ever be reconciled to a holy and a righteous God and man have a be restored in a right relationship with God. Don't know what to do about it. What to do when you don't know what to do. Let me read you some of this. I'm going to be in Romans chapter 8 and verse 22 beginning because what Paul says for we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. Everybody just look at me. There is nothing more wonderful than the birth of the baby. The picture that we got here that Paul presents to us is on this earth who sin since the sin of the world has been in a perpetual labor pain with one problem I'm able to deliver on able to be relieved of.
I remember when our first son was born. Rob remembered clearly not remember my wife Karen going through 17 hours of labor. I don't think I've ever suffered like that in my life before I even made the mistake I remember very clearly of her lying there and I didn't know what to do and I went and got her a damp cloth and it was just dripping with water in right. I'm not going to tell you what she suggested I should do with myself, but finally off the a long period of time. Our son was born.
By the way mother's understand very frequently will tell you how quickly they forget what they have to go through because of the joy that has been delivered is a picture here that God is showing us. I want you to get this because God is about to show us about an incredible delivery any speaking. First of all, about the earth and the corruption of this earth then secondly he's going to switch. Watch this. I'm in verse 22 for we know that the whole of creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit's groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons. Even the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope is that C now hope that is seen is not hope for who hopes for what he sees but if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with a deep spiritual patience.
Watch this verse 26 likewise, this spirit of God helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words and he who searches hearts knows what the mind what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Couple of things I just want to say to casualties of sin very clearly put your in Scripture number one creation creation of this earth corruption degradation this world that longs for the new heaven and the new earth, and secondly also to great casualties of the sin of Adam and Eve. What is the presence of some do in our lives ever thought about that. What is sin during your life and in my life. Couple of things someone gives us imperfect perspectives listening to Dr. Don Wilton will be back with more of today's message answer that particular focus on changing our perspectives moving them from imperfect to God's perfect perspectives study the word together. I pray you will know that were available with a number of resources that will help you grow in your faith.
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That's why some of you think the way you think sin does that. That's why be very careful about the company you young people keep the places they go the things that they do the manner with which they serve the Lord.
What is sin due to the presence of sin. It limits our understanding it limits our understanding of ourselves and limits our understanding of our world.
It limits our ability to assess what is important.
It distorts our value system.
Have you noticed something in the world today more and more people cite you know what, that doesn't really matter. I heard a preacher this week. A preacher that I know a preacher in the church say I want you all to know something see this Bible here, and especially the Old Testament take it with a pinch of salt. You don't have to believe everything that the Bible says as long as you just believe in God. What is sin in our lives. It gives us imperfect perspectives that it limits our understanding of Mars. Our relationship mother and ask any of you to hold your hand up right now but if I was to Austin this question today. Honestly, how many of you today in your family. People that are close to you relatives, friends are living in a not so good relationship with them. How many of you raise your hand out of fellowship with members of your family. That's what sin does. Sin weakens our abilities the presence of sin in my life prevents me from being able to accomplish what I need to accomplish. According to the will of God. The reason why I baffle so much to do what I know that I must do.
Paul put it like this. He said the good that I would that I do not, and the evil that I would not that I do and he even called himself a Richard man cried out to God or God. Would you deliver me from the scourge. What is the presence of sin.
Plays with our appetites.
So where were you lost not what did you do this week when no one was watching you heard this week. I would this week of a man that I know and love loses all design and who after 45 years, it has come to the surface that he's been running a double life that he's been dealing in pornography that he's had private websites that he's been going to certain zones in life is been a double life. Are you one of those people today you living a double life. I got such good news for you.
You can be delivered. I've got such news for you.
You can turn the corner. You can stand up again. You can be changed forever. You can have hope. What is the presence of sin in our lives do it.
It plays without appetites. It confuses our conversation. I'm full of rhetorical questions today onto is that anyone listening today that your some manner of speech is highly questionable. Your conversation not talking about when we're together. Maybe when we're without wives and husbands and in our family circles I'm talking about when you route. When you with the boys. I've even heard people say well there's locker room talk and then there is normal talk early how you doing both God's created world and God's created people. The Bible say is grown. By the way, that little word grown is an interesting word because the word in the texture literally means to grown it since it's in the prince of a person who is in a grateful situation and has no immediate prospect of deliverance that the word grown me in the whole world is groaning you and I groaning.
It means that you and I and this world with court in an awful predicament and we don't know what to say and we don't know how to deal with it and we want to give up and we wanted Anderton. We want to say no more, and I don't know and I'm just going to carry on like I am in days.
No immediate symptoms of opportunity for any kind of delivery of the apostle Paul talking to the church at Rome. What's he doing folks.
He's just revealing the immeasurable comforting truth that the Holy Spirit comes alongside us and alongside all of creation in groaning for God's ultimate day of restoration and he's eternal reign of righteousness. In other words, what Paul is saying here is you can trust God to do his work.
So here's the bottom line.
This predicament begs two questions what's going to become about world what's going to become of us all over the world today there are people more and more who are asking these questions what's going to become of this world in which we live is not pretty. Not hopeful. What's going to become of us.
Where do we fit into this because our remaining humaneness and our susceptibility to sin and not God who loves us so very much has given to us.
He's Holy Spirit who comes alongside us in our hopelessness and be helpless in our weakness. Greater is he that is in us the spirit of the living God than he that is in the world. You can have the victory today so what can we do when you don't know what to do. Here's three things if you take anything away today. This is what I would encourage you to never forget what can you and I do number one make certain that you receive the Holy Spirit. If the spirit groans for us speaks for us comes alongside of us make certain that you receive the Holy Spirit. Now you're going to say to me, or pasta. How do I receive the Holy Spirit. You see, the Holy Spirit is the third person of God. God is one.
He's God the father, God the son and God the holy spirit. How did the Holy Spirit come here well remember in the beginning God was one Bible says in the beginning God. God always is God. Father God son bought Holy Spirit the beginning of the New Testament arrived. Jesus was born Jesus came to this earth, and he ministered on on this earth. When he went back up into heaven.
He didn't abandon us. He seemed he's Holy Spirit himself the comfort of the one who comes alongside of us.
The one who convicts us of sin and of righteousness and of judgment.
He comes alongside of us.
And if you want to make certain that you have the Holy Spirit in your life you have to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus. That's how you receive the Holy Spirit. Number one, you need to acknowledge that your center before God just do that. Just say before God from your heart, Lord, I know I fall into this category. I'm I am here I am, she I'm a sinner.
All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God, to believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, just believe in your heart because the Bible says if you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead Romans chapter 10 verse nine and 10, number three confess that sin to him. Confess your sins to Jesus. You might say to me will pasta what does that mean you need to say to Jesus. He is the only one who can forgive you your priest cannot forgive you. I cannot forgive you your church membership cannot forgive you.
But Jesus can because Jesus is the son of God, one Mesilla Lord acknowledge that I believe that Jesus is Christ that he was raised from the dead, that he is Lord and I confess my sin to the Lord Jesus Christ.
That's when Jesus will come in your heart.
I receive Jesus into my heart. This is the work of God. This is what God does.
Because God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. So if you want to know what to do when you don't know what to do. Number one. Make sure that you receive the Holy Spirit number two sequel, the issue of your faith in God, our friends, listen to the sacral issue of your faith in God, your faith and your feelings are two different things. Remember we live in a fallen world as sinful people, so your feelings are going to keep getting in the way you're not always going to feel like you say you're not always going to feel like you being forgiven you.
Not always going to feel that you were able to do exceedingly abundantly above you're not always going to feel but your faith is going to determine the fact of your salvation in Christ through his word. That's why this is God's Encouraging Word. You can take God at his word and number three trust the Lord to do his work.
Trust the Lord to do his work. Would you do that, trusting him to do his work. So here it is what to do when you don't know what to do. Number one. Make sure that you receive the Holy Spirit. Why, because the Holy Spirit is the one who speaks for us when all we've got is groanings. We don't know what to do, God will do it for you by his spirit because you've trusted Jesus as your Savior and you Lord.
I don't do this, God does it in me. It's Christ in me gives me my hope and my joy.
He is the delivery number to separate out sample the issue of your faith in God determine right now that you going to walk by faith. That's what he was talking about in Romans chapter I walk by faith not by sight.
Don't judge yourself and you will based upon what you see John what is going on in the context of what you know to be true because God has said, take God at his word.
Number three you got it.
Trust God taken Eddie's word possible to do his work. What a powerful word for all of us to trust the Lord as he does his is the Lord's spirit working on his last moments is or something that needs to change course correction. Perhaps it's the most important correction and that's the idea of seeing death before we get away. Would you take a moment and hear these closing thoughts from our pastor Dr. Don Wilton are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now.
Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me today. I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my in Jesus night, my friend.
I welcome you today into the family of God.
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This morning Dr. Don was talking about. First Corinthians 12.
The fact that there are differences of ministries, but the same Lord, grant Eddie's essay. If there two of us identical one is maybe unnecessary.
Even with identical twins. There's different ministries different love different opportunity to change the world from your particular perspective. Pray that you realize God use you to be in encourager that's our prayer that the word of God and the teachings of our pastor today has encouraged you. Now the challenge is to go deep at incorrect will be like small area world like if you ever need us to encourage you on the phone online. The phone number again is 868999673 or email us at email@example.com