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July 30, 2020 8:00 am
We spend life in motion. Are we though connected to a walking fence was discovered with Dr. Don Wilton. That's right. Faith is the title of today's message with Dr. Don Wilton here on The Encouraging Word broadcast podcast connection as we connect. Whether it's email@example.com or maybe call to our prayer line where here for you 24 hours a day to take its first and foremost to Scripture, but also to pray for each other. 866-899-WORD is our phone number jotted down stored in your cell 866-899-9673 will always connect with what I was happy to talk your listener prayer.
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The first part of a two day series with Dr. want you to turn in your Bibles to the book of Hebrews and 311. First of all Hebrews Chapter 11 the wonderful whole of faith of God's people. Karen and I can talk about walking we do that from time to time, not merely enough sometimes late at night we'll get together and hold hands and just will.
There is something very remarkably special about walking with someone that you really love sometimes just the active holding hands and walking is something that gives tremendous meaning to life. It just puts a spark back in what we do brings us back to basics. Many times when Karen and I walk around the neighborhood or wherever we all we just holding hands and puffing away and try to make our minds that we gotta make the next hill and all those things but we talk we talked nonstop.
What we talk about what is the content of our conversation when we walked together well. I couldn't go into details here.
It's about everything you name it we talk about our children.
We talk about ourselves.
We talk about our resolutions. We talk about our struggles. We talk about our circumstances, we talk about our dreams and our aspirations. We talk about the agonies of life as well as the ecstasy of life and just simply walking together provides us with the most obvious opportunity to express the very deepest of our lives together because we were walking someone that we truly loved with all of our hearts. The Bible says that Enoch with God. I'm going to show you something today you need to just hold onto your seats ready for this guy to begin in Hebrews chapter 11 and beginning at verse five. The Bible says, by faith Enoch was taken from this life. By the way, and I'm going to stop because this is very important to show you something that God is going to provide us with ice. True connectedness between the faith of our earliest fathers and the very expectation about faith which finds its consummation in the fact that we will one day be with Jesus Christ forever. In fact I'm more convinced today than I have ever been before that when God talked about the welcome Enoch's faith that he began to tie into that very expression about existence that essential companionship that God engages us into in our walk through life and in fact I think somewhere that the Lord is going to show us that we cannot exist without that walk of faith. Look what happens. You in verse five by faith Enoch was taken from the slab so that he did not experience day by the way, did any of you know that there was a man in the Old Testament who actually didn't die. His name was Enoch good. I just make an announcement. Excuse me for a minute. Do you know that the Bible says that if Jesus does not come back. Listen, that all of those of us who are still alive upon this earth. In other words, those of us who have not yet died that we are not going to die that we are going to be taken and the Bible tells us watch this. The Bible says that the one way that you and I know that we are going to be taken, and we're not going to die is whether or not we have been walking with God we going to do this in two parts. It's a huge subject, but I'm going to tell you something, folks, it is possible according to God's word to know that you know that you know beyond any doubt that you are going to be included in that number that is going to be taken out of this world that you in fact are not going to die what happens you God's word says that by faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experienced it.
He could not be found.
One minute he has Enoch and all his family around the next minute Enoch could not be found before he was taken, he was commanded as one please God. If we going to understand what walking faith is all about. We got to understand the very essential meaning of God's commendation and if you want to understand what God's commendation is all about God commands please God. Well, what is it mean to please God.
The Bible says if I please, God, I'm going to be commanded by God if I could give. I'm commanded by God, I am someone who is walking by faith God and if I'm working by faith God I'm not going to be translated to be taken up into the presence of the King of Kings and not one in the book of Revelation chapter 20. The Bible says that those who are in Christ are able to experience the second why because such a one has been commanded by God.
Can you imagine being able to say that I know that I've been commanded by God. Can you imagine that I'm day to show you that you can say that the Bible says when we walk by faith we receive the commendation of God and we please God and when we please God. We can be guaranteed that we are going to be taken home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. Let's read on before he was taken, he was commended as one who please God. God verse six we have an explanation of this and without faith it is impossible to please God. Folks watch me all your heads look up your one more time. Okay, maybe a few more times but just this once. Right now I want you to know something this. The Bible says if you do not have this kind of faith.
What you cannot please God. Now that's pretty radicalism. We will make sure that we not walkway what God is trying to cite us at this juncture. Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that would this day means that that person must place and express his faith. He must express that faith toward God. Everything must be directed toward this one is God himself. Anyone who comes to him must believe all my stuff faith himself into the existence of God and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. All right, not just keep your finger there.
Go to Genesis Genesis chapter 5 very quickly. Genesis chapter 5 and I'm going to be in right there in verse 18, Genesis chapter 5 in verse 18. By the way, I don't want to get getting confused yet. There are two Enoch's in the beginning of the Bible remember trying Cain and Abel member Cain killed Abel. We talked about that in the fight. The Bible lets in the Bible says that Cain had been thrown away from the presence of God that he and his wife had a child. I called them Enoch. This is not the Enoch we talking about her all right. Garrett says in verse 18 when Jared the Bible says when Jared had lived 162 years. Can you imagine that I'm not going to get into all the details about why they lived so long. All right someone said to me, do you really believe that some of these people live for 900 years, absolutely years is not a figment of God's imagination. He was not using some other kind of measuring stick. God is not the God of deception. God doesn't speak in all kinds of whims and fancies.
God is the God of truth, he is truth and when the Bible says that he lived for 895 years. I believe it when Jared lived hundred and 62 years he became the father Enoch that would be impossible today. I don't know why these people lived so long. Maybe it had something to do with pesticides when Enoch lived 65. Listen, I go back when Jared lived hundred and 62 years he became the father, Enoch, and often he became the father Enoch. Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters altogether. Jared lived 962 years. All right, verse 21 when Enoch had lived 65 years he became the father of the clues alone, and often he became the father of Methuselah.
Enoch with God. 300 years and had other sons and daughters altogether.
Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God.
Then he was noble because God took him away. I want you to turn over to the end of the New Testament little book called Jude Jude. Jude is only got one chapter, Jude now some of you may struggle to find Jude, but I just want you to look at this Jude verse 14. By the way, there are only three places where this man Enoch is mentioned, I'm reading them to you a very important we guide understand what God is trying to say to us. Jude verse 14 Enoch was the seventh from Adam, all right, everybody, look at me just for second arrived just very quickly. We gotta be very quick with this. Okay, we're in the church age. I'm going to stand loving guy because the church I Jesus Christ died upon the cross, all these years up to the year 2001. We are in the church age.
That's why the letters in Revelation were written to the seven churches in Asia talking about the church age.
At some point in time.
The Bible says that Jesus Christ is going to come in the clouds. It's the rapture of the church that all people who are still alive, are going to join all those who have already gone to sleep in Christ all of those who are in Christ Jesus.
All those who have already been absent from the body but are not present with the Lord Jesus, your moms and dads and uncles and aunts and brothers and sisters and husbands and wives we going to join with all people, we can read about it in just a moment we going to be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. This is not the second coming. Why is it not the second coming, because Jesus is not actually going to land back on the Mount of olives in Jerusalem. This is the coming of our Lord. We going to be court we going to be taken into heaven. When we are taken into heaven. Immediately there is going to begin a seven year tribulation upon the earth by antichrist at the end of the seven year tribulation. The second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is going to come back broadly and literally to this class. All of those of us who are in heaven with him including Enoch going to be coming back with him down to this earth. They will follow the battle of Armageddon, the thousand year writing the great white throne judgment and the setting up of the new heaven and the new earth. Folks I want to show you something. Enoch, God uses Enoch to show us what will be on the fundamental basis of operation between now and walk will be is in need in the expression of my walking by faith in order to please God. You're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word and will be back with the rest of today's message in just a moment to remind you that we can connect together in a number of ways, including daily email. I really challenge you to sign up for. You can do it on our website at tewonline.org G every morning about 6 o'clock. Dr. Johnson sent a Bible verse opportunity to dig a little deeper into that some insight and application units online IT EW online.org. I pray you sign up today. Now it's give back today's message with Dr. Don Wilton. I'm going to do a most ridiculous thing if you decide to me pasta. What is the absolute most important thing that I need to be about between now and the time that I go to have what is Garrett is with God. Can you imagine reducing all of Scripture and all of everything down to that one statement you say to me pasta what one thing you put and say the Bible says I must do in order to please God. Garrett is walk with God. Now watch what happens you because we going to have these connections coming in. I gonna do this to Diane next Sunday. Watch what happens your verse 14 of June, Enoch, the seventh from Adam, please forgive me. I just gotta tell you this. How many years between the coming of Enoch and the coming of Noah want me to tell you 70 years.
The number seven is very important in the heart of God. How long is the tribulation.
Anyone want to tell us how long is the great tribulation. According to Scripture, all of you site seven years I watched this Enoch Bible tells us here seventh from Adam comes 70 years prior to the coming of Noah, who was no number was the great deliverer. Where did Noah come to know it came into a wicked and untoward generation number one is the deliverer God put it upon him.
He blew God save those who gathered together in the ark will close the ball and those who are on the side of the awkward lot will be side on the outside of the will be destroyed forever and forever and forever. What about Jesus Christ. What about Jesus Christ frames studying the word of God together is so important for you and me. I want you to hold on all these different strands and I know some of them are going to get a little confusing. Perhaps just hold on, watch how God brings us together we going to have to understand what it means to work by faith. Watch what happens. All right, let's go back to Jude Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men what any prophesy we've actually got recorded yet what Enoch said. He said see the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of new his holy ones who are the holy ones. Those who have been set aside by God, separated unto the righteousness of God. Those who have been indwelt by the spirit of the living God, the Lord himself is coming with thousands upon thousands of these holy ones to judge everyone and to convict all the ungodly of the ungodly acts they have done in an ungodly way, the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
These men are gremlins and felt find as they follow their own evil desires.
They boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. Dear friends remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.
They say to you in the lost times. There will be scoffers remember Noah there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the main who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the spirit, dear friends, sounds most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit in God's love as you wait for the mercy about Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life because God is merciful to those who doubt and he is going to snatch. He is going to rapture is going to translate others from the fire and he's going to save them and to others show mercy, mixed with fear. And so the Bible goes. This is unbelievable stuff. All right, Enoch walked by faith 31. What is God trying to tell us this, just look very quickly at four things. Number one want you to note the surrounding in Enoch's time surrounded by the desperation. One cannot imagine the gloom that surrounded Enoch, Adam and Eve being driven out of the Garden of Eden. We know all about pain. We know all about what happens through the pestilence of this thing called sin that sin separates sin, divide us, that surrounded Enoch but I don't want us to focus on the surrounding groom. I want us to focus today on the saving grace, not in the second place, the saving grace that God is trying to show us. Listen to me. Folks listen we got on the bus in London.
When I got on the bus. I turned the bus driver and I said you know I'm just so glad to be here in your beautiful country and folks he looked at me and he said will you might think it was beautiful. And then he told me a couple things about what he thought about his own country and here we are driving down everybody's talking and having a good time and at end God just began to impress upon my heart as he had done with us all week and I looked at this man and I began to talk to him and Austin. One question I sent team shown. Would you like to give your heart to Jesus and he immediately launched into some kind of major defense.
He spoke to me about tolerance.
He spoke to me about different religions. He basically said to me, listen, I'm not interested. Then he said to me, I want you to know you're in England. Nobody is interested nobody's interested in that kind of stuff are you crazy around your needs. God, the surrounding is unbelievable. He didn't tell me that, but I'm not to be affected in England, churches of closed left and right, they become big goals. Thank God for those who do know the Lord Jesus Christ and for the wonderful fellowship of God's believe in certain select groups, but by and large the church is going downhill in Great Britain at this man begin to give to me in earshot of all of us on the bus, all these things all this negative stuff in a nice kind of way, and I looked at him and I said to him again shown. Would you like to give your heart to Jesus folks often we talked and shared for about 10 or 15 minutes. God by his Spirit had begun to get a hold of this Englishman and he looked and he shocked all of us.
He said yes.
I certainly would, and I got up out of my front seat and sat down on this big bus right next to him and I put my hand on his shoulder, and I say them shown. Whatever you do don't close your eyes while you driving this bus and I put my hand on his shoulder and I could literally feel the prayer of the entire team from first Baptist. I could just feel it. You could just sense of that.
Like I was sitting in the cockpit of a fighter plane and God beginning to speak with all of us. They I just was the spokesman. But it was all of us together) the bus at 12 o'clock in London, England Sean Murphy was born again of the spirit of the living God, and he completely tried and we were supposed to get there by trying but God knew all this God's timing is perfect and instead of being on the Gatwick express to get there. We were in this basket. We didn't even know was going to take us and Sean Murphy was there. He came to know Jesus Christ and he was radically trying listen folks, he stood out. He found out that we were stuck even want to go anyway. He wasn't even interested in talking about compensation. He wasn't interested in just want to be that we began to pray with Steve was talking and we were handing him tracks and loving we started to sing on the parts together, praise and worship songs. Great is thy faithfulness had just surrounding this man with the saving grace of God I want you to just think about Enoch walking with God. I want you to think about the surrounding gloom. The impossibility and the impossibilities that were presented to him, but I want us to think about the saving grace that God begins to speak to us pay back. At the time that you and I cannot even begin to identify with.
I want you to think in the third place about the simple goodness of this man who pleased God. The Bible says Enoch please God, and he received a commendation of God. What is it mean to please God tell you. I look around this congregation and I thank God for a group of people, a huge group of people who are about the business of pleasing God you not pleases God. Folks just standing at the door shaking hands with people and showing them where to set that pleases God say what pleases God, is the fact that you're in the house of God today that pleases God. Tell you what pleases God. I look around I see this quiet Jedediah and the fact that you hear and you ministering that pleases God. I see you playing instruments in the orchestra for the Lord Jesus Christ that pleases God. I look up and down the sounds. Jedediah and I see men and women who have given one dollar and $10 and $100.
I've seen people sacrifice people who drive buses and go on quiet and people more engaged in the father's business that is not pleases God. The Bible says that this man he was in with Almighty God says that he please God. It was a simple goodness there in Croatia and Serbia and Slovenia. I saw some men and women in our congregation, some of whom you can't even begin to imagine folks listen you say to me pasta. What pleases God a willingness to sit down and eat horse with somebody in order to introduce them to Jesus that pleases God.
Are you listening that mission trip. That word said that discipleship leading that opening up your home.
That's what pleases God.
He please God, noticing the fourth-place sudden glory.
The Bible says because of his simple goodness. He received sudden glory. We have Enoch and the rapture of the church 70 years before know God save man please me. Well done good and faithful servant.
Enter thou into the joy of the Lord. We all want to hear. Well done good faith weld starts with one single step for you to open your heart to Dr. Don Wilton. These final things are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today. Gone are know that you love me very, very much and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came died on the cross so that I might be forgiven of my sin. Today, I repent of my sin. I can face my sin and I invite you to come and talk Jesus name I pray.
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