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July 31, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton of this edition of The Encouraging Word that we got started yesterday, and don't worry, you're not going to miss anything. Dr. Don Wilton catch you up on the key ideas concept of this special two-part message on walking faith beheaded to Hebrews chapter 11 adjustment.
But as we prepare to open our hearts and open God's word together know that we have an open line to you as well like to talk anytime day or night you can call 866-899-WORD 866-899-9673 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, especially to sign up daily Encouraging Word email jumpstart my quiet time. It will yours sign up email@example.com now. Today's message with Dr. Don Wilton. I want you to take your Bibles this morning and turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11.
If you do not have a copy of your own Bible.
There is one provided for you right there in front of you has a red, you can take a copy of that and share it with someone next to you. We are studying the word of God together.
I began looking at the life of Enoch is only mentioned three times in Scripture and our subject is walking faith. I want you to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11. I'm going to read to you I wonderful passage about Enoch beginning at verse five and I'm going to stop every now and again, which will surprise no one.
The Bible says in verse five of Hebrews Chapter 11 by faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience day. Can you imagine that he could not be found.
Can you imagine Enoch who lived many years ago. The Bible says that he was all of a sudden take.
We got an account of Amanda who actually didn't die, I want you to just watch me for a month.
The Bible tells us that there is going to come a time that there's going to be a thing called the Rapp. Some of you may have heard about it.
We've come to know about the rapture. It's been popularized because of the left behind series. The Bible talks about what is the rapture the rapture is a time that is going to come when Jesus Christ is going to come in the clouds is not going to land.
It's not the second coming is going to come in the clouds and all believers who are left on this earth.
You haven't yet died are going to be caught up in a moment the word terrorists next taken out just as quickly as you could pick a finger will blink your eye. All believers who are still alive on this earth. It's going to be me. I know it's going to be just hundreds upon thousands of people are going to be in a moment in a flash and a twinkling of an eye we going to be caught up we going to be taken out of this world. The Bible says and began to meet Jesus Christ literally in the clouds up in the air. It's going to happen just like that Justin about just like that we going to be taken out into his presence and we guide to drawing together with all of those moms and dads and grandparents and great-grandparents and forefathers and loved ones who have already died in Christ Jesus. Those who already asleep in Christ Jesus were going to be caught up and that is going to signal the beginning of what the Bible calls the tribulation, which is going to be a seven year period of time divided into two equal hogs of 3 1/2 years and it is going to be dominated and controlled by one man who is called the antichrist.
I'm not going to get into all these details, except to say to you that walking faith is the means by which you and I gain the commendation of God to guarantee that we are going to be with him forever.
There are many ways in which you can know that you're going to be with the Lord Jesus Christ forever one of those is if you have a walking right now I'm going to show you what that me just about began to do some real practical things and you hope you got your pains pieces of paper and something to write on because this is going to be an acid test. You can leave here today knowing that you know that you know that your name is written in God's book in heaven, knowing that you belong to him, knowing that you going to be taken to be with him at the rapture occurs, knowing that when you die if you die before the rapture that you're going to be transported in seated at the feast type of the king, knowing that you going to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us these things right yeah and interestingly enough through the lack of Enoch, why through Enoch.
You see friends right throughout the Bible.
The Bible goes from Genesis all the way through the book of Revelation. This book called the Bible is God's holy word. Everything in the Bible has to do with the Lord Jesus Christ. And when you read the Bible as Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It was a great preacher one time. He said every time I open this book I make a beeline for the cross. Why, because everything in the Bible, points to Jesus from the Old Testament. From the book of Genesis way back here. Everything points to the cross to where Jesus died on the cross, then you get the crucifixion of Jesus in the Gospels, then you get all the possible epistles going up to the book of Revelation that tells us what's going to happen happen at the end of the age and everything from Matthew's gospel all the way to the book of Revelation from the time of the death of Jesus looks back to the cross because that was the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing else that needs to be done. That's why Jesus said upon the cross.
What is he say he said it is finished.
It is completely concrete. There's nothing else to be done. So what we're doing this morning regarding back into the Old Testament. When looking at Enoch who shows us a representation of what is going to happen to us way down Before we've even got.
Now let's read about this to get this is exciting.
Folks, this will cause you to do some shopping time. I mean this is the kind of thing that you want to run around full because this is the one used about Jesus Christ. There is nothing more wonderful in the whole world.
Let's look at this together. Verse five by faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience day. He could not be found, because God had taken him away before he was taken, he was commanded as one who pleased God. Did you get that God here telling us in his word that he was taken by virtue of the fact all on account of the fact that he was one who pleased God was it about Enoch that please God and when we get back in the Genesis 5 you not going to discover what please God was that Enoch walked with God. He had a walking fight. Look what happened you and without faith. The Bible says in verse six. It is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek it turned back very quickly to the little book called June. It's the second lost book in the New Testament right before the book of Revelation. If you get the revelation just page back a little bit you get to the little book of Jude sunny one chapter. One of these days I'm going to have to preach through June 21 chapter by myself look like me two years to get through all right. Jude and verse 14 tells us about Enoch. Watch what happens here Enoch in Jude verse 14. The savings from Adam everybody watch me quick watch me you going to see this number seven coming up very special number in the word of God. How many days did Jesus God type to create the world how many seven all right you going to see this seventh day what happened on the sixth, seventh day, what did God do the rest. What he called his holy day. That's why we're here today. This is the Lord's day. This is a day that is being said upon this seventh day Jesus said, keep it holy because I am holy. Watch what happens here with Enoch, the Bible says Enoch, the seventh from Adam, not the Bible also says he was there 70 years before Noah was no note was the great deliverer who is Jesus Christ the one who delivered us set us free from our sin provided a way for us to get on board the boat and when we get on board the boat God in Christ Jesus seals the door forever because we been stamped with the guarantee and the deposit of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus and the Bible says once Jesus slammed the door shut.
Because of these finished work upon the cross body and plucked us of that incredible is not amazing. Just think about the spokes. This is what the Bible teaches us that watch what happens here. The Bible says that Enoch, the seventh, Adam, prophesied about these men see the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of these holy ones to judge everyone and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they done in the ungodly way, go down to verse 17 black dear friends remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold they sent you in the lost times.
There will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the main who divide you. Verse 20 but you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, verse 21 keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 20 to be merciful to those who snatch others, take them out of the fire and save them.
You know that when the right tribulation begins at the time of the rapture lost seven years. The antichrist is going to room. Then Jesus is going to come again in the battle of Armageddon, the great white throne judgment. The thousand year reign in the setting up of a new heaven and a new earth, for you will be back with the rest of the message just started on talking about those in times may or may not know the well-known understanding perception of what's going to happen. Just find a website online.org online. We also love to comfort you. One simple truth is you can know is God brings you not find yourself concerned, this pandemic situation still find yourself Dr. Donald remind standing ready to take a crack in the God found his message. Genesis chapter 5 Genesis chapter 5 I'm going to begin reading from verse 21 from verse 21 Genesis chapter 5 the Bible says that when Enoch had lived for 65 years he became the father of and offering became the father of Enoch characters will with God for 300 years and had other sons and daughters altogether. Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God. Then he was no more, because God took him is a time he shows us what is going to happen and he shows us the qualifications necessary to know that we are going to be snatched up into the presence of the Lord. Well guess the question this morning. I cannot know if I am walking with God folks everybody wants not this is very If Enoch walked with God. God commanded him. And please God and as a result he was taken into the presence of the Lord, would you just beg my pardon for a minute. Even though I'm not going to apologize.
I want to know that if he is walking faith was the reason why Enoch went to be with the Lord. I want to know if I brought walking fight I'm day to give you 5607 ways in which to mow with you have a walking faith. You ready for this. All right number 118 walking faith restores a relationship with God. Folks listen carefully. This is wonderful. I walking faith restores a relationship with God for a believer. Our entire life to be Sprint being concerned about being restored to God you say to me why what I'm going to say something I'm day to tell you every one of you to die, that every one of you are sinners@I wish I could come down but I wouldn't do that I'd start right on the front row with brother Lance and I go to every one of you inside you, your son, your son, do not. Every time I say that to you. You can point back and say well Rudy to your Sen. folks let me tell you something all of us have send and come short of the glory of God. What is the difference in the life of a believer. You see, when I gave my life to Jesus Christ.
I didn't stop sinning. I didn't become immune from certain. The difference is that when the spirit of the Lord Jesus came into me when sin begins to penetrate my life or I begin to enter into certain it bothers me because the Holy Spirit sensitizes me to send that as part of the work of the Holy Spirit and in one John chapter 1 verse nine.
Listen to what Jesus said. He said we those of us who believe in him. If we confess our sin. Jesus Christ is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Folks listen there never to be a day that you and I do not confess our sin to the Lord Jesus Watson, sins of omission and sins of commission sins that we know about and sins that we don't know about. I'm a sinner by nature I don't even know about it sometimes. I'm a sinner by choice. I do it deliberately, but God says my relationship with him is one that the bonds I am continually in my spirit and I am continually confessing my sin to him. Not in terms of their salvation that I have guaranteed him him but in terms of the joy of the salvation that I enjoy in him solicit you want to know whether you have a walking fight which pleases God lost yourself the question is very simple. One are you a person who is about the business of restoring your relationship with God is continually present tense. I don't mind telling you folks, when I came to church this morning I lost the Lord to forgive me.
You say pasta why did you do that because I miss because I don't deserve to stand you. I have absolutely no right to stand in the scope of the small I have no right folks I am nobody different from anybody else.
Even though God called me to be the pasta and shepherd of this flock. I am not any different from anybody else I it moves me that I have got to ask the Lord to forgive me.
Why, because the only way by which I can stand here and have the audacity to talk to you is if I have lost God to forgive me and when I asked the Lord to forgive me, what is he do he wipes the slate clean and he restores my relationship with him is not incredible. So here it is you want to not be pleasing the Lord. You want God's commendation all you about the business of restoring your relationship with God. Number two I walking faith is never too old to begin with God or for that matter, to carry on with God. Just think about Enoch you're Enoch, the Bible says was 65 years old in our day and age that's a good innings. Such a person has lived a good life at the age of 65. This man was no spring chicken when he came to know and to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ folks that is singularly significant.
You know that statisticians tell us that the older a person becomes, the less likely that they are going to give their hearts and lives to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Did you know that why because the older you become, the more your pride gets in the way the older you become, the more questions you have, the more rationalization you wanting to do the more debate. The more conscious you become of those around the back to the Harding a heart gets folks is nothing more precious than seeing boys and girls and young people coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ. I don't care I not concerned about all the things who's watching. They not worried about whether there's a crowd of what somebody's going to say this and God gets a hold of their life and one of the things that I'm so thrilled about Garrett First Baptist Church is to see the schools and schools and schools of an old truck coming to know Jesus Christ. There's something about a walking fight that says I am never to old God and to walk with God.
Walking faith is never too old to begin and continue with God number three walking faith enjoys daily fellowship with God enjoys daily fellowship with God, am I enjoying daily fellowship with God.
What does that mean in prayer. Am I talking to the Lord in Bible study. Am I studying God's word do I have that hunger tonight, for example, at 515. I'm starting a new series in Paul's letter to the church at Corinth.
This is gonna be a humdinger folks 515 to 615 Bible study. I know everybody gone, we got all kinds of discipleship, all other things going on but do you have a desire to study the word of God is that something you go out of your way for what about the fellowship with God's people do you gravitate towards God's people want to be around God's people. That's what walking fight is all about number four walking faith carries a total dependence on God.
I love this total dependence on God. You see, if I want to know that I have a walking faith, my friends, it if it means that I understand that God is involved in everything that I'm doing. I want you to put this down, ask yourself this question is God your soul dependent at home is God involved in your home life. If he is you are epitomizing walking fight is God involved in your work life. The business decisions. The places you have to go everything you do related to your business life is God involved in your play line the bowl games that you play I seal these boys and girls coaches. I would ask you that is God involved in your coaching are you dependent upon him.
What is the bottom line of your operation a walking faith notes I complete dependence on God. Number five, a walking faith, never gives up on God never gives up on God folks. I love that I bought Ausmus out the question why give up on God. You see, sometimes we find ourselves way down there in the bottom of the barrel. That's when the acetates comes a walking faith means it doesn't matter where I am, what I'm going through what my second and I never give up on.
I know that he is my strength and my fortress. I know that he is the one who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I could score even let's move on number six working faith, listen to this is willing to sacrifice everything for God. I walking fight is willing to sacrifice everything for God. I want to ask a question here today is that you are you willing to sacrifice everything and anything for the Lord. I will ask you a question today.
Are you walking in your faith. Are you willing to sacrifice you say to me pasta.
How do I know if I'm sacrificing only if you willing to do what you do and you don't know how you going to return Scott today, but as Dr. Don challenges us to rethink what we are willing to do. Are you willing to take the first because for many of us we've been walking with Jesus Christ for many years and we realize that, but maybe there's a recommitment is a readjustment of the three main for some of you are praying for you have been praying for you for quite some time and maybe you know even now moms and dads, grandparents and other Christians that are praying for you. Say yes to take each of us in here with Dr. Don has to say God has spoken to you has you ready to give your heart to Jesus. I'd love to help you.
You pray this prayer with me and escape Jesus into your heart and life. Dear God, I know that I miss. I know that Jesus loves me and I like to repent of myself and I can face my son say Jesus name.
If you pray that prayer we love to get along literature and help you grow and I want you to know that I love the Lord has touched your life during today's teachings of Dr. Don or maybe last 60 seconds. Welcome to the family always so good to welcome you in, or maybe welcome back dedicated to Dr. John. The next steps.
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