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August 6, 2020 8:00 am
As a parent and now as a grandparent.
I'm excited when God speaks to children. That's today's message from Dr. Don Wilton.
Yes, this is The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based breaching of Dr. Don Wilton in this series on when God speaks today is talking about when God speaks to children will head to Matthew chapter 19 in just a moment, but know that we are for you and were here 24 hours a day, both on the phone at 866899673 and on the website tewonline.org G that's DEW online.org why were there, sign up for the daily email from Dr.it's a powerful word of Scripture and encouragement application could do it online right now DEW online.org to sign up for the daily Encouraging Word email now.
Today's message with Dr. Don Wilton that as we mean starting a wonderful subject. When God speaks, I ask myself the question supposedly is that God would have to say to children and through our children. God speaks to our children. In fact, the Lord Jesus had an incredible ministry on this earth but in Matthew chapter 19.
He had a very special encounter with little children and I know boys and girls you going to listen real carefully. I want to read this to you moms and dads and others again to open their Bibles to Matthew chapter 19 in God's holy word in the Bible and I want to consider today. One of the subjects that I love most of Herod is when God speaks to children.
Jesus had an encounter with little children.
Let me tell you what happened. It's right here in the Bible Bible says in Matthew chapter 19 and verse 13 then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them, but the disciples rebuked those who brought the little children to Jesus. And so Jesus said please don't do this. Let the little children come to me. Jesus said and do not hinder them.
They what ever you do, because the kingdom of heaven.
The place where I'm from the home where you are going to go live for ever because you know me and belong to me.
If you want to know anything about him. It belongs to children. It looks like children and it has the character in the heartbeat of children. Now let me read that verse again Jesus said, let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these, so when he had placed his hands on them. He went on from there. You know, it seems to me that when the Lord Jesus had this encounter with little children when he had a vacation Bible school) surrounding Jerusalem, something extraordinary happened or it just blesses our hearts and I bought a subscription today and I believe as we study God's word together. God is not only going to speak to our children but he's going to speak through our children to the hearts of all of us bring people out there so long happened when God speaks to children number one. He loves the amazing thing that's exactly what happened here. It's just good old-fashioned love taking place poison goes I want you to know something today. I want you to know how much I love you I love you with all of my heart, and you know something we love you today you're very special to us suite on all of you. We love you and I'm telling you the best thing that ever happened to us in our lives, was that the Lord Jesus gave us you fact, I can't even imagine our lives without you around and you know every time I'm around you.
It's just kind of black. There is just so much love and you know it's an polluted love the pure love of precious love and unspoiled love visiting.
It's just the kind of real love that we read about in the Bible with God so loved the world you see the kind of love with which Jesus loved children, was the same kind of love with which Jesus guy himself.
It was a sacrificial love. It had no strings attached. God gave us Jesus Christ.
Despite our assumes, and Jesus Christ became obedient to the father.
This mankind he just simply did it because he loves God gave us Jesus Christ because with the giving and the pure love of God, you and I cannot live without the Lord Jesus.
We must trust him as our personal savior and Lord, and so when God speaks to children and through children. I couldn't get past this one folks. He just loved it. That's all poison goes.
We love you. We actually don't even need to have a reason.
It's just the way it is. We love you. Number two, but I needed God love them that Jesus love them but he accepts them. This is an interesting thing in this encounter in Matthew chapter 19 because the Bible tells us that Jesus actually accepted these boys and goes not mean you mean he accepted the folk say something here that almost honest. You know what Jesus accepted when he accepted those children as much as he accepted the children. He accepted the fact that the children had been brought to him.
He had accepted the giving of those who were given responsibility to children and Jesus Christ. Now there are two acts of giving, that we need to talk about number one is the fact that God has given to us, our lives, we accept the giving of God in terms of our lives, but folks when we come, and God gives to us our precious little boys and girls.
What we do with them. We dedicate our babies to the Lord Jesus.
What is dedication. That's why almost every Sunday where parents are.
Bringing their brand-new little babies that you want to just gobble them up, and we dedicate those babies Lord. Yes, we are asking God to give the parents wisdom we're asking for section but you know we doing folks when we dedicate our little ones to the Lord. Watch this. We are bringing our little ones and we are presenting them. We are bringing them to the Lord Jesus Christ and we are saying heavenly father, you gave us our sons and our daughters we bring them back and give them to you because you have entrusted us with the responsibility of taking care of these young ones by the way that I know of any of these Boys and Girls Club. Perhaps would not woken up by somebody this morning, mom and dad, older brother, sister, breakfast is getting cold. Guess what somebody helped you to put on the right. Probably your mama did that and guess what folks, at least I hope this didn't happen. I don't think any of these boys and girls drove themselves to church today.
Do you if that's the case I need to find out about it. Poison goes how many of you will brought to church today. Raise your hands up. Just what I thought you know something children do not have the means or the capacity to bring themselves into the presence of Jesus Christ and to sit on his knee. That is our responsibility folks. That is our responsibility. I was stopped in the hallway. Many times this week and one lady came up to me. She said Dr. Wilton. She said I got such a sad heart I said why she said will my neighbors got three beautiful children, you know, 579 something like that and she said they are wonderful people, but they just will not bring them to a place where they can learn about the Savior who died for them. What a responsibility, folks, this acceptance that Jesus bestowed upon children was an acceptance based upon an action that took place. It's an incredible thing, when God speaks to children he loves on them. He accepts them. But what's this number three.
He blesses the did you notice what happened here in Matthew chapter 19 Jesus gathered the little children around him and one evening he placed I'm going to show you something. Folks, this is very very important. We cannot let this go by moms and dads and grandparents because they were two essential ingredients in the blessing that God in Christ Jesus conferred upon these children. He blessed them into why number one he blasphemed by touching them what the Bible says in chapter 19 that seizes laying his walk hands on them. He touched the couple of months ago I found myself down at one of our retirement centers and I was about to leave, I visited a number of our people and I was busy walking down the corridor on exiting the retirement center and all of a sudden I heard of Dr. Wilton Wilton Dr. Wilton and I looked around Dr. Wilton and I stopped, went back a few steps and looked into one room and there was the sweetest old lady lying in a bed in the retirement center. She had the bedsheets right up to her chin. All I could see was her sweet face, I walked in they she said to me oh pasta. She said I never thought I'd ever meet you in person. She said I worship with you on television for years and thank you church and went on and on how God was blessed and she was just so precious. She was over 19 years of age and as she began to talk to me. I just lifted up the bed covers a little bit moved it down and I grabbed her hand and pulled it out from under the bed covers. She had the tiniest little hand I've ever seen in my life.
Her hand was all involved from arthritis in her hand was so cold in the room that was so hot I thought I was gonna die and I took hold of that sweet little hand, I say to myself I wonder how many meals these hands of Cook. I wonder how many little children they've dressed in the morning.
I wonder how many directions those fingers pointed. I wonder how many people she has love those hand and I took that precious little hand and began to rub her hand and she said all pasta your hands so warm and I just began to rub her hands as I was talking to her and then I began to pray for her and then I began to just stroke the top of her head and tears began to roll down her cheeks and all fraud prayed with her. Arlene Tobin gave a big kiss on the cheek. I said I love you and thank you for letting me come in just have a little friendship with you and I began to walk out that door and she said pasta just white. She sits like coming in praying for me today are being someone named Casey dad dear man a lot of things that you wonderful, powerful challenge, you need someone to pray with you before you right now about being the kind of dad is connecting with your kids in a spiritual way would love to pray with you and for you her phone number is 866899 word shot it down.
Store your settlement, you can call right now, but anytime day or night. Connect with us. Happy to talk a list of pray for connective resources that will help you grow. 86689673 Dallas dive back in today's message when God speaks to children with Dr. Donald. I remember when the pox boys wore there was so much excitement going on in this life we had to put up with Sam and Miss Jimmy said it was unbelievable. You know when the pox twins were born they were born premature.
It was a time when they were putting the incubator as I and you know that the people who know about these things, they actually as they lady I see Sam told me that they had holes in the window and they were given instructions. The family and those who were close to those two precious little boys are doing well today. They were told that every time you come and visit those premature babies that could shoebox you need to stick hands through these things that are provided and you need to hold it when you need to touch them.
There was something about what Jesus did when he placed he blessed them by touching them. But that was not all he not only blasphemed by touching them. He blessed them by speaking to them. He blessed them by speaking to them. You see, my friends, the practical action of attach was accompanied by the practical one, God in Christ Jesus to lease these boys and look at them and say children are better seen and not heard one about what to say to you, you too little.
You just be quiet and listen to my conversation you not amount to anything now. Love you gunplay on the swing, but don't disturb me, my friends, there is something here that God writes upon our hearts that they just grips my own heart and he looks into my heart, nieces, daddy, nieces, mama, pasta, teacher, friend, if you want to blast your children actually holding, hugging, speak to the you might say pasta that's not realistic you know that I've met people who say to me, pasta never neighborhood.
My daddy told me that he loved me enough pasta my mama boy she can put it together and she does this machine does that. She just doesn't talk to me.
She says nothing dads. Some of us are pretty good hooping and hollering for our private team. But we don't hoop and holler flavored children. Folks, it's not just something that's filtered something that's heard and daily lives.
The essential ingredient of the bracing of God. Boys and girls. We want you to know that we love you.
We accept truth because you've been brought by people who love you so much. And guess what we bless you. How do we bless you we bless you because you just cuddle.
We just love to get down on the coffin and just do one we could gobble you up. While some of you were singing was telling me to stay in my seat because I wanted to get out there and, just gobble some of but we also want you to know that we love you, but there was another thing about this extraordinary accountant. When God speaks, trees, children he loves on them and and he accepts them and he blesses them but number four. He put identity course which which which society doesn't protect their children. We are is that true throughout. Children have a hedge of protection about them. Even when it's unpopular boys and girls.
I want to tell you something today. We love you so much. We want to protect you. You mean so you don't ever have to be afraid you know that.
But even sometimes this week, those bagel thunderstorms would come across when I come across. Guess what we wanted out of the bed and made with mom and dad and follows that's okay see. We love it when it thunders because you get in our beds with us and that's just fine with us boys and girls.
We want you to know that we protect we care for you. In fact, that's why we've got brave men and women in places like Iraq giving up their lives. You know why they doing that yesterday lots of reasons, but one of those reasons we want to protect our boys and go lots of reasons why we get into emoticon we say put on your seatbelt because we want to protect you. That's why we say sometimes yes you need to brush her teeth because we want to protect you. That's why we encourage you to eat healthy foods in and to be well and do things right in the sit up straight set up straight boys and girls because we want to protect your thank you Mr. Clinton but I want you to notice something folks there was a focus in this regard of the protection Jesus was talking about in this regard, Jesus protected them. First of all, from well meaning Miss guided and all gone now. What was Jesus protecting these children from from well-meaning, misguided adults, they were known as the disciples on the disciples were just like me. I'm a disciple Jesus was protecting them from people like me if I am well-meaning but misguided. All of these disciples were well-meaning.
They said no, don't touch the Lord Jesus. He's been busy. He was up until 1 o'clock this morning. He's hungry.
He doesn't need this. He doesn't want to be swamped. He's got more important business to do. You need to leave the children out of it. That's just busy work Jesus and well I know that you well-meaning but you misguided don't do that. Let the children come to me forbid them not, who did he protect them from from well-meaning, misguided adults, folks, there is a second group that he protected them from he protected them from well intentioned, deliberate adults now listen carefully.
There are two categories of adults, folks, there will, meaning misguided adults, they mean will, but by all misguided. There's another group of adults who relate to children who are well intentioned. I'm not going to question their parenting skills. I'm not going to question your desire to have your children accomplish this and achieve that. But you are currently preventing children from coming to Jesus Christ or that's a tough one is a warning here site who might that be, well, we could give so many examples I know of one family who came to me said man we need to have this family here. They don't go to church anywhere in the family said they couldn't let the children come because they were going on vacation this week a civil what's wrong with that. I said no they really going on vacation on Thursday. Now there's something wrong because VBS began on Monday.
I've never met a four-year-old who goes on vacation with her parents on Thursday and screams Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday folks are you listening what did Jesus protect these children from well-meaning misguided adults like these disciples who thought they were doing the Lord of flavor and everybody else in between. And well intentioned deliberate adults who are doing everything right except providing every opportunity possible for their sons and their importance to around the feet of our Savior.
That's why we love kids in this place why boys and girls are so precious.
He loves on them. He accepts them he blesses them he protects them number five in our close with this he honors them here in this passage. In verse 14 Jesus drives home the point.
A parallel between children and having the most incredible place in the world did he honor them in this way, perhaps because of the unsupportable joy. Just think of children or you talk about unsupportable joy because of the unbiased love that you notice how boys and goals can love in an unbiased fashion.
I was walking through a shopping mall some months ago and I just walking here comes this little girl about five years of age and I couldn't stop looking and smiling at her, and she was staying there mother was looking in the window sweetheart. She said, look at my shoes. I said no and I got down on my knees and I began to look at her shoes.
She didn't know me from a bar of soap she began to talk to me like I'm a shoe thing she said to me, and you know what she said my dress matches my shoes. I said hello. Obviously, she had a daddy who did notice those things we talked about how her dress matched her shoes and her mother was just standing there smiling. Finally, her mother looked at me she said I love you.
I said will now I know you to we just had little talk title on then the little thing went on, awareness, and by come back and visit me. She said unbiased low folks. Perhaps Jesus on the dam because of their uncomplicated lives.
I don't think any of our boys and girls woke up this morning and worried about what was going on in Iraq.
They were gonna plate Uncle Sam always going to be elected the next Pres. Seat on the dam because of the parallel beauty just to look upon the faces of the sons and daughters. What we see the expression of God in his and is going to happen that is placed on parallel Pepsi honor them because of their unspoiled hearts. Sometimes I wish I could before. Again, not because I want to be for I have no desire to be full but I wish I could turn the clock back so that I could begin again with an unspoiled, what is the Bible teaches about heaven folks.
It's a place of unsupportable joy. It's a place of unbiased love. It's a place of uncomplicated lives.
It's a place of beauty. It's a place where people are getting together like you made hearts, because we all found in the presence of the righteous and the Jesus take a look a powerful message. Perhaps those convicted you in a number of different ways, but one might be to be childlike. I pray that you would open your heart right now to see what God might be asking you to do next. What kind of course correction is God calling you to is a radical course correction literally turning around and heading in a fresh new way. Follow adjustment is correcting back into the center of his status.
Permissive for you. Open your heart to Dr. Don Wilton as he closed, are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that. Why don't you pray this prayer with me today. Dear God, I know you love me very, very, and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came God on the cross that I might be forgiven today. I repainted my son. I can face my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my life by faith in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that pray, let me be the first one to welcome you to the family of God. This is our hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying help very important this is for me. We can connect to the right place you can begin this wonderful journey.
It's exciting to see how God's word teaching pastor Dr. Wilton has given us opportunity to make a change. Perhaps you prayed along with Dr. Molly going you like to share what God's doing in your life would love to hear from Dr. Donald love to hear from his email is firstname.lastname@example.org to hear how God's life. We love to hear if you want to call some Telus as well make sure Dr. Don gets the message. 866-899-WORD is the phone number that's 866-899-9673 or this world is to connect online as well know someone use some encouragement out our online labs online.I like having a Christian bookstore and rally concerning the sky sending The Encouraging Word is a newer God to supply any siding time setting God tomorrow. Join us different. Remember, we can connect online. Between now and their CDW online