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August 26, 2020 8:00 am
Welcome to the Encouraging Word featuring a Bible-based freezing of Dr. Don Wilton today's message when you walk takes a detour.
I think they realized it was an accurate and I took it off my particular GPS, but it used to say recalculating recalculating every time I would take a detour. I wasn't supposed to. Today Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist Pastor is going to open God's word together with us so that we can gain insight on what happens when we do take a detour as we open the word know that were available for your phone lines are always open it 866-899-WORD. I know little old-school but in this day and age conversation could be just what you need. Let us pray with you at 866-899-9673 or email us at email@example.com@TW online.org now Dr. Don Wilton day on an incredible subject when you walk takes a detour. I believe that God's got something to say to us, and it's good news. In fact, I'm going to tell you that if you listen to what God says.
The is in sometimes even sweeter than the beginning. While we going to look to diet a very familiar passage open your Bibles with me to Luke and chapter 15.
Luke's gospel in chapter 15 Jesus told us a story, a parable about two sons and a father. Listen to what he said. I mean, Luke's Gospel, chapter 15, and beginning in verse 11 Jesus said that there was a man who had two sons, the younger son same trees father father gave me my share of the estate, so he divided his property between them. Not long lofted that the younger son got together all he had any sample for a distant country and they he squandered his will in while living often, he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in the land so that the whole country suffered from the famine and he personally began to be in the lead. Maybe just always there for a moment, what we going to discover here folks is that when you walk takes a detour. There is a progressiveness that will take place. This man had no problem so long as he had plenty of money to buy everybody else drinks. He was popular as long as he put the boat as long as there was no problem catching a plane as long as there was no problem about which motel, historian as long as he was not the center of popularity as long as he was still continually able to finance all of these people who seemingly would gather around him because he had the money as long as he was one of the boys as long as he had all the girls hanging around. He was okay but progressively he ran out of money and things began to change.
It's amazing how some people will hang around you when you got something to give them and how easy it is to stay on a detour as long as your boat is still sailing but lose your boat and see what happens now look what happened here. Verse 15 so he went and he hired himself out to a citizen of that country grew same to him through his fee fields to feed the things he long to fool his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating. No one gave him anything when he came to his senses. He said how many of my father's hired men of food to spare, and here I am the son of my father starting today I will send out and go back to my father in citing father I've sinned against heaven and against you. In fact, I'm no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired men so he got up and he went to his father. But while he was still a long way all, his father saw him and was cleaned with compassion for him and ran three son and threw his arms around him and kissed him, and the son Satan father, I've sinned against heaven and against you, and I'm no longer worthy to be called your son.
But the father seem to his servants, quick bring the best robe and put it on him put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet bring the fat call and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate for the sum of mine was dead and is alive again. He was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate how well love this. Go to goodness me when you walk takes a detour I bought 10 points that I want to share with you so I better get cracking.
I want to share with you 10 striking things that will bless your heart parents. I want to say a word to. I bought a real burden for parents to Diana why I was going to burden for our parents in America.
Wonderful Christian parents and you all you've done everything you can find your heart is broken today because your sons and your daughters are in the pink brains of life.
Don't give up.
We got some wonderful news to share contains significant things here that I'm just going to share with you from God's word number one. He was part of the family love this one verse one Bible tells us about a father. These two sons, yet we have this family together. He was part and parcel of his father's household when you walk takes a detour for the believer. If you give in your heart to Jesus Christ.
You are part of that family. And this man was part and parcel of this family.
It was one of this father's sons.
You are one of your father's daughters. He knows my name knows every tear that falls I wish I could quote that song and are gone but even when I stumble and fall. Even when I take a detour. He's always there because he's my father now what's this folks, this is unbelievable. It all started out in this family. How about you remember when you grow up.
By the way, think about your family, think about your heritage. I had a man come to me some months ago and he said to me pasta. He said I'm back. I sit back from what he said.
I'm just back on back with the Lord I'm back Eric church I'm back in the family.
I sit with you being that I took a detour he said I tell you what he said I just have never been able to get over the fact that my mama never stop praying for me tell you something folks say something about this issue here that he was part of this family and by the way, it was a remarkable looking family. I think we can deduce from this passage that his home was a pretty frightening come home if you lost me.
I don't know what he had, but he had all kinds of things probably had a swimming pool. I don't know. I can just see his room gone to iPod in one corner computer over here probably had for television set stream stop. I don't know, but the fact of the matter is that his father had in the state enough to be able to divide it up. This man was well cared for in his father's home, sounds like God doesn't see my father which I'm a part of his family got quite the state fact he owns everything. I mean the whole lot using charge.
In fact, he even tells me that what he doesn't have made available to me if I needed it will supply all money, I mean all even down to my anxieties. He takes care of my anxieties because I just give them back to my heavenly father, but daddy gives me peace in my heart and my mind through Christ Jesus.
This man was part of the family. Number two, number two, he made a personal decision to carry verse 12, the young one sentries father father give me my share of the estate. By the way, the operative word here is the word give me. He made a personal decision and frames what God was showing me here in which I share with you today is that every detour for every believer begins with a personal decision based upon personal need and want. Give me.
I want I no longer want to be in your house. I don't need your authority father I mean your baby to line I don't mean your pocket money I need to drive your motorcar. I need to be told what time to come home. I don't mean the discipline of the church. I mean anybody telling me this award given to me.
I want to be the same for my own universe to Panama and Camus.
I'm quite capable of being sufficient in and of myself. I don't believe in God anymore. I remember appearing coming to me some time ago in our church and both the husband and wife and just wept and wept and wept, and this is what they kept saying to me. I kept saying to me pasta we don't understand that we've given to our son.
Everything you could possibly imagine.
We'd love Damon provided for him. I just don't get how could somebody walk away like that. This man made a personal decision, and it was cemented in himself. It was a rejection of the authority all these father's house and of the sanctity of his father's house number three Heaney left the confines of his home now, folks, this is a very important point to the Bible says in verse 13 that rocked long off to this, he gathered what was his and he took off left the confines of these father's home and he winked to a far distant land. Can you imagine that Borat love my home. I want that you just love your home. Let me tell you know what I did yesterday folks may not tell you my wife and I decided yesterday was a beautiful diet.
We just did stuff you just done stuff.
I mean we did stuff you know picking up this picking up. Then I noticed my neighbors were doing stuff to arming cleaning this and carrying that doing this and doing that, I mean just running around going back for teaching carrying doing is just stuff I got to about 4 o'clock in the office and I said enough stuff up.
Give me the remote.
My wife says she's got a detached retina.
You know I can watch six more games at the same time I can do. When I sat down in my favorite chair. My wife Linda Baskin-Robbins because our center. I said they folks.
I had double scoop Baskin-Robbins, but I'll bring chocolate.
I said I'm doing autumn on what my doctor says my dentist says the candlestick Mike Aziz am having a sobbing doing stuff I sent in my chair arming Baskin-Robbins remote control great game of football and a Diet Coke to make me feel better, merely came out of my chair when Clemson scored the touchdown. I'm turning watchful of them.
Florida and Tennessean tip might use on what the gamecocks were doing and what areas I mean the whole line.
I just sent they I'm tending love my I love to go home. So Monday can have a deep kick the dog walk around menacingly on pack and unpack just love your home folks is that anything more wonderful than the know when you been on way something, love your home. Just being around love Thanksgiving because older family, things that going. Just think about this man lived confines you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton will be back with the rest of today's message when you walk takes a detour in just a moment, but I pray that you wouldn't check out don't go away because in these few moments we open the word together.
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Now back to today's message with Dr.by the way, my home is not perfect.
I know that I make a Homo being in the home will be associated with a home that within the context of that there is both pain and heartache while we are still my home. I love it when my sons come home about my boys my boys and folks like come home a couple weeks ago, my two sons my daughter-in-law yesterday. The big man on screen the whole week boys do needs when I get ready to go back to something about a couple hundred year to a worthless man type what my jacket.
You cannot cannot buy you something.
It's only everything is on me. Don't worry about a thing cannot write a check for what can I do for you.
The Oscar summing folks does the father mother ever stop being a father, mother, you think our heavenly father signed off on you, so you left home.
Have you he left the confines of these home number four.
He squandered his assets, folks, it was one thing to leave, but it's another thing to squander the Bible says right there in verse 13 that he squandered his wealth in wild living.
By the way, do you know what that word squander means.
It means to just throw it away in my pocket. Your father little tissue paper summing and everything that I have is right there.
It's like he just took what he had just threw it away, just through to the wind. It was his father provided for his every need in a major way made a personal decision left the confines of these harmonies quantities acid heartbreak spark I heavenly father welcomes us into the family of God forgives us for our sin and expresses his love to us just one day we make a personal decision brought out on a be around you anymore. I'm tired of all this we just get up and we just leave the confines of our heavenly father's home we go out and squander the assets that he's given us.
We just throw it away, but I want you to know chair in the first place that he took desperate measures.
Desperate measures. Folks Bible says that progressively 1 Thing Took Pl. off for another, leaving him with nothing and in desperation he went in the office to man in a foreign land. Can you imagine that. Please would you just hire me and the man seemed to work with these pigs, to tell you something folks I identify with working with pigs that might surprise some of you when I was at university in Africa. I got a job working on a massive pig forming the Cape lands of southern Africa ride on the point of Africa place called France cook translated means French corner massive mountains and under parallel beauty.
And I got this job working for this farmer and I was assigned to his pigs make fact I remember we just started dating my wife Karen got into a motorcar one time she drove hundred miles to come and visit me folks in that summing so good-looking she came all the way down then you know what I did when she came to see me. I told her that I would pick her up in the city of Cape Town and I went in my pig truck big old truck and I went and picked up my girlfriend in Cape Town Pl. called Claymont in Cape Town where my parents lived and I went to go and pick her up and I took on a date in my pig truck.
I did and we went to a place called Greenpoint right there at sea pointing Cape Town South Africa and we used to have these, driving places like sonics you know and you drive up and you park your vehicle and some froufrou little girl comes out. They were the try and she takes her order and she came out there and she had everything and she went all the way up. She got within about 200 feet of my truck.
She stopped dead in her tracks and just drop the tray right there and she said no it is not folks I know what it's like to work with pigs I work with large white saws onto about four months on end at the highest level. This man took such desperate measures, and in 1973 and 74 when I was working in pink means to get through college and university those pink brains was fighting for 1973.
I can't imagine what these pig feelings would've looked like do you guess what happens friends when you squander your assets you gonna end up in the pigpen somewhere.
This man took desperate measures. Number six, he experienced a desperate longing Bible tells us in verse 16 he longed to full his stomach. Some of you might say to me pasta would you describe that longing know I cannot but I can tell you this that when you leave the father's house, my friend. They will be an emptiness and avoid that nobody else can fully accepting your heavenly father and he wants you to come home.
No, sir. Six will not full led void getting married will not full led void. Alcohol will not full led void. I like cost will not full led void in you house will not full led void money in the bank will not full led void.
There is nothing that one thing led void that belonging when youths wanted what your father is given to you when you walk takes a detour when you walk takes a detour he experienced a desperate longing number 70 came to his senses. I love verse 17 Bible tells us these are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Simply stated he came to his senses by the way, I believe that that is a spiritual moment.
You will not know about that. It's one of those aha moments you find yourself sitting in church and all of a sudden the nerve centers touched in your heart all of a sudden you know it's not the second verse which is same as the first. It's not your capacity to quote Scripture to sing a song. It's not about what you're going to gain what you going to lose.
All of a sudden, God gets a hold of your heart. And all of a sudden you began to come to your senses.
Nothing's gonna happen if you don't come to that point he came to his same Sue's note number eight that as he came to his senses.
He remembered the warmth. I'll be so not an amazing thing ever.
Dinky while he had plenty to squander the warmth of these home was not an issue. Someone said to me one time that it's necessary for someone to hit rock bottom for God to get there attention. Now that's true but you don't have to hit rock bottom done. Let God allow you to hit rock bottom I meet so many people have said to me pasta rock. I had to hit rock bottom before kind of message. You don't have to hit rock bottom. Just listen to what God say don't go through the faint boards right now. Don't become one of the parades, but be one of those washed out people standing on street sidewalks begging for a little bitty drop of water to cool your tongue. Because your father's house is your house. You caught the bees family come back home, come back home, come back home.
He remembered the warmth of these home number nine. He took decisive action he took decisive action. Look at verse 20.
The Bible says so. We got up and he went to his father. You know that is an amazing boost with an amazing implication in our hearts and lives is not so I'm about to make a statement to Garrett is you can come to your senses until you're blue in the face but unless you take decisive action will never get out of the pigpen, my beloved friends. Please listen Douglas into this pasta listen to what God is saying to you, my precious friends who ever you are today. Love you so much. Listen carefully. There are many of you today you know where you are and you know what's wrong and you know what you've done and you've come to your senses.
But you haven't taken decisive action.
You can decide to give up smoking until you're blue in the face, but until you give it up.
You continue to smoke me tell you, folks, I have met many a person is come to speak to me and is where Dennis and we prayed together. Life said pasta.
Please pray for me. I know that I'm in the wrong place. I know that I'm with the wrong people and I know that I've made the wrong decision and I'm desperate and I bought a void in my life and I know what I need to do, but they won't get up and do that's decisive action. You can come to your senses until you're blue in the face, but until you take decisive action.
You're not going to get out of the pigpen. I'm so grateful for groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and there was so many wonderful organizations, folks, etc. etc. my I encourage you with all of my heart and I'm not reducing this to alcoholism or anything of that nature. What I am. I'm saying to this, my friend. If you have taken the assets that God is given to you and you walked out of your father's house and use one. That which God is given to you. I want you to see a picture of the warmth of your father's household. And as you come to your senses.
I want you to take decisive action which leads to point number 10.
I love this. He came back home.
He came back or I'll love that don't you. He came back home. That's what it's all about I tell you it's like when you've been on a trip where you been working all value you gone out to doing whatever it is and you come back and that door opens and you walk into Houseman. You just take off your shoes you get into that favorite chair. You sit down and have a nice warm meal back home again. That's the picture that God wants us to see when we come back home, he doesn't really guide us to the second seat in the house he puts us back in the prime seat. He doesn't say okay, sit at the back of the car.
She said no not now you subtract in the front.
He doesn't say listen, I tell you what I want to do. I'm in a shove you back then. Every now and again all senior plate of food and this is not Cesar meant to give you the very get up about son Ephraim takes a deep you hear what God is saying you get back on track again get back on the right road to go to do something about it. You been listening to Dr. Don Wilton in this message is such a powerful challenge to make a change.
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