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September 2, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching up Dr. Don Wilton a message on adjusting stop making those tweaks those calibrations we miss out on becoming the best woman of God the best man of God. We are designed to be today Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist and pastor has as his topic when your life needs adjusting open God's word in just a moment in between now and ask nine as we dive in the were available for you to talk and pray it 866-899-WORD.net phone number down stored in your cell 866999673 will always connect with one of us happy to talk listener prayer. Connect with great resources for me this email@example.com. Now today's message would Dr. Don Wilton allow me to say to you is congregation of people wherever you all that I'm so mindful is your pasta that every time I feel the lid of the Lord to actually call someone by name mentioned an individual.
I'm so mindful of the fact that there is a broken heart on every. I'm also very mindful of the fact that rarely in my ministry have people ever common.
The monitored that the names be called publicly for prayer. For one thing or another, or have attached something to it. That's hardly ever happened to me. I am privileged like you to to just partner with so many people and pray with so many people The Encouraging Word cost ministry which we on our privilege to type this worship service marches through our friends at WSB.
I channel 7 but then later on and through the weekly literally across the United States. We now hearing from all 50 states in America think about and one can imagine the privilege that we have as a people of being able to pray for others and the requests that we receive. And so I'm very mindful when we go to prayer that there is a broken heart on every pew and they are all tremendous needs and burdens their people today worshiping right now that have good broken hearts. People dealing with circumstances. They are all you know, one could go on because our lives become affected by so many issues done and as we pray this morning. Yes I talk about and and we express our prayer and love and confidence. We petition our Savior, but I want you to know that that you are not forgotten. I love being reminded of that passage with the Lord say is that even the very hairs on your head on number. Denise present did you know that the Lord Jesus knows you by name and I want you to know that I love you today.
I'm just one man, just one little drop in the bucket, but I want you to know that people are praying for you and also want you to know that our heavenly father is listening and even sometimes when it's like there's nothing else that we can do the spirit of God groans on alcohol is not a great fool to think that God goes to places that we can no longer go to this prayer that I'm praying is pray. It's not my pray. It's just my voice. We are God's people and he is the great shepherd of the sheep and we just want to tell him what's on our hearts.
Would you pray with me this morning, heavenly father, thousands right now talking to you that's slowed where you'll creation you made us Lord you breathe that life into us and our lives are in your hands and father. We just want to affirm that you are our Savior and our Lord and our God and we believe a mighty Fortress is our God you never fail us, Lord God in heaven.
We we want to cry to you today want to call out to you as we been doing and for every single person who no matter what the circumstances today need to hear from you. Where a family together. We have a common purpose. We love the Lord Jesus, you are our Savior and Lord, and we are your servants and we cried to you. We present to you every single fabric of our lives.
Even the questions that we just don't seem to understand Lord with great difficulty. We let go of our questions and we lift our hearts to you today. And Lord, even now, as we study the word of God together would you just speak to us just spoke to us Lord through your word and by your spirit, Lord to that one out. They, wherever they are and who ever they are on the Lord Jesus right now you would do your work for this is your word The Encouraging Word because you are the living God, and we are your servants. And we pray to you and recall the names of those whom we love in Jesus name, amen.
I'm going to invite you to open your Bibles this morning to the book of acts and chapter 9 and while you turning there. I'm going to invite you to take just a very quick journey with me to a place where we all all may run that by again I want to invite you to take a very quick journey with me to a place where we all are. It's called the journey of life. I want you to think about when a little baby is born. The moment that baby is born.
That baby begins to make adjustments and adjustments never stop being made until the day we go to be with the Lord Jesus Christ that we give these moments of adjustment, all kinds of factors. Anyone here ever heard of the word puberty or law.
Alright let me move on from there. Adolescents anyone heard of them. What about change of life.
Alright if you not listening parts waits and flushes adjustments. Does this young man not unlike ourselves goes through puberty and adolescence ends up going to college, a single goes to the bowl games is a wonderful time with these friends doing well in school and one day the issues and he just can't take his eyes were from the big bowl game comes up.
It's the annual rivalry. The boys always go they bought season tickets and ease frames common site. Joe, are you ready for the game and he says I'm afraid I can't make and I say what you mean you can't make it this is the game to end old games. This is not the one buying number two the seasons on the line what you doing. He says well at.
I'm going to the mole.
The have you lost your mind.
Well actually yes I have. She wants to go to the mall will come on. She's going to understand not need to go to the mole, but the blowgun while I've made a little adjustment. Why, because of the one he's falling in love with and then they get married, have you ever noticed the difference between a couple married who do not have children and the couple married who suddenly have children while the couple who marry and they have no children. What we doing tonight sweetheart, let's go up to blue pool. I tell you what, let's go down there to the restaurant.
Let's go to the beacon tonight let's go to the game.
What about going to a movie… Let's go take the weekend off suddenly baby arrives. I don't think we should be going out to not well I gotta get up earlier. I got a better parent change their adjustments of my I could go on and on.
We understand what adjustments are down 20 we do it in our lives and we knew it because above the lost array of reasons we do it because of the people we love. In fact, someone said to me one time that a person who refuses to make adjustments in life is a very unhappy person. Someone is suggested that one of the greatest reasons why some marriages are in trouble is because one or both of the partners refused to adjust to married life.
You cannot conduct business as usual there's been more than one man that says excuse me, I sign off during turkey season because turkeys are more important than anything else and I refuse to change, because that's what I did with my bad. When I was growing up he always took me hunting turkeys and gobbling gobbling is more important than you a problem in that marriage right.
We are asking the Lord, Lord, would you allow us to experience you. How can I know you mole, would you speak to my heart and blog response. I'm actively engaged in. I'm inviting you to join me like the necessary adjustments forgive the eruption will be back with more than just a moment a doctor will when you're likely to just moments ago when Dr. Don Wilton talking about the fact that he's actively engaged and is encouraging us to actively understand that God is always causing us to do a deeper walk to necessary adjustments will remind you that you do not need to do that God is not called us to an individual faith is called us to community to be a part of the body of Christ and you need to note if you need someone here for you to pray with you and for you anytime at 8668866899967. In over a decade ago. Dr. Don helped us gain some new insight on the part of our ministry that perhaps is just what right now and that's helping friends find a local church with the participant. A place to not only be fed, placed to have a network of just friends across North America but now literally around the globe network of churches and our goal is to find you a church home within two or three ZIP Codes of Jim and Michelle lead that effort. You like to have some help finding a local church. Give us a call and let us know 86689 word phone number that's 866-899-WORD 9673 will be this firstname.lastname@example.org just over here with you and maybe it's not about finding a church. Maybe it's got some other adjustments need 866-899-9673 email@example.com. Now back to today's message with Dr. Don Wilton.
I will look at the last pool. We will know pull. I don't know that there are many people of our faith would know about the apostle Paul Meade acts chapter 9. The story is quite remarkable really listen to it. Acts chapter 9 and verse one.
Meanwhile soul was still breathing out restraints against the Lord's disciples so he went to the high priest in Austin for latest of the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belong to Jesus Christ with a man, a woman that he might take them as prisoners. As he neared Damascus on his journey. Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around he fell to the ground when he heard a voice say to him, why do you persecute who are you, Lord, soul Aust. I am Jesus whom you are persecuting now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do the main traveling with soul stood there speechless.
They heard the sound but they did not see anyone so soul got up from the ground when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they laid him by the hand into Damascus, and for three days. He was blind and did not eat or drink anything in Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called him in a vision, and said, Ananias, yes, Lord Jansson and the Lord said to him, Ananias, go to the house of Judas on straight Street and Oscar man from Tarsus nine soul, for he is praying in a vision. He is seen a man named Ananias, and placing his hands on him and restore his side. Lord look forward. You don't get it on, said Ananias, I've heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done your Saints in Jerusalem and he is coming out with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on the name of the Lord, but the Lord said to Ananias go this man is my chosen instrument to carry out my name before the Gentiles and they things and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name and Ananias went to the house and entered it, placing his hands on sortie said brother soul the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here has seen me so that you may see again and be fully with the Holy Spirit. Immediately something like scales filled from soul's eyes and he could see again. So he got up and was baptized in off the taking some food. He regained his strength soul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
Once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and awesome, isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on his name and has income he had to take them as prisoners to the chief priests hits grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ, often many days gone by, the Jews conspired to kill him, but soul learned of the plan day and night. They kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by Max and lowered him in the Bosket through the opening in the wool and when he came to Jerusalem. He tried to join the disciples but they were all afraid of him not believing that he really was a disciple, but Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how soul on his journey and seen the Lord and that the Lord spoken to him and how Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So soul stayed with him and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He talked and debated with the Grecian Jews, but they still tried to kill him.
When the brothers learned of this I took him down to Caesarea and seemed to move to Tarsus in the church throughout Judea gallantly and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, and it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to speak to you this morning about when your life needs just stick consider pull just a couple of thoughts number one goal was lost without the Lord Bible tells us that makes it very clear. In fact, he's lossless made him violently radically opposed to anything to do with Jesus Christ. It wasn't. He's a radical, violent opposition to Christianity. That was the symptom of these lossless it was just what he did.
He simply wanted to erase everything to do with the one who is holy and righteous.
He was lost without the Lord number two.
He was made by the Lord, according to verse four and following a dramatic encounter took place didn't. I wish sometimes we could just dispense with the formalities of of a service like this and I love what we do and we need organization and structure. I'd love to just autumn on the front row in and go around, say, would you just stand up and just give us an account of your meeting with the Lord.
Tell us what happened when you make Jesus number three. He was trained by the Lord. Something happened folks there was a radical turnabout.
He was changed by the Lord. He was walking in this direction God climbing these lap and he walked in the opposite direction. Number four. He was direct by the Lord.
I love that verse six because Jesus said to him, get up, go into the city and you will be told what you must do God's the God of direction God says to us. Listen, I want you to get up.
I want you to do what I'm telling you, and make the necessary adjustments and I'm gonna direct everything from now on hard for us to understand sometimes number five. He was provided for by the Lord. It's amazing the story of Ananias you know I don't even know where the pool knew much about the map.
Dr. Damascus do you on. I don't know but I do know this, that God came to soul and say, didn't get up and go to the city and before God even did what he was going to do. He had already provided someone to be there that you know that incredible thought, God speaks to us and he says I just want you to make this adjustment to join me what I'm doing. We say, but Lord, I want to know what's going to happen when I get thin body and the Saints looks into our hearts and saves make the adjustment on the provider.
By the way, did you know that God already has provided for tomorrow. Maybe that's how mean it was pool was letter said in in Philippians he said be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Pool knew what it was to adjust and to meet God. When God is because every time he adjusted he discovered that God not any had changed them and direct him, but it provided for him number six.
Another thing about pull in this life journey of his that that incorporated the adjustments that were necessary to make. He was chosen by the Lord. Now that verse 15 is a remarkable verse pulled this man who has left suctioning. Dammit dammit will imprint on our faith for all the ages.
Such an instrument of God. He was chosen by the Lord, by the way, did you notice that there was a twofold choosing the took place. Number one he was chosen to carry the gospel message.
I love that he was chosen to be a carrier, a transmitter to carry the gospel message. I love that you not in fact I was just thinking if I'm ever invited to preach for the Southern Baptist convention again. More on me to focusing on that. That's about preachers is you know, maybe in a seminary clause when I'm with some preacher boys would look what God does. He was chosen to carry the message, but there's a second part. The second part doesn't kinda make me feel as client is comfortable, he was not any chosen to carry the message of the Lord, but he was chosen to suffer for the Lord Jesus Christ. Did you know folks that when Paul was persecuting the Christians he was counted among the popular I should imagine even the chief priests and the scribes they would've saved Manley as our boy at this this guy man he can pack a punch. Alex given him authority.
Listen, he's a household name. But you know the moment that pole make Jesus Christ and adjusted his life.
Paul spent the rest of these lap doing two things carrying the message and suffering for Jesus Christ and read about it when he got to the end of these light listen was preaching and then being shipwrecked.
They nearly drowning then being whipped to the point of his life. Where did he end up Limited will culminate with Paul being crucified upside down.
That's how they executed him. Timothy understood that because pool came to Timothy and said Tim Timothy.
I'm not only Damond that you would just July to the point at which you are bold in your witness would Jesus Christ but that you are willing to suffer for the close of the cross that you become elated and into the suffering of our Savior, for it was Jesus who said if anyone will come after me, you must deny himself and take up and follow me. For any who will save his life will lose it, but anyone who will lose his life for my sake will save it. Make the adjustments. It's an amazing thing lost without the Lord met by the Lord changed by the Lord directed by the Lord provided for by the Lord, chosen by the Lord, number 70, was empowered by the Lord.
It's an amazing thing. In verse 19 he regained his strength in verse 22. The Bible says he became more and more powerful, but number eight. He was used of the Lord. I love verse 31. There were four byproducts of polls willingness to adjust his life to meet God wait God is that you know those four byproducts piece strength, encouragement and growth right there in the word I want you to know God would be so kind to me if it means that I'm willing to adjust my life and God would just going to mean those things in my community and amongst my people, and together as we serve the Lord, that we would be a people know an unprecedented piece which is all understanding that we would be strengthened by the harvest in the inner man that we would be in our hearts and let them come to love Jesus Christ would increase will what you want me to do it and make whatever adjustment is necessary. That's what God did pull Cody do it for you and me, but adjustments had to be my powerful message and what a call to all of us to continually be seeking God's leadership.
His spirit guide direction for the adjustments to agree with you to pray with you about this adjustment.
It all starts with a single first adjustment course correction. Literally the church word would be repent, but it's turning her back on the path that led us away from God and turning to God.
Knowing is ready to give us a brand-new start brand before we get away our terms, just about, Dr. Todd has a closing thought just are you ready you pray this prayer with me right now.
Dear God, I know that Jesus loves me that he thought on today. I repeat myself and I can face my son and I give him a man if you prayed that prayer from your thought giving your life to Christ will commute the family of my brother and sister meet skating games together because we are connected together for ever as believers in Christ is touched your life in the time of praying together with Dr. Donner, perhaps earlier in the message today have heard, not just our South African brogue Pastor Dr. Don Wilton the truth of God's reminded you of the need for adjustment. We love to pray with you and for you. Again, the phone numbers 866899673 connected with one of us 24 hours a day just the number town stored in your cell.
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