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September 18, 2020 8:00 am
Conditional love. If this is in that sometimes we think that's a bad thing.
Sometimes it's mission-critical welcome to The Encouraging Word, featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist and pastoring today. His topic is if my God's love for us is unconditional.
But if we want our land to change. There is a condition and its condition to those of us to call ourselves followers of Christ.
This is a challenging message were about to hear from Dr. Don Wilton. But here's the good news is a challenge. Rent together.
If you need someone to pray with you and for you were standing ready right now to take your call at 866-899-WORD love to pray with and for you 866-899-WORD 9673 or email@example.com Bible to second Chronicles chapter 7 then I ask you to open your Bibles to second Corinthians chapter 6, then I ask you to open your Bibles to first Peter and chapter 2 second Chronicles chapter 7. I want you to be ready with your Bibles, then I may notice second Corinthians chapter 6, and then I may not read to you from second Peter first Peter chapter 2, I want you to listen very carefully to some of what you're about to hear in the next four weeks is not going to make you feel comfortable. God is going to surface out. This is what the word says and I'm going to begin in second Chronicles chapter 7 anomaly reading one verse today we got four weeks second Chronicles chapter 7 and verse 14. My people who are called by my will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from them up in heaven. Then I will forgive this in vain. I will heal their land. Turn with me to second Corinthians 2nd Corinthians chapter 6, and I'm beginning in verse 16 second Corinthians chapter 6, and I'm beginning in verse 16.
What agreement has the temple of God with idols, for we are the temple of the living God was God said, I will make my dwelling among them, and I will walk among them, and I will be there about, and they shall be my people. Therefore, go out from their midst and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch. No unclean thing, then I will welcome you and I will be a father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord God Almighty chapter 7 verse one sentence. We have these promises people of God, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of the body, and spirit bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God turn with me quickly to second Peter first Peter, I beg your pardon.
First Peter chapter 2 and verse nine, first Peter chapter 2 and verse nine but you God's people are chosen race. You are a royal priesthood holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you not a people, but now you are God's people once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy want to speak to you today on the subject. If my people, we all ask a number of questions to try to work on this people all around us continually use phrases like rule the children of God. I've heard people say many many times and I respect the scrapie. Well we just told me to also God we just all need to pray.
Yes we do. Was God have to say about this and who is he talking to and who is God who is and who is God talking to my what is God have to say to me and why does he give me why does God cite my people. Why would he say that to me if I am one of God's people. Well, let's take a look at this to give number of questions.
First of all, who all God's people. The Bible is chock-full of defining who God's people. I'm going to make this as simple as I possibly can for you. I know you gonna have to write quickly, you can go to web you can download.
You will see this outline right there for you. You can copy that you can study those who are God's people look on the Scriptures just five things.
Number one, we are saved we are saved. God has saved us from Allison. We all the redeemed will born in sin, we suffer the consequence the wages of sin is death, but God in Christ Jesus is God. He's the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and God so loved the world that he, Jesus, so that you and I might be saved. Is that wonderful we are saved. Number two. We are indwelt. We are indwelt God's people are indwelt by the Spirit of God.
When Jesus went back to heaven, God saying to spirit any spirit came down at Pentecost. Anything every single believer. God's people. I am an indwelt person of God because the spirit of God is in me. Number three. We are accompanied God is not only me by his spirit but he is with me in that he accompanies me.
Did you know that God goes everywhere with his people because he's in them and he accompanies them. That's what defines me as the person or the people of God.
We are savoring drill for the company, for we are family great passage that I read you a minute ago in second Corinthians. God tells us very clearly that we are sons and daughters you all my brother and my sister in Christ. That's what we'll family together where part of God's family, he's my heavenly father. He's your heavenly father and one of God's people, my people called by my name only. Are you all God's people savoring drill for the company with family visit this one up there. We are fearful with fearful mom call me fearful because we fear on please forgive the eruption will be back with more of today's message. If my people Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment, but now more than ever in this time of separation we would of never thought this pandemic was going on this long.
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Now back to today's powerful message of Dr. Don Wilton: if my people, this is The Encouraging Word God's people say accompanied with one output there. We are fearful with fearful why all we fearful because we fear God God our heavenly father is not to be trifled with. You don't respect disrespect God.
Many of us are guilty of treating our own mothers and fathers with great disrespect of time. Many of us when we younger we have regrets. Many times we talk to our fathers in a manner that's not pleasing to the Lord. Many of us do that when it comes to God I heavenly father and he wanted except one tolerated. We are God's people. We are fearful of God. We standing up his presence?
The one who are God's people question number two. Why did God choose a people. Why did God choose a people, why, why did he do this well they three big reasons. In the Scripture amongst many others show. They all number one he chose us as God's people to be the object of his blessing.
We are the object of all these blessings isn't that just too magnificent that a holy and a righteous God, our heavenly father would choose to be his people, so that we can be got object of his blessing. I have three grown children, Rob, Greg and Shelley Merrill adults serving the Lord Jesus across the nation.
My daughter serves alone overseas with Samaritans purse. I can tell you this is father to my three grown children die all the object of my blessings.
Not only did God choose us to be his people, so that we might be the object of these blessings, but that we might be the instrument of his blessing the means by which God carries out his mission by God's instrument. You are God's instrument is not wonderful. God chose us to be a people not any so that we might become the object of these blessings in the instrument of these blessings but said that we might be the living proof of his blessing. I am one of God's people. I am a son of the living God you about our sons and daughters about heavenly father and because we all God has chosen us to be his people, in order that you and I might be the living proof of the very blessings of God.
In other words, God chose us, so that the character of God might reflect costs. Yes, as these objects yes as his instruments. But, yes, is the living proof that you are salt and light. You are so my friend you, the living through God is the God of these word is the great I am.
Why would God choose number three.
What is the requirement for God's people does the Bible have any requirement.
Oh yes, the Bible does God has a very stringent set of requirements. Nowhere in the Scriptures is the Bible teach certain easy believers in an insipid form of lukewarm Christian faith. Nowhere does the Bible say what you want to God's people just get out there and do whatever you want. Nowhere in the Bible does God say well whenever you feel like it served me. Nowhere in the Bible is God's word site any time, you kind of like it just seek my face, God's word doesn't say you know it's not important. You don't have to turn from your wicked ways. It's okay I can deal with that. I'm going to accommodate you eccentricities in your sin and your waywardness in your politics. What is the requirement for God's people live my people called by my name.
What is the requirement I list just for them. Number one. Continual denial. Jesus said if you want to follow me, you go to deny yourself. What does it mean to deny myself.
That means that nothing about myself matters nothing about me comes first. This goes to the root into the heart of the very means by which we become one of God's people deny myself. It's nothing about me it's all about you requirement number one requirement number two. Continual repentance for God's people. One John 19 if we God's people. If we confess Elsa is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If my people who are called by my name will turn from their wicked ways to get onto this if the very big question what is the requirement for God's people that we just simply go to church every just simply look like Christians that we just simply every once in a while take God out of a box.
No, what is God require of us continual denial and continual repentance continual obedience.
Jesus laid the way he was obedient to the father even to his death upon the cross, perpetual continual obedience.
What does that mean yes Lord, that's what it means. This is what God says if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray.
Yes, Lord, are you willing to be obedient and everything not in some things and everything with your money with your time with your affections with where you go with what you do with how you speak continual obedience, full continual righteousness God's cold. That's why we fear God because he calls us to live holy lives pleasing to him. Peter put it like this.
He said holy that's God's called us to be righteous. It's the ingredient of the very requirement that God places upon all of God's people. Nothing more nothing less. It's just like that. Question number four what then is the responsibility of God's people do we have a responsibility well I've read to you out of first Peter second Corinthians in our primary text for the next four weeks. The Bible tells us very clearly that God has a specific set of responsibilities that he puts upon God's people. He doesn't ask us to call the Senate together.
He doesn't say why don't you have a deacons meeting to discuss whether or not we going to do these things. He doesn't site will depending which church or denomination you come from.
He doesn't site with your ritual, your poor is going to determine your responsibility know he sees this up all of God's people. Everyone of us. What is he tell us I'm just listing three, 12 separate separate not any different, but different come out from among one of my friends. I was told recently made this statement and it's very powerful paps during this time of the coronavirus big GOD big God is removing all the small G ODs from our lives. He showing us that he big G OD is the only one who matters he's telling us to come out and to separate ourselves from all the small G ODs that have become gods in our lives whether it be athletics, sport hunting, fishing will be doing this going that printer be himself sufficiently. God says to God's people separate yourself from from among you, and I can enjoy the great things of life or how much I miss watching my favorite sport. I miss that greatly.
I too am looking forward to football season. I don't know what it's gonna look like and I'm going to enjoy looking forward to being able to go out to restaurants again. I'm really looking forward to going on vacation. I'm looking forward to going down to the beach. I'm looking forward to fishing. I'm looking for to visiting my friend but I cannot make all these things that God has blessed us. But God's love my life. Can you feel it. I think God is realigning us, don't you think my friends. I think God is readjusting us and he tells us what we need to be doing. He says if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, then I will forget basin. Then I will heal their land. I want to also God to do that and I am one of God's people by God's definition he's talking to me. I believe he's talking to you to God is saying something we better listen to God what is the responsibility of God's people to separate number two to avoid number three to strive for three active words separate. Avoid strive, listen. It takes a lot of spiritual discipline to please God, you better believe it does you want to strive why because we are sinners by nature and where sin is by choice. It's jolly hard work living for Jesus because about human enforcement. Paul put it like this.
He said the good that I would that I do not admit evil that I would not. He called himself a Richard man and I do to. I'm the chief of sinners, but by God's help these things I would do because I'm one of his children question. So then how do people become God's people are use the acronym three latest ACT. How do people become God's people. According to Scripture number one.
Acknowledge Orson Bible says all about Simpson number two.
Confess your sin. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life no man can come to the father but by me. Number three. Trusting God by faith Bible says the just shall live by faith.
Those who it is just as if they had never sinned get to that point by virtue of their sites putting their and through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ by his spirit.
You give your life to Christ today. I want you to give your heart to Jesus today. I call upon you to become one of God's people because God had something to say to us any speaking to us today and he saying you all my are you and if you all. Why did God give his people.
Well they full possible reasons why God if his people.
Number one because if describes a distinct possibility. God if my people who are called by my name, because if that condition describes a distinct possibility. I think God is saying. Maybe not. Maybe you all not. Which is why you don't. Or maybe he is saying if you all. That doesn't mean to say you will.
If my people who are called by my name on it raises a distinct possibility. I that I'm not one of God's people. That's why I've invited you to give your life to Christ would be if in fact I am and I am that it raises the distinct possibility that even though I belong to Jesus. I'm not humbling myself and pray in seeking his face.
I'm not turning from my wicked way, why did God if his people number two because if infers a definitive them on that little word if you could use the word unless my people who are called by my name unless it infers a definitive them on.
It carries a warning is what God is saying to grandma's people.
Unless his guards. We God is not a clarion call to alumni speaking to Americus to God's people. I'm not up here unless it all implies. It infers a definitive them on number three. This is eliminates any level of uncertainty God's telling us it. In other words, there is no other way.
It eliminates all the uncertainty is no other way. God says you want me to hear from heaven, you want me to forgive your son, God says you want me to heal your land well if my people go by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then if eliminates any level of uncertainty number four, full get this. Why did God if he's people because it carries an absolute promise if carries an absolute promise that great God says if my people do then I will talk about that if my people do what you want. Humble themselves seek my face, pray and turn from their wicked way, then I will do what am I gonna do.
I'm going to hear from heaven, I'm going to forgive their sin and Scott's promise particular land as we humble ourselves and perhaps the Lord is stirred your heart today you need to humble yourself, not about praying for this country that are praying for our land about praying for your own soul about coming to grips with the reality that God using this broadcast to let you know he loves you these challenging followers of Christ to pray, but is challenging you as distant. Perhaps's friend, far from God to turn your life to him. You can do that in a simple prayer.
Repeat after me, Lord God, I realize my sin has separated me from you so I turn away from sin. I repent. I decide to follow you, Jesus.
I believe you are the son of God, and died for my sins on the cross of Calvary. Safe in Jesus name I pray for how we love to talk with you.
Pray with you.
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