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October 1, 2020 8:00 am
When Jesus changes our life.
It changes everything prepared to be inspired by a powerful testimony on today's broadcast see this is The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist and pastor today. Dr. Don can introduce you to someone whose life has been radically changed as he introduced Lillian just a moment know that we're here for you to courage.
We can do that on the phone right now at 86689.the number down stored in your cell where 24 hours a day to talk to listen to pray to connect with great resources at 866-899-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org that's TW online.org would love to connect with you about today's message trust and obey Dr. Don Wilton well I'll tell you folks so much on my heart so I'm sitting here praising the Lord and sighing, while Lydia, how do we bring all of this together. What we say and I turned to just a minute ago and I should let you see what I do what I experience on minutes like it's just so precious and so wonderful what you know a little while back as I was preparing and praying God put a word in my heart for this Sunday and it wasn't even the Sunday this was a week or two ago and then during this false week, I began to live stream with all our incredible young people up there in Kentucky and it just chokes me up because what I began to see and hear was God accomplishing the mission in unbelievable circumstances. Lydia nothing about this year in Kentucky really made sense because we had so many issues going on with the virus in distancing and being able to do this in our young people were so Fran testing you know on the safe, and Jacob leadership and began her in the team cost student teams. They hold their hearts into this and our adult leaders and God spoke so crazy Sid I bought a mission that needs to be accomplished and you folks went and look what God has done.
Look what God has done and then on Wednesday night. I believe it was Wednesday, not maybe Tuesday Tuesday not Tuesday not when I listen to that worship service and Lydia Blackstone got up and shaded a testimony. Karen and I would so deeply moved in our hearts and Lydia is one unbelievably precious young lady college student who gave of her time this week to be a part of something that I don't believe will ever stop and the word God gave you challenged us me. I wasn't even up in Kentucky I was watching this.
I've given her an impossible job today as I bossed to come and Lydia just open your heart, share with us, give us I'm not sure of what God put in your heart that holds the real saints of revival to break out challenged us and I don't believe God is through with us. You thank you Lydia.
Let's give Lydia hand showing you so much for letting me con it's a joy to share always is. You said you gave me an impossible job impossible to talk at the things of the Lord and how great he is, that God says if you do the possible do the impossible sale hear my story a little bit because I don't have that much time but I will say to you just how important it is that we do the possible now. So, my story is yes, College University of South Carolina, which cites Ethan Booth Albert Davis about. I did get University of South Carolina said no it was on. Actually my fifth year to gone Kentucky I got to go to grip the finger that I had gone to in previous years, but this year is different for me. It was different for all of us. Yes, we had challenges.
We had to face but it was different in the way that God said.he said that every year but this year it's like we just noticed it more you now that my story is on before the first and after college I really spent it when I say it's all about me. I got into all sorts of things that I could stand up here for 30 minutes and tell you the bad things that I've done. But it's not about it's about what he does, after which is what I want to tell you is that I got this crazy opportunity to go to the holy land with Dr. Don on a bunch of other you out here in the crowd and everybody asking what your favorite spot was your favorite place he went.
It was so busy.
Craziness. You know it is filled with terrorists.
My favorite spot with it when it was only our group is up there was the not Beatitudes. I was sitting up there very broken from the way that I had lived my life. I broke my own heart on. I was sitting up there.
Just you know completely broken unit we have to get like that and I heard these words spoken by Dr. Don but it was like in the moment. It was like hearing Jesus's voice say it so right now as it is a beautiful picture that we are outdoors on this is a mountain of sorts.
This is a Beatitudes today. Look around and hear the sounds and I want I want a picture to be shown not Beatitudes on the screen just to that. Y'all can see what I saw when I heard this, but I want you to hear Jesus voice in no way am I trying to betray him at all and so unworthy, but just as I say these words hear Jesus saying that to you. Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came near to him and he began to teach.
Then he said blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are those pure of heart, for they will see God blessed the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are you when they persecute you insult you and say all kinds of evil against you because in my name and be glad, for great is your Lord and having her just as they persecute you, they persecuted the prophets that went before you.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness. It is of no use except to be thrown out and trampled under man's foot.
You are the light of the world sitting on a hill cannot be hidden.
Need is you light a lamp and place it under a ball instead you place it on a stance that gives light to everybody in the RAM in the same way, let your light shine before others.
He may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Those words I want them to speak to each and every one of you that way that they said to me that day sitting there broken over my Senate mortified by my sin in front of a holy God. We are unworthy to glorify today, but he lets us because of Jesus. He came down to earth and he spoke those words and you look throughout all of his ministry. The lovingkindness in that moment I felt the kindness of the Lord today changed my life and the way I lived in after that I said how can I how can I emulate that the Blessed are Blessed are I want to be that I want to be blessed. My story is a great story of blessing my dream is to be a news reporter.
That's my dream and it may change, and it's all up to God. In that, but he opened so many doors.
When I got my feet on the ground back in South Carolina after being in the holy land you my life could be the same at all. I wanted to be blessed like he said there and so he opened wonderful Doris and I got to start doing the school news ST TV news for I got the opportunity to go and do crazy things, awesome things that 19-year-old does not get to do. He knows that people would ask me how did you get that opportunity and then I love this song. Every blessing you pour out I'll turn back to praise it to praise. So when you receive that blessing turned back to praise that people ask you how you got it, but be looking for the blessing this week in Kentucky. We have all these amazing stories of how God showed up yet.
We were looking for. Then you know my Van Mann Deandra this week, but have us on the van say are highs of the day on discussion of how God showed up that day and it got the whole day thinking what's behind enemy. What's my good thing of the day that God showed up to be like that every day saying how are you get a show of how how do we get to that point is we tell others you know that this important calling of us here on earth is to glorify God. That's why we're here is to glorify God praise his name and to tell others I think is believer. Sometimes we forget what it's like to be lost, not forgotten what it felt like to see more than ever to keep telling me to keep McKee glorifying his name until everybody can feel the way I feel, which is utter peace and joy.
So today my call to you is just a little bit of the rest of that Beatitudes. You are the salt of the earth solely that saltiness is of no use. But to thrown out and trampled under man's foot.
I said this the last time that I spent this was the way that I my life before Christ was trampled under man's foot because I lost my saltiness know what assault do consult a lot of things. It preserves on the heels, but it makes you thirsty when you munch popcorn at the movies.
That's the reason they jack up the price of the soda because it makes you thirsty and that was a call that I'm getting y'all to back that day that I felt was and I making people thirsty for the things that the Lord are we are we salt and RB lights and the other part of that is you are the light of the world. We have a light in us. It should show up in our face to show up in our kindness.
When people are watching you as people always are.
When you think they're not. They need to see that light, because they know that you're a believer. They need to know that you're a believer so people in my life did not know that I was a Christian down USC church is going to church make you a Christian by the way you live your life, which we heard a million times that I think we need to hear it again. Live your life in such a way that glorifies the Lord to people ask you is the best part about being a believer is telling.
It's my favorite thing to do.
I say that and today I'm getting to do that to more than one I've prayed I've been making this prayer a regular thing in my life.
I prefer person a day to tell this is a whole lot more than I person of the day, whoever hears this, it is to share with you but I want to leave you with this to mice not being my story. It's not our story on it. His story, but I hope that in my story. The contrast of who I used to be, and who I am now shows the glory of God that he can do miracles that he liked in Kentucky. This we can move mountains believe that. Don't let it just be some cute little saying that we say on the video or make it real because God has made mountains in my life. The girl that I used to be standing here this is different.
This is so different it's one reason that it's different not to Jesus Christ. So I love you all. Thank you for sure letting me share how get back to Dr. Don Armstrong bothered me that I'm changing direction this morning completely Dr. Don Wilton good sense of the spirit may we all be sensitive to change directions when the Lord leads know they were here for you 24 hours a day to praise you through those change directions or phone numbers 866-899-WORD 866899673 at email@example.com, where you discover great resources like this. We are living in a changing world. Is this a new normal.
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Thank you for listening today. Hope you consider getting your copy of safeguards let's dive back into our teaching about our heavenly father with Dr. Don Wilton today, I invite you to open your Bibles to chapter 9 just a few verses the book of acts chapter 9 this is what happened to soul whole. This is my story at your story. The Bible says you next chapter 9 and verse one.
Meanwhile, soul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples and he went to the high priest in the Austin Flinders to discern the dogs in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the way that he will provide be men or women that he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem and that the mid Damascus on a journey. Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him and he fell to the ground voice saying to him soul.
Why are you persecuting you so dumping the face of God and said to him, all you load and Jesus said he I am Jesus, you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city will make it clear to you what must be told of you for things I want to share with you from talked about number one you and I have got to acknowledge who God is living in a day and age today with even the very name of Jesus is become a watchword in the byword a costs would avoid a blasphemy reliving an NIH to evaluate people scoff at the very name of the Lord Jesus Christ and it was Jesus to Bonnie's disciples and he said to them, I am the Lord your God, thou shalt have no other gods before me, the God of your father's daughter.
But the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, bow down and worship me acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ in your life would you do that to the I'm going to encourage you right now where you all ripen from the depths of your heart.
I want you to look into the face about God and our Savior, because God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life this week in Kentucky. They're all little children who came to Jesus because I group of people bothered to go to Kentucky and shed the love of Christ with them and I will never be the same addition will be the same again acknowledge God is when Lydia's testimony. What struck me so much in this beautiful young ladies heart. She told the story. I can see her sitting on the Mount of Beatitudes right there in that beautiful spot overlooking the magnificence of the Sea of Galilee. That same place where Jesus of Nazareth sat down before his disciples and he looked him in the place and he began to love them, and he began to teach them. And as Lydia has said in her own words. It was right in that very place at that very spot that all of the sudden she realized who Jesus really is. You know that he loves you acknowledge him number two confessional son to him. All of us of sin and come short of the glory of God. I was profoundly moved as Lydia shared her testimony. Not only this morning, but as I've listened to it a number of times on YouTube as Lydia spoke as a young Christian person about the certain in her life that she was living fall from God and to guide you living fall from God and the Bible says that your sin separates you from God and the Bible tells us that about Simpson and come short of the glory of God. Confessional student to the Lord Jesus Christ. He's the one who said that if we confess our sin is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness frames. There is nothing greater then confessing your son, Jesus Christ, would you do that right now you gonna fall into two categories when it comes to the confession of sin number one, you need to confess your sin as an unbeliever in order to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. The Bible says there is only one sin that God will not forgive school blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. It's the sin of saying no to the spirit of God, you might say to me today will pasta what is that mean what it means is what Jesus told us because the Bible tells us in John's gospel that it is the spirit of the living God who comes down upon us and reveals ourselves in the light of God's glory and convicts us about soon, and of righteousness and of judgment. God the Spirit is convicting you of your sin on to salvation. And if you will send is not forgiven. You cannot be sorry you cannot be forgiven. You cannot go to heaven you will not know the joy that only Christ can gives us if you need to confess your sin on the salvation site right now, Lord Jesus, I can't face my soon because I want to be sorry. I want to be reconciled to a holy and righteous God. I want Jesus to come into my heart. I want to be forgiven.
The Boston would you tell them that right now. Go ahead, tell them right now you don't even have to say that out loud you can if you want to you can say that in your hot you don't even have to close your eyes to say that you can if you want to.
The Bible says that what we going to do is we confess our sin to the Lord Jesus because he's the one who is faithful and just to forgive us, but there's a second group you by fall in the proctoring spot all across the country. There are wonderful people. I know you want to do, but I need to confess my soon to him because I'm assuming about nature and I'm a Cinnabon choice and just like Lydia, I know that my sin causes great grief in the heart of a God who loves me because my soon as ever before me. I come before my Savior today and I confess my sin not under my salvation, but unto the joy of my salvation in Christ cannot tell you something today very lovingly if you're a believer you living in some on confession. You are being robbed of your joy. That's what Lydia was showing Lydia's friend. I've known Lydia for years and years and years. Both she and her sisters in a beautiful family from which she comes up watch them grow up and Lydia stood Jedediah and she said I want you to know I have these things going on. I was about to and I know Christ as my Savior.
But in Maha sitting there on the mound of Beatitudes in the face of Jesus. God began to reveal himself to her that she shed with the lows you gathered in Kentucky and I'm going to encourage you to die. Two. Confessional sin number three. Are you ready to trust Jesus. Are you willing to do that today.
Put your trust in him you say wait a minute now pasta how my going to do this.
Just trust him. Just trust God. Some of you been up in the hollows of Kentucky and sitting right there in that chapel. God got a hold of your heart, you begin to say, but how can I bring that home trust God put your hands in the hands of the monster he's going to lead you, he's going to guide you. He's going for you with the spirit is going to counsel use gonna uplift you.
He's going to encourage you. Are you willing to face him. We walk by faith and not by sight.
That's an operative action. It's a daily action that we have as Christians. I try to wake up so many times I Lord I just want to trust you. I give myself to you. I don't know what tomorrow holds.
I don't know what's going on in America. I don't know where this virus is going. I don't know what's gonna happen politically, people are in turmoil, people fighting, arguing fussing people hating one another they throwing stones at one another by blaspheming by tearing down history by doing everything I possibly can. People are getting in one another's lives.
But don't God I'm going to trust the trust to give myself to you. You lost your job recently in your heart is broken. Would you trust God to the what can you do but run to him turn it over to him, but you've gone through a troublesome marriage might be you been divorced by your suffering in some way might be of lost her job might be about to close down your business and your heart is broken today. God hasn't left that little word trust, although it's not all that easy. You don't roll out of bed in the morning and say well I'm just gonna trust this is not fly by your parents like just making a couple coffee.
It's an operative. It's an action it's a Holy Spirit given dynamic. Just trust God. Would you trust him to die. So what have we. One of I told you today from God's word number one technology bloggers take into account the Lord Jesus, my friend. Think about who he is.
He loves you that much confessional sin to him you done confession said to him, it is a requirement. Confess your sin under salvation. Confession of sin under the joy of your salvation trusted and trust yourself and yourself over to him give up on yourself. Take your hands off yourself. Sideload I'm giving it all to you.
Just like Lydia has said I'm giving it to you Lord from now on I'm in your hands. I'm entrusting you. I don't know school is going to open in a couple weeks but I trust you.
I don't if I'm trust you.
I don't know where I'm going to get another job so that I can provide for my family.
I'm trust you load I'm in a trust to trust God because your God and one mole obey him, obey him, are you willing to say yes Lord willing to abide in him today do what he tells you to do. That's the operative of Christian discipleship trust and obey, for there is no other way when you follow Jesus.
He calls us to trust him and obey him. Is it time for you to trust God.
Could it be that you have been trying to imagine on euros and got I got this but instead God is ready to take you and empower you as a new child never given your heart to Jesus Christ you can do that today simply by opening your heart to say yes Jesus I realize I need head in a new direction.
I turn my back on my sin and I accept you as Savior and Lord, I believe you died, change forever in Jesus name Lord stored in your heart. Let us pray with you our phone numbers 86689.
That's 866-899-9673 were available 24 hours a day to talk with you if you've given your heart to Christ. Dr. Don has some specific materials. He wants to put in your hands actually free. Just call and ask for them at 866899673 or online at tewonline.org G that's DEW online.org till next time.
Take care and God