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November 2, 2020 8:00 am
Welcome to the Monday edition of The Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton today a message to take to straight to our father heavenly in just a moment.
Dr. will literally paint a picture with Scripture today as we head to the book of Matthew chapter 6 beginning in verse nine and study our father as we do. So what you know that were excited to see what God is doing in our interconnectedness, both online and tewonline.org Margie as well as on the phone at 866-899-WORD. You need to know that we would be thrilled to pray with you and for you and every single day were seeing God do remarkable things in the ministry. The Encouraging Word invite you to be part of the encourager, even all the details are on our website about how you can get email@example.com ballots open our hearts and open God's word together to Matthew chapter 6 with Dr. Don Wilton. I'm going to be focusing on one statement this morning in Matthew chapter 6 and verse nine. I want you to just imagine for a moment. Here we find the Lord Jesus sitting on a hillside and all the people who loved him were gathered around as they looked over the Sea of Galilee. What Jesus said in this prayer called the Lord's prayer is quite significant and there is a statement here that he begins he saved when you pray this is what I want you to say our father which art in heaven. I want to speak to you this morning on just that one statement father now you remember folks that the Jewish people back in the time of Jesus. They really believe that God was somebody that you couldn't come anywhere near. I want you to just listen to this for a moment I want to reduce this to something overly simplistic, but the Jewish mind.
God was in a box. Some of you remember the ark of the covenant and right throughout the Old Testament people tried to gain access to God, but they couldn't.
I mean he's God you know how you get to God.
He so magnificently so wonderful so marvelous and God was in a box. Remember even Moses try to get near him in the bush burst into flames and God from within the bush said Moses take up your shoes because the place where your standing is holy ground went up into the mountainside wanted to look at the face of God, God saving you getting me you look at my face you going to die him in the cleft of the rock and just costing by the Jewish people believe that God was not only untouchable.
You couldn't touch God, but he was unattainable.
He was in accessible you couldn't talk to God. You couldn't have fellowship with God.
You couldn't be around God, you have to go through the high priest to do that. All these barriers and then Jesus arrived on the scene and all those barriers disappear. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life no man can come to God the father but by me, that watch the spokes in this passage. When Jesus was teaching them how to pray set me in the preceding verses he said. Listen look at all of his people on the street.
Sidewalks trying to impress everybody with how much access that got the ball and he said look at all those people reciting prayers, vein babblings and repetitions and Jesus looked at them and he said I'm sorry that's not what you do I will not plastic. You don't repeat prayers over and over again folks we need to listen to that Lord's prayer is not designed to be repeated over and over and over again. It's telling us how to pray, giving us the content it's guiding our thoughts and when Jesus gave the spray to his disciples, he began, and he said our father. Now there are two words for father in the New Testament. And when Jesus spoke of our father, yet he used the word, a BB, a Abba Abba Matthew wanted direct translation of that word.
Abba literally means dead, dead, and when Jesus told us that we can pray to God the father he was giving us the reason why we can do that is because God our father is our he's our daddy and that means that he is not only personal with us but he is absolutely intimate with us.
We can share personal things with him and we can be totally intimate with him and did you know that in all the prayers that Jesus shared and prayed he uses the Aramaic form of father which is the word Abba.
Speaking of the intimacy that happens between man and God.
The accessibility when you talk about daddy you think about sitting on his knee when you're a little child and you think about that hug and you think about that protection. That's what Jesus was talking about now to come across that. Remember when Jesus went to the cross and they beat him up and he was hanging on the cross and at the moment. He took the sin of the world on himself. He cried these words he said my God, my God, why have you forsaken me.
He didn't use the word Abba used the word Potter P a TER means the same word father. There are two words Abba which is daddy which is this intimate personal God Potter. He used when he was on the cross because he was referring to God in his essential righteousness as God say to me. How does that work well you know with your own father.
You know those times when your daddy was just that cuddly teddy bear that you grew up just loving so much and all the farm in the fellowship and boy that's my daddy but I tell you they were sometimes when your daddy wasn't the cute cuddly teddy bear Bryant everybody not like us when dad looked at you and said I'm going to tell you something son. This is not a popularity contest. I don't care if you don't like me for the rest of your life. I know father and you are not going to behave like that. I will father and God is given to you to me as a responsibility. I'm responsible to God and I'm trying to lay the smack down you do that one more time I'm there to try to amputate both legs. I'm going to make you wince. I'm going to do whatever it takes on that I get your attention one way or the other you see folks when God when God comes into our presence. He speaks to us as a righteous God as the God of our fathers, the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, but when Jesus Christ came to this what happened to him. He enable God because he is God to become our heavenly father, so that even in our worst circumstances when we are hurting when we ought down when we're in the deepest distress when those times, when the pain is so intense when we don't know where to turn that we not have this Dr. this God who is a God of righteousness and risen Jocasta is holy but we have any father is able to take us in our every predicament. I will lift us up and give us strength beyond ourselves and enable us to be.
We can be because he brings us into his presence. Jesus said, in essence, to the disciples listen disciples what's going on in your life. Everything every pain, every hope to be heartache. Every struggle every predicament known to man folks when I look around our community.
When I see what is happening to our people. When I think of the plane and the suffering of our people across the world in which we live and Jesus Christ made an announcement concerning that neediness of God the father.
This one who is so intimate and so personal. He picks us up when we cannot pick ourselves up and he does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Father which art in heaven, so what about our father, who is our father. There are several things that I think we need a note about this one. Who is our father.
Number one, he's the father of all creation. That's who our father is in heaven. He's the father of all creation. He exists eternally. That verse from Psalm 90 verse one and two, you are the everlasting God, from everlasting to everlasting.
He exists purposefully. He wants us to know him and he exists he exists. Similarly, in the minds about site blind Friday you remember in Romans chapter 4 verse 20 Paul reminds us of Abraham. Abraham was an old man. His wife was way beyond child bearing age.
Yet the Bible tells us that Abraham did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God because he is the father of all creation.
I just think about that.
Just think about talking to him folks so many people in the United States of America today see God as the untouchable unattainable illusion, but because of Jesus Christ. He has become our Abba because he is the father of all creation. Number two. He's the father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, he's the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He reveals himself through the son, and he redeems us through the son. The revelation of God concerning himself is only done through Jesus Christ and redemption.
Salvation for us only comes through Jesus Christ, who is God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He exists. He's the father of all creation, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the father of our abundant life is the father of our abundant life. Jesus put it this way. He said I've come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly.
Love that he's the father of our abundant life. He loves us despite ourselves anybody here willing to stand up and say that you deserve to be loved by God, not he listens to our every need. Bold say and you can tell them everything in everything with prayer and supplication. Tell God about everything. He leads our redirection. In Proverbs, we read that if you if you acknowledge God and you give it all to God that he will direct your paths. Have you got a decision that needs to be my you see he's the father of our abundant life, but not him. He is the father of our abundant life, but he is the father of our eternal security. He has us in the palm of his hand, folks, I want you to listen to this very carefully. He allows us. I just think about that. He gives us permission to come into his presence. You see me for before Jesus Christ came. You couldn't come into the presence of God, but God allows us to come into his presence.
He gives us permission to approach it. This is God that we talking about. You mean to tell me I can come into his presence. Absolutely he allows me to do so, but he not only allows me to do so. He accepts us he accepts us. He's the father of my eternal security. It's one thing to be allowed to do something.
It's another thing to be accepted when you do you see folks. It's one thing to be allowed to come into his presence, but it's another thing to be accepted when you are have you ever seen someone famous and you want to get somebody's order grappa might be some famous singer that you know musician, whatever. And you do everything to try and get that that autograph and finally someone makes it possible and says okay come on, you can get this famous person's autograph and so you you finally get up to them and you got your pan and you got your Whatever it is you want them to sign or piece of paper and they sign it, but they make you feel like dirt. When I do it select they gave you permission to come and get an autograph but they didn't accept you when you did not watch this folks, the Bible say is that Jesus Christ made an announcement when he same when you pray, you are praying to the one who is intimate and personal. He said this is the one who is the father of your eternal security. He not only has given you permission allows you and accepts you, but he soon he literally as want to be sent.
Bible says the spine where we've grown up and despite what's happening. Despite our sinfulness and when we give our hearts to Jesus Christ. We all being done by this one. Who is the father of our eternal security. You're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word will be back with the rest of today's message on our father in Matthew chapter 6 in just a moment. But as we take this breather want to remind you that not only is this 30 minute broadcast important part of growing in your faith, but perhaps you could use a two or three minutes. Jumpstart your day every day in God's Encouraging Word Dr. Don has prepared a wonderful email that goes out every morning about 6 AM to give you an opportunity to apply God's word the way you can walk through the entire day, some are using it lately afternoon my right actually likes the physical copy puts it over her visor and do that in car pool liner wherever she gets a chance. You need to know that we believe so strongly in the power of God's word on a daily basis. The booklet it's absolute for you can call for your copyright now at 86688668999673 just so you like a copy of daily Encouraging Word Bible guide or if you'd rather sign up online as well. At TW.org to sign up for the daily Encouraging Word email that's online 18 online.org. Now back to today's message with Dr. Don Wilton sauce and holds us love this in John 1828 I give them eternal life in. They shall never perish. No one can snatch them out of my hand. My father, who is given them to me, is greater than all.
No one can snatch them out of my father's hand out of Parker's hand. PA TER out of the righteous ones hand because he is parked or he is righteous, he is God, but because of Jesus Christ. He is not, my heavenly father and he loves me and I can be intimate with him and I can share everything with him and then he welcomes us he welcomes us well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord amazing thing when Jesus gathered the disciples he wasn't just trying to be kind.
He wasn't trying to smooth over the cracks. Jesus never gathered the disciples around and say listen what we gonna do is we gonna pretend together that your predicaments have never happened. We just pretend together that because you have a relationship with God that you're never going to suffer physically. You never going to suffer emotionally that you not going to go through the challenges of life, but I'm gonna tell you what to do. Pray like this father, now watch this.
Folks, this is the base part of it all. What does this teach us about our father, what, what's in it for me.
I want you to listen to this carefully. It teaches us first of all that we have nothing to fear. Our Abba and our access to teaches us that we have nothing to fear. Folks do you know how many people have a spirit of fear in them. You know that there are many Christian people who are bound by a spirit of fear you might be one of them you say fear of what name it. Some people are afraid of small spaces.
Some people are afraid of nature, lightning and thunder. Some people are afraid of tomorrow. Some people are afraid of facing up to their circumstances. Some people are afraid of death. Bible says that it has lost its sting. The Bible says folks that that because Jesus Christ is made it possible for us to come into the presence of our father that intimacy means that we have nothing more to fear. He takes it away. I've told people many times yesterday's dead and gone, but no control over. Yesterday tomorrow as that old song said is out of sight.
Anybody know what's going to happen tomorrow. I don't Abba plans but I don't know about tomorrow, but I do know that this moment is the moment God's given me. I've got nothing to fear. Number two.
What this teaches us about our father is that we have ultimate protection already, do we have nothing to fear, but we have ultimate protection. That's what I love about marriage did you know that the Bible says this folks listen to this. The Bible says, therefore a man will leave his father and mother and will cleave to his wife and the two will become one flesh. Now when Jesus was speaking here about this. Pray he was talking about the fact that the father means we have not any nothing to fear, but we have ultimate texture, but also number three that we have permanent companionship. Here is what Jesus was saying that this is not just about saying a prayer. It's about permanent companionship. It'll never leave. Number four means that we have continual provision when we pray, Abba, father, our father which art in heaven, we are invoking the continual provision of God. Why because my God shall supply all your need all of it.
According to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. You see, it was the black Christ Jesus that constituted the of the pottering of God. It was because Jesus claimed that the channel was open, that the provision of God was made available, but it also means number five that we have complete forgiveness. We have complete forgiveness. That's what Jesus was talking about when he said pray our father, we have complete forgiveness, love the story of the prodigal son.
I think it should be called the story of the loving father by the way, is there anybody here who has displeased God at any time. I'll guarantee you I have anybody here who's ever made. I have anybody I was hurting anybody who's hurt the heart of God. I I'm in a tell you this this incredible thing called the complete forgiveness of God is continue it's a permanent continual complete forgiveness. When I come to him into his presence. I'm coming into the presence of a holy and a righteous and intimate God, I'm coming into his presence and he saying to me. I completely forgive you. I completely forgive you what an incredible message of the gospel. What an believable statement. You mean to tell me that that's available to me and to you and then one final one.
What is this teach us about our father that we have guaranteed access we have guaranteed access to the King of Kings and Lord of lords. You see friends. This is not a momentary thing. This doesn't take place one minute and not the next Jesus saved our father which art in heaven, he was talking about guaranteed access into the heart of a God who loves us despite her assumes guaranteed access increase presence now and for all time and for all eternity.
You know the one thing that I know to be so true, so shall we ever be with the load want to comfort what a joy one access. What a Savior.
Folks listen to me when Jesus spoke to his disciples he was giving to them the crown of old, you he was telling them you can come into the presence of Abba father holy God, thank you for listening.
Thank you for accepting. Thank you for allowing me to come in your presence through your son Jesus is indeed the way the way were allowed to come in presence of an Almighty God through his son Jesus. It starts with a commitment of being open and honest with God turning our back on where we've been the sinful life we have lived and starting afresh with Jesus I pray that you been blessed as I have been challenged by the study of God's word today, but applying the word of God to our lives starts with the relationship before you get away. Would you take a minute and listen to perhaps the most important 60 seconds of our pastor today. This is Don Wilton. God has spoken to you hesitantly and you ready to give your heart to Jesus. I'd love to help you right now you pray this prayer with me and accept Jesus into your heart and life.
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