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December 30, 2020 8:00 am
We all could use some encouragement and will find it together today in the Bible-based preaching Dr. Don Wilton about the greatest needs in just a moment… Takes us to Matthew chapter 6 of today's Bible study while preparing you know were available to pray with you, really tired of 866-899-WORD 866-899-WORD 9673. Today I'm going to wash you to turn your Bibles to Matthew chapter 6 when I'll ask you to do that most of us will immediately say he's going to be in the Lord's prayer today. We we been in a time of prayer.
I want to paint something for you today I want to just remind you, the people who came to Jesus and lost him this question. Lord, teach us to pray. I want us to be very focused today on what took place. You going to speak to you this morning on the greatest needs ever so I'm going to go out today and I'm gonna make this to you before I read this well-known pray that we all know most of us, from early childhood. I'm going to make a bold statement to you. I believe if we understand what Jesus said that these are the single greatest needs. You and I have this is what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 6 verse nine he said this is how you pray, pray like this father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on this earth just as it is in heaven.
Please heavenly father give us today our daily bread and forgive us for arson in just the same way heavenly father as we forgive those who have sinned against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Forever. Amen. Who were these people.
I want you to listen carefully. If you don't know Jesus today you listening to me right now, and you've never given your heart to Jesus I want you to know what you will greatest need is your greatest need is to invite Jesus to come in your heart that you do not have a greater need than that.
That is the most urgent serious critical need ever that you've got right now my friend, which makes me so grateful that we can gather like this together that you listening and maybe you don't want to maybe use sign.
I don't know why I'm listening to this you can say anything man. I don't like Christians you know you can have every question, good questions, you know, when you use the Bible but who sees the Bible is true. Anyway you can question all new Foss five push back, but your greatest need right now. Nothing greater is to give your heart to Jesus you got a lot of needs on the might be a need to you know to get a job that's a pretty serious need. If I can do anything to help you find a job I do it. My friend may be to you know to fall in love with a beautiful young lady or a wonderful young man you just long to be married. That's a real need, you may, you may be facing something. Maybe you're carrying a baby today might be for the lost seven months and the doctor that gynecologist to say to you, you know, we just not happy. There's something wrong with the baby's heartbeat and you court during this terrible struggle because you just you carrying this beautiful child maybe you you you know we could go through some but there is no greater need than you have and give your heart to Jesus. That's why one of the things that that we have great joy today is to invite you to give your life to Christ, you can give your heart to Jesus right now you can settle that you can settle the greatest need ever, and I'm going to invite you and ask you to do that right for you all give your life to Christ healed he will forgive you for your sins, you make a brand-new I'm I'm in a tell you when you give your life to Christ, then you get into where we going to be right, not this group of people that came to Jesus with his disciples. These were believers. So if if I may say to you, this is me because I gave my life to Christ.
I belong to the Lord Jesus on a Christian man I belong to him but I'm I need you to know that every one of us. We are sinners by nature and ricin is by choice with stock in the sweep extracting this flesh of ours.
Jesus identified with us in all points, except without sin. That's why he became flesh, he took on us. He was born as a baby grew up was a child, worked in his father's carpentry shop brick mason father carpentry PP on dainty find with us in every way we we I'm not Jesus I'm not God I am filled with the spirit of God on the believe I have the spirit of God living in me, but I have this flesh.
This war going on. Everything about my flesh cries out its screams. It wants to be satisfied its subject to everything in life everything I look at everything I see everything I eat every place I go every word I say I'm food you are not filled with the motions, inclinations, personality dispositions, we get angry and hostile upset. We want satisfaction. We do things we go places we don't like what we do when we thought there's a war going on between the spirit and the flesh, and I'm a believer with these these people came to Jesus and I said Lord Jesus teach us how to pray another word they pray what's this teach us what it is we need to talk to God about what do we, as believers, we know you. We know you are Jesus we've accepted that you are the Messiah you live in us.
We don't understand it all, but we want to know how we can have and how can we what we need to say to God and Jesus identifies 10 things he identifies 10 things. This is Jesus talking to believers in these 10 things all the 10 greatest needs. I'm not putting these words into Jesus not Jesus was looking at the believers and saying to them, these are your greatest needs.
You had better do business with God the father with these things as believers what they know they are number one to worship our father who art in heaven at worship the greatest need you and I have we thought that we battle with the we get distracted we quibble we get tied in knots over our single greatest need is the single issue why God put us on this earth. God put us on this earth created in his image with the express purpose of fellowship and worship is to fellowship with him. That's if you think of it in terms of marriage.
For example, one of the greatest horses of potential conflict in a marriage is the breakdown of fellowship is what happens you you fall in love.
You actually get married, you commit you say vows to each other and you begin very well and then something starts to happen and you stop fellowship is very little conversation nuances adjustment is no. I want to talk, do my thing you do your thing, you still married Ron know what happened what you suppose happens to your marriage for being in a marriage where you used to really love each other and you are married and you go back home your homes like living in a mold is just this silence is our greatest need Jesus in our relationship with him to worship number two to revere, hallowed be thy name to revere the name of Jesus you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word.
Please don't go away. He'll be back with the rest of today's message in just a moment, but he wants to remind you we are here for you here to connect our phone number is 86689866899673 or firstname.lastname@example.org that's TE EW online.org writer. You see, what is our most exciting offer. The spirit of God within you is a leather bound devotional been so many people been asking about. Again, details are on our website at tewonline.org G a wonderful tool to help us focus our attention on Christ in the coming year of 2021 pellets dive back into today's teaching with Dr. Don Wilton. I think Jesus was saying to people like you and me. Be very careful how you talk about God using his name what you treated.
Watch out Christians.
God doesn't need you to impress the world using his name to describe how things are.
Because the temperatures over 100 Jesus was saying to these believers don't you say that you love me. On one hand, and then you do anything but revere my name, not even when you win Miss universe. Do you have permission to put your hand over your mouth and say, oh my, and use God's name like what does God want you go to invoke. Excuse me. Jesus was saying this is your greatest need because you human believers think God is just this chap who sits up there that comes out of a box any time you want to. Jesus was saying. On another unit understand something here that you greatest need your greatest need number through this to anticipate thy kingdom come true greatest need is the anticipation of the coming kingdom of Christ.
Now put that in real theological eschatological expect Tatian Jesus said I'm coming again, the kingdom of God. You will greatest need is to submit didn't stop there sitting thy will be done that that tells me Jesus identified my greatest need is the need to submit 20 day he see you praying you talk to God about his will, being done, Jesus was saying perhaps to you and to me to us as a church.
Do everything you can, but never at the expense of the will of God number one thing greatest need is to just do the will of God because when you do God's will you in the perfect place you are in a right relationship with him, submission, obedience is the hallmark of Christian discipleship number five to request and greatest need is to request give us this day our daily bread. We we all know that but I'm not sure we really practice that and and he uses Braden because Braden is so basic it's the basic food type known to all people. Give us this day that everyday Alan need is to go to him and say what he what he does here is Jesus identifies the single most basic thing that we need a valve very sustenance that very thing which helps us make it through gives us strength through foods. Alan need removes our hunger. He's the hunger remover and end in order it. It's not just a physical Braden, you know, sit down and have a meal which we all love to do.
He's talking here about the divine ability of God to to come weekly. Satisfy us at the very basic need of our lives. Number six, two to confess mentally talking about our greatest needs to confess our sin and you and I might look at that and say we've given our hearts to Jesus we going to heaven. We are but where is unconfessed sin in the greatest need of those who do not know Christ will mean you will not be with Christ unconfessed sin in the life of these people that Jesus was talking to one robbed them of being with Christ forever in heaven. But I'll tell you it'll take the stuffing out of your face while you live. There is nobody more miserable than a practicing sending Christian Jesus.
Jesus identified with us at a very deep level litany cost. Sin is ever before us with sinners by nature and with sin is by choice and in writing. In one John he said if we confess our sin, he Jesus is faithful and just to forgive assassin and to cleanse us from all our unrighteous confession is essential. It's the whole hot of the human need and then he takes that one step further.
It's not just down need to confess.
But then he rarely metals with us. He says our greatest need is to forgive others just the same as we forgive those who have sinned against us that you will and migrate. We live in a world of cultural unforgiveness toward others. You sitting today and may be listening to me, you've gotta out of a wife or husband. And there is unforgiveness between the two it's going nowhere you can go and see all the counselors you can get all the reasons you can make all the resolutions until you forgive one another. It ain't gonna happen there all parents who haven't forgiven children, neighbors, business, and hey, somebody help me anyone you find it easy to gun. Forgive just forgive people. Jesus wasn't talking about easy this is why stoking to believe because the spirit of God's going to give you all rights necessary to do what you cannot do it in yourself. There is so much unforgiveness in the Church of God. There are congregations that are denying today because these unforgiveness and the congregation just unforgiveness is unforgiveness in families. They unforgiveness and work in the workplace.
These unfair just people who just haven't forgiven each other and none of us can do that Jesus identified number eight greatest need is to affirm to affirm just what he says he sees and lead us not into temptation, our greatest need is to affirm the power of God, you lead me not into temptation.
The word the lead is better translated because you are all powerful. Please place your hedge of protection over me in order that I might not succumb to temptation more.that is just so it just I'm battling this thing is coming. I just help me not to be led not to succumb on affirming the power of God. Greater is he that in me then he that in the world, exclaiming the full power and presence of God by his spirit. It's an affirmation of God's power. Number nine greatest need cry out to him that that's a in in the text.
It's it's a crock. It it carries with it the picture of all of us men and women and boys and go to who love the Lord Jesus on the hourly regular basis pointing our hearts up to the Lord and sign Lord Jesus please let me from evil.
I have a dear friend that I've been praying with an has great physical things dealing with that person. Ron Nana just this week, placed my hands on him and I and I prayed and I found myself, I mean sit for Jesus, take us away from my friend greatest need is to cry out to God enough of the soft soap, mumbling, private Christian stuff sanctimoniously sitting down and saying my Christianity's a little private, sanctimonious, quiet relationship with Lydia's very personal and crying out to God is not the movable thing necessary. It's not it's not making a public display or a show out of it. It's a heartfelt, crying out to God.
Number 10 greatest need is to glorify him for thine is the kingdom he he ends this teaching talking to these believers don't you forget glorify him. Everything we do, whether we believe the building where the weep go walk across the road to help a widow whose house is being destroyed by a tornado. It it doesn't matter.
Jesus in 29.
You, Lord. It's all because of you thine be the glory of people that actually glorify God or people around the list by God you value hinges me from an I want you to think about this for second. Just think about this you'll greatest need today.
If you don't know Christ is to know him. Now you can do the math because if you've never given your heart to Jesus. None of this is relevant to you.
This prayer is not for you know Jesus didn't say this is a prayer I'm going to give to all of America just to pry every time something happens is not a recitation small school prayer just for everybody to have something nice to say Jesus was purposed.
Yes, Jesus was purpose driven and he is purpose driven. Using this broadcast right now to let you know he loves you. He is pursuing you because he wants to restore that relationship with you if you've known them in the past or begin a brand-new relationship right now if you're ready to say yes to him. Would you open your heart to what Dr. Don's going to share next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why did you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart.
In Jesus name, my friend, I will commute today into the family of God. This is exciting news. Welcome to the family of God. I know some of you in your heart. I just prayed to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Some of you realize it's time to come would love to walk with you in this path, whether to new beginning. The first time you've ever said yes to Jesus or it's time to come home. We have specific resources. Dr. Don Wilton wants you to have so call us. Let us give them to you. 866-899-WORD would love to put those in the mail this week.
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