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January 18, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible makes free Dr. Don Wilton as we head to the book of Revelation. Today's messages on the compromising churches reopen God's word together.
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I want you to get out your Bibles because important for you and me. You always not to hear from God, but to hear from God.
This is God's word and I Bob say this but in case you haven't been with us and you and you can't see my Bible over there but everything I'm reading choose actually written in red. But the whole Bible every word in the word of God from Genesis to Revelation is God's inherent infallible word, every word, so would you understand if I said I pray especially I play close attention. When Jesus says everything I'm reading to Jesus is saying, you know I'm in a keep saying this to another two weeks in this series on checking your temperature but I'm in a keep saying this because I want you to get hold of some the first three chapters of the book of Revelation, Jesus is speaking to the church. So if you want to put that in to America is not talking here to the to America not talking to the nation. He's talking to the church which is part of the nation.
So let's bring it down to you and me, so I am a believe I've given my heart to Jesus. I am the church. Jesus said you're the bride of Christ. Jesus tells us a lot about the church is you all the church. He said come together as a church and when you go out be the church to preach on that one of these days say speaks to us and there's a lot of yada yada about everybody else. A lot of discussion and talk about everybody what everybody should be doing. Jesus is trying to tell us that there is nothing more important than checking your own temperature you know Jesus said about the church he said we are salt and light, and if the world loses its saltiness lose its tightest visits lacked gets plunged into darkness. We are salt and light talking to us, don't you mean you can't palm the soul all well those Republicans all well those Democrats was well and I'm going to Jesus saying wait a minute Alec just you and me have a little chat together. It's pretty straight up.
By the way, he tells us this because I believe in many like me do write off to this, Jesus comes to look at a lot of things when it comes to the coming of Jesus. Middle Eastern all the things that go on in our world, but he said most of all, you go to look at the church. Although I when he says, look at the church not format a booting, you know that's been one of the beautiful things about COBIT. So many of our churches have not been able to meet in the buildings, but the church is gone on as the church is not a booting to people you know it's like your house right you can have a big house or not so big house.
What matters is the people in the house. Your family that's what matters. So there is Jesus I want to just read to you what Jesus is saying to one group of people in a place called fire Tyra that's the name of the church.
The church at fire Tyra notes a little bit about it in a minute.
Let's read it.
I'm going to be in Revelation chapter 2 in verse 18. So look on your iPhone right now your Bible app just followed on the screen. Just watch this, the angel of the church in fire Tyra Jesus said right. These are the words of the son of God's eyes are like blazing fire at his feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and your perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless I have this against you, church. You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess by her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
I've given her time to repent of her immorality, but she's unwilling I will cost her on a bed of suffering and I'll make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely unless they repent of their ways. I will strike her children dead cannot just stop there. Second do some you just had a heart attack that would be in the New Testament refers to the sphere of influence.
Why because leaders adults like Jezebel influence people to become followers of their bad influence subbase suffer because of her by going to suffer the same fate. God sees then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds and I will repay each one of you according to your deeds, not say to the rest of you inside Tyra, you do not hold to the teaching of not gluing Satan's so-called deep secrets. I will not impose any other burden on you only hold on to what you have until I come back again, the one who overcomes and does my will to the end.
I will give authority over all nations. He will rule them with an iron scepter and he will dash them to pieces like pottery. Just as I received authority from my father and I will also give that person the MorningStar so the one who has an ear to hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches I want. I want you to get something here to connect this young looking in verse one, did you notice out what Jesus called himself that fantastic. He says these are the words of the sun all what's the word Jesus calls himself as his excuse me, these are the words I'm talking to you believer I'm talking to you church but something to say to you, and I'm speaking to you in my capacity as the son of God. Just hold on a minute. So when Jesus speaks to us in the New Testament you find this a just want you to get a hold this. You see this in the days and months you haven't already.
Jesus speaks from his two capacities, one he speaks as the son of man, every time Jesus lets us know he's the son of man, what's he speaking to us what sees position. What's he saying to us when he says I the son of man. Well first of all he speaking to us in full identity with us. Why because he became flesh. That's what happened. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son when Jesus came out of heaven from God and was born in Bethlehem.
He he put on human flesh eight black us, won't block us who would like us suffered pain like us was worried like us went through the whole gamut of life was persecuted like us had parents like us, yet without sin.
What's the dividing line for the Son of Man. He was tempted like us, yet without sin. So when he speaks to us as the Son of Man, he speaking to us in full identity with us to get that full compassion don't sit there and wring your hands inside God doesn't understand.
He does he sees on challenges he ought Jesus identifies with us in everyone.
Even the temptation that we will go through but not any speaks in full identity with men. He speaks in full intercession with God.
Callers, he became the Son of Man. As he took on flesh, God wanted the full authority for Jesus is the only begotten of the father to be the only means by which we in the flesh can come through the Son of Man because of his flesh into the presence of a holy and righteous God is that great so what was going on. This is the Son of Man heap. He speaks in full identity as God but he speaks in he speaks. Listen to me. He speaks in full identity with man and he speaks in full intercession with God. We were crying out to Lord we were repenting to God yesterday, even as I drove back loss not and I spent what 1415 hrs. on the road in less than two days contain the whole Tom goal with traffic and in the states and stopping Jews and road Rex and construction and always trying to get back home. I just had this incredible sense of power.
The blessing of God. Because Jesus is the Son of Man identified with me, with us, with America without paying any interest seeds before God. He takes competition when he puts it before God that great. So what's going on here in this passage, he says, the son of God. That's the second capacity and by the way they equal not one to buy both equal.
This is Jesus saying he says right there in that process is. These are the words of the son of God, what is he talking about when he says I'm telling you something from my position as the son of God. He saying that what he's saying he speaking in full identity as God and what is the full identity of God. Anyone not come up with a holiness, righteousness, sought a grade of 1 to 10 where would we put God's holiness, not even team can describe the purity of God's holiness. Jesus is saying on telling you something church and I'm speaking to you from the perspective of my divine holiness.
That's why Cesar is like burning fat right now church. I don't want to see me as this benevolent grandfather that you make me to be. I'm not talking to you as the sympathizer I am the Son of Man, but right now my eyes are like blazing fire. This is hot stuff. This will burn you up. This is consuming because you cannot in any way. Drop even the slightest degree below the absolute holiness and righteousness of God the son of God speaking dressing. Full identity is Gordon speaking to us in full authority as God affect later on he says in verse 27, I received authority from my father. What's he talking about he's telling us I'm talking to you as the judge, I am judging you for your sin powerfully. Good night so Gary is talking about these believers inside tire and he tells them about what he loves about the hunt, you love that about Jesus so wanted Jesus love about them talks about the deeds he said he said I just want you not love the way you love you love their love one another. I talked about that a minute ago, when it comes to covert love people, man love them like Jesus 20s to many saying to the church at five card. He commended them for their faith trusting him believing that God is able. God is good. He loved them. He commended them for the service. I look at you guys what you all the time rolling up your sleeves going out of your way, looking off to children showing people in an outstanding at the door posts and at the gates of life fixing character 20 was saying you love them for their perseverance for keeping on keeping on. Jesus was saying thank you and then watch this. I love this one. This is like a slam dunk of thank youse see what he says the he thanks them for their love and for the faith in their service and their deeds in their perseverance and then he adds this at the bottom there in verse nine he says.
In fact you are doing more today than you once did.
When you begin, you naughty was still not you saying then you people are thought tire you Christians you grown. I know when Jesus came in your heart you receive the love of Christ, but nothing compared to what you are today you just grown growing in the grace and knowledge and admonition of the Lord please forgive the eruption will be back with the rest of today's message with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment but he insisted I enter up to let you know we're here for you.
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So what was the problem.
Let me tell you just just a little snippy like that of fire tire of this place. Fire tire was not an attractive place slept as a pancake.
It really was a military outpost and in this town.
How did people survive well. Businesses started coming. They had little markets in doughnut shops and whatever they had. The and commerce. People began to prosper very pagan city. They worship pagan gods. But remember, not in all of this, there was the church's group of believers in Jesus just commanded them, then he sees but wait a minute. Some of you I got something to say to you, so what happened when in the midst of all of this, the commercial people.
The business community got together and they began to form themselves into humans GUI LDS commercial dunes sold the doughnut shop.
People were part of a doughnut shop dude and all the blues and artisans were in the building contractors Guild clubs and get this if you wanted to succeed in life. You better belong to one of those clubs. By the way some people say that was the early start. What we know is unions something wrong basically with unions and unions were designed to protect and to provide all the race rebuke you know what happened doctrine. The problem was. These clubs these dunes began to associate with themselves. Rules and regulations that were not what God would do, and it finally got to the point at which the Christians were in a real predicament like compromise or do they stand for. I you get that you know there 100 illustrations out they got drawing the University for 14 years off. I graduate I I get it all universities great campuses most. Same with most campuses you arrival. One of the first things you gonna do you going to be invited to join our club fraternity, sorority say there's anything wrong here, tell you what what happened you not know this because we've all been there all very important that you belong.
So there's so many great things all the fun the Fellowship. The food you know a lot of these University clubs that have their own buildings that even the Greek letters on. I mean they own building got everything in it, and for the four years that your university you all study together you go to the same bowl game together you will chair the same team together but essentially you operate through the dictates of your club. That's where you belong and most clubs have blood rooms and rate you want to belong to us. This is what you go to do from initiation rites to behavioral practices to activities.
This is what you going to do. 8/10 things not a problem to a Christian. There are times when hello so what you do. Your choice say wait a minute I'm a Christian and I'm going to participate, but I'm not going to compromise my principles. Seated compromise is to make a concession it's to lower your standard in order to and and we've come up with just such cute phrases like got stuck in a mind will evidently he does eyes like blazing fire.
Have you ever heard someone say get a laugh man you know God omitted overt will end up in heaven. Anyway, I'm I'm trying I'm just trying to unpack what Jesus say Joe to the church so inside Tyra you had a group of people who were believers in the majority of them were commanded that they were growing in the fight and you see that the word some of you some of you, Jesus looked at the church. He said you claim to be a believer rot. What is this what we've got old. I'll let you know unless I do, and practice what they tell me to do on the can avail to feed my children is pretty reasonable is not God, and unless I do this I'll never be promoted unless I do this I want be able to sit in the section at the football stadium unless I do this not going to look good on my resume. We got it all by we got the whole 9 yards. We can we can put it out there. This is this is tough stuff because God saying to us, listen, check your own temperature church looking at me. I'm telling you this wax me over the head. I'm I'm running back to Jesus is the Son of Man Lord you understand me what compassion you were to get it over Saddam pulled some powerful teaching Dr. Don Wilton here on The Encouraging Word. I pray you been blessed as we studied in Revelation chapter 2 today there's more to come out of a moving Revelation 3 tomorrow before you move on from the teaching. Perhaps there's more than just teaching that has been blessed today. Perhaps you can.
The Holy Spirit of God before we get away. Our pastor has a closing on a closing challenge for you and me both. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that on the center 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 welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news. If you just pray to give your life to Christ to re-dedicate your life to Jesus what Dr. Don was praying welcome to the family of God. We have one of the resources we love to put in your hands absolutely free. Dr. Don has prepared these for you and you need to let us know. We can send them to 866-899-WORD as our phone number I go too fast. I know let me slow down 866-899-9673 will connect you with us having to talk to pray with you and put those resources in your hands and help you grow in your faith maybe you like me have been walking with Christ for a long time before we love to put some resources and connect you with tools like with God's Giants. It's a powerful series, let me let Liz give you all the details, but this could be a perfect way to launch 2021 together God's intended purpose for us never change, nursing Jesus Christ were not relevant all times in which we will add countless testimonies of people in the cloud of witnesses to encourage eyes on the Christian journey learned from Nan. You can block with God's Giants with your get $20 or more and support The Encouraging Word you will receive the first of Dr. Willden dynamic two-part series. Walking with God's Giants series wine walking with God's Giants on CD DVD messages on the lives of Abraham, Moses, 866899 series wine walking with God's Giants here for your continued partnership: Jesus Christ around the world to great resources member.
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