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April 30, 2020 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based freezing of Dr. Don Wilton. Let's open the Bible together and just Dr. Don Wilton we bring today's message about an only way singular way but I let him do that minute he just wanted to remind you where here for you and would love to speak with you. Pray with you connect with your keyboard keyboard. Here's how we do that keyboard keyboard is firstname.lastname@example.org that's our website W for The Encouraging Word online.org love to connect with you in connection with great resources and also we would love to pray for you phone numbers 866-899-WORD 866-899-9673, not just now doing the broadcast. But anytime day or night.
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What a great great privilege and I'm so happy to see you this morning. God has an encouraging word for you today Domino are skewed.
Open your Bible to Matthew chapter 11.
I want everybody watch this night because I'm telling you folks out there. You're about to hear something incredible you had to say to me now, pasta, warning you, praying, most of all for and this is going to knock your socks off.
Are you ready I'm awesome God to give every one of us the heart of a child right now that a strange thing to say before I preach.
Some of us you know some of you are getting really old, not some of us. I'm an awesome God to give every one of us listening today in Genesis through The Encouraging Word Gordon cost ministry) the century in downtown Spartanburg.
I'm an awesome God to give you and me. The heart of a child tender receptive na´ve open loving on inhibited uncluttered. I'm going to tell you what, because my friends were about to read something that Jesus said in Jesus is about to tell his audience and us that what God made known was not made to wise long living people who are no rules about everything. He said he said in this to people with the heart of a child. Now, I've been around the block a little bit so I put calluses and warts. All of my life. I've got scars you got scars when it comes to your faith to you'll belief in God. You and I get to the point at which it's hard to separate out what the church said what the Pope said what Dr. Wooton said what this person said what the tradition of the churches what my religion says it's hard to do that you not have you ever heard anybody say well you know my mama did that. So I do that Jesus was saying Don just for a minute done. It's not about mama what mama stays away. Your dad came from or how much you did preach the word of God before he went to heaven. You need to listen right now and I'm in all ask you to have the heart of the child and Jesus was speaking to a group of people so I'm going to read this passage and very quickly trying to explain it to verse 25 Jesus said at that time Jesus declared, I thank you father, Lord of heaven and earth that you have hidden these things from those who are wise and full of understanding and have revealed them to little children. Yes father for such as your gracious will. This is what pleases you. All things have been handed over to me by my father and no one knows the son except the father and no one knows the father except the son and anyone to whom the son chooses to reveal it to him so all of those of you that are willing to listen to what Jesus says with the heart of a child Jesus said come to me all those of you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, watch this and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light life. I'm going to speak to you about the only way to salvation, just listen very carefully when Jesus spoke he was surrounded by a massive group of religious people know different to you and me today not know the word out on the street is that America is godless. Yes, we ought they were to, but I'm also going to tell you that there are millions of people in America who are very serious about their religion in Jesus time the people he lived in a bottomless world, but they were masses.
In fact, the very fabric of the community in which Jesus found himself was a religious community. They were religious they didn't know him and and so much can be said about those people in that context. That was searching for significance, just like you and me. They were obeying the law, you know how many people they are in America today who are very religious and I can tell you one thing they knew they labeled base to obey the law of the religion they were going to church.
I wish we could project on the screen a picture of the temple was packed out, they did. Better probably than the average church in America mean people went to the temple I went to church but they were observing the Sabbath that they did something far better than we did on the Lord's day, they were very strict in the religious observance of the Sabbath and the holiness of the Sabbath will not Sundays just become another day.
But they're all millions of people in America, of which you are among that number that you very serious about the Sabbath on Sunday. That's why you are in truth. That's why you devote this time in Jesus day they were they were serious about clean using the monies they went to they were ritualistic. There are millions of religious, ritualistic people in our world. In other words, we attach written rituals and we hold rituals as the Mach of our relationship with Jesus you know because I go through this ritual swam very careful folks around Easter and lean and Christmas and all of these things is your pasta I am I we are not me. I'm very careful about writing a ritualistic approach into what we do. Jesus had something to say about this but would I was serious about offering sacrifices all wait a minute in Jesus day man. They brought the whole farm and these were poor people, by the way, the average income was nothing less than the poorest of poor people found the right sacrifice because the Lord said they need to do. They did it. They they were serious about their offerings. If there's anything you can say about the religious Jews. They were they were very good having teams of their income. The temple tax and and bringing sacrifices and doing it on certain days and getting up and not doing this and when you do that and when you can speak and who can speak and how can you stand and all holes in the regulations. These people understood all of these things Jesus was speaking to them and as result of this what Jesus saw all was a group of people who were laboring they were laboring they were they were working they were laboring they were beating themselves today trying to have a relationship with God, and they were becoming reoriented. I mean, it was just wearing them down. It was just like this massive ritualistic due and go to presiding legalism, bar none. These people back to the line and do this and being church and wake up, listen, go on this Boston done that and never speak to this and women weren't allowed to do this and you couldn't do that and children needed to do and everything was all that the dollar's and don'ts in and walked and everything like that. Jesus looked at them and he said you know what I thank my father in heaven that he has shown the way and what he does is he's going to do it in such a way that it's actually easy. It's like not easy, in terms of what, let's just fall off a log. What he was saying as I'm about to show you something that you will relationship with me is not government by your religious fervor and by the things you do and you don't do in the manner in which you so often you do this and get in the afternoon do that.
He said I want you to know something.
You gotta come to me because you laboring your heavy laden that heavy laden, mean that your your religious is producing a religious attitude. Your heavy labor means that you'll your whole disposition you becoming a religious grump. Have you ever wondered why there's so much religious warfare going on as all the religions of the world are laboring on our heavy labor.
There will holding up the do's and don'ts of a false religion and they false gods and they follow sacrifices and the false prophets looking at everybody and anything and anyone except the one who said come to me know what's part about that wanted to get my yoke is easy and my burden is light. When you come to me. I'm just gonna send you free not only going to forgive you completely. I'm gonna remove all loose and heavy load you going to serve because you want to not because you have to you gonna let me because you're not going to do what you do because you think you're doing it because your mama will because the church say please will be back with more distant over the pastor stepping on my toes. Perhaps yours as well deeper in understanding our level of service can be graded into the service blesses us as we study the word together know that were available for something God stored in your heart? More important, something is wants to pray about. 866899 word and would love to pray.
That's 866-899-9673 or online online.org here for you now back today study with Dr. Don Wilton. How many times in America, do we not care people save what my church says so what Jesus was doing in context we got on the stand.
The spokes there were two things I want you to listen carefully to things you see this context in which Jesus said come to me and then there's the application context of it was speaking to people who needed to give their lives to Christ to turn to him the application of that is, once having turned to him. Never forget that all your wariness and all you buttons will only and always be lifted only by him are you listening, there's a context and there's an application context.
What was Jesus talking about your let's not just sweep over the context and say will. Everybody was having a rough time come to Jesus. He was beginning where we need to begin, and that is you gotta give your heart to Jesus first. That's what he was signing any way to salvation. Number one is to know that God has revealed that's what he says in verse 25 only way to salvation, to come to him is to know that God God has revealed he's not talking about revealing a cure to a little secret that the high priest has a corner on the market owned by one of two people who are religious zealots know he signed. Listen, the father has reviewed way to salvation is to know that God is pleased to do it now. Love that party tells us rightly in verse 26 he says his father for such as your gracious will that word in the text that would gracious will is a word that directly means that this pleases the heart of God.
So what's this just now got what what what Jesus is saying is this is what Jesus wants to do it. This is what makes God, please. This is his wife because God so loved the world he gave Jesus. That is why that's the will of the father that sees gracious will extended to us to see that. Please don't just listen to me.
He saying this is not about pleasing the church pleasing the Pope pleasing the preacher pleasing your pasta. This is about pleasing the heart of God, come to me, that's God's way. The only way to salvation is to know that God made the decision to stay in verse 27 is so powerful. All things being handed over to me by my father. No one knows the son except the father and no one knows the father except the son and anyone to whom the son chooses what he is saying here he is, he is affirming the slobbering tea of God of mankind and that the cost of making none the divine things of God was committed to Christ Jesus the son by the father. This is God's word, not the church, not you. Religion not my religion, my brand-new your brand. Jesus was looking at these people. They all had their brand of their religiosity and boy were they becoming weary and heavy laden over only way to salvation is to know that God is the initiate makes a statement there. That's very important. He says no one knows the father except the son and anyone to whom the son chooses to reveal him. I want to make a statement you can tweak this if you want your radio you tweeters doesn't tweet for you is not a foothold tweets Osama you might not want to do it. Just tweet this will go to me. Go to@Don_Wilton and tweet tweet me then you don't have to take the blame you're ready for this God's divine election is not incompatible with God's divine invitation I'll run that by getting some of you can't top that quickly on your raw's very annual fruitcake that you writing on whatever it is God's divine election. God is the initiate of salvation only his Holy Spirit inside is not incompatible with God's divine invitation because of what he tells us.
Yes, God is the initiator but the only way to salvation is to know that God invites us all come to me all you blame who's that all who labor all who are searching loftily precious friends you searching come to come to Jesus. What we need to do to come to him.
Number one conveys Romans 10, nine and 10 if we confess that Jesus Christ is that's what he's talking about, to believe. Believe in your heart that God raised him from the day see when you confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, you see God as he is in the light of who you are. Which means you will have no his depression and recognizing your own sin and righteousness before a holy and righteous God. Confess use and before him. Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. That's what Jesus was saying, come to me. What is this all those people in Jesus day and age they wouldn't except that he was the Messiah. I wouldn't say no I said forget it, crucify him get rid of it. We don't want to half of America today is going ballistic.
Ballistic because there is a massive swing back to our Judeo-Christian ethic going on in this country going ballistic.
Crucify him get rid of it. Stop this. We don't want to follow anything that evens around the looks like it might come from God, where America is God coming to this is God coming to my life. Come to me all ye that labor and are heavy laden by will give you rest. Hello, what was the race that was for your souls. I'll give you rest for your souls. Not for you little warts, whatever they might be give you rest for your souls.
He was speaking about eternal things. That's the beginning part. He was starting where you and I need to begin. He was starting at the finish line, which begins in the heart of God, who loved the world so much that he gave his only son to die for us, confess, believe and trust in that same passage in Romans chapter 9 verse nine and 10. He says for anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame our I cannot watch this.
You gotta get this get this. I got up at the scene. Yet you got understand what was Jesus doing here when he said come to me.
I think we've got it and I believe that there us. There are scores of people right now you need to come to Jesus need to lay aside your religion right lay aside the to let you pause this this this searching often you found him, he said, here I am.
It's over. You don't have to war wear yourself out anymore.
I want you to go to bed with peace in your heart that you can know me and you can go to heaven to be with me not having done that, believe it, and I'm encompassed by the world in which I live. I meant to tell you something that same truth applies to me in the application of what Jesus was saying because he never stopped being the one to whom I must come now watch me folks.
How many of you today are laboring under a hidden family, friends, marriage, sin, circumstance, job sickness, separation, depression, souls talk things to expand usability. Jesus said come to me. Take my yoke on the one that will carry as I've always done begins with your salvation. I pick up the yoke on the carry of that burden. I paid the price. I've taken you sin upon myself and I haven't stopped. This is ongoing.
It's an ongoing present continuous principal. It never changes. Come to me would you do that. Could that be the most important thing when I need to hear today.
Jesus is caring is carrying a burden to you and are trying to carry and we are insufficient facts will break yet God is ready to say I am here for you. I pray that you have given your life to Jesus Christ, you committed your life to him.
I spent too much of my life knowing about going to church and saying all the right things and doing all the right things she's to take a moment you pull. Dr. Wilton screeched to take from his heart just 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 Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me today. I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my Jesus night, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting new, as the Lord has been speaking to Dr. Don Wilton to the preaching and to what aegis you given your life to Jesus Christ.
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