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February 16, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton and his message on dealing with God in just a moment will begin a two-part series with Dr. Don about dealing with God going straight to the book of Ezra right now. Maybe as is not what you been to offer such richness for me.
I've known and lumber were all these years and really not discovered what we will discover with Dr. Wilson today as we open God's word to get another were open to speak with you to pray with you to connect with resources at the end of 866899 word firstname.lastname@example.org in this time of disconnectedness know that were ready to pray with you connect with resources again at 866-899-9673 or email@example.com now today's teaching with Dr. Don Wilton father we come to you. There a lot of us worshiping online live streaming television and there's a lot of us here on campus and we already people and we are all different and boys and girls and women male and female, and we older and younger and middle-aged and we all find ourselves on this day with a lot of things to think about, even those who have tried to shut it out hard to shut out what's going on so I don't need to spend any time. Lord trying to tell you what's going on, or trying to persuade anybody listening to me that we living in the very challenging world difficult will of the world in which we try to look for the right answers so you spoken to me. I'm just one little drop in a bucket right now.
This is the moment that those of us listening have an opportunity to listen and maybe this be about you.
May we all listen to you.
So please, Lord, hide me away behind the cross of Jesus control my tongue make sure Lord Jesus restrain me stop me when I find an inclination to let it rip.
Don't let me think anything more myself because actually I'm just nothing accepting just like all of us. We just servicing your hands and we want to know. Give us nonsense now in Jesus name, amen. Alright, so I want you to open your Bibles to the book of Ezra, so I'm about to show you something that God has shown me and so I just want to like I came up care with this incredible burning in my heart is what I've seen and gone.
Please understand what I'm saying. God has told me to share this with you just type it on the pasta. That's what I do. That's my part of my responsibilities. Also, God listen to him take it and then toss it on to my people.
You not my people, as in Dawn.but you the you you the flock you the you the play you the privilege that I have, we ought together with family, like your family, your mom dad brother sister with with family together. So this what God has shown me so I'm just going to give you 1/32 background I don't have time to get into all kinds of historical background book is called Israel. Israel was a man is a man of God, and Ezra, together with the people of God were actually not even living in their own land, they were in exile in Babylon. By the way, anyone know where Babylon was in relation to where it is now just telling if you want to say ways Babylon because Babylon figures in the book of Revelation.
Everybody here that in times Babylon is about 60 miles from the city of Baghdad in Iraq. That's where Babylon one put that out there.
I got a ton of people asking me saying to me please. Everybody is interested in knowing how our day fits into lost things to hold on as I'm preparing a series that I meant to do on we got a gun look and say how does it fit what is can you kind of get parallels what is it say to us, so God's people were in exile they'd been chased out of their own land and they were strangers living in a foreign land and they just loved their own country they love their country. I mean they were like patriots, they would've laid their lives down for their country.
I mean, they had deep convictions, they can they can for their country. They were a people love God. They cared for their country and this is about a people who love God, who cared for the country that were dealing with all kinds of issues, but I wasn't just about the country that issues and their families.
They had sons and daughters who needed to know questions on such how how do you respond to this. What's the right onset. What should be our attitude. How do you go about dealing with something how you bring up the family and how to bring up children. They had all of those they will find this and right in the middle of that Ezra is essentially about dealing with God. That's what I'm speaking about dealing with God. It starts out with God saying everyone look at me God sees just to start out, let's do the most important thing let's do with God because they were assigned to look let's deal with our religion. They were saying let's do without politics. They were saying let's gun consult with this person… Let's think this frustration and God was saying begin with me.
God can do this because what happened. I want to read to you very quickly okay chapter 1 verse one in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord, the Lord God. He moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and put it in writing.
This is what Cyrus king of Persia sees the Lord, the God of heaven, he has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and is appointed me to build the temple for him at Jerusalem for Judah in Judah anyone of God's people among you, you're all invited by his God be with him and let that person go up to Jerusalem and Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem and the people of any place where survivors might not be living all all to provide him with silver and gold with goods and livestock and with free will offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem, then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin. The priest and the Levite everyone whose heart God moved prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem all their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, goods, and livestock and valuable gifts. In addition to all the free will offerings.
Moreover, king Cyrus poured out articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and placed in the temple of his God. Cyrus king of Persia brought them had them brought by Mr. death the treasurer who counted them out to shish bizarre the Prince of Judah.
This was the infantry go viciously with 30 silver dishes. A thousand silver fans 29 kobolds 30 matching silver balls for 10 other articles.
A thousand, and only were 5400 articles of gold and silver and Association resolve all of these along when the exiles came up from Babylon to Jerusalem, so I want you to just didn't get a handle around this very very briefly together God's people and the Romans had really messed them up and had infiltrated their land and over a period of time. They just gradually just took over everything and forced these people even out of the land and they winning the exile in Babylon of all places, but I think purposefully so what happened during the exile will let's not part of what I'm saying but just for those of you that are Judah. During this time of the exile win. The residents that the citizens were not day it became politically and religiously realign completely. In fact, in many ways, it became a Sammy or autonomous administrative problems and the Persians got they think is in the this land that God had someplace and these people that had been some and these people here spent the morning not to make exile seething. They didn't know what to do, but I had deep convictions. They were worried and then I can't even go to the fact that they didn't even live in the land. I mean that's really putting a nail in it. They were in Babylon. You know how far Baghdad is from Jerusalem and especially back then, I have driven are driven from Cairo to Jerusalem all away, going all the way to Baghdad. The other way. Some people have told me driving from Cairo to Jerusalem is about as far as driving from Jerusalem to Baghdad is Baghdad is the other side go to go up through Syria I were in exile and people say will what what what what is this what's the bottom line of this, the bottom line of what is about to take place and what God wants to show us is that God can do, and God wants us to really have incredible food wants us to be major in courage. He wants us to understand that the best is yet to be God doesn't want us to buy into albeit our tradable disappointment and question and consternation in our anxiety.
God wants us to know that when we deal with God. God's please forgive the eruption. We will return with more of today's message on dealing with God, with Dr. Don Wilton, but I must insist he insists I know you're mad at me that's okay. Be mad at me but Dr. Dunn wants you to know that we are here to talk with you. Pray with you connect with resources that can literally be life-changing. Not because of what we have disabled because what we share with you is the Bible itself, God's Encouraging Word if you're not receiving the daily email from Dr.I pray you consider signing up today on our website at tewonline.org G that's tewonline.org to see exciting things going on right now, especially so excited about this new book on Saturdays with Billy the brand-new remarkable book with Dr. Don Wilton talking about the moments he spent for 25 years.every Saturday with Dr. Billy Graham encouraging him and of course being incurred by Dr. Graham in that book is available for preorder now firstname.lastname@example.org else I back in today's message with Dr. Don Wilton can heal any person restriping with drugs and alcohol change in a person's heart can take care of you children. He can live after you've suffered a terrible letdown. You cannot God be with God. What happened to these people like us because we know about human nature. They just began to get them sold by their land and their circumstances and they hurt and they pay well. Of course they did I do to. But I will nonsense I want somebody to give me something to hold onto and God said to these people look at me the way came you mean, even to the king of Persia. He was a pagan god got a hold of him while they sort by limited they were blessed by what is God saying when he says God can do this. God can do this, first for his people God can do anything for us.
That's what Israel is about God can do this for his people.
You belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.
So what is what you dealing with that's real starting magic very you know I use a silly phrase pain hurts Texas model to face anxiety, depression, one could go on and on. God can do the Swiss people. Second, God can do this for the land in which he's people live write that down me run that by again. God can do this for the land in which he's people live hello yes, 1/3 one. God can do this for his kingdom.
By the way everything God can do. He does for his glory. So member the Lord's prayer. How does the Lord's prayer conclude what Jesus say to the nonbeliever glory what's in that list. The forgive assassin by you will be done in heaven and earth give us help us eat help is not going to Tim Tatian. What's the end of it all glory to you, God can do this because he doesn't for his glory. It's all about him about the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. So the book of Ezra essentially is about three things I once about the people of God. I know that sounds awfully simple, but it's very profound. It's about God's people. That's why I want to invite you to give your life to the Lord Jesus God got something very special for you and for me and other Bible uses the word nor the phrase God has us in the palm of his hand.
Let us go, and I spoke to mother recently and she told me that her son had really gotten himself involved in a lot of things and it was tough.
Her lack heartbreaking tough. I mean he just got himself tied up in a lot of not good things you know and the started when he was about 14 just progressively by the time he got, you know, just on the side of 20. He was really in trouble, but you know all of that as we talk together this mother she just had tears running down her cheeks. I mean, I just, you know, just guys I know you know we living in a world now with a slam you because you give somebody a hug and mental map the virus. Other I just want to reach out just just give that sweet mother because she just had tears running out and finally she explained her tears not she didn't need to do, but she especially looked at me and she said are Dr. Don. She said you know I've just never*just love him so much. I'll do anything for him.
My hose open my heart scoop by Andre B.
What can I do I will do anything because he's my son and I just love him and and and and he's hurting This is God that's a picture of God right thing is fantastic. So the book of visitors about us. The book of Israel is about the place of the people of God.
So I'm just going to go ahead and say it America. God's doctors with older disappointment and pinions and everybody's got opinions.
Trust me I know that I've I I know that. Trust me, I've had a few suggestions of these lost stable months map, probably the one that just you know God-based meal really was a very gentle was a loving, later said you know the person said I love the Lord and I you and I believe and I know I know I know you told everybody that we need to look to the Lord and I know we you know we are spiritual issue, but you need to get up and call space space this is what you need to tell people they needed no who's doing this well sorry I I believe our God can do this I'm I'm sticking with him because I see a sweet prove to ourselves we cannot we try Johnny Hart will we end up with his barriers and personalities and powers and kingdoms and opinions and bannings will do anything we possibly can in the whole world will go ballistic. We we can't hello America something you things loving you just putting your money in the wrong place is throwing your money down the drain. God's word says bring it to the building of the temple, put it in God's business is God can do. God doesn't that's God's way.
God doesn't and is was about, not just the people gone the place of God. But it's about the throne of God and by the way that permits when you get in Revelation chapter 4 verse two. The Bible says, then John Sadie walks encompassing the heaven, and there he sees the one seated on the throne of God, then you get to Revelation chapter 21. I mean it's incredible and the Bible says, then I soul I heard a voice God speaking in our soul, then you want Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven and God said, get this.
Now God said from now on I'm going to make my throat in my eating my place of my authority among where men all where mankind is in Jerusalem. So is right here. They laughed and now they need to come back in God's talking about Jerusalem. Wait a minute now they some kind of connection here is God trying to tell us that he can do it for the people of God and for the land with the people of God live and ultimately for the throne of God. So listen to this. If we're not careful we will be shaped more by the words of this world than the words of a powerful challenge. What is shaping your life. My life is at the words of our Instagram feed or Facebook feed. The news that we watch or is it the word of God. I pray that you open yourself to know that God is using his word to let you know he loves you as a plan for your life and you can change from the inside out by saying yes Jesus Christ.
You heard Dr. Wilton preach now as he stepped in the studio would you open your heart to what he has to say next. God has spoken to you hasn't you ready to give your heart to Jesus. I'd love to help you right now.
Would you pray this prayer with me and accept Jesus into your path in life. Dear God, I know that on the seventh. I know that Jesus loves God right now. Painter must not face my sin coming from half and save me today and forgive me for my sin. Jesus name a. If you've prayed that pray we'd love to get alongside celebrate singing some literature help users begin to grow and I want you to know that I love you very very much welcome to the family of God. I'm convinced some of you pray along with the pastor moments ago said about the right words but it is about the right attitude of your heart. If you ready to give your life to Jesus Christ. We would love to spend more time walking you through the next giving you free resources. Dr. Wilton want you to have if you rededicate your life or gave your life to Christ calls us right now at 866898668999673.
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