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February 22, 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 an exciting future.
Open your Bibles in Joshua chapter 1 just a moment. Another were open to pray with you right now at 866899 word 866999673. Now today's message with Dr. Wilson how we can always these questions in the light of God's word. You know the Bible is his food with really fantastic illustrations for moms and dads for ministry service for the parsing on of generations for how God is faithful.
I have quite a number of people who lost me this Connor? You know what is tomorrow look like right what what is it look like what is the church gonna look like now that we've where in experiencing this covert what is what is it look like one thing we can we can definitively and confidently say we have an exciting future. How can you say that so we are going to Joshua chapter 1 Joshua chapter 1 just to place this into its lack into its context here in Joshua chapter 1, you know, we've we've written this we know it is a parsing on the here from one leader to another. But there's a lot more than that.
I want you to see the picture here because this picture takes place on a mountain that you know that it was on a big mountain and by the way just a matter of interest, I I'm one of those people that I've actually stood on this mountain I've stood on this exact spot where what I'm about to read to you to place I've been there and the safe and Erika just get ready because I'm going to take you there. I want you to see exactly where you stand right now this is where you are if you if you just had a baby, I want you to see yourself standing on this mountain you got this this most beautiful little thing in your hands. This little baby girl this little baby boy in you looking and you just so filled with love and you look at that child and you say, man, Lord Jesus, I just I want this child to grow up strong loving others serving the Lord Jesus favor the blessings of life and then you lift your head up when you look out and you say all the world. This child is going into the spam hardly one minute talking about the world we don't have to convince each other.
Anyone yeah like to suggest that our young people today are facing a very challenging world world is like this man parents today are having to make some really unfair decisions which school to go to home school public school private school, no school, then all the other stuff to regard do we not go to the associate to rewatch this, do we not watch that lie. Say yes to say no Apple down.
We watch our kids and then I get to about the age of 15 and all of a sudden it becomes even more difficult is I no longer just little kids. Then I get a drivers license and it's no longer well I'll take you to church they come to church and it just goes on and on.
Yes yes Joshua standing on this mountain he needs looking down the mountain monster and right there in front of him business. This river, and he says my demented now, then across that river and he just sees the river on a light, wait a minute now but oldest these people. I got all these children of Israel mean I bought all these families and I go to take them down. This mountain then I go to get this bunch through that river know why I can't do that how we do this and then he lifts up his eyes and he sees Jericho over there, and he never has a heart attack. He says wait a minute, not you telling me we got to go and take that city. We got a gun living what you mean, how my going to get you seen that wall by the way, have you noticed how many people are throwing the wallet you, these guys all I'm sure you haven't heard anybody come up to you. Having returned from a reconnaissance trip and say listen.
Not only is there wall in a river that we cannot get across, but every body else says we can't do it yet met anybody say that. Have you ever know anybody else invoke the every body else on just need you to know that there are several others who don't think either from literature when you try to bring up the children. Let's just read about it so I'm going to pick up in chapter 1 verse five. No one will be able to stand against you.
Joshua, the younger will the days of your life. As I was with the elder in this case happen to be Moses, so it is I'll be with you.
The younger I'll never leave you nor forsake you. So you listening to me. Mom and dad you listening to me teacher graduate listening to me church. Mr. Phillips, are you listening, be strong and courageous because you are sorry I forgot you still standing up on top of the mountain.
How you supposed to know this young Dragon one step in the right direction.
Yet meme started going down. I mean, this is like day one.
I'm not even sure if all the people know that you're the one. Sorry I'm getting light from the Bible. Here so be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their elders to give them be strong and courageous because the bottom line younger parents, mom, dad, leader. As you ready for this. This is for you. Be careful, be careful to obey all the Lord, my servant, the elder showed you do not turn from it to the right or to the left so that you may be successful wherever you go there it is. This is the explanation of that do not let this book of the Lord depart from your mouth meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it, not the court of public opinion you called to lead lead. God has called you to be a parent. Your dad right be dead. The mom and palm that off on somebody else.
Don't hold a survey to surveys done don't count. Don't take a vote as we know in America that doesn't seem to work too well so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful have not come on and you be strong and be courageous. Do not be terrified.
Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you and will go wherever you go watch Christine.
I love bursting so Joshua ordered the offices of the people. Joshua ordered the offices of the people. Joshua ordered the offices of the people this what he said go through the camp until the people get your supplies ready for a love that three days from now you will cross the Jordan right of you seen that river get to go in and take possession of the land right Lord you know about that place over there with a big city and all those soldiers out there in the big wall. I don't like us that lost Bruce you will take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving to you for your own. The younger the younger for your own couple of things I just want to drop. Just to I'm really repeating Scripture just for things about about Joshua someone he followed a great leader so how much time would we spend talking about brother mode. Moses wonder what an incredible thing want you to think of your parents right now and you think of them like that you know Karen and I I can honestly tell you there are very few days that we don't remember our parents somehow my mom and dad, John and Rhoda Bell Wilton are in heaven. Karen's father in Bolton bumper. He's in heaven. Her mother, Mrs. Boulton, Nana. She's still with us in a retirement center and we love her very much will be cooking and something will come up about our parents were gone holiday. Something about the member way that you know will face a crisis will hurt will go through something will deal with summing up the parents coming all the time and three out of our four parents are in heaven for crying in a bucket. God doesn't.
They come a time when the elder doesn't matter anymore that we wait a minute. Now God said to Joshua, you will inherit the land of your full father is going to be your own. Why did he invoke the elder.
This is an exciting future. God knows what he's doing there so many times I I'm telling my dad was a great preacher of the gospel there many times that I'll be preaching and suddenly think you know what, that's just what my dad said right way back in my head many times say boy I wish I could do it just like my dad.
He followed a great leader.
That's the passage of time so you know dad, mom, what you kids gonna say about you again to grow up in a graduate gonna leave or they get aside train up a child the way he or she should go and when they are mature. They want depart from. I wrote to Texas, summing a friend recently whose sons and daughters are getting married.
Now they were in that stage there out of home and I are in the twentysomething era, cinematheque senescent unit defined as the years go by, you going to gravitate more and more toward your grown children, lack it all starts getting mixed up instead of them. Yeah, you there and they this then then you get to where it is just about impossible to get the whole family together because they will live all over the but this just an indelible soul, spirit that goes on. Not any followed a great leader but he stored on an incredible promise in our love verse five, these three promises there in verse five. No one will be able to stand against you. I will be with you and I'll never forsake you. Anyone think of anything better than that. Is there any greater more in incredible promise that powerful promises of God please forgive the interruption will be back with the rest of today's message of an exciting future with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment Dr. Don Wilton remind you where connecting batches to this broadcaster podcast that you're listening to online 24 hours a day. Drop by our website. It's brand-new tewonline.org.
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You know we've got schools about people soaping right now you need to get on board. Alamein of lead the way. Deandra is going to allow ghouls engaged in this fantastic women's ministries getting involved in it. People across the board so Scripture observation application and pray you know I've got a friend that sends me every day. Every day he sends me a verse of Scripture.
No other stuff now, dear Don, how is your ingrown toenails. None of that just yet is just right there. I can click on here right now and there it is just one Scripture often not. I can't tell you how many times I don't even reply.
I don't feel like about everything. Thank you very much. Just there.
It is, I can't tell you how many times over the loss several weeks where I just looked at that word in God's word has placed me careful to do everything then you will be prosperous and successful strong and be terrified. Be courageous.
I mean just look at the skies talk about an exciting future followed a great leader and he he stood on an incredible promise. He heard or some charge, but there was there was one more little thing that I just put care. I'm just repeating. He stepped forward.
He stepped forward with a God who can do this confidence.
He stepped forward with a crime can do this confidence God can do this God.
God can take you crossover any river of any size. God takes the small things in our lives. Disney sometimes they so small you think it's insignificant, but God knows about it it it could be a big issue and by the way guys if it's never too late to get this is not too late never too late. Don't ever get to the point what you say and I blew it continue. God redeems the use cute, cute, turn your tragedy and triumph. It's what he does. He's a loving God he's gracious. He loves us and he sees us. It's what I love about the church. I eyed you.
I'm just saying what you will note this church.
The church is not about programs we do program your bird summons I will. I got a gun found the base program got done.
Don't do that with the church.
It's about relationships that relationships I'm telling you guys.
I just I'm just saying this to you really acting like a grandfather just saying this to you I promise you this, think, think about your life you go through life and place value in mice and men don't chase things that are good but they don't really matter.
Don't put your stock in the wrong placement I'm I'm so missing here and they will be 25 people decide on to be in the church because he said that that's fine. Don't teach your kids that the most important thing in life is that they become this kind of ballplayer at whatever cost at the cost of following Jesus you run out of juice. I'm just telling you, you can plate 10 years in the major leagues and still end up with nothing that really matters.
And I love the major leagues we living in a world today where with cultivating generations of people who just sold the selected on chasing after you keep people keep the kids out of school and out of church make excuses and they sit around the table at lunch time and have preacher for lunch. You teach your kids to be critical of the school teachers critical of authority critical of the church critical of a preachers they will grow up defying the very things that you taught them to criticize. I guarantee you that dad mom you teach your kids that it's more important to gun hunt turkeys than it is to serve Jesus and if any of you heard me say don't gun hunt turkeys.
I didn't say that gun hunt turkeys. Everybody who knows me knows I am besotted not over hunting turkeys, but fishing and and sport in bowl games. Man, I can't get enough of it.
I'm one of those crazy people. I love it but don't put it out of sync, get your life back where it needs to be God's way and you have an exciting future. And the reason I'm so pumped about where we going what we do, but I'm also I'm also looking into my face because what I do matters. It still matter you didn't step over a time zone you don't retire from God, what an exciting wow what a great truth you don't retire from God know God continues to uses in all stages of life but you need to make that first step for him to use you need to belong to him.
I pray that you heard Dr. Wilton teaching today from the book of Joshua. You've heard this wonderful, powerful preaching, but more importantly, I pray you open your heart to what Dr. Don Wilton share with you next. 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 that prayer with Dr. given your life to Jesus Christ will be dedicating your life to Christ need to let someone know and Dr. Don Wilton want to let him let him be able to pray with you over you and over what gods can do in your next Dr. Don also has some wonderful resources specifically for you absolutely free. Just gave your life to Christ. Rededicate your life. Call us and let us send them to you our numbers 866899 word that's 866-899-9673, not just now for 24 hours a day for email us at email@example.com. He that's TEW online.org a great place to discover resources like walking with God's Giants God's intended purpose for us never changed not defeated. We are overcoming to Jesus Christ the word of God is alive and is relevant times in which we lay there are countless testimonies of people who walked with God in the Bible.
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