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March 23, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching Dr. Don Wilton and a message on experiencing God today will be opening God's word, the Psalm chapter 143 and began experiencing God series thinking how we begin by knowing and doing God's will, as we open the word together. Another were available for interconnecting on our website right now I TW online.org you can listen to this on the manner watching the video version. You can even hear other great messages from Dr. Wilson that's online at tewonline.org. She why you're there, take a minute and sign up for the daily Encouraging Word email as well. That's online at T. E. W online.org. Now today's message experiencing God by knowing and doing his will hear his Dr. Don Wilton turn with me this morning in your Bibles.
Psalm 143 subject this morning is going to be a very exciting subject to reduce experiencing God by knowing and doing God's will, maybe I could put that into a question this morning.
How do you experience God by knowing and doing God's will all maybe we could put it another way, experiencing God how by knowing and doing God's will subject this morning experiencing God by noting and doing God's will.
How do you know if you're in the will of God.
How do you determine the will of God for your life. To what extent does God's will reach into the very fabric of our lives is God interested in everything that we do can we experience God in everything that we do all of our circumstances, maybe even in the harlequins of life.
I talked about the intricacy and the deep title that God gives him his attention to each one of us no matter what our circumstances no matter whether we find ourselves on the wastes outside of the hurricane which was relatively unscathed, or whether we find ourselves on the northeast side which was devastated. We can experience God no matter what our circumstances might be read together. Psalm 143, O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief, do not bring your servant into judgment for no one living is righteous before you, the enemy pursues me he crushes me to the ground.
He makes me dwell in darkness like those long day, so my spirit goes faint put in me.
My heart within me is displayed. I remember the days of long ago I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you.
My soul thirsts for you like a parched land on semi-quickly, O Lord, my spirit flows do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go for to you I lift up my soul rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for hide myself in you teach me to do your will, for you are my God made you all good spirit lead me on the labeled brown your name cycle. Lord preserve my life in your righteousness bring me out of trouble in your unfailing love silence my enemy destroyed all my foes for I am your servant. May the Lord write these words upon our hearts, experiencing God by knowing and doing his will.
You see the will of God is the heart cry of God himself. It is the supreme thing in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We can study it for ourselves.
Go back into Psalm 40 verse seven a night maybe in our study of John's gospel chapter 4 verse 14.
Or you might remember. Chapter 17 and verse four turnover to Matthew chapter 26 and verse 27 and we going to find out that the supreme thing about the Lord Jesus Christ was to be found in the center of knowing and doing the will of God. So what does this prayer of David teach us about it during single about knowing and doing the will of God. Let's look at it closely together number one number one.
This prayer states a longing of all of us.
It states a longing. The longing of people who are born again of the spirit of the living God. People who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. All people who have been washed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. People who sins have been forgiven and taken in cost as far as the east is from the west and remembered no more.
This friend beloved friend. It states the longing of old people who know and love the Lord Jesus Christ and that longing, my friend is the characteristic or the more of the saved person.
What is the Bible teaches in Isaiah 53 in verse six the Bible reminds us that those who are outside of Jesus Christ want to have nothing to do with the will of God and it reminds me so much of myself see for many years. Greg, I would've done so well touring with Frank Sinatra because what Frank Sinatra sang about was not what I would sing about but it was what I lived about it was simply that Don Wilton wanted to do things my way. If we look at our world today. My friend the world is out to try and design the will their way the world is off its own prescription for lap it charges its own course, and men and women today are in a mad scramble trying to find satisfaction in life according to their own standards and according to their own ways of determining things and what David is trying to teach us here is about experiencing God my friend is simply this, that this prayer states, a longing that is a part of every person what happened. Well, what happened to me was that Jesus came into my heart. That's what happened.
You know when the Lord Jesus Christ came into my heart. All of a sudden I found that I had abdicated the throne of my life and I found that Jesus Christ didn't make himself Lord of my life.
He was any Lord of my life.
He's in control he's my little Lord and my Savior Jesus Christ. And he calls the shots and he determines my Parkway and he makes the decisions and he tells me where I should go, and I'm grateful that I'm a sinner saved by the grace of God that God is a God of forgiveness, because as we are reminded in one John chapter 1 my friends. The Bible says that we can never aspire to longing to do everything that God exactly wants us to do.
But the Bible says that if I love the Lord Jesus Christ. There is going to be a longing in my heart to want to do that which is well pleasing in God's side, but I want you to note in the second place.
It not only states a longing but it declares affect that fact is that God has a will and a plan for every single one of us now want you to turnover.
Keep your hands in Psalm 143. Turn to Colossians chapter 1 in the New Testament, Colossians chapter 1 and verse nine. Listen to what Paul said to the church of colossi Colossians 1 and verse nine he says. For this reason since the day we heard about you. We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to do what to you with the knowledge of his will through old wisdom and spiritual understanding what was Paul sorry for saying my friends, quite literally, that when you and I come to grips with the declaration of the fact of the will of God that God wills and does that which is well pleasing in his sight. We are going to become participants in spiritual wisdom and spiritual knowledge in spiritual understanding and it means that we are going to be able to interpret life from a spiritual perspective wrong other than from our human perspective, the greatest tragedy today beloved friends.
Is that so many churches and so many people and so many night nations are endeavoring to interpret what God wants for us through man's eyes instead of interpreting what God wants for us through God's eyes.
There is a monumental eternal difference between a human interpretation of life and I spiritual interpretation of human life that football aside, he is saying here that we are going to appropriate all that God has in store for us and so back in Psalm 143. The psalmist is simply saying number one that this prayer states the longing to be a part of every person who loves Jesus Christ but number two declares affect that is that God has a will for us. Did you know that. Did you know that every person here today who loves the Lord Jesus Christ, that God has got a plan and the purpose of the will for your life. You can go back and read the biographies of great men. As I think about all those whom God has touched in a marvelous way you go back and you going to see the outstretched hand and touch of God is use map their lives out there is no exception to the rule. Every child of God becomes a participant in the declaration about the fact of God's plan and purpose for our lives, but I want you to note in the third place that this prayer affirms a willingness on the part of God's will. Number one, it states a longing on the part of man number two declares a fact about God number three it states a willingness about God and it is a willingness about God.
Why is the Bible teaches folks that there are two dynamics related to the will of God. Did you know that the first is God's direct will. The Bible teaches. My friend that God has a direct what is the direct will of God is God's highest, most perfect extension of his grace. Why is his direct through an extension of God's grace because God is a God of grace is the God of mercy. Why would a God of mercy want to reach out to you and to me as soon as and map our lives out because he's a God of grace. It is an extension of the character of God and God's direct will is God's perfect will.
It is what God wants us to do it to be the highest things for which we strive the highest mountain we climb is to try and understand and to appropriate would God's direct will is for our lives, but there's a second dynamic related to God's will, not any God's direct will, but there is God's permissive will, God's permissive will now what is God's permissive God's permissive will means that God will give you and me permission to do what we do morning from him to do.
Even though God doesn't necessarily approve but then we have to live with the consequences. I want you to turn with me very very quickly.
You need to turn back the by the way, in your own time. You need to read this long psalmist. It's a remarkable experience, all about the children of Israel as they worship the Lord right across the areas that he simply I want to go back to verse nine, Psalm 106 verse nine. Read with me. There he rebuked the Red Sea and a dried up.
He led them through the depths of through desert.
He saved them from the hand of the foe on the hand of the enemy. He redeemed them. The waters cover the adversaries.
Not one of them survived. Can you imagine what God did for the children of Israel. This was God's direct will. Then they believed his promises. They sang his praises and all of a sudden in verse 13, something horrible happens.
We have a rude awakening that reminds us of ourselves so often, but they soon forgot what he had done and they did not wait for his counsel in the desert.
They gave into their craving in the wasteland, they began to put God to the test and so what happened. The Bible says in verse 15, so he gave them what they are all but saved a wasting disease upon them that my friend is God's permissive will. I have seen people during my ministry who have been bonded an alternative that is not God's alternative and God is finally said if you jump on that and it is going to satisfy the craving of your human appetite.
I'm going to give you over to and you are going to be left with the consequence. I've seen young couples fall in love and end up getting married against the advice of godly people and they ended up in absolute disaster. Because God has given them over to permissive will. The Bible says my friend that if we ought to understand experiencing God by mowing and by doing his will, we must understand that it states the longing of all believers.
It declares a about the will of God, and it affirms a willingness on the part of God to give us his direct blue or too drunk to us is permissive will. Please forgive the interruption or what power as we discern between God's direct will is permissive will perhaps in this discovery of willingness you have some questions you'd like to have someone pray alongside you, for we would love to do so. Our prayer line is 866-899-WORD. That's 24 hours a day, jotted down store in yourself, 866899673. Not only would love to pray with you but we have wonderful resources right now so many people are asking about the loneliness solution to brand-new book by a good friend of Dr. Wilson's Jackie sent breaking through. Especially in this past season of separation breaking away from loneliness, knowing how God truly with us and never forsake us all the details are also on our firstname.lastname@example.org W online.org. Now back to today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton.
You may say to me today forestry farm in the midst of God's permissive will and I know that I have stepped outside that boundary is it too late for me know it isn't you can step into the direct will of God by repenting of your sin by confessing your sin by asking God to restore unto you the joy of your salvation the same as the psalmist said there is my friend. There is hope that I want you to note in the fourth place that this prayer indicates a condition not any states, a longing on the part of man play is a fact about all the firms of willingness on the part of God, but it states and it indicates a condition and there are three conditions according to this passage in hundred and 43, number one first condition.
There must be a teachable attitude. If you want to experience God you must have a teachable attitude.
You see friends what this verse tells us in verse 10. Teach me. You must have a teachable spirit. Wonder if there's someone here today whose arrive you'd say to me plaster. I don't need experiencing God. I don't need to come to this. I don't need to be involved. I don't need to study I've arrived frame if you want to experience God. There is a condition must be a teachable attitude number two, number two, must be a desire to know they must be a desire to know.
Psalm 37 you go back with me very quickly to Psalm 37 and verse five. The Bible says commit your way to the Lord, trusting him and he will do this you will make your righteousness shine like the dawn of the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Number three. There must be a willingness to do they must be a willingness to do not only a willingness to be taught, but they must be a willingness to do. You must not only desire the will of God.
You must be prepared to do the will of God say that's just like all of us is an acquired we say Lord show me in the Lord shows memories I I'm not going to do it like that. You see, David is saying here very clearly. Lord, teach me.
In verse 10 to do your will. What is this prayer teaches number one it strikes a longing about man number two declares a fact about God. Number three. It affirms a willingness about God number four it declares and indicates a condition number five. It provokes a question, it provokes a question and here's the question you ready for this. How does God teach me his will. That's the question if we talk about experiencing God. It provokes a question. How does God teach me's will. Three ways God teaches us he's wound together your number one by the teaching of his word, by the teaching of his word. Number two by the prompting of the spirit and number three by the overruling of his Providence.
Let me go back over those again number one by the teaching of his Word, the Bible says hide God's word in your heart.
The Lord shows us what to do.
The word of God teaches us frames the word of God doesn't have a word about everything that we do so, I can't. Here's the point folks listen carefully as we close.
If the Scripture doesn't have a definitive word. How do you know God's will. That's number two by the prompting of his Holy Spirit. That's where the Spirit of God comes into the prompting of these Holy Spirit. Romans 814 first Corinthians chapter 6 this passage. Psalm 143. Look at verse eight, nine and 10.
What is the Bible say about the prompting of the Holy Spirit for things verse eight show me the way verse nine rescue me from my enemies. Verse 10. Teach me to do your will.
Verse 10 the latter part lead me on level ground. What is the prompting of the spirit of the living God do for me as I determined to know his will, he shows me he rescues me he teaches me and he leads me praise God from whom all blessings flow. How do I know the will of God.
That's the big question by the teaching of these word by the prompting of these Holy Spirit and the third way is by the overruling of his Providence. What in the world is that me Proverbs chapter 16 and verse three. Listen commit to the Lord. What ever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Let God take control. This is been The Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton. What a powerful statement. Let God take control and the remarkable thing is he will not rented from her hands.
God is a gentleman. My grandfather would say, but he is ready as a benefit we are ready to talk about what it is to let God take control of her doctoral to preach the next moment this is coming in the studio would you open your heart to what you can ask you to do next. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I'm so happy to hear that wanting to pray this prayer with me today.
Dear God, I know you love me very, very, and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came God on the cross so that I might be forgiven today. I repent of my sin. I confess my sin to you, and I invite you to come and talk into my life in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer that maybe the first one to welcome you to the family of God. This is one I hope that you know how much I'm going to be crying out very important for us so we can talk to Nick Weiss, you can begin this wonderful and in just a moment. I'm in a come back. Final if you just prayed a long talk given your life to Jesus Christ maybe rededicated your life to Christ. We would love to put some resources in your hands that Dr. Don Wilton you have absolutely free about starting this new life in Jesus. You can call us and get your copy at 8668998668999673 connect online as well.
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Times done for today but we are just getting started. Dr. with started today with his experiencing God by knowing and doing his will series tomorrow. He talks about experiencing God through prayer. The next day experiencing God by understanding our Friday experiencing God by leaving home life. It's a wonderful week ahead.
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