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March 30, 2021 8:00 am
Sometimes we worry when someone gives is a guarantee but God's word gives a guarantee of his power in first Peter chapter 1.
This is The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton and that's where we headed first Peter chapter 1 about this message on experiencing God through the guarantee of his power plug into his power. Know that we loved plug into encouraging you as well Peter telephonically on our phone number at 866-899-WORD call anytime. We love to pray with you and for you. 866-899-9673 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org that's tewonline.org you so many folks are asking about the new book Dr. Wilton that's there, as well as the loneliness solution can't tell you more about that in just a moment. Now today's teaching with doctoral spirit, and seeing God through the guarantee of his power. Turn with me in your Bibles this morning to first Peter chapter 1 we are a Bible believing Bible preaching and we tried to be a Bible practicing church and it is very important to follow along in God's word. As we study his word together experiencing God through the guarantee of his power.
I wonder if you've ever woken up in the morning decided that you don't want to get up. Thank you.
I knew they would be one of two of us who fell into that category. I wonder if you've ever woken up in the morning and say life is not worth facing today.
I would draw the just sleep and in fact I would like to sleep for a long time.
We do a lot of talking and correctly so about the joy that awaits us when we go to heaven I'm going to give you guarantee this morning. Every single person who has by faith trusted in Jesus Christ is guaranteed that you going to have. I know that I'm going to heaven. How about you is one little missing link is there.
I'm not in heaven yet.
Now some of you may think that you're in heaven you're not.
Some of you may look like you're in heaven, but you're not.
We are not in heaven here. Clemson football supporters might think they are in heaven. Carolina supporters might think not, but I'll guarantee you this has nothing to do with the bull going. You see friends. There is something very, very critical about the Christian life.
We have a journey from the time we are born until the time we go to be with Jesus.
And when we give our hearts to Jesus and we are born again of the spirit of God. That journey in Christ begin, you know, one of the greatest frustrations that I have personally in my own personal life is that I genuinely believe that I have yet to really understand all that God has made available to me as a Christian man. The Bible says as a word that there is an ocean of God's grace which flows right by us and is made available to us and that what God wants us to do is to take our bodies which is the vessel that God has given to us to carry his life through this journey and then to dip bodies if you please into the oceans of God's extended grace and thereby to receive sustenance, nutrition, and joy. For the life that we are living it says it will you please that God is saying to us, why don't you just take that bucket I've given to you and dip it into the well stream of my abundant grace and when you dip it into my brace.
You will be able to draw out that bucket and you will be able to drink from the living water, and you will be since Wainwright throughout the fabric of all the ups and downs and all the challenges of life that you are confronted with and will be confronted with. How do we face this life that we live in that case you, my friend, is how do we deal with the challenges that confront us to the let's have a look at what God's word says in first Peter chapter 1 are subject this morning experiencing God through the guarantee of his power. I'm going to begin reading at verse three and my stop once or twice.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For in his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance heritage that can never perish, that can never spoil that can never fade. And what about this.
It is kept in heaven for you and if I might just say to you briefly that would Thing is a military expression. It means that it is guaranteed in the heart of God that God has placed a garrison of protection around his children that nobody can mess with.
We all kept in heaven. We are guarded and we are protected. How does this work well. It's read on verse five, who through faith are shielded by God's power there it is.
You see, the shield of God's power. You see we have a military metaphor here who are shielded by God's power until when, until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the lost time in this you greatly rejoice.
I like that don't you.
Because of this, because of God's guaranteed power because of these protection you and I have every reason to rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire may be proved genuine and may result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Even though you have not seen him, you love him even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and all food within UNIX principal joy, for you are receiving and are continuing to receive the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls by the Lord righties word upon our hearts. What is Peter trying to teach us here under the inspiration of God's spirit in the first few verses of first Peter we understand somewhat the designation that God is given to us what all others. We are elect. He tells us we are sanctified, he tells us we are claims he tells us we are born again and we are bound for heaven. What is Peter trying to tell us he's telling us something about the eternal nature and the character of God.
What is the character of God.
He's saying to us that God and God alone require has power in creation, God and God alone has total power in history God and God alone has total power in Providence, God and God alone has total power in redemption and God and God alone has total power.
His eternal and final intention God is the God of final intention what that means orchestras that God carries out what God says is going to carry on. God is not a football coach.
God doesn't call the team in and instruct them according to certain plays that are not guaranteed to work. God calls the TVM and he instructs us in the plays of life that all guaranteed to work. He says hello you are running back and listen buddy when you get that ball.
Nobody is going to stop you going to play better than Williams did at Auburn University. God calls the place God is the coach and God's power to execute those plays is absolutely guaranteed. So, to what extent does God's power enter into our lives because we are vulnerable people. If we were to take a survey this morning. I would guarantee you that every single one of us could stand up and testify to the vulnerability of our Christian lives. Every one of us have got Achilles' heel if you please. Every one of us has a downfall every barter every one of us has a weak spot in some of us have spots.
Every one of us is susceptible and prone to the wiles of the evil one, to what extent does the power of God guarantee our lives as Christians. Let's look at it briefly, number one, we all guaranteed to be protected from the power of the flesh within we all guaranteed to be protected from the power of the flesh within take your Bibles with me, please turn to Romans full's letter to the Romans very important determinant everybody wonderful to hear those pages turning Romans chapter 8. Listen to what Paul says we guaranteed to be protected from the power of the flesh within us. Therefore there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Why, because through Jesus Christ. The law of the Spirit of life has saved me free from the law of sin and you see Paul put it, like the spokes nominal reverse-nine in a manner Paul put it like this. He said the good that I would that I do not in the evil that I would not that I do owe Richard man that I am. What was Paul's site forward, saying that there is a spiritual tug-of-war that goes on in the life of the believer. It is pulling backward and forward and backward and forward, and the Christian man of the Christian woman is engaged in spiritual warfare. His letter to the church at Ephesus.
He said it is absolutely imperative that you and I put on the whole armor of God.
That's why he said fight the good fight. Why did he say that because there is a factor five we are guaranteed to be protected from the power of the flesh within that with giving us the law of sin and which is only conquered by the law of the Spirit of life which has set me free.
That's why people behave like I do look at verses eight and nine of Romans those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God and soul of us would site will pasta then that's if I might as well leave no way I can please God. What hope is there, because we all fold on Crete and we will fail you see that hope is in the spirit of life which is set us free. It is the guarantee of God's eternal grace. I am what I am by the grace of God. List any of you've never heard anybody say this before.
The only difference between the best bussing here in the worst of them out there is what the grace of God.
That's the spirit of life which Paul told the church of Rome had set him free. My brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, I have an important announcement to my in Christ Jesus, you are guaranteed to be protected from the power of the flesh within. That's what the Bible teaches. Look at verse nine you, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the spirit if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the spirit of Christ. He does not belong to Christ is no such thing as a second-class Christian, no sir role on the same level. The coach calls the play for all of us exactly the same way we are guaranteed to be protected from the father flesh within number two, we are guaranteed to be protected from the power of the world without. I want you to turn with me to one John one John chapter 1 Chapter 21 John chapter 2, one John chapter 2 in verse 15, we are guaranteed to be protected from the power of the world without listen to what the Bible says one John chapter 2 in verse 15 do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him for everything in the world. The cravings of sinful man, the last of these eyes and the boasting of what he is done and does comes not from the father but from the world, the world and its desires boss away with the man who does the will of God lives forever. That's why we doing experiencing God. It is knowing and doing, and determining and carrying out the will of God. That's this program. This course. This worship experience that we entering the not look what it is.
One John chapter 2 in verse 17 the world and its desires boss away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. How do we do the will of God love the Bible says my friends that we are protected from the power of the world without the will of my friends is constantly squeezing constantly attempt.
I know some young man some young ladies that I tell you are right on the precipice.
Cannot say that lovingly others morning they playing with this thing called life and days by hanging around the age.
By the way there's going to come about our walk with the edge of this platform.
I know that I'm not planning to do it but one of these days on it could happen. That's okay I can I can handle. We got plenty of doctors in our congregation.
So you need to be prepared, but you know there are people there are young people who are always coming I just buy like this all the time. Folks took a risk doing that I'm telling you now not going back.the pounds. There are people who are walking on the age they are testing life by going right up to the precipice.
You know the world out there is saying,,, I'd be, what man what are you telling me you're a virgin.
Everybody else who cares only look at the will, who kids wanted to sell your soul to the devil take some of the stuff man. Then listen wanted to take this beer man wanting to drink with the rest of us men make a real man out of will the is squeezing our young people and the Bible says that the only guarantee that we've got is that we are protected from the power of the world without close to the grace and the all you say amen to that. You're listening to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word will be back in just a moment. Don't go away be completing this message experiencing God through the guarantee of his power. But if you miss part of today's broadcaster would like to discover more about the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Wilton.
You'll find it on our website TW online.org that's TEW online.org to find today's program to hear again or watch fine also opportunity to sign up for daily podcast, and especially the daily Encouraging Word email tremendous infusion of God's word into your email box every morning. You can sign up online right email@example.com that back today's message with Dr. Don Wilton. The only hope we got you play with fire you going to get burned my friend. There is nothing more that the devil one standard to one side interior down the other and spit you out of the gutter where he wants you to be what hope is there for the will to the will protected from the power of the flesh within your protected from the power of the world without but we are protected in the third place from the power of the devil himself during the 1st feet of the passage we been looking at would go to the end of the chapter. First Peter chapter 5 in the site. Listen to what the Bible says be self-controlled and alert. The authorized King James version puts a ficus be sober and be vigilant. Why, because the devil is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. What hope do we have against the reality of Satan spent many years in Africa.
One of my favorite things to do is to go on safari get out there and that beautiful African bush felt its cold. One of the most spectacular things that you will ever see you as a lion hunting its prey. It is spectacular to watch a lion hunting its prey. You can just picture the scene does this big ole Kathy and the next minute Chuck, couple of hundred, if not a few thousand dear boy, they just truck down there. They are so cute. I mean I got these two is you know they keep changing positions ficus and I mean they are just darlings you know they are just wonderful and and surfing around this whole area all the American tourists. You can tell because Italy's cameras sticking out. Click click click click everybody's taking pictures and how they all just I mean they just eating away minding their own business. Meanwhile, back to just 100 yards away is the biggest most vicious animal you've ever seen in your life called a line and that line is so skillful that he puts down that Bigelow pulled his right ear in the bush. He doesn't even break a twig and when he puts that foot down. This one comes up and it just dangles that he will dangle that pulls long as he wants to.
He's not in a hurry. Folks breakfast looks awfully good and that beats Hardee's biscuits. He looks out then he says yummy and he just stands long as he wants to and then off for a little while mean 10 minutes. 20 minutes in two hours then it's a shift change and he just changes portion this one goes down and up comes this any just stay.
Meanwhile, down here upon is a little, dear, dear, and they just nibbling away, having such a good time and suddenly all the hands go up.
And they look around, one turns to the other says Humphrey did you hear something, don't be silly free. That's ridiculous.
Who would want to harm us. Everybody loves us the good old American tourists. We played our income taxes we done mess around with anybody. We don't even mess up the vegetation. Greenpeace is not even against we can do we not even destroying our wheel chopping down trees. We are just dealing in the world would one to harm us. We are law abiding citizens.
So just go back to it.
Humphrey and war.
They go down. Then they just know gold was how out of the thicket comes this huge monstrous cat and he just pounces on the back of one of these dear dear anything please. Writing many homes on any begins to buy in the blood begins to flow begins to kick and scream and say how many clicks and he screams in these friends right away and I said how many clicks any clicks. Any clicks any any kicks. Any kicks, kicks, mixed with all that you live his caucus for the vultures to come by and eat. The Bible says precious people be sober and be vigilant because the table is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour you say to me, pasta, what hope is there for me for my children beloved friends. God's word tells us we can experience God. How guarantee of his how we pray that you experience that guarantee of his power. When you have or have not.
Today's a day where you can do for Dr. Wilton preach, but as he steps away from the pulpit and in the studio. I pray you tear from his heart right now. Are you ready to give you a heart of life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted 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 died on the cross so that I might be forgiven today. I repainted my I can face my sin and I invite you to come into my life by faith in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer for me me the first want to welcome you to the family of God. This is wonderful. I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very important this is for me. Call us so we can talk to connect to the right place you can begin this wonderful journey. Welcome to the family of God.
Convinced that some of praying along to give your life to Christ for the first time some to rededicate your life some just need to pick up the phone. Let's continue that conversation.
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