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April 1, 2021 8:00 am
We all have failures, but today we discover through the Encouraging Word of God the way we experiencing God despite them will head to Luke chapter 15 in just a moment with Dr. Don Wilton is the open God's word together another phone line is as well.
At 866899 online and tewonline.org large widgets with manual Bibles this morning to Luke's gospel in chapter 15 we deign to be looking this morning at probably one of my favorite subjects is not a favorite subject because I'm proud of the fact that it's a favorite subject. It's a favorite subject because it is a fact of my own life, experiencing God despite our failures now want to ask a few questions before we study God's word this morning. I wonder if there is anyone here this morning not. I want you to raise your hand to stand up but I wonder if there is anyone here this morning who is ever may stop before I wonder if there's anyone upstairs or downstairs. Anyone in this congregation anyone worshiping by way of television who has ever disappointed God before, please don't stand up and raise your hand when it is anyone here today who has ever lift their family down you never miss stuff you've ever made mistakes before one of these anyone in the choir is ever made any mistakes.
One of these anyone here in this congregation who has ever failed before I but wonderful news for you. Today we going to discovering God's word that we can experience God despite our failures and we deign to discover that this is conditional upon what we are willing to do in response to what God has already done for us.
It's not a given.
It doesn't happen just automatically.
You don't experience God just by osmosis. It doesn't just filter through it's not automatic right and it certainly isn't the birthright. It is conditional upon God's standards. But the good news is this that you and I can experience God despite our failures. I want us to read about this this morning in Luke's gospel chapter 15 and then in just a moment. I'm David Aust used to respond to what God is saying to you. I don't know what it is that's upon your heart upon your life. Maybe you say I'm just II just cannot go on anymore. Maybe there is something in your background and things seem to be going well for a period of time and then guess what happens.
All of a sudden it rears its head. Those failures those mistakes those hooks those disappointments. Those paying those anxieties they come back and they keep gnawing away at you like.
Keep breaking you down and just when things seem to get back on track comes again you saying this morning. I don't know what to do about it. How can I ever experience God because I've let him down so many many times. I'm David Aust you today to respond to God's invitation because this is what Jesus said he puts it like this. He said come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest of the good news that we going to discover today is that God is the God of his word that if you and I are willing to do what God teaches us in his word today can be the first day of the rest of our lives. There is a new beginning and God's word teaches that let's read together. Luke's gospel chapter 15 and I'm going to begin reading at verse 11. Jesus continued there was a man who had two sons, the younger one said to his father. Father give me my share of the estate, so he divided his property between them, but long lofted that the younger son got together early on he had any settle for a distant country and this squandered his will in wild living off the he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country and he began to be in me.
So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
He longed to fill his stomach with the portals that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything when he came to his senses. He said how many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death. I will sit out and go back to my father and say to him. Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired men so he got up and he went to his father. But while he was still a long way and his father saw him and was food with compassion for him and he ran to his son and threw his arms around him and kissed him, the son said to him, father, I have sinned against heaven and against you are no longer worthy to be called your son.
But the father said to his servants, click bring the best robe and put it on him put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet bring the fat to cough and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate for this son of mine was dead and is alive again. He was lost and is found so they began to celebrate. Meanwhile, the oldest son was in the field when he came into the house. He heard music and bouncing so he clearly one of the servants and asked him what was going on in the world is going on. He said his brother has come, he replied in the father has killed defatted cough because he has them back safe and sound. The older brother became angry and refused to go in.
So his father went out and pleaded with him, but he also these father look these years I've been sleeping for you and never disobeyed your orders yet you never gave me even a young goat so that I could celebrate with my friend when the son of yours who squandered your property with prostitutes comes who you kill the fat call for him. My son the father said, you are always with me and everything I have is yours. But we have to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again.
He was lost and is found by the Lord right he's word upon our hearts this morning as we seek to understand what it means to experience God despite our failures. Of course it is rather a redundant question is to Austin this congregation today of each one of us. If these anyone who has ever failed or missed up before because we know the Onset to that question. All of us have failed you might've heard me say from time to time that the only difference between the best of us in here and the rest of them out there is what it's the grace of God. It's the grace of God we are sinners saved by rock, by the grace of God that is why you are so welcome here today. First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina. We welcome you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Why, because of us have food and every one of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. But the reality is this that when we do mess up, and when we do sin against God and against our fellow man.
There is with in us a knowing that never seems to go away.
It seems always as though these mistakes would seem to rear their heads and drag us down and to trip us up and take away our joy and interrupt the flow of the life that God has in store for each one of us, what can we do about. But in order to understand how we can still experience God despite our failures. Let's have a look at what Jesus took with regard to this man, whom we have come to Lowe's. The prodigal son bill five biblical facts that I want us to study about number one let's note the privilege he enjoyed the privilege he is enjoying. You see we cannot understand how this man was able to experience God unless we understand his position to begin with, and the privilege that this man enjoyed playing in three areas that are inextricably intertwined into everything that God is first of all, the Bible tells us that he supposed privilege was that he was a son. What a privilege. This man was part of this family.
He was the son of the father just like you and I are sons and visitors of our fathers and mothers. This man, the Bible says was the father son for me just say this to you by the way, because this is my own conviction.
I don't believe that the story of the prodigal son is about a man who found salvation. I do believe that's possible because this man was assigned to the father. You cannot be assigned to the father unless you have trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. It is biblically impossible.
This is the story of a Christian man who disappointed and displease God and in his responsibility and get back to the privilege that God had given to him to begin with. Some people have said to me as they said to you from time to time fosters it possible for me to lose my salvation. Let me settle Bible teaches, my friend. It is absolutely impossible for you to lose your salvation.
There are some people who teach that you can be saved one minute and lost the next you cannot. Once you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You cannot lose your salvation. The issue is not whether or not you can lose your salvation. The issue is whether or not you were saved to begin with. Let's just ask this question. Let's assume that you are the son or daughter of your father and mother and for some reason, God forbid you have a falling out with the I mean this is bad, you want nothing more to do with your parents so you get the best attorney in town and you say to him or to her you say I want you to draw up a legal document that possesses me from my parents. Let's just say that you divorced from your parents. You got a legal document from an attorney approval. That said, you no longer belong in any way to your parents and you say well that's not good enough. Say what I meant to do.
I'm going to emigrate to China and I'm gonna learn to speak Chinese like the Chinese people do and I'm never going to speak English. Again, I'm never going to come back to America.
Again, I'm never gonna write a letter to my parents again.
I'm never going to see them again. I'm gonna be a Chinese person.
I'm even going to have a facelift I'm gonna oriental. I'm going to change everything about me to remove myself from my son the ship from the fact that I'm the daughter of my peers and you live and die in China and you never see your parents again. Was there any point in that time that you ever cease to be your father's son no time at all. You can never ever cease being the son or daughter of your father. And so it is with salvation.
The Bible says once we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior out of the gate of the spirit of the living God. We come to enjoy an unbelievable spiritual and biblical privilege. He was a son, but not in the second place, and I've already spoken about it. He had a father Bible says this was his father, just as God is our heavenly father and there is something very special about the father. I do not believe that the emphasis in this particular parable is on the site as much as it is upon the father you see. It is not what we do, but it is what God has done for us is the duty of God and what God wants us to do is have a crisis of belief and damage cost will be paid in obedience to that the father has done for us. The emphasis here is upon the father, not upon the sun but there's 1/3 thing about these privilege that is more that he had an inheritance.
While the will of God says he had in the state.
He was a privilege man. There was no question about you know the writer to the Hebrews, perhaps had an idea reversing Hebrews chapter 2 he put it like this. He said how are you going to escape.
If you neglect so great salvation. What then is the greatness of salvation, the greatness of salvation is not just the fact that I'm forgiven and restored the greatness of salvation is not just the fact that I know that I know that I'm going to heaven.
The greatness of my salvation is that I have received the inheritance has given. Please, dear son, and God says that I have given to my son. I am giving to you. How are you going to escape.
If you neglect so great salvation. I think we must note the privilege. He enjoyed the coating the second place. The pressure he experienced the pressure he experienced. You see friends. Verse 13 and following tells us that this man who enjoyed such privilege was nonetheless subject to the pressures of the world around the body. The apostle John writes about it in one John he talks about conformity to the world. The apostle writes about it in the possibly pursues as he wrote to encourage them to the doctrine of the mighty God to the churches at colossi in Philippi and Galatia. He told them that there were going to be unmitigated pressures about upon them. Peter put up like the CCB would watch out because the devil is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour the world's greatest pressurized use these you what an unbelievable thing to give you corruption. But if you find yourself hearing that truth and wondering if there someone that can pray with me or for me. Yes, we are here at 86689, and any time not just during the broadcast 24 hours a day, 866-899-9673 will connect you to. I was happy to talk or listen or pray. We love to meet you online now back today's message with Dr. Wilton. Young people are being pressurized and squeeze the world out there is something all over the edge of the three other keep this man's life. My friend was that he was asked rinsing mitigated pressure from the wound. And this despite the fact that he was in a family that loved it. I'm telling folks I have seen children of the finest families you've ever seen who have succumbed to pressure and it doesn't matter how much they love them and how much they parents around them and who should the road and clean, and it becomes a 12 and eventually they moved the parent's hearts are breaking the key step and basic common to that pressure.
Look what happens. What happens. You see, if we live again to be able to understand how to experience God despite our pain is we've got to understand the privilege. This man enjoyed. We've got to understand the pressure that he experience but then we must understand the pleasure that he received all we don't like to talk about that though so we don't like to suggest that sin is pleasurable but it is you see soon appeals to our senses and appeals to taste an outside ended use to our sense of touch and feeling our emotions just as that Apple upon the tree in the garden of Eden appealed to Eve.
It was the best applicant but it was sin. Why, because God said it was wrong to take it people from time to time, say preacher doesn't make sense God has given us the privilege of sexual relationships for pleasure.
Why do we have to wait for marriage because God said so, that's not it is God's blueprint.
That's why we have these diseases which are ravaging our nation today because man has said to the pressure and is step outside of God's parameters, and even though they may be a moment of pleasure.
The writer to the Hebrews talking about Moses said Moses came to the point where by faith he forsook the pleasures of this world for the season.
Why because he is steamed their approach of Christ Jesus for greater reach treasures and the treasures of Pharaoh's court.
As soon is pleasurable.
He received pleasure. There was no question about it.
It's the popular choice. Give yourself over to immoral behavior. Do whatever you want to do. It's pleasurable but I want you to note in the first place. The punishment he suffered as a result, there was the privilege he enjoyed in the pressure he experienced in the pleasure he received. But there was the punishment he suffered as a result, Bible tells us from verse 15 on this man's unbelievable predicament. You see my friends there all the three days in society today that are killing our people. There are three ways the AAA society which I'm convinced in my own heart is the root nation of America today that is killing our people because our people are sick. Coming to the pressure of the despite the privilege that we have a number one addiction addiction. You know that statisticians have us know Dr. Leon I can't remember exactly, but something like 50% of Americans are you say addicted to want addiction take certain kinds of foams. The most common law addiction to drugs. Young people don't ever let anybody come to you and say wanted to just take the path of the slick. It always starts some way you can go to bed game and don't let anybody come up to you and say just take a drink of this just do this just do that alcoholics and began with one who buys Budweiser with one Michelob everybody saying it don't get no better than this. They have done is boxing around it and for skulking their way into the tell us all the cities to become addicted to the world's poison and I'll show you homes that are broken up families that are separated children's hearts that a broken left right and center why because you see Frank Vale shortening the product that they only show you the punishment that you and receive as a result of addiction. Secondary is abortion the greatest Holocaust.
It is ever safe upon this great nation. My friend is the sin of abortion. Never let it be said that there is any excuse anywhere for any person to ever come to the things that God's word speaks against we need to choose life not because we believe in life and you can in front of us. Today, thousands of women whose lives have been time and eternity because basic to the pressure and opted for an abortion. Then there's the food I adultery all we don't like to talk about adultery. You say to me pasta. What is adultery.
Adultery is anything of sexual activity outside of the sanctity of marriage and I'm going to say to you, my beloved friend that the Bible speaks most clearly to the sin. The Bible tells us clearly what the consequences of adultery is I can show you today, men and women whose homes are broken whose families are broken because they gave away to the pressure of the road for a few moments of pleasure are so you mean today my friend who would stand readily and say all get out there and will in the wound about the sanctity of marriage and the sanctity of your vows before God. You see the AAA that is killing our world addiction abortion and adultery. It permeates the daily fabric of existence about being if we are going to understand objects parents God. This claimant, we need to examine what Jesus was teaching the privilege.
He enjoyed the pressure he experienced the pleasure he received the punishment he suffered this man ended up in the hog pain folks there are home pins rollover society today, there are people everywhere that would give anything to eat anything figuratively speaking, and yet they have reached the bottom of the barrel, but all I've got some good news for you today. I couldn't preach this message. If I had to sit down now is good news for you see we go to understand the peace he returned to claim that the Bible says that when he was still the father looked and saw his son and he was food with compassion to his son and he said my son you, I need to call any deep-rooted on these finger in the Bible says that was great and there was rejoicing and it was exceeding glad you know why because the sun had come to understand beloved friend that you can and you will and you must experience God even despite your fighting what we've been through God's ready to write where you are. You open your heart to a Dr. Don Wilton was to come in the studio. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus, why don't you pray this prayer with me right now.
Dear God, I know that Iversen 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.
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