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April 9, 2021 8:00 am
We often hear the words, at least I do, the struggle is real indeed it is and so is the battle let's go to God's word together today. Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist seminary professor and pastor over 25 years is going to open God's word Mark one and finish this message experiencing God despite spiritual warfare they will gain insight from God's word on how we can win the battles that we face another were here for you to actually be a partner in battle with you right now in prayer in 866-899-WORD 866-899-9673. We love to pray with you and for you or connect online as well. Keyboard firstname.lastname@example.org now today's teaching with Dr. Don Wilton understand spiritual will understand God, my friend, dream experience with God prepared to come to a deep understanding of God is. That's why I'm so grateful to God for our church and for the movement that is being sweeping across these hallowed holes why because with coming to grips with theology. I want you to know friends that what we believe is going to the way in which we live.
But there's a second way in which we understand spiritual welfare and that's through exegesis, what exegesis is from the word exegete, which means to come to grips with the word of God. When not just coming to grips with theology which is God coming to grips with word of God. What is said about God.
How we about God. The unsearchable riches of God in Christ Jesus understand theology we go to understand exegesis. That is why it is so important. Every Sunday pasta and the Sunday school teachers and expands God major everything that we do in the unsearchable riches of God in Christ Jesus.
There is never an exception to that rule. The third thing is the experience of God's people. It's what you and I know to be true about God through the exercise of our own lives. So how can we understand this.
I want us to have a look at one passage that will help us to understand this. There are many passages in Scripture, but one of them. Mark chapter 1 and verse 21 follow along in God's word with me this morning. The Bible says that they went to Capernaum when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach now hold it there for just a minute you know three things that theology, exegesis, the experience of God's people. It's right there in that first verse.
Jesus in the church teaching. Watch what happens. The people were amazed at his teaching because he taught them as one who had authority not as the teachers of the law. Just then. Now this is shocking, folksy, ready for this. Please don't leave. Listen to what happened just a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit cried out. What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth. Have you come to destroy us. I know you all you are the holy one of God require said Jesus Stanley come out of him. The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. People were also amazed that they lost each other what is this a new teaching and with authority.
He even gives orders to the evil spirits, and they obey him news about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee by the Lord righties word upon our hearts for things that I want us to understand about experiencing God despite spiritual warfare).
This passage number one, the evil one possess this man number two, the evil one protested the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ number three, the evil one had no power to resist the come along all the Lord Jesus Christ and number for the evil one punish the man before he came out of it. Now let's look at this closely together Festival, the evil one possess the man friends. If we're ever going to understand spiritual warfare we go to understand the deep significance of spiritual possession. You see, the Bible says that when Jesus Christ comes into your heart and life. He doesn't sit next to you, he doesn't just cuddle you. He doesn't just carry you, he possesses you.
I try, I mean it just takes over. Now watch what's going to happen here.
It is politically and spiritually impossible for a born-again believer to be possessed by a demon or an evil spirit there. It is very important point your folks. It is biblically and spiritually impossible for a born-again believer to be possessed by a demon, or by an evil spirit or by site site. How can that be possible. Well it's very simple. The Bible says it is impossible for the temple to be occupied by light and darkness at the same time. Darkness cannot comprehend the life according to John chapter 1 Jesus said I am the line and in me.
There is how much God there is no darkness at all. Now while the Christian cannot be possessed by the evil one. The Christian can be influenced by the evil one eye on the site will now pasta is spreading his, though I'm not really looking at exegesis in the mind of God. You see, it is possible as a born-again believer full Satan to try to influence me call Tim Teicher that Jesus himself was tempted yet with no scent that was the difference you see I can be tempted. I can be influenced by the power of darkness. But I can never be possessed by the power of because the Bible says because of the Spirit who dwells within me. He immediately sets up a report from Eddie kicks the power of darkness away from me now that word possession is very interesting in verse 23 Bible says Justin a man in the synagogue who was possessed by an evil spirit word possession.
They literally means to be taken over concrete means to be concrete sold by. That's why if you remember in John chapter 8 and verse 44 Jesus said to his disciples.
He said that Satan is the father of lies. That means that he is the controlling, manipulating, factor of everything that is the antithesis of the holiness of God. Little wonder that in just a moment. What is the one thing that the evil one could not tolerate as far as God was concerned it was his holiness, and in fact the evil one in the next verse is going to say get away from me. I cannot tolerate your holiness. I cannot tolerate your righteousness. I cannot tolerate your sovereign grace.
I cannot tolerate everything that you all number one, the evil one possess this man, but there's something interesting about that. You notice that this man was possessed inside the church. That's what the Bible says Jesus went into the synagogue there. The people were verse 23. Just then a man in their church in their synagogue site pasta horror upon horrors. You know what that means.
That means that Jesus Christ just reminding us folks that just because a person comes to church doesn't mean to say that they know Jesus Christ. Just because a man is a preacher doesn't mean to say that he knows Jesus Christ just because you sitting in the pews today or you worshiping with us by way of television does not mean to say that you love the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Bible says this man was not under the control of God.
He was under the control of Satan and to make matters worse he found himself inside the church.
But you know something that's good news is all no cost and are you ready you telling us is good news. The man was possessed by the evil one in the church. You know why because it was in the church that he encountered the presence of Jesus teaching Dr. Wilton were to finish this message today experiencing God despite spiritual warfare in just a moment. The doctor don't want to remind you, as God stirs our hearts in the middle of this teaching. Sometimes it's good to have someone to pray with you where here at 866-899-WORD any time Chinatown stored in yourself. That's 866899673 or you can use online as well. TW online.org find of the excitement on our website TW online.org is about the fresh new book from Dr. Wilton really condensing what he learned from Dr. Billy Graham and spending Saturdays with Billy.
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W online.org but now let's dive back in today's teaching, experiencing God despite spiritual warfare from Dr. Don Wilton. Look what happened. That's a good news. That's the invitation. Some people say will preacher showed invitation meet sad that's the best time the whole service you know why people are joining the church people coming back to some people are coming to know Jesus Christ. People confessing sin. That is the climactic culmination of the entire worship experience. You know why because we are sinners saved by the grace of God. The Bible says this man was positioned inside. But in the second place that the evil one immediately protested presence of the Lord Jesus. That's what the word says in verse 24 what you want for the street possible you really think that the devil recognizes Jesus as someone said to me one time does the devil believe in God, you better believe it.
He believes in God but I didn't mean to say that he had the Lord Jesus living in his heart, see most of Americans today know about God in their heads but they don't have Jesus living in their heart Bible says the devils believe in God and they tremble. They understand they know exactly who God is. The Bible says that immediately Jesus came into the house of God, the evil one protested the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I was fostering a church in South Louisiana that's why speak with a Cajun accent and I was there for six years.
Precious group of people love them to the start. One day I received a phone call from Baton Rouge, Louisiana which is the home of the LSU fighting Tigers which according to Dr. pounds used to be a very good team and I beg your pardon, Jerry. But any right, I got a phone call to Gupta General Hospital in Baton Rouge and there was a family there they met me at the dorm I say to me pasta we heard you preach at a meeting and we really need you they were in agony sit on the altar. 16 years of age is in this hospital room and she's dying I said what, what's wrong. I said nobody knows what's wrong with her. She's try to commit suicide. She's being immoral. She's got involved in everything, but she's got nothing physically wrong with why know what to do. Folks do not go to Dr. but I didn't have the right one for this.
Why didn't have one back then either and I walked into that hospital room and I'm telling you something folks I don't if you've ever been in a place where you feel the evil. It was Just Evil Sock Bourbon St. in New Orleans. My wife and I just stopped going.
You could just seems to evil just walking down the street just evil you karma should just evil folks. That's all it is ugliness the antithesis of God. When I walked in they I knew that there was only one thing I could do that was to pray is not silly. I mean can you imagine having to resort to pray. I mean how can anybody get so weak I don't know what else to do. Maybe I did not understand the power of prayer like a duty day there about 10 people and then I realized I needed an ally. I needed someone who knew Jesus Christ to pray with me. I went up to the first man I see them sir, are you a born again believer. He said well it depends what you mean by that I said would you mind leaving. Please talk with you. Please, if you don't mind, sir. I couldn't take the risk. Folks I went up to the next light and I said ma'am are you a born again believer. She said all yes preacher, I love the accident unexplained right your drunk mood it's written all over your face you love Jesus. I went up to the next person, I said Sir are you a born born again believer he said well I go to church every Sunday. I said, would you please leave man I can't run that risk modify understand this passage just because he goes to church and not just because you born in a motor in a garage doesn't make you a motorcar you know that bunch.
I said, would you please leave well I ended up with with that with her several people standing around.
We join hands together and I turned this young lady who was so angry when she looked at me I'll never seen such a thing on and I began to pray Lord Jesus, I know you shed your blood will be calling on Calvary's tree. I don't know what to say I've probably signed all the wrong things God but would you do something for this young lady to die. You coming to her life. You present yourself. Folks, the lack student fallout.
There was an earthquake Mississippi River didn't overflowed its banks, but I tell you a piece of God came over that room, such which you cannot imagine. And she turned around to me and for the first time in weeks. She smiled and said hello and I looked at her and right there with her mother and her on these people. I live that young go to the Lord Jesus Christ baptized her some weeks later we lost. I heard she was still growing in the Lord Jesus Christ. You see friends. That brings me to the third point. Listen carefully number one, the evil one possessed the man.
Number two, the evil one protested the presence of Jesus.
Number three, the evil one had no power to resist the Lord, the evil one had no power. He was really useless in the presence of the King of Kings 26. The Bible says the evil spirits Superman and you see friends. Satan has already been defeated. I want you to know that he will bring your marriage back together again. He will heal the brokenhearted, he will make the lame to walk and the blind to see God by his grace is completely and all powerful. But there's one more point that I don't want you to miss number four. The evil one punish the man before he came out of him. Look at verse 26 again best we forget to study and do exegesis correctly. The Bible says the evil spirits shook the man violently and then he came out of him.
The authorized King James version does what it says. All he had told the man up all he came out of it.
You see friends.
It wasn't a matter of whether or not the evil one was going to obey the voice of God. It wasn't a matter of whether or not Satan has got no power to resist God but the Bible says as he came out of that man. He took one more parting shot at him you already try to do he try to get him to do what King Agrippa did in the New Testament. He tried to get in disciple almost down to persuade us me to be a Christian. He tried to get him to turn back at the gate. He tried to get them right up to the doorstep of eternal life, and then he tried to bring into him, his pride and his arrogance, his excuses and older people are gonna watch and all denominations and all the pit thieves that all the hurts and all what ever preacher might've said whenever 20 years ago that stop you from coming punish the man before he came out of I have two sons love them with all of my heart by 18 months apart when they were just little chaps we used to have so much fun as we stood.
But I remember one thing. So.
Came home from work one day sitting down in my favorite chair reading my newspaper tired didn't want to be disturbed you, not on the two boys just about three and two somewhere around they were playing with their toys and things and just dead quiet lovely peaceful evening and suddenly I hear he's touching me.don't touch me you touching me who she was touching me to find out put my newspaper Donna say gentlemen, if you don't mind that he's tired and that if if we couldn't get out. You could just settle down a little bit you know.just don't touch each other's that okay just play quiet on the this never happens in any of your family but not to slight only two minutes of bonbon.
I hear it again. You touched me, that's my brother who touched me don't you touch me why you touched me you put my newspaper Donna say gentlemen, I don't want anybody to touch anybody for any reason, little stop at your study. Reply to and I'm keeping this time of my newspaper and I know what Rob's done to grade because I see it and thought you touch you that it's mine I don't ever get mad with my kids but I just I stood up and expressed my indignation. Yeah, I mean they claim the boss and spoke. I say gentlemen, if you so much as lay a finger on anybody else for any reason. If you touch him. He touches you, I'm taking you down to the square in New Orleans and you are going to be publicly executed. I'm going to get.
I mean I'm reading them the riot that you lay a finger on your brother again. Do you understand this study now folks, it's not that my oldest son didn't understand that I had told him not to do that and it's not that he was planning not to be no question but at Sewall costing his younger brother.
One of these inexplicable unexplained twitches developing his leg and as he went by him. He's leg just shot out at an angle and unfortunately called his brother right under the nose and he went tumbling over the living room and I ran up and said so. Did I not tell you not to touch. What are you doing it.
It just happened that I didn't mean that I have this problem, not Bob Morgan in Munley and I can't get upstairs and I just have to work on. You know that's just Mark's site sometimes he takes a final parting shot. You bow your heads with me this morning. You know the Lord Jesus Christ my friend, are you ready to say yes to him would you do that right now. You see, God is speaking and God is moving. God is drawing us by his Spirit in you can say yes to him we going to give you an opportunity today, there are some who've already said yes to Jesus Christ they going to come thereof. This Yahoo would say pasta God is spoken to me. I need to make a commitment of my life. I want to experience God. I want to know him and all the fullness of I don't know what it is that God has laid upon your that's what this invitation is about God's invitation, he says, come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Maybe you need to say I want the public claim Jesus Christ as my Savior. Today's the day to do.
Why don't you come to today's the day it's been a wonderful week of teaching from Dr. Wilton and perhaps all week long you been tuning in and gaining this insider that insight but to day you realize it's not about taking an insight or gaining information from a great Bible teacher Dr. Don Wilton it's about what you've heard from the Holy Spirit compelling you to make a course correction to make an adjustment in your life right now. Before get away her pastor wants to come back in the studio and share. Perhaps the most important 60 seconds of our broadcast today. 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. Dear God, I know you love me very, very, and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross so that I might be forgiven today. I repainted myself I can face my sin and I invite you to come and talk to my life in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer. Let me be 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 praying how very important wholeness so we can talk to connect to the right base you can begin this wonderful journey. If you just gave your life to Jesus Christ or maybe rededicated your life, you need to know we stand ready to walk with you in the next step of watching you grow in your faith. Dr. Wilton has specific packages that he wanted to have absolutely free if you gave your life to Christ to rededicate your life. You just need to call and let us know at 866-899-WORD. That's 866-899-9673 we can connect on our website as well a T EW online.org pseudo-we're here to encourage you. That's our goal. That's what we exist to do. Every moment of every day phone line 866-899-WORD 9673 or TW online.org will encourage you with great truth and sometimes the encouragement comes in from workable resources like the book from Dr. Wilton. I mentioned it earlier peers lives with all the details about how you can get a copy of Saturdays with Billy discovered the beautiful 25 year friendship between Billy Graham and his friend and pastor John well Ted in the brand-new book surveys with Billy by downloading his hands and get complete with color photos" by Billy Graham and more ;-) heartwarming stories of times Dr. Wilton stayed with his friend and mentor Billy Graham.
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Dr. Don just like Billy Graham. At the end of all his crusade started out as quick to remind us that the disconnectedness whether you're listening on the podcast on radio or however some I might share this with you is important and most certainly very valuable.
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