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September 3, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton about what to do when we run out of gas. Know this has nothing to do with fuel but the fuel that we need to live for Jesus today will head acts chapter 3 would Dr. Don Wilton well-known author seminary professor and evangelist Pastor medevac the pastor of Dr. Billy Graham for 25 years.
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I love the story, and I want you to follow along with me because when I read about what happens to this man your next chapter 3 does something for me.
It kind of picks me up and it encourages me and I've often wondered why) at the beginning of the New Testament church that God would have placed this particular story in Scripture for us to read throughout the centuries.
Why would God do that at the beginning of the New Testament church. The church is just getting underway as the New Testament church in acts chapter 2 we learned about paint across the coming of the Holy Spirit we can read about the progress of the coming of the Holy Spirit right throughout the acts of the apostles, because the book of acts is about the acts and activities of the Holy Spirit is the relation of the New Testament church.
So why would God bring such an incredible story is this right at the outset, the foundation of the New Testament church. Let's read about acts chapter 3 in verse one.
One day, Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer at three in the off afternoon. Now man from birth was being carried to the temple gate called beautiful way he was put everybody to beg from those going into the temple courts when he served Peter and John about to enter the office them for money.
Peter looked straight at him as the drama then Peter said, look at us. So the man gave him name his attention, expecting to get something from him. Then Peter said silver and gold I do not have what I have I give to you the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth will taking him by the right hand.
He helped him up and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong he jumped to his feet and began to then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping and praising God when all the people saw him walking and praising God. They recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what it happened to him while the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon's colonnade when Peter saw this, he said to them, men of Israel, why does this surprise you.
Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus, you handed him over to be killed and viewed this theme before Pilate even though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the holy and righteous one and lost that a merger be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the date we are witnesses of this by faith in the name of Jesus. This man whom you see and note was made strong. It is in Jesus name and the faith comes through him that is given this complete healing to him. As you can all see now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance as did your leaders.
This is our God fulfilled what he had foretold saying that his Christ would suffer pain came and turned to God so that your sins may be wiped out, and I'm going to close with the state that the times of refreshing may come from the Lord will by the Lord right he's wound up on our hearts to speak this morning for just a moment. A word of appreciation to all the moms sitting worshiping the Lord Jesus today – given so much of the time to parents who have spent literally hours upon hours, loving their sons and daughters and trying to teach them and to rear them in a proper way in a way that would be well pleasing, but I want you to listen folks, it is possible to become weary in well doing, I will guarantee you there are at least a number of parents you worshiping today whose hearts are breaking with their sons and daughters in you becoming weary in well doing your very eyes being there for them you will always love is never been any limits that you put on the and yet today growing weary and will really I want to Sunday school teacher today that for years you've been faithful that you post your latest prepaid, to the one who brings the doughnuts and coffee and it seems like every Sunday you gave your faith it is possible to grow weary in well doing it is possible to run out of gas. You know I want to speak to you about what to do when you run out of gas. I believe that God has a special word for us and I also believe God's got a sense of humor.
Did you know that I want you to listen God has given to us. Everything in the word of God for a reason.
There's a purpose for everything in God's will and I made a venture to suggest to you that there are many purposes for which this wonderful true story about a man lame from his mother's womb was put into Scripture for you and me to read but I do believe that some way deep down in the heart of Almighty God. He was looking at the church at the body of Christ, and he knew and understood that the to discipleship and Christian service is to wariness and I think that God knows and understands that you and I can go very weary in well doing, and God knows that we can run out of gas.
Let me give you six principles taken from this passage that will encourage your heart today. Principle number one you want to gas tank refill number one. Open your eyes open your eyes. This Bible tells us that there was a man in crippled life. I cannot even begin to imagine the number of people who just had frosting by Kenya Bible says he was lame from his mother's womb.
Later on in the Scripture, the Bible is going to tell us exactly how old he is in chapter and verse 22. The Bible is going to tell us this man was 50 years of age. You know that this man sat at that date, the years before someone came by open their eyes and in the predicament that this man found himself in. Sometimes my dear friends this morning. The greatly growing weary in well doing that we begin as it is within our hearts and souls. We begin to withdrawal somewhat. We begin to close our eyes and weariness, we begin to shut down. I'll guarantee you there are some moms here today he would never admit it publicly obvious reasons, but you weary you weary with looking off to your sons and your betters and your children and getting them off to school and times and clocks and running a taxicab and having to deal with this and that you've grown weary in your heart. I believe what Jesus Christ is wanting us to do here.
He signed listen if your gas tank is low, getting empty, open up your eyes and refresh your spirit by just looking around. I don't mean to be critical by this because I think so highly about teenagers but I would say that one of the concerns that I have is that our teenagers got up to good unite America today.
Folks there's a whole generation of young people who have no idea what it is to suffer or to hurt or to play a real price for what they have friends there are people in every drink of life who are hurting their crippled people laying from the mother's womb, that all men and women and girls, even in this great city of Spartanburg distinctly and definitively and desperately need to know about Jesus Christ and our hearts may we be helping us and we see that lead may we see that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. Open your eyes don't preclude within the context of your own circumstances. Principle number two focus on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jerry verse six the Bible says predecided silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, rise up and live principle number two you want to gas tank filled refocus on Jesus Christ. Remember Peter on the sea of Galilee sees Jesus coming he says Lord cannot lift you Jesus says come on, Peter gets out, the boat begins to read. The moment he takes his eyes of Jesus. What happened to him Donnie when Donnie when you know what happens, folks, you know something I could preacher Sunday by Sunday by Sunday. But if I take my eyes of the Lord Jesus Christ down under. You know you could be the most wonderful. You take eyes of Jesus Christ down you go, you could work in social welfare and you dealing with needy people and your heart is broken bye-bye disaccharides of Jesus, down you go, you run out of gas. If you're a young person he had a danger facing critical decisions. I guarantee you my friend are going to be fences that are dated, and they gonna be like a battering ram against you, and they gave the classroom including and before you know testimony Jesus Christ is gone and your focus is gone and down you go, focus on the Lord Jesus Christ number three be happy when others are blessed wonderful biblical principle. I love the simplicity and the Bible says they recognize them as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called beautiful.
What was the result they were filled with wonder ballots may folks listen to this. This is right on this.
This is incredible.
God is saying to my heart. God is saying to me.
Listen Don using them out of gas. When you are completely out of gas and you are running out of gas and you're about to get into is still on the middle of the highway of life.
Why don't you just look for somebody who is being laced, and celebrate their blessedness and intern you will receive a blessing that I get is artworks as artworks.
If you just give out you being so faithful, folks you been teaching monster life for years.
Your home is open all the time been working with young people here in the ministry you been coaching a team you you been working with with the Scots and with all raisin GIs you been coming to the orchestra and playing faithful you been singing in the quiet you been ministering to us time without number been ushering in the chest just offered Roger just growing weary in well doing God says listen, just look around for someone who is happy in his being blessed. I'm telling you their people.
Yeah, this morning, folks who right now they sitting right on top base. Happy writing this for them, identify them and going to tax yourself to the Patrick God's son, God assignments you your gas tank to be food you hundred rechargeable batteries just tap into another happy and blessed us. Please forgive the eruption will be back in just a moment with the rest of today's message what to do when you run out of gas with Dr. Don Wilton, but Dr. Don Wilton me let you know we're here for you to pray with you anytime at 866-899-WORD. We really encourage you to jot the number down or stored in your cell 24 hours a day here to pray or to connect with great resource and speaking of resources.
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She said I'm married to the most wonderful man and I love him with all my heart but he's not a believer, he doesn't love the Lord. He doesn't go to church and she said to me, I forget, that was like 33 years. She said I have been praying for him, loving him. I have supported him that I have been everything that I believe a blogging life should be and I looked at her or not. I took her hands in mine and I said to my dear friend tell me what's really in your heart, and she said pasta I'm growing weary on high on this seemingly endless in debit to bring my husband to the Lord Jesus Christ. You know what God says. The only way you gonna get your gas tank filled. When you get to that point is just to remember who's in control Foster so can the word of God says Jesus Christ is in control principle number five. Refresh yourself in God's word. I love this. I wish I had two hours to preach on this verse 19. Look at repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out in times all re-flashing may come from.
It's kind of like taking a bath is. I mean, you come home and you just absolutely muggy and I and you fill of the crime and you dirty and so on you being added and you been morning and will not, and you run that bath literally brings you get into the bath and you sink on the day and you just lie there and soak in the tub and you get a goods and you feel just so much better. God is saying that he signed this task tank is running out. Allow the word of God to raise you to refresh your number six keep the goal inside. I didn't read these verses that verses 24 through 26. The Bible tells us about the fact that through your offering spring peoples of the earth will be blessed and then down in the end he says when God raised up his servant the same team first to you to bless you that you know that God says listen you to keep the focus and you want to have your gas tank food.
These are some of the things that you can do but don't forget the gold that is inside forget, just look around and see the products of your faithfulness. I just want to thank you today good I just do that don't grow weary and you will do the you know what happens. My friends as I come to the end of this message, we will grow weary in well doing the but God looks at us and he sees count your blessings name them one by one, and it can surprise you what the Lord has God says look at me I'm the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
I'm the first in the lost and it is a need that you live in you and you have you will be obvious it's okay to grow weary in well doing July. I'm just glad that I've come to church today. I'm glad that God has spoken to me through his word because when God speaks to me through his word, he helps me to get my gas tank food again, would you bow your heads with me for a moment, every head bowed and every eye closed heavenly father we came to church today and we discovered that you all here. We read your word and how cups of being food for many of us are father we came today.
Perhaps being discouraged. Perhaps writing, the mountaintop will we all blessed people in father I know is posture of this wonderful church that there is an army of people who seem to know no limit to will doing in this place. Lord, make each one of them have the gas tanks food to overflowing by they work out of the house of God. Today, refreshed and rejuvenated.
May they be ready to do it all again.
My they love. With no strings attached upright for parents in this congregation, Lord, please don't let them give up. Don't let them ever settle for second best for their sons and daughters will give them the boldness to speak up even when it's unpopular, nor did our Sunday school teachers structure re-charged and are reenergizing today.
The next Sunday.
Literally those who sit under the teaching would involve all and say wow where in the world that energy come from father Mike. Each one of us speak with conviction and with the spell cannot pass. Lord I pray for schoolteachers for principals and superintendents who every day face the battering rams of life.
I pray for the doctors and nurses who are under pressure good day by day on ministering to the needs of others and father often around their work becomes ho-hum and perhaps sometimes it becomes just a sense of ritual. Father I pray for business people to die.
Give financially to share their blessing. I pray for those who serve others.
I pray God in this church of yours. I pray to God as we begin to set a seal upon the monster plan that will take us on for the next several decades God that God's people would stand up with and be counted and that we would rise and say ads for me and my house we all serving the Lord.
I pray to God that you would bless this house and all will therein the prayer God that we might be mindful that in everything that we do and everything that we have reminded all times. Give thanks to you because you're great and the wonderful God Jesus name we pray to have someone to be grateful for Dr. Don often talks about the attitude of gratitude that makes a difference in every aspect of our life. Perhaps, as you've heard Dr. Wilton teaching today from the book of acts chapter 3 about what to do when you run out of gas, you realize that the Lord is calling you to either a deeper walk or brand-new beginning with Jesus Christ, per Dr. Wilson is been preaching for the pulpit but now he steps into the studio to speak with you about something very heavy.
Are you ready to give you a heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ wanted to pray this prayer with me right God. I know that I was sent and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross. They pirate painted myself and life fight I received Jesus and I my friend. I would welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting. Perhaps you just gave spring along with Dr. Don Wilton to go the invitation, prayer, or maybe were praying long and rededicated coming home to the face. Either way, Dr. Don Wilton has prepared some specific sources. He wants you to have absolutely free. The quickest way to get those is calling us right now at 86689 would love to put them in the mail to you right away 866899673 is her phone number and we would love to be a part of encouraging you in the next steps again. That's 86689673 or me this online tewonline.org use our website that's TE W online.org, and speaking of that TW online if you haven't had the opportunity to know this.
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