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September 28, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton as we had in the book of Hebrews chapter 4. This is The Encouraging Word Dr. Don Wilton, our teacher, here is a well-known evangelist pastor for 25+ years, including being pastor Dr. Billy Graham and so much more. You will discover who you are. Visit our website at tewonline.org G discover not only great resources like the King is coming a special book that's from Dr. Wilson: is this and other resources that will help you grow in your faith like the daily Encouraging Word devotional from Dr. Don.
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Today's message Dr. Don Wilton here on The Encouraging Word. But I tell you what your baby. Babies back from but we fight against time, but so are human beings, we have a fight against time. Number three. We struggle to survive with trying to make payments with trying to build a bank balance.
We try to educate our children with trying to be healthy. We struggle to survive number for we wrestle against human nature.
Paul put it like this. He said that I would that I do not in the evil that I would not that I do a Richard man that I am who will deliver me.
I can identify that you know how many times you wake up in the morning and life is wonderful. The next morning you can wake up and feel terrible. We struggle without human nature. Why because the heart of man is exceedingly wicked. Number five we cry out for love and for forgiveness number six.
We crave peace we want peace in our land will praying in our hearts for our country right now. We pray for the peace about land.
We pray for peace in our hearts. I do know how many times how many people have said to me pasta.
I have a wonderful home and I have a wonderful spouse but there's conflict in my life is conflict in my home.
We crave peace. And Jesus said my peace I give to you. The Bible teaches that the peace of God which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Number seven, we might against the devil, and we long for rest. One thing to consider, the Israelites, it's another thing to talk about the Jews in the time that this was written all that many of them and come to believe in Christ. They were being persecuted they were suffering in every kind of life physically and emotionally and spiritually needed to be encouraged. I needed to be told they need to understand the doctrines of God's grace.
But I tell you it's another thing to think about ourselves and we cry often we crave and we might and we long for rest in Revelation 1413 God's word says I heard a voice from heaven. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord yes says the spirit, they will rest from their labor. You remember what Jesus said. Jesus said, come unto me all of you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you grace. You see friends. III have a difficulty sometimes within my human context and from my human perspective.
Trying to understand what it is that the Lord was saying not only concerning the Israelites yesterday money concerning the Jews, to whom he wrote concerning my own heart and life be interested to know that the word rest itself has several meanings that might give us a little bit more about Hamlin trying to understand what God is saying to us here. I'm going to share with you.
Just five different shades of the meaning of rest.
According to the word of God, one it means that someone else will do it for you. When Jesus says when God says the promise of entering his rest still stands. It means that someone else will do it for you. You know I had someone come up to you and you just under so much stress and strain and nice. I look… Don't worry about it.I'll beat you just you take a race that's what this means is she prefers to salvation in Christ that only he can do lean on me. Take my yoke upon you, number two, it means freedom from worry, we become liberated from concern God alleviates us from our search for peace number three the word rest day means to be set free from the search. I think God knows our hearts because he created us human beings are engaged in an unprecedented search trying to find the onset looking here and then looking to marriage and to love and the family and the business in the bank accounts. But God says my wrist will be sufficient for you. Number four Queens confidences established.
That means that they will be no more fear number five.
It means that there is someone else to lean on. You see, my friends, the Israelites were worn out, they were worn out physically, they will know not emotionally they will not spiritually. The Jewish people.
The context in which this was written they were worn out physically, then you believe is what being persecuted they will not emotionally they were worn out spiritually. They had grown up believing that you have to go to a priest that you have to make sacrifices and get was Jesus Christ. The new covenant. These people were told they were out and Jesus Christ has given to us grace and peace, my peace I bring to you look at that verse in verse one therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands. Let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of, and so the operative question is this how can I attain this wrist.
How can I acquire the salvation how can I make certain how can I be careful that I do not full short of what the Israelites fell short of people are dying all around us everyday.
How can I make absolutely certain that I too am going to go to heaven. Let me show you in this text. When God tells us it's a it's a fascinating study. Now you gotta read this in the word of God with me. There are five indicators here. There are five mandates in this passage, five instructions that God gives to us concerning this unbroken promise and how we can attain this race for ourselves. Number one, we can attain this risk through an understanding of a promise that still stands look at this one since the promise of entering his rest still stands. I guess the question that we lost about soaps today. Garrett is do you believe that God's promise that he gave to our forefathers and then through the little Jesus Christ is on that experience God's grace is made available to you and to me that Jesus Christ died upon the cross that by his spirit he guarantees that my name is written in God's book in heaven and that one day I'm data into his eternal rest for ever and forever and forever, or have you given up through unbelief.
We must understand and accept this promise that still stands number two I can attain this rest. Salvation in Jesus Christ.
According to this context through an understanding that faith comes by hearing. Now watch the spokes of adverse to the wheat also have had the gospel preached to us just as they did. By the way, dear boss, the question what kind of message was preached to those in the Old Testament cannot tell you what kind of message the gospel site. How can these things be. I don't. I miss Mandeville but I'm going to tell you that the Bible affirms itself. God's word tells us that the same gospel which was preached to the Israelites is preached to those in the context of the letter to the Hebrews is preached to us.
It concerns God's grace and God's sovereign act of salvation from before the foundation of the world and God Almighty through the spirit contextualizes this for us and tells us that in obtaining the salvation, we must understand that faith comes by hearing. Now what is the word tell us where it says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God you notice something here very interesting about the Israelites.
What was lacking in their lives. It wasn't that they did not hear the gospel that they did not see the gospel. It was that they did not appropriate. The gospel, not the world a long time to understand this 1517, Martin Luther suddenly woke up one morning, Naomi's 95 theses to the door the gospel and the essence of everything that precipitated the Protestant Reformation was the fact that the draft shall play all I'm so glad about that because those of you who know me know how we struggle to understand how to explain God. I cannot explain God anymore then you can explain God. God is unexplainable. You cannot explain God is. We must get to the point as a people that we simply accept what God says concerning himself, that's right you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton. Please don't go away.
He'll be back with the rest of today's message in just a moment to remind you that were available for you connecting both on the phone at 8668866899673, and email@example.com is a matter that we receive letters every single day. Emails, especially to Dr. Wilton about what God's doing the teaching of God's Encouraging Word if you'd like to email Dr. Don, he would love to hear from you love to pray for you. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org that darn DOM at T. E. W. O. In LI in.org TW online.org love to hear from love to pray for now let's dive back in today's teaching plan unbroken promise from Hebrews 4 Dr. Don Wilton thing here that is why. And that is that we obtain this risk through an understanding of the finished work of God. I want you to note there in the second part the third part of verse three. The Bible says and yet God's work has been finished. Well I often self a lot of questions.
Why does the Lord bring this up to us at this point in the context of teaching us concerning his rest in the context of this incredible invitation to trust Jesus Christ because my friends, we cannot obtain this salvation outside of an understanding of the finished work of God. Now what is the finished work of God. The finished work of God is two things. It is seen first of all, through the God of creation look there in verse three. Yet these work has been finished since the creation of the world. Why is the finished work of God important to not understanding concerning first of all his creation. What happened in God's creation Bible tells us is no mystery. God created the world. How long did it take God to create the world somebody tell me six days. What is the Bible site concerning the work of God concerning creation. The Bible says that he labored.
He knew he worked in the creation of the world.
Some of you guy disciple pasta. How do you explain that God would cannot explain it. How to explain that God toiled. I cannot explain it but I do know this.
According to the Scripture that on the seventh day wanted God. God rested God's good friend, someone asks me one you going to say to me will pasta how do you explain the fact that God rests. How can God need rest buddy. God rested. What we have in the picture or an understanding of the God of creation. What do we have folks we have a picture of the salvation of God through the sovereign work of God from before the foundation of the world. What is God trying to show to us concerning his rest when he goes back he illustrates up with the Israelites.
They were taken captive.
They were humiliated, they will offer their freedom, but they wanted around in the wilderness, and yet God's promise still remains the same.
And when we trust him when we exercise our belief through faith we receive that promise in Christ Jesus. So how do we obtain his rest.
Number one through an understanding of the God of creation, but number two as seen through the Christ of the cross. Now watch the spokes generally are two primary illustrations of the work of God, you might say to me today pasta. How do I describe the work of God is only two ways to describe the work of God, the God of creation and the Christ of the cross. How does that have significance concerning his unbroken promise because it was upon the cross that Jesus Christ that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.
This was God at work through his son will what happened upon the cross.
What is the finished work of Christ upon the cross, which is God and his finished work Jesus upon the cross what he say he announced to the world is and when he said it is finished, he sat down at the right hand of God, thank you very much. His work was finished.
Can you feel it here I am preaching bursting a blood vessel.
You know, I'm looking forward to having a Diet Coke. Can you feel it folks. If I was to say this in one day sobbing terminology how you're doing. Folks listen to me listen to me what God is saying to us here is that we cannot obtain the rest of the salvation that we have in Christ. Unless we understand the finished work of God unless we appropriate what God has done for us, not one is the God of creation a number to the Christ of the cross bow number four we can attain this risk through an understanding that no one else could a product could provide this risk. I love your site Eusebius I careful if Joshua note the conditionally by the way that we again have one of these great men of old that are being invoked and brought up to the minds of these Jewish believers and unbelievers why Joshua because by now he was general Joshua some people regarded him as the Pope. Some people regarded him as the ultimate spokesman what God is saying in verse eight, is simply this, that not even Joshua had the authority or the power to grant the promise that only God can give Jesus Christ and you are wasting your time when you look at anybody else and anything else outside of Jesus Christ, you're wasting your time. Would you give your heart to Jesus today. That's what God is saying to us, we must understand that nobody else can provide this risk number five, number five, the way in which we understand this an appropriate and obtain this risk is through an understanding of the urgency of today to have the greatest most challenging verses in Scripture verse seven in verse 11 of chapter 4 therefore God again set a certain day why God again folks.
What is that people would again do not word again speaks to. It invokes all the deep spiritual understandings of the grace of God. The word again my friend is just simply a human understanding of God's on merited flavor.
That's what it is God again is long-suffering, the God of provision. The God who has time without number, made it possible. Despite the sin of disobedience. Despite the countless numbers of times people have laid him down and turned their backs on him, despite the wickedness of the hearts of men. God by his grace. What is he done, he's done it again and he scolded what is today it's January 12, 2003 that's what tonight is what is today the day was when this was written to the Jews was written as today is tomorrow. Tomorrow becomes today.
That's why the apostle Paul says in second Corinthians 6. In verse two. Now is the accepted time to die. Now is the day of salvation.
I'm sure that there are people from time to time, who would suggest to me pastor. I wish when we would preach when we have church that we could just close and go home. I say this out of the love of my heart, my friends, it hasn't happened for a long time. We've even had people leave this church in years gone by, because they couldn't stand the fact that we had a public place and insistence. I don't know, there are churches in America that on because he preaches and it's about God and trying people to know and think about it. God says today. Why because you and I have got tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, my beloved friends if you and I cannot hear the heart cry of a God of grace who from before the foundation of the world hanging upon the cross, says father forgive them for they know and when he had given up the ghost and on the third day he rose again and then he ascended to be seated at the right hand of God the father is completely complete and yetis ministry continuing because God this son is making intercession for you today. Right now this is shocking time.
What is God saying unbroken promise from the heart of God. I want you to know my brother and sisters in Christ, with the promise of entering his rest.
Stu stands. This is God. This is not Don Wilton. Is there anybody here today who would give their heart to Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ, and that God has given tomorrow. Today this is the most wonderful, most precious schools thing could give us powerful teaching Dr. Don Wilton the Lord is stirring your heart, you need to know. We would love to pray with you to give you some resources will help you grow. Our phone number is 86689866899673, not just now during the broadcast 24 hours a day, 866899673 will connect with one of us happy to talk, listen and pray even connect with resources rather than call us right now. Perhaps the most important thing is to open your heart to a Dr. Don Wilton share next are you ready to give your heart of life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with today. Dear God, I know that you love me very, very much and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ pain God on the cross so that I might be forgiven of my sin. Today I repainted my sin.
I confess my sins and I invite you to my life.
Jesus prayed that pray to be the first one welcome family.
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