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November 30, 2021 8:00 am
Homeowner career to be powerful. Let's open God's word together with Dr. Don Wilton about that very thing. Today yesterday's message is powerful prayer and we are available to pray with you, even right now at 86699 were dropped the number down stored in your cell 866-899-WORD 9673 will connect you anytime up to pray for you out into a world that is, everything's going wrong. There are more questions. It would seem sometimes in their offices. Great joys and great sorrows God's going to speak to you all askew today to open your Bibles with me to the letter to the church at loss. This is Colossians in the New Testament beautiful epistle and incredible word from God and God, our heavenly father chose to speak through poll. The apostle God's appointed vessel in me speaking to people not unlike you and me in. They will so many similarities. When we get to verse three of chapter 1 right at the beginning, we have recorded for us what I believe is one of the most powerful prayers ever listen to what God said is through poll to the church. Verse three we always thank God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you because we have a hood of your faith in Christ Jesus, and we are good of the love you have for all the saints, the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven, and that you have already heard about in the word of the gospel that is come to you all over the world. This gospel is bearing fruit and growing just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God's grace in all its truths. You learned it from a preference now dear fellow servant who is a faithful minister of Christ on Alba half and you also told us of your love in the spirit. For this reason since the day we have heard about you. We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, and we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord Jesus, and may please him in every way bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you might have endurance and patience and joyfully giving thanks to the father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints of the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and he's brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins now is that not the most beautiful passage I met a preach on that for the next year and that the most wonderful passage, powerful prayer, church you are strong this pray and I'm only saying this by way of an introductory statement is really an affirmation of God's people. It's predicated on poll began by telling these people how they were doing. This prayer is an affirmation of five things related to God's people in the crosscurrents of the world in which they lived.
Number one, it was an affirmation of their faith right there in the text he said because we have heard of your faith that such a beautiful word is in the church. Faith just means you just trust God, you can type quantities would you never let you down. My life is in your hands no matter what my circumstance and he just affirmative.
Well done. You see, they were living in a world where it was very easy to lay faith aside everything tells us not to have faith in God, we pooled besides that we live in the flesh. We need money we cannot see the future. We limited and we all have different levels of understanding have faith in God and he just said to them, will done.
You are a people of great faith.
This prayer is an affirmation of the love again in verse four and of the love you have for one another love one another in the church. The church and he affirmative this prayer is an affirmation of the hope verse five he goes on from that point and he he sees this faith and love that spring from the hope that you have because of that which you know to be true that hope is so real.
The church is strong because we have real hope and poll looks at these people who are court in this world and he just affirms the fact of the faith of the love of their hope in number four of the fruit bearing of the fruit bearing the 20 says here he sees all over this world, this gospel is bearing fruit and growing just as it has been doing among you. He looked at them and he said I just want to affirm you all fruit bears and then there's one more.
This prayer is an affirmation of the leadership's and affirmation of the leadership he talks in verse seven he talks about a preference and any earmarks this person in operating the act into the leadership principle that God gives to the church and he affirms them because of the leadership and he affirms the leadership spiritual leadership. Now watch what happens here. This is so beautiful in Colossians chapter 1. This powerful prayer poll looks at them as the vessel of God as they posture as a shepherd speaking the word of God and he affirms them and of that affirmation keep places right there before him. The most powerful prayer requests before God on there by half. These are the four most powerful prayer requests I could ever pray for you about prayer is a wonderful thing.
We were at church in which we believe independent pray. It is a whole lot of who we are as believers, but coming out of the affirmation poll launches into the foremost powerful confirming rules upon a people.
One can possibly imagine. And I can think of so many things that we can pray for one another about were praying for Afghanistan whip praying for our nation were praying for Miller to whip praying for our sons and daughters and whip praying for people who are bereaved and with whip praying we pray about everything because everything matches but these four things they are number one to be filled with the knowledge of his will. That's what Paul prayed for them in the midst of the crises in which they lived there. It is right there in verse nine look at it.
For this reason since the day we heard about you. We've not stopped praying for you.
Watch this and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will.
The church is strong because of the knowledge of his will acquired through spiritual wisdom and understanding. This carries with it being very careful church about who you listen to foremost powerful prayer requests one to be filled with the knowledge of these will number two to live a life worthy of the Lord. Look at verse 10 we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way and by the way Garrett comes for a second time, bearing fruit in every good work. What'd he pray for them. Why is this so powerful.
Lord I pray for my people that they would live lives worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
What is that mean living a life that in every regard is pleasing to God and bearing fruit. According to the standards of his righteousness is exalting the congregation he saying to them. Stop putting your money into worthlessness, stop summering your seeds on rocky ground stop placing value on those things that do not forgive the interruption will be back with this challenging message from Dr. Wilton in just a moment, but as he challenges us to place value in the things that matter that the things that don't matter to know that we have resources that will help you direct yourself to what really matters in God's word is all on our website at tewonline.org G that's T EW online.org why you're there, sign up for the daily devotion from Dr. dog right the top banner, just click on devotion. You can sign up to receive it via email get a hard copy for free if you like as well. That's firstname.lastname@example.org DiCamillo is in prayer. Having in this faith and love and hope in the leadership says Lord God in heaven.
Please give these people the presence and power of the knowledge of the will of God and God made each one of them lives that all the of the Lord Jesus number three to be strengthened with all power church strong. When I prayed over the series in Colossians. That's where I booked the word church strong from that verse just thought I'd let you know if you were ever wondering about it just kept jumping at me being strengthened with all power church strong, being strengthened with all power and what is he telling us about that when we are strong with the power of God. People we can.
You can with all spiritual patients God against human agitation. The way to do that is to be strengthened with all power in Christ. Foremost, powerful prayer requests to be filled with the knowledge of these will to live a life worthy of the Lord to be strengthened with all power and finally so powerful to be thankful to the father. Look at verse 12 and by the way it is in verse 12 is beautiful it sees and joyfully giving thanks joyfully they is a spiritual attitude that must accompany our thankfulness is a spiritual attitude. Sometimes we thank God and look like we recovering from hookworm treatment at the same time and that's easy to do business. Be thankful to the father and you know, as if to put the cherry on the top. He gives the church for reasons why we are strong throughout Thanksgiving. This strengthens us number one because he has qualified us your qualified God qualified you, but I was as clear as anything right. They just tells us giving you in verse 12 giving thanks to the father who has qualified you unqualified God qualified me. Secondly, because he has included us to share with the inheritance of the saints in light. Did you know that God not any qualified you, but he has included you in the inheritance that he has for all those who love him all the saints who have been enlightened, have come to the truth of knowing Christ we are inherited is of the saints in light.
We been included.
You included. I'm inviting you today to be included in the family of God.
This is not closed it's open for membership because of Jesus which brings us to the third reason he has rescued us at 20 tells us share in verse 13, for he has rescued us look at this from the dominion of darkness. Would anybody like to give us a deal on detailed understanding of the world in which we live today. The dominion of darkness. These people were living in a dominion of darkness, it was a bubbling cauldron, and he says joyfully. Thanks. Thankful to the Lord because not any qualified you and included your buddies rescued you from the dominion of darkness which means you and I can now be in the world. When we walked out of worship when we got back to our tables when we go back to our streets when we go back out into the world.
We are in the will. But we been rescued from the darkness aboard where in the world but would not all the world, fun loving person you know that about me was getting myself into trouble.
I love it as much met all of beaches and fishing and pollutants and everything you name it and good food and friends and barbecue on Tatiana Cook the whole half side of account tomorrow. I love it all, but I don't have to be the wound and one more reason he says be joyfully thankful is because he is forgiveness. Look at that loss statement in whom we have redemption. Verse 14, the forgiveness of sins that beautiful friend. Watch this today speaking to the church. He looks as God's faithfulness is just one affirming man, I know you're in this bowl game and a lot of hard knocks, man. You can do you view strong look at you look at your faith in your love and your hope, your fruit bearing and look at your leadership. So I'm going to just pray the savanna pray that you would continually be filled with the knowledge of these will and I just pray you live a life worthy of the Lord, that you would please him in every way and I just I just pray you'd be strengthened with all power not.
I just pray that you would continually and joyfully be thankful to God the father.
Bottom line, because he's forgiven you. You bow your heads with me for a minute. Do you know that you want in icon offer that to you but I can invite you to take the offer that God gives to us through Jesus Jesus Christ the son of God. This Jesus who came and laid down his life for us gave his life took upon himself the darkness of our sin.
When you give your heart to Jesus you receive what he's already done and you are safe free. You raised up to walk in newness of life.
Because Jesus is alive, would you give your heart to Jesus today trusted would you come can face bowing before him. Giving your life to him do it. Lord Jesus, I'm gonna pray right now that people everywhere within the sound of my voice from Genesis 2 celebration to live streaming to television to you to to radio somebody would accept your invitation. Right now to become part of the family of God church strong right now people are going to respond. People are going to say yes to you people are saying yes people are texting saying yes people are calling and saying yes people are going to come down the house of the church take someone by the hand become part of put the membership down so I won't even church strong Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us so much right in the midst of all the world in which we live with us such a powerful message about the strength that we find in the Lord.
I pray that is you've heard Dr. Wilson preach and teach and praying now open your heart what he wants to see her next. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ wanted to pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Arneson 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. I welcome you today into the family of God.
This is exciting news. Welcome to the family of God. Some of you I know are praying along with the pastor for the first to give your life to Jesus Christ. We are so excited for you. Also excited for you that have rededicated your life.
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