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December 24, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me to the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton as we continue the study on Angels drive you to the heart of the Herald Angels will study the Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment.
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Available 24 hours a day at 866-899-WORD 866-899-WORD 9673 is Dr. Don mentions we all need some 2 AM, friends, and we'd be happy to be one of yours got the number down. Start your cell 866899673 will always connect with someone talk and listen. Pray with you that's 866-899-WORD 9673 or online at tewonline.org G that's DEW online.org now Dr. Don Wilton when the angel wanted by the way Angels live. Anybody know where in heaven I wish I had time to get in the book of Revelation do some apology of this morning, but I want you to know that when you get into the book of Revelation we find time all the time all the time all the time all the time that the heavenly hosts the gathering of the Angels, the number of boomers as the sand of the sea gather together around the throne of God and they sing, and I praise his name down and they worshiped him, but you know something, it's true, I'm just going to tell you when I look out across the congregation see someone standing there at Christmas time and looking like they recovering from bookworm treatment and we see glory to God in the highest and Hark the Herald Angels and I say to myself, my Omar Omar. Are you going to be in for a surprise because when you get to heaven, you are going to sing your voice out because that's what the Bible teaches well look what happens when the Angels would lift them gone back into heaven, the shepherds said to one another. Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that is happened which the Lord has told us about frames. Did you notice that did you notice that the shepherds didn't site which the ship which the angel told us about.
Remember that angels are not a substitute for God. We are given permission in the Bible to ever magnify via worship all Angels or saints or anybody else in between runs in the place of God is idolatry.
The Bible says it is on darshan No other gods before me. Shepherds have the permission of Almighty God. The even the Angels because they understood that anything that the above will that's what the Bible teaches well look what happens. Bible says it's going to see this thing that is happened which the Lord is told us about. They were even corrected one of the Angels didn't site excuse me, it wasn't the Lord.
It was a 90 minute was the Lord.
I knew that I just couldn't say anything without the whole thing you that they were the emissaries of the Lord. They only spoke with the Lord, and I could only acknowledge God is so they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby was lying in the manger. And when they had seen him lay spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child and all who heard were amazed at what the shepherds said to them, but Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they'd heard and seen, which were just as they had been told the accuracy of the hawk of the Herald Angels. It was right on the bottom.
Why because they were speaking with the voice of God. Nothing more accurate than that well is much to be said about Angels.
We discovered three truths which are believed to be the overriding trees number one that angels are not a shortcut to God. Number two. Angels are not a substitute for God and number three. Angels are not a safe haven from God. They can never protect also prevents us from all that God use Angels are not a shortcut to God and not a substitute for God and I can never be a safe haven from God and the shepherds.
Yeah, I think, understood that more than we do.
Perhaps so it is that when we look at angels and Christmas we discover a number of things I want to share them with you. Number one, we discover that angels are individual like I'm one of the time on one select I committed time with one specific purpose at a time. They are singularly significant and spam that the express moment of Almighty God and once again, that is reinforced when the angel appears to the shepherds number two Angels. Our company they gather there is such a thing as a heavenly host. As I Herald Angels I company of the committed number three I speak with the voice of God. The shepherds reinforce that this is nothing that the shepherds would do anything less than to give absolute glory and honor to the words which God had spoken to them and number four that I have something very important to cite now want to just say this to you before we go on hasn't been remarkable to note that every time an angel appears what ever it is that the angel has to say is very very important.
I think we can conclude that fact. I haven't found a time of frivolity. As far as the Angels are concerned. I have never found the time in Scripture yet. I hope I don't. I have not found an instant yet where the Angels came around and wallowed in their own self pic you wasted someone's time. There was always an express purpose with a monumentally significant and important message that they had to transmit to the person God had sent them to speak to and so it seems to me that there must be something very important about the hawk of these arrangements. I want to submit two things to you this morning I want to say to you that there hawk of the hawk of the angel is very important message. It is a message and it is important. Number one, perhaps first and foremost because it is designed for people just like you and me. What is the message of the angel. Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
What is important about this message. It's important lies in the fact that it is designed for people just like you and me.
I've got an announcement to Mike which is not my announcement. God has given to us this announcement.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not die but should have eternal life. What God is saying to us is that his message is designed for people just like you and me. It seems to me, my friends, but God has always had a plan with people like you and me and mine. What kind of people. Well, just think about the shepherds for a moment and then try and think about who we all wanted Jesus Christ appear through the Angels to the shepherds why did God do this well. We are a people Festival carrying out life's assignments. That's site says the site says they were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night, shepherds shepherds back in these days were very very ordinary people I tell you they were very ordinary people. They were not doctors and lawyers. They were not teachers imposters. They were not. They were not people from from regular society shepherds. In fact, in many regards were regarded somewhat as the lower portion of society. Most of the shepherds had never had a guy even in the kindergarten, they were they were somewhat uneducated people. And if you'd gone up to some ordinary Shepherd out there in the shepherds field and said to him what your life comprise of he probably would've said well I began attending my father's flock when I was just three years old.
I've done nothing else and I know how to do this and that's what I meant to do for the rest of my life and God in Christ Jesus was coming to this for people just like you and me.
It's not without significance that the Magi also received the same message. You see, when the Christmas child was born, God was reaching out to people just like you and me. People carrying out relapse assignments. All of us are engaged in trying to meet the needs that we have the need for work in the need for food and the need for shelter and when Jesus was born in Bethlehem's manger and when that Shekinah glory came down upon those shepherds what the hawk of the Herald Angels was all about was the fact that God designed a plan to bring his heavenly glory down upon a people know different than you and me, but there's a second thing we can say about ourselves. The people we are a people overcome by life's challenges. Don't kid yourself about the shepherds they had challenges.
Perhaps something of which we cannot appreciate it was winter time so we know that it must've been rather nippy out there. Those fields, they would dangers everywhere, not just from wild animals but from robbers and people who would come to deprive them of everything that they had. They were faced with all kinds of uncertainties that have to try and meet the needs of their families. These shepherds had families and children have to feed young ones that they had sickness and health. They had all kinds of challenges. I wonder what kind of challenges you are not facing the when we worship the Lord today on this Christmas Eve. I don't think we're any different. We all are people who are carrying out relapse assignments. We are a people who are overcome by life's challenges, but will also people who are captured by life's emotions. Bible says when the angels appeared to them in verse nine, they were terrified. The King James version says it even better by work soul afraid.
I love that.
That means they were scared today. I would be as well. I can just imagine what they went through this and friends. We all captivated and captured. We are in bondage to our emotions, we are up one minute and down the next.
We are on an emotional roller coaster. I wouldn't be surprised if there's someone here this morning who is bent out of shape. I wouldn't be surprisingly someone here today who has is facing all kinds of problems. Some folks you need to pray for you ministers reupholstered for counselors. Christmas is a wonderful time at Christmas is a time my friends that think rights emotional challenges life to give the option will be back with the rest of today's nest with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment the doctor done what you know we're here for you were available at the phone 866-899-WORD number 24 hours a day. That's 866-899-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org that's TW online.org. We also want to thank you for the many of you who are here with us lifting up the name of Jesus. Many of you are prayerful and financial supporters of the ministry. If you haven't heard, I want to share with you a remarkable gift from a couple who were great friends of the ministry have given a $200,000 matching challenge gift here at the end of the year and the challenges this is that each of us would give our best gift ever this week couple $200,000 is their best gift. Your gift might be two dollars and it's just as value awaits. 20 maybe it's a commitment to $20 a month. Whatever it is.
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You can call us with your gift at 866899866896734 m online and share your gift at tewonline.org. He that's TW online.org. Now back to today's great teaching Dr. Don Wilton you know that I'm married life therapy. There are people who are in hospital. There are people who are being diagnosed with all kinds of illnesses. There are people whose lives afraid there are people incarcerated in prison. There are people who are lost and hurt. There are people in every walk of life.
Listen we are a people carrying out life's assignments, overcome by life's challenges captured by life's emotions. So what is so special about this design about the hawk of the Herald Angels about the message that they bring its freefall number one it brings good news. That's what the angel says do not be afraid. I bring you good news, it's good news. It means that at Christmas time. My friends no matter what my circumstances.
I know that God designed purpose and plan for me brings good news.
Number two it balances our emotions. I mean that I'm an emotional person I tell you what. I'm a very emotional person I get excited about things I get excited about most things. I become the victim of my own emotional state.
We are the victims about emotions and guess what God by his Spirit does for us. He helps us to balance the predicament that is presented to us by human emotion, he brings balance trust number three number three. It beckons old people.
Did you see what he says here he says good news of great joy that will be for all the people God's good news in Christ Jesus is designed for everybody.
Nobody is left out old people. This is, that whosoever, John chapter 3 in verse 16 God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Here it is that whosoever black and want rich and poor, old and young up-and-down people from every walk of life. What about this.
What about the hawk of the Herald Angels. This message is singularly significant. It is important what the angel has to say because it is designed for people just like you and me up. I love that I love that that's what everybody's welcome in this church folks everybody.
This is not a church for the rich or church for the poor or church with a young or church for the all or church in between, or church with this or church for that. This is God's church and frame.
When you have God's church and the main thing is the main thing the main thing has to do with Jesus Christ, the one who was born in Bethlehem's major and when you talk about the manger and the hawk of the Herald Angels frame you coming to a place understanding the glory of Almighty God is made available only people in every walk of life under every circumstance God in Christ Jesus reconciling the world unto himself). Amen this morning.
That's what Christmas is all about. It is designed for people just like you and me. Number two. It designates all God's authority to the sovereign what is the hawk of the Herald Angels.
What is the significance of the message there hawk is very important as a message because it designates all of God's authority to the sun verse 11 is singularly significant. He is Christ the Lord. What exactly does this mean at Christmas time of the year 2000. It means my beloved friends that this baby boy carries sovereign authority by virtue of court thing.
It means that this baby boy this is what the Angels are trying to save us this baby boy carries sovereign authority that is God's authority by virtue of four things. Number one is quality with the father in foundation. In the beginning God number two diesel quality with the father in jurisdiction.
He has control over all the affairs of mankind.
Number three is a quality with the father in love and God said he loved the world, God was Christ reconciling the two himself and not the full carries sovereign authority by virtue of his a quantity with the father in the dispensation of his wonderful grace. Listen to me, beloved friends. When the Angels of the heavenly host came together. What are they saying, glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men upon the favor of God rests. How did this happen. Why did it happen because of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the son of God, and in John chapter 5 the Bible explains that to us. The psalm has been God's authority to give life in John chapter 5 the Bible tells us the sun has God's authority to charge in John chapter 5 the Bible tells us the sun has God's authority to receive honor and praise and glory. That's what the hawk of the Herald Angels is all about. What about you, who is this Jesus as he tied up in a box. Does he sit at the foot of the Christmas tree is he reduce to a shopping mall mentality. All of these things are wonderful frame. Surely there is nothing more wonderful than to think about the message of Christmas. Why because it is designed for all people, and it designates God's authority to the sun. No wonder Jesus Christ say on God's authority. I am the way, I am the truth I am the life. No man can come under the father but by me. How was it that God the son could claim such a distinctive owner. It's simple. The hawk of the Herald Angels announced it when they said glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men upon the and through and by and because of that baby that was born in Bethlehem's major speaker because of him because of him all my thing all will last up on the whole people who will bow the head and bend the knee and a reprint of this and by faith invite Jesus Christ to come into their hearts and lives. What an incredible Christmas message. You bow your heads with me this morning that he lost every head bowed and every close father as we bow our heads together at the end of this message. We thank you Lord that the message which the Angels brought never comes to an it is never bound by a timetable or a clock that is never dictated to by lunchtime. It is never reduced to gift wrapping.
It is a timeless truth and eternal truth. It is the most wonderful message ever get father only you by your grace can speak to our hearts with this Christmas you the only one who can change our lives and make the difference and it is into your hands that we command soon playing all these things in Jesus name.
Perhaps Dr. Don was praying. Even then, the Lord is stirred your attention to say there needs to be a course correction. We need to make a change today for Dr. Wilton from the pulpit. Now open your heart to what he wants to share as he steps into the studio next. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today. Dear God, I know that you love me very, very, and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came and got on the cross so that I might be forgiven of my sin. Today, I repent of my sin.
I confess my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my heart and into my life. Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that pray that Mimi the first want 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 serious for me. Call us so that we can talk to connect to the right ice you can begin this wonderful journey. And in just a moment I'm in a come back with a final.
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