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April 14, 2022 8:00 am
We all could use some encouragement and find it together today in the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton The Encouraging Word this is The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton unknown author evangelist seminary professor and pastor and today begins a two-part series on the never God. I know that's curious and what is the never about what will discover that as we head to Genesis chapter 8 in just a moment. Dr. Wilton was reminds you were connecting 24 hours a day and a couple of ways. First, on our firstname.lastname@example.org that's TW online.org but also on the phone at 866899 word happy to talk and pray with you anytime and connect with great resources. That's 866899673 now today's great message with Dr. Don Wilton.
Father, we all stopping our lives for a few minutes relative to our lives today we come to this point in our lives. With so much going on all of us father today at this moment in time. We desperately need to hear a word from you, Lord, I pray that as we open the word of God, that every person within the sound of your voice will hear from you today hi this preacher behind the cross might we hear a word from you. Oh God, because you are the miracle maker. You are the God of the impossible. And father you are the one who carries us through. You never leave us. You never forsake us know God. Today we're going to cry out to you from the sadness of our hearts.
From the questions in our hearts from the complex city about lives we cry out to you oh God, we desperately need you, we come before you today.
We are a pain of Allison we can face Allison to you we intercede.
We pray for one another because of Jesus and in his name we pray for people in Ukraine suffering so much we pray for our neighbors and our friends. So God speak to us. Now we pray in the wonderful name of Jesus and for his sake alone.
Amen. We thank God for each and every person who today worships the Lord Jesus to get I want you to open your Bibles to Genesis chapter 8 Genesis, of course, is always an easy book for us to find because it's right at the beginning of the Bible. It's the book of beginning going to be in Genesis chapter 8 and I want to read to you a few verses that will tell you exactly where we offer the next few moments. Genesis chapter 8 and I'm going to pick up at verse 15 Genesis chapter 8 in verse 15 then God said to Noah go out from all you and your wife and your sons and your sons wives with you bring out with you every living thing that is with you, of all flesh birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth they might swarm on the earth and be fruitful and multiply on the earth, so Noah went out and his sons and his wife and his sons wives with him every beast, every creeping thing every bird everything that moves on the earth when taught by families from the all then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar and when the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma the Lord sitting these hot, I will never again curse the ground because of man with the intention of man's heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done now may the Lord give us an understanding today and especially about the never God. That's what I want to speak to you about today is the never God never never. The Bible tells us that God wants us to know something that he will never leave us. He will never forsake us, as somebody once said, and I'm sure more than one teacher listening today has said too many a student what part about what I just say do you not seem to understand. God tells us that he will never leave us.
What part about that. Do we struggle with and so when I share with you today. Would God put in my heart about the never God. I think that the Lord is going to challenge you and me in a fresh way because God unpacks the never in this of his absoluteness. He contextualizes so I'm going to tell you something up front and on speaking to all of us here today. I wonder I really knew where the you and I do not. Many times believe that God never leaves us that he carries us through and he does but when he does, and once he does, we think that's the end of the never most of us when God heals us off we go.
Many of us if we could be honest with one another. We also God to bless us and when he does.
Off we go. Let's take a hard look at Noah. May I submit to you that all people experience three phases of life. Very simply put, the first phase is where you all. Right now where I am where you are today. That's where you are to borrow another phrase. It is what it is that's where you all. This is what you're dealing with and you and I could begin to unpack a lot of things about where you and I may be right now and it could include everything from our marriage to our families to our work situation to our needs. Physical issues provisions, concerns, joys, blessings phase number one. All of us. You have a very present now. The second phase is what you going to do next. So the doctors just told you something.
What comes next. You lost your job. What comes next. Right now your heart is breaking over you go marriage what comes next warning you need to do about your now and the third phase is if in fact God says that he carries us through and you believe indentured he will never leave you going to carry you through.
You believe that you are willing to say the day you know I struggle in my spiritual life. But I do. I really believe God bears me up and he will carry me through the third phase of your life is when you arrive at the point at which God carries you through member that day when you said, Lord, if you just bless me and he did you've arrived member when you also God to heal you and he did you've arrived when you also God to reach out to your son, your circumstances, you cried out to him for your son, your daughter, and he did and you arrived.
I want us to just take a brief glimpse at Noah. Let's look at Noah to give you an awesome like three statements about Noah God's going to speak to us going to show us something about our amazing never God. This one who carries us through where laws Noah, let's look first of all, the way he wants his now we looking in hindsight, but I want you to just put your self if you can accordant the Scriptures.
What is the Bible say about Noah's now well they three things that you have no doubt about first of all, if you want to know where he was. You have to consider his world. The Bible is very clear about the world in which Noah found himself in this so many pastors chapter 6 and verse five me read it to you.
The Lord God, soul, that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth and it grieved God.
That was Noah's now we can unpack that this man and we will remind ourselves a very deeply godly man spiritual man man who had a personal relationship with God.
He is present was the world in which he found himself and his politics. His Disney World violated everything that God said about the family. Everything that was going on, gone, contradicted, who God is. He lived in a world in which even the very heart of God was grieved by the actions of people and the inclination of the hearts of people and he was a very godly man. Second thing you have to consider is not just his will.
But you have to consider Noah's assignment. Look at chapter 6 and verse nine.
The Bible says these are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation on the love. The next statement. Noah walked with God to not get this God evidently wants us to know that he is place where he was grieved the heart of God. But God wants us to know that he had a very special assignment for Noah because he was a righteous man this never God never leave you nor forsake you, once to use you not only good news. It's great truth. God wants to use you. I pray that you realize that we stand alongside you, knowing that we've seen that as we submit to our own lives to Jesus Christ that the Lord uses us again and again to encourage one another. Perhaps you need some encouragement as you are moving through your particular day. We love to be a part of that either. On our email@example.com that's TEW online.org.
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Our phone numbers. 866-899-WORD that's 866-899-9673 available 24 hours a day to talk and listen and pray with you but also connect you with resources that will help change your perspective, change your life because the power of Jesus Christ in his word, the Bible itself again, 866-899-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Now back to today's great message with Dr. Don Wilton right throughout the Scriptures, God's people have been vital instruments in the hands of God in the carrying out of his purpose and in the sharing of his divine will for mankind.
The church has never been irrelevant. It's not a sideshow for God and you all the church. His world was in a shambles, his assignment was specific to him. But the third thing about where he was, was the challenge that accompanied that assignment and I think in order to be fair to Noah. We do need to just be reminded of the challenge. God never tells us as believers that when he visits upon us that that's not accompanied by enormous challenge if if you just think about these things and you and I could unpack these today and I wanted labor the point. But I've often tried to say to myself I wonder what Noah must've thought when God told him to build an ark and as a matter of interest when you get into the specifics of the design of this all, it gets more ridiculous with each nail with each plank of wood. This was an enormous boat made of wood job already can feel the challenges when you get the word and the expertise and the workers didn't stop there.
Can you imagine God went on and say do not want you to know I want you to go out and get animals to back to. I've been around a lot of animals, especially in Africa and I know you and I try not to make light of these things, but this was an enormous impossible assignment. He didn't have dart guns go around and round up giraffes and elephants about snakes because it says every animal boots.
How do you round up birds ever try to round up a bird you know to not want to birds guarding to my house lost week and here I am, I got all the doors open and I'm running around trying to get them. They just flying from one room to the next and my wife is sitting in the corner, screeching, not helping me. One lick and you would've thought these were dinosaurs or something flying around that one little tiny sweet little boots like that. It was one thing to get them out. Can you imagine trying to get all these in or about the water.
Usually boats float.
If you don't do a study of this area in which they live.
Want to is not just to scarcity.
It was almost unheard of outside of the mainline rivers.
What about the opposition.
The mocking the belittling the laughing, the pointing fingers at every turn. This man in his now was challenged and you've just been told that the doctors of Satan to you that they cannot do anything more for you. That's a challenge you're 57 years of age and you've lost your job is not easy. The older you get, just to walk outgoing find another job somewhere. One could go on and on. Where is your now know is now was punctuated by the most important thing. He was a godly man. He was a righteous man. The point of reference that you have today through Noah is what is God see when he sees your heart in your now God's not all asking you to work it all out. He just wants your heart now. God's not saying to you, you know what I'm going to give you an assignment. This is what I want you to do and I want you to be totally comfortable before you agree to do it. I don't think Noah could've been very comfortable about this assignment.
Waiting laws was for with challenge everything. The linked itself to the purity of faith what God wanted Noah to do was not to work it out for to know how to do it.
He just wanted him to give everything he had to the Lord and maybe God has got an incredible plan for you, but he still waiting for you to accept the assignment. So that's where Noah was the second thing we gotta consider is what he did.
What did he do want to know would do well he did three things. If we could summarize it in such a short way. The first thing you did got on Bible says in chapter 7 and verse one the Lord said to know go into the you and all your household because I have seen you are righteous before me in this generation's 40 waiting for you been listening to Dr. Don Wilton and perhaps that question, what are you waiting for is not Dr. Don Wilton but it's the power of God using this broadcast to let you know that God loves you and is pursuing you and is ready to make a decision. Listen attentively and we appreciate that Dr. Donna's been teaching from the pulpit. Now, as he steps in the studio. Open your heart to what he wants to share next 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 today. Dear God, I know that you love me very, very, and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ pain that I don't that I might be today. I repaid I confess my sins and I invite you to come into my thought life. Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that pray that me me 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 cold so we can talk to connect to the right place. You could begin this wonderful dream if you just print perhaps to give your life to cheese the very first time will be dedicating your life to Christ all how we want to pray with you all how Dr. Don Wilton was to pray for you also want to have some free resource give us a call at 86689 worded letter Simmons resources out in the next couple of days again is 868999673 were also connecting on our email@example.com that's TBW online.org where you will discover great resources like this. Generations are lost the desire to be popular and accepted is an attractive lure. It's a huge challenge to live in a way that is pleasing to our Lord so easy to get off track but remember God is in control.
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