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April 17, 2022 8:00 am
God has a Encouraging Word for you and me to the Bible-based teaching Dr. Don Wilton all about carriers promise this is The Encouraging Word and Dr. Don Wilton are teachers well-known author, pastor, evangelist, seminary professor, and today our prayer is that you would allow him to be your teacher.
In Matthew 28 we open God's word about carriers promise we continue in a series called carried for perhaps many of us remember what it's like when we get scooped up by a parent carried up to bed and tucked in for a night. You know God is ready to carry us through not just of gentle situations, but even the most difficult situations you like to have someone pray with you about God's carrying you through call us 866-899-WORD will connect you 24 hours a day, 866-899-9673 we hear The Encouraging Word to encourage you not with Dr. Don Wilton so happy to see you today and just alighted thanking God for his goodness.
Beginning a new series today carried through, carried through God carries us through and for the next two knows how long we going to be going into God's word. We gonna be looking at great stories and events and happenings and encounters in Scripture where God is going to affirm to us Time without number that he's there for us. He carries us through regardless of what we encounter, regardless of our circumstances, Jesus carries us through we going to begin today.
Right at that point at the most essential point to passages. First of all what Jesus said in Matthew 28 verse 19 go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And Garrett is behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Let's see where the soul came into reality. Acts chapter 1, I really want you to follow along with this.
This is powerful on it's going to be hard for me to not stop but I'm going to try and discipline myself. Acts chapter 1.
Let's see where the soul came to a head. Acts chapter 1 verse one in the first book, oh Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day that Jesus was taken up into heaven. Often, he had given Kaman through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen this was a word for believers if you love Jesus and you belong to Jesus.
This is for you, Jesus, save this and so it is in verse three that Jesus presented himself alive to these believers off to his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during 40 days and speaking what did he speak to them about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, cannot just say something she told you I couldn't avoid stopping Jesus is about to leave and the thing he tells them to do is to study whereby all most unusual instruction because where they were paid to them.
Most just 14 days earlier they had crucified this same Jesus who was saying this, Jesus ever Dinky wanted them to be a witness in the heart of the greatest opposition. He wanted them to where they will plonk to but that wasn't the limit of his scope while staying with them he ordered them to do everything he was telling them to do.
Beginning where they live and while doing so. To wait for the promise of the father, which he said you heard from me for John baptized with water, and you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
So when they came together they Austin. These were people like you and me, Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel.
Immediately they politics began to interfere with their mission. Jesus let them know something without hesitation he said to them, it's not for you to know the sod times all the seasons. The father has fixed by his own authority. Why didn't you leave the unfolding of the politics to me and you get upon with the mission that I've called you to. And that is the gospel of the Lord Jesus where you're planted. Sometimes my friends, you can examine yourself if your social media account blows up moral concern and says more about you related to politics than it does about the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. You need to do some business with the Lord. God didn't call the church to get into a feeding frenzy over the politics of the day God called the church to be obedient to the call of God to do what God tells us to do with the only means by which the heart of people can be changed which will in effect affect their politics are you listening Ronnie to say that again. So when they came together they Austin Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel. We got a bad government out there and he said to them, it's not for you to know the times of the seasons, the father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you will be my witnesses right here in your own backyard in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth, and when he had said these things as they were looking on him was gone. Nice how you do lifted up a cloud took him out of the site and while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes and said men of Galilee, why you just standing there, get on with it all you want to do this.
Jesus, he was taken up from you and Kevin will come in the same way as you saw him go, so they returned to Jerusalem.
Now there's an act of obedience from the mount called all of it which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath journey away and when they had entered Jerusalem, they went back inside to the upper room where there was studying Peter and John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, son of Althea Simon the zealot, Judas, the son of James and all of these believers were of one accord. It was an amazing thing.
The Bible say is they were united as a congregation.
They were with one cold, but they did something very interesting. They devoted themselves to prayer, together with the woman and Mary the mother of Jesus and his brothers, the whole congregation already believes. Just a few words today about the carriers promise look at these believers. Couple of things for us to think about number one, these believers followed Jesus. I will followers of Jesus that I had followed him and you and I can track that.
It's a beautiful journey. Secondly, they heard to him. He told them they heard what Jesus said about so many things Jesus was the source of their authority by followed invite heard him but get this number three that unified behind him that unified verse 14 Bible says they were in one accord all of the believers.
Now how impossible is that if I try to understand these early believers who stood at the feet of Jesus and what they had just got gone through and what they faced for them. They were looking Jesus suddenly was gone, they very walk.
They lead to humanly speaking, he was so suddenly he was gone, studying Jerusalem, I'm outta here left with was what he told them to do and they went back into the church and I spoke as one, and said, Lord, we we don't know how we got we don't know where to go next week. We were even going to be able to get through this. You want us to be in Jerusalem… But will do because you said so what was the fourth part of the, you know, in their case they didn't pull themselves together and I just want to say for them. They didn't get out there maps and all their plans and everything in sight.
Nonna they devoted themselves to prayer is amazing is not why did they devote themselves to prayer. Two reasons why they prayed number one because they trusted him. That's why they devoted themselves to prayer. You and I praying you pray before you came this morning. You know, folks, I'm nodding saying this but you will know that we can call a conference we can get people together. We'll gather for just about anything. People go to court. Prayer meeting, you know, the irony is just the irony we will believe in pray you know how know that because every week we get calls from people who suddenly are facing something that they cannot do and they immediately call us and all asked us to pray for the so what's this you doing good right now.
Be honest with the Lord when lost. Did you seriously have a time of prayer you go to the doctor tomorrow and that Dr. tell you you've got terminal cancer. I'll guarantee you start crying and you should shoot that's the way God's design. This all we need in Spartanburg war in New York City is a hurricane to come through and everybody will pray you wash yourself why we know they trusted him. They tossed was monumental but they knew he would carry them through. So they devoted themselves to prayer. Why did they pray because they trusted him with the second reason they did was because they needed without Lord, why do these people try they needed you think Jerusalem was a drug everything they looked at was monumental and impossible it was you looking at your marriage right now and sign in my memory is nothing God says I will carry please forgive the interruption will be back with the rest of today's message from Dr. Don Wilton called the carriers promise in just a moment for Dr. Don Wilton to remind you we are here for you, not just to present this gospel to present this truth in this teaching also to have a conversation with answer some questions about today's teaching questions about what it is to know Jesus as your Savior. Our phone number will connect with one of us 24 hours a day to talk the listener pray.
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He will direct you as to where you need to serve folks God takes us to Jerusalem. He puts us in the heartbeat of the place that is most difficult to accomplish these disciples. I can guarantee you said I wish he's lost word to us was go to Galilee and to Samaria and Judea but not Jerusalem. Lord we saw what happened. This place is in a feeding frenzy. We cannot.
How did it happen through prayer. They went straight to the throne. Why, because when they prayed and they spoke to God that didn't consult the books that I didn't look into their own capability. They didn't consider their limits. They went to God to God and I said don't God help me, help us, we cannot do this and I got connected into the very one who would carry them through. And when I got connected into the one who would carry them through. Immediately they began to be redirected as to their steps and if you want to read about what it begins to all people by the thousands came to know Jesus Christ and there was a transforming follow-up on the gospel that slipped across this place for getting right on the southern states of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem pagan city that crucified Jesus wanted.
Pray, do it connected them direct to them. But there's one more. I just want to say to you, it sure did encourage them. Do we need a good dose of encouragement while we got a lot of surface blessings and we certainly do. I'm sure at least one of your teams, one something this weekend but I'm telling you folks being serious about Jesus, we better stay tapped in to the one who will carry us through.
If we don't that all data will get in. Boy is he the Minister of discouragement. I will guarantee you there's a bunch year before today's out someone's going to get in your ear going to come through your television set. That's going to come from a phone call going to come from your family.
It's going to come from something because there is discouragement everywhere. You gonna walk out from the presence of God. You cannot open the door and you going to get out, then you gonna smell the putrid error of the rotting world in which we live, which is some sinking deep in the sinfulness of who we all in God's you can all of a sudden find your whole focus and attention taken away know that was going to throw everything opportunities going to trip.
He's going to cause you to doubt he's going to throw something, somebody's gonna walk up to you in sight. But this in, but that but the next thing and wanted to look at this and we don't need. That said, I don't like this and did you see what so-and-so said on social media and I don't think we should this and they got to do everything that can possibly do that. I can tell you something when I people come together and walk in the fight God and trust him and study connected into the one who guides us and carries us through how bad the courage of the Holy Spirit begins in these mighty pop as one people and our son begin to proclaim the name of God will carry us when you bow your heads with me today. Would you bow your heads bow your heads in Genesis bow your heads in celebration bow your heads as you worship in the presence of a holy and a righteous God make that decision right where you all if you don't know Jesus trust Jesus as your Savior today. Now do it. You cannot do this on your own.
He died for you in Davey's life for you and he loves you give your life to him, believers one accord in the presence of Jesus. Let's study connected to our heavenly father let's redirected through his word and by his spirit. And let's be encouraged to stand strong today. You're doing business with the Lord. Your life down is stepping back from the magnificence of your own person is stepping aside from the front of your own heart and right now you're saying, oh Jesus, it's yours. God is refocusing you he's reenergizing. He's encouraging you right now you're ready to step up and step out for Jesus in the name of Jesus I call you to stand up for the people emailing God teaching our sons and daughters that there is only one that's the way of Jesus. So church that gave charts like never before that great city for Christ like never before. But lets me up people who are connected they were put the carriers and that's our desire to be a people connected to Jesus connected right there at the foot of the cross, Jesus can and does carry us through this message series from Dr. Don Wilton call carried through has been a gathering point for many of us as believers to realize that we do not have to do this on our own God's the one that does the saving. Perhaps moments ago was Dr. Wilson was praying that prayer asking Jesus Christ in your heart you you agreed with Dr. will you pray that prayer life as well and you have given your life to Jesus for the very first time. Or perhaps you have rededicated your life and you know that from this day forward you all for Jesus. Either way, you need to know this.
The angels in heaven are rejoicing at this minute your decision to say yes to Christ or to say yes I'm coming back to Jesus Christ or we would love to rejoice with you as well and Dr. Don Wilton would love to pray for you love to pray for you and your next steps of growing in your faith and he is also prepared someone for free resources. He wants you to have get absently free if you'll call us at 866899 word that's 86689996734 if you like you can meet us on our website as well. A TE W online.org share your story and we love to share these resources that's email@example.com or call us at 86689673 and before we go. Just a word to those of you that like me have been walking with Christ for long time, and Dr. Wilton's ministry encourages you inspires you and you are excited. Pray for, and maybe even financially get to this ministry because you know every day God's word never returns void and lives are being changed by the power of God's word in the Encouraging Word broadcast ministry. We encourage you to consider giving to this ministry, you can discover how on our firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even call us to share your gift right now at 8668. That's 866899673 or online at tewonline.org. Thank you for your prayerful and financial support of the ministry of the Encouraging Word