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May 18, 2022 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton all about spiritual adoption as we open God's word together today know the rope and to connect with you in our website as well tewonline.org you while you're there, sign up for the Dave Encouraging Word email from Dr. Don next tewonline.org cards. I want you to open your Bible Scripture Bibles opened about a week. We want to have a look at what God teaches us this morning and we going to be in a wonderful passage in Romans chapter 8 Romans chapter 8, so you need your Bibles today because I want to show you some absolute truth you know all around the world. People today want to know the truth and I'm about to tell you something from the heart of God today from God's word. That's why we've got good news and hearing Romans chapter 8, the apostle Paul was writing to a group of people not unlike Sue they understood all the things that we go through even though they lived many many years ago and no doubt they were parents and they were looking at children into the faces of children and they sold all things of the world and they understood what it means to be outside to be alienated to be separated and he had the apostle Paul tells us something absolutely remarkable. I want to show this to you for just a moment this morning we got a look in our Bibles. In Romans chapter 8 I want to read from verse 15 for you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but raw. The you received the Spirit of adoption which allows you through God to cry out, Abba, father this himself testifies with our spirit that we are in fact God's children. Now if we all God's children watch this, then we all is in fact we are not only is God. But we all joined is, "who is with Jesus Christ, the son of God giving me we share in the sufferings of Jesus Christ. So it is that we also share in the glory that God has given to Jesus Christ. Now, folks watch this watch this. This is incredible when Jesus came to this earth as God's son. Remember, Jesus was always God. When Jesus came to this earth, he just laid aside his privilege to be seated at the right hand of the father in heaven and he took upon himself the son of man even though he himself knew noticing and then he went to the cross and he gave his life for you and for me, and what God teaches us in his word is that when we come to know Jesus Christ as our personal savior. What actually happens is that we lay aside all that is us and we accept all that is God in Jesus Christ. Now this is incredible. I just want you to pick up on this crabby this precious little girl was born in China. I want you to just think about this. She was born in China. She was an orphan. She lived in an orphanage when I see this video film of what took place be quite honest with you folks are turned David sitting next to me while that was going on and I said David on if I'm going to be able to even get up there off the role of this and I've seen this a number of times every time I see it I just it just chokes me up.
It is so precious it's so this just so much love.
It's so hard to even contemplate because it has a little girl born in another land alienated in the saints, not because of the place that she was born, but because of the circumstances into which she was born and the Bible says that because Adam sinned, you and I are born alienated from God our father made us to begin with. Did you know that God made you and that he's intended purpose for you is that you should belong to him. But sin separates us from God.
We are aliens we stand outside of the purpose of God for a lot because our sin has separated us from God's intended purpose for us.
So yes, little Kirby and all that went on related to that, the receiving of papers. I love the FedEx delivery and I love the little caption.
They model storks have favors you just think about what this whole adoption process means to Kobe mean she's received a new name literally, it means she's received new parents literally it means she's received the new family. Literally, it means she's received.
I knew country I love the little brand-new little American lady that she was, but I think that's just unbelievable. She, it means that she's received a new home. It means she's received. I knew future.
Just think about the future that this little girl has that she didn't have yet about Vera Auster? What if so, let's all ask that if on my dimmest family. I say this with a what if Kirby had changed out. Did you see that young man about 14 years of age.
His picture was up in the Chinese young man. He was about 14 years of age.
Do you know folks in the adoption process. There is an age limit.
They call it aging out you know that that young Chinese man was adopted right on the line. Had they been another few weeks or months that are gone by, he would never have been adopted by law, but such good news for you today.
When Jesus came to this earth made it possible for all people to be adopted into God's family and that great.
Some of you today you looking at me and you're saying to me.
I'm so alienated. I'm so alone. I have no purpose in my life I'm I'm trying to find meaning. I wish that I could get all the components connected.
I don't know what the future holds on what's gonna happen to me when I die I cannot understand all of these things unbound by fear. I'm a slave to fear and says I love you and I've made possible through Jesus Christ for you to be adopted in my family. God looks down upon all people, folks, everybody red, yellow, black and why some of your sign but it's I don't know that God could ever love me. Maybe I was born in the wrong place. Maybe Osborne on the wrong continent. Maybe I've done too many things there are people all the time to come up to me and say to me, Don. If only you would understand. I know that that God loves people, but you gotten a lot better what I've got myself into. Do you know that there is not one sin that God will not forgive. Accepting one and that's the sin of refusing to be adopted by him Bible calls it blasphemy against the Holy Spirit because it's the Holy Spirit that draws you into the heart of God. And I'm going to invite you today to give your heart to Jesus to become adopted into the family of God.
Folks, this is good news everywhere all across America today people are asking the same question, what hope is there for me.
I want to share with you the greatest hope and it all looks right there into the face of Jesus Christ. So what does this mean when Paul tells us about being adopted in this passage.
He's basically pointing to three things number one when God adopts you he gives you a new standing before him.
That's what he's telling Usha he gives you a new standing before him. You see before you give your heart to Jesus Christ. You stand before God as judge but when you give your heart and life to Jesus Christ.
You have a new standing rather than not standing before him as judge you now stand before as father forgive interruption will be back for the rest of today's message in just a moment. Dr. Wilton wants me to remind you where here for you to pray with you anytime 866-899-WORD 866-899-9673 or online at tewonline.org. He wire on our website TE W online.org. Be sure and sign up for the daily devotional from Dr. Wilton. It's a powerful email that will launch your day in the most wonderful way. That's all our email@example.com now back today's great teaching with Dr. Wilton.
I remember even when I was growing up in a few years back but I remember some of those days gone lost my dad's birthday today and I haven't seen dad get today's teaching Sunday school somewhere here in the building and all seem a bit later. Give him a big hug and that you go to my dad. I'm telling you folks, when I was a young man growing up under my dad's house when I had made a stop and when I had send against my home and my God and my family when I had done wrong and I came into the presence of my father.
I stood before him in a completely different light than when I stood before him as a son or to stand before the father. You see when you are adopted into the family of God.
God himself gives you a new standing before him, but number two. He grants you a new status in him your status changes. Not anywhere standing, but your status.
According to this passage your status changes because God gives you a legal right and privilege as a son and daughter of God and in fact this passage you been reading it yourself you can see for yourself it's right there in verse 17 God actually announces and tells me that my status changes to the point at which I become a joint heir with Jesus. Wow. You know what struck me a moment ago David when you were talking about Kirby you go to why you were one of most precious families I've ever been around.
I'm telling you that big brother and those two twin brothers and that most beautiful daughter of yours and the family that you've had and all the things that you've done and all the nonsense that you got up to enroll the places that you being in all the experiences that you've had and all of a sudden you've gone as a family and you've adopted currently in use stood and made a declaration in front of everybody.
You said this is my daughter and she has become a joint call equal with all of my children. Wow, you mean to tell me that God gives to me. Will that he gives to his own son gives you a new standing before him in a new status in him. But here's the bottom line folksy guarantees a new life with him. So what's this guy, this is a threefold punch. Some of you today your sign. I'm even Encouraging Word folks everywhere I go in our community today find people just like you and me saying tell us something good. We got elections going on in America today and you think, hardly anything was good.
Judging by the way people talk about one another. It certainly isn't good and we look at the economy and we look at marriage and we look at the struggles that we have and we look at the desires and end and people that you know different onto your your sign right that's me right now.
Just tell me something good I got something good to tell you when you give your heart to Jesus Christ.
What's this, according to Romans chapter 8 you did you get a new standing in your stand before him in a totally different life.
No longer is judge, but his father he grants you a new status. You all of a sudden get the full rights and privileges that God gives to his own son Jesus Christ, and he guarantees you knew life in him. That's what this passage says in verse 17 it says that we share in his glory. I love going to John chapter 17, we don't have time right now but in John chapter 17 in the garden of Jesus betrayal Jesus comes before the father and he kneels down and he says father I have fulfilled all that you have asked me to do as I'm about to go and give my life for the sin of many, I want to ask you to restore to me the glory that I had with you in heaven, seated at the right hand of the father and God the father looked down from heaven and save done so what's Jesus folks, Jesus goes to the cross, by the power of God. He's raised from the grave become sporting triumphant power he reveals himself to over 500 people to do by public demonstration of what you are not going to look back often. We die and then he goes back onto the mount of the saints of your sins be as seated at the right hand of the father exalted in the heavens now making intercession for you and for me and what Jesus Christ tells us is just as been taken up into the presence of the father, so shall you.
Also, because you my child adopted you into my family and just as I went straight up into the heavens to be with God the father, so shall you also have new life in me. You know that you can know that you know you know that you know one day when you die with Jesus were to come back again before you died. Did you know that you can actually know exactly where you going when you die you wondered about that Bible says you cannot. You have nothing to fear from day because just as Jesus Christ was taken into the presence of God the father you are a co-heir with him you receive everything that God gives to his son. That's what it means to be part of the family of God. It's an incredible thing folks and some of you might look at me today and say to me pasta will how do I make that happen. How do I make that happen.
Number one, you must admit you need to go to do it. Romans three the Bible says all of us of sin and come short of the glory of you going to confess to Jesus. Number two, you must relinquish your cost X chapter 3 the Bible says repent and be converted, that your son may be blotted out. You gotta let go. Folks gotta repent, you gotta be willing to turn and gone the opposite direction. Number three. You must trust your heavenly father.
That's why Paul said in Ephesians 2 we are saved by grace through faith. You go to trust. I tell you I love that picture of Kirby the first time she saw her mama right there in China.
That is the most endearing picture. If I may say this folks. There was not even the semblance of Kirby looking into the face of her father and her mother and sign Obama to trust you. You know, by the way that Jesus said unless you become as a little child you will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. When they boarded the plane in Beijing China that little girl didn't say hello. I'm getting on that plane with you, and you might say will goodness me she's a little child. She had no option. That's what Jesus is saying folks let me tell you something Jesus presents to us a no option because you read the full barbecued against God, then you must receive your deposit, you were to say to me today how how can I be adopted into the family of God, you must admit you need to go to confess, you must relinquish a parsed you must reprint you must trust your father.
You must exercise faith and you must receive your deposit, you must accept what he is done, you know that the apostle Paul put it like this in Ephesians chapter 1 verse 13 he said, having believed, you were mocking him with the seal. The promise of the Holy Spirit, who is out deposit guarantee inheritance.
I love that you know that when you give your heart to Jesus just Holy Spirit just guarantees it said you belong to God.
This is great I present to you, Jesus. I want to invite you to give your heart to Jesus I want you to know is the best friend I've ever had. I want you to know God is my heavenly father, a very close friend cost me yesterday in my motor call. He turned to me yesterday and he said to me Don how do you view God, and I say to my view God as my heavenly father, and it's time for you is not it's time and as you've listened. And as we worship together. God has spoken your heart. Folks, this is truth. This is not speculation. This is the greatest story ever told.
This is wonderful.
This is absolute. That's while holding my hand. God's word to the sea. That's what this is all about sharing God's truth with the searching world. I want you to hear what God sees. This is what God says thesis. I love you. In fact, I love you so much that I sent my only begotten son to die on a cross just for you and when you give your heart and life to me and you willing to confess to Jesus and repent of your sin and receive me by faith you received that absolute guarantee that stamped that deposit the Holy Spirit marks you out rights God's identification number across the hall and you receive all that God has for his own son. You mean I can belong to God. You mean I can be a friend of God. Steve give me just tell me belong to God that I can call God, my heavenly father.
Wow, some of you might say will pasta goodness me why you getting so excited. But I want you to know something folks when I think about being part of God's family man. You talk about a national championship award you know Jesus.
Please give your heart to Jesus, you're on your own if you don't, you going away you going to be an alien in a foreign land. Folks watch this.
Don't a job between now and next Sunday, something you mod agent knocked.
Don't let it happen while love what the writer said when he penned those words just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me and that Dawood blitzed me me to come to the Lamb of God, I love you and Naaman.
Jesus signed by straightforward question to pray with you about it right now if you want to call us at 866-899-WORD.
That's 866-899-9673. Perhaps what you need to do first is open your heart, what Dr. Wilton wants to share next you just a moment ago you prayed with me to receive the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart and life. I rejoice with you, but there again. Maybe you hesitated just for a second that second divides you from all time and eternity. Now pray with me right now. Dear God, I know that Jesus loves me and that he died on the cross for me, I give my heart and life to you by faith.
I repent of my sin and I receive you into my and I pray this in Jesus name, my friend, if you prayed that prayer I just welcome you with the love of Jesus, you see a number on the screen. You can call. You can connecting with us throughout where I want to stain that black and my brother, my sister and God's grace just like the Christ that us walk alongside you puts resources in your hands. Dr. Kenneth, you gave your life to Christ to rededicate your life's at 866899 word for your free resources, 866899673 doctoral to want you to have these resources help you grow can also connect with us on our website tewonline.org GX DEW online remember everything that's about today's broadcast is included on our website if you haven't been violently join firstname.lastname@example.org and one area impact is something that perhaps you haven't discovered yet. Did your life love to hear from you at our website online.
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