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May 23, 2022 8:00 am
You ready for the challenge. Dr. will go to John's old open God's word.
Philippians chapter 4 special messages.
This is The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist seminary professor and pastor in today's message God and God out.
Okay, maybe not. Makes a lot of sense right now but will make more sense in just a moment as we open God's word to Philippians chapter 4 as we do so, please know that were here for you. Pray with you and connect with great resources on our website tewonline.org G is a matter that many folks been taking up on the opportunity to email Dr. Wilton about God story in your life and how The Encouraging Word is encouraging you his email is Don Dio and at tewonline.org G Justice first name Don at tewonline.org love to hear from you and now that our hearts from God's word through God's servant. This is Dr. Don Wilton challenger right up front I'm challenger by someone else make that decision. Calculate how much you think you going to go and screamed on yourself and somebody else your family. Why didn't you just give away as much as you actually give to yourself instead of buying $100 with five $50 and give the other 50 to someone else. I can give you lots of things like the Parsons pantry run by Owen Ron and Karen Jackson soup kitchen helping ministries same celebrate recovery often people in mean just random acts of kindness.
Just stop in the road one day you see someone that got lost in what they need or don't need. Just do it for them when you stand in line at Burger King. Just look around and find someone say, would you mind if I just bought yours today is all know what you mean when you should go to Ingles or public soul, fresh market, you standing in line the stern of the person behind you and say let me get that for you today why they might not decide whether or not they look like they need of doctors. Folks are gonna need your Bibles this morning and I just want to tell you right up front that I'm very nervous about what we are about to talk about and I want you to know that I'm going to be in the forefront of what God says to us today and we Philippians chapter 4 please turn Philippians chapter 4 we going to be focusing in on verse eight and verse nine verse eight and verse nine but before I read this verse to you got to tell you something.
I have a great appetite for life. I do I'm going to just be right up front. I love life is one reason I want. Also God to let me live as long as possible. Just because I love life. I have a great someone say goodness say someone has a great distaste for life I have. I enjoyed all I meant to be perfectly honest, let's just start with food. I love little I'm not as bad as Steve Skinner but I love it all.
I'm one of those people. What you put in front of me. I eat accepting boiled peanuts and boiled okra. I got him. I'm just going to tell you that right upfront boiled peanuts and boiled okra after you put it in front of me and I don't know you all need you want get anything out of me, but my tummy want to agree with it but you can. I love food just I love food. It doesn't matter. You don't have to ever worry about will is Don going to eat this level. Everything I love sports.
People say to me what you prefer rugby or football, but cricket or baseball. Well let me get on another one. Okay yeah I just enjoy I can enjoy golf, soccer and young lacrosse.
I just enjoyed sports and athletics. I love traveling, so for me if I travel somewhere you say to me would you like to go to, you know, Myrtle Beach or Charleston. Yes, I love being in different places. I love people. Someone said to me, what is the absolute favorite thing you love about being a pasta or I just love being your pasta. So yes, the bottom line folks see this body.
I know you're all looking at me signboard. I wish I had a body like that. Brandon we lost you to come and save the offering and then you can leave brother. We don't need comments coming from the college and young adult Department but not if you look at me. I have this body, but one body. I've got a mind about a body and I bought a soul really made up of three parts you are to body, mind and spirit.
Now this is going to be interesting because as much as I love food day comes a point when I eat food even though I love it. All that I cannot eat any more food are full up. I love to read. For example, I read everything I can get my hands on some people say well you you know you the pasta so you only read devotional books.
No I don't.
I love novels and biographies harem scare him stuff. I mean, I read the door. I just get my hands on a knife.
I want to read. I love to read, so I read all kinds of things because I believe education is important, but if you ever read a book. Maybe you've gotten into bed at nine you read a book goal your reading your note on holiday or something in your site.
I don't think I can read another. You become saturated.
You cannot read another word ever gotten to that point cannot eat.
Another thing cannot read another word you can actually have so much of something that this vehicle that God is given to you gets so fold up. You can't put any more in it waiting's all happy occasions I've often heard a bride or groom say goodness I've never smiled so much I don't if I can smile anymore. Go to discipline yourself to smile, not because you don't smile but because you smiled so much that your face begins to hurt Ryan. We're about to get into something here folks. I want to speak to you about God in God out.
Did you know that the Bible tells us that what comes out is in direct proportion to what you have in some of you today will identify with this now folks listen carefully God in God can also mean garbage in garbage out what is inside will show outside and we look here in God's word with Paul is about to tell us something that is of utmost importance and what he's about to say and I'm being very simplistic. He's about to say to people like you and me that God has given you a capability and a capacity to hold it's just so much and the problem with so many people today is that we fill the trust so much.
So often with the wrong things to the point at which we got no ourselves with the right thing. Some of you are behaving badly. Paul is saying to us, the reason people behave badly is because they have themselves up with bad behavior. Keep making the wrong choices. Reason you keep making the wrong choices because this instrument that you have that I have this this body. This holding tank. If you please, whilst we uphold just how magnificent mankind is and we very impressed with our capability and we use phrases like a mind is a terrible thing to waste. That's what God is talking about.
When it comes to knowing the mind of Christ that be perfectly honest with each other by folks. There are thousands of us worshiping with the Lord Jesus right now that you've gotten nowhere to put what you're hearing right now because you put so much else there and much of the something else not of God. You've loaded up your life with junk food. I have a great propensity to always want to begin with dessert. We tell each other boy that looks so good. Or we go to a restaurant and they bring out these yeast rolls and you know that you ordered a magnificent meal and you got a salad and you got everything and they bring up these hot rolls is I will just have one.
I just have another I just have another before you know it before they've even brought your salad.
You had five or six of these yeast role, you got me to tapping like it. I know he does it all the time and then you get to the good stuff you got no room for public thinking is not optional. When it comes to life in Christ, folks, because people's lives all the products of the folks. Proverbs 23 verse seven. The Bible teaches us for as he thinks within himself so easy. In Mark, I have embarked our passage, but in Mark's gospel chapter 7 and verse 20. Listen to what Jesus said in Mark chapter 7 verse 20 Jesus said what comes out of a man is what makes him unclean full from with in out of a person's heart come evil thoughts, sexual immorality for murder, adult free, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slumber, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from with in the heart of a person, thereby rendering that person unclean before God. The number one reason why so many people are unfaithful in marriage is because of last. The reason you decided to leave your spouse was because in your heart you began the last off to someone else's body and it came from in here somewhere. You allowed what ever was to infiltrate your heart, your mind when presented with an option. You know life is filled with options when presented with options.
Most people ask questions like this. Number one doesn't work. Yes, this option is an opportunity does this thing that I'm going to do this place that I'm going to people's questions when you consider what it is that you going to do. Here are just some of those questions doesn't work is another one. How much does it cost to cost me anything. I guess a good one. Will this make me feel good at some major question people lost. You got something going wrong and you got an option when you making a decision whether to put back into your body to apply to your soul, spirit to consume and to make it part of your gonna make me feel good about make me feel good. I'm gonna do it, but they very few people folks who are the most important question is it of the Lord. Romans 12 pole save in the first two verses. He said he said, in essence, in order to become full and to the world, but wrong to be trouble.
What we do is we go to renew our minds in Christ Jesus, so I want to make a statement. You can line up all the most famous terrific godly people you've ever been around. I guarantee you will always discover they are disciplined people who make the right choices about what to put into their heart, mind, please forgive the interruption will be back with more of Dr. Wilton's message in just a moment, but all what that challenge reminds us of the challenge to guard what's coming into our head, because ultimately that's how we guard our heart to make sure that it is God honoring one of the things we can do to help you and this is provide a free resource called the daily Encouraging Word devotional. It's available both on our website, you can sign up for today a tewonline.org G to receive as a quarterly booklet will send out to you absently free, we can receive an email from Dr. Wilton every single morning launching your day in the power of God's Encouraging Word get sign up on our website. TEW online.org to receive it. Either way, either via email or on the physical copy however you want it, we would be happy to send it out to you. You can also call about your copy that 866-899-WORD just ask for the free daily devotional called daily Encouraging Word Dr. Don Wilton ballots dive back into today's message God is God out with Dr. Don, you find that, in the moment. Night all the discipline people who make the right choices to put you often want to update space with good things. All right, now let's take a look at our passage and I think you going to discover something it's it's amazing somewhere in Philippians chapter 4 I want to speak about God in God out this what Paul says in verse I of chapter 4 finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about these things.
What ever you have all received or learned or taken from me wholesalers or seeing me. Paul says put into practice and the God of peace will be with you. All right, folks, let's let's just put this down the line here today because this is a great challenge.
It's a challenge to me first, and I'm praying for you today. You see Paul here is pretty occupied with helping people like you and me to stabilize as believers to live lives to the fullest bunch of time ahead of meaninglessness additive busy nothingness folks tired of that empty feeling more with time and if you look around you say how can this be, I'm so embalmed doing this. I'm seeing that I'm watching this I'm going I'm surrounded by that but I'm still got this trick the Bible says do not quench the Spirit and we are guilty of quenching the Spirit with taking little stabs in God we understand some things about the Lord because he loves us so much he wants the best for us here is talking about this and so he lays out before us six godly virtues. I just mention them to you and function is what he's doing. What's this Paul is saying what you and I need to do is we need to think we need to feel we need to dwell on.
We need to make a deliberate decision that, amongst others. These six virtues are going to be at the forefront of what is going to go inside be like this is the meal there's a meal in front me to put these six virtues in the me because when I put these six virtues in me, it means they've got a place because I've made room for them in my life if my life is just all other kinds of things. There's not any of these because contrary to public opinion folks you can assimilate maximum amount of stuff that marking some people can do that much and some people can do that much, but I can tell you something, God is warning and saying to us that in Christ, if you want to live a meaningful life.
If you want to be on your side the things that are of God. I'm using you today about the movies you watch, challenging you to die about the books that you read.
I'm traveling today about the places you're going and the conversations that you have.
I'm challenging you to die about what pulling side your system because the more you put in your body is getting there will come out of their 40s trying to tell us at Flatonia. For me this is a tough one because I got such as a supply. I wanted all but you don't have to beg me to go gangbusters I want to be involved. I want to give. I'm just like this and see my parents to be very careful.
I had to make some of the most difficult decisions in my life since being your pasta. You think it's easy folks. I don't fall out of bed in the morning and say you're not going to spend hours sitting in a room by myself with a Bible in front of me and if you think I'm so spiritual that I roll out of bed and say you know well goodness there is monk will convey sitting in these cave because I wanted my life and there's nothing wrong with these things. On another note, but folks what I'm going to do but examine what I'm doing what I'm putting inside I go to make sure that what is he here comes out because if I put the wrong things in their what comes out is not very pleasant.
I'm trying you folks what goes into my heart races me up in my life because I've been around the block. I was a tank commander overseas for special services but Terry, I've been around as much junk as any of you and I have this old man down there.
My wife tells me and my kids tell me that boys told me that I have a look.
I don't like them. One thing talking about whatever name gave my wife says she doesn't tell you when evidently that comes out is when this body is being with everything that's not all. It courses the look I don't want that. What a powerful message honest and open discussion of the fact that we must be guarding our heads guarding our minds guarding our hearts determining what's coming into our gate to our your gate. I pray that you would know that in this moment as we listen to and study God's word with Dr. Wilton.
We stand ready to pray with you. Perhaps not a decision that needs to be made. Maybe there's something that you need to take off your plate in order to put on more time in God's word. Perhaps it's the scrolling of social media for me.
I was involved in many different social media have now discounted to feel like I've got to make a conscious choice about guarding my head. Maybe you need to make that choice today would love to pray with you about it. 866-899-WORD 86689967 with all the decisions about how we monitor our life how we balance and strive to live for Christ all must start with the very first decision you have in your life. Are you ready to give your heart of life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today.
Dear God, I love love very very and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came God on the cross so that I might be forgiven today. I repent. I confess my sin. I invite you if you prayed that prayer that may be the first one to welcome you to the family of one. I hope that you know how much I'm going to be held very important for us.
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