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July 19, 2022 6:13 am
Welcome to The Encouraging Word Dr. Don Wilton today.
We may be getting some marching orders that we never heard before, this is The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton well-known author and evangelist and today as we open God's word about God's commissioned officer to complete the message began yesterday and we discover more about not only actions of the officer in the army of God, but the reactions and how God controls those and gives us the opportunity to see him and released him to control those actions and reactions every single day.
Find it hard to do at times like to have a friend praying with you encouraging we do that right now it 866-899-WORD that's 866-899-9673 or keyboard firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. will are you ready to give up. I want you to note something with me. In Romans chapter 1 verse one is what the Bible says pull a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God I submit to you today that God has always cold individuals by night expected.
Listen for it.
Act upon go back in the Bible to the very beginning you going to discover what I've discovered and what countless millions of people just like you and me have discovered that despite our sinfulness, that when we come to Jesus Christ and we're willing to confess our sin that he calls us by name. The apostle Paul was a most likely candidate.
Yet we find a man who persecuted the church. The Bible tells us that he breathed sprinklings and slaughter against the house of God and against the people of God. This was a man eminently qualified in little. This was a man was so qualified. According to little that he actually thought that he was serving God by persecuting the church of God. This was a man was so bound by legalism that he knew which way he was so desperately unhappy he was so deeply immersed in pharisaical.
He didn't even understand that God's grace is the free gift of God given through the Lord Jesus Christ with somebody so no understanding that he was one of the goals club he was blocking apostle of the software was this man was bedroom twisted that he would have done anything to desecrate the very God that he thought that he would soon God's commissioned officer remember my friend. God made you by name. Go back to Adam and Eve and read the story remember my friend that God loves you by Monday. Remember my friend that God calls you by my side to Samuel Abraham's artists all deep inside of Moses inside of me I needed so the hundreds upon thousands upon thousands of people trust like you and me. Remember one day God will welcome you by name. I love the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke's gospel when the one man found himself in the pitiful torment of eternal hell. He looked up and he saw Abraham and he called them by remember the transfiguration in the presence of Elijah and Moses and the Bible says that is going to be written down in the Lamb's book of life's commissioned officer you will be when you think you going God is not through with you, my friend. I understand more and more each day how the same man could have said I am what I am by the grace of God there but by the grace of God I am. We really have this recurring stream right throughout these encouraging words from Paul's letter to the church at Rome. What about this commissioned officer I want you to note for things that I believe will bless our hearts today. Number one. He was an individual person. He was an individual person.
That's a powerful statement. I want you to think for just a moment about the millions of people come with me to London. Come with me to New York City. Come with me to Atlanta, Georgia. Come with me to Ashley North Carolina come with me to the Westgate mold and see the seething mass come and watch you and I try to hide behind everybody else how we try to become amalgamated in Matthews into the Southwark nobody will notice us, and yet God knows I remember 34 years ago as a 17-year-old youth being taken to the troop train station by my father put on this huge train packed dock with young recruits.
We were hanging out of the windows we were leaving for two years and we knew what was lying ahead of us. I remember the hundreds upon hundreds of people. I remember arriving at the base camp that we dread so much, hundreds of us remember being assigned to first special forces the officers training unit of the Allman division.
I remember they selected 325 of us by number.
We all had a number I still know my number. I still got my dogtags that if anything happened to me they could identify me. Not fun, but my mom.
I have been hanging in my study that I will never forget that I once was a I by the grace of God by remember those six months of boot camp.
I remember the abuse. Remember how they would beat us up. I remember the things they would say. I remember how they would get now places and I would ramble 554 little words without taking a breath. I remember the fear and the hostility is 325 of us were selected to potentially become offices by number and I remember how they began to drop out be central to detention barracks runaway and how they would put us down from 325 to 250 to 200 to 150 and eventually they had a sold out on the parade ground by number six months was up now parsing out parade had arrived and we would not and I remember standing at attention with 325 others, but in all that wonderful in my life.
I remember how the general release any cool was one of those he was called by all of a sudden my number became irrelevant tonight because I'm and I wanted tell you something. My friend, God doesn't see as a seething mass in a mass of humanity will die and bind God's commissioned office God's commissioned officer and an officer in the army of God in my commander-in-chief knows me by my and he knows everyone for whom he die, let's consider this to give what about this commissioned officer.
He was an individual person. He was in a number he wasn't us more and he wasn't something to just be the Scott.
He wasn't just a mass of humanity walking down the street, wondering what this is about once an individual, Christ Jesus just like me pull what qualified him as an individual who had a direct encounter with God. He was an individual who became a great witness for God what a mock of his individual commission before God. What about this commissioned officer number one. He was an individual person number two.
He was a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ what the text tells us Paul uses his name on the very next word that he uses is the word served.
It's like he just fuses them together. He says pull servant servant pull. It's like you couldn't separate the two.
We going to find this right.
Throughout this model the safest to the church at Rome, who was the seventh why servant X why would he do something of this nature because I believe that God's commissioned officer wants us to understand that being a seven of the living God is not an option. It is who we all in his presence.
What made him a servant bondslave.
I tell you what might it confess Jesus Christ as Lord number two.
He had obeyed Jesus Christ as Lord number three. He preached Jesus Christ as Lord please forgive the eruption will continue with the concept of how testimony and defense goes hand-in-hand as we lift up the name of Jesus in our day-to-day lives. It's not just Dr. Wilton's job its roots in my job as well. If you just tuned in the voice you been listening to is the voice of Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist man who was privileged over the last 25 years to be the pastor to Dr. Billy Graham and all of that time we have discovered that whether we are the people like Dr. Don and Dr. Graham or people like you and me. God calls us into his commissioned Army to serve would love to pray you through whatever's going on your life right now. 866-899-WORD is our phone number out always say that too fast. Here it is you want to jot it down or stored in your cell 866-899-9673 let us know. Anyway, we can pray with you and for you connect with great resources in a few minutes to tell you more about the courage to overcome a remarkable DVD interview series with one of Dr. Wilton's friends that spent over six years in prison camp in the time of the Vietnam War era. But back to today's message God's commissioned officer with Dr. Don Wilton we gonna discover when we get to Romans chapter 10 in the smallest discourse that this one. This individual God's commissioned officer. This servant makes it abundantly clear that you and I have to confess Jesus as Lord, we don't make him Lord we accepting as Lord because he is Lord. We have no decision to make. You don't make a decision about the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
You confess that where they can face means literally you give up on any debate concerning the Lordship of Jesus Christ. And because Jesus Christ is Lord. It means that he's the box being seizing control. We all his what about this commissioned officer. He was an individual person number three was a servant of Jesus Christ.
He was called to be an apostle want you to note something and I think it's very important. Writing this first verse pull makes a statement about himself. He says I am cold to be an apostle, that the word day whole is very significant because tied into that word is the voice of God tied into that word is the decision of God tied into that word is the choice of God tied into that word is the beckoning of God tied into that word is God cold to be an apostle.
Now this would apostle is raw.
The somewhat interesting and I think the apostle Paul establishes this at the outset of what he's about to say to the church of Rome for a lot of reasons, but suffice for me to submit to you today that they were two fundamental designations. All reasons why Poole was called an apostle. What it means. It meant first of all, that he was given power to confirm the presence of God through lyric. That's what it meant. It meant that God commissioned him watch this to receive God's power that would be exclusively to confirm the presence of God by means of the action of God. You might say to me today will. How does that apply to you and me. Folks watch this when you give your heart and life to Jesus Christ. God is going to give to you by his spirit.
This spiritual ability to climb the presence of God because he going to become a repeated witness as to the power of God through the close of God, you are going to be able to testify about me tell you two things that happen in the letter to the church at Rome number one.
Paul testifies about God.
Number two he defendants God two things Paul does right throughout this wonderful encouraging a person. He testifies about God. He defames God testifying about God is speaking as to who God is defending God is believing as to who God is. You see Paul never testified without defending Poole not only spoke of Jesus Christ either fainted.
God now folks watch this Paul establishes who he is, to the church of Rome. He lets them know what excuse me. Excuse me, pull saying I tell you cannot put them on by terminology, maybe a bit hard with this is Paul speaking. Excuse me you messing with me.
Can you feel it Jim you messing with me not yet folks listen I'm speaking spiritually, folks. Poole was coming into a cesspool of iniquity, Rome was surrounded by pornography and perverseness and sinfulness and Harry is talking to the church. So what is he doing your folks.
I mean he gets labeled with the gravel here. Don't get yourself.
I want to God's commissioned officers. There is something very powerful and what was he trying to say he was saying God is given me the power to confirm God's presence through miracles. It means second of all that he was granted authority to speak as God's mouthpiece. His apostleship carried to designations. The power to confirm God's presence through miracles number two.
The authority to speak as God's mouthpiece. I'm turning, that's a pretty lofty claim folks here is what God does he do that for you.
God's sight me you I'm training God will take you my friend. He will commission you he will call you. He will set you apart. He'll give you means and ability like you can't even begin to imagine.
You can't even begin to imagine. Number four now this is good watchlist number one. He was an individual person, but that memo to this commissioned officer was a servant of Jesus Christ. Number three. He was called to be an apostle's what the text says number four. He was set apart for the gospel of God hold on to what it says and set apart for the gospel of God. Now why in the world has he got to say the gospel of God. I mean, isn't the gospel God.
If we are to say the word gospel isn't that God folks watch me not back in the time of the church of Rome gospel was applied to Emperor worship. It was the good news about the Emperor everybody had to worship the emperor and gospel lies about the Emperor meant that when the Emperor had a son born, they seem top emissaries would go out and make an announcement about the good news concerning the Emperor writing here at the beginning of this efficiencies hold on well let's establish this. This is not about the Emperor's is not about the Pope. This is not about Dr. this is not about the church. This is not about the deacons. This is not about mom and dad. This is about the gospel. In other words, what is establishing here is that the gospel originated with law cannot read this, given the different black Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel in the beginning was God. Paul just leapfrogged takes everybody safe.
Is it right up front lays the smack down he says what I'm about to put on to you is the gospel about a God who always sees the gospel of the beginning. I'm about to talk to you about the alpha and the omega great time and the only one the writers and the holiness of God.
This gospel originated with God.
Number one, and it carries a gracious offer carries a gracious this gospel of God works the gracious offer of God. Now that God will forgive all sin.
What a gracious offer gracious offer you that God will deliver people like you and me from bondage, gracious God, gracious offer. Yep, that God will give us eternal life in the hope of knowing that we will be in the presence of Jesus Christ. That's the originator of whom he speaks, folks, this is no ordinary gospel.
Paul is establishing to the church at Rome in the midst of the cesspool of their iniquity. He signs them.
Listen folks, what we going to be talking about pertains to God and there is none like him to him it carries a gracious offer and second bullet carries a Kaman to be obeyed to be obeyed. Why, because this source has been established.
It comes from God. The plan is being carried out.
Jesus Christ is paid the price and the offer has been made all who would come to Jesus must come, they call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be sent God's commission office while excuse me you're ready to give up.
I'm glad God didn't give up on pull glad he didn't give up on me that he didn't give up on claim very you know something the Lord Jesus Christ hasn't given up on you either have not given up on you. He is sent orchestrate the fact that you would be listed at this particular time and for us to be presenting doctoral message at this particular time, time fresh commitment to Jesus Christ. Let us pray 86689.
Our phone number that's 866899967. This online were connecting keyboard email@example.com and before we get away closing thought from our pastor and chief encourager Dr. Don Wilton are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that. Why don't you pray this prayer with me today.
Dear God, I know that you love me very, very much and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross so that I might be forgiven of my sin. Today, I repent of my sin.
I can face my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my heart and into my life by faith in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer for me. The first one welcome to the family of God.
This is one I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very important is for me.
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