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August 8, 2022 4:00 am
If you've ever wondered why I presented Jesus to you is because Jesus died for you on the cross, he is God's son.
He is God and God so loved the world that he gave us the Lord Jesus, and Jesus came to this earth, and he lived on this earth.
And then he was taken and crucified on the cross and when he died on the cross.
He took upon himself. Your sin and myosin and he died and when he died.
Your son and myosin died with him. Then, by the power of God.
He was raised on the third day, so that Jesus now is alive and when Jesus came out of the grave. He didn't bring Allison with him. Allison remained in the grapes are now here it is all about Simpson everyone of us is a sinner. The only way that you can have a relationship with God, our heavenly father is through the Lord Jesus because he's the way he's truth, he's the life no man can come to God, accepting through Jesus because Jesus is the one who through his death and resurrection makes it possible for you and me to be forgiven of our sin, because when we trust him when we confess our sin and repent before men give our hearts and lives to him and he comes into our lives, our sin par stains is present tense, forgiven because Christ has already paid the price. He did that for me.
There are times when the noise seems so loud.
God's voice doesn't cut through today will discover how we can hear God's voice in the crowd. Welcome to the broadcast of Dr. Don Wilton. The Bible teaching of Dr. Wilton called the encouraging word in these next few moments.
Today's message hearing God's voice in the crowd.
Part of what will share together both understanding and gaining insight on how God wants us to hear his voice, as we spend this time together. Another were available for you below to pray with you is something going on your life right now. You like to have a prayer partner with where here at 866899 word that's 866-899-9673 or me to some online keyboard to firstname.lastname@example.org also a great place to hear other resources and follows on socials we love to get connected with friends today. We we all going to be studying the subject in a very short space of time, and you going to want to hear what God has to say to young to speak to you today about hearing God's voice in the crowd. Hearing God's voice in the crowd. You and I are living in a day and age where we are being drowned out.
There are voices everywhere and then voice maybe a sickness that you going through. You know, I've come to an understanding that pain is a very loud voice. Did you know that if you've never heard physically.
Pain is a very loud voice.
I learned again this week of a very dear friend of mine who suffers perpetual massive headaches.
Now I'm not talking about the kind that most of us identify with where you get a headache and you take a Tylenol or something and get over it. I'm talking about. While most precious ladies I have ever met who suffers from chronic headache attacks and it just goes on and on, that that is in noises of voice somberly use an obvious statement very hard to think clearly and to hear God speak when you've got a massive headache going on that's consuming people with cancer will tell you that repeated treatments someone is going through radiation someone who is constantly visiting the hospital, someone who is in hospital. We pray every week for people just like you, but it it one could go on and on it, it may be an addiction your voices and diction, but voices come in the form of people you and I are facing every kind of person voice people are talking to us. The sound is everywhere the government speaking the school campus is speaking teachers and speaking we got these voices everywhere. Everywhere.
One of my big challenges is your pasta is not to listen to voices.
I want you to think about all ask you all a question today.
Do you think there's anybody in this massive congregation of people who has some advice to give to me. I get it all the time concerning everything, how do you hear God's voice in the crowd.
This statement is not to say, and we gonna discover that this is not to say that God uses people I'm going to show you how he does. But how do you know God is speaking want you to open your Bibles to Daniel chapter 5 and verse 50.
This is this is critical. And what I've done in our study in the story is I've singled out one verse. Can you imagine that in this entire encounter I've singled out one single time a little verse that I want you to hold in your heart today. This is chapter 5 Daniel chapter 5 and verse 15 now the wisemen, the Inchon tools have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me, it's interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter so I like to read that again.
The wisemen, the wisemen, those deemed capable by the world. The Inchon tools that were day literally means the smooth talkers, the ones who have the right connections. Maybe they had the right money. Maybe they will the rock" maybe they sat in the right seat. Maybe they were elected to the right position, the wisemen, those who were connected into the spiritual world with a small heiress had been brought in before the king to read this writing and make known to me, it's interpretation by could not show the interpretation of the matter where you looking at the moment. Who are you listening to at the moment this story that we are engaged in at the moment, which is so very exciting. I love this is a story of four things.
Number one, it's the story of people living out their lives so we are looking at Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar and Darius the Mead, and Daniel and Shadrach and Misha and Abednego just put all of them together in the same bottle and I'm just going to tell you this is the story about a people living out their lives.
Number two, a people facing their problems. I had many problems every time you isolate these right now that many problems. Number three. They were a people looking for solution so they were living out their lives facing many problems and all of them were looking for a solution or solutions to their problems, but not before. This is the story about God who is wanting to help, so I'm just going to go ahead and make a statement you God loves you and God has made everything possible to make your impossible possible. God wants to help you. The problem is not God. It's us. They were trying to figure out how to solve the problems their own way.
So, just very briefly yet keep your Bibles open as I'm going to show you something. There are basically three pictures all three scenes in this scope of the story that you and I starting in our life groups in Sunday school class today in God's word.
There are three of the scene. Number one, you can look at it. In chapter 3 sold out of chapter 3C. Number one involves first of all, a powerful king chapter 3 verse one king Nebuchadnezzar. It involves a noisy people look at verse eight. Therefore, at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. This crowd was a noisy crowd. There were a bunch of voices number three did involve the fiery furnace.
Look at verse 22 because the king's order was urgent in the furnace overheated the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach me shack and Abednego, and these three main Shadrach me shack and Abednego fell bound into the fiery furnace so scene one involves a powerful king and noisy people were very jealous. I fiery furnace and number four God solution.
God showed up all right. See number two. Have a look at chapter 5.
Turn to chapter 5. This is the next big C what is seen number two involve number one, a powerful king, but it verse one of chapter 5. King Nebuchadnezzar made a great feast number two. It involves noisy people look at verse seven the king called loudly to bring in the end Trenton is the Chaldeans, the astrologers, he went to the crowd.
It involves number three a written message.
Look at verse five. Immediately the fingers of the human hand appeared and wrote on the plastered the wall of the king's palace opposite the lampstand and number 4C number two involves I God solution so we bought two pictures already picture number one, a powerful king and noisy people I fiery furnace and a God solution. See number two I powerful king and noisy people I hand written message in a God solution. What happened in the third picture that we give him go to chapter 6 chapter 6 with me involves number one, a powerful king it please Darius to sit over the kingdom hundred and 20 satraps to be throughout the whole kingdom number two involved a very noisy crowd and allowed people look at verse for the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground-floor complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault because he was faithful. Another arrow will focus found in him. It involves number three very hungry bunch alliance. Look at verse 16. Then the king come on and Daniel was brought in cost into the den of lions throughout your today is in the den of lions. This picture yet.
We got involves a very bunch. Great bunch of very hungry lines. This was life-threatening and number four involve the God solution or watch me quickly, just for a second, I want you to think about hearing God's voice in the crowd. Look what happened. Jen all three cases, there was a powerful king involve. It was a noisy crowd there was a circumstance. It was a fiery furnace was handwriting on the wall there was a lion's den, and in all four of them. God chose a visit God solution God manifests himself in the middle of the crowd in the middle of the circumstance in the middle of the pain in the middle of the imminent threat. It's just like yesterday. These accounts in God's word have common elements all everything that we are starting today have full common elements number one powerful people. That's just point number two. There's so much more great teaching to come from Dr. Don Wilton here on The Encouraging Word. Dr. Wilton insist I interrupt for this purpose.
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Now back to today's message.
Hearing God's voice in the crowd with Dr. Don Wilton number one powerful people. That's the first common element in everything God is telling us today. He shows us festival picture of powerful people. So who are the powerful people just people who have power to influence your life who all day, coaches, teachers, parents, government leaders, presidents, Prime Minister's kingdom screens picture here of powerful people, people who are movers and shakers. United King Nebuchadnezzar's particular case, the Bible tells us very clearly about him that he had the power to do what ever he wanted to do in his case back in the Old Testament he could execute someone he could throw them off a cliff he could elevate them. He could put a ring on their finger. He could tell them to get lost on me anything he wanted to.
Have you ever felt like you living in a world today where everybody else is telling you how to live, what to do, what to believe.
Popular opinion, that's the second common element popular opinion every time you open God's word, there's the issue of what everybody else thinks so what is everybody else think what is everybody else think about abortion. What is everybody else think about homosexuality what is everybody else think about adultery and being unfaithful.
What is everybody else think about drunkenness. What is everybody else think about church.
What is everybody else think about Jesus Christ, the son of the living God made me say that the son of God and well popular opinion is that some say you're Elijah, and some say you're just one of the prophets and son site you just in some say in the world would be so stupid as to believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and Jesus the Christ. The apostle and said, but you say that I and Peter said, thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.
There are a lot of common elements in this great story about Nebuchadnezzar and lion's den and the brothers Shadrach me shack and Abednego in a fiery furnace.
But God's trying to give us a picture of powerful people in popular opinion but is also giving us a picture of lab predicaments on both sides of the God is trying to show us what happens to public opinion and powerful people who do not worship God but is also showing us the cost that comes with those who do. Jesus put it this way said you want to follow me, take up the cross, lost time. I studied the cross. It was in the picture that we have on some about walls about baby little Jesus with a beautiful little white linen cloth striped around it.
It is the picture of the site of the world beeping through a body pulp by those who would crucify the sun of the living God is one Jesus, the spotless Lamb of God sliding from before the foundation of the world and Jesus said you want a piece of me take up his cross, take a look at Daniel take a look at Shadrach me shack and Abednego gave us a picture of a dire predicament, but there is 1/4 element that is a picture of godly solution, godly solutions because in the midst of all the hubbub and the mumbo-jumbo and the public opinion poll in the midst of our lands been sent out fiery Mrs. God is amongst claim to be you really want because you might be the alpha and the and he said maybe you live and you move when you have you will be. These stories are amazing all across our world today, we find a people just like you and me.
I will is no different to this, my friends, we are surrounded by powerful people were almost overcome by the sounds of popular opinion more and more people are in dire predicaments, and particularly those who follow Christ. But God has a solution. Got a solution so just to put a little rapping on this, I say to myself, how can we hear God's voice in the crowd is a couple of suggestions from your Parson's heart today.
Number one. Read his story you want to hear God when is handwriting on the wall you want to hear God when you look at your life and you being costing to a fiery furnace. You want to hear God when you're looking at a lion has the capability and the capacity to do value. Read his story number two come to church. Number three gravitate to godly people gravitate to godly people. I'm not just saying that to our students and sign one gravitate to godly people you know students while on congratulating you loving on you. You just think this weekend how your whole weekend has been consumed by being surrounded by like-minded godly people look at what God's done by the way, when you gravitate toward godly people.
It doesn't mean to say you have nothing to do with the will Bible says be in the world but not of the world.
Don't put on the same attire number four. Listen to godly counsel is amazing in these stories, the powerful people in the public opinion polls in my favor diversity of the wise men came they couldn't interpret. They couldn't find any meaning, and then all of a sudden they was the godly counsel you know you look around the place like this and you see so many godly people. You don't have to kind of decipher through the traffic in order to find out where they stand. When it comes to the Lord.
Listen to godly counsel and number five submit to God's solution submit to God solutions there. It is how to hear God's voice in the crowd.
These are just five. By the way, I had 7332.
I kind of whittled it down the day in the lack of hearing God's voice in the crowd. Read his story. Read the Bible read God's word hide God's word in your heart come to church gravitate to godly people but listen to godly counsel and then submit to God solutions just submit yourself to your life over to him. So what is the mountain that you are facing fiery furnace. What handwriting what is your mountain, the Savior can move mountains because our God, my God is mighty to save everyone invite you today to do it to give your life to Christ is mighty to save. If the Lord spoken you today through the message of Dr. Wilton.
I pray you respond right now let us pray with you at 866-899-9673 or meet us email@example.com.
Before we get away closing thoughts for our pastor and chief encourager Dr. Don Wilton are you ready to give you half of life, Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to 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 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 into my life by faith in Jesus name I pray. If you pray that prayer, let me be the first want to welcome you to the family of God. This is wonderful. I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying for you and how very important this is for me. Call us so we can connect you race you can begin this wonderful journey.
And in just a moment I'm in a come back with the final perhaps the Lord has spoken to you today and you've heard more than our pastor. Dr. Don Wilton's wonderful South African Rd. before the Lord calling.
You've heard God's voice in the crowd. I can assure you Scripture reminds us again and again and again that God is a pursuing God and is using this broadcast to let you know he loves you. He has a plan for your life and is ready to receive you no matter what you've done, no matter how great your past may be there is a white future ahead. Let us pray with you 866-899-WORD is that number. I know I got too fast.
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