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August 18, 2022 4:00 am
God by his spirit into your life, and he couldn't you'll relationship in the image of God to the full and complete purpose of God in Christ Jesus. It is, I wonderful thing to be born again.
When the spirit of God comes down upon you, and all of a sudden your eyes are open and you say what how Jesus is alive for me my sins are forgiven is written in the Lamb's book of life never be the same again.
Thank you Jesus. God has been encouraging words for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton message on people interaction with people is so critical to whom you are.
We are not filled live in silence as God is built is for community and in the community of our small families are small groups in the group to enlarge beyond that, what happens when people get in the way. Dr. will tell us to a great message called when people get in the way in just a minute about the opportunities we have to seek God make a difference in our relationships with everyone on water one on many as we open God's word together.
Another way here for you. We love to pray with you it 866-899-WORD that's our phone number 866-899-9673 connect email@example.com. Now Dr. Don Wilton father. This must be the song of our hearts to we want our faith to be the kind of faith that will never be shaken. We want to be strong in you father. As we gather as we worship you today.
We we recognize that we all believe in an unbelieving world. We recognize mold that they were so many of our friends who are facing difficulties facing obstacles opposition Lord being a Christian in a world like ours presents so many challenges, not the least of which wanting to recoil and withdrawal and not be engaged in the gospel, Lord, speak to our hearts today. Get a hold of us, Lord, we find ourselves in the city of Ephesus with the apostle Paul, as he journeys, sharing the love of Christ with people were asking you today to teach us what we need to know that we might be anchored in you. What a beautiful time to worship you Lord Jesus, thank you for every single person who, at this very moment is receiving your Encouraging Word. We are so blessed that you love us like you and right now, Lord Jesus, we open our hearts up to you and we pray this prayer in Jesus name, amen.
It's just wonderful to be together and I just thank God for each life and every testimony you knows Maureen laid the praise team in the choir and orchestra and reminding us so beautifully of the anchor in our lives of what it means to be a people of faith, we find ourselves in the middle of a city called Ephesus. You find yourself in the middle of your city Yorktown, your high school campus work environment. Your country will know different data are skewed.
Open your Bibles this morning to the book of acts, and chapter 19 I'm very deeply anxious to share this word with you today God spoke to me personally. So much through what I read and began to understand by the Holy Spirit and began to speak to my own heart in my own life I just want you to know that today I see you in my own life strengthened by what God has shown me and my prayer today is that the Lord Jesus would be so gracious as to speak to your heart today and without Bibles opened the acts chapter 19 I want to just simply remind you" to you something that Paul himself said in one of his other letters, he was writing to the Philippian church and when he wrote to the Philippian church.
He had already completed this journey that we've been on for these many weeks he was facing certain death when he wrote to the people at Philippi he he made a raw the intriguing and somewhat difficult statement and I just simply shared with you. It's in Philippians chapter 1 and verse 29.
He says this.
It has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ.
You should not only believe in him, but also suffer for his sake want to read that again, this is Paul writing facing imminent death is about to lose his life for the sake of the gospel and he says to a group of believers in one city called Philippi and he looks at them and he writes the son of the inspiration of the spirit and he says you need to know that God by his Spirit has grunted to you has given to you is instructing you once you to know something, what is he want you to know that for the sake of Christ. You should not only believe in him, but people of God, you need to understand that you will suffer for the sake of Christ. So Paul arrives in Ephesus got a long journey knees going to many different places and he finds himself in one town called Ephesus and in the city as we've already discovered we find almost everything known to humankind business a flourishing economy, a stock market if you please, we find people seeking office, we find rulership ownership servant hood. We find poverty and riches writing this one city we find the needy people are people who need food need help, need medical attention. One of the great medical centers was right there in Ephesus and in the middle of all of this.
There's the temple to autumn us. The goddess Diana people they paid homage to man-made goggles and some of the community.
They even capitalized on it.
But even my little artifacts and relics. They ran a good business even through the pagan religion and Paul arrived so much can be said about all but one thing can be said about him is that he is sole purpose was that they would come to know Jesus because Paul knew that Jesus is the Christ the son of the living God. Paul knew he understood that Jesus is the Prince of peace that Jesus is the only one who can forgive people they send Paul knew that all have some everyone even categorize that Sonny didn't say that the worshipers of Artemis were any worse sinners than worshipers of some other statue or idle or some non-entity send Paul on the students and and what God thinks about sin. The fact that the Bible says that all of send and come short of the glory of God. So Paul arrived, a Christian man with this message message of hope message of love. God is love.
Pull went about his business, trying to persuade them, encourage them, tell them yes there is hope and that hope is in the Lord Jesus, you can be forgiven of your sin, washed, forgiven completely, you can know that you know that you know that one day when you die that you going to be transported by the Angels right there into the presence of the King of Kings and the Lord of lords. You can know that you can have peace in your heart. You see, Paul knew what it was to not have peace in his heart. Paul was a changed man. Why would anybody want to oppose him.
Why would his wound be so antagonistic against someone coming in sharing the love of Christ and hope and joy and peace and forgiveness. But it happened and God tells us Jesus warned us because of the Prince of this world and the power of darkness because the devil hates anything to do with the holiness of God. He cannot tolerate God's righteousness, and he is determined to do what ever he can to do whatever he can to destroy every believer's life and to discredit you people get in the way of the way and so I've entitled this message today, when people get in the way they treat about it. It's an incredible account, clearing acts chapter 19 and I'm going to begin at verse 23. About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the way for a man named Demetrius Silversmith who made silver shrines of Artemis brought no little business to the craftsman. These he gathered together with the workmen in similar trades and he said man you know that from this business.
We have our wealth and you see and hear that, not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia that this poll has persuaded and turned away.
A great many people saying that God made with hands are not God and there is danger, not adding to the spraying of hours that may come into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis might be counted as nothing and she might even be deposed from her magnificence. She all Asia and the world worship. Now when they heard this, they were enraged and were crying out great is Artemis of the Ephesians. So the city was filled with confusion, and they rushed together in the theater dragging with them. Gaius and Aristarchus Macedonians you will, Paul's companions in travel. But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd.
The disciples would not let him, and even some of the ACR's with the high-ranking officers of the province of Asia who were friends of his saints to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater now. Some cried out one thing and some another for the assembly was in confusion and most of them did not know why they had come together some of the crowd prompted Alexander and the Jews were these hand wanted to make a defense of the crowd, but when they recognize that he was a Jew for about two hours they will cried out with one voice great is Artemis of the Ephesians. Now, when the town clerk had quieted the crowd.
He said people of Ephesus who is the that does not know that the city of the Ephesians is the temple keeper of the great Artemis and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky seeing then that these things cannot be denied. You want to be quiet and do nothing rash for you have brought these men here who are neither sacrilegious nor blasphemers of our bodies.
If, therefore, Demetrius and the craftsman with him have a complaint against anyone go to the local courts and their All-Pro consuls let them bring charges against one another. You seek anything further, it shall be settled in the regular assembly, but we are really in danger of being charged with rioting today. Since there is no coal that we can do to justify the commotion and when he said this, he dismissed the assembly that often the uproar had ceased.
Pull St. for the believers and often he encouraged them.
He went on his way departing from Macedonia by the Lord, right this word in our hearts today.
An amazing story is not right here in the Bible. Why would God want us to have to deal with a reaction like this by group of people when it would seem that the message of the gospel was so designed to make people whole why such antagonism.
We're encountering this, it would seem to me from one city to the next.
Don't you think and we know that it's not over. We know that the same opposition followed Paul and all the believers even to polls day and beyond, and even today, even in our own will to you can name it by any religion do it and it will be mostly accepted, you mentioned Jesus and all of a sudden banning Lord legislation get that prayer stuff out of our schools done today, began to pray in the name of Jesus. Just be generic done range in the name of Jesus you're listening to Dr. Don Wilton will get the answer that question of what we need to do about that in just a moment. As Dr. Wilson continues his message, but he insists that interrupt so that you know it's not just a presentation of the message opportunity to have a conversation is a way that we can pray for you in your life right now babies. We talk about when people get in the way his or somebody we need to pray over the Lord give you special perspective, a new perspective on how to look at them and perhaps to change the way they look at you would love to talk about it at 866-899-WORD just to pray that's the most important thing we do with that phone number which would love to connect with resources like the daily Encouraging Word Bible guide some of Dr. Wilson's books or other resources. Most of all, Dr. Wilton established this phone number so that we could pray together. That's 866-899-WORD 9673 or me this firstname.lastname@example.org that's the Encouraging Word.org.
Even though the world is becoming increasingly challenging place to live as a Christian. Jesus is ultimate sacrifice on the cross remains a message of hope for everyone discover a deeper understanding and appreciation for our Savior's death on the cross in Dr. Wilton's powerful sermon cross along with the bonus book the cross of Jesus by Maureen W. Weir speech which explores the entire crucifixion in detail. These powerful resources are yours to have with your gift.
Encouraging Word thank you for listening today not act today's message when people get in the way with Dr. Don Wilton. Just be generic done range in the name of Jesus and not have anybody on my show but a Jesus follower are you kidding me. What was it about what was going on. The Bible is very clear that when pull shared the love of Christ that they rose a great disturbance right there in the heart of Ephesus concerning the way when people did in the way of the way what you are not to do about how do you do you with your disgrace. How do we behave when we go to what is our response. What can God say to us today. This is what the Lord has put in my heart when people get in the way Oscar the Lord Jesus and I just want to polls, the I cannot emphasize to each one of us enough that this is something that you need to present to the Lord Jesus.
I know people today who are dealing with all kinds of distress we gonna talk about the stress it comes in leaps and bounds in the lives of people in every form. One can possibly imagine. Edgardo Mikey's application in your life today that little introductory statement that you're seeing all ask the Lord Jesus.
You see, my friend. When you gave your life to Christ, the spirit of God came into your heart. You remember even when Paul arrived in Ephesus. What was the first question he lost the followers they he said, have you received the Holy Spirit. They said but we haven't even heard of the Holy Spirit and he said woo hoo. Have you received the sin by sending all honesty well we are following John the Baptist and he's teaching and so pull ladies hands on them and he shared the truth of the gospel concerning Jesus, God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit and they received not John but they received the one that John was pointing to the one who is far greater that would become behind John the one was the only one who could brought salvation and forgiveness sentence and give and Paul said, you need to give your life to Jesus and begged them they received the Holy Spirit. And if you given your heart to Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit living in you all ask the Lord Jesus. Also, the Lord Jesus how to respond when people get in the way, what we took mosque. The Lord Jesus to do your four things that I want to share with you, straight from the stakes. First of all, ask the Lord to help you to really understand what's going on. That's what happened here in Ephesus. I've tried to explain this to you what was going on in Ephesus will I present to you a smorgasbord of every society, every community they will was essentially no different to ours.
We live in an incredible world you know just drive around today in our motive because it seems like they motor cars everywhere, especially in our community hard to get anywhere people are busy.
We got restaurants we got bowl games going on. We got business.
We got people being diagnosed with diseases. We got great hospital. We got young people going to school and students going to college and university got people retiring.
We got nursing home you got the activity of the human race and all of us individually and our care in this big world there are people who who claim and who cling to things to unload God's there people today who are so soft and who is the next American Idol there people who worship the $there are people for whom all of life depends on the football team. There are people who absolutely swear that there is no lack the day. There are people who think any kind of religion is the stupidest thing you've ever there are people who are we help awesome God to help you really understand where you understand the environment that you as a believer as we gain that insight knowing who's getting in the way. The key is giving it to God and watching him work through it. Forgive the eruption, but were all done for our time today. Tomorrow will finish this great message on when people get in the way that already.
God has established some concepts that we can use the weight of veteran relationships, even when people get in the way one of those tools is the power of prayer that we pray with you about something that's going on in your life circumstance or situation. Just call us.
Our 866-899-WORD number will connect with us 24 hours a day any time day or night with friends. It would be thrilled to pray with you and for you, I was you just jot it down or stores in your cell. Let us be a contact of yours at the Encouraging Word 866-899-9673 you'll find that number and otherwise connect on our email@example.com. But you know, in the midst of gaining insight and study about what it happens when other people get in the way about her own situation about when we get in the way when we get in our own way. It could be that God's ready for you to make a decision today that would help you get out of your own way so you could be that the woman of God, the man of God he's called you to be. Here's another thought Dr. Don Wilton God has spoken to you hesitantly and you ready to give your heart to Jesus. I'd love to help you right now. Would you pray this prayer with me and accept Jesus into your heart and life. Dear God, I know that on the center. I know that Jesus loves me and died for me on the cross right now, I repent of my sin and I can face my sin to the Lord Jesus Christ coming to my heart and save me today and forgive me for my sin. In Jesus name I pray, amen. If you pray that pray we'd love to get along side of you and celebrate with you and send you some literature and help you as you begin to grow and I want you to know that I love you very very much by the way, don't leave, don't go away. What ever you do is I'll be right back. If the Lord has spoken to you through the pastor today and you've made a decision for Christ.
Let us welcome you to the family. Let's put free resources in your hands that will help you grow.
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Let us help you take the next step to solidify your walk with him on a daily basis, like the daily Encouraging Word five God it's free for the asking. As you call 86689. That's 866899673 or meet us firstname.lastname@example.org and our hearts are full with the opportunity of seeing God bring fruit out of this ministry every single day people give their hearts to Jesus for the very first time and were able to do that because many of you have become both prayer and financial supporters.
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I've listened to many of your services on CDs, DVDs and Sunday evening television. Your blessings have been filling in my life. Your ministry and blessings is a great part of my life. You and your staff are in my daily prayers. I'm sending extra gifts this month to help reach people throughout The Encouraging Word ministry. What we need is more people like you and your lovely wife willing to leave their homeland and whoever got beloved pastor, you know, this ministry goes on 24 hours around the clock, over we want to be involved. We wanted you all the time. Prayer giving me know that 100%. As we all sharing bonds without searching, that's what this is leaning I love you today, gone for you. Pray for godly