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August 19, 2022 4:00 am
Welcome to the Friday edition of The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Wilson in a message on how people get in the way most certainly could happen. I'm afraid I may be the person the way at time. Perhaps we even find ourselves getting in our own way. But today's message second part of when people get in the way will help us gain insight both from the Philippian church. As we discussed yesterday, but also Paul arriving in Ephesus and discovering how we can how we can deal with people in a way that honors God even if they are in the way as we study the word together. Another were available for love to pray with you right now it 866-899-WORD that's a number you can connect that 866-899-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org and just a few minutes to talk about a brand-new opportunity to study the word together now Dr. Don Wilton why would God want us to have to deal with a reaction like this by a 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 Paul's 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 mortars legislation get that 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 not have anybody on my show but a Jesus follow. Are you kidding me. What was it about what was going on. The Bible is very clear that when full shared the love of Christ that they rose a great disturbance right there in the hot of emphasis 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 where do 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 pose 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 going to 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 Denise 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 draw on salvation and forgiveness in and give hope and Paul said, you need to give your life to Jesus and that they received the Holy Spirit.
And if you've 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 all ask the Lord Jesus to do your four things that I want to share with you strike from the states. First of all.
Also 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 that 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 businesses. We got people being diagnosed with diseases. We got great hospitals. We got young people going to school and students going to college and university got people retiring. We got nursing homes. 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 some of the softer of the who's the next American Idol.
There are people who worship the $there are people for whom all of laughter pains on the football team. There are people who absolutely swear that there is no lack off the day. There are people who think any kind of religion is the stupidest thing you bet there are people who are we help awesome God to help you really understand where you live, understand the environment that you as a believer you really know who you living amongst the impact the five things that are important the way people think the issues that all day. Awesome God to give you a sensitivity of the person next to you to have a deep spiritual understanding when it came to the apostle Paul and emphasis. He was unapologetic. The issue that was going on. They were summarizing verse 26 in verse 27 Paul could not in any way condone man-made goggles and that's exactly what was going on all ask the Lord to help you to understand what's going on all ask the Lord to help you to know who these people are that are getting in the way all ask the Lord to help because when you also Lord to help you to understand who Dimitrios is, God will give to you, a spiritual ability to be able to love even the most unlovely people you've ever met in your life all ask the Lord Jesus by his Spirit to help you to know who these people are they rain every community.
They were everywhere.
They are all over the place awesome God to help you to identify the Dimitrios is that are seated next to you and who go to the same shops you go to and who play ball on the same teams with you and work in the same office with you this Dimitrios. He was a citizen of Ephesus, but unequivocably Dimitrios had seen an opportunity he capitalized. He was a silversmith he got together a group of people.
He said when we got an opportunity to trade on the pagan religions religiosity about people and they began to make these railing relics and began to sell them.
I began to tap into the heart of the paganism of the local people and eventually they began to build a wonderful business for them. So all ask God to help you to understand that an in-kind pole. Thou shalt worship the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and only him, thou shalt have no other gods before you.
Jesus Christ is the king worship him. No autonomous can give you nothing but Jesus can give you everything when you also the spirit of God to help you to identify in a spiritual way. Those who oppose the way God will give to you. I spiritual understanding on how to spiritually ultimately reach out to them with the purpose that they would take a drink of the living water all ask the Lord to help you to understand what's going on all ask the Lord to help you to know who these people are all ask the Lord to help you realize why they are creating such a disturbance against the gospel and against the church and against Christianity. Austin, there's only one reason. And that's right there in that opening verse, verse 23 the Bible say is they began to become disturbed because of the way the truth and the life. This my friend is about Jesus. It's about Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus and the only way you respond to that is to fall on your face in pray in fostering and continually daily.
Seek God with all of your heart know and understand where you live and what is going on.
No one understand who these people are know and understand why they are coming against the church and the gospel.
Jesus and then all ask the Lord to help you to know how to respond. I want to know how to respond. So let me give to you for five things that God will show you when the Lord Jesus shows you how to respond. A number of things is going to happen is what's going to happen. First of all, you gonna recognize the reality of spiritual warfare spiritual warfare is very real. My friends, some of you are growing weary in well doing our talk to one of my best friends recently about this very subject fibrosis don't grow weary in well doing, I look every day like this in the sea of will dues your serving the Lord, your loving the Lord your living for him. The reality of spiritual warfare that old devil will weigh you down and slept sorry you getting your bone marrow if he can you throw everything at you and he'll look for your Achilles' heel.
You put up every obstacle you get everybody he possibly can to come and share little word of criticism with you here trying to trip you up in every conceivable way that he can heal even seemed looks your way you leave you out of the popular group he'll ostracize you.
He'll cause you to seemingly suffer loss. He'll make you feel sometimes. So Richard, you can't even begin to understand it you get) your solar plexus and just when you are serving the Lord so much.
You come and give you such a shot in the stomach. You think you'll never breathe again be encourage my friend. When you ask the Lord to help you how to respond. He will help you to recognize the reality of spiritual warfare. He will help you to check knee-jerk reactions by the way Paul was no exception. If you study this passage of Scripture in verse 30. For example, when this all happened and there was a great response. Paul's knee-jerk reaction was just going to go right into the middle of them and I'm just gonna stand up there and I'm going to be one tough guy and I want to be put down the line. That's a knee-jerk reaction and who doesn't have knee-jerk reactions.
We will you not the spirit of God does for us.
He tempers our reactions. One of the hardest disciplines in life. My friends is when you're confronted by distress. When people get in the way when you're dealing with difficulty in a symbolic way. Sometimes the best thing you can avenues take a deep breath step back, get on your knees and also God, what must I do, and he will never fail all of us in our human disposition in different ways are reactionary everybody to different degrees and we all react differently. Watch out for knee-jerk reactions in the face of spiritual opposition prayer fostering meeting with the Lord asking him for a spirit of grace and understanding, and he'll surprise you you you just in able you to speak the right way to say the right thing every day that I'm alive. I need a good dose of the spirit of God tempering me holding me guiding me. I want to know what to say because I want to love people and I want to reach out to people and all of you will agree with me. Not every body is lovable. Not every body is easy to deal with and there's a lot of opposition to the gospel church. God is moving. Watch out church as I speak to you today is a congregation we are enjoying by only by God's grace unprecedented unity, joy, growth, giving, serving people are seeking loft of the heart of God. But with sterling emphasis also. God family you got it going your families doing well. Your children are healthy you doing Ryan mom, your loving your teaching be on your guard, be sober and be vigilant because the devil is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he made about possible dental. This is not a manual is not leadership 101. This is a spiritual endeavor whereby God's people seek God's face put on the whole of God. Be prepared in season and out of season.
God your heart listing to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher on The Encouraging Word and a just a minute you'll be right back to help us figure out how to respond in the knee-jerk situations. Perhaps there are situations and circumstances you're dealing with right now. Similar to the idea of today's message when people get in the way were different and you need to know. We believe that the power of prayer changes things we love to pray with you and for keyboard keyboard. You can share this progress on our email@example.com that's the Encouraging Word.org. We also believe there's great power in a conversation. The ability pray for each other on the phone are numbers 86689 were I would encourage you in and challenge you to maybe start yourself a note near the phone, we would be happy to talk with you.
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I'm going to show them a thing or two. They not know they dealing with the dude who was on the road to Damascus. I know what it's like I'm going to go there not been friends jumped in and said hold on not. You don't need to go down there and guess what he listened to them, then all a lot of high-ranking officials you will believe is in Asia. Another part got to hear about this and they started sending word. I guess FedEx was pretty busy back in those days, sign, listen, hold it all. Just wait a minute. Just listen man what a blessing. What a blessing. I thank God for you spiritual friends. I look out today and I man I just see them by the dozens. I look into your face as men and women are not just thank God for you spiritual friends for advisors for confidence for spiritual leaders for people that pull into one another. Listen to one another. Listen to your parents. Young people listen to your teachers. Listen to your Masonic worship leaders listen to those godly people loves grandparents that God is given to you and sit at their feet and drink from that fountain of wisdom that God has given to Damon, you my friend will do well when people get in the way. Listen, you lost the Lord how to respond. You find yourself on your face, saying, Lord Jesus, thank you for my precious friends, what you will find when you lost the Lord how to respond. You will expect the unexpected. You just expect the unexpected, which means you don't know it's coming.
But you will expect that when it arrives because the spirit of God is already there if if I may say that he provides in your heart, your soul spurred like a spiritual shock absorber you find yourself in your heart, saying, well, I'm not surprised that he saved so she said so.
This happened all that happened, God will have already prepared your heart. But finally, and I think most importantly, when you lost the Lord Jesus, how you should respond to these disturbances that come your way, he will remind you to just trust the Lord Jesus all the way. You know I part I just love the way the soul ended.
I mean, it's amazing.
There comes the chief Clark of the city. He plays a role, he wasn't even a believer. Then he began there was such confusion may began to speak illegally and then he began this and then he said now wait a minute out is this finger out and be careful. I'm in God's using somebody that's not even a believer yes because God can do anything he wants to, and in the final analysis they will disperse the go home and I have to read the next chapter and verse one because I just love the way pull closes the soul out. He just gathered all the believers together any.
What do you he just encouraged them just gathered them altogether. He said be blessed my friends hold foster the truth of God love Jesus with all your heart, make sure you know him.
Keep yourself where you need to be before Christ understand that he loves you. Take hold of the spirit who indwells you trusted trusted there's a real sense in which when you're in our face all kinds of circumstances we go to the Lord is the way in which God says it's okay I got it I got it. God's got you got me. He loves you he made you he created you for the purpose of having fellowship with them. You given your life to him. You know we talk about all of these things going on, you know, right in the middle of this there is the Lord Jesus. That's why when we sing we can sing with absolute confidence.
Lord, I will bow to you and to no other God but to you alone. I love that. Lord, I will bow to you and to no other God but to you alone. Jesus the Lord Jesus Savior of the moon. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not die but will have eternal life where you today you given your life to Christ do that today you facing some kind of difficulty's distress opposition take to the Lord in prayer. He will show you what to do. He's got a solution he's gonna bring you through. I promise you I promise you. The sun is shining you getting there, and God is going to take corrective he's got it. You know he will never leave you nor forsake you trusted him. That's the bottom line you have questions, let's talk about it. Let's pray about it. 866-899-WORD at 866-899-9673 or if you prefer the keyboard connection leaders at our website, the Encouraging Word.org now. Perhaps the most important moment for Pastor Dr. Don Wilton's next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart. In Jesus name, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news week is been what a great days begin and perhaps this moment has been a life-changing moment for you if you just given your heart to Jesus. Please let somebody know and why not us. You can email Dr. Don firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them what God is doing in your life. Let us know how we corporately can pray for you, but you can also just let us know right now by calling 8668. Dr. Wilson will get the message. I guarantee you if you call and let us know how we can pray for you, or perhaps if you given your heart to Christ how we can put resources in your hands that'll help you grow the number again is 866899673 or me this online and the Encouraging Word.org and thanks again to all of you are becoming encouragers hello my friends I want to speak to you personally today from my heart to your I don't think there is ever a better or more important time for us to respond to our world by standing up for righteousness. Now with this in mind I would like to invite you to become and encourage a ministry partner. You see, together we can impact lives, both now and for all time and all eternity. The Encouraging Word is a viewer and listener supported ministry and to know that you are standing with me financially, enables me to go with confident to do the work God has called me. So please call the number on your screen and just simply say I want to become and encourage.
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