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August 13, 2019 8:00 am
You know I'm more convinced today.
But Jesus understood what he meant when he said forsake not the assembling of yourselves together. Not to be clear, I want to tell you something you will meet and experience the power of God through his spirit. Yep, definitely on a golf course definitely sitting in a boat fishing definitely watching your favorite team definitely being with your family definitely at home definitely driving down the road your motorcar something unbelievably governing that unique voice you been listening to is the voice of Dr. Don Wilton well-known author in evangelism today.
As we continue when the earthquake hits, you need to know were ready ready to connect with you keyboard keyboard at our website, The Encouraging Word.org or on the phone number when earthquake hits readiness is important and we love to pray you through whatever you're going through right now. Maybe it's not the size of an earthquake, physically, spiritually or emotionally. But there's something we can pray for you about again, 866899673 is the phone number let's connect keyboard keyboard at our website, The Encouraging Word.org, pellets open our hearts and God's word together with Dr. Don Wilton on this edition of The Encouraging Word so we got a story and we bought a Lewis story and it all has to do the team at all has to do with God, you take God's presence away you were in exile you cannot go it alone. So what is the story tell us about maybe give it to you just in thumbnail sketch. This is quick this is what the upper story. This is what the Bible tells us, tells us of number one of untold blessings. So if I had time today we go back to our previous 17 weeks, 20 weeks of study and we look at how God had placed these people untold blessings blessing off the blessing back owns one Goulding's book the temple boat gone on lay aside. I mean, you could just go on on number two. The upper story tells us about seven just keep it right then it in Israel but go back one page in my Bible to second Chronicles chapter 36. Love to hear those pages turning.
Sounds like the wings of angels to me right second Chronicles chapter 36 and verse 16. Sin. Sin came and messed everything up, but they kept marking the messengers of God despising his words. Scoffing at his prophets until the Roth of the Lord rose against these people until they was no remedy this story in the Bible tells us, yes of untold blessings, but then tells us of the people who send against the Lord and this is dramatic number three tells us of exile look at second Chronicles 36 verse 19 verse 19 and they burned the house of God, and they broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its calluses with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels. He took into exile in Babylon.
Those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, in order to fill full the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah until the land had enjoyed its habits all the days they did lay desolate Sabbath to fulfill 70 years arrived. Watch untold blessings. Sin they send against God.
They mocked God's word. They remove God from everything they decided they were going to worship their own pagan gods. They gave themselves over to the pursuit of their own pleasure, gone broke down the temple allowed it to be destroyed and then sent those people into exile when they were in exile, folks.
They were servants of others that were no longer in control. They certainly weren't placed by what privileged they were treated badly. Their lives were in ruins 70 years. That's a long time in my book number four upper story tells us of a word from God, look at second Chronicles 36 in verse 22 second Chronicles 36 verse 22 now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the word of the Lord might be fulfilled through the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stood up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing essays. Cyrus king of Persia, the Lord, the God of heaven has given me all the kingdoms discharge me to build him a house in Jerusalem which is in Judah and who ever is among you, you people who are in exile whose lives are in ruin have been scattered to believe that there is no future no more tomorrow its rise up because God is speaking and I want you to know you can come back you can rebuild your life. You can be whole again number five preparation but it is the chapter 1 and verse five, then rose up the heads of the fathers of the house of Judah and Benjamin preparation. By the way, do you know what these people have to do when God spoke to them in the midst of the earthquake that I had to actually get up.
I think that's the hardest thing to do when you done they rose up to someone listening to me today. Listen to the word of the Lord's time to get up get up, stop lying down.
Stop hiding go to get up that's preparation that step number 1K number six this is gonna go straight to somebody's heart here today the upper story tells us a free will offerings is Rick chapters 2 and verse 68 verse 68 of Ezra chapter 2 verse 68. Some of the heads of the families when they came to the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem made free will offerings to the house of God. You and I need to free will offerings and we don't have to see the final product in order to give. Now what is what is your problem with God. Why why you holding back on the Lord and why are some of you only prepared to give. When you know what the final product Bible teaches you. You give freely to the Lord. Something happened here, something happened. The Hanes of the household stood up and said we tell you the way we can operate. We are to put our faith in the Lord. There were too many broken lives in our community folks for us not to give. We have far too much work to do in this community and we need each other together. The reason Goulding of lives that can take place is unbelievable. It already is, but we've got. This is the story free will offerings number seven worship the upper story tells us of worship. Worship dictates amazing.
Look at chapter 3 of the book of Ezra and verse three chapter 3 in verse three. They set the altar in its place, for fear was on them because of the people of the land. They offered burnt offerings to the Lord, burnt offerings, morning and evening, the feast of booths as it is written off in the daily burnt offerings by number. According to the room as each day, replied often that regular burnt offerings and on and on and on it goes. They operate at the new moon and all the appointed feasts of the Lord in the offerings of everyone who had made a free will offering. They came back to worship.
We need to just worship him just worship the upper story tells us of untold blessings and of sin in exile word from God. In preparation free will offerings worship number eight action of love.
This action look at is Rick chapter 3 in verse 10 and when the boot is laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord action action take your massive earthquake might've hit your life, and brought you Goulding down it's going to take action.
Some of you gotta stop mealy mouthing around slinking around in poor mouthing around thinking that everybody else owes you everything in the world you will take action stop just always looking for something stop reading old books on dieting and direct stop talking about going to the gymnasium.
One of these days and actually go and confound the critics well the nine thing here is our position is Rick chapter 4 upper story tells about a lot of opposition look at chapter 4 verses one through five. I may not read all of that, but chapter 4 staggering yeah they all lay back in Jerusalem by starting the bootleg given the free will offerings they taking action verse one now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard the returned exiles were building a temple to the Lord. They approach Zerubbabel in the heads of the father's house and sit with you for we worship you about as you do we mean sacrificing to him ever since the days of air should dawn king of Syria border ship but Zerubbabel, Joshua and the rest of the heads of the father's house in Israel sit in you have nothing to do with us in building the house to our blog but we alone will build to the Lord God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us, the people of the land discouraged the people of Judah and made them afraid to boot and bribe counselors against them to frustrate the purpose all the days of Cyrus, and Darius the king. Be very careful.
My friend, when you stand up under the word of the Lord and begin to reconstruct the temple of your house. You watch out. Listen, not everybody who offers you help really wants to see you come back. Be very careful who you going consult. Be very careful who you listening to on television.
Be very careful about who's advising you all here, they'll come up with in the name of the Lord and we knew that we do this and we do the next thing very careful opposition can come from the strangest places, and there was one more thing the upper story tells us of celebration and dedication or water celebration. Chapter 6 the book of Israel and the leaders of the Jews.
Verse 14 boots and prospered through the prophesying of Hagy on Zechariah. They finished the building by the Cree. This house is verse 15 was finished. On the third day.
Verse 16. The people of Israel, the priests and the Levites and the rest of the returned exiles watch this celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy. Everybody watch me watch me a love I love this your life might've been blown apart by an eight point earthquake on the Richter scale. God sees you can rebuild your life in the name of the Lord and I'll guarantee you they will be such celebrating and dedicating going on in your life, your heart be available to stand yourself so what is the lowest story remind us of. Let me bring the soul to give. This is what I want you to get a hold. This is what the low this is how it applies to me and you. This temple this place where God resides that get battered and bruised, broken apart destroyed, how many times you and I get St. into exile. Number one lowest story reminds us to look at our blessing. Look at your blessings to good thing, count your blessings name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord is the number two recognize the course. What is it that coursed your temple to be destroyed. Name it come before the Lord what God wants from you and me is just rank honesty.
He knows it anyway.
Recognize the course.
What course this when the breakdown was a disobedience. If you live the life never listening to your parents do you refuse to type godly counsel have you always had the attitude, my way or the highway. Have you been belligerent your whole life.
What is what is it about you being flotation go to roving eye you not a man or woman of your word you play with fire 1 foot in the world and 1 foot in God's kingdom are you won't is it your faithfulness to just show up every now and again when it suits you.
Are you typing are you giving at least 10% of your income to the Lord's work. Are you actually giving to God or you just typically are you playing a game with God.
What is it what close you got it you just put this down number three acknowledge the cost forgive me, what an exciting time to take a pause with Dr. Wilton says wait just a moment each day will review these broadcast to give folks a reminder that we are here for you yes will be back to that celebration and dedication in just a moment, but you need to know where here for you.
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These people went into exile stick knowledge. The cost I think. I think I think these people got to the point at which they said you know this living in a foreign land being controlled by people other than ourselves being belittled and maligned this exile stuff is awful. I don't like being hit. Do you like being where you are. Do you like that holding your thought you loved living in is this the way you want to live out your life do you always want to be overweight. Do you always want to be on the age you always all just acknowledge the cost do you always want to have an unhappy marriage.
You always want to be out of sorts with your parents. Do you always just when I hate authority.
You always want to just kick against.
Do you always do want to just complain for the rest your life number for the lowest story reminds us to hear God's word.
What we doing right now hearing God's word just God speaking you listening just to hear God's word number five lowest story reminds us to make preparation by rose up, there are some today that are rising up in your souls.
You just right.
Can you feel it.
You sign by George yeah that's me rise up, get ready made you feel.
Let's search it we call resolve man you know I am going to do this. I am going to news I'm going to do this. God has spoken me. Number six lowest story tells us to hand over to the Lord. Give it up to him by both their free will offerings that handing over his giving of your heart, soul, mind your positions and say Lord from this moment I handle biggest challenge we face folks as Christians is we give with one hand and we hold back with the other one we do things with strings all the time just just hand of number seven lowest story tells us to come back to worship. These people went back to Jerusalem set up the altar.
They went back to worship skip back to worshiping the Lord meant when you worship the Lord you get a focus is as I was in church today and and as we would lead in which I just I say Lord just helped me to just lead me back to the heart of worship number eight take practical action take practical action you want your temple to be rebooted.
Take practical what is it that you needed when you need to draw the line and what is it that you need to do today concerning reading God's word talking to him confessing your son getting back in the church signing up for life group getting involved in Christian activities going on that mission.
Getting up to date with you giving what is what is it that you need what you need to do it.
If you need to get into that trip you need to stop eating that French fry. It just stop it works just say no any questions you want to eat it but I'm not going to take action. Number nine. Watch out for the opposition. Not everybody who comes in office to help use go to British interests in mind, not even Oprah Winfrey. Maybe not even Dr. August 9 I'm treading on dangerous ground. It might might not be that person in your house outside your house. Let these lots of good things in life and pick up some great tips from different people and experts in all these folks, but just just watch out for the opposition. I mean here in this passage. These people came back and they were actually a group of people sit we worship the same God. Let's get along. Boy, these guys open their mouths and said you kidding me like someone coming to me and say what's the difference between a Muslim and a Christian, there is no difference in our God is God. Yeah right. Just as long as we are all doing good. Yeah right. Folks, there is something here about the cheering section in the chart for the opposition number 10, celebrate and dedicate their own. Many of us that have gotten to that point, the Lord has reboot the house you celebrating and dedicating celebrating is thanking God for his goodness dedicating is making certain that you never take God out of your temple again. Never. You and I need to adopt an attitude man, I'm not going back there you kidding me, to go through all that again and I want to go back into exile again, I'm not going to turn the clock back. Been there, done that. Yes I was. I was down, but I certainly wasn't out look at me I'm the comeback kid, and God did it for me what he's done is remove the house.
I go back to that Ms. real I get back in the pigpen again celebrate and dedicate this is the word of the Lord.
Thus it is written in the accident scene.
You can do.
My friends, you can do it so you can bring across God – broken marriage, your addiction is paying your bad decisions, choices, circumstances, car wrecks, what your mama said in the fact that your dog to 14 years ago and you still got a grudge against listen to what God sees and it all begins right there at the foot of the cross is the Lord Jesus because when Jesus died on the cross for you and me. He said I want to come up and take residence in the temple of your body for your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit you bought press you with trust Jesus put your life online. Recommit your life. Maybe it's your time to start celebrating and dedicating your life to Christ. Reboot and begin let's do it. That's what God does see a revival come down upon us. Let's see people is up from the actions bring on the earthquake my God so right, so, so loving.
He restores my soul he leads me beside the still waters. Yeah, even though I walk through the valley of the shadow, I will fear no evil with me. What a powerful word from our pastor Dr. Wilton. The good news is there's more to come today so please don't go away. Dr. Wilton has more to share but that sense of beginning. It all begins right here at the foot of the cross is something we are very passionate about every single day someone new is calling or connecting texting, visiting our website and saying yes I want to give my heart to Jesus. I want that new beginning with Jesus right now is that what God's dealing with in your heart. Would you like to give your heart to Christ, and we stand ready to connect not just now but 24 hours a day at 866899 word that's 866-899-9673 again this is such a passion of who we are, who Dr. Wilton is list of this from Dr. Don Wilton 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.
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