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April 24, 2019 8:00 am
This is Dr. Don Wilton you know something I'm coming to a fresh understanding that this God whom we serve types of people like me like you he does for us what we cannot do for us to. You might say to me to buy pasta.
That word was just for me today. We tell you friend that didn't come from me comes from little to have you here on this Wednesday edition of The Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton yesterday.
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Today's message with Dr. Don Wilton.
When the trumpet sounded and the people shop and at the sound of the trumpet and the people gave a loud shop.
The wall of the city collapsed so every man charged striping and they took the city now watch me. Folks watch me you can have the victory. But you got to take note about what God wanted wanted night. Well, the children of Israel did several things. Number one, they identified their obstacle that identified their obstacle.
I'm told people tell me that the greatest challenge that faces an alcoholic is his inability to recognize that he's an alcoholic. By the way, do you know why so many marriages are in trouble to because the husband and all the wife refused to identify the recognize and admit that they marriage is in trouble. Are you listening I know everyone about say that our children are perfect. The greatest hindrance that you can put in the life of your children is to refuse and refuse to acknowledge that your children are not perfect. That's why there's such a problem in the education system as soon as a teacher at school disciplines.
A job count to three and the parent is that the goal may come and tell you something you telling my child to do something my child perfect. You don't tell my child what to do you understand me. There is a total crumbling of discipline of education. The whole fabric of society is breaking down because none of us want to admit that Pickens is anything less-than-perfect right somebody say amen thank you very much all right number one what did they do, they identified their obstacle number two, they set aside their personal agenda about you going to notice that when Jericho fell all of these people. They was not one single word from any of them by just goal set aside the personal agenda. Sometimes in order to be another, my friend, you going to lay aside your PP you go to lay it down your own personal agenda.
By the way, need not a good word for personal gender is pride or does our pride get in the way nobody gonna tell me what to do.
Are you kidding me this and I know what to do. I'm not then boy we come up with all of that, Metro stop is man pride gets in the way we not going to violate aside their personal agenda. Number three I followed instructions but we have a problem with that country.
God gave them instructions to draw shortly followed. I did what they were told.
You know I had a couple about five years ago.
Come to me and I say to me Foster Wheeler in trouble. I said what seems to be the problem. They said we are in so much data we don't know what to do. Folks, all of us know about Dick. I'll guarantee there's lot of people worshiping here today that are in massive debt you owe money for everything, every credit card. Everything you could imagine. Well I looked at them and I sent them will not work cannot disable Posto on we know you not a financial person that's not your job, but we need to come to apostate nobody Gnostic who knows about. They said nobody but our ship sinking, we owe money to everybody. We can't make payments anymore. We looking at having them set out to do some drastic stuff we were in trouble. I said well okay that's it down. I sat down with them.
I spoke to some friends of mine who are CPAs and financial advisors.
I gave them a list of black 10 things to do and I said let me tell you, if you follow these 10 things, five years from now you will be out of date. According to this plan is yes five years you got so much Vicki what you think's going to happen yet to be out of date next week. Five years from now you'll be out of date. Guess what happened Monday a week ago, my phone rang.
The husband was on the phone. He said pasta you probably forgotten more about a seven you said no I haven't, but what was I can't remember why you came to see said well we came.
Remember we were we were in debt.
I said Yep I said what's happening said I just want the court in 10 that as of today we are completely out of date.
You talk about of folks that was an insurmountable burden and obstacle well what is it for today, do they followed instructions. Number four.
They listen to godly advice. But listen to Joshua by the way, do you know that God will always put godly people around.
What I love about a church like this might be your coach most definitely your mom and dad but your grandparents might be that framed God won't see people do you like this to godly advice. Number five is a tough one that you join the team that you joined the team. One thing you'll notice about the full Jericho's with the whole nation that would most stragglers, God's word says every one of them got involved. By the way you want to know how to win a baseball game play as a team right number six is a hard one now. They were part they were part folks. It was jolly hard work. It was relentless work. They walked around that city.
I don't know that I've ever met many people in my life who just arrived. You want to be another, you gotta be prepared to work you got to get down to it, you gotta be disciplined. Number seven. They knew what they believe those Israelites by the stage and they remained for Korea. They knew what they believed they knew what was right and what was wrong. Thank you God will use it when God spoke through Joshua. They leader who was appointed by God that they needed to not only listen but follow these instructions all right. We looked at what God did, we look at what they did not hear it comes you ready for this. What must we do. I've been typing this little section, the seven habits of highly effective overcomes. Write that down.
The seven habits of highly effective overcomes.
Let me tell you my friend you follow these seven room God will deliver you number one star for the finish start for the finish. I'm told I was never good track, but I'm told that the greatest track stars in the world or when they came out of that starting block. They were thinking of starting what were they thinking finishing start for the finish happily and in mine. Look beyond the here and now. Keep your focus where it needs to be number two, number two, the second habit of a highly effective, type I day at a time. Take one day at a time. I don't about you but I'm smitten with being in a hurry. I want to do everything yesterday so that I can get to next week before tomorrow that I say that I'm not going to repeat that but it sounded good. We are in such a hurry.
Folks, these children of Israel.
Can you imagine the whole nation having to march around that city next day have to go and do it again, but they did take one day at a time slowed down, slow down. Some of you are going to quickly some of you are in such a hurry to get to where God is taking you that you're not willing to play whatever is necessary in order to get your sacrificing your discipline you not following instructions because you want to do it now God is going to Pamplin God's got a plan and he is in control number three worked extremely hard work extremely hard.
Nothing is going to just be handed to you. I think that if God wanted to he could have just lightened announcement and Jericho would've fell down, but you think. But he didn't. God gave them a plan and you got to work extremely hard in order to get where God wants you to go and sometimes it takes told outlaws and discipline and patience and long-suffering why I don't know because God is working and if you start for the finishing take one time and you work extremely hard to come to the fourth habit of a highly effective over, follow instructions carefully follow instructions carefully. In the Old Testament.
I had a very famous man mighty man by the name of Naaman in AA and my Kenny was a very powerful man very well none. Guess what happened and I am and he developed skin cancer badly.
I mean it was called leprosy.
It still is to this day, and that stuff kills.
There was no cure for it. I've been around lipids in Africa being around people with leprosy. It's a terrible disease. Even today without modern conveniences.
Naaman got leprosy was given a death sentence, God's prophet kind of Naaman sitting, God told me to tell you that if you took yourself seven times in that river over there you will be healed. Naaman look back in the city you kidding these thinking a mosquito infected Little River where I live there all beautiful rivers clean and why do I need to go to that stinking little mudhole of a river and myself. The prophet put the demon said to him you want to get healed about your son Naaman in all his pride and glory put his pride in his pocket.
He said God is spoken Naaman to do what God tells me to do and I am in winter, that stinking little mudhole and he himself said times in the river and guess what happened.
He was healed he was, you, what is the full habit of a highly effective over, follow instructions carefully. Number five all lead to convictions hold firmly to convictions. We are living in a day NIH today where people more and more letting go of their conviction. What you believe about God. Jesus Christ is taking the Lord at his word know in your heart that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above we could lost or even think I'm a five hold me deal convictions. Now that's because you comes that sickness you going back to the same home environment is struggling on that campus you got a hold everything at your disposal. Number six.
Let others help that others help or we don't want anybody else to help us to. You don't need to go it alone number one God wants to help you. Number two the Lord Jesus loves you so much. She's going to send you plenty of support troops. I told you there are many of them beginning without parents are pasta your best friend mom dad that others help you that sense of team God seems a team. God always provides a team that system of accountability. Let others help. Let them help you. It will make a difference.
Number seven and are close with this focus on the prize focus on the prize. All right.
Keep your eyes stating just remain stable. Focus on the prize. Why is God's announced victory before you've taken one step where it is they believe you seven habits of highly effective over, God speaking to our hearts. God calling us to repent of our sin and by faith, trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
How about you today. Are you ready to respond to him. Please forgive the interruption will be back with more of today's message with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment.
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You might say to me today. Pasta that word was just for me today.
We tell you friend that didn't come from me comes from the Lord. This is his word. When I began to prepare for this message.
God began to speak to my heart. God was saying to me, Don sitting there worshiping me on Sunday are going to be more people than you could ever imagine. Run up against a brick wall.
The way to go to no one to turn. I had a lady say to me, just three weeks ago and nonmarried. I've been married for some 30 years. I guess I've just given up on him get me wrong, preacher, I'm gonna stay married one of violate my the sanctity of my marriage but I just given up. I'm here because the children I'm just gonna live in dialectic I can make do.
I got other things to occupy my attention on just make sure that I find something else to come in my marriage.
I've heard people say to me folks eyes down the hospital this week. Again, I watched people reach out with her hand and say pasta told me there's nothing else that can be done.
Sometimes I feel so foolish taking that precious hand and sign wanted. We pray to get one. We just prayed again. I've seen young people go through high school and get so down low on the SATs and because we live in a society today that bases everything on one stupid little exam the whole self-worth of that person is just thrown away me tell you something, my friend, you can do it you can do it you can stand up straight and be counted. You can be ANOVA, you not limited and not a nobody here is somebody I watched people in my life say will look I'll never make it onto shore.
I'm too tall I'm too slow and today you can't talk to some of those same people are like playing in the NFL and the NBA. I've heard people say to me stable. I love to sing, but nobody's ever going to listen to me saying and then they say well I cannot do anything right just turn it over to the Lord and like turning to the most incredible people who have the most unbelievable giftedness you could ever imagine people say to me I could never stand up and speak in public men that dad and speak in public, and yet because God is giving them what they want to bring glory to the Lord stood up and I testify, and God is taken their weakness in East turn it into untold strength. I've made people been married for five years and 10 years and 20 and 30 and 40 marriages behind the door just null and void.
God moves in and bore that spark comes back into their eyes. Laugh is infused back into their home.
I made alcoholics and said I cannot help myself.
I cannot stop myself from taking that drink. I made smoke as you have said I could never give up smoking on the blast, but I cannot.
Jericho are in front of me, and yet God has declared all who is this how about you today.
All this hope is joy unspeakable going to take Johnny hard work. Sometimes you might have to march around the place for saving you but I'm telling you, you do it today. Tomorrow you going to be out of date.
You no longer gonna live from one paycheck to the next, no longer going to be one of those people that questions everything you do just because you don't have a it's not how much you have, it's what you do with what you have is in control you ANOVA, says nothing to do first Baptist Church. This is not just for people who are members of this church. Have you got a church home. Are you being fed the word of God are your children growing up under the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. Are you surrounded by the means by which you are able to grow in strength and joy.
You know what you need to do you know what it takes. Not everybody needs to march around Jericho, seven times, but it God's telling you to do it.
Listen carefully you need to follow the instructions. Sometimes God doesn't work by osmosis, God the moms that we get up and we be counted. It takes risk.
There is a cost involved.
Jesus did and he went to the cross. Boy I love you today is this is willing to say I want to give my heart and life to Jesus Christ that you are you trying to forever. What a powerful question. And here's the good news. You can be overcome or Dr. Wilkins coming back in just a few seconds, but I want you to know how you can connect. I pray you jot this number down or store in your cell 866899 word that's 866-899-9673.just now during the broadcast for 24 hours a day that will connect with one of us who are anxious to pray with you and for you or connect with great resources but just know that we are here for you. Like Dr. Don is here for you right now 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. 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 that we can talk to you and connect you in the right place so you can begin this wonderful journey. And in just a moment I'm in a come back with the final word. After The Encouraging Word broadcasters over there still a wonderful place to connect 24 hours a day.
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