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April 12, 2021 7:05 am
Today from Chuck Swindoll a warning from Jesus. We were false prophets. This teacher exalt Christ above all others, including herself or himself. If not, you got a false teacher, Christ is exalted above all, above all, the church is my walk with Christ getting deeper or not.
If it's not wrong. Popular authors lost as often claim that any religious pursuit. As long as leverage truly sincere will ultimately lead to God. So how does that square with the exclusive sound and claims of Jesus member Jesus said for the gate is small and the way is narrow leads to life and there are few who find today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll's teaching from Matthew chapter 7 where we find this shocking statement. It was included in the trilogy of surprising claims from Jesus titled today's message three non-politically correct warnings group our attention, our father with your word may be as if Jesus were speaking among us today and we were sitting on that hill to listen to his words. This see his face, gestures, the inflections of his voice, the tone, the urgency pauses speak, Lord, in the stillness. As we wait on the teacher our hearts to listen with expectancy we've expressed our trust in you are confidence in you by acknowledging that you are the immortal, invisible, God only wise in light of accessible hid from our eyes most blessed, most glorious, the ancient of days almighty, victorious, thy great name we pray this your on resting hand on hasting and silent as light. Please forgive us our father for filling every waking moment with words and noise activities, pausing to learn the true value of so little choice to freshen a new that your word is ever relevant that when you speak.
It has a way of eclipsing all other counsel and silencing all of the voices tedious our father and our growing up days to find greater and more comfortable feelings in your presence. Thank you that you never came to shame us or to assault us with a club or a sword you came to deliver us to rescue us remind us of your mercy. The compassion that is new every morning. Your faithfulness is great. We stand on tiptoe today our fathers, we anticipate what you will teach us find in us hearts that are willing to hear and will's that are willing to obey.
Deliver us from just going through empty motions, trafficking in unlit troops show us the value of allowing what you have written in this book to find lodging within us to take root so that we might bear fruit that indoors.
Thank you for our country, we pause to thank you for those women and men in uniform and many of them out of uniform, who fight for our freedom who have known the horrors of war stood in the gap protecting us loving this land of the free guidance. We pray to those who make decisions in rooms without windows in secret places where we will never go me wisdom guide those decisions. May they be guarded from foolishness and selfishness and shortsightedness. Finally, Lord, we give you thanks for our occupations. The privilege of earning a living from these wages we give today with gratitude remind us in the giving father that there is no amount we could give that could in any way impress you. So many are giving be an overflow of praise.
A refreshing reminder to us of your grace that has provided for us such a way that we have the ability to give. We do give gratefully, generously, joyfully, in the name of our shepherd who watches over the sheet. Even Jesus prayed and we get in everyone's a man study the book of Matthew with Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures. Studies by going to Insight world.org/studies another message from Chuck titled three non-politically correct warning. All through the past all the heroes of the Old Testament all the way through the in between the testament era all the way to when he came in the wood. He grew up and became a man, until finally he had his moment, he sat down to deliver this immortal message what it must've been like with your love to have heard his voice would've been great to know what his voice sounded like how he would pausing and look at different individuals may be point to one or another it's it's like jaw-dropping relevant when you read it in an amazing first century stuff still linking up with 21st-century people. This the kind of thing we could draw from make tough decisions or deal with things like sickness or disappointment or criticism or facing the reality of death. It's all here in this great sermon to teach you a new way of thinking about his preaching what he did was incarnational communication, incarnational communication. That's what makes the live message so memorable we could hear something recorded, but it's not the same as seeing and hearing it live is what Kent Edwards writes in his book deep preaching. Listen to his words. No other form of communication is as effective as a preacher personally speaking the word of God. This is a bold statement is true after all books speak their messages longer than flesh and blood preachers can DVDs never get too tired to preach in multiple worship services and multiple location and radio signals can penetrate parts of the world where you and I cannot even get a visa liturgical worship can be breathtakingly significant.
What can a local preacher do that a high definition video podcasts on an iPhone can do or cannot do, even when it's equipped with the latest software will preaching is incarnational preaching is the killer app alike that life preaching is the killer app because it is here again incarnational communication. The very best way to communicate a message is to do so in person live personal communication is the way God chose to express himself, the God who could do anything chose to communicate incarnational he he goes on my response to those who question the value of incarnational communication is to ask what Jesus come to earth for just a long weekend. If the only reason for Jesus coming up to become human was to die on the cross.
What images come of this dusty planet for a four day weekend. That would have given you plenty of time for dying on the cross, rising of the third day, the sacrificial atonement on the cross could have been satisfied in short order. So why did Jesus share the planet with us for 33 years. What was his purpose for staying so long with the board of heaven. Did he enjoy the stresses and strains of peasant life in the first century hardly when God wanted to express himself. Most clearly he incarnated. He came in person Jesus.
The image of the invisible God came in the flesh in order to show us the invisible God, I'll tell you if we could have heard him preach this message.
We would never forgotten.
No one could deliver it as he delivered. So let's go to Joseph what he said and let the application speak for itself. Okay, I see three paired alternatives in this part. Ultimately, for when you get to the house is built on sand or rock, but let's take the first three we got a J it's narrower a gate that's wide paired alternatives. One of the other.
So take off your people pleasing Put on your thinking cap and let the words mean what they say enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction. There are many who enter through it.
For the gate is small or and he says the gate is narrow that leads to life and there are few who find what I take it literally. There will always be more unbelievers and believers. There will always be more non-Christians than Christians. There will always be left to think of the narrow way, and far more who take the broad way he says it wide is the gate and there are many who enter through it.
Is that where you are.
I can't tell by looking.
I may be able to tell if a listen long enough to what your saying but just for a moment you examine your own gate is that where you are narrow wide, think what you think I gave you a mind and along comes Jesus who says the gate is narrow and the way leads to life eternal and the gate is broad and leads to a path that most take leads to destruction. Remember Proverbs 1412 there is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death wrote Solomon. The wise it seems right, but it's death makes you think doesn't Arata cute story of a mom-and-pop business occupied a little piece of land and they ran what was then called the general store they handle all kinds of things.
Everything from cosmetics to groceries to little bit drugs on the other hand, the via some hardware is a little general store. They were approached by massive couple or three organizations who said we get ready to move in this area is going to be growing. We want to be ready for it.
So you need to know there's going to be a huge Walmart here and is to be a massive Home Depot there would be a Bay Walgreens over here or whatever this meant reasonably alright, so we want to buy your land.
Note not for sale, stop and think what you're going to lose you going to be swallowed up by all the big stores you are little stored on no not selling little time passed in Lompoc got together to decide the best way to spend their money was to build a big sign the big buildings have been built and here they were squatting down the middle of it to build a big sign that said main entrance here pretty clever. But Jesus says only entrance here. The only entrance to life eternal Jesus, the one who is the most compassionate, gracious, caring of all who have ever lived. The true shepherd said that how exclusive narrow.
He also said I'm the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father but through me. This is not what most teach today. I'm not here to pick it any other denomination or church related, I'm just saying you will rarely hear this message pretty isn't that well received because after all, look at the times in which we live is anything really wrong or that right, who teaches like that we are not going to like the answer just as you don't like the narrow way because of what Jesus says in verses 15 to down through 20. Here he talks about false prophets.
These are the ones who promote wide gates and says to begin with. Beware. So before you rush on to read about false prophets get the warning. Watch out dislike you teacher little children when they got to be out you're not going to be with them. You say beware you teach them the word predator and you take time to explain that there are thought some who were hoping to take you, kidnap you and hurt you beware the attention will be taken in because the person is kind and offers you something that seems delicious or attractive. Beware. So I say to you quoting Jesus beware of what beware of false prophets.
Please observe the comes counterfeits they come to you in sheep's clothing. Clothing not to see Hartmut sheep's clothing. Inwardly they are ravenous wolves. What's in sheep's clothing, courtesy, kindness capability, communication skills, charm, attractiveness and appealing approach. Love, acceptance, all the things that draw you in course counterfeiters like that, you'll pass a counterfeit $20 bill that shaped like a triangle colored yellow as you watch picture on it and that's not counterfeit nobody takes that you take one that looks exactly like a $20 bill and you get that through your real real good wolves are really good at looking like she managed to warn you, they are more in number than good Shepherd there everywhere. Beware there are ravenous wolves.
All that goodness all that beauty all that attractive is all that Is just fleece deep.
She got her look further, you will know them by their fruits. Never look at it more than fleece uses grapes not gather from thornbushes, or figs from thistles early uses a humorous illustration to make it ludicrous so that you won't forget you could break through the grapevine you get fixed from fig trees so every good tree bears good fruit, bad trees, bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit.
Vice versa. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire so Lynn, you will know them by their fruits.
So what we must become good fruit inspector, open your eyes clear on your ears pay attention how to know this and say it with such dogmatism, because I once followed a false teacher. That's how had all the appealing things that attracted a young mind everything but really the truth even though we could use both Hebrew and Greek and is teaching and had to realize ultimately what's missing is a godly lifestyle that revealed that fruit Jesus says it, you will know them by their fruit.
So look, listen, does this teacher have a high view of the Scriptures or as a compromise, here and there choosing this and that this teacher exalt Christ above all others, including herself or himself. If not, you got a false teacher on your hands.
Christ is exalted above all above all these, the head of the church's word is the final word is the teacher encourage followers to give their devotion to the Lord Jesus is to himself as a teacher promote a godly lifestyle or kind of, you're on your own here about promoting unity among other believers interesting when you follow false teacher, you become more and more isolated. You want less and less to do with the general run-of-the-mill believers because they don't have the truth like you're getting pick up your own nomenclature grown inside scoop is my walk with Christ getting deeper or not. If it's not. I'm in the wrong group my joiner closer harmony with fellow believers. If not I need to find another teacher.
My growing in both grace and knowledge rather than just knowledge because false teachers love to emphasize knowledge, which alone puffs up very there's much more teaching coming from Chuck Swindoll founded on this passage in Matthew chapter 7 Chuck titled his message three non-politically correct warnings and to learn more about this ministry. Please visit us email@example.com. Let me remind you, Chuck wrote a book about Jesus sermon on the mount. It's called simple faith and whether you're a serious student of the Bible or you're just beginning to learn what it means to follow Jesus. We believe this 14 chapter book will help you to purchase a copy of simple faith, go to insight.org/offer or call us if you're listening in the United States dial 1-800-772-8888. These daily programs are made possible because people like you give voluntary gifts and through your support. People all over our country and even around the world are learning to enter through the narrow gate. It was encouraging to read a recent comment from a listener and Atlanta who told us the story. He said I come from a violent alcoholic home with all the dysfunctions that go with that lifestyle from poverty, sexual abuse in criminal activity. Gratefully I got saved and was immediately discipled by men in my church. Plus Chuck Swindoll's insight, caring approach and football coach like admonitions were a huge part of redeeming my life. I was headed in the wrong direction before following Jesus. But thanks to servants like Dr. Swindoll I change my family tree released this generation and the next. Thank you for all you've done for millions around the world. Such an encouraging note from one of your co-listeners and fear among those who financially support insight for living. You can see your investment is truly made a difference to get your next donation right now. It was a phone call listening in the United States dial 1-800-772-8888 easily give a gift by using our mobile app or by going online to insight.org.
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