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An Extraordinary Life Part 2

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May 6, 2021 1:00 am

An Extraordinary Life Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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May 6, 2021 1:00 am

Real miracles include raising the dead, feeding the five thousand, and turning water into wine—the kind of miracles Jesus did to prove He was sent from God. Jesus was a man whose claims to be God were validated by His miracles.

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One reason for us. Jesus phone number for real miracles include raising the good and feeding the 5000 kind of goes. Jesus did to prove he came from God today more about the amazing life of Christ, a man whose claims were validated by his goals from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is when Sir clear teaching helps us to get across the finish line. Master loser without fanfare. Jesus displayed his power over all realms of existence.

Well Dave what you have said is absolutely right. Sometimes we get so used to reading the Gospels we forget how Jesus actually was. He was able to speak the word and Lazarus was raised from the dead.

He was able to speak the word and blind people were able to see, but more than that. He claimed the ability to forgive sin and who can forgive sin except God alone.

God of very God ministry yes but truth definitely how wonderful it is for us to worship this Savior you know it really blesses my heart. The ministry of running to win is heard throughout the Middle East. What that means is that thousands upon thousands of Muslims are able to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. But we can only do that because of people like you. Those who stand with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts would you consider becoming an endurance partner you need more info. Here is what you can do good RTW that's RTW Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 thanks in advance for helping us because together. The gospel is going to many people in more than 20 different countries but now let us open our hearts and minds again as we contemplate the Savior, the Savior who exercised his authority and who reminds us that he is indeed God of very God, Jesus, as I have authority over the physical realm. I have authority over the spiritual realm. He also said I have authority over the eternal round eternal realm for that. Let's just turn to John chapter 11 for just a moment where we see here the wonderful story of the resurrection of Lazarus, John chapter 11, when Jesus here is that Lazarus is sick. He stays away two extra days to give Lazarus lots of time to die. And when Jesus returns to Bethany, Lazarus has been dead already for day the sisters come and say you know if you had been here, our brother had not died. Where were you when we really needed you, and then Jesus says to them in verse 25 I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me shall live. Even if he dies somebody dies the funeral that individual is believed on Christ. They are living even though they die, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Not talking about reincarnation. He's talking about here is the fact that it when we live we spiritually believe on him. We will go on living and having eternal life. Even if we die physically, it's not Miss Christ point he's saying in light of the fact that I can take a man was been dead for four days and I can raise him from the dead. This is proof that I actually even have authority over the eternal realm and I can give him physical life, but I can also give you spiritual life and I have that ability. You see how Christ's claims and his miracles are interwoven and you see Christ is the only teacher who did these kinds of miracles that were linked with these awesome and amazing claim.

We know that Satan can cause crosses to appear in Windows, we know that he can make statues cry. We know that he can do healing miracles which he really loves.

By the way, because Satan was crying quite right when he said in the book of Job, everything that a man has he will give for his life is the most important thing to us as her health, but one of the things that Satan cannot do is to raise the dead, and then make the claim that because he can raise the dead, he can grant eternal life to those who believe on him is there to teach. Is there a Google who is their profit who has ever walked this planet who has made claims like that.

The answer is no, you know, in Europe, a number of years ago there was a man by the name of born Jones, who had a very beautiful painting. I understand entitled law among the ruins and there were some artists who were supposed to touch it up and to fix that. And even though they were warned regarding the watercolors that were used.

They use the wrong solvent wrong cleaning fluid and as a result, the paint dissolved the picture was ruined. I want you to know today that throughout all of history, there have been those of been trying to take the portrait of Jesus Christ in the New Testament and dissolve it. They want to do away with his miracles. They want to do away with his sayings.

They want to get back to a Christ that is just as human as Buddha or Mohammed there absolutely determined to take the pages of the New Testament to scrub them clean to sponge them and to find a solvent with which they can wipe Christ away.

No one has been able to do it. Nobody you know why no one has been able to do it because first of all Christ's words and Christ's works are so closely intertwined that you cannot take away his works is miracles because when you do that you are left with all of these astounding claims that you have to do something with. And if you're like Albert Schweitzer, the great humanitarian who wrote his own book on the historical Jesus. He came out flat out and says that Jesus was in saying the only way we can explain his astounding claims to be God, than to have the ability to forgive Sam so you see a man has said to himself. If I could just find the right thread. The sock would be unraveled and we could get back to the historical Jesus. If you ever heard the statement and it has been made by some scholars that we don't really know anything about who Jesus really was.

You may say what you know when I hear statements like that. It is a great threat to my faith, my friend the understand what's going on. That is one of the greatest affirmations that anyone could make about the unity of Jesus Christ's words and works because what they're saying is we have taken the New Testament we have scrapped out all the miracles we have shipped Jesus Christ down to size so that he is not a miraculous Christ, and yet were left with all of these astounding claims that we don't know what in the world to do with and the best thing is to simply say that we know nothing about him and that's the way unbelief works, it will not accept what is written by eyewitnesses and so they simply say the easiest way out is to say, we don't know anything about matter what the record says so that's one of the reasons why it is that the quest for the historical Jesus is been such a dismal failure has because the quest always begins with man and it ends with man may give you a second reason, second reason is that when you look at the New Testament. You can't help but feel that Jesus is not on trial. Now I'm not an artist.

I've been to some galleries and I remember seeing a beautiful painting of Rembrandt that is a painting that Rembrandt painted cold night watching a Museum in Amsterdam.

We received a lecture on its beauty.

And I greatly appreciated the painting after having heard all those things but actually what if I were to stand there and say you know I don't think that Rembrandt knew very much. Matter fact I think he should have done it this way of the tour guide would've said, you know, do we have space for this guy somewhere else.

If you have been very honest, though perhaps not very polite should of turned to me and said Sir I think you misunderstand the painting isn't on trial you are when you look at the pages of the New Testament. Christ is not on trial. In fact, he says he is going to be our individual and personal judge find a religious leader in all the world was ever made an astounding claim like that is not Jesus Christ that is on trial. It is we who are on trial.

It is not our responsibility to judge him is his responsibility to judge us is not our responsibility to remake them into a Jesus that is according to our liking, but to submit to his authority and to submit to his claim.

Now I began this message by saying that there are two gods in this world there is a God called a Satan who was the prince of the power of the air, and God has allowed them to continue to rule the world.

During this period because you see you may be saying why. If Jesus is superior. Why does he just stamp out the devil will be answering that in a subsequent message but for now it's enough for us to realize that there are indeed these two gods and my dear friend, I want you to know that whether you are aware of it or not you personally as a man, a woman, a teenager, even a child really do belong to one God or the other. Stephen Nealon a book about Jesus said that he once spent an evening with a man who was very close friend of Adolf Hitler. This man said to Stephen Neal that there was something about Hitler that was magnetic.

He had energy like of the Parliament of world religions. There were people there.

They said, who had energy and I did not dispute the energy I just disputed the origin of the energy but there were people who had energy and Hitler was one who had energy and this man said you could take me blind folded through 10 different room and without a single word being said without a sound. He said I could've told you which room Hitler was in. He said that Hitler's presence was such that he said that when you were in his presence, you either had to run and leave politics and forget him or you had to say to yourself, this man needs to be killed. These is the only other option was to sell your soul to him body's soul and spirit.

There is a man with energy close friend of Hitler says that Hitler was only the body for the spirit that inhabited him when he spoke he sometimes spoke with such interesting comments that it is said that he himself was listening to what was coming out of his mouth as if he were hearing it for the first time, thoroughly demonized, just like Antichrist will be power. You know, in the presence of Jesus.

There's also power you can't ignore them can ignore all that you can do is to run from him. That's a possibility. That's what many people are doing. They say you know if I just celebrate Christmas.

I can keep distance between me and him because I'm not afraid of the baby in the manger.

I can just say that it's a lovely story. I can just get rid of him that way and I can just run and I can just pretend that all the other religions of the world are you well, that's one possibility. But what wrong possibility that is that means that you cannot stand in his presence. The only other option of course is to reinterpret him as those who went on their quest for the historical Jesus is done and that is to simply take him and to scrub him clean and to say he is not miraculous. He is one of us and were gonna disbelieve the account. Then there is another possibility. And that is to look at the portrait of Jesus Christ in the Bible and to say King of Kings and Lord of lords. God of all God's.

The other possibility is to look at him and to say he is who he claimed to be, and the words that came out of his mouth, and the works that he did with his hands are so intricately unified that this is indeed God walking upon earth. The only one who can speak to us and say, be thou clean and when we hear his words we hear those words from the judge and the king of the that's the only other alternate this past week I was at a revival conference in which I had the privilege of speaking a number of times in one evening, I spoke on Satan. Specifically, 12 different doorways that he uses in our lives to get a foothold Lord was very gracious because of your prayers and the prayers of many others, perhaps 75 or 100 people responded to the invitation to go to the prayer room to confess and to submit to God. The Bible says dearly beloved, submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. If you don't do number one don't even expect to be able to do. Number you can resist the devil and he will not flee if you first. Don't submit after the service a young man who was a student in the Bible school said I'm going to tell you something that no one else knows except my wife.

He said here's my story is I become very interested in another religion and he told me which religion it was and he said I decided that I am going to study this religion from the inside. He said somehow I became fascinated with it.

So I said I went over to Calgary and I found this religion and I submitted myself to them and I took all of their training and he says is part of the training he said is I had to take files he said and I went through all those about this is in my heart I knew I was lying I was saying Jesus you know that really I do love you but actually if this is what is necessary for me to get into this religion. I'll take the bow, so he took the vows that he was baptized in this religion, which also believes that one should be baptized for the dead as far as the leaders are concerned he is a bona fide member of this religion but he says I'm in such distress. He said I don't know what to do. He says I'm having these terrible, terrible nightmares, nieces in the nightmares. He says I see myself being sacrificed on the altar. He said it became very clear to me that he and submitting myself to this religion. He says I was bowing at the feet of say 10 to get in.

He says I have dreams of concentric circles I had dreams of pyramid of pentagrams all the cold symbols is that it's affected my study can study visit affected my relationship with my wife. And he said I do know what to do. As a young man I'll tell you what you need to do. I said you need to go to the prayer room you need to get on your knees and it is matter how long it takes, but you have to go point by point, renouncing every one of those valves renouncing everyone confessing that you were sending not only because of lobbying but because you were in the devil's territory. This was his playground.

This is where he works and then I said after that you need the help of the faculty member.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to pray with him because I had another commitment, but I said you need help of the faculty member you need to tell somebody else.

I met him at breakfast the next day and we had a talk and he said I spent time in the prayer room, but he says no matter how long I stayed there the distress of spirit was still upon me, but he said after I left, I met a friend I told my whole story just like I told you the story and he said we prayed together and we believe together.

Remember, the Bible says if two of you agree on earth concerning anything say we all want to live the Christian life individually. Wouldn't want anybody's help we want anybody to know what were struggling with.

We don't want anybody to know what is going on in our souls as we like to give the impression that we are exempt and the temptations the struggles the partakes in the difficulties of life and so he said we began to pray together and he said I feel much better raises the nightmares of left but there's still one step in the process and he says they still think I'm a member of their group and I have been assigned a teacher I have to go tell him the truth.

I encouraged him to do that and said you need to take a faculty member with you because I'm not sure if you have enough strength to do what you need to do.

You say what is everybody was in these other religions there.

Having these awful dreams now. Not everybody some people but not everybody remember that if you belong to the devil he will make your religious commitment as sweet as profitable as miraculous as he possibly can. I I stand amazed at the navet of people thinking that everything from the devil looks terrible. Listen everything from the devil that he can make look good will look good but this demand was in distress because he was a Christian. Little wonder God was using that demonic distress to bring him to his senses to bring them to a place of renunciation in the end, I have no doubt that Jesus Christ king of kings and Lord of lords will prove himself absolutely superior to all the other gods, even in this young man's life, folks, I shall speak plainly and tell you that there are two gods and if you understood the implications. As will be trying to explain them in subsequent messages.

There are only really two religions to that route. Christ vies sins be forgiven day before Abraham was, I am the father hath committed all judgment unto the son is Christ, then there's all the others will God's terrible dots, powerful gods if we submit to them willing to draw us away. Tell us all the beauties that lie on the other side.

But in the presence of Christ. If you are listening by radio cassette videotape were here today in the presence of Christ you're in the presence of energy here in the presence of God and you need to choose, and don't you think you can get by with letting that decision slip.

Let's pray. Her father, we thank you today, but your word says that Jesus Christ is within us and he that is within us is greater than he that is without and we thank you that the big showdown which hasn't come yet.

We thank you that the results of already been predicted and that all the other false gods will be brought to total eternal humiliation. Thank you for Christ for his exultation for his miracles for the miracle that he is right in our hearts now before I close this message. I want you to pray when you tell Jesus what you need to tell him some of you tampering with other gods renounce them in the name of Christ find a prayer partner come clean come clean. Others of you have never received Christ as Savior. You've acted as if there is a whole bunch of options out there, as if they are all on equal ground's time that you believed in Christ, whatever it is that God is talk to you about. Would you talk to him now is waiting for response. Father, you've only begun the work and you've not finished it but finish what you begun.

The lives of all those who listened in Jesus name, Amen. My friend, this is Pastor Luther and I appeal to your heart. If you've never trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior would you do that now would you bow before Christ as Savior and Lord. Ask him to forgive your sin and tell him that you have come to believe that he is indeed the son of the living God, your Savior running to win exists to help people to understand that and to bring them to saving faith in Jesus Christ and to help people who already know him they could successfully all the way to the finish line.

Would you consider helping us. Would you consider becoming an endurance partner that someone who stands with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts they become ineffective part of the running to win the family. Here is what you do go to RTW that's all one word RTW Click on the endurance partner button. There you'll find the information that you need or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337. Let me give you that phone number again 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us at running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 in all of history. No one is ever projected the kind of authority that Jesus had people were either drawn to him or they wanted to kill him for anyone confronting the real Jesus.

There is still no middle ground. Next time I'm running to win. Join us to find out why Jesus had an extraordinary authority for Dr. Erwin Luzerne this is Alastair Remington win is sponsored by the Moody Church

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