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Encountering the Power of God

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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November 15, 2020 7:00 am

Encountering the Power of God

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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November 15, 2020 7:00 am

People often say theyd believe in God if they could see him face to face. In this lesson, Dr. Tony Evans will tell us the story of one man who had a personal encounter with the Lord and what lessons we can learn from his experience.

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That looks like on one thing in the opposite is Dr. Tony Evans as well were waiting for God to keep his promise. Things sometimes get worse before they get better during those times all of us question this. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony have another speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative, even when all our Christian experience is telling us that God's promises are confidence can get shaken when it looks like he's doing just the opposite today. Dr. Evans will tell us the story of a man in that very situation was forced to decide what he really believed. Let's join if the truth were told there are times Christian experience when we don't feel like God keeps his promises that times in our experience when it looks like God said one thing in the opposite is taking place during those times when all of us to varying degrees. Question how real this thing is when it comes to God's promises. We know the theology that he cannot but sometimes you feel like you live, you, because what he says and what you are seeing do not match, they will agree they're not coming together well. I will take you to a situation in Scripture that is going to stretch you if you're not familiar with it. If you are going to perhaps take you to a place to understanding God is confusing you with his promises.

God's promises, to levels that the recorded promises in his word and then there all be applied promises and all experience that's where he takes a principal precept from the word but applies it to your situation for the Holy Spirit lifts the print off the Bible.

And since this is for you when you and I were in school. The teacher did not take our word for it that we understood what they taught and remembered what they said they leave it because you said I got I gave you a test test usually came in two forms one would be a quiz. The pop quizzes small test along the way.

But then there was the big that was the midterm and final tests and those usually carried the weight of the percentage of your grade because they were just so big to take you to one of the big test in Scripture and through this test we going to tell you and me and how we can have an encounter with God and his promises in Genesis 22 we have one of the most recorded events in history repeated over and over again in the New Testament, although it happened in the Old Testament, and that is Abraham offering up Isaac. Let me read the first two verses of Genesis 22 now it came about after these things that God tested Abraham and said Abraham and set him Abraham. He said here I am, he said now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac go to the land of Ryan and offer him there was a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you somebody say this is a test as what he said God tested Abraham before I got any further, let me explain something when God wants to give you an encounter with him. It will typically involve a test I got did you say amen in church, say, praise the Lord. He knows that you are in the building he's seeing you wave your hand like you don't care but he's not banking on that he will give you a text is not what it is that something in the oven cooking for dinner and know that it can look brown on the outside that turkey that rose it can look well done. You stick a fork in externally. If you look good still be wrong inside. God knows on Sunday morning his people can look good but I gotta stick a fork in to see whether it is well done and ready to go.

So your encounter with God and his promises will in all our past, but this is not any kind of test test come in different shapes and sizes. This is a test related to a promise I'll explain this task is unique because it involved a series of contradictions, a contradiction is when God says one thing and appears to be doing another 20 he says is not really doing the exact opposite over here. I don't know if you had that yet but when God says some clear any opposite is a carry you say, well, what's the contradiction number one there was a theological contradiction. You see God a promise way back in Genesis chapter 12 that he was going to make a great nation of Abraham, and it would come through the son of Sarah whose name was Isaac got it made a promise, but here in Genesis chapter 22. God tells them to kill promise. Isaac is a teenager. He married what you said. I think the promise would come up building a sleeve that would become a great nation to become a great nation. If you telling me to kill the very promise that you said it would come through. That's a theological contradiction. That's where you said one thing and you're telling me to do something that's opposite to what you said kill what you said should live to offer your son on the altar as a burnt offering means to kill them and that's hard but you said now shalt not kill you, God, who in Genesis chapter 9 verse six said if any man kills another man, he shall Batman be killed for man is created in the image of God did not hear you say that, why have you that over here asking me to kill him that some contradiction involved in the test is not only a theological contradiction is not only a biblical contradiction. It's an emotional contradiction because it says sacrifice your son, your only son, whom you love this boy.

This was the only son through his wife Sarah, he says, and I want you to give up and I want you to turn them over.

This boy is the love of my life and you're asking me to take them my life and give him up. My only son you asking me to turn over and even take his life that's killing my emotion. Worse of all spiritual contradiction first three says Abraham rose up early in the morning, saddled his donkey took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son and he split the wood for the burnt offering and he arose and went to the place which God had told the Brittany got up early is because such, but I think God that even if it didn't make sense. And even if he killed the son God would give them about the great he says in verse eight God will provide for himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son Isaac asking Mark that I see the fire scene would've seen stuff to make the file but I don't see any lamb in real time. We went to church. We had we had a lamb he says son only God can fix this. I can explain what's going happen. I don't know how God's going to do with. I don't have an exclamation. All I can tell you is God's will have to provide this God's will have to provide this because when God put you in a contradiction you can explain how it's going work out what this they come to the place in verse nine, which God told Abraham built an altar. They arrange the wood down to son Isaac on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife the slaves.

Can you imagine what he's thinking of you. The make sense get rid of.

The one thing I love most in my life a little of the Lord.

Verse 11 Jesus in the Old Testament called him from heaven, and said Abraham watching when God called him twice and he said here I am second time. He said that I'm here I'm submitted to you. Do not stretch out your hand against the lad and do nothing to him. For now, I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me. The problem is those three words.

Now I know, will guide you up mission you knew before I got up what was going happen the day.

How come you only know when is now. We now know you know the beginning from BN. What was so special about God knows everything actual God knows everything potential, but he does not know everything experiential I put another way, God has not experienced everything he knows.

He knows everything but everything he knows he's not necessarily experience. For example, if you ask God what does it feel like to commit a sin. They couldn't tell you what it feels like to commit a sin because it never committed a sin. So the only way he could discover what it's like to have. Sin was to bear sin because he never had any of his own, so we never experience sin, although he knows all about sin. He knows what it is he knows where it came from, knows what it does, but he got know how it feels to do it because he never did it.

So we as admissions about the information missions about the experience of the data.

When God wanted to know what it was like to be human gets what he did. He became a man. Hebrews for fast so that he could simplify with our infirmities so he could feel it. He wanted to feel what it feels like to be lonely and lonely. He wanted to feel what it feels like to be misused and abused and rejected and go through things humans go through so in order to fill it likely they'll let he became one of us because it is nature you feel everything else. So guess why God put you in a trial that doesn't make sense because he wants to feel your love to hear discussions about he wants to feeling and what makes him feel it when you choose him over something you already love. He says I know you hear me because you not withheld your son, only one you've got you from me when you had to choose between me and him you chose me and now I know now I feel it when God wants to give you an encounter with him.

It will involve a contradiction that involves a choice. It's different strokes for different folks, but it may be choosing the thing you treasure the butt as bad as that seems.

God is opening up the door for an encounter with the living God. Abraham raised up his Outlook verse 13 behold, there was a ram caught in the thicket that is required is ramming history of RAM is caught in the thicket is front wheel is trying to get out the thicket. He does not see the solution until the obedience occurs a lot about looking for the lamb.

When we haven't finished the obedience. So God is keeping a ram quiet.

The solution was already that it just wasn't revealed until after God. So many of us could be delaying saying the RAM because we are delaying fulfilling the obedience below. Some of the summer whenever we didn't complete it, we can complete the text we started the test, maybe, but we didn't complete it and as a result, the solution like it. Abraham called the name of the place. Verse 14 the Lord will provide is one of the big names of God Jehovah Gyro you heard it you sign it.

That's Jehovah's gyrate is said to this day in the amount of the Lord. It will be provided, then the angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time. That's a big principal in Scripture what God wants to confirm something he doesn't a second or third time for 60 and said myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son. Indeed, I will greatly bless you I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the said which is on the seashore and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.

God made a promise to Abraham way back in Genesis chapter 12 same promise, but I until Genesis 22 passenger reading today between Genesis 12 and Genesis 22 when he swears by something he said dozens of years. It took him 25 years of the time is that of Isaac and Isaac Isaac of the teenager now so we've got a set of gone by when nothing is happened about the problem that those who feel like God is that something as well since you yes ago and nothing is happening that is because you must understand, between God's promise. God's will is space space between what he said he's going to do and when he's actually going to do it is a time when he is getting the promise ready for you and is getting you ready for the promise between Genesis 12 and Genesis 22 made a bunch of mistakes so in the space between God's promise and God's all is his preparation and you have a part to play and how long it lasts. Dr. Evans will tell us more about the significant difference between a promise and an oath comes back in a moment to continue this message from his life-changing series, divine encounters, and I wanted to be sure to let you know that Tony is released the perfect companion book to what we been hearing about today is called kingdom encounters and it explores how you can have the same kind of one-on-one experiences with God that we read about in the lives of people like Moses, Daniel Abraham and others. We want to help you learn how to set your faith on fire and keep it burning. So were making available both the book and digital and CD copies of all eight full-length messages from the divine encounter series, including material we won't have time to share on the radio is or thank you gift when you make a contribution to help us keep Tony's teaching coming your way on the station, take advantage of this special double offer before time runs out by visiting Tony Evans.org or call our 24-hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 team members are standing by to help you. That's 1-800-800-3222 will get back to our teaching time right after this. The thing about serving an incident God is that no matter how much you know there's always more to learn so brand-new to Scripture or an experienced ministry professional. There's something for you with Tony Evans training online courses covering core concepts working at your own pace and schedule dig deep and historical context of the book uncover the key teachings and learn how to apply them in real situations. There's lots of exclusive content from Dr. Evans to keep you interested and motivated an online form where you can ask questions and answers can collaborate with other students. The more you learn, the more you want to try Tony Evans training discovered time anywhere in Hebrews chapter 6 read verse 13.

For when God made sense he could swear by no greater peace by himself God's. And I swear saying I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you just read that and so having patiently waited, he obtained the promise for men swear by one greater than themselves and with them and given as confirmation is a in of every dispute in the same way God desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable of his purpose, interposed with an old, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is possible for God to lie, we have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope that it said before us. Once this process will make promises tickles in order to confirm the promise when you go to court your lawyer.

Prior to going there may take a deposition. That deposition is to be a assessment of your understanding of the issue, but when you got a call and I say on the Bible, do you promise to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God that stuff is gone now to a whole different level. That's why I want to take phone statements on because now it's a level of accountability. Six says when you take an oath you taken hold before someone greater than yourself so you take a hope in court to the judge because the judge has authority over you in the court and the judge tells you that you make should put you on the Bible to bring God into your testimony so you got a judge over you at least declare this so that now you judge by what you just said and you can yourself on the witness. He says just so it is with men, it is with God is the problem with God. He says because God has nobody else to appeal to MetLife when God takes it all happening up a book he wrote the book when God takes in all, there is nobody greater than you saw when he took over in Genesis 22 swear by myself, what swear by somebody greater nobody greater nobody greater nobody greater this process. They want to swear by nobody greater than himself by himself and what happens when God takes an oath related to a promise he plans to bring your weight even know you will do it because it doesn't make sense is totally contradictory as goggles pull this off. He says swear by myself which means I don't need anybody outside of me to make it happen. In other words, when God is ready to make a promise and there's nothing left for you to do you have to do anything else you want to try anything else. He just goes sip and then do it his way by himself without informing you first meet. He's taking the issue over by two immutable unchangeable things. It is impossible. Hebrews 6 for God to lie one because he makes a promise and is a promise keeper not a promise breaker and to because he makes it all the when he makes it all. He has the power to pull off what was in the promise by himself which meet to understand is all you gotta do is finish the obedience until he's ready to take it over himself. James chapter 2 verse 2123 James said Abraham offered up Isaac when he offered up Isaac.

He perfected his faith, God broke through and God became more real to him. Soon after that he was called a friend of God, not always sing the song.

I am afraid the God, but you may not be. You may be in Charlotte, you may not yet be his friend because you're not a friend of God until you have exercised the faith of Abraham.

If you want the experience of Abraham.

You have to have the faith of Abraham and the faith of Abraham was to obey when it did accents and when he did know how the world God was doing. He says Abraham's faith was perfected close with the concept in Hebrews chapter 11 versus 17 to 19. It closes with this phrase Abraham offered up Isaac and then it says and he got him back as a type of domestic since this is Rich it's deep and it matters that's in Hebrews 11, all Hebrews 11 is about what went through in the Old Testament but is written in the New Testament. He said he got Isaac back.told him you sacrifice me as a lamb, and he got them back as a type is something physical in the Old Testament designed to teach us something spiritual in the New Testament. Something happened back then physically so you got all these physical things, the temple of the tabernacle the sacrifices to point to something that was to come to a type is something physical to teach you something spiritual so let's get this the reason why I am story is being retold over and over again. If God wants us to use something now based on the principle we learn from what happened what happened was God using a task to bring about his promise, and he says what happened then is a physical illustration of a spiritual principle that should be happening right now and that is using test and send them to see God's promises fulfilled in your life even when you can't figure out how in the world. God Dr. Evans will have a word about how that kind of story can be your kind of story first so don't forget to take advantage of that special offer. I told you about earlier you get all eight full-length messages in Tony's current series divine encounters along with a great companion book kingdom encounters they're both yours with our thanks when you make a contribution to help us continue presenting this program every day. This special offer runs out soon so be sure to call 1-800-800-3222 today to get the details and make a request. Our resource Center never closes. That's 1-800-800-3222 or visit Tony Evans.org or you can make all the arrangements online.

I repeat that website information in a moment right after this special invitation from Dr. Evans. If you've never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior you can do that right now. Simply go to him and acknowledge that you are a sinner in need of a Savior and that your transferring your trust in him alone because of his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead and if you will go to him for salvation. He promises to give it to you free of charge just for the asking. Learn more about what all that means and why it's so important. Visit Tony Evans.org and follow the link it says Jesus. Tony has a quick video that explains it all and you find some free follow-up resources there as well. That's Tony Evans.org. The Bible tells us to bring our requests to the Lord, but next time Dr. Evans explains why those requests to have more to do with God's agenda in our own I hope will be back with the alternative with Dr. Tony have brought to you by the is made possible by the generous contributions of listeners


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