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March 8, 2021 7:00 am
When you want to use Dr. Tony Evans is our passion to be a trap and we need to allow God to set us free yesterday to keep you from tomorrow celebrating this is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the alternative until someone invents a Time Machine we can't live anywhere but the present that doesn't stop a lot of Christians were being trapped in the past.
Let's try Dr. Evans as he explains how to break free as well. Those words like the word love you like but you can't quite define it feels like when you have it, but if you push to give a precise definition of it and make it difficult we try to give you one from a biblical frame of reference, we define freedom as release from illegitimate bondage so that you are now able to experience becoming what you were created and redeemed to be.
You see, all bondage isn't illegitimate for the Bible says we ought to be bound to Christ death legitimate bondage. The Bible says the wife is bound to the bounds that we ought to adhere to freedom always demands responsibility people want to be free, but who don't want to be responsible already to be free of teenagers, as I will be free from a mother and father that don't have a job the right of freedom.
Freedom demands responsibility, but we want you to be free from yesterday. I don't want anybody in here being held to an illegitimate slavery of your past.
God had set his people free and delivered them from Egypt, Israel was enslaved with Egypt and Egypt for 430 years they were in the slavery on the bondage of Egypt and they cried to be free and God never hated not only deliver them from Egypt, from the past. He delivered them to their destiny so that was deliverance from that there might be destiny to the front page of Canaan, the place of promise from deliverance Egypt to destiny Canaan. They had to go through a process of development. Wilderness deliverance Egypt development wilderness destiny Canaan.
What is true progression is true of the progression of every Christian today when you are saying that you were delivered from the realm of darkness. You were delivered from the authority of Satan. You are delivered from the power of sin that you might have a knee to fulfilling God's purpose and promise for your life. God has a destiny for every truly born again Christian that involves fulfilling the purpose and promise of your life from deliverance and arrived at destiny. You must go through development. That development is called the wilderness the wilderness is when God takes you through things in order to reveal to you, he is God. You can only discover that God is God when you're going through wilderness situations. Those are the trials the testings and the temptations in which you have to depend on God because your resources are not enough you can make it on your own. Wilderness is dry. The wilderness is barren. The wilderness has no life. So if you go to eat and drink in the wilderness, God's got a rain down manna from on high to bring one rocks because that's what he did in the wilderness. The purpose of business is for God to show you God. So there is deliverance in order to reach destiny through a process of development. Now why the wilderness is very necessary if you forget Egypt usually God knew that they admitted Egypt a long time 430 years and he wanted to be left behind them. That was the past because they knew if he didn't get really Egypt. They will take Egypt into Canaan… Egypt in communicating with a whole different location with a whole different planet a whole different purpose. He didn't want them Dragon Egypt to Canaan so he brought them through the wilderness personally told the Duke and actress Lodge on the 19th deliver you. Wash your clothes, get the smell of Egypt. All you should take Egypt with you and so I am going to shoot from your past and I want you discover me in your present so that you will trust me annual destiny. Well, on the verge of entering the promised land numbers chapter 14 they are right there that the Jordan River. You know, we sing songs about crossing the river and crossed the Red Sea that was deliverance but that it written across the Jordan River to take them into their destiny ceiling across two rivers need to get out. You need to come to the Red Sea national salvation, but you need to cross the Jordan River because that's where your destiny lies on the bed. Tomorrow God tells them to go spy out the land, but don't look at the land that he has promised them their future. Don't take a look at the land spy out the land. They said their 12 spies in the spy out the land.
The spies come back in chapter 13 and they say in verse 27 is a good land and it flows with milk and honey, and here is the fruit they brought back the fruit that was enormous room to show how productive look at how to be productive, productive their future was how productive the land is, but they said verse 28.
Nevertheless, productive. But we have a problem. The place is called the city to fortify the anti-Colbert verse 29 Amalek is there in the beginning of the Hittites availed the Jebusites of the Amorites, in the hill country for the Canaanite to live about a sea of joy and a nice but is too many problems is too many props take our future is going be to convey a problem something. The reason God takes you through the wilderness is cut you off from your past that you might discover how great God is.
So when you see the problems in your future, you will run from your future because you see God in the wilderness, having disconnected from you yesterday seem to get tomorrow with no care in the baggage of yesterday.
We still so tied up to probably will not stop or jacked up all over yesterday we came to tomorrow's game even get through the day to get that tomorrow if you can even make it today see a lot of us wish today when in which we could get the tomorrow do anything about what you brought in today from yesterday Dragon at Babel into tomorrow. Are you we want Clemente to be better their problem so please not talk about heaven when you go to heaven. There are no problems, dawdle Hittites, Jebusites, Canaanites, Amorites, when you get to having you study war no more. There are no problems and he's talking about your destiny in history and that's why you need a sermon on responsibility because when God gives you things he does not give you things without the responsibility to act on taking care of the business that he gave you this. Folks are right at the precipice of their future. They go to be problems moving forward. There's a blessing, but you gotta overcome some problems moving forward to the destiny God has for you when maybe it is, in fact, they said verse 33 Vanessa Lima man and we became like grasshoppers in our old site is bad when you make your own self grasshopper.the folk didn't call grasshoppers. We called ourselves grasshoppers when we saw how big they were and what we call self grasshopper. Guess what they called us and so we were in their sight committee call you photograph, would you think of the locally big Mickey was much of a grasshopper.
You said you were still around, and I'm a nobody yet we agree.
I'm never going be nothing. I heard that I'm nothing but a failure you're right show you right so what they did was they should look in the midst of a challenge and look at what they see when they about the challenges of their future. They will against Moses and Aaron, the whole congregation said, whether we are guided Egypt. Although we had died in this wilderness. Why is the Lord bring up in this land fall by the sword, our wives in our little ones that have become plugged of what it not have been better for us to return to each, so they said to one another, let us appoint a leader and returned to Egypt.
They want to go back to yesterday want to go back to that want to go back to the place they beg God to get them out of whatever it Egypt exit deliver us from if we want to get out of here now, the way they wanted total problems and let's go back go back in other words, they had left Egypt, but Egypt had not.
They still had Egypt on them and what is that tell you can be deliberate and still be a slight you can be set free but still have yesterday running your mind in fact turn of annexes chapter 2 verse 17 says when God led them out of Egypt, he bypassed the land of the Philistines less when they saw the Philistines they would change their Dr. Evans has an example of that mindset to come straight out of classic TV will share it with us when he comes back in a moment with more this message from his current series freedom through forgiveness. It's a look at the connection between release and relief when we experience the mercy of God, and pass it along to others would like to pass along a copy of this six lesson collection to you is our thank you gift when you support Tony's ministry with a contribution along with it will include his companion book 30 days to victory through forgiveness. It explains how in a single month. You can learn to let go of the pain that others have caused you or that you caused yourself to resources, both designed to help you break the cycle of old hurts the keep causing new hurts both yours with our thanks for your contribution. This offer is only available for a few more days, so visit us right email@example.com or call her 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 for details before time runs out. I'll have her contact information again for you after part two of today's lesson and this are you hungry for more history, more and more wisdom than you need to connect to the community. God's word is attorney Evans training with exclusive attention from Dr. Tony active online study experience allows you to explore theology and biblical history and application anytime, anywhere.
Tony Evans training.org to get started today next 10 Evans training Beverly abilities without the black gold on the property many multimillionaires and they moved to Beverly Hills that would lead to showing the training was that they are now living in such like hillbillies. In other words their location change but not their mindset was still thinking hillbilly thoughts and who haven't changed them just decrease their value if they in your vicinity may decrease the value.
See the mindset had Shane seek God not only wanted to deliver them from the location of Egypt deliver them from the men of but Georgia still thinking about now.
Everything about Egypt back in chapter 11 he says this time we remember go back on its way. Remember the fish which we usually eat free in each, balance the league's direct but not appetite is gone and there is nothing at all to look at except this man gently deal with all this back to me when I respond all that we had garlic.
Emily and Alex back in Egypt so guess what I was saying when fish like in slavery milk and honey in freedom.
The problem is challenges experiencing freedom and they would choose slavery based on the glorious tomorrow.
A glorious future. But because I was going to be a challenge moving forward. I say let's go back let's go back to yesterday is what you need to understand deliverance provide you the opportunity for freedom is not in itself freedom. The Bible says it was for freedom. We been set free.
That is free to experience becoming all we were created and redeemed me when you know yesterday you want to model that means you still asleep.
So the question is will you do about yesterday use yesterday of the rearview mirror. You glance at it you don't live in children with you glance at it and remember this is where one. This is what God but you are moving forward. Utilizing the windshield glass is so much bigger because when you going to suppose be much bigger with you. You want to live your life moving forward with the windshield that is finding out God's perspective on anything on every subject you on what God thinks about how God feels about it. What you expect from me regarding it so that I can see you.
Moses sent 12 spies in two came back and says what God said we can do. Came back and said we can do that we can do that see the reason why a lot of us will live in the past and future, is because the full we help with people of faith. They are people who trust that people can see beyond that want to get together and talk today. Paul put it this way, Libyans 313, forgetting those things which I present. He said I had to let yesterday.
Go and that means the good the bad and ugly medical forget you get some bad stuff because he was a murderer he was opening when they stoned Stephen to death. He was standing right there. Commissioning the execution, he persecuted the church of the living God. Paul says I had to forget the things of everyday. I thought about the fact that I was a murderer. I can never become all policy never written 13 books of the New Testament only had to forget the bad stuff to get the good stuff.
I can just remember all the good stuff.
I did it was good glad I did it to experience some people about brothers were sold into slavery, ugly, choose the right falsely right forgotten in prisons right now I'd like saying boys did me wrong you portions will be the slavery that was not fair for John had done this I would have to go through all that stuff just don't don't me over Coakley. That was not fair to give you all for the rest of my life humble home listing what goes around comes around. For national triangle ever let this go. I know what you said you but God meant it to bring down flow and not be held hostage yesterday and he said these words in verse 35 really a confidence which is great reward for. We call this what you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God. You may receive what is promised for yet in a very little while he was coming will, will not delay but my righteous one shall live by faith. And if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. Don't go back to work.
He says don't shrink like Israel not so sure. Dr. Tony talking about the importance of pressing forward, looking back with a closing illustration to drive the point home just a moment but first he wants to make sure you're able to find your freedom from yesterday and to do that you need to receive God's ultimate favor his free gift of salvation. If you're at all uncertain about your eternal destiny visit Tony Avenue and's.org and click the link that says Jesus.
Dr. Evans has a short video message for you and some free resources to help you be certain about your eternal future. Don't put it off. Visit Tony Avenue and start or right away. And while you're there, you can also make arrangements to receive a copy of today's lesson to reviewing your own or pass along to someone you care about just get in touch with us for details on the message titled freedom from yesterday. Better yet, you can get it as a part of our current series 6 lesson collection called freedom through forgiveness, which include some bonus material. We won't have time to present on the air.
As I mentioned earlier, you can get this audio collection on CD and digital download along with the companion book 30 days to victory through forgiveness. It's all yours with our thanks when you make a contribution to help keep Tony's teaching coming to you on the station. Once you've heard the urban alternative is celebrating 40 years of ministry this year so your support is an investment in an organization. This been faithfully carrying the good news to a needy world for many years. Dr. Evans recently spoke about God's early calling on his life 1968, little church became part of the evangelistic crusade in Baltimore, led by an evangelist named BCM heart is organization was the Granville Gospel Fellowship was a tent crusade and I was 18-year-old working on this crusade with our church and on the first night he preached. He talked about being fully committed to being used of God and that night is when I sense God calling me to serve him. I really didn't get more involved in the crusade and got to know Sam Hart and then he sent me to Guyana South America to work on his crusade that was going on that which is courses where I met Lois so it was that crusade and 68 that started the ministry direction for me. Your support of the urban alternative makes possible the important work that continues even today so can contact us at 1-800-800-3222. Let us say thanks for your help by sending you this special to resource package freedom through forgiveness and 30 days to victory through forgiveness. Again, that's 1-800-800-3222, or make the arrangements online at Tony Avenue and start or people often say you can do anything if you have enough faith tomorrow. Dr. Evans explains that's not true.
Unless you have the right kind of face right now though he's back with a final illustration to wrap up today's program. I love when I see guys in a race get to the tapes in the lien pressing forward to get to the text. It was bad and it was not like and you can change bad, but you can present lien that is in Christ Jesus. Somebody left the Lord is the celebrating 40 years of faith thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you