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January 9, 2022 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton as he answers your questions will were so excited about this particular time together taking God's Encouraging Word and using that as our resource and source for answers questions you have sent into Dr. Don Wilton here on The Encouraging Word each and every day. The Encouraging Word features the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist seminary professor and pastor and today he takes your questions and helps us understand them with the perspective of God's word as we do pray with you and for you anytime at 866-899-WORD 866-899-9673 and you find ways to connect on our website as well.
TE W online.org now Christie Henderson and Dr. Don Wilton all right well… Thank you so much for taking time out to answer some really great questions with.net wonderful joy to be with you Christie and also questions that make life meaningful. People have questions and get a chance to submit when you can talk or tax free to submit your questions as well rated I write ready to go right.
The first question is some times it seems like it is a really hard to be a Christian in today's culture. How should we respond when faced with cultural adversity. Well I a great question because there are two sides of our wound is the Christian world. Then there's the pagan world is not a sort of in between world because you read the full God or you're against God. So to also the question personally, I have to see myself in two ways to see myself as man in the flesh, and I have to see myself as man in Christ.
I'm actually both you looking to people in the saints. I'm flesh man and I'm spiritual man. This, in my flesh the world in which I live all the desires, hopes and dreams and challenges the adversities that I face I'm dealing with that in my flesh.
So it brings out of me fleshly responses, anger, hostility, questions, queries almost things. But guess what governs me is my spiritual man because I'm actually in Christ and I know that God has the onset in my adversity.
I rely on my in righteousness all my in the spirit in order to make decisions and respond in a way that would be pleasing to the world.
Such a spiritual side it gives you the strength and the ability to respond in a Christian way.
Absolutely because if I link my fleshy sod. It's not always the best thing to me in the world but not of the world is better that you couldn't say to admit okay in the world but not of the all right tile will have at this when I'm what is your strategy for consistent Bible reading and prayer. Well strategy for Bible reading and prayer has to be made in concert with your lifestyle. I want I want our listeners to really get a hold of this. It's not reasonable to say you know if you want to be spiritual. You need to get up at 5 o'clock in the morning and meet with the Lord in the morning and you need to have an hour that's not reasonable. Try telling that to a young mother who has already not really slept very well and then she's going to get the children off to school, didn't help a husband might breakfast Mola family stuff so to develop consistency. The starting point is your intention.
I want to read God's word. I want to study God's will and I want to pray and I want to have fellowship with the Lord one is my life o'clock, not what is your life. What is Don's life o'clock so I have to look at it on very often at night because I'm in the people business.
Since the joy of my life so the issue becomes that I need to be about the business of adapting and molding my spiritual disciplines and habits into the consistency of the reasonableness of my last stop for me that maybe lunchtimes. It may be early afternoon or maybe just before I go to bed at just do it because when you do it. God develops a patent for you in the context of your livestock, don't punish your spiritual devotion because of the reasonableness of your lifestyle.
Celebrate your lifestyle and are scored to give you the right time and space and that's a good way to say that they don't necessarily have to stick to a definite routine per se. You just need to first so I have that the appetite to get into God's word and then he'll help to supplant.
Absolutely Christie and get athletes all of us. We know routines help us because routines help cultivate habits right.
We understand that I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't try and get into a routine, but too many people punish themselves because they work they children, their responsibilities and they they struggle to develop a routine rise above the struggle and immerse yourself in the blessing right. What impact does our present culture have on the future of Christianity is a lot of things going on in our culture today for sure. Well culture does impact it not to be that way because we know that in Christ with strong every believer is indwelt by the Spirit of God in greater is he that is in us. The knee that's in the world. I have Christ living in me and so do you. So do I listen everyone of you that knows Jesus.
You and I have the same spirit dwelling in us right you strong and God by his spirit is the one who gives us the means and the ability not having said that, it's come back to reality. This is a tough world. It's an ugly world.
It's a challenging world. It's an anti-God world. It's a pagan world. So you have a war between two rules. So how do I respond to my place and my station between two wounds. Kids get caught up in that Christine we all of the young people, particularly getting caught up in the battlefield, not by might nor by power. Nor Bob. The spirit of man, but by the Spirit of God, you have to charge hello with a water pistol that is a philosophical sign that not even the gates of hell will prevail against my church father will use the church.
That's me on the body of Christ because I'm the temple of the living God, and God sees.
Not even the gates of hell will prevail against you like it, don't you die. That's Encouraging Word right there. I won't with everything going on in the world. I know you must get this question all the time.
Our next question is, are we living in the end times powerful question me on certain to someone personally personally I'm looking for Jesus to come personally, I there is the something going wrong. There is an unsettling atmosphere. There is a and anger. These are restlessness, it's just it's like spiritually. I keep finding myself saying is Jesus about come back and I'm so grateful that I belong to him because if he did, even though I want to enjoy this life. I know that I'm going to be with him right now it's on biblically. I do know because the Bible says we don't know nobody knows only God the father knows not having said that you are asking me a big gray.
I know that his question the Bible is replete with prophecy and you know that the fulfillment of prophecy is fulfilled. So if we had time to do Bible study, which of course we love studying the book of Revelation and Daniel and the prophecies I'm just telling you this will looks awfully ready for the coming of Jesus and I can start one will currency this the sharing of the gospel around the world will dominance.
I mean even the pandemic. This is the first time in the history of mankind that the entire world is on the same page negatively and that the one things that been sitting one part of the world is applying to every part of their controls being introduced. Now people get into the number 666 and vaccines I don't that not but I'll tell you what. It's a preparation for the antichrist.
It's a preparation but get this, got to say this to somebody listening right now. If you're a believer you not going to be because Christ is coming in is going to take all of us out of the will be full. He pulls out the tribulation upon this world. So be cool be rejoicing.
Yes, we looking for Jesus to come but don't be concerned about the rule tribulation because the Bible says we going to be rescued from being rescued from the Roth to cup gun. Reread Revelation chapter 4. It's as clear as anything we going to be taken out of this world so that doesn't mean to say I don't care number one. That means I thank the Lord that the heart belongs to Jesus and number two I really want you to give your heart to Jesus. Did you hear that, I want you to give your life to Christ and you can do that right now you can give your heart to Jesus why because Jesus is coming back and I want you to be in heaven with me and Jesus loves you and he died for you will talk about that in a minute give your life to Christ right now, that's what.
In times is all about. I only have another great question here and someone asked. I hear people talking about the second coming of Jesus. I believe are but for some reason rain does this mean that I absolutely forgive the interruption will be back with more of Dr. Wilton and Kristi diving into your questions and God's answers, especially that truth about knowing that sometimes even as believers we face fear the great joy is through Scripture, God reminds us that we will never be left or forsaken God is here for you and we're here for you as well. Would love to talk with you and pray with you 866-899-WORD.
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Does this mean that I'm not saved absolutely no you know for is a very natural human thing we've got and I mentioned this little while ago Kristi all of us have got to sides with good inflation.
We with the sport.
Listen all of us get a little older.
I'm too mad myself right. My he is not quite the same color and multi fold out every now and again. And you know you been down to pick something in and forget you why you going down all these great stories metrics we tell each other our flesh is constantly dying and in the dying of our inflation the emotions of our flesh. Get caught up with we feel we feel you know the Bible talks about giving your heart to Jesus why because he wants to take control of the seat of our emotions. Things hurt Kristi.
People lose loved ones children go astray.
Marriages fall apart. We use our jobs. People are. In contrast, people suffer racism in the ostracized is bullying going on in abuse and has a lot of a lot of really ugly thing for the Christian person that hurts. Let me tell you talking about the end times torment. Jesus calming the end of the world talking about people being left behind, you better believe there's something fearful about that.
That is not a sin that does not affect your salvation, but turned it over because God sees be anxious for nothing, and the peace of God which parses all understanding, will keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. That's in the book of Philippians right next question, what is something what is something you in your daily life that you feel you do differently than most people. While I probably yelled differently when I go to Boulder excited about ballgames enter and we have a lot of fun with the teams together because every now and again all sing them. The results of rugby match is okay from my former days of the season that you know because I have forgotten a lot of Anopheles use what will I do differently. I don't really what I do is not different. It's just unique. The word different on different I'm just unique around you unique, Kristi.
There's nobody else other than Kristi is nobody other than dong. I have been made fearfully and wonderfully. Now you can go to mothers, fathers, and I'll have two or three children gone almost every pair if the children all sign now you can choose to say no, they very different.
You not choose to say thing on different they unique and we celebrate uniqueness.
We criticize difference if people would just stop criticizing the differences between people. We get along so much better. Instead of criticizing and pointing out all the differences why we celebrate the uniquenesses you not unique but friends of go to beautiful voice and can sing and I were friends who don't arbitrate friends who can speak in public, and I have friends who not I but friends are good at math and friends who are not on the trains were good at English and and and syntax and Rolex of the stuff and friends were not. That's you think this it's not difference differences elevate status uniqueness levels the playing field and serves as a constant reminder that God made us just like we all and you my friend. Very unique and you special because God made you that's important important words right there.
Okay we have one request I want to remind people to have anyone to talk or text. Both numbers are on your screen.
Just feel free to submit your questions as well so and it gets as many as we can.
Hi Dr. Diane knowing what you know now what would you say to yourself when you first started in ministry in a long run at it. I a lot of things, not how much time did we have like three.
Also, I would say the first thing I'd say to myself is get a life okay just get a lot. So what do I mean by that. Take hold of the life you have when you have it at the moment you have and stop leaning so far backwards that you can't get your feet out of the mud of your post, and yet leaning so far forward that you moment in time. Never has any value because you always dreaming about tomorrow.
Get a life. I would tell myself to do that to things affect people they parsed and what they think they going to accomplish in the future.
The polished you need a hand God because Jesus Christ has forgiven us. By the way, what's done is done.
Somebody wrote a song yesterday is dating all right great song yesterday is dated got listen, you can swing the cat in the room one thing back tomorrow. I promise you that hood pain, and especially the sin that you will not commit against God. He forgives us and he claims is us.
Secondly, the ambitious be visionary. Think about tomorrow.
Prepare properly for your energy may not tell our kids going to college get in there men get those IDs or whatever it is in the uniqueness of who you are.
Uniqueness means some my BBs and that's a night for the and some ABCs and that's a night for them. Getting back to the uniqueness thing, but what I am telling you prepare study and look forward to plan, save your money, get a good system going. Don't be frivolous, but at the same time you living right now. Make up your mind right now. So what I would do. I think a much better job of is trying to wake up every morning, Beckley and saying you know what I'm to be really happy today.
I didn't do that enough when I was younger there were too many times I woke up in the morning and said man I'm tell you that thing that happened to me back. They are just on all I'll be sitting there site all I'm tell you when I'm 30 years old.
I'm going to marry the most beautiful woman in the world and I'm going to have a boat to go fishing and I'm going to do all of this at him so much. They that I forget about now and am establishing untenured God's blessing you know that's what I would say to myself. Number two I go to get the same and some of you got my friends would really say I'm into that, and this decision is Dr. Billy Graham told me this.
So many people have told me this I I think that I I wish that I had been a lot more humble and odd. I just I just I think in my early days. I just don't think I was humble like Gordon want me to be. I think I did too much talking and and I think I was too many times arrogant and you know you know I've come to appreciate first Peter chapter 5 in verse five, all the way right that Bluestone lifers God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble hostile back could you know what Kristi between you and me. I think I'm really fed think if I theorize so hard you and we get you note the lead leaders stand up, take a stand, but just be humble before the Lord, because what God will do with a humble attitude you give you grace. So what is God's grace, kindness that's God's grace, mercy is not mercy everydayness mercy mercy understanding about the wood empathy you know when God gives grace to the humble. He helps you to walk in somebody else's shoes. People are proud. That's their problem. Look what they did, they getting their just desserts. A humble person sues. I'm so sorry. I wish I could help it just it's just like a whole different way.
That's what I do if I could want to talk when we look back and I look for you say to live in the present.
Would you want people to do today.
I would want people today Kristi to really take hold of the truth that Christ is in us. Look, there's a lot of our world is a beautiful world you know if this pandemic can, but there are a lot of challenges Kristi, the challenges in our world.
Politically, socially with and be economically yeah I am not throwing the baby out with the boss would we live in such a beautiful land America the beautiful. I feel just so honored and you know from sea to shining sea. But reality there's a lot of people that are worried and concerned.
Let's just take a deep breath and let's go back to basics Christ in me this look at our wound through the eyes of the Lord Jesus that let's go back to the basics of loving one another as Christ loved the church of of serving in the name of the Lord Jesus, without wherewithal, without giving and fun give to the Lord. Men, you know what we more mortgages hold on everything and then when we give we do it with strings attached. Just let it go let go just God. Let God have his way in a bubble in in our cylinders. Many of our believers today buckled up, a buckled up. Do we understand that yes we do absolutely tension all the things that go on horses, Christ is the fullness of Christ. And I would encourage people today to take joy knowing trust when you have concerns. Trust C is going to help work that God is in control and I would get out on on a cumulative fellow believers lit and went out for someone that might be watching right now that is kind of puzzled by all this talk about Jesus and they really want that piece because there's so much going well. Kristi also questions and I will almost because I think that's you see this is do you know you not had such a right time talking with Christie and and exploring a couple questions in the note for every question that we talk about give your life to Christ. But you pray this prayer with me today.
Just pray dear. I know I know that God today. I came to my faith. I received this. Jesus, my friend, you are my brother, my sister God bless you my friend Jesus in your heart. You rock rock of your salvation foundation safe God gave perhaps you are praying with moments ago to give your life to Jesus Christ to rededicate your life. We would love to walk with you the next steps. Dr. Wilton wants to pray for you and wants to put in your hands free resources to help grow. If you call us at 866899 word will send these materials out to you right away 866-899-9673 is the phone number or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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