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April 25, 2022 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today. The Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton. Today's message on the Holy Spirit yesterday Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist seminary professor and pastor is opening God's word to John 16 with his message on the impact of the spirit.
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TEW online.org DEW online.org now today's great message with Dr. Don Wilton. I want you I could possibly even begin to imagine. It was all quiet. It was through quiet. I actually just didn't feel quite right because my house was empty. Something was missing.
Course I knew what it was. My wife is out of town and my dog lives in the Garo. We all have people that we can identify with that we love so much and when they know they is something missing is some people can identify with that. With regard to a mother or father someone dear to you, that's gonna be with the Lord and you miss them so much I want to speak to you this morning about the impact of the spirit and what I'm going to speak to you about today is just simply this. What do you suppose life would be like if the Spirit of God was not present. How would we get along what the Spirit of God was not there. What if the spirit of God didn't show up when I moved to Nashville or to Chicago. What if the Spirit of God wasn't there in my business in your Bibles to John's Gospel in chapter 60 John chapter 60 going to begin to read from verse seven Jesus said in John 16. In verse seven, but I tell you the truth it is for you all good and you notice that Evan Binkley, the presence of the spirit of God around me and in me is designed for me it's all my good. In other words, if the spirit of God went they would not be good.
It is for your good that I'm going away because unless I know why the counselor the spirit of God will not come to you, but if I go, I will send them to you.
Remember that Jesus was about to be crucified, and when he was.
It took 14 days before the spirit of God came down the printing cost which we read about it next chapter 2, and we know that historically, that period of time between the ascension of the Lord Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit was the most powerless and eventful. Of time in human history. Nothing happened. Well look what Jesus tells us about the Holy Spirit in their sight. When he comes.
That is the Holy Spirit, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin in regard to righteousness, and in regard to judgment, I'm to stop right there this morning. The impact of the spirit. Why the spirit. Why can we do without so much, but not without the spirit of God.
While there are two major reasons I would day tell you that there are many other reasons, but I'm going to limit myself to two reasons. Today, reason number one because without the spirit they will be no conviction you need to take note of this. This is wonderful stuff folks watch this Jesus said it's for your good.
What's not good about not having the Holy Spirit if the Holy Spirit did not present himself in our lives if we didn't depend upon him number one, they would be. They can be, they will not be any convicts now that conviction here in the text carries two meanings. First is a legal meaning. The first meaning it can refer to the judicial act of conviction with a view to sentencing on skinny lawyer attorney that will tell you about the word conviction. It's a judicial term. It's a legal term justifiably so. And it can referred to the judicial act of convicting someone with a view to sentencing that you have been found guilty and in two weeks. We are going to St. Vincent to pay for your crime, but the word conviction can also refer watch this to the act of convincing, with a view to salvation, and that is the meaning in this text. It's not a legal term. It's not a judicial term. On the one hand it can refer to a judicial term whereby you convict with a view to sentencing. But the Holy Spirit doesn't convict with the view to St. Vincent and you the Holy Spirit convinces watch this with a view to lead you to salvation.
Now, folks. This is very important because the Holy Spirit does not condemn the Holy Spirit of God does not condemn the Holy Spirit convinces convicts us, maybe this will help that they convince all convict you know what it means. It means to unveil to reveal to make known to turn the light switch on. Remember when you were just little child in mom and dad would say, all right, it's time to go to bed now, son, daughter, and you toddle off to bed blocking the and you watch a little child walk into a dog grooming or it just doesn't feel comfortable and I fumble around Fond du Lac to say mommy, mom comes into the room and puts a little lamb play with a Mac like you put on that night blacked.
What is the not blank do.
It illuminates it unveils it. It removes what the fear it, it sets you free, where the Holy Spirit when the Holy Spirit convicts people like you and me the Holy Spirit is not saying sorry person I want you this and the date of the Holy Spirit convinces us, unveils the truth to us puts the lateral chases away the darkness. It's a wonderful thing all right, take the Holy Spirit out of your life but nobody to switch the lateral type Holy Spirit out of your lap is nobody to pull the covers back. I want us to just have a look at this together parts. Very exciting. How does the Holy Spirit convict us. What does the Holy Spirit convict us all. Well, this verse in verse eight tells us number one. The Holy Spirit convicts us of how specific sin that little word debut look at it with me and say is when he comes, he will convict the world in regard to sin that is in the singular.
That is not citizens plural. If you would decide to me today. Pasta would you share with us your sins. While we would have to be here the better part of the day because we got one soon offer another do we know we are sinners, we sin against God. We can lay out one soon offer another one is this singular. Why is this a specific sin because there is only one sin that causes people like you and me to be separated from God for all time and eternity. What is the one soon that separates us from God, only one soon. There's only one sin that separates you from God. It's not your line will you cheating all this so that that's not this invokes I can lie and cheat as a Christian and I can be forgiven for that. That does not seem to me to hell.
What condemns me what seems major and eternity separated from God. It is the sin of unbelief, not believing that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. You can going to many passages I don't have time. For example, in John chapter 8 verse 24. Jesus said if you do not believe that I am if you do not believe that I am who I say I am because Jesus claimed full deity for himself. He said I am the son of God. I love John 316 God loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever walked believes in him.
You see, that shall not perish Bible tells us that we gotta believe in Jesus Christ.
The Bible tells us there is only one sin that can never be forgiven. Anyone like to tell me what it's called in the Bible: blasphemy against the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven.
Why, because the Holy Spirit convicts me of my specific sin, which is the same of unbelief and if I'm not convinced concerning my sin of unbelief and I do not believe I can never be accepted into the presence of God because I do not believe that God is who he says he are you listening, folks, this is an incredible. No wonder we are powerless.
If we type the Holy Spirit out of the scheme of things I but nothing to say miss the spirit of God moves in my heart miss the spirit of God blesses what is being said I have to depend upon the Holy Spirit because he convicts us of specific sin. This specifics of the sin of unbelief is spiteful, it is unforgivable and it is in turn number one. The Holy Spirit convinces turns the light on takes the viable pulls the cover back concerning watch the spokes model unbelief number two Holy Spirit convicts us of our standard of righteousness. I want you to see what he says your inverse site. He says he will convict the world number one in regard to sin. Now specifics in the sin of unbelief number two in regard to righteousness our standard of righteousness. You see my friends in Jesus time the Pharisees went around saying listen, this is how you become righteous. You need to cite your prayers need to go to church need to give your money. You need to do this you need to do that mother from God. I if I was to stand up. By now I was to cite you now want to tell you something if you want to be righteous in the eyes of God. You need to like sure you go to Kentucky missions at least one time in your lifetime and we put all kinds of standards of righteousness into Christianity. If you understand what we assign. What does the spirit of God, the Spirit of God convicts us concerning our standard of righteousness.
Now how does he do that does three things. Number one he shafted is the pretensions of self-righteousness, boys and girls. I know that's a big word pretension.
That little word pretension.
They means those things that we lay claim all that we decide on God's standards about this is this is incredible whole denominations of churches have been fooled around the claims of righteousness of people just like you and me. What does God do what is he super duty just chapters all those 20 he just lays the Messiah. He says listen, he told the Pharisees he said listen boys you don't know what you're talking about. I got my Holy Spirit that is going to come off right.where is I've been telling you how to live right off dry blonde disciples. My Holy Spirit is going to do that he's going to shatter the pretensions of self-righteousness. The second way that he does. That is, he exposes the darkness of the heart. You see folks I spoke to you about giving just a moment ago can I say this to you I'm I'm going to cite.
Is it possible for me to stand up here today and tell you that my giving of my gross income is at 130% and lied to you.
Is it possible for me to do that now.
My CPI is sitting here in this congregation. He knows is he knows how much charitable giving our time.
My wife knows more. You don't put that boss my wife is it possible for me to lie about course, it's possible even as a Christian person.
It's possible for me to just gone flat out lie. What is the Holy Spirit do concerning my standard of righteousness.
He naughtily shatters any claim that I have, but he exposes the darkness of my heart will go.
I can't do without him as if he weren't around. I just do it on my own thing. The wool over everybody's eyes including my own. And by the way, under jolly good job. Three. He testifies concerning the evil in this world.
40 does he bears testimony to that which is evil in this world. He helps us to determine what is evil niche market each other folks when God went to Adam and Eve in the garden that he offer them the worst Site and offer them the worst Apple in the vineyard.
Now he went to the very best. He said that's the best Apple that's the pick of the crop. I want you to eat that one.
How do you identify evil folks. The spirit of God forgive the eruption will be back with more insight on the concept of how we identify evil you know God's spirit is ready to give us illumination.
If we ask for it. Sometimes one of the joys of being a part of the family of God is that we can ask God together for things and see God work in the unifying of our hearts. Wherever two or more gathered in Jesus name. He's among us, and we pray that if we can pray for you about anything you would call us at 866-899-WORD any time. That's 866-899-9673. Perhaps you're dealing with that concept of of the fear of people. We are praying with friends right now and would love to pray for you.
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If you'd like to share your story with Dr. Don email is firstname.lastname@example.org he would love to hear your story. Pray for you that's Don email@example.com about today's great teaching with Dr. Don evil is not always on the surface, easily identifiable evil is determined by what God has to say about our I watched as the Holy Spirit convicts us concerning our specific sin. The sin of unbelief number two, the Holy Spirit convicts us concerning our standard of righteousness and number three. The Holy Spirit convicts us concerning our pending judgment.
What he says convicts us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Now watch the Springs this is incredible what is God trying to say about the impact of the Holy Spirit what he is saying is this, this is what he does concerning painting and judgment judgment number one whispered confirms the lies of Satan. You can read about it in in John chapter 8 verse 44 to 47, Jesus told his disciples, he said listen. Satan is the father of lies. So what is the spirit of God do the spirit of God helps me as a believer to determine what's coming from the heart of God. What's coming from the heart of the father of all lies recite number two. He corrects the opinions of man and this say can you imagine if we took a survey today in America about the opinions of man concerning the judgment somebody would say all get out of your breach of that's preachers for nobody's going to drug. Oh come on man listen God's about a love he could never judge anybody. What is the spirit of God, the Spirit of God corrects the opinions of man.
This God reveals to the heart of man the fact that God is love, but he cannot tolerate sin number three the spirit of God conveys the truth about God's love.
That's how he convicts us related to our pending judgment. What is the judgment of God.
The judgment of God is the love of God.
It's the love of God. God so loved the world that when we believe in him we will walk not die. That's outstanding judgment.
Romans eight verse one there is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in union with Christ Jesus. That's the spirit, one without the spirit, no conviction, number two, that the spirit there is no power, no, I can do nothing. He is all-powerful Jesus saved in acts chapter 1 and verse site when the spirit comes on you.
You will have power to be my witnesses.
You will have the power to preach, you will have the power to do missions. You will have the heart to love your enemies, you will have the power to hold high the name of Jesus Christ I present to you today God's precious what an impact. Without him we can do nothing. You know God by his spirit. Do you know when your heads bow this morning that there is not a single Christian in this world does not have the spirit of God impossible.
If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior.
You have the spirit all of all of God the father, God the Spirit, God the son. Three and one. If you have him you have his.
I want you to thank the Lord Jesus for that. Just thank God just thanked the Lord Jesus today for his spirit of the Lord Jesus is the one who while we been in this worship service is been tugging at your heart.
He's been telling you that something's not right.
He's encouraging you to keep on keeping on. He's telling you that despite all the comes against you. All the people that would seek to do harm to you. Hold your head up, frame, you just continue to be faithful. He's the one that comes to us in that hospital bed and Cesar know the news is not that I will sustain you the spirit of God is spirit of God compels us to give them to do to be expert. Would you look at me now can tell you some of you might say to me, the value foster by got the spirit of God in me. Watch me folks, I'm going to tell you say perhaps the most ridiculous thing you've ever you know you know if you said in this worship service to die. I mean it's like a blank wall. The heart is just clutter your jolly fine person. I have no doubt this, just you know it's just kind of like going posture you can't wait to go and do other good things today give you both to whatever it is you know if there is just nothing there just like being cut.
Can I help you Frank.
You don't have the Holy Spirit and that means you're not a Christian cannot tell you what I love to help a lot. That's the question. Would you like to give your heart to Jesus, you talk to someone about it. We have a great team of friends ready to answer questions for you at 866-899-WORD appraisal jot that number down. 866-899-WORD 9673.
We would love to speak with you and pray with you about anything, you know, it may not be that you need to call us right now. It may be interesting to take a moment been hearing God's word, maybe even hearing God's voice speak to you and listen as Dr. Don steps in the studio to share what's on his heart. Next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanted to pray this prayer with me today. Dear God, I know that you love me very, very much and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came and died on the cross so that I might be forgiven of my sin. Today, I repent of my sin. I can face my sin and I invite you to come into my heart, my life by faith in Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that pray that Mimi the first want to welcome you to the family of God.
This is one I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very important this is for me.
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We dedicate your life to Jesus today know that were here for you is not about you can also beat us on our website. Tewonline.org G. What you'll discover great resources like this. Hello everybody you know my friends know me as Don Wooton foster friend, neighbor, dad, husband, grandpa that I'm going to tell you people around the world just like you know and identified Dr. Billy Graham is that man that gone you to reach so many people around the world for the rule Jesus Christ.
I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Gray very personal, intimate, both as he's framed and as he's polished.
In fact, for many years I drove up to his home in Montreat, North Carolina and visited with him every Saturday just like frames due everywhere we sat together and ate together will talk.
We discussed politics frames places people we loft our heads will we did everything one could possibly imagine. That's why I wrote this wonderful book Saturdays with it's all about a personal relationship, and I hope and pray that Saturdays with will be a blessing to you will inspire and will encourage your heart, just as Mr. Graham encouraged my heart and changed my life going?
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