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April 27, 2022 8:00 am
We all could use some encouragement find it together today in the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton straight from God's Encouraging Word today. We had to Luke chapter 17 with Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist seminary professor and pastor today, sharing with us unique message: when Jesus shows the presence of God is everywhere, but there are unique situations and circumstances where the power of God is overwhelming as we open the word together would love to pray with you about God's power in your life anytime at 86688668999673. Speaking of prayer.
So many to ask about the wonderful resource on our website about praying for your adult children. You can find more details again on our firstname.lastname@example.org now. Today's message with Dr. Don Wilton. Thank God. And in my exasperation really felt in my heart that God was saying will don you actually do have nothing to say. I want you to go back to my word because I am everything. I will say what needs to be said God kept putting me back in a passage of Scripture and it came at me time without number, and I want you to turn with me in your Bibles to Luke's gospel in chapter 17 when Jesus showed up, God kept impressing upon Maha. This is where you need to be dwell on these things. Let me read to you what I've been dwelling on this week in this encounter, that the Lord Jesus Christ had read in Luke chapter 17 in verse 11. On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. I'll tell you about it in a minute and as he was going into a village teen man who had leprosy Manton. They started a distance and called out in a loud voice, Jesus lost to have pity on us. When Jesus told him he said go and show yourself to the priests and as they went.
They would claim one of them.
When he saw he was. He came back praising God in a loud voice, he threw himself at Jesus feet and thanked him. Despite the fact that he was a Samaritan.
Jesus Austin where not old family claims where all the other nine was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner from Samaria. This cost then he said to him rise and go your faith has made you well. Lord Jesus continually impressed upon Maha.
It was obvious for everybody to see that Jesus showed up and there are three things that I believe God demonstrated to all of us through impact 2005 number one that God loves us so many people today feel unloved. Might be a little far away all. Maybe you've drifted away. Maybe you've disappointed your parents.
Maybe you've lived a hard life.
Maybe you feel forgotten and isolated. But we been reminded again that God loves us. Number two that Jesus Christ is alive, we do not worship a dead God, we do not bow down to idols made of stone and brick-and-mortar and play God raised Jesus from the dead.
The Bible says that if we confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, that we believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead.
We will be safe. Jesus Christ is alive my dear friends, Jesus Christ has shown up number three we learned that God is changing lives constantly and continually labs are being trained every meeting that I've gone through this week. It was very difficult to leave them to stop them because we've heard so many wonderful testimonies about change lives. One of the African-American ladies he works on our star told us just the other day that she rolled her grandfathered impact, and he gave his heart to Jesus Christ. We had a wonderful story about a couple who lived in a neighboring town 20 miles or so from Darren had never been to Spartanburg all their lives they saw an advertisement, say listen we want to hear Randall Cunningham so they came on Saturday night. God began to speak to their hearts. And so they found themselves in a motel room and the next morning they came to church on Sunday morning and upon where everybody was frowning and feeling a little rather on the side.
People who had never been to church before something began to stir in their hearts, and so they said we can't believe we got a come back tonight. So on Sunday not the same couple came back and when that inch invitation was issued yet they came in they guide their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ. I had a testimony about a couple from Virginia. They were just driving through on the interstate. The 26 and I saw some kind advertisement said you mean we can go hear Ricky Skaggs for free we not going to play $150 a person to go to a concert for this world-famous madman. We gotta go to hear this.
They drove up. I didn't even know where it was. People showed them where to sit gave them more to the drink and when I had the privilege of standing up and sharing them the message of the cross. This couple from Virginia came walking down those hours in both of them guide their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ. But I'm going to tell you. Jesus Christ had no room but he still came Jesus Christ had no room but he still time. So why would the Lord Jesus draw my attention to a story about team leopards I got on my knees before the Lord and said, Lord, why this God impressed upon Maha. He said to me in my heart. Don just study up and listen to the spirit of God. And I'll tell you what to say.
What is it that God wants us to know about when Jesus shows up in this account. I believe we see several things that the Lord would want us to know number one I want you to watch the spokes number one that Jesus moves among us. That's what the Bible says on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee, and there are people. David lived there since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war when Israel won map territory there been people that have lived in that place for four years. Generations of growing up and and now they put Israeli against is rightly there were Jewish people storming Jewish synagogues. The people and all because of the hike that exists between one person and another, it was no different in Jesus time, the line between Samaria and Galilee was a line that was drawn between the two people that hated one another. It was no different to the line that is drawn between people, red, yellow, black and white all across America. Despite the fact that we pride ourselves on being the democratic country of the world to heighten the divisions that exist between people, and God in Christ Jesus denounces that because Jesus Christ died for all people and if there's anything that God has shown us is here showed up that Jesus Christ moves among all people. Number two Jesus Christ stops in specific places.
It warmed my heart when I noted this passage verse 12. The Bible says as he was going into a village if I was tossing you today where is God where is Jesus whittle quite correctly say he's everywhere he's up in heaven. Yes, but he's also in your heart.
You see, he stopped at a specific village. Jesus Christ stopped in Bonny Park August 12-14 Jesus Christ unpacked these bags right here right now in this place Jesus Christ stops right there in the midst of your broken heart) the struggles that you're having. Jesus Christ plays a personal visit to that doctors room when the doctor announces the bad news about the cancer. Jesus Christ is standing there holding your hand as you go through that difficult delivery Jesus Christ camps himself right there in your heartbeat when your marriage breaks up and when you don't know where to turn. I submit to you today my friend. When Jesus Christ shows up. He stops in specific places but I want you to note something in the third instance, Jesus sees our predicaments from verse 13 we read about this when I met my precious wife. My father-in-law was the director of the leprosy mission in a certain part of southern Africa and I came to an understanding of what leprosy was all about today with modern science we been able to make such strides with leprosy, but it's still a terrible disease back in Jesus diet. Anyone who contracted leprosy was announced because they lived in the cabins and caves outside the city wall and if they ventured anywhere near public have to put a bell around the neck that Hector bring the little glowing like capital to warn people that someone who was unclean was coming nearby. Jesus sees our predicaments. That's what sin does to us.
Sin renders us unclean places us in the worst predicament of all, enslaves us, we find ourselves in bondage in handcuffs trained hand and foot. It weighs us down. It is the burden about hearts.
It is this about souls in God's word tells us that Jesus Christ to set us free.
Because he sees us in our predicaments and I want you to know that he sees you. Right now my frame he sees you he understands your leprosy and he standing there not any does he see our predicaments, letting his outcry. These men distracted outcry. And Jesus Christ heard their cry.
He listens to us. He sees us he hears you, my beloved friend. Today we come to understand that when Jesus shows up he hears your cry we feel so isolated, sometimes don't. Sometimes we drift so far we've gone to live in a far-off land. Some of us have gotten so far off track. We wonder if we can ever come back. Some people become so hooked by drugs and alcohol. Some people become so by way of life. Some people become so look to pornography and of the things which weigh us down and get Jesus Christ modern he sees our predicament buddy his outcry. He's listening to you my dear friend. He's watching you. Please forgive the interruption, but all I pray that the truth you just heard from Dr. Don Wilton. He is listening to you, he is watching is not frightening but is comforting but if you don't know your relationship with God is to work it could be frightening and we don't want that to be the case if you have questions about your relationship with Christ.
If you have questions. Wondering would you be with Jesus. If your life were to come to an end today. We'd love to speak with you and pray with you and help you see how you can know beyond a shadow of doubt that you belong to Christ, you can call us at 86689 would love to speak with pray with you that's anytime day or night, 866-899-9673.
I know some of you rather communicate by email, that's great, Dr. Don, this email is simply Don Dio and Pat tewonline.org, Jean Ellingwood Heath pray for you. That's his first commitment, but also passes along so that we can make sure you get the resources that will help you grow in your faith, I can simply write to Don Dio email@example.com to share how God is working in your life. Using the power of God's word The Encouraging Word to help you. Now let's dive back into today's teaching. When Jesus shows up by Dr. Don Wilton that I want you to note in the first place that Jesus responds immediately. I love that bunch that would tame man in a predicament that they could do nothing about Jesus not only sold them and heard them but he responded immediately. There is nowhere in the Bible that we read that Jesus made an announcement, such of which he would've said to them, gentleman. I let me retire to my inner chamber consult with God the father to see if we could perhaps work out a plan for you.
It was instant in book of acts. In chapter 3, a lame man lame from his mother's womb sat at the gate called beautiful trying save me at the man of God looked and said in the Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk in the Bible says that immediately springs entries ankle bones and he went walking and leaping and praising God and all the people so what he had done and what God had done all impacted by what Jesus Christ had done when he showed up in that man's life, God told them what to do. He responded immediately but there's one more point here that cannot go astray, Jesus expects a public response. Friend, I want you to listen to this today because there is great consternation all across the United States of America. The theological pundits are gathering in their clandestine little circles and are eliminating the fact that it was even our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, who hung up on a public cross making a public statement as the son of the living God calling every disciple public. This step will follow him lay it down and follow me. Jesus said if any man will come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow often made Jesus Christ himself the son of God could've arranged a private execution. He could've arranged that God would've made certain that the disciples could've found them up an alleyway with these he could've arranged that the media could lead to his death out to the public but know this, but the son of the living God. When down that parkway, step by step shuffle shuffle as they pretend public as I suspect any space in public as they placed the crown of Coleman's buddy's head hung him upon the cross between two thieves and the Savior of the world for God my father because I know not what they do and he said, into thy hands I commend my spirit. It seems to me rather significant that only one of these people came back and fill up the place of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, go and show yourself to the priest in public because the priest was surrounded by the councils and members of the Sanhedrin gone like a public statement about an electronic range.
That is, why because your salvation is very public is very private.
Only Jesus Christ can save you, but your Christianity is very public, my friend, God bemoans that we step up and be counted for him and he turned to this man and he said to him, you have come in a loud voice, and you praised me go, because your faith has made you will. How about you today. All across this great audience.
God loves you, my friend Jesus Christ is alive, and everywhere we look.
He showed up and lives are being changed. I'm going on askew today to do what literally hundreds of done thousands of done and that is to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, turn your heart and life over to him would you do that today would you do that right now I want on askew today, would you come put your roots down become a part of what God is doing. You get on board. I want to submit to you today my friends that we can never be the same again. Your pasta can never be the same again. Every life that is being trained can never be the same again.
The Bible says if anyone is in Christ becomes a brand-new creature, old things a foster way. Behold all things are become brand-new and all over today. You know that Jesus is shown up. It's not too late. He hasn't gone away.
I've come to the conclusion that Jesus hasn't walked out on Spartanburg. He hasn't given up on us as he packed his bags is Roger all yes wonderful movements of God going on in foreign countries. The stadiums of the world but you know what we've just seen folks, God will do it right here you ready to sing your heart out you read the play you hands off God is doing it right here folks. I've got a public announcement to make God's not screw with us. There's at least one person had a day that I think you believe that God is through with you, don't you is not. There is some had a day you know that and I take such joy.
I'm so honored and so on. In the name of Jesus, to invite you to come all I did was talk about dreams, why because this wasn't about First Baptist Church that Jesus making an announcement today. We are no longer relevant. We are no longer relevant.
What we lack.
We want to do whether it suits us whether we are comfortable. It's only about Jesus. We've said that for generations. We keep the main thing the main thing. And folks, the result of that is I don't know where we gonna put everybody. This is where God has placed me and as for me and my house we will serve the Lord and I have never Steve, I've never in all my years have you ever seen an outpouring of unity and joy in the congregation folks do you do you can't do you understand what God has brought together in this church and then added to that the Lord allows me to preach the innate conditioning. That's why this is a place where sinners, functional century for science. We invite everybody to come here to find you today. I just open my mom's, insomuch gratitude. Thanking you with all and in the name of Jesus inviting you to come for those of you just listing the broadcast. Today I want you to know that there are people that are moving towards the altar. Even now, in both of our areas. We have more traditional sanctuary.
We have another more contemporary venue and in each of those people are coming to pray at the altar and you need to know that virtually were doing the same thing right now and we have friends that would love to pray with you about whatever God is stored in your heart as you come to either pick up the phone and call us at 866899 word I can jot the number down stored yourself, 866-899-9673 will connect you with what would be the equivalent of one of us at the altar to put her hand on her shoulder, and pray you through whatever decision God's leading you to do now you've heard Dr. Donna's. He's been teaching and preaching now as he steps in the student.
Open your heart to what he wants to share next ready to give your life to Jesus Christ. I'm so happy to hear that wanting to pray this prayer dear God, I know you love me very, very, and I know that the Lord Jesus Christ came God on the cross so that I might be forgiven of arson today. I repainted myself I can face my sin to you, and I invite you to come into my heart into my life. Jesus name I pray, if you prayed that prayer. Let me be the first one to welcome you to the family of this is one I hope that you know how much I'm going to be praying how very important this is for me. Call us so we can talk to connect to the right place you can begin this wonderful journey. And in just a moment I'm in a come back with the final welcome to the family of God. You just gave your life to Jesus Christ, praying along with Dr. Wilton. Or perhaps you've rededicated your life today to this teaching of God's Encouraging Word. It's our prayer that you would know we stand ready to pray with you and provide some free resources. Dr. Don Wilton is prepared just for you to launch you into this new commitment with Christ. You can call us right now it 866-899-WORD so we can send this material to you right away. The number again is 866899673 or you can meet us on our website as well. At TW online.org that's TW online.org the place you will discover great resources like this. Hello everybody you know my friends know me as Don Wilton foster friend, neighbor, dad, husband, grandpa, and I'm going to tell you people around the world just like you know it or not Danny five, Dr. Billy Graham is that man going reach so many I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Gray very personal, intimate, both as he's frame and as he supposed. In fact, for many, I drove up to his Montreat Carolina and visited with him every sector just like frames everywhere we sat together and ate together, walked we discussed politics frames cases people we loft our kids will we did everything one could possibly make. That's why I wrote this Saturday's, it's all about personal relationship and I pray that Saturday's view policing to you. Willingness justice.
Mr. Gray encouraged my heart and changed my life?
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We've had you know you and I have in the middle of our hearts, our beloved nation how much I love I'm so proud to be an American. You know this board cost is seen by so many of our Armed Forces across the world and we hear from many, many of them we love them with my they are our real heroes and I want you to join with me as we are praying for them that God would protect them and their families and loved ones, let's do that right now showing just before we got wanting to join the Lord Jesus, I'm joining with thousands of people right now I'm trying for our members. Our brave, brave members of our community and our world.
Many of the scenes in strange and different places families left behind. Lord Jesus, listing every way. Jesus times offer to David O tomorrow we talk about the word more more is possible. In Jesus that is the message from Dr. Don Wilton tomorrow and the next edition of The Encouraging Word between now and then. Let's stay connected on our firstname.lastname@example.org that's tewonline.org oh Archie