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May 3, 2022 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton in a message on for life and resolutions he will be studying chapter 8 in just a moment Dr. Don Wilton well-known often evangelist seminary professor and pastor today will gain insight from these four life resolutions that really will change our perspective, our attitude and are output our light output as followers of Jesus Christ. While we do so.
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You receive it with joy. Watch this I mean Jesus is. He says receive it with joy. But these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of testing. It's proven that they didn't receive it by phone away. It's kind of like a resolution full of resolutions. How many times our turnover nearly make a resolution by the dozen lost and then he gets on to verse 14 he says, and asked for walk fell among the thorns by all those who hear the word but as they go they way they become choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and they fruit never matures, it just remains stagnant growth is so important. Let me ask you something spiritually speaking. Are you the same person today than you were 10 years ago. If you are Jesus is saying you just being choked up with all the worries of this world's time for you to let go and it's time for you to start growing up spiritually. It's time for you to stop acting in a childlike manner. You don't need to be a big baby anymore. Stop your squawking, you don't need to wear a diaper anymore.
Did you know that that's what Jesus was saying, this is this is gold in my opinion because he's addressing the reality of our lot and then of course in the in the fourth instance and I love those 15 as for that good that seed which fell in the good so these are those who hearing the word hold it far lost in an honest and good heart and consequently bear fruit with patients.
These are the fruit bears you notes those days and months that go on when you really actually feel like you mean something that you contributing that you are part of that that you got a reason to live and a purpose and you know who God is and you love people because of a genuineness in your heart, so I want to speak to you about four life resolutions and excuse the pun. This is a deliberate plan for life resolutions.
These are resolutions for life. There are four of them that Jesus tells us about on the beaches of southern Africa. They're all many many warnings post not great whites are big fish by little bigger than the average Fish and great whites don't even say grace at breakfast if they see you. They swallow you whole. They are big firms fact a couple years ago in a place called Fisher just recently a lady was swimming in Fisher off the Cape of Good Hope and people standing on the shore soul right quad come up behind her and took her with one bite just swallowed great whites would be mean you can't imagine how big they are. They all meeting all fee frightening fish and along the coast of southern Africa and Australia where the home of the great quantities that have offshore maintenance and they have zones where bathers are restricted and they tell you. Listen swimming if you going to go surfing or swimming your swim between that point over there and that point over there and if you do, I promise you you're fine. They don't have any shark attacks but the people who get eaten who lose their legs and who get main bar sharks mostly are people who ignore the warning signs. That's exactly what Jesus was saying Jesus was saying, listen the word of God is truth, my word will set you free.
I am Jesus Christ.
I am the way the truth and the life. When you put your faith and trust in me. I'm the only one who can forgive you and make your life brand-new. I'm the only one who can do for you what you cannot do for yourself and I will give you life with the L give you the greatest life because it's life in Christ and share all the warning signs and in order to take note of the warning signs Jesus himself gives us these resolutions that we must might I just want to give them to you. Number one bind God's word in your heart today not you look at what he tells us about the first group, he tells us about this first group of people are people who receive the word of God in their hearts. Jesus even say listen, this word goes into your heart while your heart what he saying is that when Jesus Christ reveals himself to you by his spirit. There are many many people who receive that word that seed falls into your heart, but unless you are willing to buy that word in your heart. The birds are going to come and I got it out of your heart and take it away from you. Some of you are being picked today. What Jesus was talking about. He was speaking about a shallow initial receiving of God's word. He wasn't criticizing that he was saying it's not good enough just to sit and listen and say that's right all man I know God yes I'm going to do that what he's saying is you, but I actually type hold of God's word and do what he instructs us to do and you've got to believe with all your heart that God is who he says he is and you gotta be willing to take him at his word. Please forgive the eruption will be back with the rest of today's message for life resolutions by Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment.
Dr. Don insisted I remind you that this is not just the presentation of teaching. It's also an opportunity based on what you've heard from God's word through God's servant Dr. Don Wilton to allow us to pray with you about how God is stirring your heart each and every day we take hundreds of phone calls at 866-899-WORD. That's 866-899-WORD 9673 or if you'd like to go keyboard keyboard would love to connect with you. Pray with you, pray for you on our website as firstname.lastname@example.org there are some situations were facing in this particular season of life like loneliness that you'll find on our website TW online.org tremendous resources that will help us know when there are times where we are bound to be alone but not loan that's the resource you find on the website right email@example.com. I challenge you take a look today that's firstname.lastname@example.org now back today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton hello everybody my friends know me as Don Wilton foster friend, neighbor, and husband. Grandpa that I'm gay to tell you people around the room just like you know and identified Dr. Billy Graham that God reach so many people I had knowing Mr. Wright very intimate as he sprained and is in fact for many. I drove up to his concrete and visited every sector just like friends do every reset together to get we discussed politics frames cases people we loft kids will we did everything one possibly that's what I wrote this Saturdays with it's all about a personal relationship, and I hope and pray that Saturdays with Britney will be a blessing to you willing spying and will encourage your heart, just as Mr. Graham encouraged my heart and changed my life? Let's do it.
It's our prayer every time we open the word of God with Dr. Don Wilton and now share that with you on this podcast. Dreamcast radio broadcast. However, you listing this right now. We believe that the seeds of God's word. What are going to bring fruit each of our lives.
Some of us believe in living and loving Jesus for a long time. Some of you right now you realize you kept God at a distance arm's-length listening to the teaching of Dr. Don Wilton from the pulpit.
Now, as he steps in the studio.
Open your heart to what he wants to share next. In fact, Jesus went to the extreme of signing this affect one's salvation so carries the first of these life resolutions bind God's word in your heart today would you do that. Are you willing to take a hold of what you know to be true that God is saying to you. Are you willing to draw a line in the sand and say I'm not only hearing but I believe and I'm willing to confess my sin and trusting him and believe in him and the cost myself upon him number two put down the roots real deep today. Put down your roots.
Real deep. Today I want you to note the second instance you were sick. Some fill on the rock and as it grew up and withered away. What did Jesus have to say about that in verse 13 he said the ones on the rock of those who when they hear the word receive it with joy. But I have no root, I was in North West Arkansas on Wednesday, Northwest Arkansas actually quite a beautiful part of the country.
Remind me a lot of upstate and unbelievable band of bad where they hit Texas I was in this building when it skirted right where we were. We didn't get any tornadoes but you know those tornadoes that came through Texas killed six people obliterated swallows of obliteration homes, lives destroyed. We've seen it on television. You know, one of the most not only but one of the most vulnerable things in in tornadoes or things like motorcars and mobile homes, things like that, you know, one of the reasons because they really have no root, just like some of you, you might say to me today will pasta what what roots me. My faith roots me, my family roots me. My church roots me. My goings and comings where I go, what I knew who I hang with a lot of young people in this room I want to say to young people, your friends will reach you hang around with junk you become drunk. I promise. So who did you hang around with yesterday you not going to make it if you're not rooted that's what Jesus was talking about, you can receive the word with joy but you gotta make a resolution to put your roots down real deep.
And you got a new today. You gotta do it now. So what have you gotta let go of bind God's word in your heart today. Put your roots down real deep today. Number three be satisfied with your life today be satisfied with your life today. Look at verse seven and some fell among thorns and the thorns grew up with the and choked Jesus explained this in verse 14. This is what he said and asked what fell among the thorns.
These are people who hear. But as they go on their way. They become choked by the way, the word they is they get caught up in the wirings of life. Can you identify with that. Does life have anything to worry about.
Of course, and what Jesus was saying here is, they are choked up by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, you know, by the way that yesterday there was a Powerball lottery drawing in Florida and if anybody in this congregation wins that thing you better come and tell me about. I'm told I don't have all the facts but I think it's worth 600 million am I exaggerating and whoever wins it. When all the taxes are being taken home can walk away with $350 million well on the radio. Two days ago they were interviewing some people as I was driving in my motorcar and I interviewed one man who said all man am I gonna win that he said. In fact, I have sold everything I've got to buy ticket.
What he said and the lady interviewing him Satan well so what of you.
Sorry Sid man I saw my call. He set up sold my house. He set up sold books. He said I'm setting because he said I'm I'm spending an average of $80 a day buying those lottery tickets. She said why you doing that.
He said what he said. What happens if I win, she did not ask him what happens if you don't you know there is a greater tranche of someone winning the lottery than being elected president of the United States, and that some of you some of you in this room here today with all the love in my heart you know the word of God.
You've received that you've heard it being around it.
God's seed is been everywhere from your parents from your mother, your grandmother, people have prayed for you.
You been same fun trips you been given every opportunity, but you've allowed everything in the world to surround you and just choke you today.
Jesus was not downplaying riches he wasn't he wasn't saying there's nothing wrong with with with a something wrong with enjoying life. What he was saying is listen. You need to get your priorities in order. You need to make that decision today. Many people say to me pasta. What can I do satisfied with your life today. The folks on the human level, I'm out of had a thought once or twice of what I do with $337 million and if you like to try me out prove my thoughts doesn't who doesn't want to have this habit be real with each other, but can also say this to you. I don't know where that's just because I'm a little bit older today. You know what I appreciate today. I appreciate that the real valuable things of life sometimes is just little things just friendship talking to mom and dad having a home going to play a game of golf with some friends texting someone saying what you up to man. It's a hug being there for somebody who's searching if you will value using anything other than that, you dead man you going to be one of those people going to get to the age of 60 and 70 and look back with just regret after a great offer be satisfied with your life today strive to do you based go for the gold work harder than you've ever worked in your life. Roll up your sleeves have all the ambition you possibly can muster. Do everything well say sorry every time you do something wrong forgive people openly and readily because your heavenly father is forgiven you, but be satisfied with your life, drive your own motorcar. Don't spend your life always hankering off to something else. Just get on with it. The content stopped the rent price stop the world. Some your dad's man you just gone. Just stop it. Spend more time with your kids grow up and graduate before you can count 10 Lindley Goldman if you got an elderly parent: right off the service and tell them that you love them because they may not be here next week you give anything to talk to your mother so wise it taken you a whole week to talk to her this week.
How come you done on so the telephone when someone you love calls you that these are for life resolutions. So Jesus assigned look, my truth is out there.
You know the truth. The seed is being son so might these resolutions bind God's word in your heart today put down the roots real deep today be satisfied with your life today and then number four live out loud for Jesus today live out loud for Jesus today.
That's what he says here as verse 15. As for that in the good sorbet. All those are hearing the word hold foster with honest and good heart and bear fruit with patience live out loud for Jesus today live out loud for him today. Do it today cannot make Kevin cannot make a little suggested here today done by someone else to cook today find someone today and just do something for them. Doesn't matter how small she stood like you know when someone comes and serves your type look at that person's life by serving my table instead of waiting till the end. I tell you what I'm gonna do that, I'll do that because I have to take someone to lunch today. Sam you going to have lunch with me.
I believe you can hold me to this, so I'm just going to go ahead Naama put my life on the line when I walk in there today with you and we sit down when whoever it is, comes up and serves my time, look at their mom's. I met him so happy to see is $20, to give them $20 and then I'm gonna say this to them on the site, you know, I just want to do this. I'm not waiting until the end to evaluate your because God's already evaluated you and he's already evaluated me. God's already given me my tip. He gave me life and you do the same thing for you. There's the resolution live out loud for Jesus today. Now here's what you can do if you go to the same restaurant as I'm going to you can come up to me and say I just want to give you $100 for notary. Where were we going Sam you know I love God's word because you know he is so mighty to save his knee so mighty to save Lincoln he can move and I began this message today by asking some you know what can I tell my son and I begin again you know if I could do it again how you doing how you doing today Jesus save my seeds going out the seed is being son, do it. 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 today, I repent of my sin.
I confess my sins and I invite you to come into my heart into my life in Jesus name I pray. If you pray that prayer, let me be the first one to welcome you to the family of God. This is one I hope that you know how much I'm going to be playing how very important for we can talk to Nick right place you can begin this wonderful June and in just a moment. I'm in a come back with the final if you just prayed to receive Christ, perhaps along with Dr. Don Wilton that you rededicated your life and you know it today. These four life resolutions have given you the that the strength and the tools to move forward in a powerful new way. You need to know that you are not alone in this decision. We would love to rejoice with you celebrate with you and give you some free resources. Dr. Don has prepared for your next steps to receive those by calling us right now at 866899 word shared with us how God destroyed your heart letter to give your life to Christ or we dedicate your life to Jesus today. Again, the numbers 866-899-9673 would love to connect with you on our website as well. TW online.org that's TE double online.org. I pray that you would know that it is indeed it's not just the name of our ministry.
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