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May 6, 2021 8:00 am
We all could use some encouragement and will find it together today in the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton of The Encouraging Word as they were wrapping up a two-part series on how to overcome life's hurdles that you missed yesterday. Don't worry about everything you could hear today is going to make perfect sense. Dr. Donald catch you up. You can always catch up on any of the broadcast on our website at tewonline.org large, he that's TEW The Encouraging Word online.org DEW online.org is also your source to discover great resources like the new book about Dr. Billy Graham Dr. Don Wilton relationship call Saturdays with Billy details right there at tewonline.org RG can call about your copy at 866-899-WORD 866-899-WORD 9673 Dr. Don Wilton. It is a that God speaks to an individual or group in any circumstances that there will be those who will oppose the working of God's price it is. I guarantee it's not a matter of happens. It is when This boss Thursday night deacons from all over Spartanburg County gathered together in our dining hall. We were there without chairman of deacons and with some others and I Mr. Kenny Smith as chaplain to the South Carolina football team spoke to us. It was a wonderful evening, and he spoke about the wise man building a house upon a rock, so that when the rains come, the house will stand firm. He spoke about the foolish man who built his house upon the sand and when the rains and the floods came the house upon the sand fell flat and I thought to myself what Jesus was trying to teach us is that we need to build upon a rock and not upon the sand. That is what he is trying to teach us. But another thing Jesus is trying to teach us.
My friends is that storms will come up as rock. It is guaranteed, the floods are going to come to life again to present themselves to us.
It is guaranteed for both the wise man upon a rock. And the man upon the sand. The storms of life are going to come this man, one of the greatest does he began to encounter was the rise of human opposition. It was no different in the acts of the apostles. You can read about it in chapter 4 when the apostles began to preach and teach the word of God and the Lord added to the church daily such as would be saved and they rose from among the ranks of the church believers group of people who were opposed they were against it and the Bible says that these people witness witness that Nehemiah was coming to promote the welfare of the Israelites and to rebuild the wolves fear of the unknown in the long journey human opposition, but in the fourth place before. It was practical questions. His greatest hurdle, perhaps with the practical questions of life, we will not be my book, not the practical questions how my going to do this. Who's gonna pay for it. Am I going to have enough money will I have enough to eat my going to start today. What about mommy and daddy what about my grandparents. My parents are elderly.
I can't believe I don't want to move out of this area because it's where I've grown up as long as I don't have to leave my home.
It's going to be okay. I'm willing to accept this as long as I don't have to change that walkway, how, where, and why when I'm doing this when I'm doing that by practical questions and beloved friends that are very, very real in the life of every believer. Never be afraid to office practical questions abroad. You know why because God is the God is going on. Set every single predicament. These this word here is the key that unlocks the key to kingdom living. This word is a lamp unto my feet and a light on the my path. It is by this means that God shows me where I am to step into the darkness of life, fear of unknown along the journey. Human opposition, practical questions, so what he knew about how to Nehemiah. Step out in faith and begin overcome life's hurdles. Let me share some thoughts with number one, he relied on his partners in prayer.
He relied on his partners in prayer zapping starting through this whole book of Nehemiah. I wondered what kind of prayer partners. Nehemiah had about six or seven. I want to give them to you. You see, the apostle Paul writing to the church at Corinth. He uses a marvelous phrase is what he says in second Corinthians.
He says we all co-laborers together that wonderful we all co-laborers together.
What was some of his partners in prayer to give them to not in order of priority number one. He's intellectual school, all you thought you were gonna write down the names of people didn't. He's intellectual skills. Someone said to me one time posture doesn't help because I only get one IN five seeds. Listen, God is not interested in whether we get A's, B's and C's will be but I'll guarantee what God is interested in God is interested in all of us using the brains that God is given to us.
Think about what you do think use the mind that God is given to make and allow your mind to come in sync with the mind of Christ. That's what the apostle Paul was trying to teach the church at Philippi, he was telling them. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus use amongst others.
Your intellectual school.
Secondly, your human experience at the second partner of prayer you know human experience is probably one of the greatest teachers of all it's our capacity to learn as we go along. I think about human experience and I think about the things that you and I can learn from those who have gone through the school of human experience. But in the third-place human experience cultivates accumulated wisdom that's a prayer partners accumulated wisdom God's word says if you ask for wisdom.
I'll give it to you. I want to hold it back so you go to a Christian person who has accumulated wisdom and God is going to use that wisdom to help you overcome some of life settles, but not before your role and position in life there is a prayer partner, your role and your position in life. Just think about Nehemiah chapter 1 and verse 11 says I was married to the king. This man had a role and he had a position he used both in order to be able to overcome life soon. What is your role in position are you and dad this morning when my brother behave like a dead operate like a day are your grandmother this morning while my sister behave and operated lie like a grandmother or your mother behind operate like a mother. Are you a schoolteacher behave and operated like a schoolteacher. Are you a pasta behave and operate like a pasta or your Sunday school teacher be what a Sunday school teacher ought to be. Are you a deacon. Are you a Christian. Are you a born again believer washed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb use all your position. All of us who love the Lord Jesus Christ, to being called into a wonderful position in Christ Jesus. But number five the testimony of others. What a blessed prayer partner. The testimony of others. So many people whose lives are being impacted for Christ have impacted my own life for Christ.
So many someone said to me one time many years ago they said to me, pasta one of the greatest things you can ever do in your home is invite godly people into your home. Let me just run that by Jim guy. Some of you all morning wake forest loss just by listen carefully.
Somebody said to me as a father.
They said one of the greatest things you can do for your children is to invite godly Christian people into your home let him stay with you. Let them eat with you.
Let them live with you. You know that I've met people who never have anybody in the home as I will. I don't have the gift of hospitality. You want to impact your children bring godly people in your home. Don't just take them out to the football stadiums.just got a simpler shot at football games bring godly people in your home. You know why the testimony of others. What a tremendous prayer partner and then finally the consistency of your lifestyle.
The consistency of your livestock, you say, how's the consistency of one's lifestyle, a prayer partner. Well my friends, the Bible teaches. You can going to the sermon on the mount. Many other passages right throughout Scripture that your wall is going to parallel your total your practice is going to walk on on with your preach what you are and who you are is going to have a direct reflection on how you overcome life's hurdles how you operate in the fabric of society by was Prof. preaching at the New Orleans Baptist theological seminary, and I one of my responsibilities was to have preaching clauses with preachers and I would get up and preaching.
Then I would have them stand up in front of the camera and the whole clause would critique them just like you role critiquing me right now and and you can just imagine the experience I was a wonderful time. I mean, we had revival offer, Bob. One day, probably one of the biggest preachers I've ever heard in my life as a young man got up to preach. When he finished preaching upgraded him the class right at him and I gave him his grade and I gave him and if he was the first and only man that I ever filed and preaching. I don't believe you can file a man in preaching. Just the same as I don't believe a man can get 100% grade for preach impossible absolutely impossible.
So the next morning came to my office and he said to me Dr. Wilton. He said I I don't understand. He said man you know and he said he had right not to understand I don't understand.
How about if preach Austin will let me explain. Yesterday I was at Elysian Fields Avenue and you will rot opposite Blockbuster there was an elderly lady in the car in front of me.
There was another call between me and that elderly lady and we turned left and this elderly lady got so mixed up that she stopped started.
She didn't know what to do. She didn't know where the traffic was coming and and dispersing in the car in front of me wound down his window, drove around her. He didn't cuss but I tell you something he let that dear old lady have walked for. I mean, he told her everything that you've ever heard. He told her she didn't need to have a drivers license and what was she doing on the road and everything else in between. It and went screaming off down the road. There was just one problem on the bumper sticker of that call was a big sticker that said New Orleans Baptist theological seminary. My brother you with a man in that call, how can you stand in the pulpit and expect to get an when you lifestyle is a total contradiction of everything you say. How can you expect to sing in the choir you knew I was going to get into this hobby might include how can you sing in the choir when your lifestyle is not consistent. How can you be a deacon if you lifestyle is not consistent. How can you be a Sunday school teacher in your life. You see friends live please food with obstacles and hurdles and you and I on never going to be able to even overcome the hurdle of our own limitations. You know what the greatest hurdle is in my life. Me on the biggest problem Thomas.
"I get in the way of God's will and God my nature. My base nature. My sinful nature once to rear its head all the time. The old man wants to rise up in aggression all the time and listen to me friends. If I am not consistent in my lifestyle. I'm never going to be able to overcome life's please forgive the interruption.
Dr. Wilton insisted I remind you that not only as his preaching about winning that victory for Jesus is already claim is also part of the fact that we know we need to pray with and for each other in some of the situations as we lock arms together and increase our effectiveness in the body of Christ. If you'd like to speak with someone to pray with someone right now we would love to do so at 866899 word that you can jot that number down or stored in your cell 866-899-9673 will connect with someone just now during the broadcast. But anytime day or night. Talk with the pray with to connect with great resources like the new book from Dr. Wilton about his relationship with Dr. Billy Graham and so much more. As a matter fact I also encourage you to go by our website TW online.org and sign up for the daily Encouraging Word email from Dr. Wilton. It's of course absolutely free. You can sign up today TE W online.org advisor there follow Dr. Wilton honor socials would love to get connected with you. Begone, these moments of studying God's word together, but we are here to encourage you that's firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now back to today's great message overcoming life's hurdles Dr. Don Wilton well what is this man he relied on his caucusing prayer number two he received permission from the king he received permission from the king.
Look at verse seven and I also said to him, if it pleases the king, this man sitting out in faith didn't know what to do. Soulless opposition had all this fear. All these practical questions. What a leader. He went and got permission from the king.
I love that that's what I did in Genesis chapter 12 the Bible says now gone said I get up go Lee verse four so Abram departed, as God had spoken Abram departed because he had received permission from the king what happened to Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus had persecuted the church and there he encountered the radiant presence of the King of Kings and Lord of lords. Let me tell you something. Folks, let there be no mistake when Saul of Tarsus was converted when he was washed and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb that man you that there hurdles that lay ahead of him. What even execution. He knew what was done to Christian. He noted he knew that he was going to be sentenced to prison. He knew that he was going to be persecuted. He knew he was going to have to stand tall on the difficult circumstances and get this man upon his face before God and in the presence of the king said all God and Lord of lords. Would you draw me permission to step out in faith. He received permission from the king number three. He was aware of Socrates, he was aware of Socrates, did you notice in verse six, the subtlety that the king with the Queen sitting beside him. Now we don't know a lot about the Queen but I'm dying to say to you that the Queen was a popular together with King Artaxerxes in the broken walls of Jerusalem and I'm going to say to you, my friend, when Nehemiah approached the king he was aware of the subtleties that was sitting beside him. You see God's word tells us that in these circumstances. As we approach every photo of life we must be aware that there is always lurking in the background. A hidden agenda and all terrier motive and site wants to do nothing more than to true somebody up and spit them out in the gutter where he wants them to be. To begin with the aware of subtlety. That's why so many Christians. So many Christians stumble and fall all over the place. I've heard grown man sightless and now that I'm a crack in Christ will never have a problem with lust again. It's not true. My brother I've had families site now that Jesus Christ is in our marriage. Marriage will never break up again, not true. My brother, I've heard people say now that Jesus Christ has come into my life. I'm never going to have to worry about this.
I'm never going to have to do that. The Bible says be aware of.
Socrates does what first Peter Saiz first Peter says that the devil is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. And I will give you a guarantee to die on the authority of God's word that when God begins to moving his church. And when God begins to move in your life. And when God begins to act upon your life. It is absolutely guaranteed that subtleties again to raise their heads and I going to try and deep appetite and destroy you and break down God's word even though they might do it in camouflage and under the masquerade of a hidden motive origin. He received permission from the king. He was aware of subtleties, not before he did his homework. He did his homework versus seven through IT understood what he needed to do. I used to always ride on my papers when I did examinations RRL ID your audit means that means read, learn and inwardly digest means. Do your homework.
Understand where you going try and figure it out. Think usual intellectual skills get down to some serious study in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ with number five, he gained access to the right materials he gained access to the right materials verse site tells us about. He wanted this for that and that this, he gained access to the right materials now folks, what did Nehemiah need to remove the wool. What did he need I tell you what he needed to re-rebuild the walls. He needed a solid foundation. He needed a good team to surround him.
He needed spiritual advisors.
He needed proper materials he needed permission from the king he needed the right attitude. He needed to exercise prior that's what he needed and in order to do that, he gained access to the right materials but there's a final point number six. He depend upon God's help. That's what verse site is all about God wanted me permission through the king he depended on God's help. Are you dependent on these help my friend you know him goodbye would you bow your heads with me all across the sanctuary this morning, upstairs and downstairs. Every head bowed and every close, you'd say to me today. Pasta. There are so many hurdles in my life. I don't think I can ever overcome face hurdles at home. I face hurdles at work and at school.
Maybe it's a physical heard. Maybe you're in so much pain today and you don't know what to do.
What is God's word told you this morning though they all are you willing to rely on your partners in prayer. Are you willing to get permission from the king viewed online.
Are you willing to be aware of Socrates, those things that are going to trip you up there. I'm telling you, are you aware of them. Those things that break you down. Maybe it's your Achilles' heel. Maybe it's your weak point you are you willing to do your homework.
You see, homework comes at a price. Homework means that you come home from school. No matter how much you want to go out and play with your friends. You willing to say I'm going to get my homework done. It means that your discipline person means that you putting priorities in your life means that you willing to look down the road.
See the finish line. That's the sign of a mature person, that's a sign of someone who's willing to overcome hurdles we lost you.
Are you willing to gain access to the right materials overcome hurdles you say will pasta what are some of the rider materials for Christian the word of God. You read God's word God's people are you faithful in God's house God's spirit have your announced and revoked, and confess your sins so that you can operate in the fullness of God's spirit. God's spirit will not bless you my friend. If you're an unclean vessel, you won't have access to the right materials, you will be guilty of quenching the Spirit and if you cringe the spirit, the spirit will not operate according to his full power and grace in your life you will be a powerless Christian and if you're a powerless Christian when those hurdles come you won't have spiritual energy enough to jump over. Those are and want me there.
Are you in church. Are you serving God faithfully, you have the right attitude are you studying God's word and you pray with others. Are you seeking to know the mind of God you willing to depend upon God's help, you know, when all is said and done it wherever again to overcome life's hurdles we go to come back to this place, thing, cost all your care upon him.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, Lord, here I am, send me. Indeed we do we have to start doing things we got to be in motion is Dr. Don reminds us, you can't steer a card. It's not moving. We've got to be moving forward as God leads us and then let him guide directors. I pray that you have someone in your life that you know you can talk to and pray with about these important steps of following Jesus. But if you don't have someone we're here for you. Have a wonderful team of trained, loving brothers and sisters in Christ that are available anytime day or night. It 866-899-WORD would love to speak with you to pray with you connect with resources. If you need but know that were just here to encourage at 866899673, and one of the ways we love to encourage is to do what we and that's give your life to Jesus Christ for Dr. Wilton preacher.
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