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October 27, 2021 8:00 am
Some encouragement provided together today in the Bible-based teaching of Dr. Don Wilton. This additional The Encouraging Word were continuing our study of the absolutes of the purpose driven life as we do so no that would love to connect with you on our website tewonline.org G great place of resources that's tewonline.org OR Dr. Don Wilton God works all things, all circumstances, from the time I was a boarding school until I was in my early 20s, virtually all went downhill. My life was not will spiritually I ended up in a big band like the prodigal son and until I came home and found the father running down the highway to greet me and embrace me and to welcome me back home I tell you, even when I was in the pigpen of life. I believe that God was working out his purpose in my life because God never relinquishes control and God has a purpose for every one of us boys and girls. Every one of us, even when you are cheerleading even when you are playing football and even when you go to school and when you do things in the frames in your parents. God's got a wonderful purpose.
All of us. It is very important for us to know what we believe, because just like when that hurricane Isabel came through the houses that stood firm with the ones that were on a firm foundation, and even those that will fail because the storm was so wicked and so strong what you know in our own lives. God gives to us those things which are absolutes. They are nonnegotiable by all the pillars of truth by the concrete pillars in life that we stand on that we hold to because if you do not have a strong belief system. You gonna have a weak lifestyle.
If you don't know what you believe what every kind of personal preference and personal conviction that comes buys going to take you and is going to mess you up.
You can afford. You gonna go this way and that way you not going to stand up straight in the strong winds of life.
That's what an absolute is it's a nonnegotiable. I want to read to you again from Romans chapter 11 please turn with me in your Bibles to Romans chapter 11. I want to read to you from verse 33 Romans chapter 11 verse 33. Paul, who wrote this said that she said oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments and his paths beyond tracing out who has known the mind of the Lord has been his counselor who has given to God that God should repay him for from him and through him and to him are all things therefore to him alone be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There are three things that absolutes will do for you and do for me frame when you've got something that you know to be true.
Unite America. Sometimes we call that our value system. Value system, parents would with you to if you don't have a strong value system. Your children are going to grow up being tossed around by everyone. Did you know that I'm in a challenge.
The father's ear to the that if you don't have a value system in place when it comes to my Christian faith. The value system that I stand on is the absolutes of the word of God by the nonnegotiable by the things that I am convinced in my heart and believe with all that God has put into place and they just nonnegotiable but little do three things for you.
Number one, it will bind you to the heart of God. I love that little it it if you got absolutes in your life you want to know what God's purposes before you can give a big understand what God's purposes for you. You want to stand on certain unchangeable, nonnegotiable absolutes, and what that'll do to bind your heart it'll bind you to the heart of God. Number two it will hold you to the word of God see this is one of absolutes.
It's the Bible, but I have absolutes. I believe that the Bible is the infallible inherent word of God. That's an absolute for me. The Bible is not negotiable. It's not just a good thought, doesn't have some good stories and this is the word of God. What it does it holds me to the word about number three.
It motivates us to listen to God. It's my motivation, and number four. It encourages us to serve God. So listen frame if you got absolutes in your life you sign God what is your purpose. God says you need to stand up on these absolutes just what they will do, they will bind you to the heart of God. They will hold you to the word of God. They will motivate you to listen to God and they will encourage you to serve God because God is who he says he is all right here is absolute number one I got three of them number one. The source absolute.
You can write that down. Boys and girls.
It's interesting word dispel isn't is oh you are seeking. That's how you spell source. Let me tell you what sources source is like when you had all those explorers like Livingston went to Africa and I would discover these big rivers like the Zambezi and the Limpopo and the Orange River and the two Gaylor River and the Nile River that comes down through Egypt and I said you know we got a big river. Yet we know there's a river look at all the water. I wonder where it comes from and so they begin to trace that river back to its site with me.
Boys and girls back to its all right you go back to where it's rooted from windowless Florida did it just happen.
And one of the absolutes that God expects us to stand upon is what I call this source absolute. You see my friends in America today. We Americans are involved in a source crisis. Did you know that that's what's going on in America there are more and more people push more and more by the media who are saying listen. It doesn't matter who we are anymore. It doesn't matter the sacrifice the people gave when they gave their lives in the world will it doesn't matter about our founding fathers. It doesn't matter what we believe. It doesn't matter what made America great. It doesn't matter the value systems that we have that bind us together as a nation to let everybody think whatever they want to think we prefer to have our own individual value system. You know what you cultivate when you no longer have a source no longer have a root no longer have a foundation you cultivate chaos. That's when a nation begins to crumble, not from without but from within.
It disrupts the unity of an otherwise unified people what it was politically expedient. Whatever is going to get you elected whatever you feel about.
That's what I'm going to do now I want you to listen carefully if you take away the absolutes from your life, what you got to stand on your own wobbly shaky ground. It's not what Don Wilton thinks about it. It's what God thinks about it because I stand on the conviction of this source absolute that frames listen to. I want you to go on a journey with me. What does it mean that God is the source. Well, it means three things. Number one, it means that God alone is the source of our existence. I want you to listen carefully, God alone is the source of my existence. You might say to me will pasta when you come from well God made me any questions. God alone is the source of my existence now want to hang in there with me and if I believe that God alone is the source of my existence and the source of every person who has ever lived who ever will live then I'm I'm saying three things. Number one I am saying that he is the originator of my life. It all began right there in the heart of God. For example, I want you to turn your Bibles quickly to the book of James. That's an easy one to find. Let's turn to Genesis chapter 2 Genesis chapter 2 that folks listen carefully to. I've had some wonderful people and by the way, when I say this to you. I'm not being critical of this question. I think it's a good question. I've heard this question come from some of the finest Christian men and women.
I welcome that I think it's good I think it's wholesome.
I think God absolutely encourages us to to study his word, but I want you to hear what I'm saying. I have people from time to time to come to me and I say to me, pasta tell me something. Didn't God actually create the wound or did he create the circumstances and the things that created the world now want to Donna. You got to get all mixed up that justice. I'm not saying they say to me. God didn't create the world yes I am but God actually created something he caused something or things to actually be the things that created the world. He didn't actually do it himself.
I've had some other people who come to me from time to time and I say to me now pasta you know the Bible says that God created the heavens and the earth in seven days. Now that's not actually seven days as I mean is that saving dinosaurs that block 70×7 days or how do you know if this is that an end when you do this all right, let's have a look at Genesis chapter 2 and I'm going on to question is what the Bible says in verse four, Genesis 2 verse four. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Any questions so far. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens and no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not seen Brian on the earth and there was no man to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and the whole surface of the ground. The little God formed man from the dust of the ground and the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being that folks listen if I believe in the source absolute believe that God alone is the source of my existence. And if I believe that he's the source alone of my existence. It means that I originated with him now this is going to second something for me. People come up to me and say to me pasta what you think about abortion, will folks I can tell you what I think about abortion, I can tell you what I think about the pro-choice movement. I have to think about it it's not a matter of my personal preference.
What I do know is that the Bible says that God breathed into the nostrils of man, and because God did man became a living being, believe that God is the originator of all life and that's and that from the heart of God damn fool. I do not have the right to make that which is God, not friendless, and that means that you want me to become the next governor Rudy 222.have to accept brother Chairman of deacons Bruce, I'm not planning to run for God, not just want to let you know that it goblins if you beg my pardon everything I heavens my political manifesto goblins.
My value system. It goblins my way of thinking it goblins my attitude. It's not a matter whether it's popular or whether that person says this, or whether that person says that if I believe in the source absolute lifespan with both feet firmly seated upon Jesus Christ who is the originator of all life is not in the Bible and not only do I believe that he is the originator of our lives. I would then believe that he orders Allah God orders our lives are not any believe that he originated in orders Allah has, but if I believe he alone is the source of my existence means that he alone organizes my life. I like this even at my most un-organize state. Sometimes I can get so disorganized. I don't know which way is up. Folks listen.
What is it mean the source absolute number one that God alone is the source of our existence. You believe that or don't you number two.
It means that God alone is the source of our blessings if we stand upon the source absolute. The root absolute what it does for me, my friends, the source absolute means that I believe that God alone is the source of all my blessings my home God's home. I have three wonderful children told you about the princess in my home cheerlead. I just love her with all my heart I tell you she stood here with me right now. Tell you what my wife and I would say we would say we love you with all of our hearts.
God gave you to us, but friend because I believe that God alone is the source of all my blessings. The moment my daughter and my sons were born, I was compelled to give them back to God.
Are you listening this morning I'm going to show you something really neat. Unbelievably, just a moment. All right, he's the source of all my blessing. He's the source of my finances. The money that I have my business. He's the one he gave me my motor car to drive boys and girls you are cheerleading and you're playing football and you are so gifted you know who gave you that ability God. He's the source of all your blessings. Please forgive the eruption would be back with the rest of today's message with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment embracing that truth that God is the source of all of our blessings and also embracing the opportunity. We know that in those blessings there is responsibility for us as followers of Christ, especially in the culture in which we live on our website right now. You'll find a call for courage. Wonderful book by Dr. Wilson's friend Michael Anthony as well as a message from Dr. Wilton be salt and light.
It's about how we stand strong, even against the culture you find these resources and more on our website, TE, W online.org also a great place to sign up for the daily devotional from Dr. dog becomes an email atomically or you can sign up for a hard copy as well firstname.lastname@example.org now back today's great teaching Dr. Don Wilton to the point in the source absolute that I believe not only that God is the source of my very existence alone is the source of there are three things that are going to have one number one I must take my hands old. I believe I gotta take my hands off if I believe God is the source of all my blessings he's given and told me I gotta take my hands off. I wonder if there is a father here that you love your kids you love your family, you love your wife that you're holding on.
God says he's the source I love that thing.
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills the wealth in every mine. I love that song because it tells me about the source where everything comes from my abilities my gifts my five answers my home. I want my children everything that I had what must I do about it.
If I've had. That is an absolute number one take my hands off number two honest wrap my arms around you going to say wait a minute now pasta one minute you say take your hands off the next minute you say wrap your arms around absolute. That's how God works.
You know what he says. He says dad says to me dad take your hands off your children by not yours. Give them back to me and when I take my hands off God says now now that you've given me back that which is mind to begin with. I am going to entrust them with you. Would you please wrap your arms around them. You see that wonderful picture folks. God invites us to wrap our arms around our children round our wives we tell you. I believe God is the source of the gift of my wife.
I believe God is the source of the gift of every blessing I have pieces take a hands-off Lord. I've taken it off. He says okay now wrap your arms around you see that's Christian stewardship and number three. Put on your gloves put on your gloves. Put your gloves on yesterday just for a few minutes I want to going to the yard was such a beautiful day and put out some thornbushes so I went to gone trying find some gloves couldn't find them turn the house upside down.
I found two sets of gloves. Both were left-handed and both are designed to fit my wife but I had to put them on. Because otherwise my hands would look just awful today and not have to go and get another what you call it. Manner something I'd have to go under get my hands back in shape so I went to found that were to left-handed/stuck my one hand and then it got in his talk is anything you seen a right hand in a left-handed glove and you can't quite get it in and it has the thumb sticking out there with nothing in the bottom line folks. I went to work just for a little while. Pulled out some of those thorny things. I just went to work.
You heard me say before you heard it before.
Most people in America believe that manual labor is the president of Mexico.
Folks listen to me that by the way, is running for election in America these days. Young people listen it types jolly hard work to do and to carry out what God's given you nothing comes easy. You make up your mind. Life is not just a bed of roses. You got to work. You put your minded you want to become a jolly good athlete Torah or or a cheerleader or scholar you make up your mind. You put some work in you wake up on Saturday morning and say well I just think everything's going to happen. It takes a lot of hard work gloves on. God expects us to go to folks that is part of the purpose driven life right up your sleeves. Don't be lazy.
Don't think you're just going to go through life with everything just kind suddenly pulled out the sky. It doesn't happen with a lot of people types jolly hard work to get anywhere in this life.
So what are we talking about your the source absolute.
He alone is the source of our existence. He alone is the source of our blessings, which means we must take our hands off it means we must wrap our arms around.
It means we must put out gloves but number three. It means that he alone is the source about hope see if I believe in the source absolute means that all matters to tomorrow. What happens when I die, where my going you mean all I've got is this lack of you ever met anybody that says to you, will you know it doesn't matter because when I die that sits over just put me in a box end of the story, God says that that's not the case.
The Bible says it is absolutely certain that you will never die.
There is life off today and folks. The only hope I have in the cross of Christ is when I believe in the source of my hope and what is that mean it means that I believe that he alone is the only one who can grant me forgiveness because I cannot have eternal life.
Unless I'm forgiven two possible because God cannot and will not allow sin in the because he is love. He is just and all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. So how can God allow sin and have an anonymous and I go back to the source.
It's an absolute Jesus died upon the cross. He died on the cross he invites me to try and to repent and turn away from myself and turn and trust in Christ alone is when you put your faith and trust in me.
He said I'll forgive you. I'll write your name in the Lamb's book of life. When I believe that he is the source of my hope it means. I believe he's the only one who can grant me forgiveness. It means that he is the only one who can grant me access to God the father because of my sin that access has been denied. But when I give my last dream and I'm forgiven I gain immediate access through the blood of Jesus Christ into the presence of Almighty God. It is inherent that we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sin and then what else doesn't mean it means that he's the only one who can grok me hope beyond the grave. You know what it means means I no longer have to be afraid of dying, because I go back to my source, he is the source of my hope that's the source absolute my friends about you today. Have you settled the matter of the source absolute concerning your existence concerning your blessings concerning your hope for tomorrow. You sink. It's a powerful question. The question that would love to explore with you that 866-899-WORD would like to talk to someone. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 866899673 before get away closing talk to Dr. Don, are you ready to give you a heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Iversen and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross. Today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart. Jesus name, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God.
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