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August 5, 2022 4:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching up Dr. Don Wilton about the power of God's call, you may not. You may not since it but God has a call on your life today will open God's word together and discover how you and I can get greater insight as to God's call by just studying the word itself. This is The Encouraging Word featuring the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton in just a few moments as he opens the word we are opening the phone line so you would love to pray with love to speak with you. Connected resources at 866899 word, that number is 866-899-9673, not just now during the broadcast 24 hours a day to talk to listen and to pray and connective resources permit is firstname.lastname@example.org and now Dr. have you evaluated the real value of your life. Have you come to the point at which you've really determine what it is that really matters in your life. For there is only one life to live and that will soon be pasta. It is only what is done for the Lord Jesus Christ that lost and and I'm going to be speaking to you today about the power of God's whole. When we hear his voice. Let us rise and on. So the coal. Such was the life of me and mine and these people this is what this time of prayer and fasting is all about, that were about to embark on. This is the power of one, no doubt, my brothers and I will have a lot to say about how dad on Tuesday, but out of the many things that I can say about my father is that he owns the coal. Did you know by the way, and I'm not going to dwell on this a long time my father came to know Jesus when he was 32 years of age. He was a very incredible athlete and businessperson engaged in life and all those things he had everything but any's heart. He had nothing he had an emptiness, the age of 32.
My father gave his heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ and his life changed on a dime. My dad went instantaneously from a man who spent some days, for example, playing tennis, he was a champion tennis player and fisherman grace motorbikes heat changed just like that the first Sunday off to. He was converted he was back on the tennis court in this beautiful country club hold you bongo in KwaZulu Callaway. He was born where I was born most spectacular place you can possibly imagine.
And he was chairman of it all. My father said on that first Sunday he realized that his heart his heart was no longer on the tennis court. It was in that little Baptist Church down the road where a group of people were meeting to worship the Lord. If you were to say to me today as a son. What would I rob the head from my father. Looking back, what I rob I have that my father was able to say he attended every bowl game that I ever played that he gave me lots of money that he was at every event that I did that, he pushed me to excel in everything or what I rob, I have had a father that was totally sold out to Jesus Christ unequivocably today. I will tell you that the legacy of my father's life is.
He's not in complete devotion. Nothing got in the way of my father's relationship with Jesus Christ. Nothing ever do know that before my father was converted, you can hardly find in our family in Australia in England and Scotland in South Africa. To my knowledge I don't know that will tell you right there to my brothers knowledge. We don't know you cannot find pride to my father coming to know Christ any of our family and we came from a distinguished line of people you cannot find any relative any family member in our line and lineage that had any relationship with Jesus Christ. They died the Wilton's did one off to the other as godless people, having accomplished great things in the medical field and in the Navy and in the military and in the zones of life, but none of them, to our knowledge, you Jesus Christ but often my bed gave his life to Christ. It's an altogether different story. He has sons and grandchildren serving the Lord across the world, and countless thousands of people in places all around the world who today know the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of the power of one, would you do it with me the power of one 12345 impact this story about Nehemiah is so powerful it's unbelievable because God coal the call of God is so powerful it's so singularly significant and when God calls, he has you and he has me in mind and the sequence of events in the book of Nehemiah is remarkable because God called God showed them what to do that we intend. I did it and they gave themselves to prayer and the fostering and God accomplished his purpose through their lives. At the end when the wall was built in 52 days.
There was an interlude which I'm going to deal with today. Chapter 8 is like an interlude. It's what happened between the onset of God and the repairing of the war and what God had in store for them next blog called them to pray and to foster him to seek his face and get about the business that God had given them to do and I did and then something remarkable happened that we going to read about in chapter 8, and when you get through chapter 8. Guess what God does.
He says well I'm not through with you now that the wall is removed now that you grief is turn the joy I want you to give yourself to prayer and fasting yet again.
Let me read to you.
Chapter 8 of the book of Nehemiah. I'm going to encourage you to follow along.
So now the walls of being removed and all the people gathered as one man that you notice that one person. The power of one all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Watergate and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, that the Lord had commanded Israel and so Ezra the priest brought the Lord before the assembly, both men and women in all who could understand what they heard on the first day of the seventh month. I need read from it.
Facing the square before the Watergate from early morning until midday in the presence of the man and the woman, and those who could understand and the ears of all the people retain up to the book of the law to the Scriptures and Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for that purpose, and beside him stood a whole succession of people. Verse five and Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it, all the people stood and Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God and all the people on said amen and amen lifting up their hands and they bow their heads and they worship the Lord with their faces to the ground. Also Jay who by me and share a bio journeyman backup and shabby fatherhood die Marseilles Erica Lita Azariah Joseph bad Hainan Paladino and the Levites help the people to understand the role while the people remained in the place that read from the book from the law of God clearly and they gave the scene so that the people could understand the reading Nehemiah who was the governor and Ezra the priest and the scribe in the Levites who taught the people said all the people. This guy is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep all the people wept as they hear the words of the Lord. Then he said to them, go your way.
Now having fostered, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who is nothing ready for this day is holy to our Lord and do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength. So the Levites calmed all the people saying be quiet for this day is holy. Do not be grieved at all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions of my great rejoicing because they understood the words that were declared to them on the second day, the heads of the father's houses of all the people with the priests and the Levites came together to Ezra the scribe in order to study the words of the law, and I found it written in the law that the Lord had come on by Moses that the people of Israel should twirl drill in boots during the feast of the seventh month and that they should proclaim it and publish it in all the towns and in Jerusalem go now to the hills and bring branches of all the while all of Myrtle Palm and other leafy trees to make boots at is written so the people went out and brought them in my boots for themselves, each on his roof and in the courts and in the courts of the house of God and in the square of the Watergate and in the square of the gate of airframe and all the assembly of those who had returned from Liberty might lived in the boots for from the days of Joshua the son of nun to that day the people of Israel had not done so and there was very great rejoicing and day by day from the first day to the lost.
He read from the book of the law of God, and they kept the feast seven days and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly according to the group now on the 24th day of this month. The people of Israel were assembled with lasting insect cloth and ashes with Earth on their heads by the Lord.
Write this word upon our hearts. The power of God's coal Nehemiah we've we've seen what happened when Nehemiah heard God speak that we not when God spoke to Nehemiah. We followed this raw. The somewhat remarkable journey of mere mind these people when God spoke, he called them to listen. Are you listening are you listening to the Lord was your mind so cluttered that you cannot listen did you do any preparation to come to God's house this morning. Did you pray that it cost through your mind that maybe you needed to go to bed just a little earlier loss not so that you could have mind.
When God speaks to you today. Hard to do is, it was hard for me. I'm not standing up on. I haven't slept.
Not once. I'm standing here today. I haven't slept my wife will tell you not telling you something that's easy.
We all have things I couldn't get my dad out of my mind will not. But when God spoke to Nehemiah.
He called on them to listen he called on them to see said just open your eyes, they saw they sold the broken walls so the burn gates are you seeing are you looking are you seeing your children what's really going on you seeing what's happening in our communities. Are you seeing how families are under attack you seeing what's happening to America.
Are you seeing what's happening in the world did you know by the way that fundamental to ISIS.
ISIS is the apocalypse fundamental ever wondered why it is that ISIS is without consideration attacking and killing people no matter where they come from.
No matter who they all Muslims and Arabs Englishmen Americans lost yourself why because they believe that they are fundamentally tied into the apocalypse. When God speaks, he closes us to see. You know that the Bible tells us that one of the products of fasting and praying is that God will allow you to see and understand Revelation he called them to prepare. He did.
He said I want you to prepare. I want you to foster want you to pray. That's what we're doing to prepare them to follow spiritual leaders. When God spoke to me in my end to these people, he said I'm going to sit truly follow them to give you will be back with more of Dr. Don Wilton's message on the power God's call in just a moment. The challenge of listening.
Sometimes we are hearing are we listening that we love to pray for you if you're in a season of hearing but just not really understanding really listening were here at 86689, the 24 hours a day. That's 866-899-9673 to talk with you to pray with you to listen and maybe connect with resources that will help you grow in your life to help you understand the power of God's call on your life. You can also meet with us email@example.com that's the Encouraging Word.org just know we would love to connect with you. Now back to today's message the power of God's call with God spoke to me in my end to these people, he said I'm going to sit before you spiritual leaders follow them was a torment political leadership wasn't talking about the White House or the state capital said I'm going to sit before you spiritual leaders, just like I did with Moses with Abraham. Paul, Timothy, haven't changed my mind. Follow them listen to them, but when God spoke he he called them to anticipate opposition.
We discussed that heavenly this remarkable journey when you answer the call of God, God is telling us, be watchful, be alert. Open your eyes be ready, that old serpent, the devil, he doesn't like it when people get right with God. He doesn't want you to serve him. He doesn't want you to be prepared your child most likely will get sick on Sunday morning course.
Also on Monday and choose them not eliminating that there because it just is good to be out of school for some of them number six.
He called them to go to work you.that is a remarkable thing about this group. I know this is going to surprise some because some people still believe that manual labor is the president of Mexico. We understand that when God speaks, he calls us to roll up our sleeves and and go to work.
He appoints us as his ambassadors and I love the statement that Paul used to the church at Corinth. He called us close laborers in a poll had another phrase that he used.
He called us on the roads.
He referred to us as those who are slaves of the monster who wrote the boat make it move with their God's bidding, but there was something else he called them to remain state forest and and I love that about the call of God. I love when acquiring praise team sang just a moment ago and they they said those words. They sang those words when we hear his voice. Let us rise and onto the coal.
He when he called for mere mind these people he is whole included as part of the substance of the fabric of the call of God to remain steadfast.
One thing that I can say about my beloved father. I know this is going to stretch appointment.
Some people are but I do not know.
I'm short happened. My sweet mama would tell me in a heartbeat now son, let me just set the record straight year. But to my knowledge, I have no recollection of my father ever wavering when it came to the call of God down to the most ridiculous labels when my wife and I was a newlywed couple realize God was calling us to America, which by the way, is on the other side of the world called my father who fostered a wonderful church saved him. Dad, God's called us to go to America and my dad could say not get this. I wish my dad would've said son please.
What is this you just got married you going to bring us grandchildren don't leave the house.
Whatever you doing man what money can I give you stay. Hello, don't leave us don't go there.
My dad didn't even come up. It was didn't even get an honorable mention. If you been a fly on the wall.
You would've thought my father couldn't have cared all my dad said to me was son and daughter to his daughter-in-law.
He loved Karen so much. He said my son.
If God has spoken to you and he's cold and you want to get up until leave and go to a far away land and if it means that your mother and I will never ever see you again in our entire lifetime, but we were to know that you would on God's: where in the center of his will.
Joy will have been made complete that legacy. That's all I can say to my sons and my daughter today. Little did I know what God was going to do you really think it's easy know you don't have three precious grandsons living in an angry world.
On the other side the world as I speak right now that I haven't seen for nearly a year. You don't think that doesn't but by the way, we do have face time and Scott, but I'm telling you when one of those little chaps looking that thing and say chief, would you come and play with me gets to you. I'm calling us to a time of prayer and fasting. So, look what happened in the interlude is very simple. All the people assembled is one in verse one. All the people assembled is one of the Scriptures were read aloud that's in verse three that amazing. They open the Bible. I didn't go to the Supreme Court. They didn't ask the people for their opinion. I didn't say what's politically correct that the speak about their rights. I just said let's open God's book. Let's find out what real truth is that she hear what God has to say.
Number three all the people listen. That was rather profound. In verse three. The latter part. That's what happened in this interlude. That's a jolly hard assignment as far as I'm concerned because at the best of times. I am most distracted. It goes without saying that Israel spoke from a platform in the fourth instance. That's what happened. I think most of all what God was saying is listen. We are going I'm going to elevate my truth because it was not about the man who stood in the platform. It was about what the man did under God's instruction. He spoke truth. He opened the word of God and the elders and the leaders who, by name or in this book the deacons in the life group leaders and the teachers they were under instructions not to do whatever they wanted to do parents go home and do your job, go home and do your job.
Have you wondered why sometimes I say things more than once anybody ever wondered why cannot tell you why, because you wouldn't understand it. If we say that just wants that is a basic logical virtue speak to any teacher great teachers in our school system. God knew that before the first school was able to boot. A feast was proclaimed, I love that verse 10 that's right up my alley way. Bible says a feast was proclaimed. They all went out and I just had a jolly good time. I think what we need to do at the end of the 40 days just go aheadů Go ahead and book the beacon for a week. Could we take a vote no on and then I love the lost. When I love the lost one.
Grief was replaced with joy. Look at that in verse 10 Bible tells us that very clear. Do not be grieved for the joy of the Lord is your strength. And then we went you know when you are not understand the power of God's ultimate and isn't that what we call God's replacement of our grief with our joy with our lack of understanding understand perception call time is gone for today's edition of The Encouraging Word with Dr. Don Wilton to discover more firstname.lastname@example.org that's The Encouraging Word.org.
You can give us a call at 866899 word and we gained a lot of insight about the power of God's call, but perhaps the most important insight we all need to have is what Dr. Duncan is talk about next God has spoken to you hesitantly and you ready to give your heart to Jesus. I'd love to help you right now. Would you pray this prayer with me and accept Jesus into your heart and life.
Dear God, I know that Arneson I know that Jesus loves me and died for me on the cross right now, I repent of my sin and I confess my sin to the Lord Jesus Christ come into my heart and save me today and forgive me for my sin.
In Jesus name I pray, amen. If you pray that pray we love to get alongside of you and celebrate with you and send you some literature and help you as you begin to grow and I want you to know that I love you very very much. And by the way, don't leave, don't go away.
What ever you do is I'll be right back Lord Sterger heart, either during the message from the pulpit while ago or just from the studio with Dr. Donnelly now my prayer for you is do not let it sit, don't wait on whatever action God's Spirit is calling you to do now. Let's pray with you about it.
Let's put some resources in your hands. Dr. Don's created a wonderful packet for those of you have just given your heart to Jesus Christ. My goodness, welcome to the family. Let us welcome you in a very special way by calling 86688668999673. We love to pray with you. Spend some time listening and talking and connecting with great resources on our website The Encouraging Word.org. You can find those resources well that's The Encouraging Word.org. It's also your find out about this wonderful book Dr. Don Wilton you know over my many years of ministry and from so many of you I get so many questions about life off today all of us. People like you and me off fascinated with the subject of life off today. That's why God led me to write the novel the absolute certainty of life off today this novel that I wrote was out of my own personal I think near-death experience and it just flowed from my heart. It's the story about to meaning the real world one died and the other man.one way to heaven.
The other man did not and it's Jesus in his this change will have an significance of what it means being with Orton lives. I want to have an not the team of life The Encouraging Word financials helps us to read one and has been you live: get your copy now