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Don't Go Messing with the Blessing

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July 13, 2021 8:00 am

Don't Go Messing with the Blessing

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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July 13, 2021 8:00 am

What it means to be blessed by God; the importance of being a blessing to others; based on 1 Samuel 30:18-26.

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Tell somebody that you have got to get out of your vocabulary over the world.

But now that you're in the kingdom kingdom terminology here to tell you that the concept is not found in your Bible hello and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard wherever you are and how you may be listening. Thanks for spending part of your day with us will. Some call it luck and some call it fate, but according to God's word. There's no such thing. All good gifts.

Every blessing every promotion, every miracle comes from the loving hand of the living God. And he allows our trials as well those times when our faith is tested as we continue our study of David. Today we find him living in hiding from King Saul abandoned by many the people he trusted. But in the midst of this burden God gives him a blessing and the strength to carry on. So stay with us now or visit pastor Paul.net to listen on demand.

That's pastor Paul.net you can also subscribe to the podcast Apple podcast. My heart or wherever you get your podcasts now here is Pastor Paul. Today's Destin for victory message. Don't go messing with the blessing for Samuel chapter 30 beginning with verse 18. David recovered everything them.

What kinds had taken including his two wives. Nothing was missing young or old boy or girl, plunder, or anything else they had taken David brought everything back. He took all the flocks and herds and his men drove them ahead of the other livestock saying this is David's plunder and David came to the 200 men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the base or ravine.

They came out to meet David and the people with him. As David and his men approached. He greeted them but all the evil men and troublemakers among David's followers said because they did not go out with us.

We will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go. David replied no my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us, who will listen to what you say. The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is the be the same as that of him who went down to the battle all will share alike. David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel. From that day to this when David arrived in sick leg. He sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends saying here is a present for you from the plunder of the Lord's enemies will conclude our reading their I decided to entitled this message don't go messing with the blessing we've been looking at in the most recent message.

The fact that David and his men while during this period of being fugitives running from King Saul who is murderously jealous of David and every time Saul hears about where David is. He goes after him to try to take his life and the Lord has spared David.

One thing about it when you are walking with God and called according to his purpose. No weapon formed against you will prosper. Now please remember, that doesn't mean the weapons will be formed, but it does mean that they will not prosper and what the enemy is trying to do. He will not succeed because your life is not in his hand, but it's in the hands of the God who called you, according to his purpose and so David is been spared, but there still fugitives, and as such they just had a period of time where they returned from the Philistines where they are living in their territory.

They returned after trying to align themselves with the Philistine army to help them in one of their battles, but the commanders of the Army were afraid that David was just plotting to turn on them so as to look good in the eyes of Saul and they said we don't trust this man fighting with us, send them home and so a kiss had to send David and his men back to their temporary home in sick lack and we saw in the last message that when they got to say glad they discovered that some raters from the Avila kites had taken their wives and children taken their possessions and they had a runoff with them and we Saul that David had defined strength in the Lord is God well.

After realizing that there in this terrible predicament we saw that David saw the mind of the Lord. He inquired of the Lord God. What do you want me to do. Do you want me to pursue Pamela kites and the Lord said yes pursue them because you will overtake them, and I'm going to give you back everything that the enemy took from you and so David and his men now have gone after the Avila kites and we are told in this passage that God blesses them with the victory, and they indeed are able to recover everything and it is out of this passage that I want us to learn a few things when I study David's life in the past. I really kind of skipped over the second part for Samuel 30 not really seen much the focus on bail but this time when I studied his life. My attention was drawn to what happened in the aftermath of this recovery unit we tend to focus on and they got everything back.

Hallelujah and we get happy about those kind of things and rightly so, but what I've come to realize is that when you look at the word of God, God will show you some nuggets that you missed before and so never say all I read that before read it again because God has a way of shifting your attention and showing you some of the things three points I want to lift out of the passage that we just looked at here in the latter part of first Samuel 30. The first point is realize that you are not lucky, you are blessed that you're not lucky you're blessed David, it is apparent in this text that David is well aware that this recovery of everything that was taken was not a matter of luck.

But it was the intervention of God tell somebody that you have got to get luck out of your vocabulary. I know some of us carried the word over the world when you used to live in the world and live by the patterns of this world you considered yourself lucky every now and then on lucky. But now that you're in the kingdom to got what.kingdom terminology here to tell you that the concept of is not found in your Bible, the good things that are happening in your life as one called according to God's purpose are not happening because it just happened that way. I don't know how know next thing I know some good just dropped into my life, no, no, when you walk with God. You are called according to purpose.

So everything that's happening in your life is happening by design theme God nor saved on purpose because you deserve to be. I hope you know that you are saying because the Bible says in Ephesians 2 you were dead in trespasses and sins, that is, you are spiritually dead from the light source which is God, the Bible says we were born in sin shape in iniquity, and Paul said in Ephesians that we were dead in trespasses and sins says but God, who is rich in mercy, quickened us that if he made us alive in Christ and now he has seated us with Christ in heavenly places. That's on purpose.

You're not saved by or change your say because a good job down and saw all your help with hopelessness. They never make his way in the fellowship would make redeem her. She's lost forever, and God intentionally correctly blasted with the gift of salvation to tell you you're blessed nor blessed you might not have well in terms of material things, but you're blessed you might not have everything that your heart desires yet, but you are blast and when you have salvation you have the greatest most expensive world has ever received your blessed so you understand now that I'm saying now that I'm called according to God's purpose, but things that happen in my life. Don't just happen in the life of a child of God, nothing, just happens when God is at work in you, he began the good work he will complete the good work and he is the Bible puts it this way. It is God who is at work in you to will and to do with his good pleasure.

What that means is when you see fortunate things take place in your life. You are blessed you're not lucky. It is God's intentional blessing in your life. And David is aware that in this text he is aware of the fact that he was protected by the Lord. He said that it was God who protected us. It was God who allowed us to not be repeated by our enemy. Let me tell you something. You are the recipient of the blessing of protection listening to this message right now because God has protected you may want to take a long time ago. Circumstantially, you could abandon the wall place at the wrong time. But God said not so I'm not finished with you. I got some things at work it out in you and so he made sure that you will live to see this day. You are protected by the blessing of the Lord you some in the day in which we live. Every time you walk back into your house you want to say thank you Lord that you kept me crazy times when people will shoot you for no reason at all just going out of their minds. All you had to do is be in a mall somewhere my business to see it on the news all the time. People just born somewhere to pick up something never make it back to their house when their family sees him again, that you not because you're lucky because you're blessed that could have been disastrous in fatal and God said, not so I'm not finished with you. You're not lucky, you are blessed, blessed of the Lord with protection there bullets that don't have your name on it, but would've come your way. Anyway somebody was shoot that somebody else miss them and couldn't get you, but God said not so you are blessed with the protection of the Lord still had the second half of today's destined for victory message with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California. We want to take a moment to thank all of you who sustained destined for victory in your prayers and financial support, gifts, and help pastor Paul share the gospel with a growing audience destined for victory is a listener supported ministry and right now during the busy summer months when donations to the ministry tend to decline.

Your help is very much needed and appreciated. So as God leads. Please prayerfully consider making a gift destined for victory today. Given just a few moments securely at pastor Paul.that's pastor Paul.net. The favor of God is better than any material blessing he could give you. No one knew this better than David story continues. Now the rest of today's message don't go messing with the blessing once again here's pastor Paul David knew that he was protected, as he thought this enemy. He knew that it was God who gave him the victory if you're experiencing victory in any area of your life.

It's not by chance or happenstance because God blessed you with the victory and you want to thank and when you used to be bound in Samaria. Now you're free you want to get God plays because you don't desire to be free to have victory.

The goodness of the Lord your blessed with protection your blessed with God's provision. You're blessed when God's favor, God give me a favor favors a wonderful blessing favor in many ways favor is more important that a particular material blessing favor that intangible open up doors at all to be close to you all. Some of us have enjoyed the favor of God. When God gives you favor just make somebody blessed you really have any good reason. The blessed favor will give you a job, you will really qualify for favor will put you in a house that you really shouldn't be favor favor open doors of opportunity blessing that would not normally be open to you favor the favor of God will do those things. The favor of God is put me in some ministry context from doing in here. Well, big shots and marketing months in Pocono Who's Who books and who I want a autograph and I'm sitting there right among the favor of God. You've been blessed with favor been blessed with the favor of God you want to thank you when you see the Lord giving you favor.

I'll never forget when we believe in God, the build out this facility so we could reach more people, for the Lord and we were a church that didn't have any property but that we were going to Linda's anyway. We need millions of dollars to build out. We want to lease so that we can do ministry on a larger scale, and all they saw a right of millions of dollars on what you have and collaterally said what you mean what you will give us stuff to guarantee that we'll get money because you cite a building to building out is not the police said. That's right so we can put the loan against the lease because you don't know that we can't come against you because you don't own it and they said so what you always said nothing growing like you described all but you don't think we been doing it all the growing is been in somebody else's build. We all have our own. We believe in God. Perhaps one day. Right now we just looking for a bigger place to lease so we can do the will of God. And so that when Linda got me. Can you think we'll give you millions of dollars and you don't have any collateral but we knew that God was with somebody and showing up. The Lord opened the door some Paul drove up from Fresno, so I will be with you and you. We sat down and they said tell us your story and walk them through how God has worked in over this time and what's been going on and they said this and we are a ministry committed to helping people like you and tell you what, you don't have to have property for us to hold against it. If you can just get your people to pledge that they will pay for this renovation we will lend you every dollar for dollar. Every plant we said praise God went back, told the church. We need pledges and we raised several million in pledges but the Pope said listen only what we lend you what you have currently. But if you get more pledges because your costs are probably going to go up when you build on the scale you talk about building your budget is probably going to increase over time, and indeed it did. And so they said just keep getting the people to play with people given your money and they started sending money based on the pledges we had while the cost Going up and we got so focused on building we stop getting pledges and they Send in money and they stop asking us will pledges they got so excited about blessed us so we could do this every time we send them the new information from the contract that we need a few more hundreds of thousands of dollars that we need another mill to do something they would just shoot it on to came back and leaned on your lot. We just need and we were so caught up in what was going on in the excitement they stop asking the pledges we thought out and they Send money that we do need you to pay off the loan. Just trying to show you God is wonderful when God gives you favor in the Lord last David and he knew he was blessed out of your vocabulary. You walk with God. Now walk with an intentional God blesses you an intentional way.

Don't ask for you, not on calling the rub on little teddy bear little rabbit's foot with the kingdom we God, whence cometh our help and God respond by blessing his people and you will God praise you more blessed than you think you are you been kept from danger. You didn't recognize. I love rub around the same to pray Lord, thank you for keeping us from danger. See see what they mean is we saw you.

Keep us in some ways we saw you help us avoid an accident like that, but we know you well enough to know that some things we never saw what you saw it coming our way and you said it another way, we want to thank you you need to realize you're not lucky your blessed David was blessed and he knew it blessed and gave God the praise for Raja not lucky your best number two. Resist the temptation to be judgmental toward others not disappointed for you.

This is for people you will miss somebody on your row so start interceding now all God reminisces for speed hot Lord resist the temptation to be judgmental toward others. I want you to notice what happened in the text. The Bible says that whenever returning with this plunder. First Samuel chapter 30 verse 22 on their way back and will verse 21 tells us that the phone who had been too exhausted to follow them and were left behind at the bees are living they came out to greet David and Walt excited to see them returning with this plunder not get the picture. David had 600 million and the Lord gave the word go after these kites and pursue them because I will bless you to get back everything that took, they began the journey to pursue them but along the way. 200 men were too exhausted to continue.

I remember they've been through a troubled ordeal after they were kicked out of the Philistine territory where they were going to fight they had to take a three-day journey back to think that once they got there they found out their families and their goods were stolen in the Bible says they wept until they had no more strength to weep and so some of them were just exhausted physically and emotionally. And while some were recovered enough to go and do battle that were 200 just couldn't make it 200 stayed behind and not now. You pick it up in verse 22 and it says that after David has been greeted by these local stayed behind, but evil men and troublemakers among David's followers said because they did not go out with us.

We will not share with them the plunder. We were covered. Get the picture now while David is reading these 200 stayed behind some evil man. The Bible calls him trouble makers among pagans… He evens when talking about people. The family of God, don't you.

Not everybody in church is holy. Not everybody in the service is really walking with the Lord in the way they ought to some of God have begun a good work and got some work to do. Talk to me. Somebody still got some John still got some issues something going on on the side that need to be dealt with long before he became king of Israel.

David learned were the most important truths in God's word. Mercy triumphs over justice as we continue to become more like Christ. Let us learn to extend the same grace and understanding to others that God extends to us will sometimes God is preparing a blessing for you, but more often than not he's preparing you for the blessing. If you find yourself going through a season of waiting today at time.

Between God's promise to you and the fulfillment of that promise. Here's a resource I can help Pastor Paul Shepard's booklet finding strength in tough times as you follow along. You discover three lessons from David's years as a fugitive that will help you handle your season of waiting in a way that prepares you for the promise God has ready for you that's finding strength in tough times. A booklet from Pastor Paul in our gift to you by request for your generous donation to Destin for victory. Call 855-339-5500 to give your gift or visit Pastor Paul.net to make a safe and secure donation online and you can always mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 and the addresses Destin for victory.

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You will have the option of forgiveness, genuine call done for you. Let me deal with very few and I'm here to tell you.

God is serious about us resisting the patient to be judgmental.

That's tomorrow and Pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message don't go messing with the blessing. Until then, remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion in Christ, you are destined for victory


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