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Taking Down Our Idols (cont'd)

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October 14, 2020 8:00 am

Taking Down Our Idols (cont'd)

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October 14, 2020 8:00 am

The four areas in which many people, including believers, practiced idolatry today; identifying and destroying the idols in our lives; based on the life of Gideon. (Included in the 8-part series "From Worrier to Warrior".)

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Hello and welcome to this Wednesday edition of Destin for victory with Pastor Paul shepherding senior pastor and destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California today. Pastor Paul shares his message taking down our idols. But before you get started.

He's joining from a studio California pastor we've seen a rise in the Destin for victory listening audience this year and believe that in some part is because in uncertain times, people are looking for answers now were all grateful for your faithful teaching her the program. But the truth of the matter is that all of us have an obligation to share with those around us the hope that is within us and I know you want to encourage those listening today to take advantage of the opportunities right in front of us, absolutely.

I believe that these are days we must all see ourselves as sharers of the good news. The evangelists are called and gifted to lead the body of Christ in evangelism but we all are given the great commission, which is to go into the world and we need to ask the Lord help me to identify my world, my sphere of influence and help me to be bold enough to share simply the good news. I don't have to be an enlightened apologist, necessarily, although it's good to learn how to be more effective when it comes to sharing our faith. But one thing no one can take from you is your testimony of God's faithfulness and God's redeeming power in your life. I want to encourage every believer listening to pray that God will help you energize you, empower you to be an evangelist in your own spear of influence and that simply means letting people know who Christ is and what is done in your life. Thanks Pastor Paul. I'm reminded of the words of Jesus in John nine verse four as long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me the night is coming when no man can work.

You know there's a growing number of people who not only need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. They want to hear it and you can help by sharing that good news with those in your sphere of influence, but another great way to do that is through your prayers and financial support of Destin for victory is our way of saying thanks for your generous donation today would like to send you a booklet called little is much when God is in it.

Written by Pastor Paul. This is a great reminder that God can use you to impact those around you and he can do it.

Despite what you lack. That's little is much when God is in it our gift to you today by request for your generous gift to Destin for victory call 855-339-5500 to give over the phone or visit Pastor to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. The Bible says worship God. People use things but some of us practice idolatry.

And we end up worshiping things we end up using people.

Sometimes we end up even using where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The question is where's your treasure be at your job to be at your husband or wife. Maybe it's the hombre are your favorite sports team today on Destin for victory. Pastor Paul Shepherd offers a word of caution, whatever it is that captures your interest. Make sure it doesn't capture your heart. Stay with us now or visit Pastor during recent Destin for victory message on demand. That's Pastor you can also download and subscribe to the program.

A Google podcast or wherever you get from the book of Galatians is Pastor Paul to base Destin for victory message taking down our time off the step up to step up and be the main debate and let the devil know is that he's standing there with them back and forth is that in their Nancy Tate cc it's good to take from the tree. He says nothing.

She eats and if you know honey is a good chasm with altered practices must be consistent with the word the will of God number two. Our passions passions must be brought in the conformity to the word and will of God.

Now with our practices. We can ask the wrong questions of what I think about it. What do others think about when our passions are in play. We tend to ask the question how I feel about it. They were passenger dealing with the realm of the sold emotions. The psyche the realm of feelings and if you don't your questions your feelings in the conformity to the will of God, they will run you, I came to tell somebody that our feelings God made us. This means your psyche, your emotions can play a wonderful life can give your life in perspective. But you cannot be true by your passion, you must bring them in the conformity to the will of God because all of us have learned by now.

Hopefully that if you let them they will drive you right outside God's will. World says silly things like if it feels good do it. Are you kidding me how much trouble you get into everything you can dictate your actions up out of trouble. That feels good days when you're passing the running angry at random people and doing what you feel on those days you'll do what you like doing you will end up not just send you end up in confinement can be governed by your passenger your emotions or feelings can choose the people I know how you feel sure why, but there are a horrible foundation not to be the foundation upon which we build our lives in the way we deal with other people and we love romanticizing all the little things that fall into something you fall into it. That was infatuation. That was something else that was in love but we romanticizing.

I looked across a crowded room with dozens of people in the room when my eyes lit up on you. It was as though we were the only individual everything else faded to gray and I just sold you as my gaze upon you. I knew that somehow I was beholding the person who would one day spend the rest of my life with me you didn't know that you saw somebody don't know don't know what from across the room since lead, they must follow the Bible says you want to be in the will of God. You want this. I know of your personal passion you can ask the question how I feel about it was your feelings will take in the wrong direction.

You have songs that say how can this be home when it feels so right and wrong when it feels right, the Bible says that was the way back to a man, but they thereof are the ways of death to be wrong.

If it feels right is wrong as well that it feels right. You have to take your feelings. Bring them in the conformity to the will of God is that you feel is what God said about so were going God's way and you've got to bring them in the conformity or else they will drive you right house of the will of God, and you can get so quickly God's will.

Based on your feelings. You never know what hit you felt needs will see. I just have some felt leads in my life and this will take care of it. No, God shall supply all of our needs.

Once we are living in faith and obedience. So we have to bring we have to our feelings in the conformity to the will of God. Really, when you used to live in that way.

You just don't realize it used to not letting your passions control you. But you dictate where they are, in fact, you dictate what they are. That's why the Bible says in Colossians chapter 3. Set your affection on things above, not on things of your Bible says you decide that heavenly things are more important than earthly things that God's will is more important than anything else in your life that you set any called affection. He said you that the object of your affection doing the will of God. Loving God pleasing God becomes the action of my life to love God love to do God's will. That's what Paul called us to do in the word of God. Set your affection on things above you set your affections on things like the sports teams you like, because one day you decided that cementing is no more spooky than that love that team didn't just get them a good to be based on the hometown of tomorrow or whatever you want. You said that team you set your affection and then your passion followed you know my philosophy, I don't do a single team a portfolio of teams I diversify my portfolio because I want to have some room for throughout the season so that you are so disloyalty or teams know as far as they would take me. I grew up in Philly, so I'm always with the start of any season that starts out one the team by virtue of having him throughout the years of living in Philly as I start out with them. I came to California and 89, about eight years later, the first 49 are joined was 97 when the first few joined along the way and what have you. And so the 49ers in the 90s to my portfolio and so I go with them always in that they want me to be more room every weekend God bless them anoint him see is not my job you I don't want other side of the bay. You know in their enjoyment been charged with basil Megan Van philosophy they know you bring them down. Meet me once I know you silver and black. All will be right back with more of today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul Sheppard listen to the broadcast on that's Pastor you find a host of great resources that are online store is Pastor Paul.

The rest of today's message taking down our idols.

We set our affections on the things we decide so the Bible says set your passions, your affections on things above, not on things of the earth.

The parties must be consistent with God's word and his will.

The Bible gives us our priorities. The Bible says worship God. People use things with some of us practice idolatry. And we end up worshiping things we end up using people. Sometimes we end up even using God trying to get him to go along with a life that is mis-prioritized to suggest to you that that's idol worship suggest to you that we gotta stick with the biblical order. God alone deserves our worship the one we give deference in all things, then we ought to love people. You can pay people you don't have the option a people and be in the will of God is amazing how many Christians want the right to hate anybody. They feel like hate want to write the mystery people and somehow stay right with God.

The Bible is to clear we are to do good to those who are not doing good. Why because they don't dictate or determine what's going happen in our lives nor haters or just elevators so you don't have to get out of bed all out of shape I can do is bring the will of God in your life. If God be for us, who can be against us. And so you can mystery people go God says no you can't misaligned your relationship with things with money or the things money can buy, and be in the will of God.

God says no. So you have to prioritize spiritual things about money and things money can buy in the will of God. The Bible says a man's life does not consist in the abundance of things that he possesses. So the Bible says you cannot make a living without making a life in a whole lot of people spent all time worshiping at the shrine of war I need more money. I need bigger promotion. I need a better career path I need more time climbing the ladder of success and they haven't even stopped. That's not a letter that God created. That's a letter created by greed and selfish desire.

All God will bless your God will bless you, even financially and materially generation will bless you, God's way that we know that things will only be used in worship.

The Bible calls us to gotta get your life in order new camping stuff is more important than it is.

You never saw you all follow hers check out here one day and you can't take any of that stuff which the Bible calls us to get our priorities in order. Worship him love people. It's about people I know folks who spent all day library by the house to make a living and make money and then they can't stand each other.

Don't even have a godly relationship and in a whole that is very well appointed, because you a lot of money, but how many know is not a whole and I've seen people all the time and enough money when I can buy fabless house but in the house. Nobody can stand in fact I've seen them spend half the time accumulate stuff so they can buy the house and then once they called each other.

They spend the rest of the time fighting over the stuff in the house.

Why, because our lives are out of order. We are mis-prioritized our priorities have become an idol because they militate against the will of God. And so we gotta get them in biblical order and finally our partnerships.

Partnerships must be consistent with the word and will of God. Here's a question asked about every relationship in your life is this relationship in its current form pleasing to God is this relationship in its current form pleasing to God. What you will do as you examine all of your relationships as you will find some of them are definitely not pleasing to God's word is spoken too clearly by precept and principle against them which means it either has to change drastically or it has to be discarded altogether.

Some of us have people in our lives. There's no other way to say it. They got go to be real clear, I'm not talking about your spouse got to be real clear learned over the years, spoken to some funny things will my quote that was my somebody you now tell you right now I don't see you looking for me about your spouse, but some of us know there are some relationships that are so outside of God's will. People who have an ungodly influence and take us away from the will of God. And there's no need of deceiving yourself in the same I can get this right. In some cases you gotta go.

Jesus said in one occasion.

If you'll offend you cut it all. You gotta make some drastic decisions would be in the will of God.

Sometimes you gotta say no to those things that will drag you out of the will of God and the Bible is clear, bad company corrupts good character. You can't run with the wrongful and get the right results in your life.

I can look at your cloud and determine what was going on in your life because your cloud determines your course.

So some of the hassle people they just got to go to the bottom line.

In the words of the great theologian Kenny Rogers.

You got to know when the hold know when the fold window cases got the wrong get away from those things. Those people those influences that become idols taking us away from the will of God in our lives that God frowns on has gotta go. Why, because you cannot make war with Midian to you make peace with God.

You cannot be successful and victorious in your walk with God on to every item has been taken down every practice, every passion, every partnership, every priority is lined up with the will of God. God says I'm going to give you victory, but I will not compete with false gods.

I will not compete with idols, you must identify them noticed Gideon was called to tear down and alter hidden email. It was his father's alter, you gotta get to the place where you say if my father goes wrong.

My mother goes wrong.

If my husband is what they've been taught. Lord, I'm going to do your will allow people to go get in because he tore down at night. Have the courage to do it in the daytime.

He figured bodybuilders alter what would they do to me if they see me in the daytime, so he waited for knife on him. At least he tore down God do it on the graveyard shift or it you and I are called and to the only way the will of God will be done.

Thanks so much for joining us for today's message taking down our idols. If you'd like more information about the destined for future ministry or if you need prayer sure to stop by our website Pastor that's Pastor God is calling us to take up already in our lives if we move forward into the things he asked for us.

It's because there are forces gathering against us. If you are serious about doing the will of God in your gathering against you as we speak. That's next time we Pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message taking authority over our enemies until they remember he who began a good working you will bring it to completion in Christ, you are destined for victory

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