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It's not by might nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord: thanks for being here for this Tuesday edition of Destin for victory coming up next pastor Paul Sheppard talks about the battle between the flesh and the spirit in his message taking authority over our enemies. But first he joins me now from the studio in California.
Best are just a few short days will be coming up in a presidential election. I know what I could tell people who they should vote for, but would you share some words of wisdom for those listen about how we can prepare our hearts in advance of exercising her right to vote.
Yeah, I'm happy to do that. I think the key truths to following Jesus are reminding ourselves that elections don't change what we are called to do and how we are called to live here is one of the things I think we need to keep in mind, and I grew up on the old hymns of the church I grew up in a church where we sang gospel and have fun songs we sang hymns and anthems a lot right and so I love the him and I'm thinking about it now.
In answer to your question.
My hope is built on nothing less. But Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name on Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand and come January 20 of next year. Whether you're happy about who's been sworn in that day or whether for you. It's a day of sackcloth and ashes. Fact of the matter is I think you need to make sure that your hope lies firmly and solely in Jesus Christ. It can never be in the White House, it can never be in a party, it can never be in Congress. It can even be in the decisions made in the Supreme Court. It has to remain in Christ all other ground is sinking sand and I think if our listeners put their hope in Jesus Christ, then we will continue looking to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith while I'm reminded of Psalm 20 verse seven some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God, thanks for those words of wisdom. Pastor Paul treats the spirit of the Lord wants to empower you by power spirit says the Lord. If you want to walk in victory. You have to walk by the Spirit.
But how do you do that. Was it look like in everyday life.
Part of the answer comes your way. Next is Pastor Paul shares the story of Gideon and Old Testament judge to allow the power the Holy Spirit to come upon him in a mighty way. As you follow along. To be reminded that in order to have authority over the devil, you first have to let God have authority over you. So Nellis join Pastor Paul for today's Destin for victory message.
Taking authority over our enemies will you see beginning in verse 36 you will use me to save Israel as you promised just need to make sure you want to chat about their presumption, so that he was to be the general he should have been saying all along God is raising him up to be the one who actually believes this, but he just wants to make sure what Gideon did place a wall flees on the threshing floor.
There is due only on the fleece and all the ground is dry.
Then I know that you will save Israel by my hand as you see and that is what happened. Gideon rose up the next morning. Squeeze the fleece run out the do a ball full of water. Then Gideon said to God is a man who still learning how to walk in authority. He got to get his bearings and so do some of us, and so look at a verse 39 no by the fact that God honored the first part of this that Doug God is with him, but know he needs double sure Gideon said to God, do not be angry with me.
Let me make just one more request. Only one more test with the fleece this time. Make the fleece dry and the ground around it covered would do that night. The Lord did so only the fleece was dry all the ground was covered would do now. Gideon knows that God has raised him up to lead Israel and the spirit of the Lord is come upon him and he's ready to fight and let me tell you something to be done about the fleece.
It is why bother to read at the regional government is no more you think life insurance company to operate in a covenant where God's Spirit is going to show you the way to victory God.
What about the crazy fleeces to be controlled by the spirit. That's the way God leads us out the way God speaks what that's why God leads us in the victory.
Don't get into this spooky, superstitious Christianity lot if you really me.
I want to let my phone rang in three minutes is not biblical Christianity.
He loves me because he said for me because he has coming to him by his spirit is a personal relationship with me can separate me from the love of God, no phone.
God loves me.
You need to walk in the word walk in the spirit superstitious to know if this really you telling me to join the church. I want you to have somebody call me today and they asked me what church do I go to Christian say Christmas because the Bible says. Together with believers as you see the Lord's return approaching New Testament except that that was the church at Galatia members go to the church at Galatia.
Paul wrote us a letter to leaders.
This is we see Sgt. well I got believers with leaders, responsibilities, and you need to be part of a 21st-century local church will need your phone rang the church to join the Christ to join a local expression of his universal body quit this foolishness. I go where the spirit leads me. I just get up on Sunday morning and he tell me which circuit is mixed up as a barrel of fishhooks you spiritually crazy. Now you don't have a pastor who could look in your face and say you need people with you in small groups and ministry agents who can talk to you who can reprove you and rebuke you to be in a local body don't make it spooky and spiritual but not fleeces as Old Testament, we have a better covenant. We know we are in Christ. I don't need phones ring every now and then God is done stuff like Donna said he's never done that for anybody sure there been times when he'll do that, but that's not generally speaking, that is not the way God deals with his people under this covenant he's given you his spirit. There is no better guarantee than the Holy Spirit himself, and he's in your life. But now Gideon is ready to lead Israel into victory this time for you to get ready to go into victory you've lived under the feet long enough. It's time for you to move into victory and how you gonna do it by operating under the influence of the Holy Spirit. Matthew say the Holy Spirit is already in you.
He's the one who came into your life, establishing a relationship between you and God.
So you say so then what's this business about being filled I baptize some people use that term with me was this infilling stuff about you now becomes your power source. He lives in you and he asked regenerated major child of God power you have to yield to you you you you were to come upon me to you the spirit. Have you.
You have the Holy Spirit play in the get what you need be.
Now that he gets you Otis is good that he gets you closer used operating your old identity used operating by own ingenuity and you're used to doing what you think is right and when willpower, person who always make up my mind and I just get things done. Welcome to spiritual warfare you can make up your mind all you want. Now you cannot get things done, spiritually speaking, except by the power of the Holy Spirit willpower they don't get you to victory. I'm talking about. You gotta learn to live under the influence difference when a follower of Christ lives under the influence versus when they don't believe me ask Peter night before Jesus was betrayed, Peter was bragging about his willpower when me.
Chapter 22 site you I got your back.
You pick some folks only know what you picked MEP bargaining go down what you bound to Boyd.
I got you when they come, we'll go back to back.
We just will fight them off. Just me and you Jesus that Simon Simon is still bragging to climb a second time. He said Satan has asked for permission in the heavenly realms to shake shake your life like we being sifted the sifting of weed in ancient time. You know we have sophisticated sifter snap in ancient times of taking in Jesus that Satan desires to violently shake up your life. He said Jesus said to Peter, but I pray for you and anyone be second to check up will be good to be shaken loose from your self-confidence would not fail. Stay with us the second half of today's destined for victory message with pastor Paul Sheppard is coming your way next we want to thank all of you whose prayers and financial support help pastor Paul share the gospel of Jesus Christ were listener supported ministry depends on your faithful giving to fulfill the great commission and keep these messages coming your way year-round to make a safe and secure donation, visit pastor Paul.net that's pastor Paul.net or give us a call at 855-339-5500.
Again, the numbers 855-339-5500. Have you ever had your faith in Christ shaken. So you're in good company. Familiar story comes your way. Next, and the rest of today's destined for victory message. Taking authority over our enemies. Once again, here's pastor Paul Sheppard shaken but if you are a true child of God in your time of shaking your faith was still in his this is bad, but God is with me. I wouldn't say. He said you are converted to use that term. See, we love matching up our definitions would term converted was already a follower for almost 3 years. So why would Jesus call the conversion as if he's just becoming a father because conversion doesn't just mean when you started the journey conversion sometimes means when you get it you know sometimes it takes you years to get it about something in your life.
All now converted change of mind change of heart. I see he said when you converted Peter. Your job is to strengthen your brothers. Your job is to strengthen your brothers.
Now this is just Jesus predicting what's going to happen no how powerfully true. These things are that evening, but hours later by early the next morning by the time the rooster is growing. Peter has been made to know Wayne his Savior three times you have sinned badly miserably failed miserably, and the devil is telling you guys do with you that story is there. You can't sandal were spent to deny the only Savior of the world.
And Peter did it three times. I don't know him third time he cussed and said he didn't bet you will think I'm not a disciple now, but I don't know Jesus predicted it said it was going to lead to a violent shaking of your faith, and the result will be.
You learn could put in trust in you, so you will be now available for the Holy Spirit to do what he want to do seven weeks after that we can 50 days after the resurrection.
Just who the Holy Spirit chose to preach on Pentecost, Peter forsook the Lord, but Peter not only for something he did not hide them so God said, show folks that already knew who you were when I called see we get shocked God get shocked you have never met a guy say say your worst moments in heaven and called me to use you to strengthen others churches built on the apostles, the foundation of the apostles like Peter, people who were forsaken, Jesus just seven weeks earlier and now today, on the day of Pentecost, along with the other of the 120 spell out into the streets of Jerusalem, speaking the wondrous works of God speaking in tongues. A member lurks because the Spirit gave them utterance is a world of difference. When you live under the influence. Then when you don't is time for some of us to make up in our minds need to be under the influence of your to sober. That's why you can experience victory to spiritually sober type of the Holy Ghost. I am the spirit was so drunk in the spirit with wine.
We know has very negative connotation, but the fact that it just shows you when you influence on the spirit noticed something going on the people in Jerusalem for the wine region. He said no, not drunk like you think they'll appear to even open yet. Wake up early drinking wine, he said, but this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel in the last days I have got my spirit upon all flesh will dream dreams. That's where we live now in the Holy Spirit dispensation. That's where you got to get before God and say Lord to the bar of the Holy Spirit before you get to keep drinking that will mistreat you get drunk. Keep drinking that's all no science to keep drinking those. What made you know that every time we saw you, you had a brown bag under my growing up in my name is Kimberly suburb. Don't be too sweet told me the church sitting on the step brown bag and headed toward the top bag had a neck combo somebody put up and sway, and we can all sit it's time for you to become a Holy Ghost support base schools drink and drink and drink and drink Holy Spirit power drinking too can be apart from him everywhere you go to the fluence of the Holy Spirit. That was the difference. The spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and you can tell when somebody is under the influence, even of natural line of natural drink because people talk differently and behave differently, guess what, when you get on the influence of the Holy Spirit. You'll talk differently. Your speech will betray you visually say when you spirit to.
I was telling the Minutemen's fellowship was listening to our pastor preached the discharge of his testimony gone through some hellacious experiences which are spoken and I went through a season when a me so ask God to do the Bible said vengeance is mine. I want to be seen of vengeance. He said spirit told me know what I have in my out to kill them because they did to roll.
He said the Lord told me pay them back by making rather than killing them by making them stay alive and watch me bless you anyhow I'm going to set the Lord showed me a B cycle. Before that I want to God to kill some folks will some funeral enough yet to get you to a place where you say is God. He is exactly what I want to happen. You have my Holy Spirit said no limit to behave differently and will make you love those that treat your role to do good, to folk that have done you wrong you know I'm still in control and discipline them anyway. I choose I can deal with them anytime I want to this natural place to tell me what to do. So you gotta be under the influence of the Holy Spirit will behave differently you'll speak differently or speak blessings instead of proceeds to operate by the fruit of the spirit. You have love instead of hatred you'll have joy and not just happiness. Happiness depends on what happens, but joy you can have, even when the wrong things happen. Gotta give you a piece in the spirit that passes on the stand make any sense how peaceful I am, how to be losing my mind right about now be going crazy on me. I'm sitting up here while under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The good news of the gospel is this. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and we now have the power to break free from slavery to sin and death and enjoy the abundant joyful life that only comes through faith in Christ well at a time when there's so much pain and uncertainty in the world.
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