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Outlasting Your Challenges

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October 29, 2020 8:00 am

Outlasting Your Challenges

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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October 29, 2020 8:00 am

The importance of confidence and perseverance as we contend with the various challenges we face as believers. (Presented at Heart Of The Bay Christian Center, Hayward, CA.)

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The law of the harvest is used so and then you wait for the Lord of the harvest to give you the results of your selling and in the meantime, place between us and refrain.

It requires that you press through challenges that you request through the things you don't understand. As the saying goes, life is difficult. It's full of ups and downs, tragedy and triumph of hope and hardy welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, Senior Pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. The secret to a joyful life is not the absence of diversity, but rather God's help the pleasure of overcoming Ms. King David wrote in Psalm 23, though I walked to the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for the Lord is with me today.

Pastor Paul explains the keys to overcoming the challenges life brings your way, stay right here or visit Pastor to hear any recent Destin for victory message on demand. That's Pastor you can also subscribe to or download the podcast at stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts now is Pastor Paul. Today's Destin for victory message outlasting your challenges trying to figure out who's in the kingdom and who's not, according to what they're going through hell before you can get to heaven, and the fact of the matter is we talking about folk did you see what you read just one three times. Hopefully, in fact he predicted it he said, but already prayed for you.

You're going to be converted. Your failure is going to be your altar call and you are going to go down into deep repentance. And when you come up you will be a new me when you converted, strengthen your brothers.

Because there be some things you can tell them about not putting confidence in the flesh that you puke a preset message tonight, but in six weeks. When you preach on Pentecost. A whole lot of things I want to let you know the competence is not in you. But confidence is in the God who said have begun a good wanting you will bring it to completion. Just this morning I just minister seven part series from that very passage started what's going on in our lives and the one who promised the completed he did not give a construction project that is your spiritual life for you to oversee said no. I am the builder on this project and I'm going to see to it that it results in full completion, no confidence in the flesh because that will fail every time.

Notice when the Bible then talks to us as believers about being strong and always clarifies. Be strong. Paul said in Ephesians 6 and the Lord will be strong in yourself because your strength will run out just when you need to be confident, be strong in the Lord. Here is my and that is how we defeat our enemies confidence in the Lord is what we must have don't throw away your confidence in the Lord and don't put it in yourself.

And here's another thing, don't put it another folks some of us are some of us have done pretty well. Learning the lesson of not trusting us some of us still have some lesson to learn about not trusting them because they have since promised to complete the work in your life you can have a loving brothers and sisters. You can have people will stand with you people talk with you. But just when you need somebody people have a funny way of not being able to come through for each other.

Built to meet your every need, refuses to let anybody be in your life meets all your need, because it certainly you wouldn't need the Lord you wouldn't give him glory, you may brag about your friend all the time and they always come to me then never been a time when they didn't come through for me.

People live in my grandmamma said he'd only been in there will be a time when you mean people but they can't be there when we know people not was because under normal circumstances. They'll come through.

Of course I love telling folks is just like that song back in the 70s. No Mountain high enough ain't no Valley low enough angle rental wide enough to keep me from getting to you if you need me call me no matter where you are, no matter how far my main hobby on worry. No way in no way will know people to buy life will set you up in a place where after declaring that there is no Mountain no Valley that will keep them from you will see to it time you meet him and so you see you know what I can be right now to be strong because I can always so we learned that the competence of which this writer speaks is a confidence that is rooted in the God who began the good work in this total, throw away your confidence will be richly rewarded. Then he gives us the second key to victorious living and overcoming challenges. First is confidence in Christ and the second is the word perseverance.

Perseverance. Now this is one of our generation that have a whole lot of context for because we live in a technological advance society which blesses us in many ways. Technology is a blessing, but there are some ways in which it is a curse.

Here's here's why say that because we are so accustomed out technologies goal is to do things more efficiently. God's goal for your life is to make it more effective efficiency and effectiveness are two different concepts. Efficiency is getting it done quickly. Effectiveness is getting it done right, and God knows what he's up to in your life. So he's the only one who can define right and technology blesses us. It's wonderful. I love all the gadgets and and what have you. It can make life very comfortable, but your God is not operating in your life according to the laws of technology he's operated in your life according to the law of the harvest, the law of the harvest is used so and then you wait for the Lord of the harvest to give you the results of your sewing and in the meantime, in that place between sowing and reaping. It requires perseverance and requires that you press through challenges that you press through delays that you pressed your questions that you press through the things you don't understand that you stay the course that you stay focused.

In fact, the Greek word that is translated here in Hebrews 10 past perseverance is the Greek word Monet and it means to cheerfully indoor inmates who not only indoor but you indoor which year why because you know the harvest is coming about, if it's going to happen. It is going to happen but in the meantime, yes, there is a period of time where I don't see manifestation. I don't see instant things like I'm used to Windows world of technology and you have to remind yourself God didn't promise me blessing. He promised me real blessing.

And so I can afford to wait that was growing up. He knows what he got coming he can afford to wait while he was growing up. You don't have to worry about an air you can just by virtue of the last name you know how hooked up that is going to be. But right now, the parent may very well have them working through college. Even though the parent to pay for life for the parent. Most of the learn the lessons that they can only learn from cheerful endurance, so that all they know how to handle.

You do know there are people who can handle what God wants to do for mature enough to set old enough and so God bless there be a. Where there is a difference between sowing and reaping because you got a lot to teach you so that when he blesses you can handle some folk who the worst thing that happened to him is a blessing when folded came into their lives. They were situated they were not able to handle what was going on for them and it took them off course and so God says no I'm operated by the law of the harvest and high let you go through periods where you don't get instant results so that I can perfect your faith and I can teach you not only to indoor to indoor cheerfully. That's what this word is cheerful endurance because you know there are some folks who indoor but that attitude stinks synchronized to human people on your row somebody on your road is enduring but they had to get things going. Find out who it is and will you please note, she will endurance, cheerful endurance and we got learn that God is trying to teach you what he lets you go through while you're waiting on the promise to be fulfilled, and he wants you to do it cheerfully because he not operating quickly. God's not out for quick results.

He has a timeline in his hand. Sometimes we say the blessing and delete the devil's delay in my message when you can really call to delay because you don't have God schedule you don't know when he ordained a blessing to come into your life.

Remember, the prophet said the vision is for time and you set the appointment. We stay with us the second half of Pastor Paul Shepard's message is coming right up. We want to thank those of you that support destined for victory with your prayers and financial support, gifts that help Pastor Paul share the good news of salvation in Christ with a growing audience destined for victory is a listener supported ministry, as we find ourselves to walking through the seas of uncertainty. Your support is even more critical today because in times of crisis, people are looking for a reason to have hope in Jesus is that hope so please prayerfully consider making a gift to destined for victory today. Give online safely and securely from our website. Pastor or give us a call at 855-339-5500. Again, that number is 855-339-5500, you know, the further along you get on your journey with Christ more difficult.

Your challenges become. But there is some good news and you'll hear next the rest of today's message outlasting your challenges once again. Pastor Paul Sheppard and we try to give God deadlines behind schedule. You don't know what he's up to Mary and Martha had enough faith to believe for Jesus to heal because they were his best friend brother get sick. There's no problem: Jesus to be Harry's best friend be right here get your letters just hold on Jesus to be here Jesus lack of faith that a lack of a schedule they do know God's timeline. They sent a servant to find Jesus who was a day's journey away while the servant was traveling, Lazarus died and later on we find out when Jesus gets the word he knows the father schedule. He knows the business for an appointed time and he says this sickness is not death when he uttered the words according to the timeline of John 11 when the other. The words Lazarus was dead and Jesus said about it. It's not on today is mean nothing to God me something that's why you walk by and not by sight. So they had to go along and bury their brother.

They went back to the house if they were black. They are all my life when you Green Bay play Green Bay will go down the road. Role play and you will go over in the corner, size, and something made sense to and after Lazarus died, Jesus shows up so we have to trust them even when we don't understand them and we have to cheerfully indoor. That's the lesson while you're waiting on the harvest while you're waiting on the manifestation while you're waiting on the breakthrough while you're waiting on what God promised. He says you got learn to persevere to press through the cheerfully indoor you have to recalibrate your journey. What happens is you reach new levels of challenge just like a boxer when you start boxing. They don't put you in front of somebody really good because that wouldn't be a fight so they put you in with a person with a similar record of inexperienced but as you keep winning. Eventually you move up the ranks sooner or later you find yourself fighting people with an awesome reputation. That's a compliment that means you been winning enough battles where you caught the attention of people who can put you in the ring with a big fight. I come to tell somebody your stand against some big enemies.

But that's a compliment that simply means that they been watching your record enough battles enough for this new level and all you have to do is say no problem because the same God that brought me through these battles and you recalibrate your keys anymore business is a big devil enemies are our breathing, hatred, and name your dim eyes simply means you been winning enough when you attracted the attention of the enemy and you recalibrate.

I was at dinner with Bishop Jakes and a few other pastors and the one of the pastor was one of the pastors was was just crying on Bishop children talking about the fact that folk hated his ministry, so when they were just blogging against the just doing all of this stuff suggests that there and he said he said all that means is it's time for you to recalibrate another passage that one the words that mean he said, you just have to realize that at this level. When you are you have a new normal and and you're going through new experiences, new challenges. He said it's a compliment. You got a new normal. You have to recalibrate.

So what you have to learn to do is say Lord give us this day our daily bread see this. Today's bread is not like last year's bread five year ago Britt now you need something new to sustain you today. Give me a need to fight the battle to resist the enemy. What I need to withstand what is coming against the give me this day my daily bread. Some people don't understand that. That's why that's why marriages die because you gotta realize you're not married today to the person you will they been changing. They been developing for the better today. Trying to change somebody. God hasn't called me to be the change agent. You know that there are some Christians not you were there some Christians who think it is their job to change this. Not your job to know who you marry to today. You know what your challenges today learn how to win this battle. Stop trying to change your spouse to change our thinking women won't change meaning that attention you got to know what date and though you don't know C was assessed on a mission to see she planned to get married you didn't know what you plan to get married you knew your ego needed to be strong.

There were some things you need some attention you need to know how good she wasn't making you feel great and wonderful and all that.

So you thought you what I'm doing a job. You boys knew that I'm a government is he coming to me all the kids start coming, but now she starts nesting, and create the right and nurtured his job. Next thing you know little sweet Google when that used to get on the phone every day but it was going to be idealistic all the time.

Not so middle of the mirror thinking women won't change.

Women often marry thinking men will change their info rude awakening. So what happens is she thinks okay I married him as a project. I saw potential in him.

He was a fixer-upper and see this is an dissolution when she starts trying him and she realizes that wasn't an item for negotiation and so very often you have to learn. You can change your spouse. Women have to learn. You can't.

You can't nag him into real change Megan into little changes in the picture you put the toilet paper on a different way like that you will get your real change is a proverb that says a nagging wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day get you change, learn, take that man the gods they give me Lord this day what it takes for me to cheerfully and do putting up with the fact that 20 some years later he still will pick up those clothes men have to learn. You can thank your wife and to change a lot of men think they can block down in the base range is now not going to please not change you want. Thanks so much for joining us for today's destined for victory message by Pastor Paul Sheppard you know God is a unique purpose for all who put their faith in Christ. But he also has a plan for those who haven't considered second Peter three verse nine God is not willing that any should perish, that all should come to repentance. This is our primary calling as Christians to go out into the world and share our faith with others, and there's no better time than now to help Pastor Paul do just that.

As we continue to walk together through a challenging season in our history.

Now is a great time to offer destined for victory were prayers and financial support. When you give were always glad to share the gift of our own this month. That gift is a booklet from Pastor Paul called little is much when God is in it for like what you have, whether it's money or talent is too insufficient to be any real use.

So Pastor Paul wrote this book it with you in mind as you follow along. To be reminded that God could take the limited to the legendary. That's little is much when God is in it our gift to you by request for your generous donation to destined 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 destined for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 God is going to get you and me where he wants us to clean no matter what it takes to tell you that you're going to have to develop a new attitude about your detractors about your enemies, you're going to have to understand that they will because you are called according to his purpose and they work for God. That's tomorrow.

Would Pastor Paul shares his message, purpose prevails.

Until then, remember he who began a good working you will bring it to completion in Christ, you are destined for victory

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