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Prove It! Part 3

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November 6, 2020 7:00 am

Prove It! Part 3

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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November 6, 2020 7:00 am

The importance of possessing godly qualities that will increase our faith in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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God God is love, and one of the ways he expresses his love. If he has made some promises to love. You have to make women begged him to make him he just shows to bless us in some way every promise God makes is a promise. God keeps blowing welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor at destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. Thanks for spending pretty busy Friday with us while the weatherman may predict sunshine your friends may say they'll meet you for lunch, but at times it rains anyway. Sometimes you end up at a table for one your father in heaven doesn't make predictions makes promises when he tells you is going to show up. He always does today.

Pastor Paul take you through some of God's best promises just to remind you what a beautiful thing it is to be a child of the living God. Stay with us here or visit Pastor listen on demand anytime that's Pastor you can also listen to the Destin for victory podcast at tune in, or wherever you go to get your podcasts now. Let's join Pastor Paul for today's Destin for victory message improvement. Second Peter chapter 1 verses three through 11. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness and to goodness, knowledge, and knowledge, self-control, and self-control, perseverance, and perseverance, godliness in the godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love, were you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. If anyone does not have them. He is nearsighted and blind and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We continue to explore this powerful and insightful passage in the early part of Peter's second letter we've established the fact in the earlier parts of this series that Peter is writing to those who are under intense persecution and and saying to them in up that this is the time in your life when you have got a make your calling and election sure he has made the point that it you say you follow Christ, don't just have a spoken faith, but this is the time for you to prove that you know the Lord, by the way you live your life.

He had said in his early epistle in first Peter two. You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation of peculiar people and your call so the praises of him who called you out of darkness into the marvelous light in dark times like those days in which he wrote, and in these days that the light of the gospel in the light of God's presence in our lives should shine brightest. So Peter is say you really know Jesus prove it by the way you live, and he has given us some great insight, MD just the only verses that we have already covered showing us that it is through the knowledge of Jesus Christ that we can have grace and peace, and abundance, and in fact we can have everything we need for life and godliness in the last message we established the fact that everything in the way God called you to live is in the knowledge of Jesus. When you get to know him on a personal basis. When you spend real time with him and allow him to transform your life that everything you need.

Peter is saying will come to pass in your life. I want to pick it up and look more closely at Bruce with you on taking my time to bizarrely verses because there's so much meat there that we got to get this foundation laid, so that when he begins to talk about the fruit that's to be added to our lives. We have a solid foundation of what God is made available to us. Look at those for he says through leas that is through God's glory and goodness. He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. And here's what I want to establish in this message. I want you to know in no uncertain terms that God has made you some promises. Our God is a God who has made us some promises.

It is absolutely amazing that we serve a sovereign God doesn't have to do anything he wanted to see sovereignty the sovereignty of God is like a big deal about the sovereignty of God, so that many laypeople have no idea what it means. Here's what it means. In a nutshell. God's nature means he answers to no one. The final installation when he speaks it. It is so he is above all and so his word is true what God says is established forever.

There is no one who can second-guess him and so God is truly sovereign, you and I God gives us the ability to be volitional actions we can make some decisions about what we will and won't do, but please never think you're sovereign you're not sovereign you will answer one day to a sovereign God, you have choice choice doesn't make you sovereign choice just gives you some decisions to make, but make the right one because one day we will all count. Romans 14 says of our lives to God. And so you are not sovereign. No one who says well I don't believe in Jesus Christ and I refuse to go to church. I refused to get safe.

I don't believe in that one day you will one day you will. The Bible is very plain. The reason why we preach the gospel. A lifeline and say come to Jesus is because one day bring me will back sovereign God given your wonderful privilege. Now all he says to us, you can bow now you can submit to my lordship now that's what I want and I'm not going to come into your life.

I want to be your savior walk with you I want to give you life eternal and abundant, but know that one day God will judge everyone on that day you won't have any more choices on that day, every knee will bow on that day everyone will confess that Jesus is Lord, bow now and enjoy his Lordship or bow, but all about it was going about one day about one day everyone who has never done that which was not the will of God. One day, one day one day every knee will bow every religious leader will bow Confucius will one day one day sovereign God and confess that Jesus Christ is God said he is King of Kings and Lord of lords. I got a sovereign, but here's my point. God could do and yet he chooses to give you and me, promises amazing technology at the pressure political have to get a good side, so he said I've given you very great and blessed is promises recalled how much he loves us. God does what he does not out of obligation, but how about heart filled with love. God is love in one of the ways he expresses his love he has made some promises to us. You have to make them women begged him to make him he just show them some way. I want to know God loves you ridiculously.

He loves you, the love of God in those moments when your life seems to be going backwards. I understand that that way a child can make you wonder all of your acclamation's answer questions, but please, God, is a constant. He loves us ridiculously much makes sense. We can love of God that we should be called children of God's amazing that's how much God loves you little ways he has demonstrated his love is Peter says he's given us very great and precious promises, so that we can participate in here.

Goodbye Mitch, I just wanted take a little bit of time you just sent promises that are found in Scripture.

The fact of the matter is that many things God has promised us that I couldn't do a single series on them. If I wanted to please make a lot of promises give you a sampling of promised salvation. All who come to him for salvation might save you about God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will put your trust in him shall not perish but have lasting life that God's promise to God that if you come to him and realize that you are a sinner in need of salvation. Realize that you have no hope of being right with God. Unless you trust that Jesus made you right with God on that cross when you come to him.

He guarantees that his response will be to save salvation is stay with us were only about halfway through today's Destin for the true message with pastor Paul Sheppard. We want to thank all of you whose prayers and financial support help pastor Paul share the gospel all over the world as we find ourselves living in a period of uncertainty support is even more critical today because in times of crisis, people are looking for a reason to have hope, will Jesus is that hope so please prayerfully consider making a gift to Destin for victory today. Give online safely and securely from our website. Pastor or give us a call at 855-339-5500 again.

The numbers 855-339-5500. When you give. We have a gift of her own to share with you until you all about it. After today's message when you come to faith in Christ are not only approved by God, you're preapproved before the foundation of the world is pastor Paul with the rest of today's Destin for victory message proven notice in the mail for credit card want to get your credit signs that things are coming around about your money, enjoy line of credit will just show up in your mail box capital will will all just show up in your mailbox but you been checking you out behind the scenes and they see that you all the credit risk and so they will and you opportunities and if they really want to entice you. They say you have been preapproved was just a couple lines here and sign but this is not to determine that the card is just the documentation we made in order to give you a call. You have been pre-approved not because we did not find to be the one you like and seminar that I don't have to walk back to all the times you want to have one thought that you can use the money that the card you committed to pay it off at the end of the cycle not carryover is not a season where you will believe in God for the day when you can stop carrying.

I understand that sometimes are snowed under. And that you get yourself a plan to eliminate your debt but you gotta make the decision Believe you to help me get out and believe you help me discipline my finances so I don't get back in I was to get a better demand and that will want to come you come to Jesus and say I know I'm not good enough to be a child of God on my own merits. I know I come short of your glory.

That's the word sin.

All have sinned. The word have to do with archery naming your target in the distance and firing your best shot. But not only the bull's-eye even hit the target that the bold is all it falls short of the target and that in archery and sin in our lives in the Bible for all have sinned and come short of God's glory. When you come to him and acknowledge yes Lord, I am a sinner. Yes, I need your grace and your mercy and your forgiveness if you come to him and trust that when Jesus hung on that almost 2000 years ago because he had done anything wrong. He did it because you needed to on the cross we needed someone to die upon himself and the Lamb of God's Lamb of God became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him. And if you believe that that's what happened on the cross and you salvation having turn from your sin. The Bible says your guaranteed salvation. Why, because God promised the and God is not like some shaky flaky relative who makes or promises don't come and take it to the store take some to get you all excited, and that you can't sit by the door waiting and if so whichever flaky secular was never sold up while it dawns on you coming and you start crime and what have you laid on the day mama gets a call from who have been laying recent something some of us have experienced something like that we've experienced that from some plans and people jobs come through. Nothing they tell you something. You hardly been here because you had enough track record to know their word means nothing, but I want to let you know God doesn't say what he doesn't mean the Bible says God is not a man that he should lie, he is not the son of man that he should repent God's guidance really really meant to be some game not know God means what he says in the heaven. The Bible says pass away, but not one word from God shall never fail you will live long enough to see God's word fail because his word is holding up the world on which we live. God's word ever failed you never be around to see because this all the universe that is being held up by the word of God would disintegrate.

But of course that's impossible because God's character is immutable, it cannot change, and God promised us that he would save all who come to him if you're listening to this message and you have not repented of your sins while you carry in your sins while when Jesus died on the cross to California why you headed to hell when you could be on your way to heaven. When you complete my faith in Jesus Christ. Why you lost when you could be found. Why are you among the children of darkness when you could live in the kingdom of light, God made you promise promise to salvation. He made another promise. He promised us forgiveness is a lot to talk about some is about forgiveness after just a bottle have to take our precious time and make the case for you that since you've gotten say there have been a moment or two when you have needed your Savior to forgive you because you didn't do what he told you to do your not responding to his word, you're not responding to his dealings with you in certain areas of your life.

I don't have to stop and make that point all needed salvation before we got say and remain as grace and mercy to continue in our lives as they grow up and make and so you have actions you had to. You've not done things he told you to do. People have flashbacks, various things, the thing back that far in the Bible.

But beyond this, there back that far. Remains of Christian experience in second Peter is making shopping person, then you were, but we also know that some journey and that's a consistent Christian living and from time to time. You might hit a ball for possible life that, shakes you all God's grace is to get you back on track times when we need forgiveness. And he promised he said you can pass your sin, he is faithful and just to forgive you as you of all unrighteousness. God is faithful to forgive you for those times when you have not done will you know that been times when you didn't understand that God plans to change you wanted fire insurance salvation. You just wanted to make sure you were going to heaven, but some of us until we really come to understand the love of God and the plan of God.

While I that though we hope God will just take in the meantime, we want to do our thing all the way there, but you come to find out God has a plan for your life and only Spirit will convict you and keep pointing you in the right direction and saying this is the way in every now and then we have had those stubborn moments where we said, I know the way but I don't feel like walking in it right now, will be on you had those moments you have all you like you would your parents as a teenager when I told you when the be in the house you wanted to go to the mall, let's be honest here for minute you get this party wanted the new midnight midnight and you said hi because you want to go to the plot only renews that okay so you could get out. If you would say what you know in your heart, which is that I don't plan to be home at midnight never got what they wanted people will be home at midnight and some of you even along the way that this is one of my moments of disobedience I might as well enjoy the whole thing back where you are, you know something from the punishment. Know the different strokes for different folks was something new that what in response to that was a spanking debating how with you about. Well, God may never give us an old-fashioned weapon, but the Bible does talk about the consequences of sin. Like any good.

God disciplines those he loves, but his discipline is perfect and always design for our good.

Handed down not only to correct her behavior, but to draw us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with him well right now. It may seem like the worst of times, but from God's perspective, these could very well be the best of times, because it is in times of chaos when people are often more willing to embrace the cross and God's will is it all would come to the knowledge of repentance.

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