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Prove It! Part 4

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November 10, 2020 7:00 am

Prove It! Part 4

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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November 10, 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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The Bible talk about weight is all that I live with our cooperation. He doesn't know it. Apart from you and that you can find him on something God won't always give us what we want to begin always give us what he wants. Hello and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California and other silly things God longs to give us many promises he wants to release indoor lives, but he can't do it without our willing participation today. Pastor Paul talks about the fruit of the Spirit gifts that God gives to us as we grow in our faith and seek to become more like Christ.

You and I have been designed to bear this fruit all the world to see. Initial discovery in the next few minutes, something is required on our part. In order for that to take place stay right here or visit Pastor to listen on demand. That's Pastor

Now there is Pastor Paul. Today's Destin for victory message prove second Peter chapter 1 and verse five for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness and the goodness, knowledge, and knowledge, self-control, and the self-control, perseverance, and the perseverance, godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness in the brotherly kindness, love, or if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But 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 with you do these things you will never call you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We continue our focus on this passage in second Peter as this apostle challenges the body of Christ to prove that we are the elect of God, by the way we live our lives when we opened the series we discussed the fact that so many people talk about election in purely theological terms but Peter is saying. Make sure that there is a clear indication by the way you live your life in the way your allowing God to develop you in the Christian wall is a clear indication that you are indeed a child of God. We cannot afford to be people whose coworkers are shocked to know that we are Christian we cannot be people whose family member that don't live in your household with a C average viewer slowing to get together when they going to charge. They ALREADY have some clear indication that was occurring because there is a real change in your life is if you're ever indicted for being a Christian. Same there be enough evidence to incriminate you Jan, I have the good that all of the evidence that we are children of God, and as he makes his case.

He has been telling us in these opening verses that we have spent the first three messages in the series focusing on that God has given us grace and peace in abundance. In fact, he is given us divine power so that we can have everything we need for life and godliness. We discovered that it's through knowing Christ that we have access to everything we need is also talked about the fact that we have exceeding great and precious promises that in the last message I took some time and talk about the promises that you just a sampling of the promises of God. All of our lives. The fact of the matter is, God has made you and me. Someone promises and we gotta learn to take God at his word so that we can become the people he has called us to be. Now as Peter continues having laid the foundation of discussing the promises of God in our access to the nature of God.

He now says, for this very reason, because God's promises because of our ability to tap into his divine nature. He says for this reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness now I want to pause long enough to help you understand before we start looking at these groups or these character traits that he list here. Notice what he says. He says we are to make every word to add them to our lives.

I want to help you escape the notion get away from the notion that whatever God is going to do in my life.

I'll just wake up one morning and is there.

That's not Bible teaching, I would call that silver platter neurology notion that God is just going to hang everything into your life that you me on a silver platter that you just lay up in the bed and some servant of God.

Some angel is going to come in so you went the things we are about to talk about the goodness in the knowledge of the self-control and the perseverance of all the things listed here. I want to let you know that unless we verse five and make every effort to add them to our lives.

We will not see that kind of group develop in our lives. It doesn't happen overnight, and it doesn't happen automatically whenever you see the Bible talk about spiritual or spiritual character trait. These are traits that the Holy Spirit cultivates in our lives with our cooperation. He doesn't do it apart from you.

In fact, you can find him on some things I would recommend you do it, but you can find him on something.

There are some people who don't want patients and so God will deal with you. You are too impatient to be my child to do what I'm called to do. I'm trying to teach you basic and some people are finding some of you have been fighting against that long time, but you gotta know that the Holy Spirit will outlast you and he will keep dealing with you about the same things if necessary until you surrender and your life will become less and less in quality unto you.

Surrender to God and so many automatic fruit is going to be developing your life. Instead, as Peter says here we must make every effort it is with our cooperation. Now understand clearly what's going on here, here, suggesting that because of God's calling on our lives, and because of his promises divine power to pull these things all the good news if I'm a Christian and I'm a child of God there is no question that God can make me the person who bears this that I am supposed to be is no question about God's ability to change your life.

There is no one will ever come to Christ, who say I'm sorry but I'm exception to the rule. I will never become the righteous person God is called me to be. You will not be the first year of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will not be 2,000,000,001 one 2 billion. I was able to transform them but some of you might think you saw believes I will see you at understand me yet understand why, I got good news for you when you come from God's power is able to change your life.

You got a sad story got a horrible upbringing and having a good example in your life but in your life was a learning center all messed up drug value of all kinds of things you never met a Christian to you with 37 on account of you. You've been Christ means you will you are and he will change your daily life. But he wants change it while you just sit around and chill out. He'll change it as you submit to the process as you understand that he's got divine provisions for you and promises for you and as you "break them by faith and then submit to God's process. He will transform you. There is a metamorphosis, you will go through in order to become the person God has called you to be. It is a process of the Holy Spirit is going to lead you through it. So know this that you are going to have to make every effort God provides the power, but you must say yes Lord, I'm gonna submit to you as you take me through the process of change because the become what God is calling you to be your life is going to have to change you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to leave you like you. Now if you're not excited about that.

No relatives of thrill. You're not happy about that point Beth an okay point do you in your life one day. Think about that will go to shop because I would you change that what you become a better person and that is God's plan is likely are but please know that he loves you too much to leave you like you are.

He says about us with the intention of merely giving us file insurance you know to save Michael go to hell fire insurance salvation. I'm really glad that one of the bennies of the basin is about hell. The second half of Pastor Paul Shepard's message is coming right up. We want to thank all of you who support destined for victory with your prayers and financial support, gifts that help Pastor Paul share the good news of salvation. With a growing audience destined for victory is a listener supported ministry right now with uncertainty still lingering all around us, your help was needed now more than ever because people are looking for a reason to have hope. Pastor Paul is committed to sharing the hope of the gospel all over the world so prayerfully consider making a gift to destined for victory today when you give the gift of her own to share with you when you requested I tell you all about it. After today's message. Salvation is not the only benefit to coming to faith in Christ are so much more. God wants to give us his Pastor Paul with the rest of today's destined for victory message proven sample what exactly like it can be literal because it will have little body that last probably understand what is it really got big. I do know one thing, it is a place you know I can give you details but always reality somewhere you don't want to hang out not to be part even carrying all you want to pay a wonderful benefit, but he saved you to make you like him to make you his child to bring glory out of your life and then to enjoy his presence for all eternity. And so there's going to be a process of change. None of us can stay the way we are and please the Lord and Peter says here, it requires our cooperation. We gotta make every effort to add to Lockley now it starts with faith. Faith is the foundation of the foundation of what God is doing in your life. He is at work in you to give you the faith that saves you and so we begin at the place of faith. We trust Christ for salvation and trusting him bring salvation into our lives, so faith is like the foundation but I foundation is and what you admire when you're looking at a building project drive around your neighborhood looking at foundation you have seen that building downtown, not foundation something. The foundation is just selling this truth even because we want those out before the building goes out that everyone will admire.

Upon completion the builders know you have to start we have to learn about I live there are some things God is doing in our lives that are inconspicuous but they are necessary because eventually when other people are admiring God work in your life it will be on a solid foundation.

God is teaching you in these years how to love him how to trust him to rely on him, even when you don't understand everything that's going on in your life and so faith is part of that necessary foundation, but Peter says, your faith is not enough that you have a profession of faith that has led to salvation, he says, but now in order to make your calling and election sure you must add to your faith. Let's look at just a couple things that he talks about adding to operate the he says is to your goodness.

If you have King James, the world would be better to virtue goodness it's translated in NIV the Greek means more excellence.

It means becoming a person who is morally excellent who lives an outstanding standing life. A person who has character that is admirable. He says add to your faith goodness that is virtue and let me tell you something. We live in days where virtue is marked where virtue is frowned upon, but he will, living in days where with seeing the collapse of society because of a lack of virtue always the same bank and people like you when you talk about living right and they get mad when their stock is down because people in a company that can no integrity misguided public company comes crashing down this is not so anymore is when I can trust that the company by people who will be honest and moral because now you messing with my money. I think change was the personal side to the story and now you have to do all kind of investigational what the board life and I come down. I don't know if I want to put stock… Because we see in the world, then we see in the inner were seen on some people have gotten a brand-new appreciation for that sin has nothing to do with social economics believe I said have to do with poverty it has to do with people who will press the middle one to act normal unrighteousness is sin, and you can be a sinner. They want to know what I want to get richer and I'll do it at the expense of multiple women when they had the utilities scandal recording of people making fun of the fact that they were put we were having blackouts that had to do with some real energy crisis and it had to do as it turns out, with green models matter matter country is because we allowed to do people dictate to the majority and assay have to be relevant and your reality is not my reality. And just because you won't doesn't make it and everybody going to be free dictate. According to the menu complain when you see the criminals so would you believe the object think we can do something now something that will not by majority vote by the believers have to leave society. The Bible says we are the light of the world. We are the salt of the earth. So we got a lead, we gotta lead by saying there is a way to live.

When I go to be self righteous and pretend like we are holier than thou because, but for the grace of God we all mess. But now the crisis come and live before him and submit to his plan and let him change us, so that the church can say to the world follow us as we follow Christ. That's what we gotta get back to if there's any hope, our society is going to be because believers go on the record and say there is no right way to live your life like decisions to make and they have to do with eternal values that predate all of us. And so you got understand that this is an important feature of the life of a child of God. He says add to your faith goodness that is more excellence, morally excellent. We got understand that we must make the effort to do it. Which means we start with the resolve the say yes to God about his definitions of moral character. We gotta say yes to God. In other words, we submit to God's definition for what is right and so when God says here is the way I want you to conduct your finances, you say yes this is right. The Bible tells you very clearly. Don't steal. Don't cheat records translation but a child of God. We got to make a decision on the believe God needs to be met materially, but I'm also believe in the doing God blessed me by cheating. Now this message is not going make a shout. I just will let you know in advance, Michelle God is at some point we got results. Remember the truth I got up. We didn't see the analyses met means resort, NC is I him like what I see. But I also briefly what is the message of the trip and I need to get my business made of normative group of the minimum I asked him all money just tell me how to be blessed and happy seven keys. The prospering stuff like that and got the live image of gotta make this vision you make money is going to be able to God once and for all. I don't think money under the table. We got a little something going.

Rest didn't recognize this for them. If I guess you can.

So what you need to do is trust God.

Exercise of faith and say Lord I'm going to make my money legitimately and I don't believe you mean every single one of money and believe your possible members because of things I want to do for the kingdom. The things I want to do the best of the people. God I believe you that you may seek seeking personal kingdom mean something to do it your way and so you make up your mind that you will be honorable in the way you handle your finances, you make the decision for the temptation to come in and figure out what you're going to do you make every effort to add to your faith, goodness, or moral excellence is you decide I had of time. I'm going to live legitimately with regard to my finances so you don't wait for the deal to go downhill way for the offer to be made and in you scratching your head trying to figure out what you want to look at your bills and looking at is a way to make a commitment. You know, make a lot of money know that's not the question can I make a lot of money. The question is does this glorify God because I live my life in the presence of God. God is watching me all the time. You know God sees what happened under the table. You know, when we seek God's kingdom. First, it produces evidence, it everyone around us can see. You might call it the fruit of our pursuit is regrown a relationship with Jesus. This fruit will begin to show up in every area of our lives. Thanks so much for joining us for pastor Paul Shepard's message prove it.

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