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With this, but God is always with me. I live with this that microsphere debate Kevin picked up at the church and dropped all on my way out, Christian 24 hours a day, 365 and 360 facsimile. If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you hello and thanks for stopping by for this Monday edition of Destin for victory well for the past two weeks. Here's a question Pastor Paul shepherdess been exploring a court of law. Find us guilty of being a disciple of Jesus Christ to help us see what that kind of life looks like. Pastor Paul is taken us to second Peter chapter 2 to show a seven qualities which every Christian should aspire.
He's covered the first for these and previous messages, but today takes a look at the last three beginning with the one he mentioned at the top of the program. Godliness stay with us here or visit Pastor Paul.net to listen anytime on demand.
That's Pastor Paul.net or you can download the podcasts of Apple podcast or whatever you get yours now here's Pastor Paul. Today's Destin for victory message prevent second Peter chapter 1 verses five through 11 as we bring to a conclusion.
The series we been in from this important passage of Scripture second Peter chapter 1 beginning with verse five for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness into goodness, knowledge, knowledge, self-control, self-control, perseverance, and the perseverance, godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love, or if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being an effective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them. He is nearsighted and blind and ask God that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure 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 been looking at this passage to discover how it is that God would have us be people who are on the grow Peter's premise as he opens this letter is if you are called of God. If you are truly a Christian. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ there ought to be some advance of that fact and the way you live your life. We live in a country where tens of millions say they belong to Christ. But there ought to be evidence.a brief note of the fact that we are indeed followers of Christ. And so Peter has been helping us to understand that we are to make our calling and election sure that we are to in effect or verify that we are believers. By the way we live our lives, and by the way we grow and in the previous installments we have covered a lot of ground as we have looked at this passage we are currently wrapping up our examination of the of the eight spiritual or character traits that Peter mentions here. He said we start out at a place of faith that is by faith that you come to Jesus Christ and receive salvation, he says, but then you must add other ingredients to that faith alone is not going to cut it. Or, in the words of James faith without works is dead. When not saved by our works, but our works are to be an indication that we are say and so faith without accompanying works is a dead faith and so Peter is saying add to your faith. What do we add to our faith. He began by saying add to your faith goodness or virtue, and we talked about that in a previous installment.
Learning to live life on that morally excellent level. Then he said add to your goodness and knowledge and in the last message we talked about this knowledge, this is not a knowledge of God. But this Greek word means getting to know how to live like better if the word that speaks of living by wisdom by inside by the environment to be learning as you live your life. We talked about the fact that just because again noted that mean you learning anything there some old school. We talked about the educated fool cabinet education is good from what is good for, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're walking in wisdom or discernment or insight, and so we got add to our faith the right kind of knowledge and we expounded on that point in the previous message, and then he goes on to say and add to your knowledge, self-control, and we talked about the fact that the spirit of God has a vested interest in the helping us get out of control. Areas of our lives in control or have had at least some control areas of our lives. You might as well admit it.
I know you look spiritually cute got to big Bible but come on, let's be honest we have some out-of-control areas and so whether it's your time management or whether it's beyond spiritual disciplines. You need to develop if God really about physical disciplines or Godzilla with you about getting your money.
Some of our money is out of control. You can walk past the store with a sale sign, and keep on going. You are out control. Something calls you beckons you in and don't let the sign say clearance all that's it.
Cancel Christmas is all I gotta go in and see everything must go all under control. That is not in my nose as free. Some of us have to get our minds on the control to go back and study or get a new degree or goal. For course because God put a new business on your heart is a minister, you need to establish whatever it is and you gotta get some more learning and training done.
We got add to our faith. Self-control.
Whatever the areas that God is dealing with you about get it under control by the help of the Lord. We talked about in the previous message to self-control, perseverance, the fact of the matter is you have Dr. stick with what God has you doing these begun a good work and you but how many know when you're about a good workflow is the enemy about the work of trying to bring you down.
In fact, sometimes you can buy that you're on the right track by how much hell you're going through. You know I must be doing something right because the enemy is fighting me on every and when you are doing something good just like them on the wall. You gotta make up in your mind are not coming down for silly stuff not coming down for the total body is in the same ballot and the people who wanted more.
You will weigh the things God is doing in your life so you got to and that's what perseverance means. We talked about the need to persevere depressed through out last your trouble last the trial to outlast the enemies onslaught so that in the end you receive what God has promised add to your self-control, perseverance, now let's pick it up and look at the last three and he says you need to add to your perseverance, that's great but it's not enough.
What else do you need he says.
Add to that godliness add to your perseverance, godliness, one of the mean here. He's talking about that characteristic well by we live God conscious life and we represent God and God's plan and purpose and will everywhere we go.
Godliness means I live with a consciousness that God is always with me. I live with the awareness that my Christianity isn't picked up at the church door and dropped off. On my way out.
I'm not a Christian. Two hours a week. Godliness means I'm a Christian, 24 hours a day.
I'm a Christian, seven days a week, Kristin 365 days a year and 366 Emily. Never take all from walking with God. Godliness means I am a child of God. That's who I am.
I represent Christ say because he saved me I was not the one I was not belonging to him until he rescued me. Now that I belong to him and called himself a number of the Lord. He said he apprehended me for the purpose of my life dictated to by his will. That's what it means to be a child of God, and that's what it means to develop a life of godliness you got understand that you are a Christian that is who you are. That is your identity. The Bible says in second Corinthians 5:21 PM Christ, he or she is a new creation be all you has passed away.
Behold, everything has become new. When I just say God has a brand-new plan for my life and he calls me to walk with him and to live for him everywhere I go. In fact hundred and five goes on to describe us as ambassador doors for Christ. You know what that means and ambassador is one who represents one nation on one kingdom while living in operating in another. Did you get that and ambassador or ambassador friend of mine, former Memphis church was recently appointed the ambassador or to Bermuda, not another one of my favorite places in the world.
I was so jealous when he told me he was came by pathogens need to pray for me to the president of the United States called me and asked me what I really ambassador to Bermuda said that you became involved just wanted to pray for and actually invited me to the ceremony like my schedule would allow me to go. I was so yeah Condoleezza Rice is going personally swear man and I want you to meet until the come on the schedule couldn't do an assault. I'm not playing for you know not where to form a breakpoint you're listening to Justin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California right back with the second half today's message but first important reminder if you haven't already, be sure to download a free mobile app so that you can listen to Destin for victory right in the palm of your hand. The app is easy to navigate. You can even take notes on Pastor Paul's messages so the be there the next time you tune in search destined for victory in the app store and downloaded today absolutely free. You may already know your Christian question is to the people around you know what is pastor Paul the second half of today's message prove it.
Job, but the represent the interests of the value of the concerns of the United States to be but not Bermuda. Did you catch that that's where he physically live.
That's not where his family lived, but he has to represent over there he's not there to represent himself, and is not there to do what you want here. There to say here are the interest here is the will of the American people. With regard to your nation, and he represents our nation while living in another limit you something when you got you became an ambassador of Christ.
This concept of godliness that Peter mentions here means that you and I are called to represent Jesus in this crazy world and how many know that's not easy gig which means you need to tap into the power of God and ask God to fill you with the spirit, over and over again so that you can have the power to stand for God in an ungodly world. You are an ambassador to represent him in this world. I don't know if this is in home for the child of God.
We are pilgrims passing through here. This is not home. Thank God that God is a better place where headed to thank God there is a very common when you will have to clean with what you're feeling with here goals.
Thank you for the site where the wicked will cease from troubling and the weary shall be at risk every day will be Sunday. That's when it was Gottlieb crank up Sabbath will not have an audit on this and that day is coming, but in the mean we have to live in this crazy world and yet the calling is to be godly to represent God's plan. God's will, God's purpose everywhere you go. So your Christian everyday of your life. Every moment of every day. We are called to be in this world but not of this world. We are called to be on the record, I am a child of God I tell you many time to say that my goal is the pre-something so often and get them sold farm in your heart that you you'll hear me say it in your head and one of things I say over and over again is that this is not the time for us to be secret agent. Thanks all seven Christians on the on the snake God but nobody knows it best On your job know just the be politically cool so you know your Bible and you know tell anybody about Jesus and in all who are not living up to your calling to be on the record you on the record when you win your sins make number think about it now when you know you are cynical as you send all the time about it. They knew you were but to me that God will save us and deliver craziness and take away all your sins and white leg with his blood, you and give you a brand-new start.
And now you're saying thank you and not let anybody know that you belong to the Lord is time for you to be on the record, child of God, you know, people with me. I realize that there's a grant I know that Chris and I don't even want to see when you sent me an old Lord, no, we cannot know the Bible says will be peculiar, which means you make weird that we are Christians weird just playing with them. You can blame on Jesus right there with me on that.
That does not do and I want to tell people I want to tell other heathens around. Please does not. Jesus is all that is what we are willing to be the people God called us to be generational priesthood, a holy nation or people what we called.
He said to show for Peter said in his first epistle to show forth the praises of him who brought you out of darkness into his marvelous light child of God you were to be on the record and I tell you. Many times everybody else is out of the closet in the world are you doing still in the closet. The last one in their body is what I believe whatever they call out up and down the street parade see me let me up for me me in my right and what you don't want snake job Kristin with you. The last one in the closet, and Jesus made let the world know that Jesus is the way the truth and the life I got nothing to be ashamed like I'm not saying the gospel of Christ under salvation is what you need to change your life away. Don't let people make you feel funny would be a child of God is so oppressive is not oppressive and my depressed three for your walk with him on free to worship him.
I'm free to claim his salvation.
I'm free to be justified by faith know no, the world will turn this thing around another make you feel bad when you yeah but you all believe that Jesus is not only what you mean to tell me all these other religions you had all just accept, and you get back down from that what he said, no man comes to the father but by who paid the price to pay, you should put your life in my guarantee will oppressive about that make you feel funny and the fire is everywhere and says this is the only way burning house with a mean that is all way you mean to tell me all the rooms in this and you think you can do you something. The child of God have the same message. What we preach is good mood bad mood all believe in hell.
I believe that you don't have to go, what I believe and so it's time for the child of God to stand up and be godly and let the world know, we represent Christ to save the righteous went holier than thou. The only difference between you and the center is that you have received the gift that were trying to sell you means the receipt, we have our struggles we have our problems when we take him to the Lord. We go to his word, we put our lives in his hands. You want to be like the three Hebrew boys Shadrach me shack and Abednego they were in a foreign place what they represented their God. They will away from the city of God, but they had the values on the relationship with the law of God that was precious to them and although they were among heathens in battle they were godly in their hearts, and they refused about when Nebuchadnezzar built the statue and commanded everyone in the kingdoms about all about except these young men. They stood erect because they do not doubt the false God's they were godly. They stood up for righteousness and refused to bow and you know these men had prominent places in the king's cabinet something God wants to put she was a child of God in a strategic position so that you have influence over certain people involved about that when different, but God is strategically placing his people everywhere in the well we got to understand once you get to do anything with your life.
Can you be say and be this or that you truly represent what somebody may really say I hope you believe the words Pastor Paul said today God is able to put you in a strategic position of influence was certain people, and he will just as soon as you're ready to handle it here destined for victory. We believe in the power of prayer and we covered a privilege to pray for you, our listeners. If you have a request please visit Pastor Paul.net and use the contact feature to share with us so that our ministry team can join you in prayer.
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