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December 3, 2020 7:00 am
Do you want to have a life of fulfillment as pastor Paul Sheppard tells you how to get their next lunch today suggestion for victory. Today's message moving on with passion comes your way. Next the first pastor Paul Joyce me now from a studio in California while holiday season is upon us in this year's a bit different. Of course, it's always a very important time for ministries like Destin for victory, but especially this year, pastor with all we've experience will agree thank you gift a DVD called refocus the sender were friends to donate. So tell me about this until recently I was going to present a very different message for our year-end gift and it was going to be a good one, but as the year began to wrap up.
I was experiencing some things and I went to the Lord said, Lord, I need you to help me get my focus back in order and as I processed and prayed and the Holy Spirit spoke to me. I ended up thinking you know what this is and just for my benefit. I need to share this with my audience and as a result, I have recently decided to change that message and I'm presenting the message entitled, refocus that is going to help people work through the challenges that have been born out of this pandemic and some of the frustrations we've all experienced and I'm giving three very practical steps as to how we need to address these matters.
You know I'm learning in my life these days that emotional health is every bit as important as physical and spiritual health. And so this message is going to help.
I think a lot of people and I trust that donors this month will not only be a blessing to us through their generous gifts, but they will be blessed by hearing me unpack this theme and help us all get ourselves refocused.
As we look ahead to the year to come as a great reminder pastor Paul and now really is the best time for all of us to begin thinking that way as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ and get ready for a brand-new year, and right now for your very best gift to Destin for victory. Would love to send you a copy of this DVD message refocus. That's refocus a DVD message from Pastor Paul.
Our gift to you by request for your most generous gift to Destin for victory this month. Call us at 855-339-5500 to give over the phone or visit pastor Paul.net to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. Sometimes they all his past achievement new list that I got a slave again. Sometimes think that I may live in his past achievement. Sometimes when he sent back and kick back and say well done pretty good to this part of my life is not so Paul said to me, the lead was behind you if you want to live a life of fulfillment you have to do it on purpose back your way into your destiny in Christ with his help you pursue it head-on with prayer with perseverance and with passion today on Destin for victory pastor Paul Sheppard takes us back to one of the most familiar stories in the Old Testament to show us what a passionate pursuit of God looks like from his teaching series. Journey towards fulfillment what you can find firstname.lastname@example.org here is Pastor Paul Sheppard for today's Destin for victory message moving on with passion. Let's get into the word of God together, let me pray over this message. I believe God wants to use a series of special way. So let me pray over it right now.
Father, we acknowledge you as we get into your word. We know that the entrance of your word brings light and so I pray Holy Spirit that you will take the words I'm going to share and you will preach them to each individual in the ways that he or she needs to hear from you speak to us, Lord, for your servants here. Bless us as we enter into this word together in Jesus name a man. All I want to continue a series I'm entitling the journey toward fulfillment. This series is helping us to learn from the experience of the Joshua generation how we can move toward fulfillment.
As you know from the previous installment. The generation that Moses led out of Egypt was unsuccessful in moving into fulfillment because they had doubt and unbelief. They had murmuring on and all kinds of things going on in their lives that prevented them from experiencing what God had for them and so God said, tell you what all these folks are going to die right in this wilderness and what I'll do is raise up their children and let Joshua lead their children into the promised land. And so what were trying to do is learn how is it that that generation Joshua lead move then fulfillment where their parents were unable to move into fulfillment and with this.
I'm making the very first point, and here's what it is the journey toward fulfillment requires passion and requires passion. I want you look with me at numbers chapter 13 I'll begin reading at verse 26 so I can give you the context for why their parents did not go into fulfillment. Look with me at numbers 13 beginning with verse 2610 of the 12 spies started out stating facts. Look at what they say. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the wilderness of Koran at Cadiz. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
Verse 27 then someone spoke on behalf of the 10 spies and look at what they said. We went into the land where you sent us.
It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit and they had brought back some fruit, then look at what it says. Nevertheless, some translations use the word but the people who dwell in the land are strong. The cities are fortified and very large.
Moreover, we sold the descendents of Natick. There, the Amalekites dwell in the land to the south.
The Hittites, the Jebusites, the Amorites dwell in the mountains and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks what were they doing. They started out sharing just objective truth and then they started slanting in a negative direction because as they describe the fortified cities and the Giants. They were clearly showing people what their hearts were saying which is we cannot go over there because of the obstacles that we saw over there and that's why they never were allowed to go in because God saw all that their negativity would never allow them to experience the land flowing with milk and honey.
Here's what I want to say to you about your likely this is not about a history lesson. This is about you and me experiencing fulfillment in our lives today, and here's what I want you to understand. Look at how Caleb responded to the negativity we just read Caleb said. Verse 30 he quieted the people and said, let us go up at once and take possession.
Once this form. We are well able to overcome it. Now how do 10 of the spies say we can't do it there Giants there land cities, and yet Caleb speaking, of course, on behalf of Joshua.
They were the only two other spies, and they said not all, let's go.
And once we are well able to do it.
How do 10 people see what the other two Saul and they come back saying I can't do it and the other to say let's go right now we need to adjourn this meeting so we can head to the promised land. The difference is passion. I want to say if you want to reach God's plan and purpose, and experience is best for your life, you need to have passion for something positive, something you've never experienced before in your life and my challenge to you right now is if you want to journey toward fulfillment.
You've got to develop an pray that God will help you to live the rest of your life with a passion to go where you've never gone to do what you've never done to experience fulfillment in your life and if you will be a personal passion. I'm telling you God is going to bless you to experience fulfillment. Look at Caleb's attitude. This passion is quite obvious when he said let's go right now what he's saying is I'm not trying to spend the rest of my life in this wilderness. I didn't come out of bondage out of Egypt just to hang out in a desert. Now granted living free in a desert is better than living background in slavery but it's not the same as living free in the promises of God.
Here's the problem. A lot of us experience in the church. A lot of us are saying we got our blessed assurance and we are ready to go to heaven, and if you are God bless you. But there are some of us who had decided until the Lord comes and gets me. I will experience fulfillment here and now.
I hope some of you are experiencing that right now in your heart even in the midst of this time are we dealing with challenges worldwide.
This is a time for us to say God's going to get us through this and more importantly, when we come with what we gonna do differently than we did before we went into it and I want to challenge you. You need to decide right here right now I am going to be a person of passion. I'm going to believe God for what I've never believed him, for I'm gonna believe that he is going to do exceeding abundantly above all that I can ask for even imagine.
So I want to just help you focus right now. Look at the current state of your heart of your mind of your vision. Are you living in survival mode or are you willing to journey toward something that will fulfill and bless not only your life but bless the lives of many other people that you come in contact with. I don't know about you but survival is not a goal worth pursuing. Survival is better then dine in slavery but survival is not as good as fulfillment and if you're like me you decided that survival is not success.
I want to be successful. Do you want to be successful in your life. What is success.
Success I believe is knowing God's best for my life and experiencing it for myself and I want just that I want the success of knowing I'm in the center of God's will. I'm doing all that is called me to do and I am being blessed because the Lord has brought fulfillment into my experience, so I want to encourage you don't just survive decide for the rest of your life you're going to thrive. Surviving is good, thriving is better and I want you to take on the attitude of Caleb. He was inspired to claim territory. He was inspired to defeat Giants. He was inspired to live in the blessing of the Lord, do you have any of the spirit of Caleb in you all are you satisfied with what you've always done me tell you my friend you go to heaven just like you are. If you don't want any more than you have been God will let you do that, just like he let that first generation died in the wilderness below lets you die signal your blessed assurance, but if you're like me you said no, no, I want to experience God's best for my life.
I want to see some new thing. In fact, some of us are getting older, but Caleb was so passionate that when the Lord said, I'm going to kill off this whole generation in the wilderness and he said Caleb. That means you're not going to be able to experience fulfillment now, but I don't keep you alive and I'm going to keep you strong and I promise you Caleb you are going to experience and that you live in the land use buydown to go away were only about halfway through today's Destin for victory message with pastor Paul Sheppard who is senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. Be sure to subscribe to pastor Paul on YouTube to watch some of his best video clips for more details and links to all the social media be sure to visit email@example.com that's pastor Paul.net we can listen on demand recent messages or find a variety of resources in our online store now appears pastor Paul once again with the rest of today's message moving on with passion and when you get a chance read Joshua chapter 13 and you will see that's exactly what happened that in Joshua 14 when talk in decades.
After what we see here in Numbers 13.
I don't know what year it was when you get to Joshua chapter 14, but they've already conquered a significant amount of the land. Not all of it, but a lot of it has been conquered by Joshua 14 and when Joshua came to Caleb and said okay it's time for you to get your inheritance.
I love what Caleb told him he said listen, I want to remind you that the Lord told us way back when that this day was coming and he promised that I would experience the land. I walked on when we were spies. He said, and here I am today 85 years old. Caleb was 85 when he experience fulfillment is the good news. You and I because we don't have to fool with the generation of unbelievers and doubters.
We can experience fulfillment, far earlier than 85 so I'm looking forward to experiencing fulfillment in the coming months and in the coming next few years.
I don't want to wait until I'm all the way an old man I'm getting there, but I don't want to wait till I'm all the way there I will experience God's best for me right here and right now and so I'm hoping some of you like me have the spirit of Caleb alive in you and you have decided I want to experience God's best in my life. He wanted to claim territory. I hope you do too. He wanted to defeat Giants. I hope you do too. He wanted to live in the blessings of the Lord, and if you do as well. I'm here to let you know God's going to bless you to experience fulfillment, but let's just get it straight. If complacency if average living is okay with you Gotto allow you experience that I said that in the previous installment in this series, you know some folks are okay with average but for me average has now become my arch enemy and I don't plan to ever settle for average again in my lifetime I want to see God make some differences through me for me and in me and I am believing for fulfillment. So if you have the same heart, I want to help you on your journey toward fulfillment. Now here's the first thing I want us to come to think through.
If you have a passion to experience fulfillment. Watch this, then that means you also need to have a passion to change to experience fulfillment is going to require some elements of change in your life in the same way that those first 2 million people were not willing to change by pressing on going through the obstacles and believing God to help them defeat Giants and all of that they weren't willing to change. So they preferred to stay in the wilderness than to push through and would experience change if you want to experience fulfillment. My brother, my sister, you're going to need to decide I'm willing to change now. Typically, when we change diapers about this before. If you've been with my ministry for some time, you heard me say it before, but I need to say it in this context again and maybe you'll hear it with fresh ears. Typically, when we change it's for one of two reasons either change because we are compelled by pain or we change because we were inspired by vision. Some of us unfortunately only change when we are compelled by pain warmly, but it some folks only change because the pain that there experiencing is an increasing pain. It is something they can continue to live with and eventually that pain will make them say okay I gotta make this go away whenever it's going to cost me there are some folks especially some of the brothers who only go to the doctor for instance, when paying drives them there. That said, but there are many people for whom that's their reality, they really don't want the inconvenience or in some cases I think their little fearful of some of the procedures and they say, let me just you know I'm not Diane so let me just not go but I promise you if the right thing happens if the right pane against you.
You might be forced to go to the doctor and let them deal with it because you will conclude well the pain I'm experiencing is increasing and I gotta get rid of this at all costs, even if it means I'm going to have to experience the unknown at the hands of the physicians. Lotta people only change when there compelled by pain.
What about you are there some areas of your life where you're experiencing pain, whether it's financial pain, whether it's relational pain with its pain of unemployment or your job is laid you off or something like that and you're experiencing some pain. What areas of pain might be speaking to you and if they're speaking to you. You really need to take the time and listen to what they're saying. Some of us were experiencing pain right now in our family. Some of us are experiencing pain and circumstances. Some of us are experiencing pain physically. Whatever it is, God might very well be using the pain.
I'm not suggesting God made the pain come, but he might very well be using the pain to help you understand it's time for you to make a decision.
Are you going to Diana wilderness of mediocrity. Keep things as they are and just simply hope for the best. Or are you going to proactively move in the direction of doing something better, more fulfilling in your life. If pain is what is driving you to be willing to move toward fulfillment. So be it. I don't think that's the best motivator. But if that's what you're experiencing now, and that's what it's taking for you to decide. You know what I need to make some changes in my life. They let that pain take you in the right direction, but I will speak especially to those of you who would say no I'm not motivated right now in my life so much by pain because everything is going pretty well, but I decided I want to take it from pretty well very well if anybody is listening, watching, and that's where your heart is this series is for you pretty well was good pretty well was better than doing poorly, but at this point, I need some you to join me in deciding pretty well has gotta give way to very well. I am inspired by a vision I see something I want to go after in my finances in my relationships and my educational pursuits in my physicality in some area of my life I see a vision of better all the higher and I want to go higher. I want to do better in my life. Don't just be compelled by pain. The inspired by vision because that's the spirit of Caleb. Caleb said now I can live in a little while when I lived in the wilderness, when God has promised me a land flowing with milk and honey. Why would I settle for average when God has promised me extraordinary living in a land he has personally promised to give to his people be inspired by a vision in your heart because that is going to drive you to fulfillment and if you have the spirit of Caleb. That means you have the spirit of faith, because remember Caleb sold a giant just like the other 10 saw a giant Caleb sold a walled city just like the other spies all the walled cities, but his faith told him I'm not worried about them, if God promised me the land and he knew the Giants were there. He's already got a plan to get us past the Giants to the feet them and to give us that land and so he left that with God.
That is the spirit of faith. I want to call you if you like me one a journey toward fulfillment. I'm calling you now in Jesus name to decide. I'm going to be off plate walking, talking person for the rest of my life no more about normal unbelief. No more skepticism no more pessimistic attitude. I am going to believe God and take him at his word. Thanks so much for joining us for today's message. Moving on with passion. If you'd like more information about the destined for victory ministry were this month special offer.
Be sure to stop by our website Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net, the enemy of his past achievement. You miss that. I gotta say it again. Sometimes the only awful element is past achievement. Sometimes when he sent back and kick back and say well done pretty good to this part of my life. Well, pretty good is not going to get you if you do not want it.
So Paul said to me the let go of what's behind you. That's tomorrow in Pastor Paul Shepard's message moving on with passion. Until then, remember he who began a good working you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory