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It's a wonderful life. But first he joins me from a studio in California pastor this Christmas season is a busy time for all of us but you have to remember it's an important time for destined for victory, a time when we asked people to stand with us financially pastor, why is it so important we hear from listeners this month wealth because practical Bible teaching has always been important in the life of the church universal. But here in the 21st-century. It is more critical than ever that we hear clear sound engaging biblical truth. Today there are seven generations alive in America and they range all the way from the greatest generation. Which of those persons born in 1927 or earlier, all the way to the current and still developing generation social scientists have named it generation alpha. These are the kids being born from 2016 to the present. My first grandchild was born just in May 2020 and so he's an alpha and every one of the seven generations alive today need the gospel preached plainly preached soundly and preached in a way that helps us engage with the issues of today I want to keep doing that and I can only do it because of the faithful and generous gifts of our listeners. I'm so grateful for those that do it.
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When it shows up. You may already be familiar with the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth for years. They prayed to have a child, but it was decades later before an angel of the Lord showed up to tell them the good news there story continues next is Pastor Paul.
With today's destined for victory message. It's a wonderful life go with me to Luke chapter 1 Luke's gospel chapter 1 as I continue the message. I began a couple weeks ago now by way of brief review. I made a couple of points.
The first laws that living right is important, but it doesn't guarantee you, and ideally life is important for us to understand as we walk with the Lord that you have not been guaranteed an idyllic life here on earth.
There's some really bad preaching in some circles in the church these days and I as a teacher and pastor and committed to, rightly dividing the word of truth and helping people understand how to live according to it, and your mind needs to be renewed by the word, and there some folks out here preaching candy store theology and making you feel like you just saved everything global wonderful and life is gonna be marvelous all the time. That is not true. It's just not true. You can have a wonderful life. I believe in Christ. There is a wonderful life for all of us. Once we understand how to walk with God, but a wonderful life and ideally life are two different things.
Life on earth will never be ideal. You want an ideal you know you gotta move to another one is called heaven. That's where no more, no more dying no more sit no more problems no more enemies, although that that's why I'm looking forward to heaven because it's going to be wonderful. You can have a wonderful life but don't think it will be ideal for actions of the righteous will bring you through them. If you walk with him and so I need to understand that even in the movie. One of my favorite movies, Christmas movies, of course, if it's a wonderful life. Great movie but makes up your movie analogy annual theology to play in the movie, for instance, God, in answer to George Bailey. The character George Bailey in his prayer is going through a tough time they lost money and is about to go to jail a lot of stuff and he's had a top and contemplating suicide.
He will in the movie sends him a guardian angel and the guardian angel helps them sleep through a series of events in the movie that he really did have a wonderful life and I love that. But don't get your movie mixed up Angel used the human being on earth – not biblical angels, and we do have angel nations in this well sometimes the Bible says be careful how you strangers because you may be entertaining an angel and not be aware of it. Did you know that the Bible total just threefold way was he was tripped, but the fact of the matter is why the Bible tells us that only ministering angels is what the Bible refers to them, not guardian angels as in the movie but ministering angels, and they minister to our needs. Sometimes, but as humans when somebody dies José Angel to be absent from the body to be present with but you're not present with the Lord as an angelic being. Angels were created angels. Amen. Got to get your biblical understanding where it needs to be to minister in the presence of God through their worship and their parades, but there are goals that will assist human beings and they will help you live a wonderful life that we have in Christ will not the idyllic life. So I talked about that and then the second one I made was that prayer invites God to invade our lives in supernatural ways. That's one of the reasons that makes it wonderful to live for the Lord because I have the tool and the power of prayer and let me tell you something. Prayer changes things. God hears the prayers of the righteous God hears the prayers of his people to cry.
The Bible said, and it makes a difference when we call upon the Lord in the name of Jesus makes a difference and so you need to know that it is wonderful because when you go to God in prayer and God will intervene, and God will move on your behalf. As a result of your prayed in faith. And so we must learn to be people who walk by faith, who live in faith and I want to pick it up and talk more about that in this part of the series, someone to step down the verse 18 of Luke one.
Here's what you'll see in this will help me introduce the third point I want to make verse 18 and Zacharias said to the angel, how shall I know this for I am in a man and my wife is well advanced in years and IV puts his question this way. How can I be sure this now. This brings me to a place where I need to make 1/3 point and help you understand the key principle .3 faith calls us to focus on what God says, not on how things seem now go back to the context of the passage. Here is the police and his wife Elizabeth. We know that there like you as they walk before the Lord. They are barren and in that day. It's a disgrace for married woman to be barren to be unable to give her husband a child, especially a son was there desire because the sun would take the family name and the family enterprise into the next generation.
And so here they are barren and their well advanced in years, but the angel has come and said the Lord sent me to tell you that you're going to have a child he's going to answer your prayer and pray this prayer for decades when they were younger couple. Obviously they asked the Lord for child and she didn't get pregnant in those years. Now here comes angel all late in our minds we figured late God is liquid when God shows up is always on time.
Like you, because you will have to schedule you because you are asking that you are expecting way back then, like the song says he may not call when you warning buddies always on time. When he shows up and so they prayed that prayer you know the answer and columns we just read it says how can I know this. How can I be sure that this is going to happen now.
Please understand that is something by which we focus on what God says that on how would see what is faith. Hebrews 11 one being shown more certain of what you cannot see or hear the way King James puts it. Faith is the substance of things hoped for me this of things not see his substance and evidence. Faith is not okay, faith is a leap in the dark God called you to leap in the dark is a walk in the light, but it is what he said the light is not what you think or how you feel or how you can perceive things about to happen. Says I believe because God said it had not said it, I believe it, that settles it. Well, that whether you believe it is the Galway were only about halfway through today's destiny for victory message with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. If you love listening to this program, we know you love watching Pastor Paul on his YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe what some of his best video clips and for links to all of pastor Paul social media sure to visit pastor Paul.net that's pastor Paul.net. You can listen on demand recent messages or find a variety of resources in our online store. Now, here is Pastor Paul and the rest of today's message is a wonderful life. If you believe God will say something because you will because you grab it in faith.
11 six says without faith it to please God says he that comes to God must believe that he is gently seek him and you will seek God. My brother, you will experience God moving in a wonderful way calls us to focus on what God says not on how things seem one of the biggest problems we have is when we put our brains in God's supernatural business. When you start sample. See, I don't understand there's a problem. If you life experience to what you can understand. You will never live a supernatural life because you can understand the supernatural and how things can go again slapping against what is normal and experienced breakthroughs because you needed in a way that you can comprehend. Here's the way of putting a freeze in 320 God is able to do exceeding what all that we can think or imagine. So when you get through with your imagination.
God had begun to show you all about you.
I have a great imagination. All I can think of something in the Bible says God is able to go far beyond what I can even imagine. So Linda is the currency by which we experience the supernatural, just like money is important in this world. Faith is important in the supernatural world is not based on leaving in the dark. Faith is based on taking God at his word. God said, that settles it. I promise I will wait to see God bring it to pass God the Lord. The Bible says is anxious but when he gets this word that's hard to perceive, he asked the question how can I know this.
How can I be sure of this. I love the absolutely verse 19 the angel said Gable. I love that man. Now maybe Gable didn't say too but when I read it I billed that attitude in the my hands up like this.
Gable and in the presence of God – my job. I'm standing in God's presence wait to tell me what to do next. That's my job, and he set me to speak to you and bring you glad tidings came from his I flew down here, the embodiment here because he sent me to you. You will have a job and talk about how can you be sure, these people bore back to heaven where Paul just believe what God said that they got a thing get up so I want you to understand your faith can be focused on what things seem like to you. We focus on what God said I told you before, one of the things I love to do is fly with my friends who live a couple friends who have planes and they fly pastor John Jenkins is one of at least once a year. I am in his playing with him flying somewhere really never matter to me where were going off and it's one of his speaking engagements of some months ago.
He and I both had to speak at the same conference and so instead of flying to the city where the conference was.
I flew to Baltimore-Washington International Airport where his plane is in the hangar and we got in his plane and flew together to the city where the conference was, we both minister and I love it because I learned so much about living by faith. Just fly in the play with him playing that it's because truth runs parallel when you see the truth in one arena. There is a parallel truth in other arenas that help you understand so when you see the truth like faith that is based on what God says not on what you see, I have had that confirmed fly with him because he doesn't just have a pilots license. He has a second level of a license that will be a pilot. Don't just get a pilots license when you get a palace license. That means you are approved to fly in the daytime when there are no clouds that you have to fly through and you can fly at night, but only when there are no clouds. You have to fly through so that you have a clear sense of the terrain below you.
That's the only way a regular licensed pilot can fly. No clouds, nothing obscuring view. You can fly but everything's gotta be right know everything not always going to be right in the world you will have cloudy circumstances. This principle of the second level. The second level is what they call the instrument rating you know what that means.
That means you not only can fly the plane when it's clear whether you can fly the plane anytime, anywhere, because you will learn how to fly purely based on the instruments in the cockpit tell you what you need to know from take all landing was a man is when I learned that principle one time were sending him to the airport and it was one those heavily overcast day. I was looking out the cockpit window, and we couldn't see a thing. And yet when just sending he's talking to the tower and I had my headset on and he's telling us this into this altitude, and now make this turn certain number of degrees turn in and with the sending but when I see, and he and we don't see him here in the God and Jenkins is talking and repeating what the make sure they are communicating well not all, but he's just doing what he's being told to do the estimate you get the power of the Holy Spirit spirit and soul. Knowing that talking with Gordon and what have you at a certain point I dropped out of the talking. We do during the flight where we just be a poison and wanted I want to fellowship at that moment is not the same time we need to land this plan. He was not worried one bit. We just going down and what have you and I looked at one of the instrument and that was a lie and he said next the runway were going to land and all it was was a line and they had this icon representing the plane saw where we were turning around the lines up there and tell him to make another certain degrees of turn and then finally we will wind up piecing the runway is right, straight ahead, when I would love to see it be wonderful if I can say, and we're going down I can do and went down under 8000 feet don't see anything 7000 feet don't see anything 6000 feet don't see anything I wanted to start praying and interceding, you know, because everything was right. The way it was supposed and I don't remember what was a fairly low when we broke through that cloud cover and was the runway right in front of you see Jesus are you going through a challenge today.
The focus of what God says not and how things seem every promise he makes is a promise he keeps. Thanks so much for joining us for today's message. It's a wonderful life. For more information about destined for victory were how you can request a special DVD message from Pastor Paul. Be sure to visit our website. Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net be the heir apparent if my dad decided to retire. They want me to be the pastor in Philly everything is good in Philly now going to California. I didn't know what I was getting myself into but God had said, go West young man go with. That's tomorrow in Pastor Paul Shepard's message. It's a wonderful life until then. Remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory