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It's a Wonderful Life, Part 4

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December 22, 2020 7:00 am

It's a Wonderful Life, Part 4

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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December 22, 2020 7:00 am

Practical lessons and insights drawn from Luke chapter 1.

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When you are pregnant would divide purpose. You can't talk to any old body because not a lot of people can handle what God is saying to you what God is doing in you don't expect everybody in your claim to understand it. She was young, unmarried and pregnant. Would anyone in their right mind believe she was also a virgin hello and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, Senior Pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California while Mary needed someone to talk to someone who would understand her and leave her. She couldn't tell her fiancé, Joseph, at least not yet. Instead she paid a visit to her cousin Elizabeth was pregnant with the miracle of her own.

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It's a wonderful life. Luke one beginning at verse 39 now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with faith to a city of Judah and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. But why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me for indeed, as soon the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord in the last message we were looking at the fact that this passage that tells us the circumstances under which both John the Baptist and then six months later Jesus came to earth and when learning practical lessons about our lives along the way but the fifth point in the series was when you're pregnant with divine purpose.

Choose your company carefully and we noted that when Mary heard from Gabriel. The angel Gabriel that she had been chosen in eternity past by the wisdom of God to be the vessel through whom Jesus Christ came into the world. She no that this is such an outstanding thing.

This is such an unbelievable thing that she dare not even tell her fiancé Josip so she went to Elizabeth house.

Why goes, Elizabeth is more pregnant with a miracle been Mary is Elizabeth's pregnancy is now in its sixth month when Mary shows up at her house and it's because when you are pregnant would divide purpose.

You can't talk to any old body because not a lot of people can handle what God is saying to you what God is doing in you the changes he's bringing about in you the things that is leading you to think about and begin to focus on. Don't expect everybody on your crew to understand it and if you're not careful you will fool around and talk to people who will help you abort what God is doing in you and you can afford to have an abortion when divine purpose is at work in your life and so you gotta learn what Mary shows us, which is to choose your company very very carefully. I want to pick it up from there and I want you to look at verses 57 and 58 of Luke one. Now Elizabeth's full time came for her to be delivered and she brought forth a son. When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her, they rejoiced with her.

I want you to see how here's what's happening in terms of the chronology of the passage, so Mary went to Elizabeth how and Mary is to have just heard that the Holy Spirit is overshadowed her.

She is now pregnant. She's not showing she literally days into her pregnancy when she gets to Elizabeth house. Elizabeth is six months pregnant with her own miracle of divine purpose is a different type of birth in that there was no human male who was involved in Jesus birth, but there was a human male. Zacharias, who was involved in John the Baptist's birth, the power of that is that both of them were old were not expected to be able to have children at all, especially at this old age. But God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask for magic and so this woman Elizabeth is six months pregnant when Mary comes their house and I told you in the last message that when God is at work and has nothing to do with human thinking and all of that, the baby leaped in her womb because some spiritual was happening and the pregnancy and Elizabeth's body resonated with that holy thing that was going on in Mary's body and this pre-born child leaps in the womb because God is at work, so Mary stays for three months with her cousin Elizabeth. She goes from. I just got pregnant as a result of the word from the angel Gabriel. She's now three months pregnant and Elizabeth has gone from six months pregnant nine months pregnant.

So when Mary leaves is called Elizabeth is generated bring forth that child and look at what happens when her time has come.

She didn't remember us this child.

This son that God gave them. Verse 58 says when her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her.

They rejoiced with her.

That brings me to my six point in this series, write it down if you can identify your MVPs pull them into your inner circle and allow them to help you get where God is taking you identify your MVPs.

Pastor Watson MVP. All this people in sports know that stands for most valuable people player in sports. I want to say in your MVPs are most valuable people in your life identify your MVPs pull them into your inner circle and allow them to help you get where God is taking you look at this again when Elizabeth ready to give birth.

She has this son gets out. Not only that this old woman got pregnant.

She has now delivered the child, but the one that was sent out was this was a God thing they heard how the Lord had shown great mercy to her and her husband Zacharias when about the supernatural work in her life, they rejoiced with her that our people who can we with you when you weep because we bring with you means you have in some sort of tough time and a lot of folk who can handle your tough time because it's not that tough time and they couldn't say all this to Bay, whether they feel it or not yet running the sample try to act like they sympathizing with you is real clear. They don't care one way, have you ever met any of them. If not, I got some I can introduce you to.

They don't care about the tough time you happen thing to do what you and so they give you a quick patronizing all this to bed and then they move alone, but there are people who can we with you when you weep some folk will genuinely have sorrow because you're in a low price low place doesn't get you into the psychology of when you play some poker okay because that's not threatening to them you're down there so I can afford to sympathize with you because I my soul don't determine who loves you about how many folk come to your time of sorrow. In fact, some folks show up at your time of sorrow so that they can capture all the nuances of your sorrow at which time they will go blog about it Facebook about it Instagram live about it. I'm telling you what I have no idea just give these terms, I hear people Instagram livening and all of that me so no Facebook. You know, Instagram is the best way to do to live in. It is all really howl no, but you all know and everybody just and then they'll tell the audience what they think about what you're going through the second half of Pastor Paul Shepard's message is coming right up. But first we want to take just a moment 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 in Christ. The growing audience destined for victory is a listener supported ministry in right now with uncertainty still lingering all around us. Your help is 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 and when you give your best gift. This month we were very special gift of her own to share with you visit Pastor to make your gift now that's Pastor or stay tuned out to you all about it.

After today's message we all need a few MVPs in our life.

You most valuable people friends or loved ones who can we put this winter, weeping and rejoice when we are rejoicing is Pastor Paul with the rest of today's message. It's a wonderful life.

And some people went with what you when your weight called is your MVPs don't decide there valuable because they know how to cry, which these have to be the fall who can do these neighbors and then with Elizabeth, who can read choice had shown great mercy.

The Lord had answered their long time to get pregnant in the same format woman to not get pregnant and to not get her child, especially a male child. That's just the way it was, culturally, and so they would this issue as a married couple and you didn't ever have a child, God must occur schedule this sin in your life some way that sort of thing. That's what went on in their day. But when the people God has had mercy although there God has given them a child is MVPs of relatives and friends rejoiced.

So I came ask you do you know when your life will get happy when God blesses you mean that plastic grin.

Do you know not everybody was grin and is happy.

I'm trying to help you. Not everybody was smile. Some people have the fracas grin and show teeth and everything but trust me when I tell you that is not a grin of rejoicing with some people. Instagram is not rejoicing and I need you to understand your most valuable people are people while pulling into your inner circle because they will get excited about you moving into the things God has pretty been for your life happy about your progress. Then you can afford to have them in your inner circle. Now I need to help you understand you losing your life as a place but it's up to you to put them in their place. I once preached a message entitled putting people in their place at a different passage in the point I was making was that everybody has a place you can't let them pick their place determine who you are in my life. That's your job. You do the assignments I need to go with me because it will bless you different Records of people in all of our lives. You have trainers you have trainers with adrenal Pastor somebody who sets the very life and strength. How do you they are always taken, always get something you always there, always drawing on you trainers drainers. You are always giving.

They are always taking but I'm here to tell you something.

Some people are drainers by God's design. Some people God has called you to sew them all. This will bless you if you let it stop trying to leap from focus, focus, all into the gift to you will get anything good from you is going to be no bid in your life. What God called me to do. Stop presenting all of your drainers some folk there to be a trainer which means you have to stay built up enough so when they come.

You have the reserve that they control see yourself as a gas pump trying to help you now when you see them pulling up stop saying all along that your filling station because you got what they need help. You have what they need. Stop get your Savior Jesus is on the mountain. From a journey on the well. He shows up. And Jesus says that's why I'm here. I'm not just here because I'm tired. Need to sit down for a minute, I'm here for her and he strikes up a conversation and you know what happened.

John chapter 4 of you want to read about it, they started talking about water these.

It would give me a drink please. She said you don't even have a bucket you what you're doing well and you thought what it was all a set up a divine center you want your life you know when you work with who you work with accident. Some people are in your life because God brought them there and you are supposed to be the station for some dry space so and when Jesus got the series and I can go through that right now you know what happened. By the time Jesus got through that mountain town to come see a man who told me everything I tell everything you have a good but would you know about the season and he knows enough where I know you know the rest because he knew about Bobby Ricky saying Jesus also be a filling station, which is why you gotta get filled with the Holy Ghost and build the feeling is one time I remember that it was September 20 that's great you have the date that first time, you will feel the spirit, but how many know as you travel the casket is burned up in the natural so what is in the spiritual and as you do about you all need to go back to you say that too much snow that's the right thing to do every morsel Lord filled with the Holy Ghost all over again is one baptism. Some folk like to say but many in filling however you want to characterize it. Just know that the gas that the spiritual – you had last year is not going help you this year and so you will need to get filled up all and guess what Nessim knew about the pull-up in your filling station there tank is big some folk drive-up and you will look as our Lord. What is my space and all the big old diesel big multi-gallon tanks on both sides use is because God said I'm going give you what you need to get to.

I came to tell you you have to identify the folk who are your drainers and stop presenting them and start have enough to give to them because look at what Jesus said in John four when the disciples showed up and said we came back with like you had a meal or something that will confuse because they knew Jesus was tired, sit on the well and they get there and he's charged up and Jesus said watch what he said in John four. He said no. I just believe in a different kind of meat.

My meat is to do the will of him who sent me, but not what you think ahead and what God has given me to give diapers and sizes you to do the will of God drains you physically sometimes, but it energizes you spiritually and so I learned that some of you all are resenting your drainers and you need to stop that, as of this moment say Lord I will never resent somebody you sent because what you're going to set me up to be blessed, because as you do his way will you get his reward as you do his will you get his sustenance as you do his will. You get what he has for you. You just do his will, let him take care of the rest. So I drainers.

Some people bear by God's design to drain you.

That is, you are to give them what God gives you. You are the conduit.

Have you noticed Greenfield is not a spiritual bragging point. If God fills me mess because a bicycle to dream. That's with the filling means possible to give it out in power give it out in teaching give it out in whatever I'm called and gifted to do in serving others and so stop porting what you're supposed to be giving and stop getting mad at folk who are they so needy will good because you are going to be the need conduit all the supplies coming from God was coming through you notice the Bible says were supposed to bear fruit. Just talk about the gifts of the spirit also talked about the fruit of the spirit fruit supposed be eaten so stop getting mad when people are picking stuff off fruit supposed be eaten. If you have good fruit will I need that and so I need you to know some folks are drainers by God's design now must be practical so good drainers just because they are drainers some folk will drain you for everything good you got whether it's spiritual or not.

Some folk I just drainers some folk have a mentality that some by supposed to do something for me. Some people live in that place of Uganda) to limit Uganda relatives Uganda was a big city.

You got is a big place you got disposed to big cities. It's up to you to decide who supposed to drain you because what you have.

God want you to give to them watch this this mother drainers what what you have.

God didn't send them their laziness syndrome. Their lack of personal drive seven.

Their sense of entitlement some why should I work when you got money, why should I work when you got money.

Give me what I mean. We did stop for you to understand plan for them is to find out how to fish rather than come showing up at your house at the time. Thanks so much for joining us for pastor Paul Shepard's message. It's a wonderful life well is we navigate our way through some tough challenges in American all over the world were see the destined for victory audience continue to grow adversity very often brings with it a degree of spiritual awareness and growth and friends like you make it possible for pastor Paul to minister to a growing audience. Thanks so much for lifting us up in prayer and making donations when you can today would like to lift you up in prayer from the homepage of pastor click contact us and tell us how we can pray for you while you're there, be sure to ask for pastor Paul's monthly letter of encouragement. Yours, at no cost or obligation in here something else, a DVD message from Pastor Paul Sheppard called refocus. He put the sermon together to help you work through the challenges had been born out of this year's pandemic and some of the difficulties we've all gone through because of it. As you follow along. Pastor Paul shares three practical steps as to how you need to address the events of this year and move ahead into 2021 with your faith intact. Knowing that God is moving you ever closer to your destiny in Christ.

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Call 855-339-5500 to give over the phone or visit pastor to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to destined for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. It's up to you to understand God's plan for them is to find out how to fish rather than come showing up at your house at dinnertime. Teach them the fish somebody all our study. Given out plates when you spoke be given out fishing pole. 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

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