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It's a Wonderful Life, Part 4 (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard
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December 23, 2020 7:00 am

It's a Wonderful Life, Part 4 (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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December 23, 2020 7:00 am

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Hello and welcome to this Wednesday edition of Destin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor at destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California today.

Pastor Paul shares his message is a wonderful life but before he get started. He's joining from a studio in California pastor. I think all of us at some level feel the Christmas and the Christmas season has become much more than just a celebration of the Savior's birth. There's so many distractions and as a way of encouraging our listeners. Maybe you could share how you and your family keep the focus of Christmas on Christ. Well I think when I can truthfully say that keeping focused on Christ has never been a challenge in here is why. Because I grew up in a home and so did my wife where Christ was the reason for the season. Yes, there was giftgiving. Yes were good times to be had and enjoyed. But Christ was always at the center. Now when we have our two children as they were growing up. We enjoyed sharing with them the fairytales you know 'twas the night before Christmas in the rain. The elves and of course Anna, but we made sure that our kids like we as children always knew that this season is about Jesus and we kept him front and center. And even now in our 60s. My wife and I are seasoned citizens. I don't want to use that word senior hey I like that way for as long as I possibly can. But where seasoned citizens in our 60s and and these days, we don't give gifts to each other.

We give each other cards and and all of that, but we decided some time back what we've rather do is give what we would spend on each other. We want to take that money and invested in the lives of families in need, or individuals in our sphere of influence. We do that every year and we bless a few folks and there are always just amazed by that but we find it just as fulfilling as receiving. In fact, a lot of ways it's more it's kind of what Jesus said it's more blessed to give than to receive.

You can imagine that when your kids but once you get high, you realize that it really is true. We do we really do. I find that it's not so much keeping her focus on crisis a challenge.

It's all the activities that get in the way all the things to do and you know was a pastor all the responsibilities you have so that that's the difficulty to overcome to this and we just have to make sure that our schedules align up with our priorities and so if our priority is to worship and if our priority is to spend quality time with family and with the Saints of God, then we just have to make that happen.

You know, time is one of those things that if you don't control it. It will manage itself in ways that you don't want it to. So we make sure to keep our priorities firmly in focus and we don't let the busyness drive us crazy. I don't like to see people lose all their sanity and their dignity because they're trying to enjoy the holidays. Take your time, paste your life. Enjoy what's important and let God be glorified because Jesus really is the reason for the season. Amen.

Thanks Pastor Paul for encouraging words. As we all get ready for the celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It's up to you to understand God's plan for them to find out how to fish rather than come showing up at your house at the time. Teach them the fish somebody all unsteady, given our plates when useful be given out fishing pole. Jesus came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He died so that we might live any time meant to fish today. Pastor Paul reminds us that God wants you to have the abundant Christian life.

But in order to get it.

There will be something required on your part. Let's join him now for today's message.

It's a wonderful life.

I need you to know some folks are drainers by God's design now must be practical so the dream is 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 somebody supposed to do something for me. Some people live in that place of Uganda and friends who live in Uganda and relatives Uganda was a big city. You got is a big place. You gotta disposed to those big cities it's up to you to decide who was supposed to drain you because what you have. God want you to get to them. Watch this this the 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 is getting what I mean. We got what the problem 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 because speed a man a fish feeding for day teach them how to fish feeding for lifetime right somebody all unsteady, given our plates when useful be given out fishing poles freeze that I'm done all given our plates, not because it will all just chat distance and parsimony.

I know how he liked to eat is a wonderful motivation enough to go fishing, let me show you. Let me show you how to identify where there might let me show you all the nuances so you can go fish for yourself. Now please understand drainers song come by God's design because what you have is what they need when people come because their own sense of entitlement or laziness or whatever it and yet there drainers always pulling on you always asking you always get from you. Always guilty and you don't have people who were expert filters make you feel guilty for what you have not guilty by what I have on blast because what I had friends see them and what you had to work to see what is somebody on your work, but they don't work. They think some of the pain them to sit there and be Facebook in then and all the somebody else's time so you got identify who those drainers are you got the drainers, God sent feed them, filled them send them on their way, but to drainers who went there because their lack of drive or their sense of entitlement or whatever it is, always brings them to you. Redirect them goals are to be redirected. Come over here baby.

Here's what you supposed to do.

Amen. Paul told the church at Micah just got some that are no depending on your graciousness always bail them out. Paul said God.

Paul said if a man will not he shall not be your Bible. Meaning, you just come out a wonderful worship. Somebody show up at meal time. That means you get to stand and what brings you by you and I just ran on this bitmap right now but to say what take care you have a good evening.

Shut the door. Not all youth will be so spiritual got all trying to help somebody keep you out but Jesus saying why don't need a handout.

They need a hand up handout and for many, is redirecting them here is where your supply is back in the old days you would give him a paper does a whole section called and God's goal has some jump off the page action and apply for everything you almost qualify for because it could be somebody make God God will give somebody a grace and mercy to extend to you when you don't even meet you what I think I'm done, you know have happened in some people's lives applied. They won't qualify for.

But when they had the right to showed up with the right disposition to people back to the little root kids and give me a job baby let me show you how to do an interview.

Do it just like I'm a show you.

You be the boss, come in and I will show you what you so want to run so they take you through the first part of the interview.

Teach them how to speak in complete sentences slaying of the place was like you know me, I'm a bit I'm flying in the greatest things in America know I can't do that and you will be proud of me when I want to stop like that to save me the crystal people believe you know Dr. Schiller heard you speak at a conference where both speaking and he told his assistant sit next to him what that man at my next successful leadership Institute. Next thing I know I could hardly breathe when looking around in the Crystal Cathedral and afterwards Dr. Hsu and his family meet them in the tower for lunch with somebody but you know when it was but when it was time to sell some why will be right back with more of today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul ship listen to the broadcast on demand.

Pastor that's Pastor or download the podcast at the podcast or whatever you get yours now. Here is Pastor Paul with rest of today's destined for victory message. It's a wonderful life priest.

In some places. One day my phone rang. David Jeremiah Wright. I want to come preach at my church yeah right David Jeremiah yeah right is Johnny right now. I shall not preach that blessed the people you know gay and I want to shows up everywhere but you need to be this. I know how to function when I'm over here. I know what not to say over here. I can pass the Republicans and the same truth and will bring my politics to my Paul. Oh, I got friends who think you can't be said to be a Republican BC I can please all salvation don't have to do with now when it comes to your politics, you want to have a certain conviction and if you believe one party best represent the one candidate best represents then go with that but quit condemning everybody else who's not like you on debatable matters and learn how to function in different environments without putting people off unnecessarily. This is good. You just don't know what this is good get this CD myself so you can figure out how to redirect people some drainers you're not supposed to fill them up.

You're supposed to send them to a place where they can be successful. Teach them how to speak teach them how to navigate something are sensitive to sensitive the work on a job.

Instead, we see sick people always changing jobs. Do you know the problem is all those jobs that people jobs in two years. Something as well and is not those jobs don't know how to work a job where they don't feel affirmed.

Need to help y'all in the 21st century is looking to you, baby boomer was born between 1946, 1964 born in the 50s, boomer can help you, teach somebody, all who in the generations after Generation X and millennial's and I got generation Z, which is once after the millennial's kids born after 9/11 and we got to help all three had old and so listen to us boomers real quick and tell somebody's other generations, you don't go to work to be affirmed primarily primarily you go to work to get paid.

All I need some to get paid. Mason much everything but God, I'm so affirmed, affirmed Generation X and millennial's and see all you know you don't reason you get to be picky as if you have some in the business of how to be an expert at what you know you need to be in a position where you can be picky because everybody will want to work for. That means you have to have handled your business at school and in training trying to help you. You will see student and then what the shop will do is have Joseph in the Old Testament you show up as a slave you end up running the whole house for what the Bible says, but the Lord was with Joseph all on some I didn't hear this, the Lord, to which you want a job you don't like people need to learn how to respect me know you.

By the way you respect can be of some things I just put up with will be glad about what they will and will not put up with about two just wait for the right position in your mother's my Lord number of temporary loss back right now. Go back in there bowing and scraping and tell them you want to try and help somebody you can't be entitled. You broke all all but you came. I need to be the kind of person who goes in there what you're doing your work ethic, and your willingness to put up with what else happened to be one seen it happen when most of the people, but they say I know you knew but what send you. We need to keep around here, rinse and keep you sane because you going with the right to leave his job looking at me all funny, so look all that you look at you with the one give me the grace to ignore the way they treat me as you just pull out his macho will be pumped know you two broke pump you full whereby writers and redirect your drainers the one who supposed to fill Philip the one should not supposed to feel.

Redirect them stop carrying their burdens for them. I'm free in some real you are carrying burdens and you are enabling the person in the wrong direction. When I enable you to be a bomb on the problem.

I have to enable you to succeed. So I got to teach you how to get up and go on time, on we were taught grown and if we were still like say in our late teens, and we still in my parents house late teens just get those first couple of jobs. My mother would come up the stairs I got a go to work but she come up the stairs just scared I might be sleeping too late, make sure you know what that was you still will have to do what you want to go out and do what we had to do the thanks so much for joining us for today's message. It's a wonderful life before we leave you today. Let me remind you that for your best gift this month were pleased to offer you a DVD from Pastor Paul called refocus. That's refocus a message that will help you put the past year in its proper perspective so that you can move ahead with faith into 2021. Request your copy when you make your most generous gift to destined for victory today. Call 855-339-5500 to give over the phone. That's 855-339-5500 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 came to tell you in the midst of the feelings. There was a trait that undergirds it that Christmas is really about Christ. You can't even say the word without talking about Christ. It is Christmas.

It is Christ mass. It is because Jesus came to be the set price for our sins that we have the right to be saved. That's next time with Pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message. The best gift ever. 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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