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Unpacking Our Personal Baggage

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December 28, 2020 7:00 am

Unpacking Our Personal Baggage

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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December 28, 2020 7:00 am

The importance of dealing with (unpacking) the baggage and issues that we have in various areas of our lives; Gods promise promise to free us from bondage; avoiding the pitfalls of denying or covering our sins.

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Something else have some baggage that every person this message all preaching this message. We all have the issues the brain that hasn't been fully remodeled.

That hasn't been dealt with. We all carry around a little baggage from our past.

But if God is your pilot bags fly free hello and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard. All of us here. Hope you had a blessed and fulfilling.

Christmas weekend is pastor Paul said just now, no one is completely baggage free. Some have emotional wounds that have yet to heal others struggle with sin or addiction.

But no matter what your baggage may be it's never too heavy for God to carry and invite you to check it. Today's message is straight ahead, stay right here or visit Pastor Paul.net to listen anytime on demand. You can also download or listen to the podcast podcast or wherever you get yours now here is pastor Paul. Today's Destin for victory message unpacking our personal back with called this series God is a sure because Paul said he began the work and he is going to carry it on to completion. You and I will not be incomplete projects but thankfully God says I'm going to finish what I started in your life and we are excited about that, but were unpacking that theme to look at what it really means. Now in the first two installments of the series. We discussed that in a building project. It begins with a concept and in our spiritual lives. God conceived what he wanted you and I to be wanted us to be a people after his own heart who show forth his glory and in that context, he conceived his will for our lives. Your life and the will of God is a God thing.

The fact that your saved is a God thing. The fact that you're listening to this message is a God thing.

God is up to something in your life and mine. The concept then we looked at the acquisition of property.

If you're going to have a significant building project. You have to acquire the property necessary for it and God has acquired us. We looked at the principle of redemption that where is first by creation, but also by redemption, and we unpacked that theme completely been in the last installment in the series we began looking at the fact that when you're going to build a significant structure but currently there is already something there you've got. I have demolition and excavation and some of us are experiencing that in some of areas of our lives right now the demolition and the excavation what that simply means is you have to tear down and destroy what is before you can build what is to come, and so some of us are experiencing demolition in some areas of our lives where God is destroying things and ending on healthy relationships and destroying old mindsets and not letting you think that you can stay in some of those old patterns and bears demolition.

Some of the seasons. What you said what in the world is going on in my life right now. Well, in all likelihood it's demolition, God is telling some things up because he's making the way for other things I want to pick it up there. As we look at demolition and excavation, which is the digging up of rocks and hard things and removing the debris that demolition causes and let's look at that in terms of baggage, you know that's one of the terms that we often use as we talk about our human dynamics, we say well he or she has some baggage when I would tell you something all of us have some baggage baggage free person listening to this message all preaching this message.

We all have stuff stuff issues the brain that hasn't been fully remodeled. That hasn't been dealt with the results of demolition, the results of years of living outside of God's will. We came to Christ with it is better now. We are new creations in him, meaning he is bringing about some new things in our lives, but the process is going to involve us dealing with our baggage. Now I brought with me just one of my sets of baggage is not a luggage I have, but this is one set that I bought. Now imagine all of these pieces. This is out five pieces in a particular set imagine them full of stuff I brought a bit because we need to build a carrier men and out quickly, but you know as well as I do, I bags on empty bags are full of stuff and the baggage of life is unlike the baggage of traveling the back of traveling you can just tip a baggage handler they got you covered. Never been on a cruise you get out your car to cruise terminal and the guys are right that you just beckoned him and they'll get your stuff right from the car. If you put your tags on them help you put the tags on it. What have you that are looking for some money now. I love educated people who are under my ministry. I don't like cheap Saints. Let's not be cheap slaves you want good service to folks. Good tips.

I don't like people don't eat at the restaurant which he people you have one shot when I see your cheap you not eat with me anymore that even I don't play that you will mess up what comes out table which achieve self. I am no good to put is one restaurant that does about fight to get me. I get good tips because I want good service. I don't want you to fall somewhere. I want you looking really need anything else. Once you're right nearby American whatever it is but anyway I decreased you got to get the people to tell if you let them have your bags you to give them some good money but you want good service. You can't walk in life we all gonna carry our bags. Now I got a set of six things here and they are different types of pieces. In fact, let me just show you some of them. This want to be the folder or can be used as a flight bag so imagine this all. And then I got a big travel piece here so.

I got to go through life with this here three more I gotta work with. Alright, so now I got this piece here. All right, now I got this here and my biggest bag is still sitting over there on my way is praise the Lord bless you all. This is this is singing in praising God and all that 24 seven point these pieces are empty and I'm already sweating.

Here's the good news. Christ came to not just save us and get us ready for heaven he came because all of this all of our stuff. Let me prove it to you from Scripture Isaiah 61 verses one through three. The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth were listening to destined for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California right back with the second half of today's message. So stay tuned. If you haven't already, be sure to download our free mobile app and listen to destined for victory wherever you go on demand. The app is easy to navigate.

You can even take notes and pastor Paul's messages so will be there the next time you tune in search destined for victory in the app store and downloaded today absolutely free. All of us have burdens that weigh us down, got invite you to bring it all to him and let him do the heavy lifting is pastor Paul once again with the rest of today's message unpacking our personal baggage Isaiah looked down the corridor time through prophetic eyes that God had given him is called the Eagle eye profit God gave him very exact information about what was to take place hundreds of years later and when he looked down the corridor time and saw Jesus, he spoke these words under the inspiration that these words would apply to a Savior that is still hundreds of years in the future. But he said when he comes he is coming in order to preach good news to bind a broken heart, to proclaim freedom to release prisoners from their darkness to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, the year of Jubilee. He is going to bestow on them beauty instead of ashes and gladness instead of mourning, and praise instead of despair and he's going to make people who are broken and messed up and lives full of baggage. He's going to make them oaks, which is a strong tree oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. That's Jesus agenda. In fact, Jesus confirmed that that Scripture was about him because if you remember in Luke chapter 4 after Jesus was tempted in the wilderness at 30 years old. Remember he didn't start his ministry until he was 30.

God prepared in 30 years for a three year earthly ministry.

It kicked off what was 30. The first thing that happened at the spirit of the Lord came upon him after he was baptized by John the Baptist was the spiritual into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil and he was successful in that so that he could be in all points tempted like us. Remember, Jesus knows all your stuff because he was in all points tempted like we doesn't mean he was tempted with all things, but he was in all points tempted. What is that mean all sin, all baggage all stuff falls into three categories mentioned in Scripture and those were the three points he was tempted up in the wilderness, the lust of the flesh.

What you see that your flesh craves the lust of the eyes, your desires and the pride of life.

John said in his first epistle goes, things are not of the father thereof the world lust of the flesh must be asked, pride of life, he was tempted in all points so that he could relate to everything you when I experience because he knows what dealing with those points is like well after he was successful in the wilderness. The next thing that happens you see in Luke four is he goes to his hometown of Nazareth on the Sabbath day he entered the synagogue and he has the opportunity to read the Scripture.

He grabs the scroll and of all the Old Testament Scriptures.

He could read he goes to Isaiah what we call Isaiah 61 verses one through three and reads those very words that you and I just read Jesus, read them 2000 years ago in the synagogue and when he got through its right in Luke chapter 4 when he got the reading he sat down close the scroll sat down and he said as everybody looked at him today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing today.

You are now experiencing what Isaiah talked about hundreds of years ago because I'm here and I'm getting ready to kick off my ministry and my history is going to be about those three verses Jesus is into broken people.

He is into dysfunctional people to messed up people who have glaring needs so Jesus had his most difficult times with folk who thought they didn't need any help. She looked at the Pharisees.

The folklore the most religious were the most law oriented and he said that one day y'all remind me of a graveyard.

He said you look all organized and white stones outside you look real ordered.

He said, but inside the tone is dead man's bones.

Jesus was interested in helping people who knew they needed help and the promises of Isaiah 61 are if you need help. Jesus came to give you the help you need, so that in the end you are eight of righteousness God wants us to live right.

He wants us to get our lives ordered morally and in every way that is absolutely his will, he will not accept anything less, but the process is your baggage. The process is. He says bring all of this stuff to me because I can bind up a broken heart.

That won't admit it's broken. I can't give joy to somebody who won't admit I'm in morning and here's why we have to come to him just as we are now let's look at unpacking our bags. First of all there's lots of secrets and a lot of our lives especially when you start fooling around in church, the tendency is to hide the worst of us from the folks but the fact is, Jesus established the church upon this rock he said I will build my church church really belongs to him and if we ever given back his church will experience revival. He said upon this rock I will build my church. The reason that most churches are dysfunctional.

Many churches are dysfunctional is because they belong to people not to God.

People have developed and organize nation based on their comfort rather than an organism which is a living entity, based on the life of God and the word of God, the church to be a place where you can't wait to show folks, here's what's really going on in my life because it's the place that's safe.

It's the place where folks say bring that because we going to pray what you were going to walk which you and help you get straight and become an oak of righteousness and they won't look down on you on your journey because they own their own. Now there are two responses to sin, the reason why a lot of folks are comfortable with the sin that's in our baggage is more than similar baggage, but I want to start at the point of sin, because as you live your life, you tend to do one of two things you tend to either deny sin or if you acknowledge that you cover it, but will deny sin, the reason why more folks are saved is because they're denying that they need to be say nothing about it.

Everybody needs salvation. Everybody does. The person on the planet were all born insensate and liquidy as we live our lives we live our lives outside God's will is the only way is the difficult position you start at a place of sin that simply means are alienated from God. I don't have a personal relationship with him. I don't necessarily have sensitivities to do his will. I just live my life are very selfish and self oriented & manifest early on, you live very early on before anybody taught you lie. It was as easy as I did you eat the cookie you want me to cookie but you saw the cookie lust of the eyes. I want to cookie I mean the cookie. I'll be with the consequences.

Along the way, did you read the cookie crumbs on your face. You don't even know how to lie good but going to different I know we had cookies crumbs right there. We live early on steel early on, do whatever is in our best interest early on and we develop a lifestyle would pick various sins and vices and things and pretending your sins are in a different category. All unrighteousness is sin we not acting like there are seven misdemeanors and seven felonies. When you go to your Bible at all unrighteousness is sin, it was wrong is wrong. You don't have to do one of the top 10 horrible since to be wrong. When I say something is not true.

Send in fact the bottoms of Revelation 22 is a verse that says all eyes will have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, people did some of the top 10 most horrible things well you know said that ax murderers. No divorce was not sure if I take was not mine and sends him not only action since our attitudes. Malice is sin. Backbiting is sin smiling and somebody's face and when they walk away saying hateful things.

Sin not an issue.

Sin, malice, sin, unforgiveness, sin so while I sin you can't just say from what doesn't exist in your mind you will never say Lord I need you as my Savior. If you don't believe you need to be saved so the world deny sin. In fact, America is a really strange place. This country was founded on scriptural principles. The reason we on this continent is because people want to get away from religion that force them to be state oriented in Europe and they said we want the freedom to serve God without the dictates of human stop being imposed on us.

We want the freedom and so they built a country on the foundation of the word of God.

Now we want to enjoy the freedoms that we want to deny the principle that they were built on. So now you got full trying to take the 10 Commandments off the walls of courtrooms and then I want to go in there and demand justice on what basis he said some things are just, and some things are unjust, if not God himself. If you take God away to decide what's right and wrong. So you want judges to sit up and tell you something is right sums wrong and not have a standard by which the judge because we want to deny God. If we deny God we don't have to worry about what he calls Satan. Do you have baggage today. Are you ready to bring it before the throne of grace. Remember his burden is light. For those who allow him to carry it. God cannot heal us until we admit we need healing and if you need prayer today for baggage.

You can't quite unpack, or for any reason or ministry team would be happy to join you in prayer from the pastor Paul.net homepage contact us and share what's on your heart that's pastor Paul.net while you're there, be sure to ask for pastor Paul's monthly letter of encouragement. Yours, at no cost or obligation will send it right to your inbox each month and here's something else for you, for your best year-end gift to Destin for victory would like to send you pastor Paul Shepard's DVD message refocus in the year like 2020 was so much chaos and confusion. It can be easy to lose sight of our primary mission.

We may begin to focus on social issues, political issues with the pandemic good things were done in moderation, but our primary focus should be on worshiping God, enjoying the gift of his salvation and sharing that gift with others in refocus.

That's exactly what pastor Paul encourages you to do offer you three practical steps for addressing the events of this year and moving ahead into 2021 with your faith intact, knowing that God is moving you ever closer to your destiny in Christ. Again the DVD message is called refocus.

It is our gift to you by request for your best gift to Destin for victory. So call us at 855-339-5500 to give over the phone or mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. You can also make a safe and secure donation from our website. Pastor Paul.net thanks in advance for helping keep Destin for victory on the air. Imagine you're on vacation at the beach and you want to dress for dinner cannot change unless you unpack your bags is pastor Paul with a preview of tomorrow's message impact baggage only leaves us in bondage, you can adequately live life the way God has called you to live it without dealing with your stuff because our stuff.

We take it everywhere we go, and all you do is just cover it up. This would be on.

I got all these pieces of luggage and I spend my time trying to make sure people don't see it. It's that's tomorrow and pastor Paul Shepard's message unpacking our personal baggage. 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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