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Developing a Lifestyle of Faith, Part 6

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard
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February 15, 2021 7:00 am

Developing a Lifestyle of Faith, Part 6

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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February 15, 2021 7:00 am

An insightful series of messages on practical ways to build a faith-driven life; learning from key Old Testament patriarchs what it means to live by faith; based on Hebrews 11.

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Hello and welcome to Destin for victory with basketball Shepherd, senior pastor and destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California if you want to see what genuine faith looks like in the life of a believer in Christ you come to the right place just a few moments pastor Paul shares his message developing a lifestyle of faith. But first he joins me from a studio in California pastor you've been using radio for a long time.

As part of your ministry platform.

Once you take a moment and share with the audience, why you chose to make that part of your long-range ministry plan. Well, I want to tell you that it's important to me as a disciple or that my voice is heard, and it is used to help people grow in their knowledge of the Lord and in their faith walk with him. Fact of the matter is my voice doesn't sound like most of the other folks you hear on Christian radio. I'm well aware of that and I'm really comfortable with that. I come from my own unique background both ethnically and in terms of life experience. There are things I share. There are things I say and they're the ways that I say them that are unique.

I believe that that perspective needs to be heard throughout Christian them and so while I'm so grateful for all of my heroes.

Your heroes are mine. I listen to the same people. The guys who had been on the radio for decades and have proclaimed God's word faithfully. I really do appreciate those guys what I've learned not to be intimidated by them because I've got my own way of processing and own way of sharing and helping people to learn and to grow in their faith. So it's quite intentional.

Sometimes I like to be really colloquial in what I say and how I say it because I'm just using who I am and I think God wants to use that. He's the one who called me out and call myself. He called me and I believe he knows what he was getting when he called me into the ministry and so I'm just trying to make a difference because the gospel really does change lives and I believe I have a unique calling to help present the gospel for my own perspective and I pray that that's resonating with listeners and I pray that that means enough to them that they'll make sure my voice can continue to be heard right along with our other heroes who teach the gospel of Jesus. I know I speak for a lot of people out there when I say I'm so thankful for you launching this media ministry pastor and using the gifts God is giving you for his glory.

And when you join those that make this possible with your generous gift today. Pastor Paul would like to thank you by sending his booklet lessons from the cocoon, you know butterflies don't enter this world with wings. They don't even enter the world as butterflies, their transformation takes place over time.

That's how the life of a believer in Christ works in lessons from the cocoon. Pastor Paul helps you understand that God is working in your life even when it seems he's not doing any work at all and he reminds you that eventually you will have wings because you were born to fly. That's lessons from the cocoon our gift to you today by request for your generous gift to Destin for victory call 855-339-5500 to make your gift 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, you will experience all trials of faith and rewards of faith and I want to make sure you don't think something wrong with your faith when you're going through the trials. Faith is a two-sided coin, you cannot divide that you can have one on the other. Think back to some of the greatest heroes of the Christian faith. Men like Moses, Abraham, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Their lives were filled with seasons of triumph as well as tragedy and if you're a follower of Jesus, you too will endure adversity persecution times in your faith will be put to the test. But there is good news.

Pastor Paul Sheppard shares it with us now in his message developing a lifestyle of faith. Faith is a two point you cannot do that. You can't have one without the other is the same calling know-how without money you will see some positive space on the front of a coin on the back and look very different depending on the coin it could be you know some building or or some other symbol on the back of the coin, you can't get the president's face and not get what's on the back you can order a calling to say how the face is the same calling the other side. If you're going to have a genuine coin and as it is true of our money. It is true of our faith, and I need you to understand that faith has to do both with trials and with rewards so as we just this final passage here in Hebrews 11. I want you to notice it. As we look at the description very carefully. Now let me begin to make my comments by taking you up to verse 23 we did read that in the interest of time, but look at it with me now. Hebrews 11 verse 23 by faith Moses parents hidden for three months after he was born because they saw he was no ordinary child and they were not afraid of the kings eating now some of you already for me with that story. If you're not you want to go back and familiarize yourself with the story of the birth of Moses. But let me help you understand that when Moses was born.

It was during a time that the Pharaoh in Egypt have said God's people were in slavery and will have said. I hear there is a believer becoming so let's make sure we preempt that by killing all the new born male children in any drip, but born of the Israelites, because it is from them that their deliverer is supposedly coming so Pharaoh says I know how to fix that. I'll just kill all the male children in that way we won't have to worry about all this by a Moses parents when they saw this child basis all that he was no ordinary child. He was good and appearance were told that in the Scriptures. He was fine and appearance, but that's not really what they were talking about baseball something besides his appearance they saw all the hand of God on their child. They didn't describe it that way, but any of us who have learned how well by faith and see what is invisible to the naked you know exactly what happened. You can see things that your eyes can't see and I want you to know when you walk by faith.

You are going to experience the same thing. Sometimes you look at an individual situation and God will show you exactly what it is something beyond your natural vision. He will show you what it is. Sometimes you'll see God panel want your children and you said you don't know how you see it, but you say it is the hand of the Lord, and what you have to learn to do as began benzos. What you see and began to operate according to the truth of what you see basis. All this was no ordinary child and I love this raid and they weren't afraid of the king, they killed all the male newborns. I know that but they all look at was what God was doing. That's what you have to learn to do is walk by faith to see what God is saying don't listen to what other people say do not hear what God said you to see what God is doing and sometimes to see God. You have to shut out the other thing but mine because they knew God's hand was on this child and so what happened was they were three months and just make sure he wasn't seen by anyone who would get them turned in until brought when you go to the passage and as you'll see that the time came when they could no longer hide the child is three months old. He's noisier and it's not realistic to keep trying to hide the child and there obviously was some systematic searching going on for male children. I'm sure they weren't the only parents who work trying to hide a child but it's their story being told and they were trying to hide their child when they could no longer do it when I realized is not going to be feasible to continue hiding him in the fact of the matter is the Lord didn't want him hidden.

The Lord wanted him seen and so what they did was put them in a basket prepared it and then his parents on the Nile so that people were coming down to the banks they would discover it and begged as an act of faith. This was an act of desperation. This was an act of faith why he was no ordinary child and they knew that God had planned for him, which meant he wasn't going to die in infancy. You have to learn to walk so that you act on what you know God has shown you what God is saying to you and they put them out there. They let go and let God you ever heard that expression is what we have to literally do. Sometimes you have to let something go but let the going desperation going to the will of God as we what you said the previous message. I will most children let him go. But it was Linda Bryson told him that method. Sometimes people have to get to place of pain and discomfort and you can see all the time and summary (who are fighting God real hard and you just save God. Whatever takes I'm putting them on this river, let them know and I'm trusting you with the results. Let go, I want to answer inwardly, not outwardly here is something you been trying to hold onto is God said to me let it go release it and believe him for the results as an act of faith as a challenge when you grow up and enjoy the different stages of life and all of that know when you walk according to God's will. You understand that when he blesses you, even with the child that child belongs to him more than you, so that they gave him up into the hands of the Lord act of faith challenge trial really trial of the have to say Lord okay The second half of today's destined for Victor message with pastor Paul Sheppard listen to the broadcast on demand pastor that's pastor We'll find a host of great resources that are online store you can also download and subscribe to the podcast at Google podcast or wherever you go to get a podcast you want to approve your spiritual vision reject what you see and learn to walk by faith pastor Paul and the rest of today's destined for Victor message developing a lifestyle of faith Moses when he had grown up now when they brought Robin Farrell's counsel because fellows and when she saw the Hebrew children. You know he's will be killed, but her heart went out to dinner killing this baby my daddy about them. It was about what God was doing. You have got to realize that life is about the stuff you see it is about the stuff you don't see God was doing something God put it in the girls heart to want that child and so it's funny when you read this account because Moses own sister is older and the one who was nearby. When this discovery took place and she ran over and said to me would you like me to get one of the Hebrew women to nurse this child for you as all the child's mother. She is the baby you don't tell me what God will do when she got the baby God the baby back to her that day sitting took place 2 to 3 years. She can be with the child throughout the day and will be speaking through how to eliminate what you are not an Egyptian you are Hebrew you are born with God's will in your life speak to the baby and the baby what you say. See put into the child's life and get up paycheck nursing home style and by the time he's turned over and is no longer being nurse, and she's not directly influential. She's already spoken over him.

She prayed over him. She's blessed him, and he's good to go, and by faith when he has grown up. It says he refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter Charles to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time he regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as a greater value than the treasures of Egypt because he was looking ahead to his reward. See faith the trials of faith sometimes you chose because to do what God wants you to do, and whatever the consequences are that's what they are each shawls to go through the trial of faith shawls to say I will not enjoy the pleasures of being a Prominent Pl. in Egypt when these people are longer out of God's will. God's wrath is going to come upon them. He knew all of this. It was part of his built-in calling and he said I'm not going to stay here and live in luxury and pleasure in all we do experience the wrath of God.

No, I would rather go to trial with my people and be there when God brings my people out.

He chose it.

You have to make some great choices that will have poor at least short-term consequences as part of your walk of faith. People tell you faith is all about the high mountain expenses in the victories. His only that's only one side of the coin, saying, calling me sometime you have to make a tough choice. Sometimes you have to decide to do what's right on your job rather than what's popular on and some of you may even get terminated for doing what's right, can happen don't know what you had to be willing to face that will be the consequence I told you before about a friend who had a job that no and she was after the phone for boss and the boss came by the desk and said listen when so-and-so called again on my nerves. I will talk to him anymore until a mama here. She's the circuit's and why figures are here. I can tell you not here when you hear the believer.

I follow the word of the Lord. I can live for you now. I can tell, and I don't know. No building once or I can help you with when he calls I put on hold when you use on the phone if you'd like to leave the building. I wait until you leave.

As ridiculous as it will I'm sorry to and he just huffed off she consequence would be, you know, so we all went to last you work for you out of a job.

Case convicted.

Later in the day you want to talk to her about her faith. She didn't get fired to got a chance to witness faith was you leaving the stuff in the box. You shall be mistreated you. Charles to go through that disgrace. That inconvenience, looking ahead to another reward.

Sometimes you have to have short-term inconvenience in order to have long-term Victor now we know.

Verse 27 he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger. He persevered because he saw him.

The Lord who is invisible.

That's what you and I have to learn to look at the next verse. By faith he kept the Passover, the sprinkling of blood so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of his work. He lived the rest of his life always focused on what God wanted, not caring about the consequences always focused on the Lord himself by faith. The people passing the Red Sea as on dry land.

When the Egyptians tried to do so. They were drowned, with that was not smart know you chasing these people couple million of them, and they go through the middle of the sea on highway believers have since the first chariot I see me that these two walls of water and is a dry highway. So tell me who serve does not want me to get them something that makes sense to pull over to the side of the road that all my crazy friend on down there been the one Egyptian in the whole thing. I met only here I said goodbye and they drowned in the sea. Verse 30. By faith the walls of Jericho fell after the people and marched around them for seven days is a little quick lesson of faith sometimes walk by faith means you have to follow what seemed to be futile ridiculous direction from God.

After they marched around what kind of war strategy is that it is the issue of obeying God no matter what he tells you to do.

It seemed futile. It would seem ridiculous.

We don't get to fight the reality is Gossett. I did ask you to fight this battle. I asked you to do what I told so the question for you is going to be the rest of your life Gossett about this say about this.

If God has a clearer matter then you gotta follow the plan plan.already spoke to what he said when it seems ridiculous and you will see God's results take place now at the next verse, verse 31, the prostitute Rahab because she welcomed the spies was not killed with those who were disobedient.

Remember, he's not about the Joshua generation, those who are preparing now to take the land the promised land and asked to spies went to Jericho, they ran into Rahab the prostitute. The harlot, the madam, the woman of the night and she says to them. I know you all are. I know why you come she said. We've already heard about you all, and she said, and I know that God is going give you the victory. So I'm a businesswoman I'm used to doing deals all day but I have a different proposition for you. I will hide you if you will remember me and my family. When you come to take over the city. She said after the job here this woman so that not only the spies would be spared, but so that he could bless her and her family to be spared because God wanted her in the Hall of Fame this year. Don't talk about all you want but season and their home. She broke up and all the damage she did that because God loves taking the form of person and making new creation. So they did the deal and she turned and her family were spared as a result, you know, our faith in Christ can only grow when we are tested as the Scripture tells us consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces perseverance so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Thanks so much for joining us for today's message developing a lifestyle of faith. If you'd like more information about the destined for victory ministry for this one special offer Pastor Paul's booklet lessons from the cocoon. Be sure to stop by your website.

Pastor once again Pastor so the question for you say about this. If God has a clear word on the matter then you gotta follow that plan. Plan.already spoke when it seems ridiculous and you will see God's results take place. That's tomorrow in Pastor Paul Shepard's message developing a lifestyle of faith. 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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