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When Faith Encounters a Famine (cont'd)

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March 4, 2021 7:00 am

When Faith Encounters a Famine (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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March 4, 2021 7:00 am

What it means to live by faith during times of great difficulty;based on various Old Testament examples.

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Unit do something somewhere to do something that made you got a what you're comfortable with God's calling you to give something up.

Although it's hard to say yes to him just like Moses mother said yeah because only on the side of the harvest, we set yourself up for something supernatural in order to grow your faith.

Sometimes God has to test your faith hello and welcome to this Thursday edition of Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor at destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California.

Thanks much for joining us.

God has a long-range plan for your life and to prepare you for it. He has a right now. Plan for your life. Sometimes it means giving up something you're holding onto.

But the rewards are always well worth the sacrifice.

Today's message is straight ahead, but remember you can always stop by Pastor Recent Destin for Victor message on demand. That's Pastor you can also subscribe or download to the podcast Google podcast bona fide or wherever you get your podcasts now, here's Pastor Paul.

Would today's Destin for Victor message when faith encounters a famine. All the harvest calls you will beg God even when it makes a mad and I came to tell somebody. God wants you to decide. I'm going to obey God rather than man if you're being professional in your job to do some well on numbers abed so I need to do some is not really legal but I need you to do this you do it why because you walk by faith, by faith I don't buy my paycheck. I don't live by the word of my boss because if you like me serving God and doing the right thing, God will give me income from another means, but I gotta obey God. And you gotta be willing to do the will of God more than you're willing to do the will of a man or woman in your life and so make sure you that your obedience is tight. I have sinned over the years. If you're in a relationship that is not legitimate, not God's will and not doing things the right way then you need to say no I must obey God rather than man because you need the blessing of the Lord on your life. Moses mother. Not only did the midwives obey God.

Moses mother herself.

She was one of those women who had a child and she Little Moses say and kept him quiet, trying to keep them quiet.

And of course the federal people are out looking for any male babies that they could kill never going around systematically trying to kill the male Hebrew children and so the Bible tells you that when Moses could no longer be hidden. He was growing up again to rule out as a child and that all the back and she knew that it was only a matter of time before they closed in on her and killed her son by faith. She said I believe God has plans for this boy and I'm not going let several zombie get a hold of them so I am going to take this matter I am and do something different and you know the story she prepared something to float her baby in and put him out on the river know our mother's heart that had the big gut wrenching.

Why did she do that because she believed that the God who Inspired when the midwives were supposedly telling him that same God that kept him alive has a plan and although this member may very well be infested with crocodiles. I'm going to believe God and she floated her baby down the river that was an act of faith. Let me ask you a question. Is this for you to do something or not Dall somewhere to do something that means you got a what you're comfortable with you about what you're used to give up something that is precious to you, I came to tell you that God is calling you to give something up. Although it's hard say yes to him just like Moses mother said yeah because on the other side of that.

All the harvest means you're setting yourself up for something supernatural is what happened in that case and you were Bible readers know the story.

The baby demanded no crocodile got to the baby and daughter was down bathing and saw this little this little floating in the water and she said baby cry and sent one of the seven girls to go check it out and they said all as a baby in their families daughter knew what what it was. She said oh that's one of the Hebrews and the mother is trying to protect agile she said I tell you what I'm going keep the child and raise him as my own.

Then watch this talk about the people all the harvest they said to one of the Hebrews, seven girls and woman who can nurse the child right now and she and got Moses old mama and mama showed up and she said look, I understand that you have milk you can nurse. This job so I want you to know this child. For me, mother November the get paid for nursing home baby that's the law of the harvest, I want you to know all you gotta do is obey God. You understand it.

All you gotta do is obey him.

God's going to take care of his own. I got some more Scripture forgot to wear you out with this Bible. Women have in Joshua chapter 2 Joshua chapter 2 the children of Israel now crossing over there.

Get ready to go into the promised land and the first city that the gotta come up against his Jericho. It's a walled city. It's a major significant place. All because of its wall and so Joshua said I will send two spies to check it out and report what's going on in the city.

So when we get there will know how God is going to use us to take over that city gets what when they sent the two spies. The spies went into town and they said we need somewhere to use as our basis for our spy operation.

They went to the home of a sister name Rahab you know as well as I do.

Rahab was a businesswoman in Jericho. I'm not going any further than that. She was a businesswoman she had home running in Jericho, but the fact of the matter is the be a part of her clientele. They can to do the will of the Lord. She went you know that because when you really just want to.

She says I know you all are and I know why you're here.

She said I know that the Lord has sent you. In fact, she said all of us know that God's hand is on you will and we are afraid of you and so when the men of the town heard there were two men who went into Rahab and they knocked on the door. She had to the door, but she had hidden the two spies up on the on the some stuff and she went to the door sick and I hope you all we are the two men came here there probably from Joshua Stroup and so we need you send them out and she died. Now let me tell you New Testament same God not calling you live for the kingdom's sake but just showing you that she was willing to do whatever she had to do to protect, not our own personal interests, but to protect the kingdom of God and she lied and said that while here at MMC. I mean, they seem to total gridlock. She said if you all.

Now you can probably catch them too far down the road so you don't catch up and and so she says I'm out of town looking for these two spies on the roof and when she got up to the roosters are All from getting caught. Now you gotta do something for me. I told you she's a businesswoman, but thank God for business in this instance was sanctified and she said what you gotta do is spare me and spend my whole household. When y'all come to take over the city. We know you're coming. We know God will give you the city, but because I had to carry all you need to take care of me and you know what happened. They said I tell you what you gotta put something started outside your window and when we get to town before we take over the city.

We go to look for the scarlet cord and wherever we see that we are going to spare you and everybody's in the house will spend a whole household. So get them all in there because everybody else in the city will be destroyed, but the people in your place is my question are you are you being pressured to cover something or the dual all by someone that God would be pleased with, and if so, you gotta resist what you're being told to do because it's much better to please God please the people trying to put you under certain government pressure, and I came to tell you you gotta do the will of God at all costs. Caleb remember Caleb when Caleb got ready to receive his inheritance in Joshua chapter 14. Here's what happened. Joshua was getting ready to give out the inheritance to Caleb try and so when they show up. Caleb says look just what you would have been boys for long time. We were two of the 12 spies that came over here 45 years ago and he said, let me remind you of what happened back 45 years ago. He said the man of God told me when I got back with the good report that you and I alone gave the matter God told me the place where I stood. When we went over spies that God was going to give me that as an inheritance and he said that was Mount Hebron. He said Joshua I know you would be inclined to give me a conquered place where I wouldn't have to fight because Hebron still has the people there may still dwell there and he said I want to let you know.

Don't try to get mad already conquered Lamb. Why because that's not what God has for me. I want what God has for me. Stay with us the second half of Pastor Paul Shepard's message is coming right up. But we want to thank all of you who support destined for victory with your prayers and financial support, gifts that help Pastor Paul share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the growing audience destined for victory is a listener supported ministry today as we continue to face some tough challenges.

Your support is more critical than ever. So please prayerfully consider making a gift to destined for victory today. Give online safely and securely for my website. Pastor or give us a call at 855-339-5500. Again, that numbers 855-339-5500. Consider the words of King David and second Samuel 24 I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing is Pastor Paul with the rest of today's message when faith encounters family tell somebody some of you are going to have to fight for what God has for you see these days, whereby one a mainly claimant blab and grab it and I'll confess it possesses and and is all real quick and easy. Sometimes you gotta fight for your piece. You gotta fight your joy. You gotta fight for your victory, you've got a resist the devil over and over and over again.

Sometimes you can't get a quick deliberate blessing. Sometimes you have to go through some changes, but look at what Caleb said. He said I know the people still live in Hebrew.

I know they're strong and powerful.

He said, but I am able to like I was well able what I was 40 years all able now although I'm 85 years old I came to tell somebody. You gotta have the faith of Caleb and decide that you're going to walk by faith in your senior years like me get going up in age and you see a lot of time has passed you by. But here's what I need you to know. But there's more.

God has for you ahead and done.

You gotta make up in your mind, so I still gonna do his will. All might not be as young as I used to be, but I like I was young, but I never seen the righteous forsaken and I've never seen God see begging bread. How many remember Ruth. Ruth went to Bethlehem when she was a woman by woman go where Israel lives because something told Ruth I'm telling you for all you got obey God even when it makes no sense. But something told Ruth I'm supposed to be with this old lady Naomi. I don't know why because he's not my mother-in-law anymore.

She didn't have a son to give me as a husband, but something tells me my destiny is connected to her so she goes to Bethlehem a place she's never been before. She's hanging out with a woman she's not related to anymore and she says I'm going to be with you. In fact she told that old lady your God is going to be my God, your people are going to be my people. I'm going to live and die where you live and die.

That was the for all that was her obeying God what it made no sense. And you know the story as well as I do.

As a result of that faith. God not only caused them to survive.

God bless them. Ruth married Boaz and she became part of the lineage that brought Jesus Christ into the world. Why because she learned the importance of walking by faith instead of my site.

Now some of you are being called to so financially when it makes no sense. Some of you are being tempted I am certain you know you don't need to get to the ministry right now. Could you gotta make your own ends meet you not to kill yourself listen, I'm telling you as a preacher of the word of God, not a somebody want your money. I'm telling you, if you want to be blessed. You want to do what God says that the matter is Elijah was provided for during a famine first bio block natural provision. Secondly, by ravens flying and that was the supernatural, Hannah, God making ravens that all scavenger birds feed the prophet and then when the blood dried up and the birds start flying in Elijah's okay with the provision coming from. Now Lord and the Lord spoke up and said no deserve that and look at what God said. He said because there is a win over there and I've commanded her to feed you don't know if you don't understand how Elijah would've felt in those time engine God saying I want you to go to a lady who's lost her husband in a day where women were bread winners and all of that. A woman has lost her husband when he gets there he finds out she has a child calls to a single mom's house and he says to a single mom of the Lord say use mold to free me bin Laden the bad boy because I don't know if I could.

I had the heart to look at one of my single parents at destiny and show up as the Lord said use mold to take care of me. That's a test of the profits made.

But he has learned to love… Where you will go because God told him to go do what God says. It's also now think about it. I tested that woman's faith because this year the prophet say God said you spoke to feed me and you know her natural tendency will be to say excuse me, you will have done what you are mad at God coming after me.

You need to become is showing up, telling me that you will bless me. You will help me see that's natural thinking when talking know about the law of the harvest all the harbors is not natural.

All the harbors is I so in obedience to God and so he shows up and here's what you gotta remember the Lord told Elijah I want you to go there and then watch what God said he sent forth.

I commanded the window to feed you. What made that work is she knowing her heart when she saw Elijah God spoke in her heart and said I'm supposed to take care of this guy and if I do it God's going to bless me. She knew it in our heart, so when he shows up it's an answer to prayer because she understands this is what God is doing and so she takes her last and she gives it to the man of God and he eats she said in there. Her son is standing there and he's eaten my God what a test of everybody's faith. I would imagine I would have a hard time enjoying the meal watching the lady and her child house in the evening they stand there looking hungry, but the fact of the matter is, this was God's doing. We got obey God even when he puts in a funny situation you got obey God even when God makes you look crazy sometimes you gotta obey God no matter what. And you the story because of her act of faith and obedience. As soon as meeting. He said I got my mouth and he proclaimed, and prophesied that the meal would not run out that the grain would not run out in her household until the famine was over God. That woman and her child womenfolk would die in other parts of the region. She and her child had no because all of the harvest base. All obedience when it made no sense. And now there were even a hundredfold.

All was I had time to tell you about David who fought a warrior when he was leaving the Army. I wish I had time to tell you about that whole stuff that went to a battle and God told him put the praise team out in front of the warriors when you going to a battle supposed to put your warriors out there on point military language to go out on point and gossip point. The praise team out on point singing and praising and dancing and that makes no sense. But the law of the harvest tells you when you do what God says supernatural things happen.

Believe me, as Jehoshaphat when he got to where the battle was appalled he saw that the enemy was dead already because God had killed them because these people had walked by, and not by sight. And God took care of the rest and tell you you all are being called the plays God. Right now, even when it doesn't seem to make sense. I don't have money but on praising God. I don't know what the future holds.

Praising God make it through this difficult season, but on praising God. I don't know where mom is coming from, but I'm up how the sun go down of the same.

Time will bless the Lord, because he is going to give me the victory I came to tell somebody you got a soul whatever the Lord, seven you do so. So in faith so little.

So when it makes no sense.

So your time so your talent so your treasure that business do what God is telling you to do when because God is the God of the fifth floor. The harvest and he'll bless you in ways that you can even imagine.

And I want to let you know our God is the same today, yesterday and forevermore and so put your trust in him because he's going to see you through this. Don't let this pandemic drive you into a place of doubt and fear and unbelief.

Let it keep you in a place where you're walking more by faith.

Now then you ever did before because God is going to take care of his home is God asking you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable, something that seems impossible or even ridiculous. If so, that's good news because it means he's preparing you for a supernatural blessing. If your faith is being tested today.

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