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Pushed into Purpose, Part 1 (cont'd)

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March 22, 2021 8:00 am

Pushed into Purpose, Part 1 (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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March 22, 2021 8:00 am

How God uses either people or challenges/crises to push us into fulfilling our God-given purpose; three directives for those being pushed into purpose; based on Esther 4:9-16.

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Are you going in crises. If you are those all this is all the devil and we need to rebuke it. Sometimes God will use the challenges. Sometimes God will use the crises to actually push you into your purpose. Sometimes God may ask us to do the ridiculous so that he can do the redemptive listening to Dustin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard always glad to have you with us in the pagan king of Persia went looking for new wife.

He didn't have to look for long. God brought one right to the doorstep of the Castle she was a Jewish woman living in Persia and the Bible says she was beautiful inside and out. Why would God join together such an unlikely couple find out next in today's Dustin for Victor message from Pastor Paul Sheppard stay with us here, or download the podcasts on demand@pastorpaul.net that's bona fide or wherever you enjoy your podcasts now with his message pushed into purpose is Pastor Paul. God can use anything about you to accomplish his purpose and so you know the story. If you read the book of Esther. You know how the king first of all, banisters is original wide bass time from the kingdom because she insulted him by not coming to a party that he told Heather, make an appearance while you try and impress all his raggedy friends and she's I'm not going and the men around is that you can elliptically don't you like that you let that happen. All of the binge of all our lives will be ignoring what we say and selecting banister. All of that was part of God's plan and so now that he's got no queries. I gotta get another queen and he saw throughout the provinces hundred and 27 provinces in Persia at that time and he ruled over all of them and they sought for the really the beautiful virgins and asked them to come, sit, find the best of them bring them up to Susa and I'm going us select my wife from among them were long story short, Esther was one of those people selected and you know the story of he related that God ended up using her so that she became the queen. Why would God want beautiful woman who is Jewish woman. She is one of the people of God. Why would God want her to marry a pagan king because God is always up to something you don't always understand what is going but he knows exactly what he is doing and so this young woman is now in a place where if you don't know the story.

I can walk your way through it. But let me tell you I was there. One of the officials was I hate her, and ego driven hater named Heyman.

Heyman wanted everybody to warship him and the king allowed people to give him honor and flaccid. He's one of my official whenever you see Heyman comment I want to give him difference whether it's bowing or whatever make him feel important. Well everybody else was doing that, except ancestors he was really her father type.

He was like her. Her adopted father. After her parents were dead and Mordechai would not give Heyman honor and he sounds at this man a word not and when he saw Heyman camera body is balanced and Mordechai just right there and Heyman hated that and he plotted these I will get rid of this man is a tell you what I want to give it to him. I want to get rid all these Jews, so he told the king a lie reading when you get a chance told the king a lot said you got these people in your provinces. They are Jews and they don't heed your commands. That's not true. The Jews lived according to the law of that land except when it cut across anything God wanted them to do and so he told him flat out lie on God's people.

But here's what you need to know Heyman was given permission to have been killed. He had the king signed a decree and the decree was that on a certain day. All the Jews in all of the provinces would be killed. He set up a day of genocide. He wanted to wipe out the entire Jewish nation.

You gotta know something when you are called according to God's purpose and that mean everything will go well. So y'all gotta get get out of this candy store theology your list in the 70s they could tell you the will of God is always going be happy always to be healthy always will be sexy always will be.

Everything going well, wealthy, all that stuff is not according to Scripture. The Scripture says sometimes the nurturing the will of God is all hell is breaking out in your life. I need somebody to know that the proof that you are in the will of God is circumstantial. In fact, sometimes circumstances are going to make sure that you look like your life is going in the wrong direction but you gotta know that God began a good work in you, he is gonna bring it all the way to completion. So here's what I want you to know God knew that Heyman and his ego will going to try to kill his people and he wanted to make a universal statement. These are my people and I will not let them be manhandled, and I will not let them be killed and wiped off the face of the earth for all eternity ongoing. I have a remnant of my people until I come again and receive all of my people to myself. And so even in the Old Testament era.

God is very active very much at work to willing to do of his good pleasure. So you know the story. What happened is he sets up his day of genocide.

Mordechai hears about it. He begins to weep and wail and he begins to say all my God, that you are the wipe out God's people and his his adopted daughter is now the Queen. She's in the palace to monetize outside he can go in, but against when the service and says would you go tell her that we were in trouble. So the seven tells Esther what Heyman has set up and that the Jews are to be killed. Now the king doesn't know that his wife is a Jew.

He fell in love with her mentor, his queen did not even know her ethnicity and so he doesn't know that the decree he signed means he signed his own wife's death warrant. But don't worry about it. Just because people know certain things God knows everything and God knew what was being set up so Mordechai sends word says that we are in trouble. You gotta do something and that's why we arrive at this passage and this passage says wow. He sends his word to her and she says back and says I have been invited into the king's present on the queen that mean I did hang out with him whenever I want. I have to be invited into his presence and she said it's been a full month since I was in his presence and soul of that word goes back to Mordechai and the text we read is what he said. He said don't think just because you the queen that you will be spared because this thing that your husband sign, the king signed his goal wipe you out to all of us are are destined for death sentenced to death as a result of this decree, unless you do something and I love the faith of Mordechai when you read it you'll notice Mordechai said.

Now deliverance is going, I know were God's people. I know God is not going let us be wiped off the face of the earth because he raises up his own people.

He's not going let his people be totally exterminated. He said deliverance is coming from somewhere. I need to tell somebody also work for you right now your deliverance is coming from somewhere. Your help is coming from somewhere. God is not going to lead you in the state you're in. Your help is on its way.

He said, but who knows, but that the reason you're certainly not palace right now is because God wants to use you to bring about our deliverance will be right back with more of today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California listen to the broadcast on demand@pastorpaul.net that's Pastor Paul.net.

There you find a host of great resources online store. She was beautiful inside and out, a Jewish woman led by God to marry the pagan king of Persia story continues next, and the rest of today's message pushed into purpose. Once again, here's Pastor Paul.

Now that brings me then to the first of three directives I want to give to those of us who are being pushed into purpose. I want to give three directives I only have time to give you one now that's what I'm going to continue this message. The next time I preach and share with you the other two directives, but here is the first thing I need you to know I need you to look at your possibilities, not just your problems. You are called according to God's purpose. God is up to something in your life so you got a look at the possibilities, not just the problems. Look at verse 14 of Esther chapter 4 and here is what you see on Mordechai sending word to her to say.

And who knows but that you have come to Royal position for such a time as this. Who knows but that you have come to Royal position.

The reason why Mordechai Sagar to see what God did, he took your beauty.

The fact that you are lovely inside and out, and he used that have the king of pagan king gets you I'm bringing it up to modern times elderly come with me and he was when he made it has to be like all is in the words of theologian Freddie Jackson.

You are my lady everything already and I will sign the limited document on so he said, who knows the reason why God said all was you who have come to Royal position for such a time as this to God can use anything about you and so you gotta know that God is up to something in your life. Don't just look at circumstances don't just look even at crises beyond circumstances beyond crises look beyond your haters look beyond the Paul Courtwright against you.

God is this something and he may be using mailman to accomplish his purpose. So you got a look at your possibilities, not just your problem, no doubt understand God is the God of all, he's not just a God of some things what is our problem.

Our problem is that her people have now been slated for genocide to be wiped off the face of the region that he oversees this king oversees the country of Persia. There slated to be wiped out of all Persia, but you gotta understand something. God is the one in control. No pagan leader. I don't care who they are is in control. Our God is the one in control and so even though she is among the people slated for execution.

That's the problem. She's not supposed to look only at the problem. Mordechai said let's look beyond the problem. Let's look at the possibility he said maybe this is why you became the queen of a pagan nation. Maybe this is what God was up to. God knew that he wanted to deliver his people from the clutches of their enemy and he would use you to do it. I need somebody who is dealing with problems with crises with challenges in your life. I need you to stop sweating those things and now shift your attention to the possibilities because the answer the miracle. The provision is not in anything but a possibility that God has presented to you what you mean by that the possibility is.

She is the queen and I was the queen she has the ability to get the ear of the guy who signed the decree that the Jews would be killed. Mordechai said, who knows, but that God put you in this position and you are there to accomplish this very task of getting this enemy taken care of and getting this decree torn up. Now normally if you read the story you know that the only way a sense of the Korean that society could go away is that it was first executed in its entirety. In other words, there was no provision in Persian law for the king to say I change my mind. He wants to fulfill everything he said unless something so dramatic, so drastic happen that he would legally be able to resend a decree that he had made the decree was law and that law was set to be executed, but Mordechai said one who knows God might have you where you are for such a time as this. After all girl you are the queen, so listen fact of the matter is somebody all need to add your possibilities. You've been spending your time looking at your problems, your economic prompt: run out of money or I don't have any old is about to be shut off all this about the new looking at all this person get a mentor to try to get me fired for trying to ruin me to trying to drive me to bankruptcy know whatever it is you got to stop looking only at the apartment about so you can look at the problem don't practice fanatical faith like your problems don't exist. They do exist. People you know all believe in confession to the point where his right, you know, it really makes it all don't confess that data that not every stroke. You can say I am believing God for that. We are under the sense of execution here in Esther, but God gets the last word and some of you need to stop putting all your attention on the left side of the sentence but there, and say, but God and talk about the possibilities that God has in mind just like that your problems Saints of God, look at the possibility.

What is it that God has given you that he might very well plan to turn into a miracle.

What is it among your possibilities that God might make a new career out of what is it that among your possibilities. God is going to work a supernatural work in your life.

You gotta look beyond your problems. Let me tell you Isaac in Genesis 26. Not long ago I preached from this passage limit revisited just for moment in Genesis 26.

Remember, the Bible tells you that God sent Isaac to a land that was in famine. Why would God have you in a land that is in famine because God can be pushy and sometimes he uses circumstances, challenges and crises to push you into your purpose God had a plan of Isaac. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He's the God does not abuse that aligned to bring Jesus to the world to save all of us.

So Isaac didn't gonna die in a famine so he's got a problem is in a famine, but he starts looking at the possibilities was the possibility the Bible says in Genesis 2612 that he was in a land but he sold them back.

Famine he sold in that famine.

That means he planted crops in that famine.

In other words, God gave them see problem is a famine. See the possibility what seeds has God put into your life. What is it that God might want to use you already have seaweed. Gotta stop saying what we don't have and start saying what we do have, and he said I don't have much but I do have seen so he sold that seed in the famine. He planted that seed and then the Bible tells you what God plans to do.

Miraculously, if you will do your part, God will do his part and as a result of Isaac sewing in that land. The Bible says that year. That same year of famine. He received a 100 fold crop an amazing bumper crop. God gave them because he sold what he had somebody needs to realize that is the God we serve the God of the harvest and you have to reap what you sow.

So if you don't so you are not going to read Moses was in a crises. Remember when he led the people out of Egypt after all those flags narrows our charges, get out of here and when they do God, harden the heart of Pharaoh, and he changed his mind. Psyche let all their free labor goal.

2 million people left there headed toward the Red Sea and Pharaoh God gave no change of heart. He hardened his heart. He said no I can't let that happen.

And so they came after the children of Israel, all 2 million of them are now being pursued by the Egyptian armies and in front of it was the Red Sea. I think that qualifies for problem God the Army behind you gotta see in front of you know him then by the mountains. Only the side.

So there is seemingly no escape. There is a problem. There is a big problem anybody ever been him then look like you're surrounded on every side all know how this is going work out with. You gotta remember Moses. Moses look to God.

God that was in your hand.

These are my staff you uses before someone use it again stretch it out over the water and wood.

Moses stretched out his hand. The lab over the water. You know the story when he stretched out that stick over the water.

As a result of his obedience, God part of the water. The Red Sea was parted. The water was up on two sides and God allowed his people to escape and a walk through the middle of the sea on dry land. Some people some skivvies.

I don't believe that see that that that's impossible what we serve the God of the impossible. In fact, impossible was not in God's dictionary is only in your dictionary. The God we serve is a God who can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or even imagine God is a God who can do anything but feel. Bottom line, my brother, my sister is God is going to bless you. But first you gotta look at your possibilities and not just your problem. God has a long history of turning problems into Providence pushing you into purpose. He did it for Esther and he can do it for you. But don't be surprised if his methods aren't quite what you would've expected Pastor Paul Sheppard joins me know from a studio in California best with a great offer that goes along with this message sure today tell us about the book your purpose is calling NY could help everyone listening today I'm really excited about this booklet because it's based on this concept of being pushed into purpose. The fact of the matter is sometimes God brings us into our God-given purpose through people just inspiring us like Paul was with Timothy or Barnabas was with John Mark but at other times God pushes us into purpose through trouble and trials and crises.

That's what happened with Esther and it happens in a lot of our lives. So this book was going to help people understand all of us were saved are called according to God's purpose.

We know that from the Bible but people need to take it seriously. You don't get to just skate through this life being aimless and carefree.

You're going to have to some things to do some lives to touch and some work to be done and don't plan on leaving this earth until you get it done. So this book was going to help inspire you and help you understand that even your troubles are pushing you toward what God has for your life will that reminds me of something your father say pastor Paul if you got a pulse, you've got a purpose and as you mentioned just now. Sometimes God may have to get us there the hard way. But that is better than not getting there at all. So is our way of saying thanks for your generous donation this month would love to send you the book the pastor Paul was just talking about your purpose is calling as we begin to recover from what has been a tumultuous time in our country and in our world.

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In Christ, you are destined for victory


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