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Something we have to be intentional about live by accident because prayer is not going to come easily. Prayer, circumstances, limited against prayer to be intentional about saying you know what I need to draw on God's power every day and throughout the day.
Jesus want you to hear his words and put them into practice. You know how you could do it. You just decide to follow and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California today pastor Paul takes us once again to the parable of the two houses, one built on the sand. The other built upon a foundation of solid rock along the way he'll offer some practical ways to build your life on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ stay with us now.
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How Saul came to be the great apostle Paul. Because the early church pray for him when he was persecuting them because the only church to at the end of chapter 2 after the day of Pentecost early believers continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and in prayer. They develop the habit of prayer in their lives and what they prayed about was persecution when it began to take place.
We know that from acts chapter 4 when persecution was first threatened Peter and John went back to the company of believers and said they are now threatening us that we continue to preach in the name of Christ, they are going to get us so the church pray you read it right there at the end of acts chapter 4, God gave them supernatural boldness so that they could continue to preach the word of God for their enemies and it was in the context that while Saul was persecuted the church. The Bible says that he was on his way to ask this paper that when he found followers of Christ, in Damascus we could extradite them and take them back to where they would be persecuted and on his way to Damascus, he met the Lord and it changed his life.
You know your enemies only one encounter with God from being completely different and so you want to play for them now understand if they refuse to submit their lives to the Lord God himself is going to be what your enemies, but he calls us to love them. He calls us to apply in the summer on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6 verse six, Jesus says when you pray going to close the door.
Your father was on scene and he sees what is done in secret will reward you is something we have to be intentional about live by accident because prayer is not going to come easily to me hates prayer against prayer, be intentional about saying you know what I need to draw on God's power every day and throughout the day, so I'm prayer life. I'm going to talk to God in my closet to talk to God when I'm driving in the car.
Sometimes you can have some good time not only in your closet in your time dedicated the motion, but as you go through your day.
You can practice the presence of God through prayer and you can talk to about the stuff going on on the job and in the hole in your community and whatever is happening in our nation. You can talk to God going prayer life. The Bible says the Lord sees in secret and he rewards openly understand that prayer matters, prayer accounts, and so we have to make the decision to play.
It is not going to happen accidentally happen as a result of a name prayer into practice. He said that about giving.
He said that about giving right here in acts chapter 6 beginning at verse 19 he says do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where mall and rust destroy and where please break in and steal. He says, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy with these do not break in and steal where your treasure is, there your heart will be also be a worshiper. Through the giving of your tithes and offerings has to be. Jesus says as a result of use that I'm going to invest my treasure in heaven. What is that mean a bank account when he says don't store some remains do not allow that to be where your heart is what you write. His purposes, you are building your life on sinking saying think about the environment that we live in right now is built on your portfolio. All my goodness you will build all people most miserable. But when you realize prison in anything except the Lord himself because he worked in my life is good pleasure.
And so when I give you my offerings. What you're doing. Jesus is putting your treasure in heavenly places. Invest my time in my offerings of the kingdom of God because I love God and I looked at him as my source is a decision you make will you know soon as I get financially set. I'm going to be a better giver. As soon as I guess that I'm going to become a tither know you will start typing when things get right. I start typing because towards begin to recognize that by giving him so I keep saying do not get spooky and spiritual pray about what you intend to manage it in a way that pleases him to make sound decisions and trusting that he will use this to glorify himself, but I began what you want to give him 100,000 when you give me 10 million call me but we do with I'm setting things up and worship him the way I communicate that my value in my trust is placed in God and so I begin to think that what we have is ours. We don't understand God in the first place, which is not yours. You never saw you all follow her's. So we set our affections on things above. It's a decision we make them belong to me. You feel differently when you realize you're managing what belongs to somebody else in the first place. If you think is yours.
The Tennessee of the beholders when it's hours back in the 90s when I first invited Bonnie Wilson to our church. The minister, she's a wonderful Christian author and and was speaking actively in those days and so she came to minister church one weekend we knew of each other, but we had not met the first time actually meeting and so when she came to town. A group of us to go out to a meal and we will fellowship in there at the table. Everybody ordered what they wanted. Then, while we were waiting for the food in the midst of our talk and fellowship. But he said now I just need you to know that I have this habit of eating something out of everybody's plate was given with a sense of panic because I have lived my life with Sophie about eating out, that is, you what you because I want to eat when my homes do not just mess so I know now say I'm with you I don't want my plate number is dishonest will be right back with more of today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul Sheppard to listen to any of Pastor Paul's recent broadcasts.
Be sure to stop by Pastor Paul.net any time to listen on demand. That's Pastor Paul.net or you can contact us for prayer or make a safe and secure donation to the ministry online and stay tuned after the message Pastor Paul joins me in the studio right now soliciting teachers arrested today's message store improve your life really like that you and fall just past the sampler glory exactly what I wanted. I suspect you did the same problem for me when I made sure she understood that I love you I will buy you anything on that menu you want. When my brand-new speaker and she has announced that she has a habit of eating out of everybody's thinking, but she's new are charged as we get to feel at home, but I want this lady in my head.
I'm sitting there thinking what in the world, Lord, what shall I do, because she knows me. She looked over my well you know it's really important to me that she feels at home, so I'm just going to get myself to other cell say okay when it comes over. They don't get shot down and I just mustered a smile on my plate. We had that feeling is because we feel like this is mine, so I'm entitled jurisdiction over this very different dynamic. If she had bought everything at the table at the table but this she's picking up the tab. Pay reach in different takes a small child or grandchild. What happens if you get the reach in and grab on to what is very different when you don't have a sense of ownership and I'm here to tell you the key to financial blessings and understanding God's plan for your financial resources to understand it's not your, it's is my time I'm giving back to him. What is the entrance to me and then he will bless me if I will be faithful and the five that you can do with a blast 90% then you can do with 100% because of the hearts worship you want to bless you.
I want to see your kingdom come, and you will done on earth, so it's a decision you make to be a worshiper through your generous giving of tithes and offerings decision you make to not worry. He said in Matthew 625 and they continue the sermon on the Mount said not about your life. I want to tell somebody. God has a plan for your life and it begins by saying, don't sweat it.
He says do not worry, Jesus said he is not going to change anything anyway. He says you can't solve your problems, but I will not about your life decision we make. If you are one of the people still worry about things that God says Jesus said this in the practice. While reading the problem and what challenges that's what prayer is for I take to the Lord. Everything that I will worry about instead choose to get those tears over to him. I said, here's something that I really want you to work out nothing I can do about it.
There is something you want me to do please make it plain to me as I read your work or meditate in your presence.
Speak to me and show me something I need to do the change in circumstance but to my knowledge, I can do.
Now I gotta put it in your hand and I want to call somebody to a life where you make the decision. I am going to stop worrying.
Gotta make the decision to do it will not leave your life will be absent unless you kick it out you have to walk your life and so you are no longer welcome here, and what you do is instead you invite prayer in and guess what Paul said when the Philippians he said about everything, pray about everything he said and the peace of God that passes understanding, will guard your heart and mind. You know that if you will worry out and bring then you will also introduce peace into your life, you can testify this season of my life been through some changes. God just holding me steady but I guess my mouth but I see God just holding me like this job just, you know what you will sell and you can use it been two or three years a go and start but now I'm just seeing God, give me a piece. Paul said that passes understanding that me the peace that blows your mind even makes sense of peace where you just see God keeping you, but you know yourself how it's happening.
I want to let you know that's a reality. But it's only available to those of us who worry out of our lives and replace it with prayer and trusting God to give us peace.
Jesus said in John 14 let not your heart be troubled, just make a decision.
Sometimes I'm not worry about this. I'm not going to sweat about this pain have to make the decision not worry about this.
I will not let myself be trouble to put this in the Lord's hands and to walk in peace. I'm not going to sweat it.
I'm not going to be bothered by this. I'm not going to get into it with other people. I just decided I'm living a better life in the next 12 months that I did in the past 12 months.
I can't predict the future but the future so his hand to rely on his grace and I'm going to put into practice his word. So I want you to make up in your mind what's going to be better about July moving forward that has been what make corrections are you going to make in response to his word. What things are you going to do because God says here is my will for your life. I want you to walk in this. What you will discover is that God will anchor your life through that faith and obedience so that when the storms come personal storms financial storms family storms family acting crazy, but the Lord has you in a better place. You see people making decisions around but God has you in a better place. You see companies and finances going crazy but God has you in a better place and you're able to experience his peace and his blessing and I will let you know that God when he sees that life of faith and obedience. He will respond by blessing you in ways that you didn't even know possible because where we did faith and obedience. God responds in supernatural power, and provision. I want to let you know your best days are ahead of you. If you decide to hear God's word and put it into practice. Thanks so much for being here for today's destined for victory message storm proof your life with a wonderful resource. It goes along with the message of her today to talk about that and the storms that life sometimes brings her way pastor Paul Sheppard joins me now from studio in California pastor. If the last 12 months have taught us anything it's that storms yes even pandemics are going to touch our lives in many listening today are dealing with the effects of a terrible time in our world and our heart goes out to them but give us some encouragement. How can we navigate the storms, absolutely. In Matthew seven I know most Bible readers are very familiar with it.
Jesus talks about the fact that there are two different ways you can build your life, and he says you can build like the guy who built his house on the sand or you can build like the guy who builds on the rock and the fact of the matter is I'm trying through this series and through this resource this month to help people understand storms are inevitable and some people see that as as unfortunate. I don't know that I do. Jesus just stated quite matter-of-factly.
He said storms are coming, I noticed this time when I was putting this booklet together. Jesus didn't hit anything about. If you live right. You won't have to worry about storms. You know when I hear people preach like that like what Bible are you are you preaching from Jesus said storms are coming. He said the storm blow on both types of houses.
The difference is the impact it has. And we will build right where going to see the ability of God to keep us even in the midst of storms like what were all going through in the time to prepare is before the storm comes absolutely, absolutely the best time to prepare for any wars in the time of peace and the best time to prepare for storm is right now because even if you are in one now you need to retrofit and make sure your life is built firmly on the rock, who is Jesus Christ because more storms are coming. But his plan is for us to endure and survive through it reminds me of the age-old question.
When did Noah built the ark. The answer of course is before the rain. Thanks for those words of encouragement.
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