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Don't Buy the Lie

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May 18, 2021 8:00 am

Don't Buy the Lie

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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May 18, 2021 8:00 am

An examination of the message God gave John for the church at Pergamum. (Included in the 7-part series You’ve Got Mail.)

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Features of relativism, foundational truth that God is the foundation of everything that the Bible is the truth about the truth on today's destined for victory hello and welcome to another great tip teaching with pastor Paul Shepherd, Senior Pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California as we continue our study Revelation were going to move along to God's message to the church of Pergamum the third of seven letters recorded by the apostle John when he received a revelation from Jesus Christ.

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Don't buy the lie is Pastor Paul. We arrived now at the word that God gave to the apostle John by the appearance of Jesus on the island of Patmos where John was in exile and he said I want to write down. I want to take dictation as I give you a word to share with churches when you return from exile and we have already taken a look at the words that were given to the churches in Ephesus and in Smyrna now will live word to the church in Pergamum and here the Holy Spirit says in the Scriptures that this is a word from him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. Of course you know if you have just a cursory knowledge of the New Testament. You know that when you see that term the sword and spiritual language you are talking about the word of God. We know that not only from the book of the Revelation. We also know that from Ephesians chapter 6 where the apostle Paul told us that were not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness, against spiritual wickedness in high places, so he tells us put on the whole armor of God and what he begins to list the arm of God.

One of the things he says they are in Ephesians chapter 6 is in the gotta make sure you have the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. We also know from Hebrews chapter 4 that the word of God is quick, and powerful. It is sharper than any double-edged sword, and so we know that this is a word from him who have the sharp, double-edged sword. None other than Jesus Christ himself. He says in my mouth is my word and my word determines the will of God.

When God speaks to us. We know what he wants. We know God's will by what God says and so God out of the mouth of Christ and his apostles lets us know what the will of God is so right away he is saying to this church is a word from him who has back powerful final word in his mouth.

I want you to realize that God is saying to this church and to us today. When I speak you must take heed, because I'm speaking are divinely inspired word to help you understand how to live in accordance with my will, why because the word of God is what is going to judge us in the in.

I want to let you know you are headed toward judgment. I am adding toward judgment the Bible says that the judgment what are we going to be judged by what we thought how we felt.

What I told us know we are told were going to be jobs by the word of God and so he is letting this church know that this is a word from him who has back powerful and the word in his mouth and other words you want to do understand this word to the church at Pergamum is you want to understand that God is making clear my word is simply my work is to be held up above any and every opinion of man saying is, God said it, I believe it, that settles it, and we like that say that I know we mean when we say it because if you believe the word of God, then you will be blessed by but if you want to be accurate. Gotta take out that middle foray. The accurate statement would be, God says it, that settles it. Whether you believe it or not God's will is for established in heaven. When God speaks, he's not saying what you think about that. How do you feel about that pass out a survey. Let me know what everybody thinks when God speaks it is so. In fact, you're in a universe established by the word of God. He stepped out into nothing and 7B and it was through God's word that all that has come into existence has done so the word of God is powerful. The word of God is the affinity and it will judge us in the end. Now this is where we have to start going understand this letter because he is saying I am not speaking something that you can take heed to. If you want or you can discard if you want the word of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword toward him him who's now declares the will of God and the word of him whom will judge us in the in and so this is one of those messages where the gotta buckle down and see what is your will for our lives. How do you want us to live our lives because it is the word of God that establishes the will of God. Now take a look at what he goes on to say, first in verse 13. I love the fact that in most of the letters to the churches of Revelation and to the church today.

Most of the letters began with some word of commendation. I love that before God hit you with the right set you up with the left something to affirm. Gotta find something to encourage about what you're doing to do as well. God says it, and here he tells this church. He said I know first of all, where you live.

In other words, I know the challenge of the city you live in. He describes it as a place where Satan has his throne.

What's he talking about about the fact that there in Asia minor or Roman Asia. Today, it would be Turkey in that particular area. He said I realize that Satan has his throne that there are some real spiritual enemies that you're facing their because this was a town that had bold emperor worship. I told her one of the other letters that there was emperor worship going on and some of the towns where they literally worship the guy was Caesar at that time was ahead of Rome at that time they had Emperor worship.

But on top of that here in this town. They also had idolatry to the Greek gods God such as Zeus and other popular Greek gods and sold their lives were characterized by loss worship, whether they worship Caesar on a throne whether they worship Zeus or one of the other false gods was worship that was not worship to the true and living God, and he said as a result of people being in false worship. Satan has his throne because Satan always has interest in you worshiping anything or anybody other than God himself. So he describes it as a place where Satan has his throne and he says I know that's where you living he said yet you remain true to my name. You remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Oedipus, who was one of the martyrs from that church.

He said that faithful witness, who was put to death in your city simply because he was my child. He was a leader of my church and he was put to death in your city. You remain true to my main you did not renounce your faith in me. Let me tell you something we're in 21st century America and William the charts on this time To realize that God has called the church down through the generations to remain true to his name. Why his name because his name is the only name in which we find salvation for 12 salvation and other more.

There is no other name under heaven. Among men, whereby we must be saved for the gospel message begins to divide the men from the boys so to speak is where if you're a true follower of Christ, you got understand that when your true to his name and hostile environment. That means I don't care who knows worship exudes rules worshiping Caesar as an atheist or agnostic around me. I am for the name of Jesus because in that name I find salvation. I want to let you know remain true to the main name represents his character.

That's why he says your true to my name, nor to know who I am.

My character your to do my real identity in a world where people don't mind being religious.

Don't mind being spiritual but same name as the one we must worship took away the second half of today's destined for victory message with pastor Paul Sheppard is coming right up. We want to thank all of you who sustained destined for victory with your prayers and financial support, gifts that help Esther Paul share the gospel with a growing audience destined for victory is a listener supported ministry right now as we recover from the pandemic and the challenges of the past year. Your help is needed now more than ever.

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Call 855-339-5500. That's 855-339-5500 or give online. The pastor Do you know the easiest way to turn truth into a lie. Just add water, that's what we have today in our postmodern culture.

A watered-down version of the truth may go down little easier. These people further away from the truth. This pastor Paul with the rest of today's message. Don't bind a lot.

What you say well you know that fine for you but when you declare that that is the way for every body. That's the problem I have, well I'll pray for you and your problem.

I can't help that you have a problem with the name because that's the only name by which we can be. Say Jesus himself in John chapter 14 verse six he said I am the way, I am the truth I live no father but by me that from the mouth sores no father but by him to bring something different. He called me to preach is wired and is not one of the way you not part of the truth that he is the life.

Not one of the ways by which you can tap into eternal life we live free choice and opportunity and you just pick and choose what you want to believe.

And now you will believe it not matter what you believe as long as you're sincere in your belief that the Greek word for that baloney course it matters what you believe because there is a way 1412. That seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death. The Bible says it matters what you believe, which is why God sends his will so that we can know his truth and he says that this charge by way of affirmation you remain true to my main when we help people who have addictions in our ministry and we have them in recovery and believing God for deliverance from the bondage that they have been in. We are very clear when not teaching you about some higher power. You can just grab any old power you want. His name is Jesus name is Jesus not know these days on talk shows and all to be politically correct people even if they want to say something about deity. They'll say you know God or whoever it is you worship God as you perceive God to be trying to make people feel good by spread that all out. We just call it God and then whoever you think that is go up and grab not always gotten you can just call me at any old thing in the Hollis town.

That's not know some Stephen's wonderful when you call them to call me back here. Why because that's not my name. That is not my identity. My parents said that forever settled in heaven, and Paul Sheppard. I was at the airport the other day when I checked in for my flight. The man I said yes I am. He said you don't have to be what a name like Paul Shaffer settled that yes I was name for the Paul.

The Bible my middle name comes from one of my dad's friends throughout his lifetime, and one of my mentors, Dr. James O. Massey was a wonderful lotion and scholar and preacher of the gospel and so Paul Sheppard was my surname came from a family and what have you. And I'm decent you had to be a bridge. I said yes God would let him know you before I did. Call me when I didn't want to ship. I had the name name identifies identity who the person is and he says you remain my name, there is no general higher power, some general force and you can describe it anyway you want know well that have been communicated wired to come over and play one of those you know and inaugurations all pray for Congress before this estimate that the person in order to be politically correct. We need you to not name Jesus in your prayer and all that he wasted his time conversation with somebody talking to somebody called them by name aggressive to me if you want to get around five in the name name name is Jesus. You are true to what I am name represents your true identity and he has a name. His name is Jesus is our Savior secure the subject about the thing that bothers a lot of people want to believe that truth is subjective and relative features of relativism throughout your life.

But there are some foundational truths that God established before the foundation of the world. They are true with everything that the Bible opposes them is false and that will never change, and God declared that just to make residence in the natural sodas in the spiritual CMH of certain foundational truth that God established any credit for the Bible says the glory of God and his Majesty to know that God put some things in nature and how do you know where north is, know where north is because God put it in nature. You can just grab a little cheap compass and it will show you where do is grab your North is not necessarily my north what I resent, just because you have found that north to work for you, doesn't mean that that is the north have to live by that would make sense in nature only way you can get what you think you're going to have some real direction in the middle of the ocean and think you can decide where north is, and see where you land that in the sky above everything. What you can chart things by the layout and where north is not how they navigate by actual ordinance that have been established before God said, let there be no Gramps and if we think it is.

That's why we live in such confusion. Let me illustrate before, let me do it again. The count of three. I want all of you to point north not think where we were sitting near the sanctuary, and so think now that lots out there alright so, 3.121.5 no you know you do because we don't establish creation right now gentlemen, this is north and point in the direction and guess what right and everybody will like it is wrong. Some things are foundational truth. God is saying to discharge your true to my name. I have a name I have an identity. I am not Zeus.

I am not Caesar, not God. God, which makes them, because God do not back down people when they resent the fact that you claim to serve the true living God, that's exactly when needed himself to be the way the truth and life throughout redemptive demonstrated it with his election, so there is no debate worth having.

Jesus Christ is the way and he said to remain true to my name. You haven't renounced your faith in me says I have a few things against you.

Please complement again the best, many good now let's talk have a few things against resent you have people that will hold to the teaching available who taught bailout to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicollet attends and then the next word is there direction, repent, he says I need you because you are tolerating something that you should not bring. We live in a culture in which almost every institution has launched an all-out assault on God's truth. The educational system, the political system, the entertainment industry. Truth is being attacked on all sides. Every day, every hour, every minute. That's why listeners like you are so important. Your support of Destin for victory and other like-minded ministries makes it possible for the absolute truth of God's word to be preached all over the world, thanks in part to friends and listeners like you Destin for victory now errors in more than 400 stations around the world lives been dramatically transformed.

Many who profess their faith in Christ and yet there are still so many left to reach as you help us do that with your generous gift this month with the gift of her own to share with you pastor Paul's booklet traits of a virtuous woman based on Proverbs 31. This booklet dives into some of the ways that godly women can have a profound impact in the lives of their families and all those around them. Women will find biblical instruction and what a godly woman looks like and others will be strongly encouraged to honor those women who have sown seeds of wisdom and grace into their lives. That's traits of a virtuous woman booklet from Pastor Paul in our gift to you today by request for your generous gift to Destin for victory. Call 855-339-5500 to give over the phone or visit Pastor to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 tell somebody who has some personal progress trying to curse the good things that are happening in your life path.

That's tomorrow in Pastor Paul Shepard's message. Don't buy the line but until then, remember he who began a good working you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory

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