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The Danger of Being Misled

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May 20, 2021 8:00 am

The Danger of Being Misled

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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May 20, 2021 8:00 am

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

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I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance.

Nevertheless I have this against you tolerate that woman Jezebel by her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality. I have given her time to repent, but she is unwilling hello and welcome to this Thursday. Addition of Destin for victory.

Always glad to have you with us. Well, that was pastor Paul Shepard reading for the book of Revelation portion of God's message to the church.

If I retire this was a vibrant and growing body of believers, and yet the enemy still gained inroads that threatened to cripple its members today.

Pastor Paul talks in depth about this cautionary tale on the reminds us that even the most faithful committed Christians can be led astray, stay with us now. But remember, you can stop by Pastor any time to your recent Destin for victory messages on demand. That's Pastor must join Pastor Paul knows he shares today's Destin for victory message. The danger of being misled this message I want to talk to you about the danger of being misled the danger of being Miss lead as we come to this word to the church in Thyatira, we see that the Lord introduces himself with some of the same language that we saw in chapter 1, as he show John who he was and we see that he has eyes like blazing fire in feet as bronze just depicting in that picturesque language. The fact that the Lord sees all and that the Lord covers all ground.

There was nothing hidden from him with whom we have to do, and if they weren't convinced by the title.

Then when he gets into the message there really convinced that he knows was going on and I want to remind you as we looked at the other words to the church is God knows what's going on, not only in their church and in their lives. He knows what's going on in our churches and in our lives as well.

And so we opens with again a word of commendation.

It is wonderful that whenever the Lord could he gave these churches something that he could've found them about. And here he says I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and I know that you are now doing more than you did at first. So he applauds them he applauds them first for their love.

I don't want us to assume that just because they got applauded for their love that I can just kinda ride in on that. So let's take a moment and take a little personal inventory here and see what the Lord would have to say about these areas of our own lives. First of all let's talk about how is your love life not all know not romantic love life. I know some you sound sure glad you not ask about that. Truly pitiful know he's asking how is your life will be people remember the great commandment is, thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and you shall love your neighbor not your favorite neighbor you show body in your sphere of influence as your self.

So how's your love life not just your body, not just goals your New World dogs those that you hang with those that you travel with vacation with those that you have your barbecues with those that come in over Memorial day. No, not that cruel.

How are you doing with people who have worked in your nerves. I don't think I have to tell you that they are some people who do you mean they are almost unwilling to get on your nerves.

How can they know exactly what know exactly what things to say how can they know irritate me when I'm in a good mood influence like that on your job in the community that family life is the question that we got to embrace and engage with how are you not only had love and hope you like you and loving people who have actions and idiosyncrasies and habits and all that works, and shoes and challenges of various UN loving goals will and the reason why this question comes up because were told we are commanded to love every body you can't pick and choose the people you decide to love and follow the Lord. He said if you love them and we know that God so love the world, not just the world, and I spoke not just world issue free folks. If there are any not just a world of cute people, not just the world. When you trails okay what would you love to spend an evening with not just the people on that list UN loving people that if you had to spend them. You would have to go into prayer to prepare your heart and your mind stretch my hand a big no no, those are the people with all the love not just the folk that you like you got a little people like that with the wooden meeting with them things, but loving the person is a quality that you have to get from God because he so love them sent what they do. That is unlovable and people you are called to love who are not very lovely and were called to love them anyway. The Bible is extremely practical. It tells us to love people actions not just go to get me. I can tell by the way you're talking that there's some problem there. And so the question is how are you, 11 people.

He commended them for their love some of us that would be on the commendation list and we have some work to do any commencing for their faith. Faith, of course, that character trait by which we are to live.

The Bible says the just shall live by faith.

What does that mean that means that by putting our trust in God, day in and day out living by taking God at his word. Living by walking with him in faith and in obedience.

The just shall live. And if the rating system of the child of God. We live by faith is the way we do. Life we are called to do with trusting God, how are you in the area of trusting God with your life with your day-to-day affairs and a lot of people want to trust God with a nice little pile of things that you have pulled out of different areas of your life and you want God to take care of those and then you want God to stay out of the rest know that's not walking by faith.

Faith is high. Practice God's presence I know is in my life and he's not here was a bystander. He's here as Savior and Lord save some of us want the Savior.

But we want to Burger King Christianity we want to order the Savior hold the Lord please find norming and doorbells hold the Lord. I'm not interested in him being Lord I'm not incident him being in charge of my life in my day-to-day up as I don't want him in my relationship. I don't want him in my finances. I don't want him when it comes to my career decisions. I don't want him when it comes to deciding whether or not somebody or exact remains on somebody. I don't want him in those areas but I have a nice meat little pilot, Jesus would just handle this work that way because he is Lord of all or he's not Lord at all.

And we know he is Lord so you can practice this partial customized Christianity smorgasbord Christianity where you pick and choose the elements you want.

Stay with us the second half of Pastor Paul Shepard's message is coming right up. But first we want to thank all of you who support destined for Victor with your prayers and financial support, gifts that help Pastor Paul share the joy of the gospel message with a growing audience.

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So please prayerfully consider making a gift to destined for victory today. Give online safely and securely from our website. Pastor or give us a call at 855-339-5500 again that numbers 855-339-5500. In Romans one verse 17 the apostle Paul writes for the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written, the righteous will live by faith for more and what genuine faith looks like a string. Pastor Paul for the rest of today's message. The danger of being misled living by faith means I trust him every day with everything I'm giving him my stuff there as well.

Not only surrendered at least some engage with him dealing with those issues. I'm not like he is not Lord I know that he is in charge of all things and so I'm walking by faith means you put your complete trust in him got understand that it's about trust. Faith isn't just some mental assent. Yes, I believe such and such trust means I am fully committed back in the 18th century there was a man who made his reputation. Being a daredevil by walking across on a tight rope walking from the New York side to the Canada side of Niagara Falls and he did it several times and in several different ways and he just built her a great great reputation was known as the great Blondin and built this great reputation. On one occasion, he not only tightlipped all the way across, but he took a wheelbarrow tight rope across Niagara Falls. He went over with an empty wheelbarrow. Then he came back and ended wheelbarrow was a sack full of potatoes from the other side we got to that side.

He said I want to go back again said to the crowd as if you believe that I can traverse this again without falling in all of them raise their hand. He said okay who's willing to get into the wheelbarrow, you can't talk about God in the wheelbarrow you have to be willing to get in the gotta be willing to send all of me every area of my life if I don't I'm going down would you. That's crazy, commended them for their love. He commended them for their faith, he commended them for their service.

What on earth are you doing for heaven's sake, what on earth are you doing for heaven sake, that sounds like a slogan but think it through. What here and now. Are you doing that matters in heaven. You'd be surprised if we don't live contemplative lives if we don't think through issues. You'd be surprised how mundane oriented house right now oriented. We can all be in the fact of the matter is we are called to make a difference on that matters in heaven. When Jesus taught us what we call the Lord's prayer. He said played by kingdom come, thy will be done just like it's being done in heaven in heaven.

It's all about what God wants into many cases, it's all about what we and sold them has become a shift where you begin to live. I have been oriented. Life what I'm doing in my day-to-day life that matters in heaven.

My loving in my day-to-day life that matters in heaven. That's what he talks about when talking about service when he is talking about because he is talking about people who are living in such a way to make a difference on earth for all eternity.

So when we serve people we serve people in his name for his sake.

We are called to do good.

Just because it is good. I mean, it's better than not doing good at all, but we are called to do good for his sake. The Bible says in Ephesians 210.

We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do this, something God wants you to do that matter to him. How well are you getting your work done. I will are you serving the needs of others.

Our church and every other church needs many, many more people to step up and say I will give some of my time I try to be a very practical pastor, I asked people to not only tied your income to the kingdom of God but tied your time, your waking hours to the kingdom of God. Take some time and say of all the waking hours all the hours cannot balance how much sleep you get in a given week every week as 168 hours and then all of us get some amount of sleep during the course of that week when you are awake take those hours and just the bottom by 10 you given at least that much time for things that matter in heaven. Many are you given that much time to worship and service and helping other people and growing in your walk with the Lord.

We got a start investing our quality time and things that matter. Beyond this life because one day you're going to realize in the presence of God. It didn't matter where you live. One day you're going to realize it didn't matter how much money you had.

It didn't matter what you drove matter what your name was in what will matter is, do you know him and did you do well, little matter now when you get this kind of orientation right you realize that God will use what you have blessed the work of your hand. Many of us to be able money so that we can dedicated the purposes that matter to God and not just consume it on ourselves. God, not against what you have against it having you drive a nice car live in a nice house and enjoy your life to great vacations and all that as part of your kingdom orientation don't let anybody make you feel bad.

I refuse to let both make me feel bad for enjoy life. What you think God put me here for, but in the course of that be about my father's business because when it's all said and done, what does it profit a person a big old world and lose his soul. The gotta keep a kingdom priority.

Gotta make sure that you understand everything God gives me. It is not only for me to be blessed but also for me to be a blessing to give your time and service. Dedicate your time to the Lord in service and spiritual growth and development. He commended them for their perseverance. How well are you doing at pressing forward in the face of opposition. Some of us only do well when sun is shining in our lives and everything is going well. You wake up sing at all. What a beautiful morning oh what a beautiful day.

I have a feeling everything is going my way. But on those other days where the clouds are hanging low in your life where it is not fun and not feeling happy at the moment.

Well are you doing it sitting through keeping your focus. Keeping your eye on him, looking unto Jesus the author sure of my heart right now God but I'm coming on through your help, I'm going to press through when the standard of God against them. The blood of Jesus and press on through you doing at resisting pressure with more pressure brings your way. Suppose the pushback heart of any points to about retrieving. I'm only about advancing on the winning side backing me up going on tenacity. You gotta be able to suggest to check in for our own good.

Let God put some fight in you even about personality, you tend to be a little timid. That's okay, God will probably not change your personality and your general life. But when it comes to your spiritual. You are not going to hold another gear. I don't care how timid you are and your personality is what I'm telling you know what they're saying they just whisper that's all right but when the battle shows up you better go to Holleran here. You gotta tell the devil way to go, drawing the map so I won't get lost. Gotta take authority walk in authority persevere press your trouble and don't backup for the enemy.

If he gets a good shot every now and then. If you're not careful. That's what about us is walk circumspectly every now and then he'll get your from a blind side not the devil or life itself just knock you down.

But when you succeed you back some time down that they finally seen that dynamic filing for you. I've always enjoyed a good boxing. You see somebody favored nobody thought they were just playing around on Alisha: all that now.

Now seeing them look on their face all go to McAfee land me know what you see them on the ground on the ground sometime to make some point you punch was that that they hit me with so far man, I'm so embarrassed. My family looking at me. My kids wanted to come see the fight. They see Danny down on the you got to get away with you. You know sometimes it takes getting knocked down to realize you are in a fight. Now is the season for getting back up putting on the full armor of the living God in picking a fight of your own as you prepare for battle. Remember victory has already been won by Jesus Christ.

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Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 careful who you are taking lead from just going to sing your decision in influencing your lifestyle choices to follow any old body and end up in the right place so he gives a word of admonition excision, tolerating that woman Jezebel was this first century, Jezebel, and how was she able to wield so much power over the children of God. The answer comes your way tomorrow and Pastor Paul Sheppard's message danger of being misled. 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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