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Lessons from the Battlefield, Part 4

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June 21, 2021 8:00 am

Lessons from the Battlefield, Part 4

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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June 21, 2021 8:00 am

Examining David's conflict with Goliath to gain insight on how to fight and win with spiritual warfare.

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Battles hassling with people all along the shore battle presupposition you your heart and mind and do what the Lord has put on your heart to do. That's Pastor Paul Sheppard and this is destined for victory. Thanks for making this part of your day. If you are a believer in Christ made a decision to pursue his will in the matter the cost won't be long before your enemies show up will say you have no chance that you're not good enough you should live your life by common sense incentive uncommon for today. Pastor Paul take you once again to be early life of David as you follow along. You'll see how he handled his critics made the decision to accept Goliath's challenge. Stay right here or visit Pastor Paul.net to listen anytime on your schedule. That's Pastor Paul.net you can also subscribe to the podcast Podcast that's modified or wherever you get your podcast now is Pastor Paul. Today's destined for victory message lessons from the battlefield studying the life of David when he was but a young man as we continue to learn lessons from the battlefield and we are learning lessons not only for historical value, but when learning lessons that we can apply to our lives and so we are in first Samuel chapter 17 and I'll catch us all up and then will look at some verses along the way as I wrap up this particular section of our series, we have looked at a few lessons from this chapter. First of all, we saw that challenges and conflicts are inevitable just as sure as the Philistines gathered for war with Israel.

So you when I have enemies that we must face as we seek to do the will of God in our lives and as I said in the early part of this series is no such thing as victory if you're not willing to be in a fight and so challenges in conflict are inevitable. Number two.

We said become familiar with the enemy. Paul said in second Corinthians 211. We are not ignorant concerning Satan's devices and we have to learn to become familiar with the ways of the enemy of our souls. And when I'm only talking about the spiritual enemy, Satan and his demonic forces. You also have the enemy of your own fleshly desires that war against God's plan for your life and the fact of the matter is you have to become familiar with not only the tactics of the devil, but you have to become familiar with your own stuff your own issues and I challenge the send that message to get out of denial become familiar with your own stuff so that you can be fully surrendered to God and enjoy the victory that he has for you now in the last message we looked at 1/3 point as well, which is to see every enemy through the eyes of faith that when you look at verses eight through 11.

The first Samuel 17.

What you see is Goliath standing out in the valley defined the armies of God bring you will fight me. He overcomes me. The Philistines will serve you, but if I overcome him, you will serve us and he stood out and buy them every day.

But the Bible says because the Army us all was only focused on Goliath rather than on their God.

The Bible says they were dismayed and terrified that if the truth be told, some of us are in a state of discouragement. Some of us are disillusioned and some of us are terrified at the thought that our lives are not going to get any better than they are right now, but I showed up to tell you, the devil is a liar.

The devil is a liar and you got a call in the liar he is the one person you can talk about all you want, and you won't get in trouble when God W a liar. And if you had a moment she be allowed to live and when he tells you when he stands in the valley of your life and you and says you'll never become anything for God.

You'll never get over your hangups. You will never get over your besetting sin, you will never have joy and peace and righteousness reining in your life, the devil is always going to walk up one side of you and down the other. You all will be frustrated and disgusted and and and is then messed up and jacked up. He is only saying what God says is your inheritance and what you have to do is look at him through the eyes of faith and when you do, you'll see that he's a defeated foe, what happened was Israel stood there excited on and whatever you fixate on your enemies.

You magnify them you blow them up.

You make them bigger than they are and that's a general rule in life, whatever you give the most time and attention to.

That's what becomes magnified.

That's what becomes the preoccupation of your mind of your heart and that's why the Bible says all magnify the Lord what that means is you gotta learn to make God as large as he is and when you learn to magnify God.

When you learn to see your enemies through the eyes of your enemies shrink in size and in power but Israel. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them did learned a lesson and so we see them in verse 11. Quaking with fear that standing there looking at this giant buying them and they are all terrified, but I came to tell somebody. God has not given you a spirit of timidity God has given you power and love and a sound mind is time for somebody to shake him or herself and say I'm tired of living underneath my privilege tired of having an inheritance. I don't claim God save, Victor went live like undefeated when it's time for me to experience the victory instead of the agony of defeat. Now you don't know what that time, either because you're too young, but some of us know the Lord help me forget all about being denial here for minute 40 and over.

Y'all soon as you rightly say the thrill of victory and the people you know exactly what I was talking about these young bucks don't know anything about what we just say 20, let you mean by that. God bless your heart. We know that we grew up in the day so you don't know anything but cable TV and DirecTV and dish and oldest of your know about still put in the house and then all this and we grew up in a time when there was no DirecTV, no cable TV and had to come liar, your neighborhood, all you had to do was go to the store just self television and set up on a desk somewhere in your living room, family room, it hadn't been for the antenna on the top. Somebody had to do was on the television itself. Everything else I'm talking back in the day. Now everything else good.the antenna signal of the mobile station in your community, just by virtue of living there came in for free. Not only a few channels now come on just a few channels, but you got and you could watch whatever it was all back in the days when you had no VCR about people that absolutely one people that would mean VCRs back in those days you missed you just missed it. Talk to me. Somebody I remember back in the day when the Wizard of Oz was one of my favorite movies of all time would come on, about once a year was gone when I found out I missed it was all I got away year with Mr. when I went from black-and-white to color. Somebody open the door and see within. Remember that we got the kid between like me TV all your life was about and she opened the door after the storm blew the house all and when she opened the door all in the land's I was just amazed you missed that you just missed that you had to be holy in order to catch it and have satellite stuff all company and back in those days that was a show ESPN that was a show called why, thank you for my help. Thank you, why Lawrence loved it when it was first coming. No, because they would have these wonderful highlights of sporting moments and the man was giving the opening monologue and then he would talk about the thrill of victory you would see these big Tory a sporty moment and then he said, and they had to be of different feet and you see for failing miserably man followed all over the snow long skis. Somebody knows what a day. What are you going to be a why the AZT. Those were the days listening to Dustin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California right back with the second half of today's message. Remember you can always listen to Dustin for victory from the palm of your hand by downloading the free mobile app.

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You have detractors in your life.

People telling you that you're not big enough or strong enough to overcome your giants seal.

David had on his enemies, and the rest of today's message lessons from the battlefield once again is pastor Paul shimmering let me tell you something you need to experience the thrill of victory is timeout in your life to be saddled by the agony of defeat and it's time for you to learn to see enemies through the eyes of faith. That's what young David did that all the Army didn't do.

Now David, when you see him. In verse 26 Samuel 17 and I want to pick it up there. David went out just to bring his brothers were in the Army was still a shepherd boy at this time, he was still too young, but is that he sent them out with some food to encourage his brothers were in the Army Goliath standing out there day after day to find the Army of God's name is Joe Philistine. What you need to call your enemies circumcised Philistine job was going to be done for the man who killed him anything about his award for killing him to tell you that it is time for us to see what looked like I don't get that is over 9 feet tall, know the God we serve God we serve has promised us victory and that's all that matters.

And I want somebody to look at your enemies, not your naturalized but look at them through the eyes of faith to make a few more points and I will let you go numb before the fourth lesson from the battlefield.

Is this ignore your detractors ignore your detractors said pastor 10 detractors I'm not quite sure that's not a common word in my vocabulary. All right, let me give you this word ignore your haters.

You would me now all you are saying you'll never be anything ignore all the people who are trying to have victory and resent that you want to have victory.

Ignore all the people who are trying to go anywhere in their life and don't want to see you go anywhere that God has destined for your life who have no excuses, no faith, ignore all the people walk by sight and refused to walk by faith the people who talk about you coming and going all the people show up in your life just to make you miserable all the people would look like their mission in life is the get on your last nerve. You know now what I'm talking about the mission description that they lit by what you like to work on their get under his skin, or detractors because that sure my friend as you declare I'm going to walk in victory.

You are going to have detractors, but I have people come against you they will line up in your life they will show up if they have to I said before they have to.

They will come in from out of town into your life. Now they will make an effort to come into your life.

I've said before, is true, they will get on Travelocity orbits Expedia.com and they will look up a ticket to come into your life and your nerves think I'm tell you what I've seen, had to try to stay in a hotel nearby so that you get on my nerves. And you gotta learn to ignore your detractors that you have as soon as you decide to live for God, have detractors, and David's experience. Verse 24 Samuel 17 when Ellie affidavits his brother and him speaking with the men he turned with anger at him and said, why have you come down here now. The reason is I came to bring y'all some food jaw to be thankful why you come down here and when did you leave those few sheep in the desert think that when I got a little brother be a blessing to him, but he's picking on him and he's belittling what he does. Are you doing that to You will see love Grace could not say all you do is stand here and cry because of the lie.

You don't even have to give your detractors that much attention and so he asked with go sheep I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is and you came down here only to watch the battle but skip down to verse 32. David just said to Saul that no one lose heart, on account of this Philistine, your servant will go fight him and Saul said you're not able to go against this Philistine and fight them all away and he has been a fighting man from his you see that ship attention from his brother's brother, he went straight to Saul the person who could commission him to do what God appointed his heart to tell somebody that you're talking to the wrongful you are wasting all your energy on people who don't deserve your energy wasted all your energy trying to convince folks that you are going to be something you're going to do something with your life I'll never forget years ago when the Lord sent me out here I have some detractors in my colleagues in ministry had been say that boy went left Philadelphia and went out to California to be something and will never be anything be a big fish in a small pond little church leave the big church, one preacher said to be a little fish in a big pot so we decided to be a big fish in a little but make sure it gets back to you when talking about you will make sure that you get the headline and you get all the fine print on the mess in which you my most trusted colleagues.

People loved and respected and looked up to. I found more and more.

Some of them were just talking against me and say that I was just full of myself and had run out here trying to chase a dream. China be something to plan second fiddle to my father.

My dad's ministry. Well, the best assistant pastor.

Anybody could ever have, because they talk me over the years. Before you operate.

You have to learn the call operate and he taught me how to submit any chocolate low taught me how to take care of somebody else and when the time was right. The Lord himself sent me for and said I got for you to do on the other side of the coast was a God thing, but were determined to believe that it wasn't God at all that I was full of myself and the Lord taught me a note here that God can I get him please please answer them to respond to. Can I call them on the carpet talking about a fellow servant of God, please let me get and God said to me what he is saying that some of you right now about your detractors shut up your peace and there were times when I was in the presence of people were talking about me and running my name through the mud and just smile at him when they come over to you so you got to be kidding not persecuting you and find that principal when they smite you on one cheek, just turn the other one little keep talking about your house. Okay Lord I get another cheaper when I whip around have a backhand with you, holding you have any, Wednesday night and I'm here to tell you I got this in the laws that hold your peace to people sale thing. He said, let the work I do through your ministry speak for itself in all the years I have seen God discipline me and teach me to go low, people were dishonoring me and respect people were disrespectful toward me and not answer the criticisms I have seen God turn the whole talk about me, the worst come in recent years say I need to learn from you.

I need to see how to reach the law I need to learn some dynamics of ministry. When God called you he always equips you and if giants get in your way, the Lord will make you bigger or them smaller if there are giants in your land today. If you feel inadequate to overcome them. We want you to know that our ministry team is always happy to pray for you. Stop by Pastor Paul.net and use the contact feature to share your request that's pastor Paul.net why you're there, be sure to ask for your free copy of Pastor Paul's monthly letter of encouragement. Yours, at no cost or obligation.

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