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July 5, 2021 8:00 am
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I stop by on my way to heaven to tell somebody that when your blast your blast, but not everyone will like it. Not everyone will appreciate it. Not everyone will celebrate it because it sure as you do the will of God in your life you're going to discover that there are some people don't like it that is pastor Paul Sheppard and this is destined for victory. Well, if you're a believer in Christ and if you made a decision to pursue his will at any cost won't be long before your enemies show up today pastor Paul Sheppard takes us to the conflict between David and King Saul shows how to respond to our enemies as David's favor with God continue to grow, so did Saul's jealousy to the point that he put a contract out in David's life.
Stay with us now to see how David handled this delicate situation or visit pastor Paul.net to listen anytime on demand. That's pastor Paul.net you can also subscribe to the podcast Apple podcast is modified or wherever you get your now here's pastor Paul, today's destined for victory message dealing with haters. First Samuel chapter 18, beginning with verse five whenever Saul send him to do. David did it so successfully that Saul gave him a high rank in the Army.
This pleased all the people and Saul's officers as well. When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes as they danced base saying Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands. Saul was very angry. This refrained gold him they have credited David with tens of thousands he thought and me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom and from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David as we continue to learn lessons from the life of this significant hero in the pages of Scripture named David we come now to the season in his life where he is on the threshold of becoming a fugitive, not because of anything he has done buddies a fugitive because he is blessed of the Lord. I want to let you know that being in the will of God doesn't always guarantee smooth sailing and I'm bringing this message call somebody listening to it right now and I use the term somebody knowing full well that there thousands of somebody's who are going to need this word for either what you're going through right now or what is coming as the Lord continues to keep his hand on your life and I stop by on my way to heaven to tell somebody that when your blast your blast, but not every body is gonna be blessed that you are blessed. Not everyone will like it.
Not everyone will appreciate it. Not everyone will celebrate it and there are some people who, rather than being congratulated hers. They are what the young folk call haters and I want to talk to you about how to deal with your haters because it sure as you do the will of God in your life you're going to discover that there some people who don't like it. Now look at the context here we been, walking through the pages here in this season in David's life.
So if you been tracking with us, you know that God has raised up this young man and before he was even in the Army able to become a great warrior and ascend to greatness in the eyes of the people God already knew what he had in store for him, and as a young shepherd boy, he anointed him as the next king of Israel.
Well, the problem is. Saul is still on the throne. And Saul has been rejected by God. He knows this, by the mouth of the prophet Samuel, but he has not accept the fact that God has rejected him and he still on the throne.
So David has just been waiting this time and are waiting on God to do what he promised to do now in chapter 17 we Saul that David fought and killed a great Philistine warrior named Goliath, and although David wasn't even in the Army. He was but a young lad too young to be enlisted in the Army, God used him to slay this giant and the Bible goes on to say that after this, he entered into Saul's service so that David now is no longer his daddies shepherd boy. He is now a young man who has entered into the service of the king. He now lives there on the palace grounds.
He is now in service to the King and the Bible says here in chapter 18, that the Lord is beginning to bless David with success. He is so successful until he gets a promotion from Saul now before I move past that point. Those words I want to make sure we all understand a biblical definition of success because we live in a day when a lot of people call success a lot of different things and I need to remind you of truth as you live your life in this world where we get messages all the time that are not according to truth, the word of God. The Bible is your owners manual for living, and it is your definition of truth and so I got to constantly remind you so that you are in this world but not of this world. Success is not how large a house you live in.
Success is not how much money you make. Success is not what you drive success is not the size and the value of your portfolio. Success is not being married or being singled. Success is not being a parent for having no children. Success has nothing to do with your circumstances. Success has to do with the fact that you have found peace with God and you are in his will, success, pure and simple.
Being in the will of God. If you are in the will of God you are successful you say.
How is that success because when it's all said and done, the only thing that matters is whether or not you and I are in the will of God. That's all that matters when it said and done, it doesn't matter what your trappings are your circumstances are.
It doesn't matter what your reputation was. It doesn't matter what your rank and your profession.
Well, it doesn't matter if you were listed in somebody's Who's Who. It only matters if you are in the will of God. Jesus said on one occasion.
What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his soul. Please understand, success is not climbing the ladder that you see folks out here clamoring to get on top but they don't even know what building is leaning on and yet they are trying desperately to climb Bob quote unquote ladder of success. Many of them only finding when they arrive. That there's got to be more than this, so we must be reminded of that. So when the Bible talks about success, even if in the process of describing eight and individual success. It talks about what the Lord has blessed them with the operative term is what ever they received they received from the hand of the Lord, and he gave it to them because he knew they could handle it.
Some of us can have what we want anyway because when I prepared to handle it. Some of you if you got more blessings immediately. You would not be able to keep your perspective so God has to grow you and God has to build you and build an infrastructure of character and of seeking first the kingdom, for he blesses you even circumstantially as well. Some of us you might not want to hear this but some of you really need to see that the season you're in now is preparation and only when you get your kingdom first perspective, will God begin to bring other things that he has planned for you and your life. And so we must understand success is not about the bottom line. Success is not about what people think success has to do with being in the will of God, and David was in the center of God's will, as a shepherd boy as the slayer of Goliath and now in the Kings army and in the Kings service. He is in the center of God's will and as a result of living his life in the will of God. The Bible says he is successful, so successful until he gets a promotion from the king a high rank in the Army and the people were pleased and Saul's officers were pleased. And of course Saul was please he's the one who gave them a promotion but look with me at what happens. The Bible says when they come home from this victory and the giant has been slay the women came out of the towns to meet the king but he didn't like the little song that they say because while they are to him for being a slayer of thousands. They set up this new young warrior that he has slain tends of thousands and the Bible tells us here that when Saul heard this refrain in gold to him you ever been gold yet.
I have something get so deep under your skin until you can't shake it.
That's where Saul was. He was good and upset Sara Lee upset and the Bible says he became very angry and he expressed what he was angry about. Thank God he wasn't in denial see the same folk who are jealous but they in denial, envious, but in denial not to let you about people you know, envious, but therein denial, but they give themselves away wiser boys all high give themselves away. Saul's not in denial. He said these are singing about David there crediting him with tens of thousands and the only credited me with thousands if you want to live a life of joy and peace.
You got again out of the comparison business listing to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California iterate back with the second half of today's message. Just a reminder that you can always listen right in the palm of her hand by downloading our free mobile app. The app allows you to take notes on the days message order books and CDs to make a safe and secure donation search Destin for victory in the app store and downloaded today absolutely free will as David's popularity began to rise so that Saul's jealousy try to hurt David in three ways, which is what the heaters in your life will try to do this. Pastor Paul was arrested today's Destin for victory message dealing with haters. If you want to possess your soul if you want to be a person who is comfortable in your own skin. You have got to stop comparing your self with other people, and here's why. Because God made them who they are and God made you who you are and if he wanted you to be like them, you made you them and we always get in trouble when our lives when we compare ourselves. Among ourselves is a scripture that says that is not why it's not wise to spend your life comparing your self to other people. That is not the plan of God for you, God's will for you is to discover his purpose discover who he has made you to be. Discover the assignments he is given to you in this world and for you to fulfill them. Here is the goal for you to one day hear the Lord say well done good and faithful servant. Those are the words you want to be living for folks to tell you.
Well done because how many know some of the same folk will tell you. Well done this month. I bet you to put some button in their life that you to get under their skin.
You don't even have to do it on purpose but one slipup one thing here. Saul went straight from promoting him to persecuting him and their people in your life who are just that you can't for people as soon as you please them on one hand you will displease them on another you got to live in that sense of balance. You can't get a big head. When people sing your praises.
You gotta stay centered you got no to God be the glory for anything good in my life. I'm glad you're happy with me, but I'm not live in the please you. Also, you gotta get out of the pleasing people, business the best business to resign from. I promise you will bless your life when you get free from the need for everybody to be happy with you some of you are depressed because you just found out some folk are unhappy with you today been unhappy with you. You just discovered it is old.
You don't know yet what you do is just the way it does in this world, and especially when you have to do the will of God. There will be some folk who just line up in your life waiting to be displeased with you is just the nature of the beast. Whatever you're doing, you can't do it you seek to have a good attitude toward people bless them as much of the Lord enables you to bless them. But here's the way you live your life successfully in success is doing the will of God. What you do is stay centered on pleasing God and then see whoever else is happy.
That's what you do it on pleasing God.
And then if you're happy while God is happy, great pleasing God and your unhappy well so David has done nothing but be blessed, and yet the king now is very angry and he from that time onward told A jealous guy on David here's what I want to talk to you about before let you go.
Three things you need to be aware of that, the jealous people be envious people or as I'm calling it the haters will try to do in your life.
Number one, he sought to harm David number two. He sought to humiliate David. Number three. He sought to hand David over to his enemies. I would just walk you briefly through each of those points and I'll be done because when the haters show up in your life and some of you that already there. You just slipped out the church long enough to get free from the already there listening to a broadcast or CD you just talk take a little break. But the haters are waiting on you and let me give you the Bible says we should be ignorant concerning our enemies, devices, and let me let you know you can expect that haters in your life are going in some cases seek to harm you. In some cases seek to humiliate you in some cases seek to hand you over your enemies. How then do you deal with haters number one when they seek to harm you. Do what David did. He avoided Saul whenever possible. The Bible says I want to look with the passage at me because the Bible goes on to tell us the specifics of what happened.
The Bible says verse 10 of Samuel 18.
The next day. This day after this refrain and after Saul. The attitude the next day an evil spirit from God came forcibly upon so now what is that that simply means after the Lord reject Saul. He allowed him to begin to suffer the consequence of his own sin and disobedience, remember now sin and disobedience has consequence. We are not sovereign people can't live outside of the will of God without consequence. Sometimes the consequences are visited on you in this life, and short-term.
Sometimes there visited on you. Down the road in this life thing gotten by just because you may get away for little while because all of us are going to run smack into God. The Bible says in Hebrews 927. It is appointed once for every person to die, and after half the judgment and my brother, my sister one day everyone of us will give account of him or herself to the Lord and so were all running the God and so when you see judgment exacted in Scripture is that man God is cold, not at all.
Everybody within disobedience is living under a sentence. Whether you are executing that sentence right now is not the issue you have been found guilty by the divine court of God's justice and so in this case Saul does begins to serve his sentence for his unrighteousness and what is the Lord of the Lord allows an evil spirit to come upon him from time to time an evil spirit that torments him a demonic spirit that causes him to get into a crazy and outrageous frame of thinking and behavior in the Bible says that's what happens on this occasion. Verse 10 he was prophesied in his house. That doesn't mean he was certainly talking about the things of God, that word simply means that he was declaring he was speaking for a number of things, but because he was under the influence of this evil spirit. You can only imagine that he was speaking all kinds of hateful and crazy and profane thing ever run into a mean drunk. Well that's probably the kind of behavior that Saul was exhibiting here when some folk when you get a full alcohol you hear all kinds of craziness. And so here is this man under the influence of an evil spirit speaking all kinds of ridiculous things. They're calling it here prophesied in this house while David was playing the heart. David's job was to soothe him to help him to to comfort him and God used his heart on many occasions we saw earlier in our study God use that hard to be a blessing, but on this occasion Saul is so irritated until while David is playing his heart. Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it saying to himself. I'll pin David to the wall but here's the verse I want you to see, but David alluded him twice this and if somebody hates you, believe him when someone throws that they don't like you take him at face value because Christians bless our hearts. Christians are weird. Some of us get mixed up. We don't know when this time the grant and when it's time to run a sloppy copy and you think the answer to everybody who hate she was just all love a woman and hug him and all that. No, there are people who are plotting your demise. And so you can be actively openly loving toward them and David started out that way.
He's planning to help the man but when somebody raises a javelin in your direction from God for you moron. If you have haters in your life today. If you feel powerless 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 us feature to share your request that's Pastor Paul.net while you're there, be sure to ask for your free copy of Pastor Paul's monthly letter of encouragement which comes at no cost or obligation. Will our ministry here destined for victory is a simple one to lead people to faith in Christ and to help them grow in that faith. And because we know you share that desire. Pastor Paul invite you to help by sending the generous gift today.
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This great resource will help you learn to deal with the time period between God's promise and its fulfillment as you follow along. You discover three lessons from David's years as a fugitive that will help you handle your season of waiting in a way that prepares you for the promise God has ready for you that's finding strength in tough times our gift to you today by request for your generous gift to Destin for victory call email@example.com to make a safe and secure donation online and you can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. Again, the addresses destined for victory. Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 what you do when you're haters try to humiliate you. You've got to exhibit stronger character and not give him don't allow people to humiliate you instead you practice humility you cannot humiliate me if I walk in humility. That's tomorrow.
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