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You'll get stronger, wiser, better automatically. You don't grow just because you get all the only thing that happens when time is you get all it's up to you if you also grow while you're getting older.
In order for your spirit to grow and be healthy. You need to put the right things in which you also need to get the wrong things out hello and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard in Ephesians 422 and 23. The apostle Paul tells us to put off your old self belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires and be renewed in the spirit of your minds.
Pastor Paul offer some practical advice about putting off the old self as he begins his teaching series embracing newness stay with us here or visit Pastor Paul.net to listen to Destin for victory on demand.
You can also subscribe to our podcast a Google podcast or wherever you get yours is Pastor Paul now in today's Destin for victory message junk removal for the sole being stronger, wiser, better requires that we are intentional about growing in some areas of our lives. You'll get stronger, wiser, better automatically. You don't grow just because you get old. The only thing that happens when time is you get old. It's up to you if you also grow while you're getting better and so fulfilling this name definitely is going to require that you are intentional about growing in some areas but here's what I want to say over these next few messages. It also means that know things will be added to your life and your lifestyle. You can't get stronger, wiser, better if you stay only fixated on what you do and what you know now you have got to add or allow the Holy Spirit to add new things, new elements, new disciplines, new opportunities newness is coming into your life you're going to get stronger, wiser, and better now what I want to do in this opening message of this short series is to let you know that there is a pattern is a process to this whole idea of growing and opening up to newness. So go with me to Ephesians 4. That's where I want to go Ephesians chapter 4 and I want you to see what I'm talking about when I talk about this pattern.
This process begin with verse 22, the apostle Paul says you were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness now in this chapter, the apostle Paul talks about how there are lots of good things he says in Ephesians 4 of your Bible reader, you know that as we read through the New Testament every year.
Those that follow my plan at destiny. You know if you're familiar with Ephesians 4 he covers a lot of key things he talks about the need to operate in gentleness and to get along better as the family of God teaches us how to walk in humility and those sorts of things. He then goes on to talk about the gifts God gives to the body.
God is giving gifts to every member of the body that he also gives gifts to the body in the form of what is commonly called the fivefold ministry apostles and prophets, evangelist pastors and teachers, then he talks about what our job is those of us in function in those offices. Our job is to help the body of Christ become mature so that they do the work of the ministry. It's really important.
Paul says the ministry isn't done by the fivefold ministry of the fivefold is to the church so that the church does the work of the ministry our souls to be saved not just by coming here basketball but by you being so equipped that where you work where you live, where you recreate, you are in life and soul and you are causing people to comment a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ pre-Sebastopol.
I'm doing the best I can with a hostile audience looking at me all right but the fact of the matter is I want you to know God is up to something in your life, and he says in Ephesians 4 you're a major part of it.
So when you get to this part of Ephesians 4.
It's worth noting know what he said you want to see three elements of what I'm calling the pattern or the process of becoming of embracing newness. He says your talk. With regard to your former way of life the way you live before you got saved. He said not a drink right. You gotta put off the old self. If you have a Bible you write in underlined put all your old self. That's the first part of the pattern process, then jump down to verse 23 where he says you got to be made new in the attitude of your mind. And then he talks about the newness. So here are the three things noticed a pattern number one putting off the old self. Secondly, developing a new mind and third putting on the new self. That's the pattern of you becoming the person God's going to make stronger, wiser, better, you gotta put off some things you gotta change your mind and you gotta put on some new things. You see it right there in the passage I did make it up the apostle Paul gave it to us there's a pattern there's a process to you becoming stronger, wiser, better some stuff. Gotta go. I know you think you're wonderful with some stuff. Gotta go. Secondly, you gotta develop a new mind, you can't take the old mine into newness because it'll mess up newness. I'm going to expound the stuff over these messages but I just need you to grab the process in the pattern right now. Now about the things in your life you already know, Lord, the Lord becoming for this.
Yes, he is coming for his gotta go. You are saved and all but I'm glad you didn't have to get straight before you got saved to the Lord, Savior first, then he straightens you out as you walk with him and so you got some stuff to put all your godson and mine were know all that has to take place and then you have some things that you got to put on. That's where the newness is coming into play.
So with that in mind, let me just make three points here in the opening part of this short series point number one putting off the old always requires intentionality, putting off the old always requires intentionality just keep it on the screen for 10 more seconds. If somebody wants to write it down, putting off the old always requires intentionality. Now I want you to think about your life. Are there things in your life right now that you already know need to be put off passively, sin could be said but it not have to be said remember the writer to the Hebrews he said, let us lay aside every what weight and the sin that so easily beset us is not always the same search. You gotta go on. Sometimes it is that it's something that displeases God something that's against his word in your life and he's saying just put that off, but not everything that needs to be put off is sin sometimes is just the weight sometimes is just something that's not going to help you get where God is taking you it's a hindrance. It is something that is not allowing for proper progress in your life so now are there things you already know, as you sit here and engage with me in this message are there things you can think of right now you say yeah yeah I know the Holy Spirit is coming for that. I got a deal with that.
Whether it's sin or not. I got a deal with that and if you are sitting there watching me or whatever position you are in and your witness in the service right now you say is not as I can think anything okay today what you do find somebody who loves you and who knows you and say I want you to have full permission for the next couple of minutes to tell me what you see as the things in my life and my words and my actions and my motivations and me what it means needs to go disaster and given permission to tell you the truth, because if you aren't aware that there is stuff that's a problem by itself. By the way, but if you're not aware that there are things that need to be put off.
Then let somebody who knows you tell you yeah yeah you know.
I love you and all and let them see the truth.
We all need folk in our lives who have permission to tell us the truth. You'll never get anywhere good. If all you do is convince yourself of everything you need people to help you get where God is taking you now with salvation came the ability to grow. It was built into salvation. Remember, something that the apostle Paul said in the book of Titus when he wrote his letter to Titus. He said the grace of God that appears to all men, and brought salvation teaches us to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Grace doesn't come to just save you.
It comes in to help you become the person God wants you to be. We love genocidal graces bear when I mess up. They covered me yes thank God it has that covering teacher, but grace does more than cover you race also teaches you grace is also what tutor grace is also an endowment of God's ability for you to become the person you know you need to be God wants you to be other people really wish you were you need to be in a pattern of growth and development, and you need to allow the Lord to introduce newness into your life coming up next. The rest of today's message junk removal for the soul with pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. If you've never stopped by our website pastor Paul.net.
I invite you to do so today, you'll find all of Pastor Paul's recent messages on demand plus a host of great resources that are online store, including books and DVD messages from Pastor Paul will also learn more about the ministry and about all the great things friends like you are doing through your prayers and financial support. That's pastor Paul.net and watch selected video clips subscribed Pastor Paul and YouTube for more details and links to all the social media sites. Be sure to visit Pastor Paul.net we are saved by grace through faith in Christ and we are sanctified by grace through faith in Christ. For more and what it means to put off the old self and embrace the new pastor Paul again with the rest of today's message junk removal for the sole are you tracking with me so far. I hope you are just hearsay. Yes, you're going to heaven. That's not an issue because of salvation. I'm ready to go when the Lord is ready to get me that's no longer an issue because of what Jesus did on Calvary. But while I'm here. His call is let that same grace that saved you also develop you also teach you how to grow teach you how to mature teach you how to become what you're not teach you how to get over some of your hangups teach you how to lay aside sin and weight that easily besets you and so I need you understand putting off the old is going to be part of all of our lives.
There is no single Christian I'm talking to and is not a preacher that's talking to you now can say I have no stuff to be put off.
None of us not about every body needs to not only grow and develop in some ways that already in our lives. All of us need to be open to newness that God will introduce some new disciplines. Some new habits. Some new patterns of thinking some new stuff is to come into your life.
God loves you like you are, but he loves you too much to leave you like you are. I know that hurt.
I know that her but you're going be all right. He loves you just like you are buddies are not trying to keep you the same way. That's why called following Jesus is not a religion. The world puts it in the category of religions calls it Christianity, but really Jesus could care less about really didn't come to establish a religion. He came to establish a relationship that would be life changing for all of us. So, if life changes and happening it all you're doing is singing and shouting and listening to messages and reading the Bible and get ready to go to heaven you missed the point he wants the body of Christ here on earth to be dynamic to be growing, developing, changing, becoming better if we are not becoming better, more dynamic of people who have a more positive impact in today's world we missing the whole point. That's why I'm so concerned about what I've seen in American Christianity. Right now there is this big focus on culture and all. What did one wall missing. Jesus didn't come to cursed people for what did no one wrong. Jesus came to establish real dynamic relationship so that they would have been sent to and have life change going on from the inside so they would become all that he's destined them to be. I agree with the endgame. We want to see people live in right get it on their but you don't clean fish. You haven't called and the establishment of the evangelical church today is busy trying to clean up the world. They haven't even one who I just made a bunch of people made, but oh well.
Fact of the matter is we gotta put some stuff off so that we can become the people he's destined us to be. We got junk we got stuff. Have you ever had. Okay you have a person had never seen somebody who has a room full of junk. Just a lot of stuff and have you ever seen somebody straighten up the stuff junk ever seen the items that you didn't stop me in a tone of voice. Have you ever said you would let me just straighten up the junk in this room and so you took to junk and you put it in nice neat is a nice pilot jump is another nice, Chuck.
It's organized. All right, so now I know well, junk is. Do you see how the bigger question is why is there junk come. John hasn't gone to where the junk spoke as because until you decide to get rid of the junk sin and waits and junk in your life stuff, attitudes, dispositions, wrong habit that all matter of junk and this first point is putting all the old always requires intentionality. You don't get better by accident. No one I've ever met has said I couldn't believe it. I looked up and my life was in such great shape that doesn't happen by accident.
It happens by intentionality by looking at the stuff that's got a change looking at the stuff. Where is some things have to go out some things have to be shut down in your life. Whatever the issues on your individual experience you need to be aware of the fact that God wants to introduce growth and development in some areas that are already there searching mature in some areas that already there goes there is a fundamental need throw enough the Disney maturity, but there are areas you gotta do some throwing out why because God wants to bring newness and I've been out something about the Lord. He doesn't bring newness when you haven't gotten rid of some old Miss he not going let you pound new old junk. God is not Amazon on high just gonna send you stuff and come your house in the box with the little smiley face on you not grousing about the stuff from heaven and you constantly getting shipments from heaven and old old junk is still there. God says this stuff. Gotta go.
Paul just said it. I'm not like in the past when you get that right here from the apostle Paul. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life to what all your old self healing so you want. Sadie said you are safe but because you are say best stuff supposedly former way of life and some of us have in its current way of life. And so we have to be intentional about putting it off let me just give you an example.
You remember that intentionality became in the play when Jesus went to a place called the pool of Bethesda and he walked over to a particular gentleman. There were a lot of lame, a lot of infirmed people there and he walked to a particular man and Jesus asked him question that would make a lot of Josť what he said do you want to get well confirmed there is some sort of makeshift hospice with people who care about them trying to come by. Make sure to make sure they have their basic needs met.
It was pretty much a type of homeless encampment in Jesus day Jesus walks up to one man and what is he say do you want to get well why would you have Jesus as he asked Mark questions was that about sick well here's what Jesus knew where he put that story in the gospel to make sure we know it. Not everybody sick is ready to be intentional about getting well not everyone sink is ready to be intentional about getting well. Some follow you sickness as a cloak. Some folk use being just jacked up as something to justify that they're not trying to go anywhere.
Not trying to do anything don't want to make any changes. They just want somebody to take care of them right while they still in their current state.
This guy when he's asked the question, what is he do he starts talking about people and pools. The people always going to have me pain about origami and hip. I got pool seniority. I've been here for years, many people still easily insensitive people still run ahead of me jump in the pool so we need to come down and trouble the water, which was when they believe when the waters were trouble you got in and you were way healed and so these people always nobody nobody cares about me years since I have no while Julia by now Jesus asked him one question you won't get better. Some of us have to answer that question and I'm encouraging you to answer it today jump all the stuff do you want to get better. You want to just cause I just pointed out to jump. The issue is, what are you going to do about your issues.
Do you want to get well. Jesus asked the man at the pool and I'm asking you when it comes to the junk sin waits junk. This function whatever is in your life that needs to change so that you can become stronger, wiser, better do you really want to be intentional about dealing with it. That's what will have to happen if you're going to reach the goal of stronger, wiser, better second point, all the old sometimes demands courage. What about you do you want to be made well if so, God will help you get there. Continuing to conform you to the image of his son until the day of Christ Jesus in Psalm 107. King David writes then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. If you need prayer today.
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