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Junk Removal for the Soul, Part 2

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard
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August 31, 2021 8:00 am

Junk Removal for the Soul, Part 2

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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August 31, 2021 8:00 am

Understanding the three-part process involved in spiritual growth and development; what it takes to put away unwanted practices and habits; aiming to please God, remove negative attitudes, and forgive those who offend us; based on Eph. 4:22 and other passages. (Included in the 6-part series "Embracing Newness".)

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We, people of God, need to aim for not a million followers.

999,000 of them might be fake. We need to aim for one like, and that comes from on high. That's what we need. I need him to like me. I need him to be pleased with me.

It feels good to have a few likes on Facebook or Twitter, but as you'll see today, there's one like that matters most. Hello and welcome to Destined for Victory with Pastor Paul Shepherd. Wherever you are, however you may be listening, thanks for spending part of your day with us. Pastor Paul begins a special series now called Embracing Newness. One of the first things we can do as new creations in Christ is learn to put away some of the unhealthy habits we once had, habits like seeking approval or popularity from our peers. Stay tuned to find out how to go about aiming to please God in every area of life. As always, you can visit PastorPaul.net to listen to the program on demand and subscribe to the podcast at Spotify, at Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get yours. Here's Pastor Paul with today's Destined for Victory message, junk removal for the soul.

So far we've looked at four of the seven practical ways that the Apostle Paul tells us we should put on the new self in the latter verses of Ephesians 4. He has shared with us in recent messages, I've made the point that when you speak, tell the truth. And we have talked about that.

I know the small groups, the life groups have interacted about that. We need to be truth telling people. And when you don't want to tell folks all the truth, then don't tell them a partial lie. Just don't speak the things that are not true. When you speak, tell the truth. The second point we made was manage anger appropriately. The third point is earn your living honorably and do good for others. And then in the last message, we gave you this point, say the right thing.

Decades ago, Spike Lee said, do the right thing in a movie. And I told you in the last message, say the right thing, because that's what the Apostle Paul encouraged us to do. Now I want to give you the last three of the seven points that I have taken out of Paul's words in the latter verses of Ephesians 4.

Let me give you point number five of the seven. Here's how I worded it. Always aim for the only like that truly matters. You know, I'm old school, but I'm learning in today's world if I'm going to present relative truth and relevant truth to people, I have got to update my thinking. And so I have learned how important likes are in today's world. And I want to let you know there is one like that is truly important. It truly matters.

That's the one you need to aim for. Where'd you get that, Pastor? Verse 30 of Ephesians 4.

Here's what Paul said. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God. Do not grieve God. And so rather than make that point in a negative way, I simply spin it around and I'm going to make the exact same point in a positive way. So you could replace do not grieve for make sure you make happy the Holy Spirit of God. Make sure you please the Holy Spirit of God. Make sure he is happy with what you do. And that is the point we need to drive home in our hearts like there is one like.

We live in a world of social media. Do you know as I was preparing this message, I saw a documentary on TV and it said that it opened up by saying a common question children have been asked over the decades is what do you want to be when you grow up? Now in the 60s when I was a kid, I was born in 57, so in the 60s when I'm a kid in elementary school that was a common question even back in those days. What do you want to be when you grow up? And the documentary said back in my day the answers were typically I want to be a doctor, I want to be a pro athlete, I want to be an astronaut, different things like that children would say back in my day. They said today when current researchers ask that question of tweens and teens, what's a tween?

That's a child between 9 and 12 years old and the teens of course you know. It says when today's children, both tweens and teens have been asked that question, research shows that the number one answer is I want to be an influencer. I want to be an influencer.

Now y'all old school like me, y'all probably don't even know what that means because I didn't know until not long ago, but I had to learn because how you going to preach relevant truth if you don't know relevant terms? Influencer is actually an aspiration today that will keep people from saying oh I don't want to be a doctor, I don't need to do that, I just need to be an influencer. There are influencers making doctors money and more. You say well what's an influencer?

I don't have a lot of time to get you into that, but let me just give you the highlights. These are people who for whom their social media appearances especially on platforms like Instagram, I'm sure there are others, but Instagram is certainly one of the hot ones, Snapchat, some other stuff that's out there. I don't have any of it, but I know about it or I heard about it and I do have an Instagram, but I don't even post to it, some other folk post to it.

I'm going to get somebody to really make mine a real thing because right now I'm sure it just has little comments here and there, so we got to build that up. But in any event, I have found out that these children specialize in their Instagram and Snapchat and other appearances. What's that new one that, the new one that comes from Asia was the company? TikTok.

There it is. They're telling me, helping me TikTok. I've never seen a TikTok in my life, but I hear the people and I've seen videos and they said this came from TikTok.

I'm like okay, I'll take your word for it. I don't know nothing about it. In any event, their influencers are making major money because the more likes they get, the more attention they get on social media, then sponsors see the numbers they get and will actually pay them to promote products and services and it is incredible. And so children today, by and large, there are some who still want to do stuff like STEM and I want us to encourage our kids, be STEM if you can, science, technology, engineering, and math. Don't do the I influencer till you do science, technology. All right, I'm meddling. I'm supposed to be preaching.

All right, let me go back to this. Kids want to be influencers because they can make major money, but here's the point. This documentary I saw as I was prepping this last message in the series, the documentary is entitled Fake Famous. Fake Famous. People who appear to be famous, but not really. And here's why the documentary said that. More than 100 million people on planet earth today, watch this folks, blow your mind, more than 100 million people who have more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.

Let that sink in. 100 million people on the planet, that's one, I mean, how many folk are on the planet? I don't know what the percentage is, it's only like seven billion, seven something billion on the planet. 100 million of them have at least 100,000 followers on Instagram. Watch this next step. 40 million people have at least a million followers on Instagram. Do you believe that?

They do. Now watch this. Got this off the documentary, don't be mad at me. Check out Fake Famous, you'll see.

Here's the truth that was revealed. The vast majority of these people are fake famous because the overwhelming majority of their followers are not people but bots. So you can have 90% of this huge following and they have profiles and they make comments, but they're not people. They're bots. They're algorithms that have been created. They take people's pictures, they create names. It looks like a person on the screen. It's not a person, it's a bot. There are bot farms, bot factories. That's what they do, create fakeness.

Why? Because if people think you have all those followers, sponsors think you have all those followers, they will get you to promote their stuff because some of your followers are real people and they're hoping to get the real people to buy their products or take advantage of their services. That's the world we live in. So you can be famous and not really. You appear to be famous, you appear to have a whole lot of folk who know you, but they don't.

Isn't that something? This is some world we're living in, folks. Here's the point. Doesn't matter to these folk that they have fake followers if sponsors will give them real money. And the sponsors know that some folk are really following you, although a lot of others are bots.

So they're going after the some people that are really following you. And a lot of us are gullible. And so on this documentary, they show a couple of random people who had few hundred followers and did a social experiment with them. One of them to this day is making good money because they created her when she's not famous for doing anything.

It is absolutely amazing. Here's my point. We, people of God, need to aim for not a million followers.

Nine hundred ninety nine thousand of them might be fake. We need to aim for one like. And that comes from on high. That's what we need. I need him to like me.

I need him to be pleased with me. Still ahead, the second half of today's Destined for Victory message with Pastor Paul Shepherd, who is senior pastor of Destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. We want to thank all of you who sustained Destined for Victory with your prayers and financial support, gifts that help Pastor Paul share the gospel with a growing audience. Keep in mind that right now, during our busy summer months, donations to the ministry often decline. So as God leads, please prayerfully consider making a gift to Destined for Victory today. Well, God doesn't have a social media account, but he is looking for a few followers.

Here's Pastor Paul with the rest of today's message. Junk removal for the soul. If you're like me, cool. If you don't. Oh, well, I'm a try. Live my life in such a way that you like some of what I do and some of what I represent. I'm a try hard to do that, but I'm not going to live my life trying to impress people. Have you ever spent a lot of time trying to impress a group of people?

Do you know what an exercise in futility that is? Because as sure as you impress a group of them, you're going to make another group mad. These folk love you.

These folk rolling their eyes all up in the back of their head. So you got to decide there is one like I need. He's not going to be a follower because God doesn't follow us. So that's why I'm saying like he's not following any of us. He calls us to follow him.

But I need him to like my life. That's what Paul is saying. Do not greed the Holy Spirit of God.

You make other folk mad all day long. Do not grieve God. He said, because he's the one who has sealed you for the day of redemption. What that means is your salvation is a done deal because of the Holy Spirit's work in your life who came into your heart crying Abba Father. He's the one according to the scriptures that established a real relationship between you and the Father. That's the Holy Spirit's work. He is the one who comes in and makes us what God has destined us to be. When we were kids and we were taught to ask Jesus into our heart.

Well, let's be technical for a moment. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father. He doesn't come into our heart as the person he was on earth. He comes into our heart by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the one who dwells in us. And he's dwelling in you and you want him to be happy.

You want the Holy Spirit to be pleased. That is the one like. So always aim for the one like that truly matters. All right, let me go to the sixth point. So that's number five.

Always aim for the one who truly matters. Here's point number six. Let go of negative attitudes and treat people with kindness. How does Paul make that point? It's in verse 31 and the first part of verse 32 here in Ephesians four. He says, let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you along with all malice. Then he says, be kind to one another, tenderhearted.

Pause right there. Those words make this sixth point, which is let go of negative attitudes and treat people with kindness. How am I going to be a person who walks in the newness that God has ordained for my life? All of these points I'm making express that newness.

And this one is extremely important. If I'm going to walk in the newness that the Lord has destined for me to walk in, I've got to let go, put away all my negative stuff. We live in a world where one of the commercials I see a lot on television is from a company called 1-800 JUNK and they simply are a junk removal company. You book them apparently and they will have a truck come to your house and one of their slogans, they say, all you got to do is point and they have folk, you know, they take you to a little pile of junk or whatever. And the driver, the staff that comes with the truck, they say, just point to what you want us to remove.

And the person points and the people are all giddy, just pointing and they come get and take stuff away. Listen, that company has a spiritual point. The Holy Spirit is saying if you're going to walk in newness, you got some junk that got to go. I know you look saved, you look holy, everybody in your life is impressed with you on the outside, but God says there's some stuff on the inside that has to go.

Not everybody that looks great, not everybody who appears to be an influencer is really a person of value. The way you become a person of value is you let the Holy Spirit pull up in his truck and help you remove the junk. Now you got to identify what's got to go. He's just in our lives to be a helper, the Bible says, but he's not going to go in your house. Do you know the Holy Spirit does not barge in to your life and start grabbing stuff and yanking it out? God won't take these raggedy people you're holding on to. No, she got to go.

No, he's done. God won't do that. God will convict you. The Holy Spirit will bring you under conviction and you know this is not pleasing to God. You won't get a like from heaven if this stays. Whether it's a person, whether it's an attitude, whatever it is.

Look at this stuff. These are all people interactions if you notice here in verse 31, let all bitterness. Bitterness has to do sometimes circumstantial but almost always bitterness has to do with people interactions. You become bitter because of your people interactions. The Greek word translated bitter here means sharp pointed pungent and it implies interactions with people.

Sharp pointed. When you're bitter you don't have smoothness, you don't have, it is sharp. Your bitterness, your anger is sharp and he says that has got to go.

Your spiritual 1-800 junk got to go. Bitterness must depart from your life. You got to point and say bitterness you got to get out of here. I've been bitter too long, it's not helping me, it's not serving me well.

You got to go. What else is in the list? Paul said wrath and anger. Wrath and anger here especially when the words are used in the Greek here in a combined way it denotes violence or explosiveness. The Greek scholars I was reading behind said think of a violent storm not just a storm but one of violence. If you've ever been in a place where there was a violent thunderstorm or a violent hurricane or something like that, that's what this is. Get rid of not only bitterness but wrath combined with anger. When you're so mad, when you're so angry, you're full of wrath. He said it is the personal equivalent of a violent thunderstorm or a violent hurricane.

You got to get rid of it. One scholar said think of it as the way an earthquake, a major earthquake interrupts and shakes everything. That can go on in your life Paul is saying. Some of us got earthquake stuff in us, violent storm stuff in us as we deal with some people maybe who have made you mad for a long time and you haven't properly dealt with the stuff and it's built up in you and now you got a full blown explosion going on in your heart. You might not have let it out yet but the pressure is there. The pressure is there. Clamor is in this passage. Paul said get rid of clamor.

What does that speak of? In the Greek word translated clamor here means screaming, demanding, insistent crying out. That's the clamor. He said you got, some of you have some screams inside of you. You got some yelling at people inside of you. You got some insistent crying out.

You got some demanding things. You might not have made the demand out loud yet but just like I spoke about the anger and the wrath, you got that going on in your heart and you are ready to explode with words, with screams, with yells and he says you've gotta deal with all the disruptive stuff that's going on on the inside of you. You are called to walk in newness so you can't take that junk into your newness, into your new season, into your destiny. God can't use people who have violence going on in the inside that is not dealt with properly so you gotta deal with how mad you are.

See, you gotta understand anger is often hurt demanding justice and when you are hurt and you're demanding justice on the inside and you don't deal with it right, it builds up. I know this feels more like a therapy session but pastors got a word for you and you need to hear it. Let the Lord take you to the yard of your life and say this clamor, this bitterness, this wrath has got to go.

Now God is really interested in making sure that we are prepared to move into the new season, the new things he's introducing into our lives. The only way we'll get there is we gotta get rid of some junk and so I want you to notice very clearly these kinds of things where it pertains to your life. How bitter are you is a question you need to answer and what are you bitter about?

Who are you bitter about? God wants that junk dealt with. If you are a believer in Christ, I want you to let this truth sink deep into your spirit today. God is not trying to change you from the person you were to the person you can be. He's trying to mature you into the person you already are.

Embrace that new identity today and for the rest of your life. Well we have a great resource to share with you now, Pastor Paul Shepherd's booklet, You're in God's Army Now. In his letters, the Apostle Paul describes the church in various ways.

He describes it as a flock, a body, an army and in this booklet, Pastor Paul reminds us that we are continuously involved in spiritual warfare and he explains what it takes for us to become good soldiers. That's the booklet, You're in God's Army Now from Pastor Paul and our gift to you by request for your generous gift to Destin for Victory. Today is the final day of the special offer so contact us right now. Call 855-339-5500 or visit pastorpaul.net to make your safe and secure donation online. And of course you can also mail your gift to Destin for Victory, Post Office Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538.

One more time, Destin for Victory, PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. And if you need prayer today, visit pastorpaul.net, click contact us and share your request so that our ministry team can join you in prayer. While you're there, be sure to ask for Pastor Paul's monthly letter of encouragement, yours at no cost or obligation. God is really interested in making sure that we are prepared to move into the new season, the new things he's introducing into our lives. The only way we'll get there is we got to get rid of some junk. And so I want you to notice very clearly these kinds of things where it pertains to your life. How bitter are you is a question you need to answer.

And what are you bitter about? That's tomorrow when Pastor Paul Shepherd helps you from bitter to better in his message, Junk Removal for the Soul. 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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