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We live in a world where there is increasing technology that is increasing thought about various areas of life. But what is not on the increase.
What is actually on the decrease is playing on godly biblical wisdom we get smarter and dumber. At the same time hello and welcome to this Thursday edition of Destin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor at destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California well is no secret that America is no longer the country of our founding fathers, or even her father's father's in many ways we have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, with severe consequences. Times change cultures change, but the truth of God never changes. Today pastor Paul reminds us of some of the key truths of God's word truths that have been largely ignored in America for more than half a century. Stay with us now or stop by Pastor Paul.net any time to hear today's message or any recent Destin for victory message on demand.
That's Pastor Paul.net you can also subscribe to or download the podcast or Google podcasts or wherever your joy podcasts, boundless joy, pastor, policy shares today's Destin for victory message following godly leadership. We live in a world where there is increasing technology.
There is increasing thought about various areas of life. But what is not only increase what is actually on the decrease is playing old godly biblical wisdom we get smarter and dumber. At the same time, and I have a passion these days. I have a passion as a disciple or to make sure that wisdom is held high and it is calling for people to say don't forsake me. In all of your getting. Make sure you're getting wisdom and understanding. Don't just go for book knowledge you got to go for wisdom and I need us to do that and and as a disciple or that's my passion. I'm serious like never before about the great commission and the great commission isn't just the first part which everybody emphasizes going to the world preach the gospel baptize people in the name of the father son and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all things that the second part teach them out but I guess I am baptized by God. They made a decision for Christ church people loved him, but we had X number of decisions for Christ this year great. My question is, and what did you do with them after they decided to follow Jesus because what would God do according to Jesus is now teach them to observe everything I've commanded and then he said I promise I'll be with you to the very end of the age and that's my passion that second part. After we get to say I need to get some wisdom in you. I'm launching this series with two target audiences in mind. The first target on this particular series in my mind, of course, God is sovereign and he can take any word and presented to anybody in any way that they needed but I have in mind two target audiences. The first is the younger generation to generation.
Following me as I present this message I am. I'm thinking and and preparing and praying for teenagers and for those of you in your 20s and even for those of you in your 30s. If you're under 40, you are part of the target audience that I have in mind because I want desperately to speak into the lives of those that we will be handing the baton to in just a matter of years as I bring this message. I have no plans to retire anytime soon. I got a lot of fire and envision the left is a lot more to do, but I'm beginning to think as early as possible.
I need to identify the success sores not just to me as a preacher and pastor I want identify successors through the whole ministry people can come behind everyone who is currently doing fruitful ministry because we have to have somebody that had the baton to and so I want to speak into the lives of people who feel that God is calling them to prepare for what he has ahead of them. I'm grateful I'm sure there was a younger generation that is being touched by God is not as obvious to us as it will be but not on the hill. Not all the young folks are going to live a crazy life.
Not all the young foldable make stupid decisions and all of that because you could look at the world and you say will win. Trouble choosing to not look at it like that I'm choosing to say God is raising up on people. Young people whose parts he is already at some level they are already responding to an inner voice from heaven, and already Simpson I'm not supposed to act like my knucklehead friend like mask some of my schoolmates. I'm not supposed to make stupid decisions that will haunt me. The rest of my life I'm called to be different. I'm calling the standout for positive reasons and I believe you're here, and I believe you're listening to this word and I believe God is going to use this series as a download into your life profit friend of mine recently spoke to Mike he said you got so much to download and God is calling you now to be intentional about downloading everything you got into those who are listening, and those who are gleaning because you can afford to sit on what you know can't afford to sit on what God is shown. You went and what brought you through all of that and downloaded.
I'm very sensitive about that now. And so I want to speak to you the other group of folks that are the target audience decide the younger generation. The under 40 generation are those of you who, even though there are still hungry.
I'm preaching for hungry for how old you are, you got a hunger in you. You got something in you that I want more. I want all that God has for me. Yes I'm on past 40. I'm in my 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s but I'm still hungry.
Mom said no to him hungry still want to go to church on Sunday. I want to preach the hungry folks.
Let me share with you little bit about where I am in this season of my ministry.
I'm sick of trying to feed focal already. Years in pastoral ministry preach into a bunch of who are already on the subject can't get much you will show the religion so religious you can learn and grow and become what God wants you to be you don't have a hunger and thirst for knowledge for wisdom for righteousness and I'm tired of that at this season in my life. I want to prepare some good spiritual meals God has given me sets the share want to try to convince people to eat who are full of spiritual doughnuts and cookies and chips and pretzels all week long we've known looseness in about how you feel and how you look at what other people think to get in the face of God. I want to be closer take place in my life.
I want to get rid of my job is not like what you growled to absent higher height who have the Caleb spirit in you, but I'm still ready to fight the claim amount needs that will lead already claim territory.
He said five years ago when I walked here as one of the five God promised Moses that he was my country and all the hill country. Caleb said to Josh while block their enemies up there.
I'm not scared of them, ready to do battle want to present some old, who say no time has gone behind me and what is under the bridge but time on the clock the game and some things I want to do for God and I want to experience God in him. After hungry folks you were satisfied just come because I don't know why you come. God bless you, your welcoming sit down one I'm really not talking to me. You take whatever you get what I'm after the hungry folks I want to put on the anointing as they gimme everything you got God use them to bring them out.
I wanted all that swim after one people who want to experience more of God like he so people would look back at Mason dumb choices in my life is a guy who says was I thinking that they gave up my right boneless to crack was owl you are in your life you really say that with when you look back over some of the decisions you made it, and don't know what I was thinking, but I tell you what the game is not over yet is not over yet. So God bless Jacob and turned his name in Israel and all of that but before Jacob could get all the way where God was taking him down. You know you got some of his business with diesel God made him confront him and when he was on his way to maybe so he saw was coming with hundreds of people are scared to come in for revenge and usually sending gifts and all that. When he finally got to simply give any bowing and scraping. Try not to get to and looked at his brother matter what you know you know because all just will make sure you know that your servant, make all that out peace that God has been good to me.
May some dumb decision, but God had big leads. I got everything I want for myself. All I much earlier.
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You may not always feel like reading God's word. You may not always feel like going to church are showing up for work. Pastor Paul has some old-school wisdom for you next to the rest of today's message. Following godly leadership written in pencil when the plan of God, that stuff isn't permanent.
It's going to help you get to where God is taking you now and so that's why mastering this series the hungry people and the younger generation that has been touched by God.
I want to pass on some old-school wisdom. What is happening now in general society. Things are at such a place, where if you going to get old-school wisdom. You will have to get it at your come to church, you will have an option you can't stop. We got cut out all this, I feel like yours today is some time ago to check with feelings of hurt my mother feel like going to church you feel like going to church is back in the day you feel like going to school. Do you feel like consider perhaps get an education, rather than being done. I ask you, do you feel like going to church. You be out we got to go back there just children, parents talking to themselves you got 45 minutes to be added is going on your way to the house of God, because the only downloads of divine wisdom is it's not longer in general society.
This country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles.
It was founded on people who say in the biblical way they were God-fearing people there were at least three yes they recognize that there was a God and that they needed to have all like some people just like the founding fathers sound like they were the fourth person in the Godhead. Some goes too far, founding father George and them were jacked up and laterally see God. That's what I'm trying to some revelation they want shore for quite a while, whether African-Americans were full-blown hundred percent human being.
You read about that controversy. You know they missed revelation on that revelation, but the fact that they honored him and so the country was found on that's why you see stuff like in God we trust you see the 10 Commandments because they understood wisdom and guidance and direction and principles for living came from God's word one now we're fighting to get rid of all the vestiges of our religious roots in the name of separation of church and state.
The same people who said these things in motion. Going to try to keep you from experiencing biblical principles. No separation of church and state was never meant to be separation from church and state. It was simply meant to say this is no longer a place where the Church of England mandated religion, quick history. While I'm here to free themselves from religious tyranny that were never free himself from religion. God made one church where the only church to be part of God in different traditions and all that nation's founders in God and that's why they became the superpower. But now they're fighting fiercely to get rid of all vestiges of their studying in universities that were founded by churches. Harvard was founded by church folk. I said it was founded by Churchill because they never thought they would be a different sort of conflict between higher education and serving God you never, we came across and at some point folks decided to educated for God friend of mine recently said he was witnessing some items so I'm far too intelligent to believe that they think their intellect has little doubt God, and the fact of the matter is that makes you a full body and anti-God philosophies that you can even account for. Don't tell me why believe in The Big Bang Theory. Okay there for a moment the question question is by questionnaires who created the stuff that banged you may do so intelligent that you don't remember that your mama told you nothing from nothing equals nothing can get something for nothing smart enough to know some got started I went to an Ivy League make me feel unintelligent but I believe the mind be the wrong guy to have somebody who account for all that there is in the Bible so that the handiwork of God, something in me says that God somewhere himself to me in creation and ultimately in Christ we are without excuse. So one day we will bow about the believers means will bow about was no longer in because one day every me will bow and every tongue conference that Jesus Christ is Lord, so don't create some false dichotomy between wisdom or knowledge in the divine being. Don't don't don't do that way God and wisdom hand-in-hand the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So my point is if you go to find ancient wisdom now defined in church because we're so busy coming up with new technologies and were so busy learning different ways to make a living that we forgotten what you really need to learn is how to make a life so you come to church and get this, go to the learning get this, with an us will be sharing in the series.
The first piece of old-school wisdom. I want to share with you just just one piece of wisdom in this message and will continue it as we move along Harris school wisdom point number one become an excellent follower of those God has placed over you giving you ancient wisdom from the word become an excellent follower of those God is placed here is the problem we now live in a set where we want to despise the multiplied thousands of years before Ross where people understood that my first job in life is to let somebody teach me everything I need to know as I try to grow and develop and mature school days. In ancient days in Bible days.
It was understood thinking you know much know when you're ignorant and you have to be taught and life was principally about rainbows and following those who were called of God to teach you to give you some Bible Proverbs 1 verses eight and nine listen my son to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck of the chains open wearing these days and I got Shane was on the cross on the chain back in the hip-hop when we first started the chain nonmember back in one BMC days noted that thereby had chain being the old chain videotape. The Bible said your father's instruction and your mother's teaching calls day will be a chain that will adorn your life make you better listen to your fathers and let me give you some old-school wisdom will apply this principle strictly homes right now actually parenting you parents have to get it when God gave you what to 305 you jobs to do this job. Don't you say don't work my stay-at-home mom. Don't you open your mouth and say something like that.
You because you recognize my children need from me that you can but just know when you leave that job you coming home to do some work. Train your children up in the way they should go when they are old he will not depart from. That's Proverbs 22 six. A reminder that when you pour Jesus out. Your children will let Jesus in. If you need prayer today. Please reach out to us anytime and share your request with us. Our ministry team will be happy to join you in praying for whatever need you may have visited Pastor Paul.net and use the contact us feature to share your request and wonder there. Be sure to ask for pastor Paul's monthly letter of encouragement. Yours, at no cost or obligation will be a great resource to share with you today. A booklet from Pastor Paul Shepherd goes hand-in-hand with his message from earlier this week junk removal for the soul inside these pages you discover practical biblical advice about setting aside some of the habits from your old life in order to embrace the newness of who you are in Christ is our thank you my request as you give your generous gift to Destin for victory today.
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