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Finding Joy in Strange Places (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard
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September 23, 2021 8:00 am

Finding Joy in Strange Places (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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September 23, 2021 8:00 am

How joy differs from happiness; the role trials play in our spiritual development; learning how we should respond properly when trials come our way; based on James 1:1-8.

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It takes hard work to build a strong mind and body. Same is true of your spirit today will be building spiritual muscle on this Thursday edition of Destin for victory coming your way next Pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message finding joy in strange places.

But before we start the message he joins me now from a studio in California pastor your ministry to us each day and the radio and with various online sources for Destin for victory. So encouraging one more thing that you do and you feel strongly about this is the monthly encouragement letter that goes out to everyone want to say a word about that. Yeah, absolutely.

The one letter I feel strongly about making sure we produce every month is an encouragement letter and so I take some time and based on some teaching of that month, and occasionally it's not related to the teaching just something that God put on my heart and that particular time I write a letter to let people know. Not only are we preaching messages but were really trying to impact your life and help you with application because again, our ministry exists to help people know of God's son apply God's word and fulfill God's purpose and my encouragement letter is designed to help you know him apply his word fulfill his purpose and so I feel strongly about it and I would encourage people who are not on our mailing list to please take a moment and let us know. Hey, I'd love to get the letter. It's absolutely free is no obligation for no obligation at all. We will take care of the stamp and everything. All you gotta do is let us know. We can reach you. We'd be happy to send it to you. We can also send it to you by email. And it's important for you to be encouraged month by month and so please let us do that get in touch with us. Give us your email and your mailing address so we can get in touch with you on a monthly basis. While the word encouragement means to give someone support confidence or hope. Sometimes all three.

That's what Pastor Paul seeks to do each month with these letters of encouragement. Sign up today and you'll be glad you did hear something else for you when you make a generous gift today. Be sure to request a booklet from Pastor Paul based on his message from last month junk removal for the soul. This is our gift to you this month by request for your generous gift to Destin for victory call 855-339-5500 or visit Pastor Paul.net to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. Again, the addresses Destin for victory. Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. God says when you trials of many kinds, joy because when I get work in you will have spiritual muscles that you didn't have before you travel. It's been said that God's will never take you where his grace will not protect you is true. A part of the way you protect you is by making you stronger think of your trials and spiritual strength training designed to help you become.

All you can be Christ on today's Destin for victory. Pastor Paul reminds you that God uses adversity for your good to prepare you for the work is called you to do, stay right here or visit Pastor Paul.net to listen on demand and be sure to subscribe to the podcast and Apple is modifying or where ever you get yours now here's Pastor Paul with today's Destin for victory message finding joy in strange places charge and I told him muscles I want to develop as I went to his wife and so he signed me just what you know big strong dude and so he Pastor no bull so he put the weight of certain place where he should be and see winded from the first one you know the passage of time he got was seen hardly talk bathroom sweat was dripping leaned on the counter. All loan and when I came out. I'm sorry that you could handle these levels on these machines. Despite the fact that I appeared to be in the morning that I could worse by the they couldn't handle it now. Tell him about me, but you and he's okay I get it and he said okay. You gotta develop some muscle in those areas that have lacked attention because in my everyday life those muscles. I never had to call the loan them for much do you know what happens when you're doing strength training you and you target certain muscles whether you know it or not, the trainers knowing people like equipment know at what is going for. They put a level of weight that you handle and then when you wanted or whatever particular calls for is calling for that particular muscle to respond.

It's challenging that muscle, respond as you do it you start shaking you know what's happening and he said he said what is happening, but to that area. You trying to give you that muscle is bringing them to respond. Muscle responds and then they call it wraps so you doing one thing you get any credit you will be impressed again and again muscle to respond. You get to the place where that particular weight is pushing the muscle anymore because you're wasting your time. Just so you have to monitor let somebody help you monitor when you need to go to the NetSuite level because it gets easy.

It's not making the demand you have taught that muscle how to be strong enough to handle back now you have to give it something else.

Somebody here what to say to you and Chris do you understand the okay you don't want to hear.

Now they want to call on muscle response.

James is saying God takes only a trials whether he brought it. The devil board of the world brought it you brought it on yourself. God says when you trials of many kinds considering joy because when I get work in you will have spiritual muscles that you didn't have before you will be strong couldn't handle before leaving church be done. You can think what happened when he said I can handle it.

He says okay you and when you think about all the different muscle committee muscle.

They are that the equipment works out. I don't know how many that's how many different types of machines and exercises they have took to get things and I'm trying to say to me what were trying to target this but you know muscles in the body and may know, I guess what the natural so what is in the spiritual muscles you, but God knows what you need to work out with and he will seek to use the trial. He said on the Use anything I want usual mistakes our usual failures out use anything to bring you to a place of spiritual authority in someone you just need to understand that James is saying to us, get happy. That is, consider it pure joy because it's going to work out in ways you mean and listen let me tell you something, God has a way of making us strong where we used to be weak. Spiritual development is no joke. That's no cliché. If you are truly growing in the Lord growing in your faith. You ought to be able to do things and handle things now that you couldn't this time last year. I'm saying if you let God work out some stuff if you can't take anymore me. Why not wear God's people will handle anything you so he's the workout and he might have to start all the way so you don't kill yourself but he's the workout. Looking at trials purely as negative. They're not fun events, but they give you the opportunity to work they give you the opportunity to develop that given the opportunity to become a more word James uses is your person came don't go away were only about halfway through today's Destin for victory message with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California.

Let me take a moment to remind you to subscribe to pastor Paul on YouTube to watch some of his best video clips for more details. Be sure to visit Pastor Paul.net again that's Pastor Paul.net. There you can listen on demand of recent messages or find a variety of resources in our online store building spiritual muscle isn't always easy. But as you begin to see results will be glad you endured pastor Paul was arrested today's message finding joy in strange places be people who are well-rounded in anything essential to send us to any group of people in the world.

Any assignment in the world and have us handle it well. You don't have to build a certain kind of job to succeed. Some minor you fly off work because you can't dictate the terms on which they give you money your money and you just put a so you say Lord going to push me in that area and teach my spiritual muscles to respond to love, unlovable people come on come on to me Lord to be nice when they're not being nice to me workout workout when it will be polite to me workout matters a man a why to all, changes in brothers house up, consider it pure joy working out perseverance and after a while he said you'll know when you're getting there because in the area perseverance you can cheerfully endure. You can do it cheerfully.

People who like working out people just enjoy the agreement which you thought about this but then got into a place where they are so seeing the results in their body. They saying when he told them where the muscles are strong and what and what have you may know what is going for and they enjoy that they change their holiday eating habits and know that there are so focused on the result, and they actually are cheerfully working out having fun just starting out as a man pray in Jesus, keep me made across perseverance, he says, verse four, must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. And then I love how he wraps up this particular passage he says now if you lack wisdom, not even think I think he's like this all together thing. Contact now if you lack wisdom when he jumped was no we still talking about going through trials. He said, is not just that we go through trials we have to learn to go through them right trials, but not everybody is experiencing the perseverance that ought to be developed in a row. You do know just because you want a piece of apparatus that you not a silly doing it right. This is some machine. If a train is not what you got this and I come by who knows and know you put your back up against. That's why the iPad is behind you, put your back. Never let it come off of their strata and they know if you know how not only won't you get the results you hope to get you your self trying to get yourself together thing you can do what you will then need to get gold. The fitness opportunity. All God is speaking and so fast. So we said you wisdom. What is wisdom. Wisdom answer the question, how not to just answer the question what knowledge is. Data wisdom is how how to apply data how to properly use them. And so he says if you don't know how to go to your trials of many kinds.

Ask God to just go through since I'm in this trial help me to learn what I need to teach me how to exercise his my life correctly and some jobs if you go through this anymore. I want to have to help me teach me how to go through this so I can pass this and I'll be done some other areas this when I'm sick of so he says, ask God for wisdom and I love this hero give it to you generously without finding fault God is an encouraging trainer. If you can do this, you'll say I'm giving you my strength my support. I'll be your spotter. I'll stand here.

The Holy Spirit is he standing there as your spotter no no no no and he'll make sure you go through it right so that the exact muscle that's been isolated can respond. He said I want to go through it right and then he says now when you ask God for that believe in don't have wackos.

God is for you. Saints of God. I want to wrap this up by telling you God is for you. He wants you don't win. He wants you to grow. He wants to develop doesn't throw people away. He wants you to get this right. It's not asked him how how the Lord cannot go through better. How can I develop in areas where on to develop how can this happen in my life, and the Holy Spirit will walk with you and he will show you how. So we got the best you so you cost everybody out on the job so you have it in the house.

So what is so when you get back on. Let's do it again doing better if they fired you from the job when I get to know you can try only he says if you don't believe God will bless you with the growth that you me, he says, because if you doubt your double minded, unstable in all your ways. We don't want to be unstable. God wants to stabilize us see where called to do things beyond our own capability, which means God has developed spiritual muscles and so you'll see when you're growing because you be able to handle things you couldn't handle before they got a bill to trust you with assignments. He couldn't trust you with before their things at five years ago. He was never given you?

There but if you been growing right now I can take you to another level of responsibility another level of having to handle other people and so James says count it pure joy, not because of what you're going through, but because if you go through it right, Gotto use it to develop. You and make you the person he has called you to be and you'll know that you get in there because you see the muscles and you look at your before-and-after pictures, spiritually speaking and you say all I used to. I used to be this, but now by gossip.

He has changed that area of my life, y'all can testify as you look at yourself right now I can see some things that God has developed in me all work so don't get mad when he takes it to a new type of trial just got a different set of muscles and he'll do with thanks so much for joining us for today's message finding joy in strange places to find out more about the destined for Victor ministry to contact us for prayer. Be sure to stop by our website Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net.

Well, what seems right is sometimes wrong. What seems good is and always God. We need to be careful how we make our decisions thing you can do this. What you think is right because there's a way that seems right to a man or woman, but the bear all the ways of death. Just as sure as you know what's right, without consulting God, you are on your way to destruction. That's tomorrow in Pastor Paul Shepard's message seen life from heaven's point of view.

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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