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For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places in just a few moments better. Paul Sheppard talks about overcoming temptation. It is destined for victory message something God can't do. But first he joins me from a studio in California pastor. Many of us put some real thought into what we name our children were businesses, even our pets.
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Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 I got a question for you. Temptation don't come from God when they come from come from Satan. Satan is the one who hates our souls want to make your relationship with God the one who wants to audit every opportunity. God is given you a promise.
You'll never be tempted beyond that which are able to overcome but that doesn't mean it will be easy.
We have a very real, very powerful enemy sole mission is to entice us to disobey God. As you'll see today on destined for victory with Pastor Paul Sheppard. He does so in three ways. The same three ways. He tempted Jesus in the wilderness is Pastor Paul.
This message something God can do some of you are fighting with spirits before you got to church this morning stuff just interrupting your piece in the fall of your life and we just dealing with forces we cannot see. And those forces use people that we can see that's the other thing we humans are good at sitting on somebody's shoulder and telling them how to get on your nerves and they do it well. We're really rests against spiritual forces and so temptation is instigated by evil spirits that In the something in us to try to draw us away from God, to make sure you understand it was the first temptation in the Bible. Garden of Eden long class for gardening God living book of Genesis and what happened Satan in the form of a serpent comes along God is instructed Adam. I want you to enjoy have dominion over all the earth, and particularly this garden where you been placed and I want you to enjoy it and subdue it.
He said now in the midst of the garden.
Is this tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He said I want you to studio cleaner of that tree.
Clear instructions. So what is Satan's link up and do he goes to even says to her talk about this tree that God said to leave alone the first thing brothers and sisters. You want to pay attention to is what's drawing you to what God said to stay away from. It's always something evil, Satan and the demons that work in his army, always trying to get us to fixate on something God said to ignore. That's the first step and he's always the instigator so he says to her, let's talk about this. Why is he doing that because he knows that he cannot God if he gets her to disobey God so temptations come in three forms, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life that's mentioned in first John chapter 2, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life. John said they are not of the father. They are of the world. Okay, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life. It happened in the garden.
First, the lust of the flesh. She wanted to eat fruit is edible, it's enjoyable.
She wanted to eat. We all have natural appetite. You gotta eat at some point some of us ate too much.
Few days ago. Raise your hand if you get I lust of the flesh thereby gotta eat, but the enemy points out the fruit that's on the tree.
God said to leave alone now that a garden best known. What is he do he says is talk about this particular tree lust of the flesh and lust of the eyes.
She looked at the fruit and sold that it looked great, looked great. You get tempted by things that really appealed to your flesh in that moment. Now we think of temptation often as things like sexual temptation and temptation to steal temptation a lot temptation comes in a variety pack you can be tempted in all kinds of ways. Some of your tempted to be bitter tempted to be mean tempted to be angry, tempted to be unforgiving. Some of us struggle with that right now, but all temptations fall into one of those categories. Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes you see you see something that has appeal.
Your eyes can get you in a world of trouble, somebody your eyes can get you in a world of trouble. God's been telling somebody want to get out of debt once and for all. We been teaching we been given you.
God's word on it.
It is biblical it is sound.
That's not optional might well money is a really important point God talks about in the Bible and I've been telling you to get out of debt and what is bothering you right now is the lust of your eyes because in this season when all these commercials and all these advertisements you know you supposed to be out of debt and you know you don't have the money for new TV but you saw 60 inches super HD whatever they said to appeal to your hives and then they said the prices/and now you are now at Best Buy or at some store Walmart Tanger wherever you are buying something you can afford lying with a piece of plastic you're lying because the plastic pretend like you can afford it but you don't have the money and you're disobeying God falling into that temptation and how to fall lust of your eyes and then the pride of life. Listen to point uncontrollably that preacher must advise the difficulty what he got to say I'm a mandala you man and on God's mouthpiece trying to help you live life to the fullest. Jesus promised you, and I'm giving to God's word and if you won't give it to be blessed. But now your pride is missing what you do some disclosing Senate and so those kind of things team up and in the garden. He calls the fall. Now fast-forward to the New Testament, with the major temptation you see in the New Testament. You see it in the Gospels where Jesus after he was baptized by John, was driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil, because he wasn't going to be equipped to administer with power and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit until the devil had had his crack at so what the devil do. The Bible says Jesus fasted for 40 days and at the end of the 40 days anybody been on the fast for any length of time you know you want to eat us, which is closer due at the end of the fast but the devil comes along to Jesus in the wilderness and says command this stone to be turned in the bread. The problem is and eating after fast Jesus showed me the problem is who's commanding.
And so Jesus tried to appeal to the lust of the flesh tried to tell Jesus go on and turn this into a meal even though it's not a meal right now. The problem is Jesus is not supposed to fall for temptation from the enemies of Jesus responds with the word he says man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of God's mouth so he passed the first part of the temptation lust of the flesh. Then there's the lust of the eyes nearly took him up to a high place and show him the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. Lust of the eyes.
What we see can get us in trouble whole lot of people get in trouble in their lives over what they see.
We went to Sunday school children, they told us. Be careful, little is what you see is a father up above looking down tender love. So be careful what you see. Because if you fixate on something that God doesn't have for you.
The more your flesh will draw and entice you in the enemy is the instigator what he plans on is your flesh, your personal evil desire that part of you that doesn't want to obey God and the lust of the eyes often works with it. So you gotta watch what you focus because it aligned to will be right back with more of today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. Remember you can always listen to the broadcast on email@example.com that's Pastor Paul.net.
Also, there the website you find a host of great resources in our online store. Marriage and family are under attack. Perhaps like never before in America.
But Satan is always waged war against husbands and wives and families because he knows nations fall apart when families fall apart is Pastor Paul. The rest of today's destined for victory message something God can't do. You trying to be a good married person you trying to work out your marriage an enemy country focusing on somebody else and him and he lies to you about the perfect person for you. In fact, see you missed your soulmate. Oh, I know I'm going in doorbells on this. I know Goodwin Lord David is as I'm ringing the doorbell you missed your soulmate – who you really shouldn't marry. So really is not going be sin for you to leave the one you and go get one because that's who you were supposed to be with in the place God just swap out for you and make his because your eyes and your have bought into a lie. Saints of God.
Be careful about lies told by Michael's when you do. Deception comes, there are more Christians walking around thinking their life and they just as long as I know how to be because they thought God had this for me all alone and I had to come on this job to meter.
The enemies always. Life is always telling you the grass is greener on the other side looking general pitiful grants and go into gangrene that if you want it as artificial turf over there peanut telling it as artificial turf peanut telling you that if you want your glass. No grass will look better than grass you got to fixated on something that God said to leave alone and your eyes have caused you to buy and that's what happened. You may try to get Jesus the fixate on the kingdoms of this world and the glory of the and Jesus had to respond again with the word, and he had no that thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Then the enemy one finish he came back one more time told Jesus to cast himself down from that high place for it is written, the devil knows the Bible to that's why don't you stand in a church like this where the words will be rightly divided by unit, whether you whether you like it or not I'm not in daily body will tell you the truth I got your sole responsibility. Deforming the Bible says that we know so as those who must give an account to give account for you. You think you because you wish Pastor would tell me to go ahead and drop this will also get the one I really want. I'm not going tell you that if I start preaching against this book, you get up and walk out because your job is to not be deceived, walk in the truth because James is this passage by saying God is the God of light and darkness, so shifting shadows and him. He's the God of my guys turn the bring you into a good place. I need you to understand God not turn the car show.
He's ready to but the blessing comes through obedience. So watch your gates. Watch what you fixate on watch what the enemy whispers in your ear and understand the temptation come to all of us.
There's nobody listening to this message. Who is outside of the reach of temptation comes in all kinds of for using nominal amount is like the devil can bring about me.
I just be like oh please, do not understand the enemy knows how to find the right moments when you just can't win them arguments that people I need to get some argument you had.
Make no sense. You can even figure out how do we ever get into this argument I think I got a witness somewhere in the house. We come when you on your honeymoon. Come when you feel at all ways to use sick of each other where you don't hardly want to see him much less say good morning to send you out to have you all frustrated whispering you know you deserve better than that he remembered you never been treated this poorly talk you like to help you and that objects that the enemy then shows up and he annoyed somebody would on holy anointing and they come start talking to humans and in making you feel good in sissy. That's what I'm talking that's what you deserve. Drop this turkey off this method we have to learn to avoid temptation. How do you avoid temptation. First Corinthians 10 you avoid temptation by realizing that there is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, God is faithful.
He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. Notice that he will let you be tempted.
Although he didn't bring it. He does allow the enemy to tempt us but he make sure that there is a way of escape. Before he listed and become so that's a joy to talk about your feelings of your spouse and have somebody else making you feel wonderful about yourself and your flesh is saying you need to go in this direction God has built in an escape. That's what the escape is when the enemy is trying to get you to drop off your spouse and pick up something you don't know what you picking up hits on your you think they had known you, you want to believe they had known you are not doing it for reasons you think.
Furthermore, they don't know you and you don't know them by look good at work. They dressed up to come to work prepared to come to work life happens when you're married like this happens when your life just happens when your dog is like this happens, but those setups are designed to fool you into thinking there's something good you're missing all of the blessings you need all in your real everyday life. I said all the blessings you metering your real everyday life.
You don't need to introduce anything known to try to make your life better. What you need to do is find God's way of escape. When you find yourself in the clutches of temptation and get out. Sometimes you get out by shut your mouth shut your mouth simple would be way better off in life if they had just shut up what you started talking and you went in the wrong direction. Some of us would be better if we learn how to run just one there place in about a safe D temptation prideful about that UK look cute while you fully and some of us as we need to fully just flat out run. I know some your brothers might show and all that will not make me run.
I never was.
You try be a rapper.
The majority never scared this time for you to get in the wind run get out and try to be cute. Try to be holy get out plan as you go help me, Jesus asked Joseph in the Old Testament since the Potiphar was looking for him in the house. The Bible says after he saw she was trying to hit on him.
He wouldn't be with her. So when he heard she's in one part of the house. Joseph is how I did not is not cute is not macho, but is holy and he could hear to the public, which is minimizing law, giving them a you gotta do whatever it takes so that you can pass your trials and you can avoid your temptations is the good news. If you do it God's way. There are blessings that he has reserved for you. That's why you gotta pass the test. That's why you got avoid the temptation because God is getting ready to cook you up. He can write up bless you and he can bless you at every stage of your life so you all are all but you're not being tempted to have a different set of temptations, but passive God will bless you in your old age goblins the bless you in your old age is the best route to the moment you close your eyes and join him in eternity. And so my brother and my sister whatever it takes. I need you to listen to this wisdom from James go through your tests your challenges right because God will use them to develop maturity in you. Some of you have got to stop being half-baked turkeys and start being somebody God can use in any situation and then you've got to avoid the temptation to tell yourself when you're tempted God must have something really good for me because look how the enemy is fighting his heart is to try to get me out of God's will. God must be getting ready to bless me tremendously, and how the enemy is saying against every good thing in my life. Tell yourself I'm going to God's will grace. Amen. Thanks so much for joining us for today's message. Something God can't do. If you'd like more information about the destiny for Victor ministry or this month special thank you gift be sure to stop by our website Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net, there are hearers of the word, and there are doers of the word God is called us to be both peers. Pastor Paul and read the word of God is not too busy not to really just wake up and read it before you get showered, wake up and read it before you bathe because you need the were born you need anything else that's tomorrow and Pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message. There's an app for that. Until then, remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory