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There are hearers of the word, and there are doers of the word God has called us to be both hello and welcome to this Thursday edition of Destin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, Senior Pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. You can hear the word of God. In many ways you doing one of them right now by listening to pastor Paul's media ministry, but perhaps the best way to hear God's word is to read it for yourself today on Destin for victory. Pastor Paul remind you that God wants you to be at the world what you hear. Just as modern-day cell phone seven app for just about anything these days. There's an app for every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. So stay with us now or stop by Pastor Paul.net any time to hear today's message or any recent testing for victory message on to me, that's Pastor Paul.net you can also subscribe to the podcast a Google podcast or wherever you enjoy yours now.
Let's join Pastor because he shares today's Destin for victory message. There's an app for that. James chapter 1 beginning with verse 18 he chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. My dear brothers, take note of this. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says if you underline or highlight in your Bible you want to underline or highlight verse 22 do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it. He will be blessed in what he does. If anyone considers himself religious and does not keep a tight rein on his tongue. Lord have mercy, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself from being polluted by the world or that some text. Let's plow through there and see what the Lord would say to us now. James has instructed us in the earlier part of this chapter into areas he's talked to us about dealing with trials and he's explained to us that we ought to count it all joy. We go through trials of many kinds, and we saw in the previous message that trials represent all the challenges we face in our lives that God wants to use to promote us to help us to move to maturity. So he says he got a learn to count your trials as pure joy because God will use them to give you a spiritual workout and and grow some muscles in your life. Then he went on to talk about temptations and he said where temptations or concern which are enticements toward evil. He said we shouldn't count those joy. Rather, we should learn how to run away and overcome the temptations that we are all going to face, and we must learn that where and when it comes to temptations you don't just say no. You get yourself out of the environment so that temptations cannot pull you in you, how many know the temptations have a gravitational pull, and the longer you hang around something that you're tempted by the more you will be sucked in and so he's taught us that we have to learn to avoid temptation not only get away from it and overcome it but don't even put yourself in the arena hi: don't shop at temptation Mall because sooner or later you will buy some of the temptation molding have signs up everything must go and what you have to learn is that everything must not go to your house when it comes at temptation.
So you gotta learn how to stay away from it. Now look at how he moves into the next phase of his teaching here in James one and adverse 18 he says to us, we been chosen by God and he gave us birth.
Watch this through the word of truth through the word of truth. What I want to talk to you about today is your relationship to the truth and I entitled this message. There's an app for that. There's an app for that because he's going to go on to tell us about the importance of applying truth to our lives that you know that phrase.
There's an app for that comes from Apple, the Apple company trademarked that phrase some years back when they first began to produce smart devices when the first iPhone came out then eventually other smart devices. The iPad and and all of that kind of thing when that first came out, they trademarked a slogan that they use with all their sales in those early days. That said, there's an app for that.
They begin to show us that they had gotten companies to begin to create and develop apps so that when you got the smart device from Apple. There would be a lot of companies who would allow you to download an app and it would cause you to be able to use your phone in all, one of three to the course. Now all of us are quite used to them, but at that point it was a new concept that when you buy this device suddenly you can get apps that will help you in all kinds of practical way. Therefore, to have absent that they give you coupons and discounts for things in their apps that will help you can bank now on just smart device take a picture of a check. He only had to take the check to the bank to take the picture of the check and if you got the right. The check goes in your bank account all kind of wonderful things and I love I love the various apps I don't have too many because it will confuse me. If there's too many on my phone but I got like my 25 of 30 most popular apps that I really use them. The way I do it. 20 5:30 AM so we all go get apps and you can scroll scroll scroll scroll through all your your screens looking for various apps I can't do it by about 25 of but anyway when that first came out. They said that then after that, whatever you want to do with your phone for that.
What I want to let you know that God is telling us through the apostle James that we have to learn to apply the word of truth because God is going to bless our lives in a particular way that will help you see how he develops this thought. He says he says.
First of all we were born again as a result of the word of truth.
In other words, the only way you get saved is somebody's gotta preach to you the word of truth. Some I've got to share with you the word of truth, and he says it is that word of truth band that allows you to respond to it. Open your heart and receive Christ and be born again. That's why it's important for us to be people who share with others in our lives. The word of truth because until they get the word of truth that can't respond to the word of truth, and until they can respond to the word of truth. They won't have the opportunity to be say, but once they hear that Jesus loves you that when he came to the earth. He died on a cross for your sins, and that if you open your heart and accept him. You will be born again and you will have everlasting life. Now that they know that they can respond the source.
The word of truth that makes the difference. Why are you going to heaven and hell. Because of the word of truth, that one day I heard and accepted.
Why do I have life and not spiritual death. Because of the word of truth that I accepted how my learning to live a life that pleases God. That makes more sense is because the word of truth came to me and I received it into my heart saints, we have to be people who share the word of truth.
I thank God for every Sunday school teacher I ever had.
I thank God for the bad ones, and I have some bad ones. So we all did to back an old Sunday school days and we had teachers good and bad but they shared the word of truth, and as a result, as young people we began to hear the message that Jesus loves us, we begin to hear the message that we don't have to die and our sins we can be saved by God's grace. It's because somebody stopped and shared the word with you, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Anybody who has sway over especially the generation coming for God's sake share the word of truth with them. Don't you have a bunch of little. He then grandchildren and you won't let him know about Jesus. Tell their parents upfront when they come to my house to go hear about Jesus, I will my kids and I will my kids will grow make up their own mind. Don't bring them to my house everything in my house is going hear the word of truth. Save you want to get awarded truth. Not only is called the school year and in the summer they sent us the Bible camp and vacation Bible school and all we all know even in the summertime chart you trying to play outside the bounds would be over at noon. No midmorning you want to Bible school. Stay with us the rest of today's destined for picture messages straight ahead, right before he ascended into heaven.
Jesus told his disciples to go out into all the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. That's our mission here destined for victory to share this good news with the world in which bad news is also common. You can help to make a safe and secure online donation or to shop our online store for host of great resources please visit Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net, or download our free mobile app by searching destined for victory at your app store. You know when we make time to read and study God's word consistently and intentionally were better prepared to become doers of his word to apply his truth to our day-to-day lives. This Pastor Paul with the rest of today's destined for victory message. There's an app for that song. One year of our vacation Bible school is a Bible school is older and we are going to know good goodbye and we are going to. I remember my friends that were the most exciting time of vacation Bible school and I got some Bible school is all over and we went to my friends put in a hallelujah and their grown-up Bible school is over and we are going through down our throats.
I'm glad I'm glad because you know the proverb say when you turn up a child in the way they should go all part that will be there is no guarantee that they don't get saved but is a guarantee that they will know that will administer into a lot of people now adults who get themselves in some world of trouble and when I come to wherever you know I know better news go mobile. So we have to value the importance of the word of truth, share with the children in your life shared with the adults in your life. Please remember we live in a new America. This is not a Christian America. This is not a Bible centered America. We are in a brand-new world and people have discarded the word of God. They play it down.
They act like it's not important.
They say that's all foggy. That's people were unable right now we are to enlighten.
We got to poke around us who think they have been so educated that they can ignore God and his word and it's a dangerous thing for you allow them to stay and so you gotta interrupt their ignorance with the truth and share with them that God loves you that he sent his son and that his son died for your sins and has a plan for your life. I don't care who snickered get ready for people put you down and snickering because you still believe the Bible that's the norm these days I see people rolling their eyes on the back of a head because somebody has witnessed the demo shared faith with them. I shared on airplane whereby get a chance let somebody know I want to have a Bible out on the table in front of me. That little tray in front of me, waiting to be served, and I headed out once and the person said was that any recognize about notice.
The Bible oh, and I know didn't say about their faith that you read that I live by. Listen folks, you got understand we live in a world now where you can't be in a popularity contest. You gotta tell people what truth their dying without Christ. Every day you gotta share with them the word of truth, and he said that's what caused us to be born again. Look at verse 19 he said, my dear brothers, take note of this. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires.
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you lots there.
Let's break it down versus told us. Verse 18 about the importance of the word of truth that that's what has resulted in our salvation. He goes on to make the first of three things he says here, which is you gotta make a deep commitment to listen to the truth.
Listen to the truth and he says my brothers, take note of this. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to become angry before move away quick to listen and listen to what we've been talking about. Listen to wisdom. The Bible is full of wisdom you will have you stop and read the Bible every day.
That's why I put out a Bible reading plan every year and I just ask you to read one chapter of the New Testament one judge of the Old Testament every year. Some of you read the entire Bible in a year. That's great, great reading plan for you to do that, but that's a good bit of reading and so I typically say read at least one chapter in the New Testament. One chapter the Old Testament every day during the weekdays.
I give you a 10 chapter a week reading plan and I want you to take it up. We keep it on the website we have available to send to Europe's soft copy or hard copy.
Whatever it is because you need to read your Bible before you get up and get started. I just often grab my phone right by my bed and go to my my Bible app is an app for that. In fact, I have two different versions. I had the Old Testament set up on one version and the new test was up on the other gramophone. I just go to the right to the Scriptures will be reading that day and I'm still in bed. I'm reading the word of God before I get up of the devil meet million people meet me and challenges of meeting me once I get my shower and get out the door so I gotta get the word before I get you and read the word of God is too busy not to really just wake up and read it before you get showered, wake up and read it before your baby because you need the were born you need anything else. And he says listen.
Listen. Be quick to listen, and then look at the contrast how to speak I got something to say is that we gotta learn to be quick to listen to what God is saying to the wisdom rescinded into our lives to anybody when something good and godly to say, listen, listen anything helpful. Listen to anything good in guiding in your life. Be quick to send problem is we don't understand the revelation of your face, your face is trying to preach revelation to you on your face are two years, one mouth, so you can be twice as inclined to send then the top.
We all act like we got mouths and want to hear all want to say something but brothers and sisters. If you're going to live a blessed life. A productive life. A fruitful life like God can bless you. Must be quick to listen, quick to listen, slow to speak, we don't all have to hear what you think. Please understand what you think is important to you, but not to the rest of us will see the way I see it there's a problem there is the problem way I see it, that's the problem.
The more you listen the more you take in God's word, the less you'll be inclined to have a personal perspective and so he says quick to listen, slow to speak and then look what he says, slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. He says we have to learn when he brings up anger bring up one of many examples he could've brought up but I love as I study this passage over the years. I love the genuine thought that he put into this because what he is saying is when you allow emotions and uses as example here anger when you allow that to drive your life it will never produce. He says what God desires to many of us are then by our emotions when we ought to be letting the word said in and we all drive our emotions as a passenger in the vehicle of our lives, but if you let your emotions get in the driver seat commonly know if you were led by your emotions every day of your life you would never accomplish the will of God if I let my anger will the day that might make me make decisions that are always wise to see people out here on the street people out here being shot in their cars because they cut somebody off and the person come back around and flipped them off for some like that and rolled them out and they respond, the one who did the first cut off the bed. The person angry.
What you should do region will tell you what to do what you should do is say oh I'm sorry that surrender yeah my bad inside and see you like a job almost made you so sorry. Show some surrender but was somebody all do who are quick to talk and quick to be angry. You now want to give you all because you cut off somebody might not get shot before the end of the year. What you should cite my bad. Sorry I let them just going to dress you down a few seconds and it will drive off. You'll be safe going to go no Nestlé policy that no body and soul because you take that position now. You'll get into it with him and we all read about people being shot in their cars when all you do is back down, but some of us don't have back down in us. We feel like I emotions to love.
I had to be respected above everything. Respect is highly overrated. I'd rather be disrespected and make it home call somebody disrespected to make it home. Then I will stand up for myself and just shot just many people these days are listening to the wrong voices.
They pay heed to conventional wisdom instead of genuine wisdom to the common sense of man instead of the uncommon sense of God. The book of James was written to help us see more clearly how to live the practical Christian life and it starts by listening to the right voice know if you need prayer today.
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