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Rate light on, that was his eyes, but that's not the end of the stone so Aegon have to meet in a good place to take you to the best place as pastor Paul Sheppard often says God will always meet you where you are, but he won't let you stay there hello and welcome to this Thursday edition of Destin for victory wherever you are in Harvey may be listening. Thanks for making this part of your day coming up pastor Paul takes us to the book of first Chronicles chapter 4. At first glance, it simply looks like a list of genealogies neatly away in the middle of them is an often overlooked passage a short two sentence description of a young man named Jabez's story will encourage us to cling to our faith. Even when were going through tough circumstances stay with us now or stop by Pastor Paul.net to listen on to me, that's Pastor Paul.net here is Pastor Paul. Today's Destin for victory message. How do you spell testimony. I want to help you understand that there's a guy worth looking at in first Chronicles and at the point about because if you're one of those folks who typically reads through either the entire Bible, or major portions. You probably looked at the almost endless genealogies and just shot past and said I'll just wait till I get this on some information besides who had who and so it's not uncommon for folks to say they read the Bible, but the truth is they skip through chapters like this but note that in the midst of that verse nine the writer stops and talks about a guy not just where he came from what he talks about the character of the guy and he tells us that Jabez was more doable than his brothers. He talks also about a problem that led to all of that and so I want to take some time exist, take a look at the Jabez journey because truth be told, he's not the only one on the journey from problem to solution. We need to learn from characters like this.
Now the first sentence of the short passage gives us a great testimony. Jabez was honorable, more honorable. In fact, than his brothers but then the next sentence gives us a peek into the test that eventually led to the testimony first thing I want to mention to you is that every testimony has a test attached to it because there weren't test that really be nothing to glorify God about so I want to suggest that all of us who are experiencing a test in our lives right now are being set up for a testimony. When I first got saved well before I got say when I was a youngster growing up in church. I was up pastor's kid.
So I was in church every Sunday.
I don't know what Sundays are without church grew up in church pew babies asked what we were sat on the pew hard pews for long services and I would hear the Saints testify about God bringing them through the Saints talk about the Lord brought me through. The Lord brought me out, I came through a trial made trial sound exciting to get grunt about the whole and myself. I like trials that they talk about make him sound so all but I live long enough to find out that number one, you don't have to ask for trials. They are some players you don't bother. And that's one of you has a lot please give me a trial. If you are on the planet trials on their way to you, but thank God we learn from the Scriptures that test can end up in a testimony that can end up in a message of God's grace and God's power we are facing in your life right now I want to encourage you and let you know that it is really not about how you start, it's all about how you finish. It's really about what you're going through now it's about where you're headed and Jabez story starts with a testimony. He was honorable, more bold that his brothers, but then we find out that indeed the testimony had a test attached to it turns out, this problem was unnecessary. Prologue to God's intervention in his life for had he not had the particular problem that will go to look at in this opening message of the series had that problem he would not have sought God the way he did let you know that some of us are going through some crazy stuff but I want to applaud you and I want to point out to you that it has you seeking God and that's a good thing that you are hearing this message is a good thing because it means your tune and in the say Lord is there some you have to say to me, that's one thing I love about passing in the 21st century. When you get to speak the word of God. The people in the 21st century is all-purpose 2720 century the middle of the century fog went to church is because I mean some more things dedicated and devoted followers of Christ just went to church that does what you did on Sunday will remember those days so you'll always come home with me. The uncle don't know what I'm going about their neighbors who have never been in church except for wedding or funeral but we the older generations middle-age spoken above come over 50 and over. We cropping days where it was more common for your neighbors to go to church then not know every Sunday.
At least they went sometime to people go to church only on purpose. They only go because they believe there's something there for them and it is our job to let our light shine in 21st century church. We need to get out the doors of the church and take God where we are and where the people are because often we will get them to come and experience God with us in service until they experience God through you out there and so this is a filling station come in and get all you need to take so that you can go out and expand that spiritual energy showing the love and the grace of God to a lost generation because then I come in the church.
In many cases until something really happens and and in your life. Perhaps what really drove you to God was trouble, or a problem and if that's the case. Praise God for because he got you here it got you to the place where you know what I need to seek somebody who's bigger than I am. David said when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I so when you see people overwhelmed me and set up all you gotta do is help them get to the rock when you see a relative having trouble that's assigned you got welcome to the rock, what you know you know we need to pray about that call go to church to meet my best work for you. We will pray for you is what going through to invite him to the rock that is higher than they are and Jabez's problem was unnecessary prologue to God's intervention in his life. We don't like facing problems and challenges. You don't have to like it but just know that when you face them.
God is setting you up so that you can end up with a testimony. You got understand that miracles, we often want to believe God for miracle but miracles are often messages and misery that are wrapped in God's intervention, and so it starts with a message starts with a misery starts with some sort of problem and then it is God's response to what we need him to do will be right back with more of today's testing for Victor message from Pastor Paul Sheppard to listen to any Pastor Paul's recent broadcast. Be sure to stop by Pastor Paul.net.
There you can listen on demand. That's Pastor Paul.net and stay with us after today's message Pastor Paul joins me to talk about a booklet that's a companion resource to today's message is yours this month for a generous gift to Destin for victory. First we join him for the second half of today's teaching how do you spell testimony that forced Jabez to see God and learn some important lessons for our own lives. What's the problem. The problem is in the second sentence that his mother called him Jabez saying I gave birth to him in pain was the problem with that. Well, obviously, his mother was seriously traumatized by giving birth to this boy. We don't have any more information.
You know why because this is the one and only place in Scripture where you will find Jabez on his mama mentioned this a bit if you will find in first Chronicles 4, nine and 10 you'll find him, they are nowhere to be seen.
So this is all you have. We know that she named him after a traumatic experience that she had. She gave birth to him in pain. We can assume.
I think we can safely assume that let's give this woman the benefit of the doubt that this was an extraordinarily painful birth. Let's assume that she knew she wouldn't holy mother who was going Pain given birth because you said well if pain is the issue they could let that burst out because I had pain with all the drugs I head. I still have how many sister they can testify that childbirth is a painful thing sometimes when we see some testimonies. But you know testimony my hands not up because all I did like older brothers look to Joe, we can say a thing about it. We just looked.
I'll never forget being in the hospital when my wife was given birth to the first of our two children. It was our very first experience in that war and she was attached to the machine and I was watching a little thing and you know when the contractions, it would show on the monitor and I got kinda fascinating. So baby you have another and you know what she said I know in other words, I'm watching that she's going through it. You gotta be careful when you talk to forget all you doing is watching them. Gotta be sensitive. Gotta learn to be more said the case then focal watch you and they got all this stuff to say about what you actually going through. Then I feeling the pain it is watching some monitor. I have several friends who said when they will have their first child. We had its natural we talked about a week ahead is natural, no drugs and we just want to test the old-fashioned way.
I'm just and crippling. Some real tight and my husband said he competed with me and we don't do this, not just all right, cool okay go that's what you want to do you go for what I've seen some of those that go so when I got in the people shoot me with everything you showed me what all ammunition I don't Take me to within in my life. If you have to. And we don't know what this is going to win then that kind of pain. I'm just glad Lord thank you Lord that you gave me the gender you gave me go man can do a whole lot of pain can be macho in some other ways you put up on the wall you got a problem in some other way. The problem is you do.
I promise you preachers just a title. Do not sell you, all you got a situation on your hands, but yet we can be some way to my wife handle blood problems, pesticide problem I dealt with trauma dramatic problems all my life I can deal with that I dealt with suicide.
I've dealt with murder. That kind of been there when people die all the stuff but when you introduce blood and pain. Physical pain into a situation I find a back seat somewhere and I just pray for him back to father in Jesus name. Hello, God, let your blood prevail. Lord, in the name of the Lord gave close and personal my Watkins I think the baby so we don't know the doubt and assume this was extraordinarily painful, unusually painful experience. But she named her child after what she went through, she created a prominent monument to a temporary trauma. She took what was just going to be a matter of hours and well as a matter of hours because she named him after he got here. She sold it. She had a male child. The trauma was all over the pain was subsiding. He is now, but she traumatized by the experience made what we would consider the wise decision put a permanent stamp on a temporary situation. She wrote in permanent marker about a situation that was going to be racist in a matter of hours.
The pain is real.
When she was going through it, but when she names him. The pain is subsiding, has gone away see you have what the Bible describes in 1 New Testament Pl. as the joy the Bible says all the pain last for a while but then it yields to the joy that a child has been born and you know it might not yield it right away because simple redundancy yeah well my pain.
It took a little while to yield to the joy but eventually you still have the joy of holding that little child and while you're pain was subsiding. You now have a new focus.
But something happened with this woman and her focus never shifted so much that she decided to put the pain pastor instead. It was her decision to memorialize the pain in our name, and she told this boy for the rest of his life. You called me pain mentioned having to go to school first day of school teacher reading names and you know little Hebrew kids names some significant God will provide. Here, here, causes pain to me, well advised, it is for this mother to have the source. She didn't mean harm given the benefit of the doubt while you given this mom of the benefit of the doubt. Father raised you and didn't do everything right. A little rope people around you so messed over you and disrespected you and handle your right realize that they don't get the right your whole story. It was unfortunate. This is all all I can and I try to believe what it was extraordinarily painful experience, or she didn't, and in her mind she wanted to remember the pain so that she could then remember that God brought her through it. Maybe. But then again she could've found another Hebrew word that would emphasize the coming through versus the what you were going through. But again, we all try to help her. All we can so that when we see here in heaven we like you doing when commanded to what you gotta understand. It was an ill-advised decision, even if she meant well. It was an ill-advised decision but it wasn't the end of his story. Do everything right by you, but is not the individual story, so we also will forget didn't do right by me. You have a couple hours let me to tell you all that have been through. First of all I don't have a couple hours not for that.
You know why because I don't need to hear your whole story to be able to tell you what I will tell you in this series, which is your story happen. It is true, it is legitimate.
The pain you've carried you've carried the weight of what others have done. That was his eyes, but that's not the end of the stone will serve a God doesn't have to meet you in a good place to take you to the best place thanks so much for being here for today's destined for victory message. How do you spell testimony if you missed any of today's message. Remember you can always listen on email@example.com that's Pastor Paul.net right now.
Pastor Joyce me from a studio in California will Pastor want everyone to know that you've written a great booklet that we want to provide for those who are able to give a generous gift this month. It's called turning your test into a testimony dealt most of us don't go through life thinking that tests are quick way to have a testimony. But God specializes in taking the tough times and turning them into something good doesn't tell us about this offer. This booklet that you've written. Absolutely Jabez is a guy who, as I mentioned in times past. You only have two verses in the entire Bible that tell you about the guy to versus yet those two verses teach us a lot. If we read between the lines and just let the Lord because us to get the truth the revelation if you will yeah these are not just words on a page. I think God wants us to know this. That's right. And here's a guy who started, I mean talk about starting out behind the eight ball. His mama named him after the pain of childbirth, like the world was she thinking she and her husband gave this boy the main causes pain.
Yeah, that's what happened and he had to live all of his early life he had to go to school first day of school and the teacher is calling names and she said cause pain where you because they raise your hand is ridiculous, but the fact is God help this boy grow up and understand I may not be able to change what they labeled me, but I can change whether I continue to live up to the label and so this booklet is my way of helping people understand you might not like where you are. You might not like what you had to go through but God can help you to be overcome or and at the end of the day. We are told in those two verses. This young man became more honorable than all of his brothers who were not so named and so we've got to learn that God can get you from where you are to a much much better place if you just walk with him. This booklet will encourage people and give them some practical handles on how to do just that. Once again the booklet is called turning your test into a testimony goes hand-in-hand with today's message 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.
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