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November 26, 2021 7:00 am
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Living life to the windshield, not the rearview mirror on today's destined for victory hello and thanks for stopping by just a few moments, Pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message in need of a supersized blessing, but first he's been kind enough to join me for a studio in California will Pastor is Thanksgiving week and we been through a lot this past year. Heavenly everyone listening has been through much, but the Bible tells us to be thankful in all circumstances. So let's talk about from woman. How can we do that and why is it important.
I love the fact that that dream is so clearly biblical that by the time we get to this season in our year.
It shouldn't be difficult at all to think about what Paul said in everything give thanks is what he said to the church at Thessalonica and one of the signs of the latter days that he gave to his spiritual son Timothy is that in the last days. People will be on grateful and we are living among some very ungrateful people.
So our challenge has to be. We shall not be among them. Yes there ungrateful people all around us but we know Jesus ought to live a life of constant thanks and praise.
I remind myself, and I often do it out loud to just say thank you to the Lord for little things named you for the small things I never wanted take simple blessings for granted, because if we ever lose gratefulness.
I think we have really gone backwards and I walk with God. So we we want to get better at being grateful people, and frankly, Wayne God has done so much for all of us and especially during this pandemic and during the craziness of the past several years. We owe God constant. Thanks for bringing us through all that we've come through with the hope and the promise that he's going to take us all the way and he's going to complete the good work that is begun in our lives. We said all the time. Here the broadcast. In Christ, you are destined for victory is true.
Let's remember to be thankful for the little things and the hard things along the way door ultimate victory in Christ. Destined for victory. Of course, exists only through your prayers and financial support, and we have a great resource for you. Today is our thinking when you make a generous gift is Pastor Paul's booklet turning your test into a testimony to great reminder that the challenges we go through.
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Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 because I want to make sure you understand that God has a plan for that is not going to be determined by what has already happened in our lives. In other words, you don't have to think well because this is been my history my destiny can only go so far seeking once every believer in Christ to live under the heavy weight of condemnation you are feeling guilty about a past mistake encouraged today that little voice you hear is not your own. It's the song of St. it is lyrics or lies today and destined for victory. Pastor Paul reminds us that in Christ the mistakes of our past don't have to keep us from victorious future. So now let's listen closely Pastor Paul Sheppard shares today's destined for victory message in need of a supersized blessing. You don't have to think well because this is been my history my destiny can only go so far.
The fact of the matter is, God is not going to determine what will happen. What has happened and so we must learn to be people like Jabez are willing to say, the past is the past. There is nothing I can do to change the past but God will able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I can have, or even imagine. And therefore I will not assume that my future is limited because of my past, so he asked to be blessed in a big way and in so doing, he is saying, Lord, I want you to give me a bright future.
Despite the fact that I've had a somewhat visible past and I was saying that we have to get rid of the victim mentality and I will pick it up there because that's what's keeping some of us from the direction God has which is the direction of miracles and provision and things that some of us have never even thought all board dreamed of yet. It's all ahead of you, but if you're going to experience it began getting ahead of the victim mentality. The case study I want to point your back to is John chapter 5 when Jesus shows up in Jerusalem at a place known as Bethesda. It was a pool blind people there that were laying people there that were paralyzed people there and this was a place where you had compassion you could show up and help care for the practical needs of people.
Well this one day recorded in John chapter 5 Jesus shows up there and the text suggests that Jesus showed up for one reason and that was to reach one man.
There were a number of people there but Jesus, that day has a divine appointment with one main.
He walks up to this one man and he asked him do you want to get well now the context tells the man has been an invalid for 38 years for 38 years.
His movement has been restricted for 38 years. He has not been able to live and be self-sustaining for 38 years. He has needed the care of other people for 38 years he has been in this situation, but God shows up in Christ that day to give him question. The only question Jesus asked is you want to get well now I point out.
This case study to show you that when you have a victim mentality you are focused where you should not be so much so that even when somebody asked you a direct question you can give him a direct answer. Jesus said do you want to get well that's up all get a one word response. Yes, if you're in the right frame of mind question, yes frame of mind. My man is in.
Do you want to get well.
Verse seven*I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred now. Paul's right there what you thought about. He thought about the fact that the people in that area had come to have confidence in the fact that because this was a place of compassion.
This was a place where sick people were being cared for and loved on this was a place the folks considered where the angel of the Lord would visit from time to time where God would send an angel and that Angel would come down and you would know the angel was in the area because the waters got stirred up and the people believe then when you see water stirred up. That means the angel is here you can get to the pool while the water is start up meeting, while the angel is here you are subject to get help your subject to get healed nor subject to have your situation improved, so this man has been an invalid for 38 years.
He knows full well that the mindset is the angel of the Lord visits from time to time, and so look at what he says.
He says well you see the reason why I haven't been healed. And the reason is people keep ignoring me. Nobody will help me nobody is gonna get me to the pool where I can get my healing. When the water is start, he says. In fact, not only doesn't anyone help me, but when I'm trying to get in the water.
There is always somebody who gets in ahead of me, using the victim mentality he's carrying. Jesus said do you want to get well.
Jesus didn't say what you think about the poor thing about the people he said do you want to get well and this man starts talking about people in pool and before your subject to get hard on him really not preaching this because I am preaching this because you and what I want to do is ask you who are the people and what are the poles that you are preoccupied with that are keeping you from being in my where you can receive the things that God has in store for you. I want to suggest that some of us are too fixated on people and circumstances every bit as much as this man was what what you do not invalid and I can't related all well before you said you can't relate. Let me just run a few scenarios by you and see if anything rings a bell. Some of us experience applications at a job and we got to because resume is as good as our experience is in such a wonderful fit for this job. But call me up.
They filled it with somebody you got the job half as qualified as I don't know how to do what I can do but they all pass and meal every time I put my resume always see me and gets the job somebody else and I got the job but they sent me a pink slip and have layoff company but of all the people though I'm the one they shut Because they still Admit I do happen they get the credit want with the pink slip somebody say well I got a boss who every time they pose no opportunity for you to move up in the company of new promotions and new areas will always put my name and put my name and because they all looked at some of those job put in for something to somebody so soon people and pulls some I say I keep to get the attention of somebody that I want to hook up with. I think we would make just about a couple to get there tension said years ago they won't 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 but if you've missed any part. Today's message you want to listen again anytime.
Visit Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net also find a host of great resources that are online. Pastor Paul. The rest of today's message in need of a supersized blessing girlfriend get serious and make this exclusive and let's start talking about the possibility of settling all flaky and not sure what they want to do the right time in my life and is not shared with me somebody won't make a serious commitment to me, but they will actually engage in days. All my time suck my emotional energy but won't commit to me won't marry me some you will say I got a spouse of Mary folks spouse who will do right by me will take care of my needs. I know what I mean. They just keep on ignoring what I mean if my spouse would just be better, be more loving and be more kind to me might be better but… This will be right people and pulls my Sarah had a spouse in this whole record came in to my spouse. People in pool somebody say I need a loan to get this business off the ground or reorganize my finances and I got everything in order and did all the paperwork and all the applications and they won't give it to me and I'm qualified to it alone in my call. I can't get the loan I need some I say I speak it alone somebody some money somebody some money and they paid me back long after they promised they would pay me back.
They spent over the money or time I see them. They grin and I'm sick all they do is grip and last week in the chart with no buying clothes but they won't pay me back the way don't lend money when you read several different places. Don't let money you keep good suggestion, but you don't have to take it out when the Bible tells you not to lend money is trying to save you from the trouble you have on right now if you want to blast somebody sent to them giving you because I love you so no strings attached doing God made all pass it on.
You know people relationship your peace of mind will cause people looking at you funny ignoring you altogether.
All it's when you have that expectation of the return that they become one of the people and pulls in your life. I've had experiences, so have some of you Bible told in Scripture quote folk who don't know how to pay back what they all, the Bible said a wicked bar with and pay if not again… I does a whole lot of wicked folk in charts years ago. That's why I learned I learned my lesson years ago. I'm a very liberal giver.
I just want to brag but I learned I was always liberal, but I used to lend people money and after about 234 relationships because these people would not pay me back, and all they do is grant and I found myself getting to what I wanted to see you to change as you know exactly what I'm told about you getting some of them trouble because you sick you money back will a hard feelings.
People treat me back with me you will know you just you will be a blessing to be a blessing. I bless people all the time. Bless of all time.
Never think about again sometime. They still trying to get when they come back to me and I really didn't feel like I could take. So here past. I know you think you just would feel better. Looking forward back and determine when I get to sleep without you, me all night long to get back to people and pulls somebody omitted a business partner who embezzled from you what insurance company that will settle what you a judge who unfairly sends to a parent who didn't love your right siblings, who will care for you at this stage in season in your life that you can't work your way into to keep on disappointing you to keep on trying to run when you do about them wanting to help out because from this point on in your life if that's will get you where God wants you to go. It is not history. It is not people. Dependability to get you the blessing is and he is the author and finisher of your faith have written a bad chapter but not the issue now now is say I am taking you somewhere and if you get your mind off of people really don't dictate your you will see me take you please make things in store for you but to get some of these people in the pool.
Jesus said this is a time for you to shake off your victim mentality once and for all so you will let your you could tell this long story about everybody who's disappointed you and it's time for you to pick up the new offer that record because they aren't dictating your future is not about them. At this stage in life there disappointing some of your matter.
One person because they keep on keep on people disappointing you you something.
If somebody keeps disappointing you. Do you know why that is because you failed to believe they are the first time Michelangelo got this one right when she said when people show you who they are, believe on the first time because if you don't blame the first on the go show you again so you would get to go show you again, and after a while like a victim. At this point you will volunteer because you can't put yourself in the position for them to show you how much they can disappoint you. Once you believe him. First time I see we are disappointed that the feature we can always come through for one another.
We but you can tell a person whose hearts right because when I disappoint you that they apologize. They do all they can to make up and heal the hurt and mitigate the damage and work to ensure that they can be more trustworthy in your life but I'm speaking our focal disappoint you, and really don't care attitude is get over it and you're mad at him when you pack attitude with somebody who does have one what you they left you with all the junk that disappointed you and don't care.
And now you're disappointed and you care a lot because I don't know, we gotta flip this around. You gotta quit caring about focal no longer care about you. Why does it matter what they think. Why doesn't matter what they did what you are. Thanks so much for being here for pastor Paul Shepard's message in need of a supersized blessing were so glad you stop by if you'd like more information about Destin for victory in the ministry here with a special gift we reserved for you as you give generously to the ministry this month. Please visit pastor Paul.net that's pastor Paul.net. From this moment on in your life. God is the only one who gets to find you.
He's the only one who gets to speak about who you are now all gotta stop just wearing the label somebody gave you this next time and pastor Paul Shepard's message in need of a supersized blessing. Until then, enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend and remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory