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January 24, 2022 7:00 am
God, you will never completely. Do yourself a favor, trying to figure God can assail me now. Love you in the last sentence may make no sense to you at all. God loves you unconditionally. The challenge for you and for all of us is to learn to love him the same way hello and thanks for stopping by for this Monday edition of Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard. Sometimes God will allow you to go through challenges you don't understand when that happens, you may struggle to understand him today pastor Paul wants to encourage you instead of asking God why me to ask him what now that's a question rooted in faith and trust in question is always willing to answer, stay right here or visit pastor Paul.net to listen anytime on demand. That's pastor Paul.net you can also subscribe to our podcast Apple podcasts modify or whatever you enjoy yours with today's Destin for victory message dealing with disillusionment. Here's pastor Paul Sheppard. I can tell, somebody was feeling like a slave who is feeling like you've been thrown aside a forsaken wall betrayed and you know all the details of what people did Ronnie spend we see what somebody did in the fact of the matter is, there will be such people throughout your journey on earth. God would anybody happy which you never love this person.
There are some full and if you have miniatures yet they come don't put that on now not put anything on your true your enemies are coming. They lined up all stage you'll see uncle Dale stage of your life.
But just as sure as you get to a Certain Pl., God will say you go out and they come out and read your life played a role in the golf and that's what happened with Joseph finds himself in Potiphar's house as a slave because the Lord is with them.
He works his way up and he becomes the chief servant in that house. So what started like a dark and difficult time. At least it's taking a not all day about positive terminal where he now was in charge of many things in that home and all is looking good on system, for comes off the side of the stage and comes into the picture. So all seems to be going well for Joseph. Relatively speaking, I mean he's a slave, but at least God has blessed them to excel where he is. That's a word for somebody you might not like where you are, but if you'll let be with you in this season. He'll bless you asked to excel where you are, even those not an ideal situation.
Even though you're not on an ideal job even though you don't have ideal supervises. Even though you don't have an ideal situation. If you let go with you to work he'll bless you right where you are and so Joseph was doing well ahead of law. Certain things in father's house since the body protects alike.
In doing so, the Lord is my shepherd, I see what I want and she goes after him. You know that story and in order to maintain his integrity. He runs literally out of this clothing. His outer garment and so when particle comes home, she tells a lie she accuses him of attempting to sexually assault her. Potiphar gets angry. I want you to see how when you walk with God. Things will happen that God make sure to orchestrate see sometimes he will let your enemies go so far but like the waters of the sea. They go to the shore but they can go beyond and that's what happened got mad and told me in jail, you said it was a blessing about that because Parker could have killed him. This man is not an Egyptian.
Their law would have allowed an official close to this servant who was a foreigner. He could've been killed there would be even been a trial instead Potiphar got mad threw them in jail. That was God's doing bottom-line God blesses them in jail.
He becomes the head of some things in jail and although he's a prisoner he still got rank in jail and so you know the story he is in jail for crime he didn't commit nice charge with what we would call a felony charge with a sexual assault on an official's wife lie so I want to talk to us. People say when will this nightmare end and I'm a tell you you don't know what God is working out as to why it hasn't ended yet Johnson had no idea. But here's what I need to Joseph Johnson one in jail for the weekend jail for weeks. Joseph went in jail for most. Joseph was in jail for he cares for us. We don't know the exact number of years that he was incarcerated but we know it was years because when he gets out. It's only a matter of a couple years after that that he becomes the man who his dream was fulfilled and his brothers come to Egypt looking for food, so we know that his nightmare started when he was a teenager. 17 he has the dreams when the dreams are fulfilled is 22 years later and much of that time 10 to 13 years is our best guesses, theologians, somewhere between 10 and 13 years.
He's in jail. He didn't do don't tell me you live right and everything goes well when he started out because I will take care that taught him in jail and taught him as a slave in another man's house.
He made them grow up mating mature and so by the time he's 39 and the dream is being fulfilled his brothers allowing before him. He's a mature man. He's bilingual he has a you know things are going real well and he has two kids.
He named him after what he went through one was Ephraim, and one was Manasseh one on name is God made me forget all the trouble in my father's household and another one God made me fruitful in the place where I suffered and if you walk when God when you nightmare is going again because you don't know what you need to worry about concern yourself with is going to please God.
While I'm waiting for this and I want to let you know that God has your timetable in my quick trundle along when I did.
Now, you did not. When you do. I'm in this part is coming the seventh consecutive thousand, when the door opens my poor yeah. In the meantime, just go on and let God roaster real good quality work and something so if you're like me you know sometime is that you'll just go through little easy quick thing sometime got a let you go through for long-haul slow bake but his work in hopes you gotta learn that lessons aren't always learned while your living sometimes the best lessons you learn when you look back. It's okay. That's why God let me go through. Now I see he let me go through it this way so that he would accomplish this purpose. One more example and I'll leave you alone.
The third example I want to share with you our two women named Mary and Martha, not a first example, we talked about Joel is like I did nothing to deserve this second example Joseph went to get this nightmare. This example of people who are disillusioned in Scripture. Mary and Martha, this is for those who are thinking we ask God for help, yet things went from bad to worse my need to write that down.
That's right where they are now those are big ask God why they prayed and fasted, ask God for help or safe, turn your plate right now. Yet things went from bad to worse.
That's been some of our experience and I want to let you know that even when that happens.
That feels like it's disillusioning like God I don't get is something you're going understand now you gotta walk by faith in John 11 I will read a lot of the story you know a lot of it. Let me just give the first six verses in John 11 John's gospel chapter 11 verse one now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with frequent fragrant oil and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters said to him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick when Jesus heard that, he said, this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God that the son of God may be glorified through it. Now Mary loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus all when he heard Lazarus was sick, he stayed two more days in the place where he was six make any sense to you when he man they just said it was sick well when you dropped everything you Bethany to healing. That is, you just read it when he Lazarus was sick. He said where I to morning listening to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California in the second half of today's message comes your way.
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Jesus's day's journey away.
So when the person they sent to get Jesus gets back now two days from when they said, go find Jesus. Two days later he gets back missing Jesus right behind no did you yeah yeah what is going to let me know. Lazarus was his man. Even though I makes no sense that Jesus would stay where he is. That's because you and I always are not his ways our thoughts are not his thoughts as high above the earth. That's how much higher.
His ways are than ours and his thoughts than ours.
So we stayed where he is. The girls are utterly disillusioned.
Talk about disillusionment in a way no. It was*and then pray like that messy seat not be honest. That way God did you hear me just use you may so leave me hanging. This desperate time in my life. That's why these girls are. He did nothing Lazarus was dead already when the servant got back, but that Jesus was married to healing okay.
He will even get word in time to heal them so that we so not a gotta prepare to have him go to the tomb, but they're still wondering.
So why didn't Jesus, at least, he can at least be with us as we weep over the dead body of our brother and of his friend. He's nowhere to be found playing the service all by himself.
If they were black.
You know I handles all the condolences and all that people read too many of them at the funeral.
I tell them hit destiny. You can read everything you pick out a few to represent. We got to move all he the one bedroom unit will kill all three naughty stuff, you know how they do you know how would the earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot you all finally going to the graveyard and they had to go bury him know Jesus. They gotta get back to the house if they were black. They eat chicken and potato salad know Jesus but why on the day Lazarus been dead four days solely over past when Jesus come down the road so my goal just runs back in the house to and know how you read it when I read John 11 I pick up that Mary Hannah to. I know you don't want to make almost completely holy because my Mary said in the house.
Martha ran. I said if you had a conversation with him that I am the resurrection and the life in the house and I think don't think I think she liked which will run out. Now he knows we call for him, but he sent for her keys in which assist go-getter limitations on when you got attitude with God. He did have I had to which you I'm glad he's a go-getter, she came out, and I'm sure when she saw all the love in his eyes broke something in her and she melted and said the same thing your sister said if you would you he would Jesus, it take me to where you laid note that means take me where you gave up take me to where you said it's too late. Take me to where you are through, expecting anything good in life.
Take me to your sense of hopelessness take me to show me how hopeless you feel hurt you are and they take him. You know the story.
He prays openly. He weeps for all how he loved him.
He went weeping because he loved he loved Underwood and cried and cried over the unbelief around kamikaze people don't understand why they know I'm a healer, but they don't know who I am, so they think this is over because they only know me as a healer, so he said let me show Ryan. You know what he does.
He makes them participate in a miracle. I don't think it happened roast on the way we can do that for four days now his body is decaying. It will be a stench we don't want to put somebody said no master told us to roll the stone away and they did when they rolled the stone away.
Jesus stood there and declared us come for you know you had to call my name. Don't.
He's at the graveyard when the resurrection that the graveyard he can just send it come for ever spoken the place would've come out today, he had to specify this in grade 3, 6 to 7, come forth. Lazarus came retell those of you who are thinking God for help is blessing me. He let things go worse if it's Devon child of God, though ours is God who can do it say about all that you can ask or even imagine. So if some of you are saying this is the worst I've ever been through.
At this point in my life right now. It is as bad as it has ever been.
So did Mary and Martha feel that way but then they saw would Jesus do, I came to tell somebody you serve a God who is able to do exceeding totally above all that he could ask Megan so he could trust him with the future of what you're going through and if it doesn't work as you thought it would. You've got have confidence in all of God's going to get the Lord Jesus start out saying I'm getting Gloria when the servant came to him. He said this is about that. This is about the glory I want tell somebody this about the glory got you know sometimes we don't believe Jesus is all we need until Jesus is all we have. If you are going through a challenge today that seems impossible to overcome. He had you right where we want you to be crying out for his help, so that he alone gets the glory when he brings you through that family. Thanks for being here for this Monday edition of Destin for victory in Pastor Paul Shepard's message dealing with disillusionment you can listen anytime to pastor Paul's recent messages on email@example.com that's Pastor Paul.net were almost out of time. But before we go I want to thank you for all you are doing to help Pastor Paul share the love of Jesus to the Destin for victory broadcast your prayers and gifts of help turn this into a worldwide ministry with a growing audience and an appreciation of your generous gift today. Pastor Paul will send you his DVD message influencers for Christ. We live in an ever darkening world. It needs the people of God to shine his light upon it as Jesus said we his church are that light in this message. Pastor Paul encourages you to make it a priority to show others the goodness of God and tell them all about his love for them and their need for him. That's influencers for Christ. I DVD message from Pastor Paul in our gift to you by request for your generous donation to Destin for victory. So, call 855-339-5500 or visit Pastor Paul.net to make a safe and secure donation online and you can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. Again, the addresses Destin for victory.
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A miraculous turnaround or to put it another way, are there times when God does not grant the miracle or the request we've made.
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