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The second characteristic is obedience.
That's what we currently looking at all obedient Jesus obedience for us. He was our example in all when Jesus was about to launch his ministry. He modeled obedience at the beginning of his ministry. That's Pastor Paul Sheppard and this is destined for victory hello and thanks for tuning in, go to be an apprentice means going through on-the-job training with someone who has mastered a particular training for members of the Christian faith were apprentices of Jesus Christ who master the business of living environment for all the world to see. Today Pastor Paul tells us about another practice, a fictional character for the most popular movies in the 19 this young boy shows us what happens.
We fully commit ourselves to our teacher and obeying his instruction, stay right here or visit Pastor Paul.net to listen to destined for victory on demand. You can also subscribe to the podcast that Google podcast or wherever you enjoy right now, here's Pastor Paul. Today's message you're in training looking at paradigms that will help provide insight in the matter of spiritual discipline. The training that God has all of us going through at different seasons in our walk with him earlier in the series we covered the first paradigm which was school and we looked at how school old-fashioned school is like God's treatment of us as he is teaching us, equipping us in the matter of spiritual training currently we are looking at the second paradigm which is apprentice ship and I spent all of last message on that. I want to pick it up there and then go to the third paradigm. If time permits and talk about military basic training. But before we get to that I need to make sure we cover all of the ground regarding apprenticeship. I said that in the matter of apprenticeship in biblical times apprenticeship had three characteristics.
The first of those was commitment be apprentice had to make a full commitment to the mentor full commitment to the master a full commitment to the person who was going to teach them the trade the expertise that they saw commitment is the first key and I spent time in the last message talking about how important it is to train in the area or to respond to God's training. First, with commitment to say Lord, whatever you want from me. I'm going to commit to being sold out.
It's time for us to make the decision. Those of you who are still Brylcreem Christian Brylcreem Christians. I said that all over the decades, and it bears repeating. Now Brylcreem. Christianity is not biblical Christianity young folks I want in the world is Brylcreem Christianity can answer it for you. Everybody over 50 can answer the question because we grew up with a commercial on TV about a product called Brylcreem and it was hair grease.
That's pretty much what it was hair grease and their slogan was a little dab will do. You'd came in this little to and you would squeeze the tube at a little Brylcreem you see on the commercial they put a little on their finger then rubbed her hands together and then looked at head up and it was a little dab will do you. That's great Brylcreem that will not work for salvation that will not work for following Jesus. Jesus had no part-time followers. He had no followers. Is that well sealed Monday and Thursday but you know I got nothing to do a little, you will not work in Christianity and the first thing you need to know is, God is calling all of us be come evidence of Jesus Christ, you will not learn what God wants to teach you in this season of your life until you are fully committed. You got a be all in. Now I'm giving you not only biblical case studies will be paradigms but I'm giving you case studies and contemporary time and in this point, I'm giving you the case study of the movie the karate kid the karate kid. Both the 1984 version in the 2010 version. Both of them had a young boy who wanted to learn karate or in the second version kung fu, and in both cases, they found a mentor who was willing to teach them but both mentors require that they were fully committed to the process.
I remember in the 1984. Mr. Miyagi said to Daniel before they started the training you and I need to enter into a pack and he described to him. He said if you're going down the road if you go all the way to the left side your phone. Miyagi said if you go all the way to the right side your fine. He said, but if you go down the middle, squish what he said that he said that's the way it is when karate. If you commit all the way to find commit to the right little bit little bit out. He said you will never succeed, and as it is in karate training, so it is an spiritual truth.
You will have to make a sold-out commitment offense. I serve God till he gets inconvenient till it gets tough. I serve God till my feelings change that does not make you a disciple of Christ. It might make you a churchgoer and some churches might be happy to just get from you whatever they can get. I'm here to tell you this pastors job is the call you to full commitment.
Jesus Christ, you gotta be all lien. The second characteristic is obedience. That's what we're currently looking at all obedient. Jesus modeled obedience for us. He was our example in all things.
When Jesus was about to launch his ministry. He modeled obedience at the beginning of his ministry how to do that through the temptation in the wilderness. When you read Luke chapter 4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from Jordan where he was baptized by John the Baptist and he was led by the Spirit into the desert for the best of being tempted by the devil. Why would the spirit of God lead the son of God into a desert for the part of letting blood will tempt him because it was going to show his obedience before he launched his ministry and some of us want to launch some great things that we have great visions. While I do want to see great things happen and you envision yourself a great marriage and you envision yourself in a better job or career and you envision yourself and you guys will use you in some way and I'm here to tell you before you launch all that you need to make sure that you have been feeding the enemy and all of the points of temptation and you are beyond conditionally surrendered to God under this was rendered and the devil. Of course he doesn't tempt you to sharpen you spiritually. He's trying to bring you down, but the same process that could bring you down will also take you up if you say yes to God and so me all the mad that the devil is just fight you on one hand after the other is so busy in my life any God sent them into your life. Not for the purpose of destroying you. Please try to destroy you, but God is trying to use it to bring you to a higher place to teach you the value of unconditional obedience. He modeled it at the beginning of his ministry and Betty modeled it at the end of his ministry after his ministry was already was getting ready to go to Calvary as he was facing Capri.
Knowing that was the next thing on the divine agenda for his earthly life. What would Jesus do in Matthew 26 he went to a garden called Gethsemane said to his disciples. Most of his disciples sit here while I while I go over there and pray, and then he took Peter, James and John and Walter farther into Gethsemane, and he began to be sorrowful in trouble and he said my soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of here and keep watch with me. If you are a fully committed disciple of Christ you will better surround yourself with some of the fully committed people, some you all are independent and try to be surrendered to God is not going to knock you off of you by yourself. You can't walk a dangerous neighborhood by yourself. You just don't do it. We grow up knowing parts of town I lived in Philly but not all family was welcoming me that when they know if I'm going there better not go along.
Take my cousin Stevie with me what you my cousin was a storm of hoodlum. I love quite gratified to me what you going to what you and listen you some spiritual hoodlum Judy some folk will know how to be militant and play and have faith and believe God will know how to stand on the word, tell the devil where to go and join the map so it will get lost. So we all too independent for your good.
Jesus modeled that he took all of the disciples into the first part of the Gethsemane. Then he told them stay here and then he told Peter, James and John F7 because he was already gone, but he told Peter, James and John. Come on with me a little farther and he opened up to them said my soul is exceedingly sorrowful and to death, fellas. I feel like I'm about to die. Why, because he knew he's now at a new point that requires a surrender. He's never had to face before the surrender of the rear of his ministry was good but you know when you progress through school just because you aced this test and you pass that great when you get to know one you got a whole another set of things. The study Jesus now was facing something that is where some of you are actually you want to realize that what you been doing is going to say life is getting harder for me my challenges again harder my Giants a bigger, that's a compliment you been tested.
As you can get left back. You gotta love that you see the same things, recycling in your life. Could you have passed those tested in the same test different person same test different job same test different dynamic same test that tells you, you have passed the chip. But you and you know you already defeated him in that way when I was some comes into phase unit that will then send that he smarted in that came from him tell single thought that I was about to come on.
You try to get you into Anil's and they don't do anything but send them by taking a shot. You never know that you are my good luck today because it makes you go before now, but I need some help right now coming up next. The rest of today's message you're in training with Pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor, destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California.
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First you have to obey what is already told you, because obedience precedes Revelation is Pastor Paul with the rest of today's message you're in training under the cover under the table because you know I really could do this and you see yourself and yourself getting away with. That's the real temptation that's go make you go before Gaza Lord help me and Jesus was at a new place in his life.
Now, as he faces Calvary and but he modeled for us obedience because he paraded through and noticed he didn't pray it right away. He had to pray three to he was the right thing.
The first two times but just because you say it doesn't mean your hearts all the way there. You gotta wrestle everything the motions you gotta wrestle everything down and he was saying, not my will but thine be done. It was possible let this cup pass from me, but he only had a bike look at what it cost in the Bible says he prayed until broke through and instead of sweating. He was bleeding. Listen, so you will have a wrestle hard enough yet.
All I came with a word for you. You have wrestle hard you spoiled you think a little bit of tough time a gospel deliver you. Hello it is rough this week.
They hurt my feelings will be all shut up people hearts are filled without trying nothing that's not a trial grow up you big baby know God has kingdom plans for you. They want you to say I.
People say they want to be a difference maker bill changer okay cry over some little pitiful trial so you gotta learn that God wants you to get down to the place where you break through and say whatever it takes. I'm going to say yes to God.
Obedience when you look at obedience. In the example of the karate kid. I love it, especially the first one obedience thing is seen most clearly in the first one is a little bit of it in the second 12. But in 1984. The original karate kid after Daniel made the pack with Mr. Miyagi. Here's what Mr. Miyagi said to him, he said, I promise. Teach karate. That's my part you promise. Learn I say you do know question that's your part deal. That's what he said go that again because you did hear God speak to you, say again, and this is Miyagi talking to Daniel this is God talking to you I promise. Teach spiritual development. That's my part, I promise make you strong believer. That's my part, I promise give you heavy anointing. That's my part, I promise you, you greatly. That's my part. You will promise learn. I say you do know question God's you will know question you know that's your partů Feel what you say now Daniel said deal.
Here's what happened next yard vehicles in Mr. Miyagi's yard beside his truck there before other vehicles, so they struck Bill Miyagi picked up a bucket with soapy water and a sponge pulled it out put it in Daniel's hand.
He said wash old cars then wax. Daniel began to protest hey Jess said deal they got the salt in the water and responds Paul wants all the cars then wax and Miyagi cut them off. Remember deal then me.
I just said wax on right hand wax all left-hand breathe in through your nose, out through the mouth he said wax on right hand just repeated for wax all left-hand breathe in through nose, out through mouth, not just one car, all the cars. Daniel did it when he got through the next scene, Miyagi is at the floor of his outdoor garden he had these wooden floor that went throughout the outdoor area in his yard and he had Sanders. Daniel came over Psalm so it's cool put them on his hand, start acting like it was an instrument played and Miyagi sis about how much he played.
Then he said send the floor the whole floor showed them how to do it. The motions and Daniel started doing it next scene is night.
Daniel's just finished sanding all the floor comes over to Mr. Miyagi. I finished, Maggie says okay come back 6 AM start early next day. Next scene, Miyagi has imbibed the fence you got this long, elaborate fence, wooden fence. He tells Daniel paint the fence the whole fence shows them how to do it, how to stroke Popeye with the brush come down just showed them exactly how to move said use the larger panels usual left-hand small panels usual right hand, making them ambidextrous and he does that all day in the evening he comes back and thinks he's finished and Mr. Miyagi said both sides. Daniel said not yet and had to start again worked late into the night. When he finally got through Mr. Miyagi said come back in the morning started early in the morning Mr. Miyagi.
While even Daniel walked over and saw all paint buckets, brass, and I know said display, paint the house.
Daniel was, you may not always understand God's methods, like Daniel, you may grow frustrated, confused, even angrier teacher. But remember this key principle, God's ways are not our ways. There will be times when things he's trying to teach you will seem completely unrelated to the problems you're facing in your day-to-day life. But as you get to know him as you fully submit to his training and instruction is Daniel, did you begin to see how it all makes sense. Thanks much for being here for today's destined for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard to hear any recent message on demand, including today's teaching you're in training visit Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net, stop by anytime to find out more about the destined for victory ministry to shop for resources that are online store or to make a safe and secure donation in appreciation of your generous gift today. Pastor Paul will send you his booklet creating a relational legacy earlier this month, Pastor Paul and his wife Meredith spent a few days here and destined for victory talking about the ways we can improve and strengthen her personal relationships. In this booklet highlights the major themes of those messages again. It's called creating a relational legacy is our gift to you this month by request for your generous gift destined for victory. Just call 855-339-5500 or visit Pastor Paul.net to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to destined for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. Again, the addresses destined for victory.
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