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When You Need a Favor from God (cont'd)

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March 8, 2022 7:00 am

When You Need a Favor from God (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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Even the most mature believers in Christ can let their fear compete with their faith.

Just a few moments, Pastor Paul Sheppard takes us to a familiar Old Testament story and is destined for victory message when you need a favor from God before we kick things off, you and I want to talk to you for a moment about the value of partnership. You know every day on destined for victory. We ask people to stand with us financially. That's because we are listener supported ministry. Let me underscore that this means the only way we exist is through your prayers and financial support, and it comes from people just like you in 2022. Our prayers that you might consider if you haven't done so already becoming a destined for victory, partner, partners, or special group of people that give a monthly gift of at least $20 if you can make that commitment. Today we have some special gifts tell you about in just a moment, but Pastor Paul joins me right now. Pastor take a moment please and tell us why partners are so important to this ministry you I'm glad you brought that up.

Wayne partners are really the lifeline of this ministry without those people committed to giving regularly. We literally could not continue doing what were doing.

I guess people hear that a lot, but it is really true without partners.

We simply can't get the gospel out to the world. The gospel is free but the plumbing cost an awful lot of money and we want to continue preaching. As I've said in times past we've got generations to reach that have never heard the gospel and they misunderstand when they hear people talk about things like serving the Lord and we need to make it plain to them. The only way I can do it is with my partners, helping us reach them through their generous gifts. I'm so grateful for every single partner and I'm praying in 2021.

That God will give us thousands more. There are many more outlets and many more opportunities we could take advantage of in our ministry but the only thing that holds us back is lack of income. So I'm praying that God is going to touch the heart of many more people to realize that with just your gift of $20 or more. You can help us remain strong on the stations and outlets were on and reach many more with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you Pastor.

That's what it's all about reaching more people with the gospel and if you make that commitment by pledging $20 or more per month to help us do that will send you with our thanks a couple of great gifts including one of Pastor Paul's most popular CDs. The best of let my people smile. It's a compilation of some of Pastor's most humorous illustrations and stories, something that will be sure to make you laugh and learn at the same time.

So, call 855-339-5500 or mail your gift letting us know you wish to become a partner. The address is destined for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538. You can also sign up by clicking become a partner right at the top of our and if you're already a partner Pastor Paul and I want to say heartfelt thank you and challenge you to consider becoming a legacy partner. These are special ministry friends are able to support us with gifts of $2500 or more each year. The details are available at the website. Pastor or by calling 855-339-5500 and one more thing.

If you can't become a partner today but would like to make a generous donation to destined for victory will be glad to send you Pastor Paul's booklet trusting God in scary times. That's trusting God in scary times. Sometimes obedience horseshoe obedience will bring your eyes into your heart. You have got a oneness.

Although do it anyway due to the pain.

When the last thing that only obedience will produce in your life. God declared Abraham righteous, not because of his behavior, but because of his belief and trust in God but that doesn't mean he never made a painful coming your way next Pastor Paul Sheppard takes us once again to the story of Abraham and Sarah remind us that obedience, although sometimes painful, always leads to blessing Celeste join him now for today's destined for victory message when you need a favor from God. I came to tell somebody your face in an awful experience but if you will obey God do what he said even though he didn't ask you to feel like doing and he just said doing sometimes obedience horseshoe obedience will bring your eyes into your heart. You have got a oneness. Although do it anyway. Do not self the pain when the blessing that only obedience will produce in your life so he sends them away. Now look in verse 14 then she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. I pointed out before we get to 15 because he not only had to say goodbye you know that Abraham is thinking what's happening he can't do anything about any of the he's got a trust God with the unknown he's got a say Lord I hope you got me here. You gotta put trust in the Lord when something in you wants to make it okay and I cannot tell somebody that, but that's part of your obedience, letting go and trusting God and so she's wandering there wondering this is an 104 day or two. This is wandering for weeks and we know it's a long period of time because it was a full scan of water with nothing but a little jug of water used up in a couple of days. This is a full scan of water. This would have been easily a couple of weeks of provision, but now it's gone.

Look at verse 15 when the water in the skin was used up.

She placed the boy under one of the shrubs. Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bow shot, for she said to herself. Let me not see that death of the boy so she sat opposite him and lifted her voice and went.

I need to make sure you understand what we just read there now out of supply. No more food, no more water in a wilderness get it, so there's no 7-Eleven you can go get a couple jugs of water in the wilderness, no food, no water, and this is he's crying.

She takes her teenage son and says just lay here and puts him somewhere she goes so far away that the Bible describes it as a bow shot were talking about bow and arrow were talking about a considerable distance. Let me make sure you understand what that means, that means she said I need to get so far away from him that I can't hear him cry because there's nothing I can do about it and it tugs at her parents heart when you hear your child cry so I can't do it. She goes so far away. She can't hear him anymore and then she begins weeping. Both of them were crying. She can hear him but she's weeping and I want you to see what's next. Because this is God's word to some of us.

Verse 17 and God heard the voice of the land.

Mama can hear them anymore but gossip decide I hear him all I need somebody to understand. You took your hands off because you had to. But when you took your hand off. I put my hand on him all I love the God we serve. He said I him.

I am a God whose very near and the one who told Abraham's servant to make sure it becomes a nation. Abraham had to take his hand when he wanted to be hands on. Now God's got him and here he is under a bush about to die of starvation and first but God has his eye. I came to tell you, sometimes God provides. But the way he gets to the provision can be real troubling notice in the Bible. There are different ways God provides.

When people get to that crisis point. When you read about is all, ways he provides. Sometimes you send you to somebody like he did Elijah go to the window and she will feature sometimes you to have you sit by the brook dries up sometime who do supernatural that the ravens fly in and drop you off food, but then sooner or later the Raven stop finding and you see little late today that part of the provision is over.

God does all kinds of ways in terms of this being out of water. That's like okay so housing will become a nation any dies of starvation, you kindly that kind of thing that God always doing the same and second Kings.

You remember the lady who her husband was in the school of the prophets under Elisha and her husband died and the creditor said well since the breadwinner is no longer here. We don't take your sons and make them bondservant to pay off your husband. The woman cries to the man of God. She said you know my husband took good care of you. He was one of your spiritual sons and he's dead and then back to take the boys, Elisha said tell you what what you have in your house, and she said I have nothing except a little bit of oil. She had one vessel would someone limit and he said okay tell you what, go borrow vessels from everybody you can and he said to her, don't borrow just a few get as many as you possibly can and she went all around borrowing vessels and brought them back into the house gave them to her sons she go back out bring some more until she couldn't find anybody else who had a vessel that she could borrow and he said now when you're done I want you to start pouring into the first vessel when that fills up set it aside poor into the next one and second Kings foretells you as long as you provide a vessel he will fill it up for you out of that little bit all that she had never dried up. There were no more vessels you read when you get a chance, thinking for when the last one was.

There were no ceased. Sometimes God will provide a miracle as long as you give them a container so he can bring it to pass go away were only about halfway through today's destiny for Victor message with pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. If you love listening to destined for victory. We know you'll enjoy watching some of pastor Paul's best video clips, subscribe to him on YouTube and for more details.

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Now this was the rest of today's message when you need a favor from God. Once again Pastor Paul C. God makes the problem. If you ever had that, miracle. You'll be tempted to say little about God that I know how you going to Candace know the God we serve.

Never does the same thing the same way so just when you think you got it fixed. He'll change plans why because he wants you to know he is your provision is not about the method it's not about the style of the miracle just let God be God. So there is no miracle like that here. There's nowhere she can borrow anything from there's no way she can pull all the water is gone.

What you do, then you gotta trust God as your source. I don't know how you're going to do it but you gotta do it because your name is on the you said you would provide name not my name you is on the line and provide for my own. So what happens in this situation when I want to keep reading.

So there they are. The Lord hears the voice of the land. Verse 17 the angel of the Lord called out of heaven said, what else you had gone as though I don't forgot about what it was your boy not for God has heard the voice of the land where he is arise lift up delay with your hand, for I will make him a great nation that God had given the word Abraham now he's gotta give it to her. He says lift him up, put your hand on him. I know you walked away. Go back over there, lift him up because you're going to see me make a nation out of him. Verse 19. Then God opened her eyes and she Saul a well of water. Wait a minute, wait a minute there in the wilderness desert. They are where people do not live there is no community anywhere around that could account for all desert but when you serve the God who created the heavens and earth need you to help him. He created well because he's God, and she looked up and the Lord opened her eyes and she saw it she filled the skin with water and drink. And God walls.

Verse 20 with delay. All you need is gone with you. Don't try to figure everything out. Are you with me and he said I'm with you always leave you, and he was with her. He was with delay and look at the rest of it he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness and became an archer using SE none of this makes sense. I need to know okay so after that we headed see the actual problem you always trying to figure somehow you think you're smart and is often get men God's way Need you to figure anything out. Just let him be God. They drank that provision to the next one would you don't even need to know about because now that you know God can make a way out of no way see you Sunday school. That's why you heard him saying stuff like that and say stuff like that. Not only will God open a door that no man can shut you see that in the Bible, but they started saying things like, gotta make a way where there is no way that will way so he created way we create God create wealth you create provision for you job you create thing for you. You qualify.

God bless them a way God made into a young man becomes an archer. He's able to provide for his family through that skill that God help them to part two, he became an archer, God didn't kill the food for them. He had to do it and you need to know God will bless you, but he'll put you in a position where you can be self-sustaining so God will sometimes give you that first fish but then he'll teach you how to fish you get on out there and catch your Chris from now. The bottom line is the Lord gave them the provision, and the boy grew up and became an archer he dwelled in a different wilderness and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

When the time was right, mama. I love it. Mama said no. I got this because we people who live according to the provision in blessing the God you can just bring any old thing up in this family. All I'm trying to help somebody I just recently young people know that we live in a day when it was some parents who were hands on about just about everything. I know that don't happen anymore.

You're groaning you'll do what you want do and what have you, and we see these past low around the one, do we discharge. I grew up but there was no I don't know what I would do with this child and it didn't even have to do with living in their house either definitely in the house. There were things you could do but even when you outside of the house you think you groaned you want your own apartment all that they stayed in your business.

You know why because they knew sooner or later you will be knocking on the door to him but I need some money. I me some food. I need some anything, just as you will become an open my business anyway. I will stay in yours because I know it did happen anymore. Let me just go back to yesteryear.

There was a day when they were all up in your business really come from with his mom today live drive me over to her house and sometime they look at you, which is so that you everything you know God provided for you. Despite the mess I came to tell you your messages your mistakes did not prevent your purpose from being fulfilled. You took a different route things you would've never had to go through but God said, but steel, meet you in the wilderness and I'm going to make sure that you get where I'm taking you so I need to let somebody know let it go. You're in pain. I get it while you're in pain. Let it go and let him go. Let her go. Let go let go because God's shoe. Once you let go. He'll step in may not come when you want. He's always on time may not do it the way you saw him do it before you think how he blesses you when no second Kings for blessings you don't get to pick out the miracle in the Bible that you want what is going give you, and some not be preceded by real tears in real pain real loss real hearty.

If you hello. He will get where he thanks for being here for today's destined for victory message when you need a favor from God. For more information about destined for victory or details and how you can request your copy of Pastor Paul's booklet trusting God and scary times. Visit Pastor that's Pastor

I don't care what your appetite is telling you because whoever you sizing about is what you think they are fleas are fleas for a reason real fantasy that's tomorrow and Pastor Paul Shepard's message needs can be tricky. Until then, remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory

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