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Making the Most of What We Have, Part 6

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April 18, 2022 8:00 am

Making the Most of What We Have, Part 6

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Live your life on top of all time. You give enough time to things that are important but not urgent. You will prevent some of them from becoming urgent. When did Noah built the ark before the rain hello and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Shepherd, senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California. Well it's one of the most famous of Christ's teachings, the parable of the talents Jesus was showing us how to be good stewards of all we've been given her time and talent and our treasure when it comes to our time, he said, is not only about how we spend it, but when we spent today's message straight ahead stay with us now or listen to a recent message online on-demand pastor that's Pastor now with this message, making the most of what you have expressed repulsion. We spent a lot of time covering how to utilize natural resources in a way that pleases God. The goal is to hear the master say one day.

Well done good and faithful servant. Every one of us will give an account of our lives to God in our future and therefore we want to be doing the things now that will prepare us to hear the Lord say well done.

Now when it comes to our time, which we are currently focused on. We have talked about the importance of assessing the time God has given us, making sure we understand that God is given all of us the time we need to do his will. We have committed that we will no longer say I don't have enough time to do all the things I need to do. Not true.

God is faithful and he will give you the time to do what he is assigned to your life to get done. It is how we utilize that time that is important.

So we talked about assessing the time God's given us. We talk next about the fact that we dedicate a tithe of our waking hours to the will of God to kingdom advancement to spiritual development and to worshiping God. I want to encourage you to not only be a tither financially, which is very important in pleasing God, but also to be a tither of your time to dedicate 10% of your waking hours to spiritual development to worshiping God to kingdom pursuits and we talked about that at length in the last installment of our series and then we began talking about living your life on top of time and what I mean by that is to live your life doing those things that are important, as opposed to giving quality time, the things that are relatively unimportant. If you really want to hear the Lord say well done about the way you use the time he gave you then you want to make sure to be like Jesus. Jesus lived a very time conscious life. You see him say at the age of 12. I must be about my father's business. Even though his public ministry did launch until he was 30 years old at age 12 he knew that time is marching on, and I need to be about my father's business.

He said later as his ministry developed in John chapter 9 verse four.

I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day or night is coming, and no one will be able to work, we've got a learn to get important things done and I want to pick it up there talking about how to live our lives from that purpose mindset about a lot of things that will eat up a lot of your time. But when you stop and look at him. They're not necessarily important thing we said as we close the last message is not everything that is urgent is important. Now some things that are urgent and important. But there are other things that are urgent but not important and I left all talking about our ringing phone not everybody will talk to you your time now.

Therefore, based on what they have to say.

You can put them all until after you've gotten some important things done to help you if you let me because a lot of us act like a ringing phone just had to be answered now that the matter is if you are at that moment in your day doing things that you know to be important later in the series about the kind of things that are important developmental important family time is important. Balance is important for you to put some in your kids a little just sit up and live their lives playing some game, and you have put anything into them have mastered Nintendo and have mastered manners and I don't care how well you can play Xbox if you don't know how to speak and treat folk right if you don't know how to do your homework. If you don't know how to mind your business. You need to be thought and so is time for you to put some quality attention into your children.

There is time for recreation part of God's will is for you to have fun and fillers in your life. It is time for rest. There is a body of design. You need some sleep.

You cannot keep burning the candle at both ends and think you're going to make it as all of those are things in the area of importance time to minister and serve the needs of others. God's given you time for that so focused on one of those things right now, then this might not be the time to just add to the wrong person on the outside you update your concentration broken so much I have to learn to do is live your life focused on things that are important, which means it was a time in your day when you can answer the phone got it doesn't matter who then brought it out alive. Other than that voicemail on answering machine was one of the best inventions of the 20th century was answering machine answering machine when you leave a message. Nice little greeting telephone to leave your message and I said as I enter the last message and don't lie on your answering machine. Don't tell people I'm not here leave a message because you might be there but you're doing something else.

And depending on the importance of this particular message you leave. I will respond at some point you'll have to tell them what you're doing at all blind on the machine. I called up and told me they're not there to hide his basketball just getting back to the Lord all you know you will witness what you just like reading hello this is your resident, please leave a name, phone number message.

God bless you everything you said was true, and depending on the nature and importance of that call. You'll get back to them sooner or later, and I don't talk to machines well you got a problem because I'm like Jesus and to stay focused on what's important and not everything that is urgent is important, not everything on your door is important to stay focused you learn to live your life on top of time and the more you spend time doing things that are important things that are important and not urgent, then you will actually build the quality of your life. Because if you give enough time to things that are important but not urgent will prevent some of them from becoming urgent. If you let me break this down if you give enough time to properly rest and taking care of your body you can prevent some of the problems you will have enough time to do while your body will start screaming at you. You are not treating me right. You're not resting me enough you are not getting enough sleep. You are not getting me to write the body will start talking to you and you gotta learn to listen to it so things that are important but not urgent you want to stay focused on them because in some cases you can practice prevention. You don't want your kids get buck while give him time.

While it's important but not urgent so that you don't end up having to go stop in the middle of your day and go up to the school because you put an up call back at school break in the day raise back in the day where you messed around and didn't learn it right at and what does your parents would come to school. I have friends who my mama never had become of me.

I knew better than the great debt situation.

She never had to work. I was glad knew how to handle my business if I did some I had no business doing.

I was real about it because you had to protect your interest. I have friends who want to show it out at the school and back in that day. I don't know what you all do not pray and intercede for y'all. Now what you do generation of the method back in mind that your parent would come up there.

I have friends whose mom is house you come up that would house you would let the right size.

I never thought anything like that back in my right hand. Mother was looking in the coal somebody had called and said you what will come here all the walk out in the document was not abuse friends know reading somebody to preform more be listening to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard who is senior pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California in the second half of today's message comes your way.

Next, so stay tuned, listen to Destin for victory wherever you go. By downloading our free mobile app you can tune into any of Pastor Paul's recent messages on demand can order resources from our online store you can even take notes from the sermon directly from the app search Destin for victory in the app store and downloaded today and don't forget to subscribe to the Destin for victory podcast Apple podcast was modified or wherever you enjoy your podcasts but if you neglect things that are important. It won't be long before they become urgent pastor Paul once again with the rest of today's message making the most of what you have learned. They become urgent become urgent vacation before you have to take a vacation.

Keep your mind and your body and your emotions in order right.

You can't keep Gawain cannot keep it up you can't just burn the candle and at a certain point to gotta get way, a part from everything you're doing so that you don't come apart. Gotta take a break in the season where my finance and I can go to the Caribbean and all the fancy stuff I want to do what that's like happening that season. What you can do everything that you want to do but what you can do in this season and take a break, take a break, but take a break. I got to the season. Sometime the break would just be. Just check into a place somewhere out on the outskirts of town and just go there and show how rest and relax your mind and get away from it all because you have to live your life in that zone of focusing on things that are important important. Some things are both urgent and important.

Some things are urgent but not important and you need to differentiate them. Now I want to also keep helping you now apply this, let me give you another principle here. You gotta understand that Jesus himself did not allow other people don't allow other people to dictate your schedule. Learn to live according to what God has called you to do.

Don't let people guilt you into their schedule.

Jesus did not do that. In fact, let me show you something in Luke chapter 4 Jesus went to his hometown. He is now lost his public ministry and the downfall Heard of some of the miracles and the great things going and has to end up explaining to them why he can't waste much time among them because they were very familiar with him. Mary and Joseph brought a miracle working on it you to live right down the street and look at how Jesus handles in Luke chapter 4 verse 23 Jesus said shortly you will call this proverb to me position yourself here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum. I tell you the truth, he continued, no prophet is accepted in his hometown. I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah's time when the sky was shut for 3 1/2 years and there was severe famine throughout the land, watched it yet.

Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to the widow at 05 in the region of Saigon and there were many in Israel with leprosy at the time of Elisha yet not one of them was cleansed only name in the Syrian verse 28 of for all the people in the synagogue were jewelry when they heard this, Jesus said to them, just because I did it somewhere that mean I can do it here just because I have worked hard and worked miracles among some other people doesn't mean that's God's agenda for me here in Scripture all you want but I'm about my father's business. And frankly, one of the other Gospels revealed to us in Mark's gospel reveals in chapter 6.

The reason why Jesus didn't do much of his hometown was because of their attitude. It had more to do with their lack of receptivity to the supernatural that he was a hometown boy until they have to see him the way God created them as the son of God and the Savior of the world knew not to spend a lot of time hang around with faithless people have to learn that lesson.

Many of you dipped too much time weak areas and weak people.

Otis don't help you God, which at time you learn to play to your strengths hung around the region free to bring the hometown folk to have some faith but that was not what the father wanted him to do that too many people around you already have faith.

I want you to be at the right place at the right time so that you can minister to them instead of wood folk who are ready for prime time, and you have in your life a whole lot of people who are not ready for what God really was done in their life so they will not respect you for your time, what they will try to do is dictate what you want to do you have in your life. They try to act like everything is of utmost importance usually does drop what you're doing, right now. Jesus said to the hometown work like that. He said there were miracles that will work for specific people at specific times and he said you got understand that that's the way God moves in my life and I would encourage you to operate like Jesus.

Do not allow people to dictate your schedule. Jesus gave you that time to do his will so you must be about your father's business when it's time to sleep go to sleep.

You only have to leave your phone on, just in case if you have the minimum to keep our phones live because our relatives and friends) a respectful night. You know will be summer so all you know you have some raggedy folk in your life who will not respect you and your need for rest and so you have to force the issue you Apple settle text you anyhow. What a morning turn off the text sound. I'm not done what I do at a certain time when I'm done now I'm done with all of turn that sound off. I keep my ringer lot number and those that haven't know how to respect my.I'll keep you regular live and my phone rings at three in the morning. It is an important I see that I have informed the people on the East Coast.

The difference in the time zone you know your friends on the East Coast. You got to straighten them out just called at 730 in the morning where you are. I think have to be up by 730 is not some where I am where you are way I am. I promise you I'm not up and so they all informed and they know how to sew my bowling mill not I know it's something urgent and important. But you have to know the people in your life. Help respect your time. Set the proper boundaries telling him about doing the things that I know God would be pleased with with my life in time. If you need me I will be there but make sure it is a need not agreed, not agreed, you have some folk in your life who just think they can dominate your time, your energy just drain you dry and you have to correct that pattern just like Jesus did with his hometown folks here now before note that verse 24. The people got mad when you gobbled your time you will have some angry people in your life.

I'm telling you now that will be some people don't like it, especially if they have gotten used to you being codependent with them and gotten used to just be never tapping your time and your energy just pop up on your job just pop up in your life whenever they get good ready to drop what you're doing and suddenly you start creating boundaries that are not going to be happy but you have to say. Oh well. May the Lord bless you and help you understand that I must be about my father's business so you gotta do that to give another point for how to please God, with your time stewardship get good at saying no when necessary.

Gotta get good you will need practically need a prayer line for this point we lay hands on your Paul on your way will God help us.

Some of us are lousy at no lousy at know where to tell you if you will do the will of God now has gotta become part of your vocabulary why vocabulary went around doing any and everything him to do when they want and how they wanted not thanks so much for joining us for today's destined for victory message making the most of what you have, you know, one of the best things we can do with our time is to invest in the great commission pastor Paul Sheppard's mission here destined for victory is to share the hope we have in Christ with as many people as we can and you can help from monthly gift of only $20 or more, you can become a destined for victory partner joining Pastor Paul in sharing the gospel all over the world through these radio and Internet broadcasts. It is our way of saying thanks for becoming a partner will send you what a pastor. Paul's most popular CDs.

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