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Making the Most of What We Have, Part 7 (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard
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April 21, 2022 8:00 am

Making the Most of What We Have, Part 7 (cont'd)

Destined for Victory / Pastor Paul Sheppard

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Hello and welcome to this Thursday edition of Destin for victory with Pastor Paul shepherding just a few moments. Pastor Paul shares his message, making the most of what you have. But first we like to share a few words about the reality of the resurrection in a pastor's part of this month celebration of Easter we prepared a booklet which will encourage everyone with the hope and power. The resurrection, it's called he's alive and I'll give listeners the details of how to get a copy in a moment, but right now, why should the fact that Jesus is alive be so important to those who claim to follow Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the truth that distinguishes our faith from all other religions. When we think about it. If Jesus was only an outstanding leader and teacher while on earth, and many people even non-Christians realize that he was, but if that's all he was. Then he is to be named among great men. But we who are Bible believers, we who are followers of Christ. We proclaim because we believe it is absolutely true that the historical fact is not only that he lived and died but that he rose from the grave on the third day in many lives now and he still lives.

So that's a different message than you'll get from any religion anywhere in the world. He's not just a great man.

He's not God man. He is the Redeemer. He is the one who revelations as well as their buddies alive see when you got me preaching that buddies alive and he is coming again for his church. I'm excited because Easter is something we need to all rejoice about because it is what makes our belief system different than any other in the whole world and I praise God that that day is approaching and once again we're going to rejoice in the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What a day that will be again this booklet is called he's alive and it's our gift to you this month for your generous donation to Destin for victory. Please call to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538.

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Having both dynamics is what I made an you have 8000 people or more in the stands desperately needing exercise watching 22 people on the field who desperately need rest. You may have heard it said that in most churches 10% of the people do 90% of the work. It's true, but it doesn't have to be coming your way next on Destin for victory. Pastor Paul Sharp reminds us that it takes every member the body of Christ, using his or her unique gifts and abilities to carry out the great commission Celeste join him now for today's message making the most of what you have got to get one of God in our generation charges have to stop having football stadium dynamics is what I made an you have 1020 3040 8000 people or more in the stands desperately needing exercise watching 22 people on the field who desperately need rest and that's what happens in a football stadium, but it's not supposed to happen in the kingdom of God.

When I sit back any popcorn and watch the superstars were supposed to be equipped and called and nurtured and sanctified and set apart and cleaned and then get together so that we can go out and do the work of the ministry. That's what will result in the saving of souls.

The changing of live we've all got to do our part and so the Bible is clear that God has given all the possibilities and we now have to set aside time to use those and so you find a ministry in your territory in a neighborhood Bible club.

Whatever it is, but most churches, at least, that are really serious about fulfilling the great commission as they are constantly looking out and needs, we can meet and they need folks who will say yes I will be part of the ministry team of that church. You don't have to hire me.

I have my own job or God blessed me with other income but I will volunteer to for six hours of my time awake. Whatever minister you get involved in requires I will give some time weekly are regularly so that I can be serving others in the name of God dedicate your time to ministry here in our church every several months we put out a booklet that called are you on the plane and we live hundreds of needs waiting to be met ministry that are understaffed, waiting to be met just what all that we need is right in the house, but we've got to decide.

Yes, God has called me to be on the team. I went to pray and fast about all I gotta do is look at the fact that he had put the gifting that abilities and me and he has blessed me to have the time you have time and ability that equals ministry and so I go and I say yes I will be part of what God is doing.

I will be part of seeing him continue to save souls and change lives and make a difference for both time and eternity and I want to encourage you to understand that this is God's will remember all of us are going to give an account. This passage says that when the master returned. He returned to settle accounts my job to help you be ready so that when your stand before the Lord on that day you are ready to settle the account you're not that old low panic and you're not worrying that you are going to be jobs because you are a nonprofit servant you come before the Lord with excitement knowing that I have by now I am giving him a good return on his investment. That's what I got, equip you to do and so that's why we must set aside time.

It's like anything else you don't say I don't have time, you make the time. Time is not had time is made people more fruitful and productive and get a lot done in their lives. They have no more time than you have and they have no more ability they have different abilities, but no more ability you have time, you have ability so you have the opportunity to make a difference for God and I want to encourage you to do just that and realize that the Lord is expecting out of your life a return on his investment. Don't get spooky and spiritual about it. Overly so. Just recognize that if the gifting is there and you can make the time in your schedule. Then you find me in your chart showing some ministry over the face when you say here you can count on me. I will be a solid volunteer so I can use my gift things, whether it's in children's ministry or outreach ministry or helping with addicts who are now in Christ and getting free from their addiction so I'll be at work or whatever it is I'll be a greeter.

God given me a great smile, great people in Jesus name I can use me.

God given your great smile and a great personality and you can greet people and make them feel special to pray and fast. Find a ministry where customer service can come through and you can be God's customer service agent and help people understand that God loves them in my former church of years ago we had a lady, she had the greatest, but she had the meanest face. She did mean face and she became an usher sociopath that when the senior pastor one day I went to the leader, and I said tell me what's your impression of the sister and how she serves her well pastor you know she's a good sister and what have you, but there are some folk who just wonder why we have a meeting usher. I say yeah that's what I kind of thought because you know you knew she had the love of God in our heart just never showed up in and so I went to the pastor said no there's usher we will make an adjustment and just make sure that he's in on all you do.

So we went and we set aside said maybe we love you and thank God for you. In this church but I need to help you find another area of ministry. And here is why I know your loving person I've gotten to know you and all but you know your facial expressions out trying to find a way to counter shared with her out and she said other people over the years. Tell me about that church. I knew that people say you look so mean you didn't like you want as she said but I know in my heart that I don't feel that way. I said, and we know it to you.

We know your loving woman, but there are some ministries where you don't have to have a certain, and that's what we don't know the city wanted to give God a good return on his investment, and for some is not of faith but if you know some other issues I got low edge on their words and what have you, pray for you and how God has equipped you to speak ministry that I thought you you can find though there is something that will allow you to do and do well to glorify God in advance the kingdom, and we've all got to Find Find Our Unique Pl. in God's plan because every one of us has such a place. And until we step in that place they'll be some ministry that's going on done there some needs that are going on met because we haven't stepped into place and so I want to encourage you to make sure that you set aside the time and investigated where do I fit in the plan of God for my life.

Here's the way Peter put it in first Peter 410 each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms one of us will go away were only about halfway through today's message with pastor Paul Sheppard who senior pastor of destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California.

Be sure to subscribe to pastor Paul on YouTube to watch some of his best video clips for more details. Be sure to visit pastor that's pastor There you can listen on demand recent messages and find a variety of resources in our online store. All of us when given certain gifts and abilities and talents that equip us for some type of ministry in the body of Christ is pastor Paul the second half of today's message making the most of what you have. Peter says each one of us should use whatever gift we received to serve others. You gotta make a decision. I am going to volunteer my time.

Now listen, let me understand something when you are volunteer but your plan, your goal is the please God, you got treated like a real job and me. You don't call anybody don't check and don't let them know what was going on in your life seriously and trained you are now in vocational ministry that would not about put me in the past, a few tests with the Sunday school class, and they started me out teaching a Sunday school class with no classroom some chairs out as a natural glass go find some bull got them down and think, and then they watch me learn how to teach and then from the path of the contest and be a deacon in my job as a young deacon was they decided to give me the job of taking the fathers from the chart home every Sunday afternoon she looked down I don't even know what that town was.

She lived in even though its name is the truth and with my job as a young deacon to drive her home every Sunday afternoon. This is after early morning prayer Sunday school morning service that would long y'all got it may trust me y'all got it made. I see some looking at the watch please you got it made in the shade drink eliminate when we did not about half time where I came from little stretch break.

God gets a little hot dog and so early morning service Sunday school morning service and then head down in the fellowship. All the saints would be and in this part you want to stay to the bidder in pronounced dead and over in the corner waiting to see where she will be ready to go.

I am a young man's single man trying to get my Mac on. I got some things I wanted when the rest of my cell phone. You couldn't even talk to you driving do what you do and so I'm just the same for checking me out to make sure. Seriously, my assignment give me gas money that expected to put gas in my tank. I guess, what give me gas money. They wanted me to prove faithful walk of the bargain. You are yes and yes you ready. I'm ready to go in and see. Think about all the saints in one how to put her in the car and she would saying she was a singular thing and clap and worst of all the way to her house. Everything want you worse about some gas money but all how I thank God for those years, because they taught me you're not in it for what you get out of it so you can glorify God and help other people want to say to you that if you will take seriously your ministry opportunities nor volunteering your gifts and your time so that the kingdom can be advanced then God will reward you by blessing. The remainder of your time and use of your abilities. The Bible says God will actually bless you that if you put the kingdom volunteer unless they bring you onto the pain ministries that whether paid or unpaid, if you'll take it seriously. But Lord himself will you God will bless you on your job because you put the kingdom first. Bless your company the company you work for because you put the kingdom first look at some incidents and all he could do was in jail because of the possible want to sleep too much integrity down so she accused him of attempting to write him in jail. The ball was the hand of God the poverty he was such a manner got so Playboy got a plan form that the Lord's probably not allow public stance. Joseph is a slave from foreign countries, not an Egyptian citizen is not even considered a person in Egypt. He is a piece of property. So it really believed that he had to kill him and that would've even been a trial. When the citizen would be like killing an animal before the days of Peter when the benefit of all.

And so when the Bible says Potter forgot angry when he wants the providence of God because of the young men of integrity have plans for him.

I'm not going let this man killing you really think in those days. You're an Egyptian your pagan anointed by God and your slave tried to rape your wife.

Out in the streets, but the providence of God, God will turn the course of your life because you put the kingdom first thing that will happen but you won't happen to you because you put the kingdom first. So now Joseph in jail you get to Genesis chapter 40 one day the king's Butler and Baker more in jail because they appended peril tells what they did to offend amount of the bigger cooks up bad. Whatever well but they appended peril, and he threw the Butler and the Baker in jail and one day. Their faces were downcast and Joseph asked them why are you so dejected and he says Genesis chapter 40 verse eight.

They say we both had dreams and there's no one to interpret them. Then Joseph said, do not. Interpretations belong to God. Tell me your dreams in jail. Yet his stances can serve you down here years. These men have dreams and their troubled by the dreams and he says I believe in the same God who gave me a dream is going to allow me to interpret Baker's he says tell me the dream jail serving God. Under those difficult circumstances.

What excuse you when I have.

We all have the opportunity to serve God so you may not be making the money you want to make on that job.

You can encourage somebody you can use your gift somebody you can't help somebody and God will reward you and bless you God is liable to do anything if you will just put the kingdom first and so God wants to bless us.

As a result of our being kingdom first in our perspective to make a difference not only in the kingdom of God, but he will use us and what this will do is open doors now think about what happened when Joseph as a result of him interpreting these dreams have been a blessing him in jail.

Let me do what I can and he interprets the dreams. Baker's dream wanted to note interpreting the history three days ago and I and he did the balance rainbow men in three days you will be restored.

Your job, Joseph didn't know what but that was a set up for his deliverance because by this Butler being restored and he is the servant role he stands at the federal side as his valet.

Two years later when there is a troubling dream that Barrow has says I wish I knew somebody who could interpret my dream and the Butler standing there whole.

I was appalled to tell you two years ago people in your life you truly have ago about a young man who's in jail, dream, and he interpreted it and told me I be restored to my job and all he asked me to do was remember him to you to tell you about him.but there is a young man, he probably still in jail and King. He can interpret your dream fellowship getting an Joseph.jail dream which meant there will be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine in Egypt and then going to need someone of wisdom to oversee the proper gathering resources.

During the years of plenty, not even let me look at him and said that no one in my kingdom as wise as you. So I put you in charge all this and the next thing you know because of Joseph's faithfulness under meager circumstances in jail. He now is the second in command in Egypt and is not even an Egyptian. Don't tell me what God can't do in your life if you will be 50 calls for the Bible talks about that 1916 says I'm all for him to James and a man makes room for him.

If you exercise your gift both in the kingdom and in your everyday life, nor give you won't see it working but God will be strategizing in your gift will open doors and make way and God will give you the opportunity to serve others and to do things that glorify him and that bless others and they will bring fulfillment to your own life because you are now living out your calling and I want to encourage you to be sure to understand that God is at work in your life what it takes our deliberate cooperation. It takes our deliberate decision that we will present to be used are talents back to God in service first in ministry find some time make the time that involved serve in your church where you can meet some needs and then watch God use you every day of your life to be a blessing to others in the Lord who sees you in secret will reward you will. Thanks for being with us today for the destined for victory message making the most of what you have.

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The only ability you need is availability is Pastor Paul. Now you just need a thing. The biblical pattern used God in the circumstances where you all you do what you can do for God now because you are being tested in this season of your life to see if you will prove faith that's tomorrow in Pastor Paul Shepard's message making the most of what you have 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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