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Hollywood may tell you that love is a feeling, don't believe it. Love is an action word coming your way next on today's destined for victory pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message taking care of caregivers. But first he joins me know if a student California to talk about this month's offer which goes hand-in-hand with the message you here today pastor.
Thank you for these few moments. I'm intrigued by the title of the book were offered to everyone that gives a generous gift this month is called caregivers need care to tell us more about this resource and what you believe will be so helpful to anyone is listening. You know what I was preparing a sermon series based on the life and ministry of Elisha. I was struck this time by the fact that such a powerfully anointed prophet as Elisha needed others to take care of practical needs in his life right and it dawned on me that I shouldn't just preach about the miracles God walk through this man's ministry.
I needed to also stop and talk about and examine and unpack the fact that care givers need care themselves. So many of us with what we do in our lives whether it's apparent whether it's been a spouse. Whether it's been a family member assisting a relative in need and we need to know that there are things that we can learn. One is how to recognize we are not a resource that can care for ourselves very well. So God sends along people who will help us in what we have to do is open our hearts open our minds and let other people be a blessing to us on the way and if if you're like that, but I tend to want to take care of everybody because I'm gifted to do it but often I feel my neediness and I'm not sure I'm as good as I should be at letting other people feel those needs. So this part of the series.
I hope that just as it spoke to me. I hope it will speak to others and help them understand the importance of caregiving. So when we woke the booklet. It was a no-brainer. We've got to share what was given in the sermon in book form so that people can take it away and more importantly apply it to their lives is true pastor. We all need help from time to time. Even those who devote plenty of time caring for others need care themselves. Again, this booklet is called caregivers need care to its our gift to you by request for your generous donation to Destin for victory this month. Call 855-339-5500 or visit pastor Paul.net to make a safe and secure donation online.
You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 you, you will make sure that you don't die with annuity and you gave it up. We all gotta learn to do that. Give up the good that's in you consider the first nine words of John 316. The most well-known verse in all the Bible for God so loved the world that he gave. If you want to know what love is.
Observe what love does it gives it helps.
It serves on today's destined for victory pastor Paul Sheppard takes us once again to the life of the prophet Elisha was a young man who devoted his life to serving God and helping others and he met a woman and her husband who decided to help him in return. So peers pastor Paul, today's destined for victory message taking care of caregivers. All right, let's spend some time in the word of God. I want to go back to second Kings, for we are, of course, in a series of messages where where learning lessons from the life and the ministry of the young prophet named Elisha. He of course is the successor to Elijah and we are learning some valuable life lessons from him. As we observe his life and his ministry and soul. We're going to go to second Kings four.
In a moment will read a few verses beginning in verse eight.
Let me preface it by saying this part of our study is going to focus on a woman in the city of Shuman. I have preached about her a lot over the years. She's one of my favorite Old Testament characters priest a lot about her, but in coming to the chapter as I have been preparing this series. When I arrived at the chapter. This time I thought you know I really don't feel led to just reiterate the things I have typically priest about as we looked at the woman from showing them. Rather, I want to discuss caretakers in God's service caretakers in God's service as we continue this series lessons from the life of Elisha.
The focus here is on caretakers in God's service. It didn't develop as a sermon. So with this going to be more me sharing some thoughts as I came to this passage in preparation for this current series. Now let's go on and look at verses eight through 10 of second Kings four second Kings four versus 8 to 10.
This time I'm going to look at it from the new international version. In fact, the Scriptures, and I'll share in this time together in the word. I will read from the NIV new international version when my preacher friends us as an IV stands for non-inspired version that's really not true. The disc he been like NIV all that well, but is not non-inspired and you can get some good stuff out of the tube anyway. God bless John Jenkins.
All right, so alright, so here's here's what those verses read and NIV one day Elisha went to show them and a well-to-do woman was there who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by. He stopped there to eat. She said to her husband. I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. Let's make a small room on the roof and put in it a band and a table, a chair and a lamp for him, then he can stay there when ever he comes to us now. My name is to encourage and instruct kingdom caretakers.
Those of you who spend a great deal of your time not so much focusing on yourself, but focusing on other people and I want to speak to the people I'm calling kingdom caretakers now all caretakers are to be admired and to be and to be thought of in a good light. Because if you take time to take care of other people.
That's that that's a noble thing but I want to talk about those of us who do it from the vantage point of I don't want to just take care of other people. I don't want to just be someone who acts in compassion. I want to be someone who does what I do in order to fulfill God's purpose and calling in my own life. Some of our caretakers, not only because we tend to be people of compassion but because we feel a sense of God put me here to do certain things in his name for his glory.
And I want to not only do the right things I want to do the right things for the right reason. That's what I'm calling kingdom caretakers. It's people who take out Colossians 317. Seriously, here's what Colossians 317 says and whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him.
It's people who do what they do say what they say because they understand that we we were put on earth could just figure out what to do and do something until we die we are here because we are people of purpose where here because we understand that Ephesians 210 says we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do so. We are caretakers we take care of other people because we know it's a calling of God on our lives. We know that one day we're going to answer the God in terms of how we fulfilled that calling and floor for those of you who are general general caretakers you know your your profession have to do with a careful 20 work in healthcare whatever many different professions kind of focus on compassion and taking care helping people. That's good. I will applaud all of you and and thank God for you, but I want to especially talk to people who do what you do because you want God to be pleased with you and you want to give an account to him about the calling. He placed on your life and in that context, I want us to look at this woman. I've always been over the years. When I preach about the woman of I talk about certain things because they they jump out at the text. I love the fact that she was well-to-do and you know when the Bible says a woman is well-to-do. That's a very intentional statement went with Nuno because generally speaking you think of of well-to-do in Bible times.
They talk about the men and how Abraham was blessed and prospered.
Job was prosperous and talk about it.
Talk about a lot of men do you find the Bible saying that assist the money. But that's what you have him thinking for you know what that means. MAC didn't marry money. That means she brought money to the table. Husband was the one standing there at the front end with the preacher and sees at the back and got to come down in a beautiful gown he standing there just gets on his balls of his feet below. Thank you Jesus.
He knew he'd built about the be part of that is not in the Bible.
Like about so you don't see was well-to-do when she got married, that's a wonderful thing and we talk about how you know she chose to use it in the certain way when I came to the passage this time I saw it jumped out at me that I need to say something to kingdom caretakers because that's what I see her as being this woman saw an opportunity to use our resources for the betterment of the kingdom of God. How by taking care of a man of God. She said I want to bless God by blessing his servant making his life better, making him more comfortable. I want to facilitate him being able to do what is called to do well. Life can be tough on anybody, even a person of faith and she said I want to use my resources to help make his life better. God will be glorified by that and I would be pleased by that.
That was the heart out of which we come to this moment in her life when she observed this man of God. This young prophet Elisha coming into town going around doing what he does. Helping people serving people know a lot of people say you know when Elisha was granted a double portion of Elijah's anointing.
They say good look at it all hard for all the miracles that Elijah did. When you look at Elisha he did twice as many in obscene foci, and then they come up with a literal twice as many bless your heart, you mean well, but you're missing the point. Double portion doesn't mean two times it simply had to do what I did explained earlier in the series. It had to do with the fact that you receive twice as much if any other child because of the calling on your life.
It had to do with your calling didn't have to do with your output and the fact the matter. Bob doesn't tell us how many miracles he lie Joe work so it doesn't tell you how many Elisha worked all you see is Elisha. They mention probably 14 or so of his miracles.
That doesn't mean it's only dated. The man spent his life serving God and so God knows how many of those profits. It's not about calculating.
It is about understanding why and how God used them will be right back with more of today's destined for victory message from Pastor Paul Sheppard listen to the broadcast on firstname.lastname@example.org that's Pastor Paul.net.
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Now here's Pastor Paul. The second half.
In today's destined for victory message taking care of caregivers, and so here's the point. This woman sees this man going coming in and out of town serving God, helping people, given God's word, doing whatever he had to do as a prophet of God, and she noticed that when he came to town and have anywhere to stay and it was out of that heart that she said I want to use my resources to make a difference for God by making a difference for this man of God. She did what Jesus mentioned in Matthew 1235. He said a good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him and of course that's not to be a gender designation are good person out of the good things in his or her heart brings forth those good things that are stored up in them if you got good you you want to make sure that you don't die with the good in you give it up.
We all gotta learn to do that. Give up the good that's in you.
I am so sick of Christians about how much they love people. Love is an action. Love is a verb you do something when you love don't stand there. You never spotted me never help me never game anything that was certainly never admitting they like to let me use your verbal you say you love me. I got means you will meet something and if you can't meet the need to wish me well it'll pray for me to do something to help meet the need.
And so this woman showed that the good stored up in her heart was no God didn't give me all this money just for me. Would to God that way, especially in America know folks want some different parts of the world these days and I welcome all of you, but especially here in America we are plagued with this thing of prosperity. I have no problem with prosperity. I have problem with our priority. Prosperity is wonderful but it is a tool. It's what you use the tool for that counts. God didn't send Jesus so you could drive a Bentley it's okay to drop one of that's what you got you got enough money one drive, one is still in advancing the kingdom you still given very generously and all that you will draw the belly knock is about. Just don't blame that on the kingdom. The kingdom is to make a difference for time and eternity in the lives of many people as we can, and therefore we have to learn to get our priorities in order and we got people always talk about. I believe in God for this and that and the other had like God is some heavenly Santa Claus. We got to get ourselves straight. God is not just since we given you stuff since I muzzled people. We need to revisit those old values and help young people come along to pick up some of them. God is not a spoiler and so we should be trying to spoil one another, we should be looking at how we can bless people that you love and all that do nice things for them and no problem with that, but with parents who gave you chore throughout the year. You can show up November talk about what you want under the tree in December and you've ignored all the things I told you all year long summary all come I need some old folk to help me with that old folk to help me with your gun show you, when I list and you would preach a sermon. I said I had a list on the refrigerator. It was held up their mind magnet editorial all you kids what you were supposed to do and type out a list has been hanging there since January and y'all ignored it multiple times. You ignored it you come with a list. Here is what I want and then you know and and all the manufacturer they know how to work it took all the commercial start showing you all the latest hot is brightest most expensive stuff and to get them all excited and we grope into this and not been on my list. Why should I pay attention I tell you what to lift and put it in the trash. I've been telling you to put out all you see that's what I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm just old-fashioned ghost give me. I know the right thing. That's abusive for me to even say it that way will we raise a generation of wimps as not abuse.
There was a knock I remember abuse. It was about abuse. I have friends I one person. My parents will balance my God love you through the pages you want to right now. Yet they were very mounted in the music you but we had a friend. We didn't know it then we call it that, that when the big thing back then. But when I look back on it I have several abused friend. Their parents would light them up real real good yet so anyway this moment is right she know what God had given her wasn't just her so she wanted to advance the kingdom with she had good stored up in our heart, and she brought it help and I will let you know all of us have disabilities and resources that we should use to serve other people. All of us do.
Even if you don't have the money this lady had you got gifts you have abilities you have ways that you can make a difference in the lives of other people and y'all want to be doing it so that's for all of us but I want to talk about and talk to those of you who already do that you spend your life looking for ways you can serve looking for ways you can brighten somebody's world looking for ways you can make their life better and I want to say to you that is a good thing you are doing what the apostle Peter said in his first epistle. First Peter 410. Here's what he said. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms, and many of you do that many of you do that and do that well and so you are like this woman.
You use what you have. If you don't have money, you use your time you use your energy you use your availability. Many of you will go somewhere and volunteer many of you take care relatives other than that, that other than those children you had you take some y'all take care your families, kids in your and you do all kinds of things and it's usually for like you're doing much because it's just become your life, some y'all some people you don't know who's the mom and who's on because auntie take care Bennett can a child and mother.
The USA make a go at top but your sister but you know is true is true and you just do it out of a heart you know you only think anything of it. God bless you for that. But here is why I am bringing up this emphasis when I come to this passage, this time because that is a God thing when you are a kingdom caretaker. That's a God thing is a wise and a God thing, because, again, your focus of the please God and to do his will and your God has you do that because caretakers have needs that should not be ignored.
Jot that down, it's true.
Caretakers have needs that should not be ignored. Every caretaker you know everybody who serves others everybody who takes care of other people from a kingdom perspective they have needs now you might not really focus on them because they don't most caretakers don't go around leading with their need. They lead with service they lead with a desire to help and most of them are people who need help in some ways, but you will never hear it from them unless you force it out of them because they're saying bear me Jesus and one occasion my meat is to do the will of him who sent me back like his own, and I've seen people just don't really see people get help in other thank you for being here for today's message taking care of caregivers. For more information about the destined for victory, ministry, or how you can get the book with the goes along with today's message stop by your website. Pastor Paul.net that's Pastor Paul.net givers tend to be better at giving than receiving. Givers tend to be really good at giving. Secondly today. Love giving given is that the only thing about it is the most givers are pretty poor at receiving and that's next time.
In Pastor Paul Shepard's message taking care of caregivers. Until then, remember he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion in Christ, you are destined for victory