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This Is How I Fight My Battles

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This Is How I Fight My Battles

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Hello and welcome to Destin for victory with pastor Paul Sheppard who is senior pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont California and coming your way next Pastor Paul talks about the spiritual war in which all Christians find themselves in his message. This is how I fight my battles.

But first he joins me know if a student California to talk about a great resource. We want to share with you in the month of May. Pastor, thank you for these moments. I'm intrigued by the title of the book of her offering everyone that gives a generous gift this month is called caregivers need care to. So let's take a moment and you tell us about this resource and what you believe will be so helpful to anyone who 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 being 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 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 wrote 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. Yes it's true pastor. We all need help from time to time. Even those who devote plenty of time caring for others need care themselves. Again, the book that is called caregivers need care to and it's our gift to you by request for your generous donation to Destin for victory this month. Call 855-339-5500 or visit Pastor to make a safe and secure donation online. You can also mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 got understand why early in spiritual warfare is imagination you say it was already warfare going on because he really didn't want you to come into the kingdom of God and you all ready to fight for our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

That's Ephesians 6 verse 12. In this is Destin for victory, every believer in Christ is engage in a spiritual battle today. Pastor Paul Sheppard shows is not only how to fight that battle.

But how to win. It must join him now for today's message. This is how I fight my battles. Let's get into the word together. Go with me to second Kings chapter 6 second Kings chapter 6 I'll be reading from the new international version every passage that I call on but you can follow in whatever version you have. And I've entitled this message. This is how I fight my battles. There is a popular Christian song sung a lot of churches and that's the line you hear throughout the song. This is how I fight my battles. This is how I fight my battles and one part of the song says it may look like I'm surrounded but I'm surrounded by you and it's a song that blessed me every time I sing it in whatever church setting.

I'm in and that it's been recorded by several Christian artists Michael W Smith recorded it to a couple of gospel artists have recorded it as what was written by Alyssa Smith of the upper room music group and I was I started hearing it in 2018.

So, probably written in 2017.

Maybe, but a really nice song and I decided to use that as the inspiration because I'm preaching from the passage that that song speaks about and as we continue our lessons in the life and ministry of Elisha. I said that's definitely what I want to talk about how we are to fight our battles and so I want you to look at verse eight of second Kings six verse eight and look at just the first sentence of it to start now. The king of Aram was at war with Israel, just pause right then the king of Aram was at war with Israel there.

Three points I want to make in this installment in our series and I'm simply entitled the first point of claim herself with the enemy.

If you want to fight your battles well acquaint yourself with the enemy now course, this passage speaks of little warfare because the king of Aram king of Syria. It would be called in other translations was at war with the king of Israel, and this was actual warfare. But I want to let you know since we also are people of God were not part of the nation of Israel.

We were alive in the Old Testament day we who are alive today who are followers of Christ and who are lovers of God. I want to make sure you understand that lead to our in warfare.

We need to know there's a war: and you better learn how to fight your battles and so I want you to make sure people understand we minister here at destiny and through my Destin for victory broadcast minister to a lot of unchurched people and I want to acquaint you with the truth of Scripture that will impact your everyday life.

One of them is you've got understand you are literally in spiritual warfare is not a figment of somebody's imagination. You say that while the Lord was bringing you to salvation. It was already warfare going on because he really didn't want you to come into the kingdom of God and you already in a fight. Now that you say you are definitely in a fight and I needed to take some time and make this point really clearly because when educated. We got Masters degrees and doctorates and all that. Don't think your intellect can change spiritual realities. Please understand that I love and appreciate all the intellectuals I know have you know and have across the decades of ministry met some really smart, brilliant people, great. Just make sure you understand that what you will learn about warfare cannot be found in the hallways and in the classrooms of our institutions do gotta get into the word of God and find out we wrestle not against flesh and we are wrestling against some real enemies and I'll talk you through that in this first point, acquaint yourself with the outcome going to think of something you all got your theology from Star Wars. That's good moviemaking or theology or theology would be by that pastor will bring up warfare see him come in the 60s. So when I bring up all Star Wars rather I'm talking about the first three movies. I don't know anything about this stuff. Y'all been watching since I know I got a bunch of the one and I'm sure their wonderful man has not had any interest in watching any of I came up on three all the tire strikes back and the return of the Jedi.

That's what I'm talking about how know what you're dealing with yo hi come from the world of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda Yoda ugly, but he had power and that sort of thing in first.

As the one I'm talking about Luke Skywalker and all that stuff so you got understand. I'm sure the other stuff is one of the people. Theology mixed up with the movie allergy.

What do you mean I mean there is no force of which there is the right side and then the dark side. That's movie that's not Bible.

We are not up against an enemy that is the evil counterpart of God may help you understand God is all supreme, all powerful, all knowing, one who can do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or even think that is the one and only God to the only wise God, the Bible says, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. The only wise God, you say, but isn't there an enemy called Satan yes, but is not equal to God.

On the dark side he is off all being lonely because he would. Yes, the all mighty God and so we the people, not people, but entities with them and angelic beings that fell with him. The darkness whereby days but don't say that Satan is the counterpart of God, I need you to know that to begin with theology straight and keep it straight. Satan is a fall membrane. In fact he's under sentence. He's just not living out his sentence yet, but he has already been sentenced to eternal damnation. And he's just roaming now trying to drum up some company and you got understand you don't have to worry all you know what the devil did all you know he's the dark side of the and I don't act like the devil has to be feared, not at all and we are not only conquerors more than conquerors but I do need you to become acquainted with him because the Bible tells us we should be ignorant of his devices and so you need to understand he has the ability to to do things that disrupt people's lives and he comes to kill, steal and destroy that all of that but don't error him, but you need to be aware of his devices. So you need to know the enemy. You need to know that he can do things like hinder my mentor Jordan is the time in Daniel chapter 10 the prophet Daniel received a dream that troubled him and he wanted clarity from God, Lord, what is this dream and God sent the server to his inquiry was delayed 21 days and when the messenger from the presence of God. Got to go. He said I have been trying to get him for three weeks. He said, but the case of tendered me one word is that authority over the region of the person will be right back with more of today's Destin for victory message from Pastor Paul Shepherd, Senior Pastor destiny Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California listen to the broadcast on Pastor that's also where you find a host of great resources in our online store now is Pastor Paul once again with the rest of today's message. This is how I fight my battles and you say what what what have regions that they control. Yes, six for we wrestle not against flesh and blood against what principalities and powers of darkness, spiritual wickedness hours said because the dream was about more and that Damon wanted to stay in control.

The dreams of God was going to wipe everything out and I didn't want to stay in control and he hindered a messenger and angelic being that was coming with a message and angelic being had to get help from us angelic being my angel had to help him and pushed through and the Prince of Persia could give Mike Mike bad boy. But it took 21 days for the message you get some time and you don't know why is because warfare is real sometimes you gotta play right through again when we were trying to get this worship center done. That was something that was a hindrance at a certain point in this process of getting approval so we could build this facility that we were already paying the lease, but I'm dealing trying to keep us from getting the building permit so that we could build out and we were going through that and at a certain point on me.

This is demonic interference and I told the Saints back then. Some of you will remember I said let's go on. It was in November I said I know it will be about four weeks. I think with with acid take three weeks and still get the turkey afterward, but let's take these three weeks, and less y'all consecrate fans how you'll do it and we all decide to do some form of fasting or consecration for 21 days at the 21st day we got word that that thing had broken. I need to tell you something's fair. And so you need to understand that we give you some scripture so let's start with what I've been quoting Ephesians 6 verses 10 through 13 here, here it is in IV.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. He's a schemer for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore put on the full so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything to stay real. Guess what you cannot summon the people spirit that's controlling those people that he knows people that say what they're safe with you and know you sometimes systematic you, but when wrestling against stuff is always interference is always in the spirit round that is very real. Look at James 47 you don't believe in spiritual warfare. J47 submit yourselves into God that gives you power submitting to God, look at the next sentence recessed the devil and he will flee from you buddy woefully automatically. You got resistant amigo run up on you and you got us stand your ground, not here today.

Not me. Resist summary all too wimpy for your own good little fight in Yonker how passive you are by temperament. I never been if I don't always been sort of a precipice. Yeah, what would become a spiritual warfare you better quit audit get passive and I don't believe in God and that of believing that that's fine for your civic life. That's what you want and and and don't put that on all the sake of some of the sites. Anything to find and packet yelled out. This is where is this Holy Ghost and MMA would view the fidelity battle did not want to buy the ones I can handle the rest, I got this all will be all now since I sense in the spirit summary all packing and look where I was in Bible got back was a young man Bible college one of my professors were dealing with some principal and one of the students that because he said, I believe, and I live in inner-city pastor and in the city this week with Prof. Sedin and I believe in, take care of our families Bible tells us who were heads of household. We got take care of our families and he said I take this seriously and I saw my run up in my house. I'm not going to just wait for the cost to get there. This is a professor and pastor him in the city and when the brothers was probably sick supposedly lead he's getting saved would be done only do you know Jesus don't write me email. Stop it. I see summary all right now you got to come for me because you don't like that stale pastor this only overpowers mistake warfare, you better learn how to fight. First Peter 580 9B self-controlled and alert.

Your enemy the devil wants this prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Next sentence resist him saying things on James standing in your faith you got understand something something you have to read all because if you act like you are defeated will treat you like to be treated. But if you act like you got the victory you'll have to back out not to you, but to the authority that God is placed in you I been see a grouping of part of learning how to minister will learn how to cast out demons and there was a pretty time when I was just in it look like I was in a course in casting out look like all the demonized people in our section of Philly will come like Lord with was this a course of some sort.

I may come into the church and the people come, bring them loved ones. What have you.

And I'll never forget one lady brought her demonized son deeply deeply troubled demonized son and he was discussing her. Sometimes he would attack or what have you and and she came to the church and met with me and brought him in there with me and that Dean was just looking dissident man look I want to kill me and all that stuff and I knew who I was in Christ and I talked to her thigh.

When I saw all right will you want us to minister to him. So yes I will get what we will get Ray to do that and I set up a time when we can have privacy and what have you have one of my deacons.

One must dig it straight off the street. God saved him gloriously off the screen and that he was using on somebody is he's a packing site so but he had spiritual power and then hello this is Mel's Bugatti head of the palace of but the day came, we fasted and prepared ourselves the day came when I went to minister to that boy with the deacon with me and the demon in him was so agitated and we were in a room and that was a knife in a drawer and he pulled out the knife and put it up like that because the demon didn't want the boy to get his freedom and we have prayed, fasted, and we came against in the name of Jesus and I had authority that day and you know I I can say I would have it everyday.

That day I was riddled prayed up and ready and I walked right up to him I said you can't hurt me I said I'm here on assignment from God and I walked right up the space knife still like this good-sized knife to, but I had the authority and in that moment in the deacon came as I moved PP which I move first and he came but we both came up there and stay right there and we grabbed his hand and took it out and we prayed over that and cast at spirit out of that boy me tell you something strongholds all that stuff is real and the Bible says you have to learn how to resist.

So get to know these principles acquaint yourself with the enemy. You got somebody demonizing your house or in your sphere of influence. You don't have to put up with all, announcing learn how to take, thanks so much for being here for pastor Paul Shepard's message. This is how I fight my battles. Remember, for your generous gift to Destin for victory will be happy to send you by request. Pastor Paul's booklet.

Caregivers need care to that's caregivers need care to our gift to you by request. When you make a generous gift to Destin for victory. So, call 855-339-5500 or visit pastor to make a safe and secure donation online or mail your gift to Destin for victory PO Box 1767, Fremont, CA 94538 operate like Jesus say Lord everywhere I go, whatever is needed in their vessel. You can, and I don't have my own agenda. I want to do your will is how God bless you everywhere you are, and that's tomorrow and pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message. This is how I fight my battles until then, remember that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion. In Christ, you are destined for victory

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