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April 12, 2021 8:00 am
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Before people want to meet Jesus.
They may want to see the Jesus in you hello and welcome to this Monday edition of Destin for victory just a few moments, Pastor Paul Sheppard shares his message storm proof your life before you get started he joined me now from a studio in California to share a word of encouragement Pastor. This is been quite a year and although there are promising signs on the horizon, the pandemic is left somebody discouraged and weary, I'm weary.
After this thing when I'm really just like you are and I'm sure many of our listeners. Probably the best way for me to encourage them is to let them sort of eavesdrop on my self talk. I'm telling myself things like this too shall pass. It's one of my favorite of things I'm saying to myself, reminding myself this I know it's been long and drawn out and it's getting on my nerves. It's I'm down to my reserve mirror, that's that last one. But this too shall pass. Circumstantially speaking, there are indications at least from my vantage point that there is light at the end of this tunnel and I don't think it's a train barreling toward me. I really do believe that things are going to get better for us even circumstantially, and so I just want people to remember. Most importantly, something that's in the life-changing and timeless word of God, which is God is our refuge and our strainer. That's true in good times and that's true in bad times, God is our refuge and sometimes when you're in the midst of a storm he will be your strength to get you through it so I hope our listeners will remain encouraged and know that God is with us and he is more than the enemy and the world and the pandemic against us that Scripture is from Psalm 46 verse one God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble and they are certainly encouraging words for us today friends if we can further encourage you, or perhaps pray for you in these times, let us know an easy way to do that is to visit our website.
Pastor Paul.net and click contact us. I would also encourage you to sign up for Pastor Paul's monthly encouragement letter you find it all right there on the firstname.lastname@example.org to see Jesus and then you get on the chart before you see Jesus, and you have to be something attractive enough that makes him want to say. Let me know when you go. Have you ever tried to create a brand-new you if you change your hairstyle or bought a new wardrobe. If you decide and hit the gym and get back into shape. But when you did you discover that you're still the same you. You've always been on today's Destin for victory. Pastor Paul Sheppard reminds us that true change the kind God wants to make in your life only comes from the inside out is Pastor Paul with his message storm proof your life. Try to get God in which you against your spouse what you will find is that when you call the God with your complaints about your spouse more often than not, he will talk to you about you because he is making you a new and kind person in my own time on the subject doing a lot they get no nerves but God will point out your flaws been married a jerk. Pastor know he was a jerk. The God we on the subject observed me talk to you about you some jerkiness in you. I want you to give to me so I can make you a new kind of spouse while you're busy looking over the other people know it will be below looking at how green the grass is gray and got appointed a new direction because marriage can be that God knows you and make you a person who is married to him and married to his will. Matter is not as bad as you are projecting them to be. We think the right thing is for us to be happy in God to change your perspective and show you how to deal with real life and real different challenges and different things in body likely than not public to where they just stayed at that same level of romance and excitement about each other. All through the years. In the decade I got a couple of married friends with all been married 30 some years cooling cooling and all with one another and stayed like that can hardly get your work done for thinking about your spouse all day.
I'm just stop in the middle of the day and call if you don't think about you, say what they can really excited and really connected and really you would like to thank you today sometime before UM committed to you will do you know me like they used to. What you not exactly thrilling either. And so what you gotta do is quit thinking. Let me go get me a new beetle and realize that God is doing something new when you and making you a person who when he gets there which you your marriage to be different because you want different spouse will be married to somebody different. And if the altar and identity and personal God has made them and they all have passed and the new has come through in your life.
God is up to changing us from the inside out.
He wants to change you so that you can deal with people in the world differently than you deal with. He wants to help us build different kinds of relationships very often wide relationships with others are driven by how they make us feel about ourselves and that people often when they caught himself falling in love really fallen in love fallen in love with the way that person makes them feel about them and that's why soon as the wedding morning want to trade him want to deal with people from a different perspective. I want you to love them. The way I love them. I want you to treat them the way I want them treated and he will change your perspective. That's what you see in Matthew nine beginning at verse nine. Note what happened. Jesus was choosing disciples during this period of time will try to find Q0 I love that when Jesus built to start on the foundation of the apostles that he wasn't looking for little almost wholly almost say that info found people like Matthew Matthew chapter 9 verse nine.
By the tax man named Matthew that you need understand that birth that a tax collector in that day and in that culture was not your friendly IRS agent. It was a person who was despised and hated because they worked for the Roman government and exacted taxes on behalf of the Roman government even though they themselves were not Roman citizens when exacted from you the taxes that were on demand, then build their commission into what they exacted from you and one's well got its money.
Let them make whatever commission they wanted and it was a deregulated practice so that many tax collectors built well on the backs of poor people who were their own compatriots, and the result is tax collectors were known to be cheats and swindlers and you didn't have any recourse because won't want to do taxes so you paid what they told you you owed. They were hated they were despised and Jesus stopped by a tax collector's booth and notice when he gets there he doesn't like a lot of church folk I know Jesus came to tell you on now. Why was Jesus is the model of the kind that God is making us that style of living so people just by by the average person, especially people with a sense of morality and decency. Jesus looked at them as the objects of God's love what they did or how they did it but he loved who they were, because he gave people just like them preaching to them became loving them, became wanting to befriend them so that they could become familiar with man enough that he was soon going to lay down his life for them. And so when Jesus stopped by the booth telling to go on the hail. He says to words, follow me, and something in Matthew's heart told him this guy is what you been looking for this guy will give you what your money can't buy you. We'll give you a piece that you've never experienced before you got money, but you don't have a whole lot of people who respect you have a sense of purpose. You have things but don't know how to use them you have in your life that you haven't been filled with anything else. This guy is going to point you to a new life and you got up from his table and followed will be right back with more of today's destined for Victor message from Pastor Paul Sheppard, senior pastor density Christian Fellowship in Fremont, California.
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God wants to do a brand-new thing in you so he can do a brand-new thing through you is Pastor Paul and the rest of today's destined for Victor message*improve your life. And then when you look at the verses that follow. You see that one of the things Jesus did was he said the Matthew but then at your house what you call your friends.
I'll call my disciples.
You call your friends and have a dinner party.
Jesus chooses Matthew's because Jesus knows Matthew know a whole lot of sinners now a lot of church folk everything they don't want to be around a whole lot of sinners, all the more comfortable in a holy huddle now to be sure you need holy godly people in your life to help you walk with the Lord to help you build stronger encourage you to strengthen you to love you to build you up in your faith. We need to be committed and connected to believers.
That is part of the foundation God builds in your life when he is making you obtain a new person but to be sure the reason why we are to be strengthened and supported by one another so that we can go into weekend.
Befriend people who desperately need the light and the love of Jesus and the first step.
Jesus shows us is not Adam and pre-storm.
The first step is to befriend them and love them so Jesus tells Matthew which your house you house and Jesus is quickly comfortable at a dinner party with the text said tax collectors who were despised and rejected by so many hands sinners. Did you see sinners." That means that came to that party was so jacked up that sinners called them sinners when you don't know themselves.
You know you need to go to church.
Jesus came to body and Jesus was there and he told his disciples to be comfortable there only did like it.
What a church folk. The Pharisees and they called the disciples and how you following a teacher who spends his time with tax collectors and sinners.
Jesus overheard him and he said I'll give him the answer, he said, well, people don't need a doctor that was his point. His point wasn't that they were well. His point was that they thought they were well on the other hand, know they need something they might not know what the something which is why Jesus introduced himself to them, but they know I'm not right with people who don't try to perpetrate they know something is wrong.
I don't do everything right. I got messed up values.
I made a whole wrong decisions in my life. Yes I know I am not a man or woman of the year came to people who think they got everything all together little white prissy role. Do remind me of a graveyard Bible.
He said white stones clean white stones, but full of dead bones came to redeem those who know their lost and then John's disciples come to Jesus disciples John the Baptist disciples and they said we noticed that we fast and the Pharisees fast, but you will Jesus answer that question two. He said the reason I do not fast and now is because the bridegroom is with the celebration of God uniting with people and reach out and receive him time to time. The time taken from them physically and times of fasting is when we bear down in prayer and fasting for the most part I live by because we celebration live. Something about the wedding reception take all. That's why we are now people are now the people of God and Jesus said his party and celebrate this only shows us that when God does him no and you're likely to change the way you treat folks job was supposed to like you. If you are so much a Christian that nobody was to be bothered with Joe. The problem is you are now. You are a new Christian beetle and they want no part of it, you combine the first round, first holiness. First, so righteous you mean. And God said, let me make you the kind of person who is one of the most like people on your job because you know we are in Christ you don't compromise for anybody you walk the walk, but you don't terrorize people with your testimony because you can't win people who don't even like you don't like you. You're not showing them Jesus is the first place to go to see Jesus is in you before you get on the church before you see Jesus, and you have to be something attractive enough that makes him want to see.
Let me go where you go see legal something, you build a relationship with them and love them well and come over to the house and socialize and you were bothered if they were cursing or doing what they were doing around you what's in it.
You know I don't have to talk without using words so you let God make you such a new creation until you can handle it without entering your capillary people to get all flustered because of the preachers they know I'm just like them. And so dry you out please make you feel bad that that's part of your life. I've come to love you, let you know that Jesus loves you. I come to show you what it's like to live a life without meaning that kind of stimulus because the Holy Spirit can come into your life and motivates you and guide you and it's wonderful when you let God make you a person that other people see something Guddi God will submit your person is one of the most well-liked on your job.
One of the most well-liked in your community in your neighborhood and you let your lies you bless you to reach heights of writing in your career pursuit because you honor him every step of the way and you represent him. You don't ask strength Bible says we are to be peculiar people when you're reaching James it says we are peculiar people and some folks misunderstand it doesn't mean you're supposed be weird peculiar means not ordinary unique chain the house, a new kind of person, but not weird.
So when God gets there with you. When people see you, they will sell a law at all, all here, they can't hit a look that big Bible hit a car about to pronounce a new dooming blue morning Nobel trust you will invite you they want you there because you can be trusted to love people and respect people.
You don't have to ever compromise anything of importance to you or to God in order to love people in a way that draws them to the God you serve. Thanks so much for joining us for today's message storm proof your life you know Jesus never promised that we'd avoid life storms, only that with his help we could survive.
We need to cling to that truth during times like these help you do that Pastor Paul would like to offer you his booklet built on a solid foundation to a great reminder that when we build our lives upon the solid rock of God's word will be able to withstand any storm that comes our way.
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