I'm Here On Purpose | TBN

I'm Here On Purpose

Watch I'm Here On Purpose
September 17, 2019
27:32

Victory with Paul Daugherty

Closed captions

I'm Here On Purpose

Show timecode
Hide timecode
  • If you're going to live the greatest life
  • 00:00:01.040 --> 00:00:03.090
  • that God's called you to live,
  • 00:00:03.090 --> 00:00:04.240
  • you've gotta start talking yourself into victory.
  • 00:00:04.240 --> 00:00:06.220
  • You've gotta start talking yourself into being
  • 00:00:06.220 --> 00:00:09.110
  • an overcomer and stop talking yourself into shame
  • 00:00:09.110 --> 00:00:12.100
  • and defeat and cynicism and putting yourself down.
  • 00:00:12.100 --> 00:00:15.060
  • Just like you could talk yourself out of doing things
  • 00:00:15.060 --> 00:00:17.290
  • for God, you can also talk yourself into doing
  • 00:00:17.290 --> 00:00:20.000
  • the things that God's called you to do.
  • 00:00:20.000 --> 00:00:21.280
  • (lively music)
  • 00:00:21.280 --> 00:00:22.230
  • Hi, I'm Paul.
  • 00:00:22.230 --> 00:00:24.140
  • Almost 10 years ago, my dad, my hero,
  • 00:00:24.140 --> 00:00:28.110
  • my pastor passed away unexpectedly.
  • 00:00:28.110 --> 00:00:31.180
  • He built a big church and left
  • 00:00:31.180 --> 00:00:33.270
  • some pretty large shoes to fill.
  • 00:00:33.270 --> 00:00:35.210
  • When he died, I didn't just lose my dad, I lost my faith,
  • 00:00:35.210 --> 00:00:39.160
  • I lost my purpose and my future.
  • 00:00:39.160 --> 00:00:42.120
  • But God showed up and restored my faith
  • 00:00:42.120 --> 00:00:45.180
  • and He gave me a message of hope to share with you.
  • 00:00:45.180 --> 00:00:48.190
  • You're here on purpose.
  • 00:00:50.000 --> 00:00:51.220
  • God's not finished with you yet.
  • 00:00:51.220 --> 00:00:54.020
  • Your best days are right in front of you
  • 00:00:54.020 --> 00:00:56.220
  • and you have victory in your life
  • 00:00:56.220 --> 00:00:59.000
  • because Jesus lives in you.
  • 00:00:59.000 --> 00:01:01.200
  • Listen, we are a family, we are not a crowd.
  • 00:01:03.120 --> 00:01:06.000
  • You may not know everyone on your row,
  • 00:01:06.000 --> 00:01:07.240
  • but I can tell you this.
  • 00:01:07.240 --> 00:01:09.020
  • They could use a lifted hand of encouragement.
  • 00:01:09.020 --> 00:01:10.190
  • Would you lift their hand and we're gonna declare
  • 00:01:10.190 --> 00:01:13.110
  • our victory confessions today, a declaration that God
  • 00:01:13.110 --> 00:01:17.010
  • is not finished, our best days are still in front of us,
  • 00:01:17.010 --> 00:01:20.180
  • that victory is in our future.
  • 00:01:20.180 --> 00:01:22.040
  • On the count of three,
  • 00:01:22.040 --> 00:01:23.170
  • let's say this victory confession together, church.
  • 00:01:23.170 --> 00:01:26.170
  • One, two, three.
  • 00:01:26.170 --> 00:01:29.010
  • - [All] I'm here on purpose because I have a purpose.
  • 00:01:29.010 --> 00:01:32.200
  • My heart is open, my mind is ready to receive
  • 00:01:32.200 --> 00:01:36.200
  • because God is not finished with me yet.
  • 00:01:36.200 --> 00:01:39.250
  • My best days are right in front of me
  • 00:01:39.250 --> 00:01:42.220
  • and I have victory in my life because Jesus lives in me.
  • 00:01:42.220 --> 00:01:47.220
  • All right, give someone a high five and you may be seated.
  • 00:01:49.050 --> 00:01:51.100
  • Hey listen, we are starting a brand new series
  • 00:01:52.220 --> 00:01:55.060
  • called Best Days.
  • 00:01:55.060 --> 00:01:56.150
  • Everybody say best days. Best days.
  • 00:01:56.150 --> 00:01:58.250
  • So we are doing a series,
  • 00:01:58.250 --> 00:02:00.130
  • really from our victory confession.
  • 00:02:00.130 --> 00:02:01.280
  • We're gonna break down line upon line, precept upon precept,
  • 00:02:01.280 --> 00:02:05.090
  • why we say this victory confession every week.
  • 00:02:05.090 --> 00:02:08.160
  • Where does it come from?
  • 00:02:08.160 --> 00:02:09.220
  • Where does this confession come from?
  • 00:02:09.220 --> 00:02:11.080
  • What does God's word have to say about living on purpose,
  • 00:02:11.080 --> 00:02:13.260
  • living with our best days yet?
  • 00:02:13.260 --> 00:02:16.020
  • I'm excited to preach on this message because this
  • 00:02:16.020 --> 00:02:18.270
  • is near and dear to my heart.
  • 00:02:18.270 --> 00:02:20.140
  • I actually wrote the victory confession as
  • 00:02:20.140 --> 00:02:23.100
  • a personal confession for me, when I was going through
  • 00:02:23.100 --> 00:02:25.270
  • one of the darkest, most depressing times in my own mind,
  • 00:02:25.270 --> 00:02:29.110
  • my own heart and God really started to breathe
  • 00:02:29.110 --> 00:02:32.080
  • these words into my life.
  • 00:02:32.080 --> 00:02:34.220
  • I didn't know that, one day,
  • 00:02:34.220 --> 00:02:35.290
  • we would be saying them every week as a church
  • 00:02:35.290 --> 00:02:37.270
  • and it would become a victory confession.
  • 00:02:37.270 --> 00:02:39.200
  • At the time, it was just a Paul confession.
  • 00:02:39.200 --> 00:02:42.000
  • I was just saying it over myself and I didn't believe it.
  • 00:02:42.000 --> 00:02:44.200
  • Sometimes, you gotta talk yourself into your best days,
  • 00:02:44.200 --> 00:02:47.140
  • even when you don't see it, even when you don't feel it.
  • 00:02:47.140 --> 00:02:50.140
  • Often times, what distracts us from being here is there.
  • 00:02:50.140 --> 00:02:55.070
  • The enemy of here is there
  • 00:02:55.070 --> 00:02:56.210
  • and it's not just there, it's then.
  • 00:02:56.210 --> 00:02:58.150
  • It's then, it's there, it's everything else but here.
  • 00:02:58.150 --> 00:03:01.200
  • So many people are frustrated with here,
  • 00:03:01.200 --> 00:03:03.030
  • and so they're looking for something else, somewhere else,
  • 00:03:03.030 --> 00:03:05.180
  • some place else with somebody else and they're missing
  • 00:03:05.180 --> 00:03:08.150
  • out on the spectacular here.
  • 00:03:08.150 --> 00:03:10.230
  • The spectacular now.
  • 00:03:10.230 --> 00:03:12.080
  • I came across this news article of a guy who
  • 00:03:12.080 --> 00:03:14.270
  • was sitting on his boat.
  • 00:03:14.270 --> 00:03:15.250
  • I want you to see this picture.
  • 00:03:15.250 --> 00:03:17.110
  • He was sitting on his boat and a massive humpback whale
  • 00:03:17.110 --> 00:03:21.090
  • came in front of him and he missed the moment
  • 00:03:21.090 --> 00:03:25.110
  • because he was staring at what most of us stare on,
  • 00:03:25.110 --> 00:03:29.040
  • on a daily basis, his phone.
  • 00:03:29.040 --> 00:03:32.000
  • He was on his phone and he missed the moment
  • 00:03:32.000 --> 00:03:34.220
  • of the humpback whale that was right in front of him
  • 00:03:34.220 --> 00:03:36.210
  • and a photographer, far away,
  • 00:03:36.210 --> 00:03:38.150
  • took the picture and captured,
  • 00:03:38.150 --> 00:03:40.060
  • this is really what it's like to live
  • 00:03:40.060 --> 00:03:43.020
  • in our world today, in 2019.
  • 00:03:43.020 --> 00:03:44.270
  • People are missing, not just the humpback whale,
  • 00:03:44.270 --> 00:03:47.030
  • they're missing out on the present.
  • 00:03:47.030 --> 00:03:49.150
  • They're missing out on their kids,
  • 00:03:49.150 --> 00:03:50.230
  • they're missing out on their season of life,
  • 00:03:50.230 --> 00:03:52.160
  • missing out on, whether you're in college,
  • 00:03:52.160 --> 00:03:54.140
  • you're out of college, whether you're a parent or single
  • 00:03:54.140 --> 00:03:56.130
  • or married, God has you here for a purpose.
  • 00:03:56.130 --> 00:04:01.090
  • And I love what Paul the apostle said in 1 Corinthians 7.
  • 00:04:01.090 --> 00:04:04.150
  • If you've got your Bibles, you can turn there.
  • 00:04:04.150 --> 00:04:07.040
  • Come on, we make some noise when we open up the word of God.
  • 00:04:07.040 --> 00:04:10.220
  • If you don't have your Bibles, it's all good.
  • 00:04:10.220 --> 00:04:12.070
  • We'll put it up on the screen,
  • 00:04:12.070 --> 00:04:13.140
  • but Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 7.
  • 00:04:13.140 --> 00:04:15.080
  • He said don't be wishing you were some place else.
  • 00:04:16.210 --> 00:04:19.110
  • Yeah, come on, we could just drop the mic right there.
  • 00:04:20.240 --> 00:04:23.090
  • (audience laughing)
  • 00:04:23.090 --> 00:04:24.160
  • Because this is, this is the battle.
  • 00:04:24.160 --> 00:04:26.030
  • This is the battle of here
  • 00:04:26.030 --> 00:04:28.070
  • is, often times, we're daydreaming about there.
  • 00:04:28.070 --> 00:04:31.030
  • We're thinking about back then,
  • 00:04:31.030 --> 00:04:32.130
  • the good old days, the glory days.
  • 00:04:32.130 --> 00:04:35.110
  • And Paul says, don't wish you were someplace else
  • 00:04:35.110 --> 00:04:38.120
  • or with somebody else.
  • 00:04:38.120 --> 00:04:40.080
  • Where you are right now is God's place for you.
  • 00:04:40.080 --> 00:04:45.060
  • The moment that sinks in, the moment you believe that
  • 00:04:45.060 --> 00:04:48.050
  • and receive that and start owning that,
  • 00:04:48.050 --> 00:04:50.180
  • I'm telling you, you're gonna start living
  • 00:04:50.180 --> 00:04:51.250
  • your best days yet.
  • 00:04:51.250 --> 00:04:53.110
  • So lemme tell you where the victory confession started.
  • 00:04:53.110 --> 00:04:56.110
  • My father had passed away and my mother had stepped
  • 00:04:56.110 --> 00:05:00.020
  • in as the interim pastor.
  • 00:05:00.020 --> 00:05:01.100
  • By the way, my mom is a hero to our whole family
  • 00:05:01.100 --> 00:05:03.230
  • and to so many people in this church.
  • 00:05:03.230 --> 00:05:05.100
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:05:05.100 --> 00:05:06.100
  • She's amazing.
  • 00:05:06.100 --> 00:05:07.070
  • And my mom was pastoring our church during
  • 00:05:08.100 --> 00:05:11.150
  • this interim season and I felt in my heart that,
  • 00:05:11.150 --> 00:05:14.050
  • one day, I was gonna be the pastor of Victory.
  • 00:05:14.050 --> 00:05:16.000
  • I remember the night my dad passed,
  • 00:05:16.000 --> 00:05:17.120
  • I had this vision in my heart.
  • 00:05:17.120 --> 00:05:18.260
  • I felt like God said get ready, 'cause some day,
  • 00:05:18.260 --> 00:05:20.220
  • you're gonna pastor these people, this church.
  • 00:05:20.220 --> 00:05:23.160
  • So I had this vision, I was fine with that.
  • 00:05:23.160 --> 00:05:26.050
  • But how many of y'all have patience problems?
  • 00:05:26.050 --> 00:05:28.050
  • When you know something's going to happen
  • 00:05:28.050 --> 00:05:29.250
  • and you start to get impatient; that was me.
  • 00:05:29.250 --> 00:05:31.290
  • So I was gettin' impatient and that's probably been
  • 00:05:31.290 --> 00:05:34.270
  • one of my biggest hindrances in my life
  • 00:05:34.270 --> 00:05:37.090
  • is patience in the present,
  • 00:05:37.090 --> 00:05:40.020
  • just learning to be content with where I'm at,
  • 00:05:40.020 --> 00:05:42.260
  • with what I'm doing and not be daydreaming about the future.
  • 00:05:42.260 --> 00:05:46.070
  • And so, I was in that process, in that moment.
  • 00:05:46.070 --> 00:05:48.260
  • It was during a season where life had gotten tough.
  • 00:05:48.260 --> 00:05:52.120
  • Things were happening that were just not easy
  • 00:05:52.120 --> 00:05:54.100
  • for us as a church and we were walking through
  • 00:05:54.100 --> 00:05:57.070
  • just a difficult season, a difficult test.
  • 00:05:57.070 --> 00:05:59.250
  • It was hard to wanna come to church.
  • 00:05:59.250 --> 00:06:01.170
  • My mom had started asking me to preach
  • 00:06:01.170 --> 00:06:03.150
  • on Saturday nights and I was excited about
  • 00:06:03.150 --> 00:06:07.060
  • the opportunity but I just felt like I was failing in it.
  • 00:06:07.060 --> 00:06:10.110
  • One Saturday night, I was driving up to this building,
  • 00:06:10.110 --> 00:06:12.290
  • I wasn't the pastor, and I remember pulling up
  • 00:06:12.290 --> 00:06:15.220
  • and there was a few cars in the parking lot.
  • 00:06:15.220 --> 00:06:17.220
  • It was about 15 minutes before church.
  • 00:06:17.220 --> 00:06:19.270
  • I had this self talk going on in my head of just saying,
  • 00:06:19.270 --> 00:06:23.150
  • man, the best days are behind us.
  • 00:06:23.150 --> 00:06:25.210
  • I miss the good ole days.
  • 00:06:25.210 --> 00:06:26.220
  • I miss my dad.
  • 00:06:26.220 --> 00:06:28.110
  • The best days are, God's finished with the Daugherty family.
  • 00:06:28.110 --> 00:06:29.270
  • I was saying things that weren't true,
  • 00:06:29.270 --> 00:06:32.040
  • but I was creating my own reality in my mind and my heart.
  • 00:06:32.040 --> 00:06:35.270
  • I was parked outside of the church,
  • 00:06:35.270 --> 00:06:37.160
  • just staring at the church,
  • 00:06:37.160 --> 00:06:39.050
  • and I started to cry 'cause I just kept thinking
  • 00:06:39.050 --> 00:06:41.090
  • about the difficulties we were walking through,
  • 00:06:41.090 --> 00:06:43.100
  • slander that was being thrown on our family
  • 00:06:43.100 --> 00:06:45.150
  • and just mad, just frustrated.
  • 00:06:45.150 --> 00:06:47.280
  • And all of a sudden, I heard this voice.
  • 00:06:49.040 --> 00:06:50.240
  • It wasn't an audible voice, it was in my heart.
  • 00:06:50.240 --> 00:06:53.010
  • It was this still small voice that said,
  • 00:06:53.010 --> 00:06:54.270
  • Change the narrative.
  • 00:06:54.270 --> 00:06:56.240
  • Change your narrative.
  • 00:06:56.240 --> 00:06:58.170
  • Change your confession.
  • 00:06:58.170 --> 00:07:00.250
  • And I was like, okay.
  • 00:07:00.250 --> 00:07:03.250
  • And I didn't have any paper in my car, I just had napkins,
  • 00:07:03.250 --> 00:07:06.220
  • and I had a little pen and I heard God say,
  • 00:07:06.220 --> 00:07:08.290
  • "Write down a new confession."
  • 00:07:08.290 --> 00:07:11.030
  • Because I had just been saying a bunch of negative things
  • 00:07:11.030 --> 00:07:13.050
  • over my mind, over my heart, over my life.
  • 00:07:13.050 --> 00:07:15.130
  • I pulled out that pen and I'm sitting in the car
  • 00:07:16.250 --> 00:07:18.200
  • and crying and the first two words that came,
  • 00:07:18.200 --> 00:07:22.010
  • on that napkin, I wrote down, I'm here.
  • 00:07:22.010 --> 00:07:24.280
  • I'm here.
  • 00:07:26.020 --> 00:07:27.110
  • Those are the first two words; I'm here.
  • 00:07:27.110 --> 00:07:29.110
  • I was like I am here.
  • 00:07:29.110 --> 00:07:30.090
  • I'm here in my depression.
  • 00:07:30.090 --> 00:07:31.230
  • I'm here, I'm here in my shame, I'm here in my guilt.
  • 00:07:31.230 --> 00:07:36.020
  • I'm here and I'm frustrated.
  • 00:07:36.020 --> 00:07:38.030
  • I'm here in this pain and God said,
  • 00:07:38.030 --> 00:07:40.080
  • "No, you're here on purpose."
  • 00:07:40.080 --> 00:07:43.040
  • And the next two words came.
  • 00:07:43.040 --> 00:07:45.100
  • I'm here on purpose.
  • 00:07:45.100 --> 00:07:48.210
  • Is there a purpose for our pain?
  • 00:07:48.210 --> 00:07:50.240
  • Is there a purpose in the middle of seasons
  • 00:07:50.240 --> 00:07:52.180
  • that don't feel purposeful?
  • 00:07:52.180 --> 00:07:54.290
  • Is there a purpose to this?
  • 00:07:54.290 --> 00:07:57.060
  • And all of a sudden, I started crying 'cause I was like,
  • 00:07:57.060 --> 00:07:59.110
  • Lord are you saying that there's a purpose,
  • 00:07:59.110 --> 00:08:01.050
  • even in the midst of a season that doesn't make sense?
  • 00:08:01.050 --> 00:08:04.150
  • And all of a sudden, these words started flowing,
  • 00:08:04.150 --> 00:08:06.100
  • I'm here on purpose, because I have a purpose.
  • 00:08:06.100 --> 00:08:08.140
  • I didn't believe it but I had to talk myself into it.
  • 00:08:08.140 --> 00:08:12.070
  • If you're going to live the greatest life
  • 00:08:12.070 --> 00:08:14.130
  • that God's called you to live,
  • 00:08:14.130 --> 00:08:15.270
  • you've gotta start talking yourself into victory,
  • 00:08:15.270 --> 00:08:17.250
  • you've gotta start talking yourself into being
  • 00:08:17.250 --> 00:08:20.150
  • an overcomer and stop talking yourself into shame,
  • 00:08:20.150 --> 00:08:23.150
  • and defeat, and cynicism and putting yourself down.
  • 00:08:23.150 --> 00:08:26.120
  • Just like you could talk yourself out of doing things
  • 00:08:26.120 --> 00:08:29.060
  • for God, you can also talk yourself into doing
  • 00:08:29.060 --> 00:08:31.070
  • the things that God's called you to do.
  • 00:08:31.070 --> 00:08:33.110
  • So I begin to just speak it.
  • 00:08:33.110 --> 00:08:35.050
  • God's not finished with me yet.
  • 00:08:35.050 --> 00:08:36.180
  • My best days are still in front of me.
  • 00:08:36.180 --> 00:08:38.060
  • I have the victory.
  • 00:08:38.060 --> 00:08:39.120
  • I didn't believe it, but I started saying it.
  • 00:08:39.120 --> 00:08:41.140
  • I walked into this massive auditorium that my dad
  • 00:08:41.140 --> 00:08:44.090
  • had built the year before he passed.
  • 00:08:44.090 --> 00:08:45.290
  • It opened in 2007 and 18 months later,
  • 00:08:45.290 --> 00:08:48.280
  • in 2009, he passed away.
  • 00:08:48.280 --> 00:08:51.060
  • So I guess it was two years,
  • 00:08:51.060 --> 00:08:52.200
  • but I remember just being intimidated by it all,
  • 00:08:52.200 --> 00:08:56.050
  • intimidated by the whole thing.
  • 00:08:56.050 --> 00:08:58.200
  • And yet, when I began to say that victory confession,
  • 00:08:58.200 --> 00:09:01.070
  • something started to grow inside me
  • 00:09:01.070 --> 00:09:03.070
  • that the best days were still in front of us.
  • 00:09:03.070 --> 00:09:05.220
  • I wanna focus on those first four words today:
  • 00:09:05.220 --> 00:09:08.110
  • I'm here on purpose.
  • 00:09:08.110 --> 00:09:10.010
  • Let's say that together.
  • 00:09:10.010 --> 00:09:11.050
  • - [All] I'm here on purpose.
  • 00:09:11.050 --> 00:09:14.170
  • The first word is I'm, I am.
  • 00:09:14.170 --> 00:09:17.190
  • So many people struggle with that first word
  • 00:09:17.190 --> 00:09:19.260
  • because they want God to do everything for them.
  • 00:09:19.260 --> 00:09:23.040
  • So their confession is like, God's here on purpose.
  • 00:09:23.040 --> 00:09:25.070
  • God doesn't need you to confess His purpose over Him.
  • 00:09:25.070 --> 00:09:28.040
  • He's got His purpose down.
  • 00:09:28.040 --> 00:09:29.100
  • He wants you to figure out your purpose.
  • 00:09:29.100 --> 00:09:31.060
  • He wants you to start confessing over your life
  • 00:09:31.060 --> 00:09:33.050
  • that you're here on purpose.
  • 00:09:33.050 --> 00:09:35.060
  • God's not going to just do every single thing for you.
  • 00:09:35.060 --> 00:09:38.010
  • The promises of God are motion activated.
  • 00:09:38.010 --> 00:09:41.010
  • When you look in the Bible, everything that God gave
  • 00:09:41.010 --> 00:09:44.070
  • to people, everything that God did through people,
  • 00:09:44.070 --> 00:09:46.190
  • it required action on their part.
  • 00:09:46.190 --> 00:09:48.240
  • From the beginning to the end,
  • 00:09:48.240 --> 00:09:50.200
  • God wants to partner with people.
  • 00:09:50.200 --> 00:09:52.200
  • Whether it was Noah building the ark,
  • 00:09:52.200 --> 00:09:54.230
  • Noah had to believe, I'm building this ark on purpose.
  • 00:09:54.230 --> 00:09:57.280
  • And I'm bringing my family with me.
  • 00:09:57.280 --> 00:09:59.020
  • I'm not crazy.
  • 00:09:59.020 --> 00:10:00.100
  • Whether it was Moses going into Egypt,
  • 00:10:00.100 --> 00:10:03.000
  • the place that he had ran from,
  • 00:10:03.000 --> 00:10:04.090
  • going back there to free the Israelites
  • 00:10:04.090 --> 00:10:06.250
  • from being slaves under the Egyptians.
  • 00:10:06.250 --> 00:10:09.240
  • He had to believe he was there for a purpose.
  • 00:10:09.240 --> 00:10:12.050
  • There was one guy in the Bible named Gideon
  • 00:10:12.050 --> 00:10:14.020
  • and Gideon had a problem with himself.
  • 00:10:14.020 --> 00:10:15.200
  • He didn't like himself.
  • 00:10:15.200 --> 00:10:17.060
  • And I can relate to Gideon, 'cause I was like that, too.
  • 00:10:17.060 --> 00:10:18.280
  • I was like, I don't really like me.
  • 00:10:18.280 --> 00:10:20.210
  • I feel like there's things about me that I'm not a fan of
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:23.250
  • and maybe I'm the only one in the room
  • 00:10:23.250 --> 00:10:25.060
  • that's ever had some of those feelings
  • 00:10:25.060 --> 00:10:27.140
  • but I did not like parts about me.
  • 00:10:27.140 --> 00:10:29.250
  • And guess what, Gideon didn't either.
  • 00:10:29.250 --> 00:10:31.210
  • Gideon said, "Lord, I'm weak.
  • 00:10:31.210 --> 00:10:33.140
  • "I'm the youngest in my family, I'm insecure,
  • 00:10:33.140 --> 00:10:35.190
  • "I'm unworthy," and God said, "No, you're not.
  • 00:10:35.190 --> 00:10:37.260
  • "You're a mighty warrior.
  • 00:10:37.260 --> 00:10:39.260
  • "I've called you."
  • 00:10:39.260 --> 00:10:41.270
  • You are not what you think you are.
  • 00:10:41.270 --> 00:10:43.150
  • You are what God thinks you are.
  • 00:10:43.150 --> 00:10:45.110
  • But until you believe what God thinks you are,
  • 00:10:45.110 --> 00:10:47.290
  • you will always limit who you can be and what you can do.
  • 00:10:47.290 --> 00:10:51.060
  • So Gideon had to change his thinking.
  • 00:10:52.110 --> 00:10:54.160
  • When I first started preaching,
  • 00:10:54.160 --> 00:10:56.060
  • I was very concerned about not meeting
  • 00:10:56.060 --> 00:10:59.070
  • the expectations of people, not impressing people.
  • 00:10:59.070 --> 00:11:02.080
  • I literally wore my dad's shoes.
  • 00:11:02.080 --> 00:11:04.090
  • I had a pair of my dad's shoes that my mom gave to me
  • 00:11:04.090 --> 00:11:06.100
  • after he passed and I put on his shoes
  • 00:11:06.100 --> 00:11:08.270
  • because I thought if I wear Billy Joe's shoes,
  • 00:11:08.270 --> 00:11:11.000
  • people will accept me, people will like me.
  • 00:11:11.000 --> 00:11:13.010
  • They didn't, they were like,
  • 00:11:13.010 --> 00:11:14.080
  • we actually don't like you as much
  • 00:11:14.080 --> 00:11:16.040
  • now that you're trying to wear his shoes.
  • 00:11:16.040 --> 00:11:19.020
  • Someone came up to me and they said,
  • 00:11:19.020 --> 00:11:20.170
  • "Paul, you need to stop wearing your dad's shoes."
  • 00:11:20.170 --> 00:11:24.000
  • And I knew what that meant.
  • 00:11:24.000 --> 00:11:25.060
  • It had two meanings.
  • 00:11:25.060 --> 00:11:26.210
  • One, I actually needed to stop wearing his shoes.
  • 00:11:26.210 --> 00:11:28.150
  • Two, I needed to stop wearing his shoes.
  • 00:11:28.150 --> 00:11:31.180
  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:11:31.180 --> 00:11:33.100
  • You tracking with me.
  • 00:11:33.100 --> 00:11:34.280
  • You had your coffee, 11:00 a.m. service.
  • 00:11:34.280 --> 00:11:37.000
  • I got a pair of shoes, I'm wearing my shoes today.
  • 00:11:38.130 --> 00:11:40.180
  • I'm wearing Paul's shoes.
  • 00:11:40.180 --> 00:11:41.270
  • But here's what I had to realize
  • 00:11:41.270 --> 00:11:43.000
  • is I am who God made me to be.
  • 00:11:43.000 --> 00:11:46.130
  • If I try to be my dad,
  • 00:11:46.130 --> 00:11:48.010
  • I'm gonna be a second rate Billy Joe Daugherty.
  • 00:11:48.010 --> 00:11:50.090
  • If I try to be Bishop TD Jakes,
  • 00:11:50.090 --> 00:11:52.100
  • I'm gonna miserably be like a fifth rate Bishop TD Jakes.
  • 00:11:52.100 --> 00:11:56.000
  • If I try to be Steven Furtick, I'll be a second rate,
  • 00:11:56.000 --> 00:11:58.110
  • third rate, but I'm the only Paul David Daugherty
  • 00:11:58.110 --> 00:12:01.090
  • in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that can do it.
  • 00:12:01.090 --> 00:12:03.090
  • (audience applauding) I'm gonna do me
  • 00:12:03.090 --> 00:12:04.180
  • and I'm gonna stop trying
  • 00:12:04.180 --> 00:12:06.000
  • to be like everybody else.
  • 00:12:06.000 --> 00:12:08.100
  • Make the most of here and now.
  • 00:12:08.100 --> 00:12:10.090
  • Stop wishing you were some place else
  • 00:12:10.090 --> 00:12:12.080
  • with someone else, doing something else.
  • 00:12:12.080 --> 00:12:14.080
  • There's acres of diamonds right beneath your feet.
  • 00:12:14.080 --> 00:12:17.220
  • Everything you need, there's oil right beneath your feet.
  • 00:12:17.220 --> 00:12:21.090
  • The riches of heaven are right here.
  • 00:12:21.090 --> 00:12:23.290
  • They're right in front of you.
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:25.120
  • (lively music)
  • 00:12:25.120 --> 00:12:27.170
  • - [Announcer] Now you can watch Pastor Paul's message
  • 00:12:27.170 --> 00:12:30.120
  • from anywhere at victory.com.
  • 00:12:30.120 --> 00:12:33.170
  • With hours of streaming content,
  • 00:12:33.170 --> 00:12:35.140
  • you can watch archived messages
  • 00:12:35.140 --> 00:12:37.040
  • from his most inspirational sermons.
  • 00:12:37.040 --> 00:12:39.200
  • You will also be able to watch live services
  • 00:12:39.200 --> 00:12:42.060
  • and interact with one of our pastors.
  • 00:12:42.060 --> 00:12:44.230
  • There are so many new ways to connect with us now online.
  • 00:12:44.230 --> 00:12:48.000
  • Go online and watch all of
  • 00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:49.280
  • the life changing content any time.
  • 00:12:49.280 --> 00:12:52.100
  • Go right now to check it out.
  • 00:12:52.100 --> 00:12:54.040
  • (lively music)
  • 00:12:54.040 --> 00:12:56.220
  • (upbeat music)
  • 00:12:58.080 --> 00:12:59.220
  • - [Announcer] Victory Christian School is pursuing families
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:02.200
  • that share our vision and standard for education.
  • 00:13:02.200 --> 00:13:05.230
  • Our families are here on purpose.
  • 00:13:05.230 --> 00:13:08.070
  • We raise up leaders of tomorrow by preparing
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:10.130
  • the heart, mind and body.
  • 00:13:10.130 --> 00:13:12.270
  • With challenging academics, a celebration of the arts,
  • 00:13:12.270 --> 00:13:15.280
  • and championship level athletics,
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:18.100
  • we are reaching new heights each year.
  • 00:13:18.100 --> 00:13:20.230
  • Victory Christian School is more than an education.
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:23.160
  • It's preparation for a calling.
  • 00:13:23.160 --> 00:13:25.150
  • (lively music)
  • 00:13:25.150 --> 00:13:28.030
  • So the first part of the confession starts with I am.
  • 00:13:29.150 --> 00:13:32.110
  • I am here on purpose!
  • 00:13:32.110 --> 00:13:34.180
  • I am, I'm here.
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:36.070
  • Somebody say I'm here.
  • 00:13:36.070 --> 00:13:37.100
  • - [Audience] I'm here!
  • 00:13:37.100 --> 00:13:38.250
  • Lemme help you a little bit
  • 00:13:38.250 --> 00:13:40.000
  • with getting comfortable in your own skin.
  • 00:13:40.000 --> 00:13:41.210
  • This is what's helped me.
  • 00:13:41.210 --> 00:13:43.000
  • It's not comparing myself with others.
  • 00:13:43.000 --> 00:13:45.040
  • Every time I compare myself with others,
  • 00:13:45.040 --> 00:13:46.180
  • I feel either miserably inadequate compared to them
  • 00:13:46.180 --> 00:13:50.020
  • or I feel pridefully better.
  • 00:13:50.020 --> 00:13:52.020
  • Neither way works.
  • 00:13:52.020 --> 00:13:53.110
  • So just stop that.
  • 00:13:53.110 --> 00:13:54.250
  • The first thing you gotta do is you gotta change
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:56.120
  • what you're thinking and saying over yourself.
  • 00:13:56.120 --> 00:13:58.120
  • What are you thinking?
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:13:59.160
  • Because your thoughts and your words
  • 00:13:59.160 --> 00:14:01.000
  • will direct your behavior and your life.
  • 00:14:01.000 --> 00:14:03.170
  • Just like I had to write down my confession,
  • 00:14:03.170 --> 00:14:05.210
  • which became Victory's confession.
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:07.100
  • I had to get my thoughts in line with God's word.
  • 00:14:07.100 --> 00:14:09.210
  • The Bible says as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
  • 00:14:09.210 --> 00:14:13.140
  • The power of life and death is in the tongue.
  • 00:14:13.140 --> 00:14:16.180
  • So I had to think and start speaking life over my future,
  • 00:14:16.180 --> 00:14:20.170
  • that we're just getting started.
  • 00:14:20.170 --> 00:14:22.050
  • Our best days are still in front of us.
  • 00:14:22.050 --> 00:14:24.020
  • I challenge you to start thinking good things over yourself.
  • 00:14:24.020 --> 00:14:27.020
  • Because that's what God's word says to do,
  • 00:14:28.070 --> 00:14:30.150
  • think on things that are praiseworthy and true.
  • 00:14:30.150 --> 00:14:32.280
  • Speak life, choose life with your words.
  • 00:14:32.280 --> 00:14:37.130
  • Stop comparing yourself with other people.
  • 00:14:37.130 --> 00:14:40.000
  • So many people, this is what we do.
  • 00:14:40.000 --> 00:14:42.010
  • We're just on here, we're just scrolling;
  • 00:14:42.010 --> 00:14:43.290
  • Facebook, Instagram.
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:45.170
  • I wish I was them, I wish I was on their vacation.
  • 00:14:45.170 --> 00:14:48.100
  • I wish I was doing what they were doing.
  • 00:14:48.100 --> 00:14:50.050
  • Stop wishing you were some place else.
  • 00:14:50.050 --> 00:14:52.120
  • This is not gonna bring you any more joy
  • 00:14:52.120 --> 00:14:54.290
  • unless you're reading your Bible on here.
  • 00:14:54.290 --> 00:14:56.120
  • This is not gonna fix your problems.
  • 00:14:56.120 --> 00:14:58.150
  • You've gotta wake up to where you are right now.
  • 00:14:58.150 --> 00:15:00.270
  • This is it!
  • 00:15:00.270 --> 00:15:02.030
  • If you're waiting for a future there,
  • 00:15:03.080 --> 00:15:05.120
  • to finally start living your purpose,
  • 00:15:05.120 --> 00:15:07.140
  • if you're waiting for a future there to finally be happy.
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:10.260
  • Some of you are resenting here and yet,
  • 00:15:10.260 --> 00:15:13.130
  • you prayed for here 10 years ago.
  • 00:15:13.130 --> 00:15:15.260
  • And you're here.
  • 00:15:15.260 --> 00:15:17.070
  • You prayed for kids and now you're not getting
  • 00:15:17.070 --> 00:15:19.130
  • to sleep at night and you're like (groaning).
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:21.050
  • (audience laughing)
  • 00:15:22.060 --> 00:15:23.240
  • Preaching to myself.
  • 00:15:23.240 --> 00:15:25.000
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:15:25.000 --> 00:15:26.060
  • Yeah, because 10 years ago, 10 years ago,
  • 00:15:26.060 --> 00:15:28.210
  • I was single and I was like, Lord, please,
  • 00:15:28.210 --> 00:15:31.040
  • I don't wanna be single any more.
  • 00:15:31.040 --> 00:15:32.100
  • I wanna be married and I wanna have kids
  • 00:15:32.100 --> 00:15:34.250
  • and I wanna play catch with my boys
  • 00:15:34.250 --> 00:15:36.220
  • and it's gonna be perfect.
  • 00:15:36.220 --> 00:15:38.140
  • And listen, I love marriage.
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:40.030
  • But marriage didn't fix my problems.
  • 00:15:40.030 --> 00:15:42.240
  • And I love being a dad, but in my romanticizing,
  • 00:15:42.240 --> 00:15:46.190
  • fantasizing ideas of being a dad,
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:49.090
  • there were no dirty diapers, there were no sleepless nights,
  • 00:15:49.090 --> 00:15:53.100
  • there was no disobedience, there was no tension,
  • 00:15:53.100 --> 00:15:55.170
  • and I'm experiencing all of it.
  • 00:15:55.170 --> 00:15:58.050
  • I'm experiencing all of it.
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:15:59.190
  • There was no disagreements between me and Ashley
  • 00:15:59.190 --> 00:16:02.020
  • and some of us are resenting here.
  • 00:16:02.020 --> 00:16:04.210
  • We're saying, "I'm here on accident."
  • 00:16:04.210 --> 00:16:07.040
  • And God's saying, "No, you're here on purpose."
  • 00:16:07.040 --> 00:16:09.090
  • Maybe you were told that you were an accident as a kid.
  • 00:16:09.090 --> 00:16:11.140
  • You're not an accident.
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:12.130
  • God doesn't make mistakes.
  • 00:16:12.130 --> 00:16:14.110
  • God doesn't make accidents.
  • 00:16:14.110 --> 00:16:16.110
  • Maybe your parents were accidental parents,
  • 00:16:16.110 --> 00:16:18.040
  • but you were not an accidental baby!
  • 00:16:18.040 --> 00:16:20.200
  • God had a plan for you from the beginning.
  • 00:16:20.200 --> 00:16:23.000
  • He knit you together in your mother's womb.
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:25.000
  • He planned the days before you and today matters.
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:28.120
  • You're here on purpose.
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:30.270
  • Whether you're watching this in Manford
  • 00:16:30.270 --> 00:16:32.180
  • or Orlando or Cambodia or Russia,
  • 00:16:32.180 --> 00:16:35.130
  • you're here on purpose.
  • 00:16:35.130 --> 00:16:39.000
  • And we're just gettin' started, church.
  • 00:16:39.000 --> 00:16:41.260
  • What God has in front of you is greater
  • 00:16:41.260 --> 00:16:44.020
  • than you can imagine.
  • 00:16:44.020 --> 00:16:45.090
  • The past is good, the past is probably great,
  • 00:16:45.090 --> 00:16:47.140
  • but the future's greater.
  • 00:16:47.140 --> 00:16:48.290
  • And it starts today.
  • 00:16:48.290 --> 00:16:51.210
  • So you gotta stop comparing your seasons.
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:53.120
  • You gotta stop comparing your life.
  • 00:16:53.120 --> 00:16:55.130
  • All you have is here.
  • 00:16:55.130 --> 00:16:57.080
  • James said don't boast about tomorrow
  • 00:16:57.080 --> 00:16:59.180
  • and don't worry about yesterday.
  • 00:16:59.180 --> 00:17:01.170
  • The past is the past, you gotta let it go.
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:04.180
  • And the future hasn't happened yet.
  • 00:17:04.180 --> 00:17:06.060
  • Today is a gift.
  • 00:17:06.060 --> 00:17:07.130
  • That's why we call it the present.
  • 00:17:07.130 --> 00:17:08.270
  • You've gotta open it up and make the most of it.
  • 00:17:08.270 --> 00:17:12.140
  • Everybody say here. Here.
  • 00:17:12.140 --> 00:17:13.180
  • Say I'm here. I'm here.
  • 00:17:13.180 --> 00:17:15.010
  • Here is spectacular.
  • 00:17:16.040 --> 00:17:17.110
  • Here is beautiful.
  • 00:17:17.110 --> 00:17:19.030
  • It's time for you to own here.
  • 00:17:19.030 --> 00:17:21.170
  • Some of us have allowed ourselves to slip
  • 00:17:23.080 --> 00:17:25.120
  • into a coast mode, a complacent mode, a mediocre mode.
  • 00:17:25.120 --> 00:17:29.120
  • God did not call us to mediocrity.
  • 00:17:29.120 --> 00:17:32.000
  • God did not call you to live a life
  • 00:17:32.000 --> 00:17:33.210
  • of just coasting in your depression,
  • 00:17:33.210 --> 00:17:35.080
  • coasting in your addiction,
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:37.170
  • coasting with your self medicated habits
  • 00:17:37.170 --> 00:17:40.130
  • that aren't even from God.
  • 00:17:40.130 --> 00:17:41.220
  • You are more than what you've become.
  • 00:17:42.270 --> 00:17:45.180
  • You have a purpose.
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:47.120
  • Now, maybe you lost your job or maybe you lost your dad
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:50.180
  • or maybe you lost your husband or your wife,
  • 00:17:50.180 --> 00:17:52.220
  • but you didn't lose your purpose.
  • 00:17:52.220 --> 00:17:54.180
  • Your purpose is still alive.
  • 00:17:54.180 --> 00:17:56.110
  • It's waiting for you to step into it.
  • 00:17:56.110 --> 00:17:59.060
  • I hear God saying to some of you today,
  • 00:17:59.060 --> 00:18:01.120
  • it's time to wake up.
  • 00:18:01.120 --> 00:18:03.110
  • Irenaeus the theologian, he said,
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:04.210
  • "The glory of God is man fully alive."
  • 00:18:04.210 --> 00:18:08.130
  • The glory of God is when you become fully alive.
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:12.040
  • God is glorified when you wake up and start living
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:15.160
  • your best days yet, when you start living with purpose.
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:20.070
  • Your purpose is to bring glory to God, period.
  • 00:18:20.070 --> 00:18:22.240
  • If you're taking notes, you can just write that down,
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:24.050
  • my purpose is to bring glory to God.
  • 00:18:24.050 --> 00:18:26.120
  • That means that whether I'm a janitor,
  • 00:18:26.120 --> 00:18:28.060
  • which I was, at ORU for a couple years.
  • 00:18:28.060 --> 00:18:30.040
  • I was a janitor for two and a half, three years.
  • 00:18:30.040 --> 00:18:32.040
  • I pick up people's nachos, set up tables,
  • 00:18:32.040 --> 00:18:34.080
  • tear down events, set up events.
  • 00:18:34.080 --> 00:18:36.110
  • And I was frustrated.
  • 00:18:36.110 --> 00:18:37.250
  • I couldn't wait to finish that season of being a janitor,
  • 00:18:37.250 --> 00:18:40.080
  • couldn't wait to get promoted.
  • 00:18:40.080 --> 00:18:41.220
  • Then I started working in real estate,
  • 00:18:41.220 --> 00:18:43.120
  • started painting houses, fixing up houses,
  • 00:18:43.120 --> 00:18:45.120
  • flipping houses for people.
  • 00:18:45.120 --> 00:18:46.290
  • Then, during that season, I was trying to figure out
  • 00:18:46.290 --> 00:18:48.100
  • when am I gonna transition to another job?
  • 00:18:48.100 --> 00:18:50.070
  • Then I became Rudy the Rooster for the Tulsa 66ers.
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:53.120
  • Yeah, I was a mascot for the NBA D league team in Tulsa.
  • 00:18:53.120 --> 00:18:57.060
  • I used to put on a costume that was worn
  • 00:18:58.100 --> 00:19:00.080
  • by several other sweaty men that they didn't wash.
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:03.260
  • I would put that on, I'd go out there, be like,
  • 00:19:03.260 --> 00:19:06.020
  • everybody dance now and I'd be going like this.
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:08.260
  • (lively music)
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:11.240
  • And I was like, what am I doing?
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:15.150
  • (audience laughing)
  • 00:19:15.150 --> 00:19:16.230
  • What is my purpose?
  • 00:19:16.230 --> 00:19:19.100
  • And I remember God was saying your purpose never stopped.
  • 00:19:19.100 --> 00:19:22.200
  • You graduated sixth grade and went to middle school.
  • 00:19:22.200 --> 00:19:25.070
  • Your purpose is the same.
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:26.210
  • You went to high school, your purpose still the same.
  • 00:19:26.210 --> 00:19:28.080
  • Your senior year, I know you loved high school,
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:31.010
  • (laughing) but the glory days are not behind you.
  • 00:19:31.010 --> 00:19:34.050
  • Your purpose goes with you.
  • 00:19:34.050 --> 00:19:36.070
  • And when I graduated from college,
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:37.200
  • there were so many guys that they just,
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:39.080
  • they loved the college days.
  • 00:19:39.080 --> 00:19:41.000
  • They loved being in college!
  • 00:19:41.000 --> 00:19:42.130
  • Their identify was connected to being in college.
  • 00:19:42.130 --> 00:19:45.010
  • And then when we graduated, they were like,
  • 00:19:45.010 --> 00:19:46.190
  • I don't know what to do, I don't know what to do!
  • 00:19:46.190 --> 00:19:49.240
  • And they started just freaking out, not sure what to do.
  • 00:19:49.240 --> 00:19:52.130
  • Your purpose doesn't stop just because your season changes.
  • 00:19:52.130 --> 00:19:56.250
  • You can bring glory to God in whatever roll you have,
  • 00:19:56.250 --> 00:20:00.180
  • whatever title you have, whether you're the pastor,
  • 00:20:00.180 --> 00:20:03.120
  • the usher, the greeter, the worship leader.
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:06.030
  • Your purpose is to bring glory to God
  • 00:20:06.030 --> 00:20:08.250
  • and you can do it.
  • 00:20:08.250 --> 00:20:10.150
  • So many people are consumed with the specifics
  • 00:20:10.150 --> 00:20:12.250
  • when it comes to the purpose.
  • 00:20:12.250 --> 00:20:14.040
  • Purpose, purpose, what's my purpose?
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:15.060
  • What is the specifics?
  • 00:20:15.060 --> 00:20:16.040
  • What is God's will for my life?
  • 00:20:16.040 --> 00:20:18.080
  • What if I miss God's will?
  • 00:20:18.080 --> 00:20:20.050
  • I love Paul the apostle.
  • 00:20:20.050 --> 00:20:21.120
  • He puts it plainly in Colossians 3:17.
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:24.100
  • He says, in whatever you do, everybody says whatever.
  • 00:20:24.100 --> 00:20:26.230
  • - [All] Whatever.
  • 00:20:26.230 --> 00:20:27.180
  • God's will is whatever.
  • 00:20:28.170 --> 00:20:30.180
  • God's purpose is whatever you do.
  • 00:20:30.180 --> 00:20:33.000
  • Whether you're a janitor, an electrician, a plumber,
  • 00:20:33.000 --> 00:20:35.030
  • a coach for a baseball team, a pastor on a stage,
  • 00:20:35.030 --> 00:20:38.090
  • a missionary in Africa, an owner of a company,
  • 00:20:38.090 --> 00:20:41.180
  • a new employee at a company.
  • 00:20:41.180 --> 00:20:43.250
  • Whatever you do, whatever you say, do it as a representative
  • 00:20:43.250 --> 00:20:47.060
  • for the Lord Jesus Christ and give thanks to Him.
  • 00:20:47.060 --> 00:20:49.130
  • And through that, He's pleased.
  • 00:20:49.130 --> 00:20:51.250
  • I was talking to people just a few years ago
  • 00:20:51.250 --> 00:20:54.130
  • about this whole concept of whether full time ministry
  • 00:20:54.130 --> 00:20:57.240
  • is preaching on a stage or whether full time ministry
  • 00:20:57.240 --> 00:21:00.080
  • is happening anywhere you go,
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:02.070
  • in the secular realm, the for-profit realm,
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:04.230
  • non-profit realm, and it was so powerful
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:06.280
  • because we came to the conclusion, in our small group,
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:09.100
  • that you can do anything for the glory of God
  • 00:21:09.100 --> 00:21:12.000
  • as long as it's legal and ethical,
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:13.270
  • that God can be glorified in your job,
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:16.090
  • in your season, because there are so many people that,
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:18.140
  • they were fretting.
  • 00:21:18.140 --> 00:21:19.150
  • What if I miss God's will?
  • 00:21:19.150 --> 00:21:22.010
  • Listen, God's more concerned with who you're becoming
  • 00:21:22.010 --> 00:21:24.240
  • and the way you're living your life
  • 00:21:24.240 --> 00:21:26.150
  • than whether you're a coach or a teacher or a pastor.
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:29.080
  • What you do does not define who you are.
  • 00:21:29.080 --> 00:21:31.160
  • You are a child of God.
  • 00:21:31.160 --> 00:21:33.250
  • You are made in His image.
  • 00:21:33.250 --> 00:21:35.110
  • You have a purpose and it's time to wake up to it today.
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:38.180
  • In Acts 1:8-11, these disciples,
  • 00:21:38.180 --> 00:21:42.140
  • they had just had an awesome encounter with Jesus.
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:45.020
  • He rose from the grave, Easter was amazing,
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:47.180
  • so they were celebrating.
  • 00:21:47.180 --> 00:21:49.080
  • Jesus was like, the holy spirit's gonna show up.
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:51.230
  • In just a few weeks, you'll see.
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:53.220
  • It's gonna be a Pentecost.
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:55.010
  • Your people are gonna get saved.
  • 00:21:55.010 --> 00:21:56.180
  • They were excited and Jesus is like, listen,
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:21:58.290
  • I know you guys are glad that I came back, you missed me.
  • 00:21:58.290 --> 00:22:01.240
  • I was dead, but I'm back now.
  • 00:22:01.240 --> 00:22:04.050
  • And then, all of a sudden, He just starts ascending,
  • 00:22:04.050 --> 00:22:06.290
  • and He's like, peace out.
  • 00:22:06.290 --> 00:22:08.190
  • (laughing) Ha, what!
  • 00:22:08.190 --> 00:22:10.150
  • And the disciples, they're like, wait, Pastor Jesus,
  • 00:22:11.290 --> 00:22:14.030
  • I thought you were gonna be here.
  • 00:22:14.030 --> 00:22:15.200
  • You came back.
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:16.280
  • We're gonna have church services together.
  • 00:22:16.280 --> 00:22:18.080
  • We're gonna mobilize this thing.
  • 00:22:18.080 --> 00:22:19.140
  • We're gonna have a mission.
  • 00:22:19.140 --> 00:22:21.010
  • You were our best days.
  • 00:22:21.010 --> 00:22:22.170
  • Our purpose was connected to you physically being here
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:25.090
  • and Jesus was like, no, I'm with you always,
  • 00:22:25.090 --> 00:22:27.100
  • but I'm not with you the way that I was before.
  • 00:22:27.100 --> 00:22:29.180
  • This is gonna help set some people free.
  • 00:22:31.030 --> 00:22:32.170
  • I just feel the power of God in this place right now.
  • 00:22:32.170 --> 00:22:35.080
  • Your purpose is still in tact.
  • 00:22:36.170 --> 00:22:39.100
  • Jesus is with you.
  • 00:22:39.100 --> 00:22:41.070
  • The great cloud of witnesses one day.
  • 00:22:41.070 --> 00:22:43.030
  • By the way, Jesus is coming back,
  • 00:22:43.030 --> 00:22:44.290
  • and when He comes back, the clouds are gonna roll back,
  • 00:22:44.290 --> 00:22:48.100
  • the dead in Christ are gonna rise up.
  • 00:22:48.100 --> 00:22:50.120
  • We're gonna be reunited with fathers and mothers
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:53.030
  • and grandparents and sisters
  • 00:22:53.030 --> 00:22:55.030
  • and uncles and babies and kids.
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:57.220
  • It's gonna be glorious, but can I tell you,
  • 00:22:57.220 --> 00:23:00.080
  • all of heaven is on their feet and they're peering
  • 00:23:00.080 --> 00:23:03.080
  • over the sidelines of heaven, they're looking down,
  • 00:23:03.080 --> 00:23:05.140
  • and they're going come on, wake up, wake up.
  • 00:23:05.140 --> 00:23:09.220
  • You're here on purpose.
  • 00:23:09.220 --> 00:23:11.180
  • You have a purpose.
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:13.070
  • Start living your best days.
  • 00:23:13.070 --> 00:23:14.230
  • The disciples, they're watching Jesus go up, watch this.
  • 00:23:14.230 --> 00:23:17.100
  • In Acts 1:10, it says they were straining to see Him.
  • 00:23:17.100 --> 00:23:20.110
  • Their eyes were staring at the sky.
  • 00:23:20.110 --> 00:23:22.270
  • And all of a sudden, two angels appear next to 'em,
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:24.290
  • two men dress in robes of white.
  • 00:23:24.290 --> 00:23:27.080
  • And in verse 11, the angels say to the disciples,
  • 00:23:27.080 --> 00:23:30.110
  • "Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring there?"
  • 00:23:30.110 --> 00:23:35.110
  • (gentle music)
  • 00:23:37.040 --> 00:23:39.080
  • I could drop the mic and just walk right here.
  • 00:23:39.080 --> 00:23:42.120
  • Why are you here but you're staring there?
  • 00:23:42.120 --> 00:23:45.220
  • Why are you here in this marriage,
  • 00:23:45.220 --> 00:23:47.070
  • but you're staring at someone else?
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:49.160
  • Why are you here in this ministry,
  • 00:23:49.160 --> 00:23:51.010
  • but you're staring someplace else?
  • 00:23:51.010 --> 00:23:53.050
  • Why are you here in Tulsa, but you're staring there?
  • 00:23:53.050 --> 00:23:56.140
  • The angels were trying to wake the disciples up.
  • 00:23:56.140 --> 00:23:58.120
  • Here is all you have.
  • 00:23:58.120 --> 00:24:00.150
  • Don't worry, Jesus will come back,
  • 00:24:00.150 --> 00:24:02.100
  • but don't sit around doing nothing until He does.
  • 00:24:02.100 --> 00:24:05.020
  • Make the most of here and now.
  • 00:24:05.020 --> 00:24:07.010
  • Stop wishing you were someplace else
  • 00:24:07.010 --> 00:24:09.020
  • with someone else doing something else.
  • 00:24:09.020 --> 00:24:11.010
  • There's acres of diamonds right beneath your feet.
  • 00:24:11.010 --> 00:24:14.150
  • Everything you need, there's oil right beneath your feet.
  • 00:24:14.150 --> 00:24:18.020
  • The riches of heaven are right here.
  • 00:24:18.020 --> 00:24:20.210
  • They're right in front of you.
  • 00:24:20.210 --> 00:24:22.140
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:24:22.140 --> 00:24:23.190
  • Some of us are missing a season.
  • 00:24:23.190 --> 00:24:25.090
  • We're like that boy on our phone
  • 00:24:25.090 --> 00:24:26.230
  • while the humpback whale's right in front of us.
  • 00:24:26.230 --> 00:24:29.030
  • Because we lost something, we lost the title.
  • 00:24:29.030 --> 00:24:31.110
  • We got fired from a company, we got let go,
  • 00:24:31.110 --> 00:24:33.210
  • we made a transition,
  • 00:24:33.210 --> 00:24:34.260
  • you graduated from college or high school.
  • 00:24:34.260 --> 00:24:36.010
  • It's a new season in your life.
  • 00:24:36.010 --> 00:24:37.130
  • What do I do?
  • 00:24:37.130 --> 00:24:38.090
  • What's my purpose?
  • 00:24:38.090 --> 00:24:39.240
  • Whatever you do, bring glory to God.
  • 00:24:39.240 --> 00:24:43.080
  • Your purpose is still there, still in tact.
  • 00:24:43.080 --> 00:24:46.140
  • I'm here on purpose.
  • 00:24:46.140 --> 00:24:48.150
  • Maybe you're watching today and right here
  • 00:24:48.150 --> 00:24:50.150
  • is not always fun for you.
  • 00:24:50.150 --> 00:24:52.000
  • Whatever the here is that you're in right now,
  • 00:24:52.000 --> 00:24:54.000
  • maybe you are tempted to feel defeated, discouraged,
  • 00:24:54.000 --> 00:24:57.080
  • overwhelmed, depressed, worried,
  • 00:24:57.080 --> 00:24:59.210
  • wishing you were somewhere else.
  • 00:24:59.210 --> 00:25:01.170
  • Why don't you say a prayer today and get that attitude,
  • 00:25:01.170 --> 00:25:04.080
  • get that mindset to say, I'm gonna make the most of here.
  • 00:25:04.080 --> 00:25:06.270
  • Say this with me.
  • 00:25:06.270 --> 00:25:07.250
  • Say, Jesus, I'm all yours.
  • 00:25:07.250 --> 00:25:10.080
  • I surrender.
  • 00:25:10.080 --> 00:25:11.170
  • Lord, I thank you that I am here on purpose,
  • 00:25:11.170 --> 00:25:14.060
  • because I have a purpose.
  • 00:25:14.060 --> 00:25:16.000
  • Lord, I am not an accident and I thank you
  • 00:25:16.000 --> 00:25:18.130
  • that you have an assignment on my life,
  • 00:25:18.130 --> 00:25:20.170
  • in Jesus' name, Amen.
  • 00:25:20.170 --> 00:25:23.000
  • Hey, God does have a purpose for you and
  • 00:25:23.000 --> 00:25:25.070
  • that purpose includes making the most of the here and now.
  • 00:25:25.070 --> 00:25:28.220
  • Make today count.
  • 00:25:28.220 --> 00:25:30.090
  • These are the best days.
  • 00:25:30.090 --> 00:25:32.000
  • Don't wait for a future time.
  • 00:25:32.000 --> 00:25:33.180
  • Start living your best days right here, right now.
  • 00:25:33.180 --> 00:25:36.230
  • Live with purpose, love someone, encourage someone,
  • 00:25:36.230 --> 00:25:39.240
  • help someone, be a good influence to those
  • 00:25:39.240 --> 00:25:42.110
  • that are around you.
  • 00:25:42.110 --> 00:25:43.180
  • One of the best ways we can live with purpose
  • 00:25:43.180 --> 00:25:45.010
  • is plugging into a church.
  • 00:25:45.010 --> 00:25:46.130
  • If you don't have a home church, come to Victory.
  • 00:25:46.130 --> 00:25:48.250
  • If you're in Tulsa, come to Victory.
  • 00:25:48.250 --> 00:25:50.250
  • We'll make you feel right at home, right here,
  • 00:25:50.250 --> 00:25:53.000
  • any time during the week, come.
  • 00:25:53.000 --> 00:25:54.160
  • We'd love to connect with you.
  • 00:25:54.160 --> 00:25:56.020
  • We've got services Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday.
  • 00:25:56.020 --> 00:25:58.180
  • Course, you can join us online at victory.com,
  • 00:25:58.180 --> 00:26:01.020
  • if that's better for you.
  • 00:26:01.020 --> 00:26:02.150
  • Again, we love you so much, we're praying for you.
  • 00:26:02.150 --> 00:26:04.150
  • Your best days are right in front of you.
  • 00:26:04.150 --> 00:26:07.030
  • (lively music)
  • 00:26:08.190 --> 00:26:10.070
  • - [Announcer] Victory Christian School is pursuing families
  • 00:26:10.070 --> 00:26:12.170
  • that share our vision and standard for education.
  • 00:26:12.170 --> 00:26:15.190
  • Our families are here on purpose.
  • 00:26:15.190 --> 00:26:18.020
  • We raise up leaders of tomorrow by preparing
  • 00:26:18.020 --> 00:26:20.100
  • the heart, mind and body.
  • 00:26:20.100 --> 00:26:22.150
  • With challenging academics, a celebration of the arts,
  • 00:26:22.150 --> 00:26:26.080
  • and championship level athletics,
  • 00:26:26.080 --> 00:26:28.090
  • we are reaching new heights each year.
  • 00:26:28.090 --> 00:26:30.220
  • Victory Christian School is more than an education.
  • 00:26:30.220 --> 00:26:33.150
  • It's preparation for a calling.
  • 00:26:33.150 --> 00:26:35.140
  • - [Announcer] Now you can watch Pastor Paul's message
  • 00:26:37.160 --> 00:26:40.110
  • from anywhere at victory.com.
  • 00:26:40.110 --> 00:26:43.170
  • With hours of streaming content,
  • 00:26:43.170 --> 00:26:45.130
  • you can watch archived messages
  • 00:26:45.130 --> 00:26:47.040
  • from his most inspirational sermons.
  • 00:26:47.040 --> 00:26:49.190
  • You will also be able to watch live services
  • 00:26:49.190 --> 00:26:52.060
  • and interact with one of our pastors.
  • 00:26:52.060 --> 00:26:54.220
  • There are so many new ways to connect with us now online.
  • 00:26:54.220 --> 00:26:57.290
  • Go online and watch all of
  • 00:26:57.290 --> 00:26:59.270
  • the life changing content any time.
  • 00:26:59.270 --> 00:27:02.110
  • Go right now to check it out.
  • 00:27:02.110 --> 00:27:04.080
  • (lively music)
  • 00:27:04.080 --> 00:27:07.100
  • - [Announcer] You can listen to Pastor Paul's message
  • 00:27:07.100 --> 00:27:10.080
  • and experience victory any time
  • 00:27:10.080 --> 00:27:12.210
  • through our mobile Victory app, in the App Store.
  • 00:27:12.210 --> 00:27:15.070
  • When you have the app, you can listen to Victory every day.
  • 00:27:15.070 --> 00:27:18.200
  • Go online from your computer
  • 00:27:18.200 --> 00:27:20.070
  • or phone right now to download it.
  • 00:27:20.070 --> 00:27:22.220
  • Victory app is available from the App Store.
  • 00:27:22.220 --> 00:27:25.150
  • (lively music)
  • 00:27:25.150 --> 00:27:28.050