Destined to Win Part 2
Destined to Win Part 2 from Pastors Lawson and Aaron Perdue. In this episode of Grace for Today, gain a revelation of God’s plan for your life! God’s plan for you is better than your plan any day of the week!
Destined to Win
When Jesus saved you, your destiny changed completely! He radically transformed us and brought us from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and from defeat to victory. Pastor Lawson goes through the book of Ephesians in detail and shows us exactly why we are destined to win. We are no longer fighting to be overcomers, we are made victorious through Jesus and any weapon formed against us will not prosper! Jesus came to give us life and have that life more abundantly! Because of God and his great love, we are destined to win!
Destined to Win Part 2 Transcript
Praise the Lord friends, and welcome to the broadcast. I’m so glad that you’ve connected with us today. I have my son, Aaron. You don’t wanna miss the broadcast Today. We’re gonna be talking about God’s plan for your life. God’s plan for your life is better than your plan for your life any day of the week. You don’t wanna miss this broadcast. So open your heart and receive God’s good word today. Blessings. Friends, it’s great to have you today. We are teaching on destined to win from the book of Ephesians. Thank God, God has a plan of victory, and you’re in it. You were born to win the moment that you were born again. And you know, in yesterday’s program, we talked about the fact that when you come into Christ, you’re a brand new creation. The scripture says, “That we’re blessed, that we’re chosen, that we’re holy, that we’re blameless, that we’re pre-destined to succeed.” You know that we’re accepted in the blood, that we’re redeemed from every curse, forgiven for every sin. And when you understand that, it changes the way that you live your life. And not only do we have a new position and a new condition, but we have a brand new purpose in Christ. And that’s what Paul begins to move into in verse eight on down through verse 14, here in Ephesians chapter one. And so he says this in verse eight. He says, “Wherein he has abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to the good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself.” God has an eternal purpose for our life. And you know, your son, your brother Peter, my son Peter and your brother Peter, after he got married, he went to see his brother-in-law graduate at Stanford University. And Peter graduated from Princeton. But Peter said, you know, he was just appalled that so many young people today don’t understand that they have a purpose. And we need to have a purpose. I believe it’s one of the strongest areas to help you walk in success is understand there is a purpose. There is a plan of God for your life. I like to say this, God has a plan for your life and it’s better than your plan any day of the week. Hallelujah. And so when you begin to understand that plan. Now we talked about yesterday, how about when you’re born again, you just enter into that plan. You know, the Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” So you just enter into it when you’re born again. But then not only do you enter into it, but but he has a very specific purpose and plan.
Yeah, I like that you were talking about having the fear of the Lord to enter into that plan, you know, having a reverence for the Lord, or having a reverence for the creator. You know, a lot of people in society in today, you know, in today’s day and age, have lost a sense of purpose because a lot of society, you know, just rejects, you know, the notion of a creator. And if there’s no creator, then everything is just an accident. You know, you’re just here by some cosmic accident. There really is no purpose to your life. But there is a purpose to your life. And whenever you see beauty, whenever you see order, it’s not an accident, it is predestined. It is thought about, it is created. It’s, you know, and to enter into that purpose for life, you have to have reverence for the creator. You know, I have a background in classical music, so I’ve studied a lot of great music, a lot of great composers, and you know, classical musicians, they have to have a reverence for the composer, for the creator. So if you’re playing a symphony by Mozart, you have to have a reverence for what Mozart wrote. You know, if I just went and just turned it into chaos, you know, the audience would be upset, the conductor be upset, my teachers will be upset, other musicians will be upset. You can’t just go and trash, you know, the creator’s masterpiece. You have to have a reverence for it. And you have to have a reverence for God when you have a reverence for God, and understand that there is a creator, it gives purpose to your life.
Yeah, Aaron, you have a beautiful watch on and you deal with that. Now you didn’t, somebody made that.
Somebody designed that, that was made with very intentional design, with very intentional purpose. It didn’t just happen, you know, and creation did not just-
It doesn’t just happen just like time.
It did not just happen. And this is, I believe, one reason we have so much suicide among young people today, and it’s a tragedy because they don’t understand that they have a God given purpose. There is a creator. God has a purpose. God has a plan for your life. It’s better than your plan any day of the week.
And I like verse nine, he said, “Having made known to us the mystery of His will.” You know, some people say, “That God is so mysterious, you just don’t know or you don’t understand His will if it be His will.” Right here it says, “He is made known unto unto us the mystery of His will.”
Yes. So he begins, and we talked about how there’s this overall will of God yesterday in the program. That everybody, everyone would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4,5,6, right down in there talks about that. But there’s also not only this general overall will of God, for everybody to be saved, and come to a acknowledge of the truth. There’s a very specific purpose for your life.
I like that because you know, I’ve taught on the anointing of God before. And the way Pastor Lawson, my dad, defines anointing is the plan, the purpose, and the power of God. And I’ve always taught that there’s anointing in you that’s the Spirit of Christ in you. That’s the power, the plan of purpose of God in you. So that’s kind what God’s overall will, that all might be saved, that all would be filled with Jesus. But there’s also an anointing on you. And that’s talking about the plans, the purpose, the power of God for very specific things, you know, on your life.
How God wants you to minister in this world.
And I love that you brought this up because you know, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He’s anointed me to preach the gospel of the poor. He sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, the day of God’s grace.” So there was an anointing on Him. The anointing in you is equal with every believer. It’s the Spirit of Christ in you. 1 John two says, verse 20, “You have an unction or you have an anointing from the Holy one and you know all things.” And he talks about an anointing of truth, that anointing of life and that every believer has, and that’s to live the Christian life. But you have an anointing on you and that’s to minister to people. And I love this that you brought this out because when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, when I was only 14 years old, I knew immediately that I was called to preach the gospel. Now, I couldn’t have told you whether as a apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher, I didn’t even know what those five full ministry gifts were. Paul talks about those later here in the Book of Ephesians. But I knew that I was gonna spend my life sharing this message. I knew specific things about my life and that some of them I didn’t enter into for 25 years.
I remember one time when I was going to school for music, I studied from one of the top flute instructors in the world at Carnegie Mellon University. And I helped with auditions once and when my professor was taking a break from doing all these auditions, there were top flutists from all around the world trying to study with her. I kind of asked her what she looked for and she said, “One thing she really looks for is just, she calls the, like, the wow factor. Just people either have it or they don’t.”
Yeah. The anointing.
Do other people see it? See, this is one thing a lot of people think they’re supposed to do certain things, but there’s some people we, this reminds me, we had a person one time in our church. They wanted to do certain things, but this woman thought she had a gift to sing. She actually, the family had some money and she recorded a CD and it was terrible. I mean, this girl had no gifting whatsoever. She couldn’t even been a very good choir member. Really, it was awful. And she gave this CD to one of my friends who was a minister, used to minister for me for years. And he said, “Is that a joke?” He thought it was a joke, but it wasn’t joke. She was serious, but she had no gifting. She had no anointing, it did not work.
In the early 1900’s there’s a really wealthy woman, I think she was a widow, and had been left millions and millions of dollars. So she like funded all the orchestras, and operas in New York City, and she thought she could sing. And so, she would put on entire operas where she was the star, and she had the worst voice probably in the world. But no one would tell her no because she paid everyone’s paycheck. So there’s actually recordings.
The golden Rule.
There’s recordings of her singing. Some of my friends who were, you know, voice majors play these for me. But they actually recently turned this story into a movie. It’s now a movie that
is based off of this true story.
Do you know the name of the movie?
I don’t know the name of the movie off the top of my head, but it’s now a movie.
So funny, he that has the gold, makes the rules.
Yeah. That’s so funny. But anyway, now we go on and he goes, he says that, you know, he showed us this purpose that He had himself in verse 10, “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times, God might gather together in one, all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are in earth, even in Him.” Man, God has an amazing plan in Christ. And he says, “In the fullness of times, He wants to bring all things in Him.” And so you think about it, how in the beginning we were created and you know, Adam walked with God in the cool of the day. And then Adam broke the one commandment, “Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” He and Eve broke it. Eve did it ignorantly, Adam did it, knowing well what he did. But God wants to bring us back into relationship with Him. And that’s really the purpose of the gospel, that we would have fellowship with God. God is our Father and we are in His family. And God created us for fellowship and He wants that fellowship with us as His creation. Now he says this word again that we saw in verse seven, “In whom in Christ we have obtained an inheritance.” We have an inheritance in Christ. Wow, we’re not paupers, you know.
Scripture says we’re actually co-heirs with Christ. It’s not even a lesser inheritance. Like you just get, you know, I actually paid someone to research out the Perdue lineage so that they were able to trace, you know, Perdues back 13 generations, you know, to like when they first came to the US in like the 1600’s. And there was a Perdue who fought in the Revolutionary War, and I actually have his will, and he had like 13 children and you know, some he left a lot to, but there were three, he only left $1 to. And it said, “For reasons known only to myself.” So, you know, your inheritance from God isn’t just $1. You’re actually co-heirs with Christ. That means we have-
I was thinking about that exact scripture. Talks about that in Galatians 4:1-7, Romans 8:16-17, that we are joint heirs with Christ, and that means equal heirs together with Him, amen. Everything that Jesus has is ours. That’s marvelous. So He says, “We’ve been predestinated again according to the purpose of Him, according to God’s purpose of Him who works all things after the council of His own will.” Now God’s not gonna make you believe Him. God’s not gonna make you walk in His plan and purpose. Again, He made a foundational choice in Christ at the cross. Now, when you receive Jesus, the fear of the Lord, right, the respect or reverence for God is the beginning of wisdom. So we enter into that plan when we receive Jesus, and then when we’re filled with the Spirit. I believe when you’re saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit, the plan of God in you is full grown on the inside. But then it takes a lifetime to walk that out. And I told you there’s some things that God showed me when I was baptized in the Holy Spirit when I just 14, I didn’t even start to walk in those until I was 39 or 40 years old.
Think about Jesus. You know, Jesus called all the early apostles to be witnesses unto Him in all Judea, Samaria, and into the uttermost ends of the earth. But some of the apostles were called to witness in certain areas. You know, the anointing on them was slightly different. You know, Peter was called to witness to certain groups of people. And Paul realized, I’m not really purposed, I’m not really called to witness so much to Jews, but more to Gentiles.
So even how the Holy Spirit empowered Paul was differently than how the Holy Spirit empowered Peter.
This is great. You know, when Paul tried to go to the Gentiles, he or he did great, but when he tried to go to the Jews, he failed miserably. I was just thinking about it today. One of my mentors really, and a spiritual father to me is Andrew Wommack, and Andrew Wommack, he said, you know, him and Jamie said, “That when they moved here to Colorado, it was really their desire.” But God spoke to them early on. They could headquarter their ministry anywhere they wanted to because he has a traveling teaching ministry. But you know, I’m a pastor and that is very location specific. And Andrew and I was thinking about this. We teach a lot of the exact same things, but did you know, you know, 95% might probably 98% of what we preach is exactly the same? There’s a couple things we look at different. We’re still very good friends. But at the same point in time, you know, we teach 98% exactly the same thing. There’s a very different anointing on him in the way that he ministers and I minister, and I would be wrong to try to be Andrew Wommack, you know, because I’m not Andrew Wommack.
Well, I’ve even seen him try to minister in ways that he necessarily isn’t anointed to. You know, one time I was at a big conference he was doing, but I think he had been around a famous Christian historian for a while who’s very into history and facts, and you know, PowerPoint presentations. And Andrew tried to minister, tried to do a teaching with a PowerPoint, and he just, at the end of it, he said, “This is terrible, I’m never gonna do this again.”
Yeah, he came back the next night, actually, it was at a big conference he had, He said, “I bombed it last night, I did terrible.”
And you know what? We should not try to be somebody else. I can’t be Andrew Wommack, you know, I love the gospel. You know, when I got ahold of the gospel under Andrew, that’s where I was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and called to preach, really turned my life right side up. But you know, it changed my life, but it changed me. But I’m still a different person and the way that I minister is different, and the way that I minister as a pastor is different. The way that he ministers, as you know, really a teacher. And I believe Andrew is an apostle, right? With a really strong gift in the area of teacher. And I believe anybody who’s really called in that office of an apostle, we’ll probably talk about this later when we get to Ephesians four, it might be awhile the way we’re going, but there’s really strong in one of the other gifts. But at the same point in time, the anointing on him is somewhat different in the way he teaches and the way that I teach, and the way we minister. It’s just, that’s just how the Holy Spirit works. And so he says here, “In Christ, we obtain an inheritance being predestinated according to the purpose”, God has a very specific purpose for our life, “of Him who works all things after the council of His own will.” Notice this in verse 12, “That we should be”, and he uses that term again in verse six, that he used, “to the praise of His glory.” And that means when God sees you, He sees you in your full potential in Christ, “who first trusted in Christ.” So God wants to bring out in you, through His purpose and plan. You know, He wants to bring out in you, you know, what He has called, anointed, and appointed you to do. We’ll be back right after this break. Friends, I’m Pastor Lawson Perdue, and I’ve been teaching “Destined to Win” from the book of Ephesians. This is one of the greatest teachings that I’ve ever done. I’ve had more requests for this teaching than almost any teaching we’ve done. I’ve got it in eight parts as I taught it in church, in CD form, also in a USB. And then I also have the teaching in 16 parts as we’ve taught it on television with my son Dr. Aaron Perdue. And in this 16 part teaching, I am just thrilled with all the different things that was brought in. So you can get the eight part CDs or the USB that has all the video and audio, or you can get the 16 part as taught on television. Call us and let us know what you would like to have. We have a special offer today, and we’re so blessed to have you check out our website, charischristiancenter.com. We have this and many other materials, and we have all of these things online for free. Blessings. Praise the Lord, friends, we are here and we are in Ephesians chapter one. And we’ve talked about, you know, what God gave us in Christ. We talked about that yesterday, that we’re blessed, chosen, holy, blameless, predestined to succeed, that we’re accepted in the beloved, that we’re redeemed from every curse, forgiven for every sin. But then we said, God has an eternal purpose for our life. And there’s this number one purpose that we would be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. But then there’s this very specific will and plan of God that He has for our life. And he goes on and says this in verse 13, “In whom, in Christ.” So he uses this term again in verse seven, “In whom, in Christ.” In verse 11, “In whom” he says in verse seven, “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of the ultimate wealth of His Christ.” In verse 11, he says, “In whom we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to His purpose.” What God has given us is connected to our purpose. Think about that. God’s given us very specific things to help us fulfill His purpose in us. And verse 13 says, “In whom you trusted, in Christ we trusted, after we heard the word of truth, we heard the gospel of our salvation.” And he says it again, “In whom after you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” Praise God. You know, when we’re born again, our spirit is sealed. Our spirit is perfect, our spirit is righteous. You know, there was a period of time that I was in a Pentecostal church, and they taught that your, you know, salvation comes and goes and these things in your spirit. And when you begin to understand what this says in the Greek, it says that “Your spirit is perfect.”
So you don’t leak. Some people teach that you leak.
No, so it’s like when my grandma made peaches, you know, when I was a kid, she would can these peaches, and and she would take them, and they’d take these mason jars or cure jars, and they would cook those peaches down, and put ’em in there and they would seal that and listen, you could get that can of peaches out five years later and open it up and it tastes like the day she put it in. It’s amazing. You could throw that jar of peaches in a barrel of drain oil. You could get it out and wash it off with gasoline, wash it off with water, open it up, it was perfect. The corruption on the outside did not affect what was in the inside.
I think that’s really important too, for who Paul is writing this too. You know, the church at Ephesus, Ephesus was the capital of idol worship. You know, great is Diana of the Ephesians. You know, there’s a huge temple there to Diana, it was one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. So just, you know, idolatry was just everywhere, you know, sacrificing to these idols, these false gods. But I love that he just said, “You are sealed with the Holy Spirit.” So that corruption on the outside, it can’t, you know, and really in today’s day, there’s a lot of corruption in the world today, but as a believer, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
Yeah, you know, there was a teaching going round for a while that 90% of college students lost their faith. And I’m here to tell you, no, 90% of anybody loses their faith, they never had faith. They were never truly born again. They didn’t know Christ. They, you know that. And sometimes you think somebody, you know, they might say like, I had somebody one time saying, “Well, I don’t believe.” But they really believed they were just upset about circumstances. And God knows the spiritual condition of your heart. Praise God. And so the spiritual condition is what we’re talking about right now, not the physical condition. The spiritual condition, if you’ll renew your mind, will determine your physical condition, and has the power to change your physical condition. And for instance, I had Dr. Doug Weiss in the church for a period of time, and he taught at my men’s group one time, and he’s in, the average is nationwide of evangelical believers that have problems with sexual addiction, different things, are really frightening. But he said, when he taught in our men’s group, and he asked for a show of hands with everybody’s head down, eyes closed, he said, “We had half of the problems of the average church.” And it’s not like there still aren’t some challenges and difficulties, but what he was, I believe it’s because of what we’re teaching right here. When you understand your spiritual condition and renew your mind to that fact, it will change the way that you live in the natural. And I believe that’s the ultimate, the gospel is the ultimate answer. Praise God. And when God was working in Christ, He was working on us. He did in Christ what He wanted to do in every person. Now he says, “In Christ, when we believed the gospel of our salvation, we were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.” So we were born of the Spirit. “If any man”, Romans 8:9 says, “has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” And then he says, “If Christ be you”, in verse 10, “the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is alive because of righteousness.” And he goes on in verse 11, but he says, “If the Spirit of Him that raised up Christ from the dead dwell in you, He shall quicken your mortal body by His Spirit that dwells in you.” You have the power on the inside to live a victorious life because of the Spirit of Christ in you. So, this is who you are and God has an eternal purpose. And now he’s saying, “You have the power to live that purpose out by the power of the Holy Spirit in you.” He says, “This Spirit” in verse 14, “is the earnest or the guarantee of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession unto the praise of His glory.” So it’s like if I went down and saw a car that I liked on a car lot and I wanted to buy it, and I said, “You know what? I have the cash and I wanna come back tomorrow.” And the owner says, “Well, I’m gonna sell it if somebody comes around.” So he writes up a contract and I put $1000 down. That’s my guarantee that I’m coming back tomorrow with the rest of the money to buy that car. And so the Holy Spirit is the guarantee on the inside of the believer that Christ is coming back to get our body. And we’re looking, waiting. The Bible says, “That creation is groaning and waiting for the redemption of our body.” In Romans chapter eight on down there in about verse the verse 20, so on and so forth, talks about all of this. And so He’s saying, “You know what? There’s a day that Christ is gonna come and we’re gonna get a glorified body, until that we have the Holy Spirit on the inside.” And he says, “Until the redemption of the purchase possession to the praise of His glory, the redemption of our body to the praise of His glory.” So we get to live out what is on the inside of us in Christ. I certainly hope that you’ve been enjoying this broadcast. We’ve had a great time sharing the word of God. So we have a new position, we have a new possession, we have a brand new purpose, and then we have brand new power. The power of the Holy Spirit on the inside of us. Aaron, share a few words before we go off the air today.
Like I said earlier, I think a lot of people do kind of struggle in the body of Christ, with this victim mentality, with the defeatist mentality. Just feeling defeated, constantly just beat up by this world, beat up by the devil. But we are victorious through Jesus Christ. I like something for years, I actually went to Lakewood Church with a Pastor Joel Olsteen. He would say, “I’m not a victim, I’m a victor.” And I think that’s a great confession for every believer to say is that you are not a victim. You are a victor because the victorious one is living inside of you. You are in Christ Jesus, He is in you and nothing can defeat Jesus. Jesus is the undefeated champion of the universe and He is living inside of you.
Praise God, well, we’re so glad that you tuned in. You know what? We have this product available and you can get these teachings from the book of Ephesians, “Destined to Win”. And we would love to get these out to you so give us a call. If you need prayer, give us a call. If you wanna partner and help us share this message of victory, give us a call today. Blessings.
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