Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Apr 10 2011                            "You think you have it Bad?"
Sun Am Worship           

Text: Acts 16:16-31 (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Acts 16:16   And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

Acts 16:17   The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation.

Acts 16:18   And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Acts 16:19   And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

Acts 16:20   And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,

Acts 16:21   And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.

Acts 16:22   And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.

Acts 16:23   And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:

Acts 16:24   Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.

Acts 16:25   And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

Acts 16:26   And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

Acts 16:27   And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 

Acts 16:28   But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

Acts 16:29   Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

Acts 16:30   And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

Acts 16:31   And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.


HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DOING GOOD AND THE DEVIL JUMP ON YOU?

           "I came into this world with nothing and I still have most of it left"

I don't know if you remember, but there was a commercial a few years back with a man named Stanley Johnson. As he smiles from ear to ear… he tells us "I've got a great family. I've got a great four bedroom house in a great community. Like my car? It's new. I even belong to the local country club. How do I do it? I'm in debt up to my eyeballs! I can barely pay my finance charges

 

SATAN ALWAYS PICKS THE TIME AND PLACE YOU AND I DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT.

 

JESUS WAS TEACHING HIS DISCIPLES AND HE STOPS AND SAYS...

Luke 22:31-32 KJV 31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

1. IT WAS A BAD SITUATION

A) IN JAIL FOR
**HELPING A LITTLE GIRL
**FOR PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD
**THEY WERE BEAT WITH MANY STRIPES
THEY WERE TRYING TO BE A BLESSING AND DO GOD WORK.

THEY WERE BEAT CAST IN PRISON
THRUST INTO THE VERY LOWEST PART OF THE JAIL CHAINED DOWN IN THE STOCKS.


NOW DON'T THAT JUST MAKE YOU WANT TO SHOUT!

2 Timothy 3:10   But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Timothy 3:11   Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

2 Timothy 3:12   Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2 Timothy 3:13   But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.


JOHN WAS THE GREATEST THAT EVERY LIVED BUT HE STILL QUESTIONED JESUS.
Matthew 11:2   Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

Matthew 11:3   And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

Matthew 11:4   Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and show John again those things which ye do hear and see:

Matthew 11:5   The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Matthew 11:6   And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

 

YOU KNOW THEY GOT DOWN!

I CAN HEAR THEM SAY "GOD WHERE ARE YOU"?

Psalms 34:19   Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.


MARY AND MARTHA QUESTIONED JESUS "LORD IF"


John 11:21   Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

John 11:22   But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.

John 11:23   Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

John 11:24   Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

John 11:25   Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

 

WE ALL GET DOWN AT SOME POINT BUT WE CANT STAY DOWN.
                             You still think you have it Bad!

 

1:) Daniel in the Den of Lions! " For what Calling on his God three time a day!"

 

2:) Three Hebrew boys Faced with the fury of a seven time heated oven! For What? Refusing to bow!

 

              Paul Suffered Great persecution for the cause of Christ, He fully understood that is where the power of God lies.

2 Corinthians 11:23   Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

2 Corinthians 11:24   Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

2 Corinthians 11:25   Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

2 Corinthians 11:26   In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

 

3. BUT THEY PRAYED.(25)
Psalms 91:14-16 KJV 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Pr 15:29 ¶ The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Mt 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

IN THE HARD TIMES THEY PRAYED

IN THE JAIL THEY PRAYED

WE MUST REALIZE WITH OUT PRAYER WE WILL NOT MAKE IT.
**GOD HAS ALREADY SAID ALL HE IS GOING TO SAY TO US THROUGH HIS WORD, NOW IT IS OUR TURN TO TALK TO HIM!

We are not told that Jesus ever taught His disciple how to preach, but He taught them how to pray. He wanted them to have power with God; then He knew they would have power with man.


4.NOT ONLY DID THEY PRAY THEY SANG AND PRAISE GOD.(25)

I WONDER IF ONE SAID I DON'T FEEL LIKE SINGING?

THE OTHER SAID BUT IF WE ARE GOING TO PRAY WE MUST SING HIS PRAISE.

MAY BE SILAS SAID I WILL START- THE LORD IS MY SHEPARD

**YOU REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE LOST AND KILLING CHRISTIANS- THE LORD IS MY SHEPARD

**REMEMBER WHEN THEY STONED YOU- THE LORD IS MY SHEPARD

HOW MANY REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE LOST- THE LORD IS MY SHEPARD

SICK-, ALMOST DEAD, ALMOST LOST IT ALL - THE LORD IS MY SHEPARD.

5. THEN GOD BROKE IN THE JAIL(26)

YOU SAY GOD DID NOT BREAK IN- THEY DID NOT BREAK OUT

NO ONE LEFT THE JAIL THAT NIGHT

Ps 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

INHABITEST- yashab, yaw-shab