Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Apr 17 2011                        "A Candidate for the Mandate!"
Sun Am Worship          Look to someone and say you are indeed a candidate!

Text: John 8:2-11  (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;"

         The devil is a Liar!

John 8:2   And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

John 8:3   And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

John 8:4   They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

John 8:5   Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

John 8:6   This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

John 8:7   So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

John 8:8   And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

John 8:9   And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

John 8:10   When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

John 8:11   She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Let's pray.
Father, Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.
Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

Revelation 12:10   And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Revelation 12:11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

 

          If you are here this morning it is not by Chance nor by accident!

                        You are right where God wanted you this morning.

The Bible states in

Romans 8:1   There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:2   For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Romans 8:3   For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Romans 8:4   That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:5   For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

 

If you here today are willing to put your hand to the Plow of God and not look back through the eyes of condemnation, God is about to Move with Power.

Rahab was a Harlet.

Adam blamed it all on Eve.

Moses Stuttered.

Samson had Long Hair.

David was an adulterer.

Isaiah had unclean lips.

John the Baptist ate wild honey and locust.

Peter cussed.

Paul murdered.

Matthew was a tax collector.

Jonah was rebel.

The Bible is filled with imperfect people fulfilling the Call of God

 

You are a candidate  for God's Mandate.

Acts 2:12   And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

Acts 2:13   Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

Acts 2:14   But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Acts 2:15   For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

Acts 2:16   But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

Acts 2:17   And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Acts 2:18   And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Acts 2:19   And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

 

Jesus Wants you and I to be able to walk in the same confidence, He wants us to focus on what we possess through our relationship that we have with Him.

That's why He spoke the words, "Greater works shall you do, then I have done"

He wanted us to know and realize, see all I've done, pretty amazing huh?

But the greatest thing is, you are capable of this and a whole lot more!

Jesus is our power source and if we abide in Him and abides in us, then we can walk in confidence, knowing we have access to what He has access  to!

Matthew 10:8   Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.


The last thing Jesus told the church,
Mark 16:15-18 NIV.

15. He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
16. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
17. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
18. they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

Church, God wants you to go and use the authority that He has given you. And as you go, miracles will flow and follow you!

God is the God of possible, it doesn't matter how you feel or whether you feel like you are worthy of what you are asking Him for. Its not about you!

Its not about what we can do on our own, its about what He already did,

which makes it possible for us to accomplish the impossible, if we will only have faith to believe that it is possible!

So don't rely on yourself, rely on the one who can deliver every time, the one who has the strength and the means, the one who has already overcome every obstacle.

Romans 8:5   For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

Romans 8:6   For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8:7   Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Romans 8:8   So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Romans 8:9   But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be  that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

 

Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in themóliving and breathing God!

Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.

It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life,

he'll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself?

When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life.

With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's!

God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!

15-17. This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life.
It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?"

God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are.

We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to usóan unbelievable inheritance!

Wow!, and all we have to do to get what God is talking about here, is to step into it and just accept it.

That's right, can't earn it, can't buy it, all we have to do is accept it, it's a totally free gift.

Almost sounds to good to be true, but it is. God is fantastically, amazingly, way beyond good to all those who love Him!!!!

God wants us to step into the abundant life He has promised us, embrace it and live in it completely, every single day.

And He says, don't keep it a secret, tell everyone you know, there's plenty to go around for everyone who wants to partake,

He has made it available to us 24/7 all the time. Praise God, Hallelujah!!

If were not living the abundant life He has made available to us, Why not?
Hasn't the devil stole enough and given us enough grief to last a lifetime, you know he has!

he knows the goodness of God, because he has experienced it first hand,

he also knows when a person starts to really experience the goodness of God, that he has forever lost the battle for their soul.

That's why he tries so hard to keep you from the grace and goodness of God.

But know this, God is greater than anything he could ever throw at you, that's why we have the Word of God to remind us and it's a good thing we do.

Even Jesus used the word on the devil when he tempted Him.

Matt. 4:9-11 NKJ


9. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me."
10. Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'"
11. Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Be confident and know just as Jesus was given authority, so have you been, by your relationship you have with Him.

You don't have to plead with the Lord when you pray and have a need, He wants you to just speak confidently to it and consider as already being done.

Lets pray