Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Apr 10 2011                            "Blessed are the Trouble Makers!"
Sun Pm Worship           

Text: 1 King 18:17 (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;"

 

1 Kings 18:17   And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?

 

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

I prophesy right now that somebody is going to leave this house tonight with an attitude, and somebody is going to draw a line tonight and knock the devil out of your life, and somebody is going to go home and set some stuff straight. You've been putting up with the devils mess long enough, and he has caused grief and pain in your life, but the tables are turning right now in Jesus name.

The title of this message may seem strange when we're talking about a man of God, because as Christians we been instructed that we are to be peacemakers.
Mt.5:8 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.

We as Christians in relationship with Jesus as Lord know him as the Prince of peace! Religion can't say that!
We misunderstand sometimes, peace does not mean that he was in agreement and that he was in harmony with the spirit and the attitude of his day.
In fact it was said of him on multiple occasions.  And even Jesus said of himself: I did not come to bring peace but a sword

 

Mt 10:34-36 Jesus said: I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother and the daughter in-law against her mother in-law and a mans foes shall be they of his own household

 

He came to stir up trouble for the religious folk of his day.(there was a division because of him)

We could say there was a contention, there was irritation, there was a disturbance, or we could just use the word trouble.
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In other words Jesus said to the religious sect: I came to disturb you, I came to start a fight. I came to force you to choose sides. So to the Pharisees, the Sadducees and the scribes he came as a trouble maker!

 

Matthew 3:7   But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

 

Matthew 23:33   Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

 

Matthew 23:27   Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited  sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

 

Elijah was a troublemaker (he was forcing Israel to choose sides).

His very existence agitated and irritated Ahab and especially Jezebel.
Elijah Made Ahab miserable, Elijah was a Man of God who spoke the truth without compromise, without fear and without favor.

There is such a tremendous need for men and women of God like Elijah, to stand up in our pulpits, in our homes and in our schools, in the white house, and declare what thus saith the Lord.

Sadly today the attitude that prevails in our land today is to be tolerant, be agreeable, be harmonious, be peaceful, be open-minded, accept everything, be a peacemaker don't rock the boat.

But I can't help it, I feel that Elijah anointing on me it's that troublemaker anointing.
I didn't come to join the alliance; I'm not interested in making everybody happy, I'm not trying to find a happy medium where we can all get along.
But I came to draw a line, a line between right and wrong, a line between true and false, a line between sin and righteousness, and a line between dead religion and the power of God.
For too long the church has tried to blend in, to go along and get along, to be tolerant, to not be judgmental.
And the church has become so mixed up and confused and every kind of worldly and perverse and ungodly thing has slipped into the church.

I know I'm hoeing close to the row, but I know I'm telling the truth.
Don't get mad at me if I'm telling the truth.

Social drinking, gambling, homosexuality, wife swapping, shacking up, fornication, adultery, pornography, and now the church is opening her arms to embrace religions that don't even recognize Jesus as the Son of God.
They are Anti-God, they don't even recognize the deity of Jesus Christ.
They promote the godhood of self, and reject the blood of Jesus as the only remedy for sin.

You say: man you better be careful preaching like that you might stir something up.
Good: I'm praying that before I'm finished a whole lot of people will get stirred up.

My name may be known to you as Darrell but you can just call me (trouble maker).

I want to stop here in the message for a minute and say something: There are all kinds of people in this world.
There are sweet and kind and considerate people.

There are those caring and compassionate people who would give you the shirt off their backs.

There are those who are always looking on the bright side, who always see the best in others.

There are those who never meet a stranger, and they have a kind word for everyone.
These are the kind of people that make you feel good, you like to be around them, they can turn bad situations around with their positive outlook and attitudes.

Then there are other people who are mean and spiteful and hateful, they're selfish and rude and inconsiderate, and they don't care about anybody but themselves.
These are the kind of people nobody wants to be around, they bring a negative atmosphere with them everywhere they go.

Then there's one more type of person I want to mention before we move on.
The trouble maker.
This is a person who is known for messing stuff up.
This person lays awake at night trying to think up ways to cause confusion and destruction.
This person is not happy unless they are tearing something up.

They are so committed to this attitude and behavior and lifestyle that they are known as trouble makers
When you see them coming you hear yourself saying: Hear comes trouble

I'm trying to build this message, but I feel something pushing me.
I just wonder what the devils crowd or the religious folk says about you and me?

I just wonder if we carry enough of the fire and the power of God that we even disturb the devil.
When the seven sons of Sceva tried to cast out the demons in a man, the demons spoke up and said: Jesus we know and Paul we know, but who are you? Then the man possessed by demons beat them up and they ran out of the house naked and wounded. Acts 19:14-16

What those demons were saying was: Jesus has made trouble for us, he's on our list (we know we better watch out for him) and Paul is on our list too, he causes trouble for us all over the country.
(But we don't see your name on the list anywhere)

I just wonder tonight: If you and I made the list.

I don't know about you but I want to be known as a troublemaker.

I want to make trouble for the devil.

I want to make it hard for people to go to hell.
I want to make it hard for people to stay sick.
I want to make it hard for the discouraged and depressed to stay discouraged and depressed.
I want to make it hard for hypocrites to feel comfortable in the house of God.
I want to make it hard for Gods people to stay broke.
I want to make it hard for false prophets and hirelings to fatten their pockets by preying on the ignorance or the simplicity, and the generosity of Gods people.

I don't want anyone walking away from here tonight wondering what I'm talking about.
I have a responsibility to make the message clear, to lift up the downcast, encourage the discouraged, and warn the wicked to flee from the wrath to come.

You can call me old fashioned and say that I'm stuck in the mud, but I'm not stuck in the mud, I'm stuck in the blood.

I can't get away from the message of the cross, I can't get away from a savior who shed his blood for me.
It's the blood that saved me, It's the blood that delivered me, It''s the blood that heals me, It's the blood that broke Satan's power over my life.

I am here tonight to make trouble for the devil, I came to tell you in no uncertain terms (there is only one way to be saved and that is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins).

I came to tell you that hell is real, and you will spend eternity either in heaven or in hell.
There are multitudes in hell tonight, because they rejected the love of the Savior.

I love you too much to not tell you the truth.

I know there is a damnable doctrine being preached today called the gospel of inclusion, and it says that everybody is saved already they just don't know it, this doctrine says that God is love and he would never send anyone to such a horrible place as hell, if there even is such a place.

This deception rips the heart out of Evangelism
The very heartbeat of evangelism is the recognition that man is a sinner, and that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and that our sins have separated us from God and condemned us to hell.
But that by believing on Jesus Christ as our sin sacrifice, we are forgiven, redeemed.
And through faith in Jesus sacrifice and his blood that was shed for us, we are brought into right relationship with God and prepared for heaven.

You say: Man of God you're preaching too hard.
Well I'm not running for office, and I'm not trying to get your vote, and my aim is not to make friends but to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said: Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

I want to be like Elijah: I want to be a troublemaker

I'm trying to close, but I feel a stirring right now.
I feel a rumbling in the spirit.
I feel the spirits of godly men and women being agitated, stirred up.
I believe we're standing on the edge of a Tsunami, and I believe there's a wave of Gods power that is getting ready to hit this place.

There is a powerful anointing in this place right now: God is raising up some modern day troublemakers, and you're going to leave this place and shake things up everywhere you go.

I finally realized one day that Gods calling and God's anointing on my life was not for the purpose of making people comfortable, but making them Holy.

I love you, but I am not going soft soap and sugar coat just so you will like me.

There is a Spirit of religion that is trying to destroy Gods people, and destroy the church and we have got to get a backbone about us like Elijah, and stand up to this spirit of compromise that is invading the church.

I want you to lift your hands right now and ask God to anoint you with that same boldness and that same audacity that Elijah had on Mt Carmel.

Ask God for that same spirit that refuses to compromise regardless of the consequences.
Tell God: I want to be a trouble maker, I want hell to go on high alert every time my feet hit the floor.

Elijah turned a nation back to God, (One man anointed by God and filled with holy boldness, stood up and made trouble for hell, and the fire of God fell and a nation was saved in a day).

Now before you leave: I want you to go to at least four or five people and tell them: (you look like a trouble maker to me).

John Wesley said:
Give me 10 men who hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God and we'll change the world."