Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Apr 13 2011                                     "Use it or Lose it!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
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Text: Ex 14:12-16  (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;"

 

Exodus 14:12   Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Exodus 14:13   And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Exodus 14:14   The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Exodus 14:15   And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

Exodus 14:16   But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

 

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
You have the Authority "so use it"

Exodus 14:15-16 NKJ
15. And the Lord said to Moses, "Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.
16. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it...

The issue with Christians today is not that we are not praying.

Christians are praying all right, but it seems like people only pray when its necessary.

1 Corinthians 12:4   Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:5   And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:6   And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

1 Corinthians 12:7   But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1 Corinthians 12:8   For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:9   To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:10   To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:11   But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

1 Corinthians 12:12   For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

 

But listen to me here,  Having This great source of ability and not putting to use in God's Harvest is like having a thousand horsepower engine and not having a chassis to place it in..

 

You show me a Church that is not Going and I will show you a Church that is not Growing!

 

Faith is a Fact but Real Faith require an Act!

You show me your faith without your works and I will show you mine by my works! But you see we have got ourselves into Man dependent instead of God dependent!

  

This stems from not relying on God 100% all the time,  instead only when we think that we can't handle things on our own, it seems we pray.

We are praying, "God I need this, God I need that, God, please… God, do something about my situation by tomorrow, God I need you now, God can you hear me!

Or how about this one, God if you get me out of this jam I'll promise to?

Isaiah 58:19 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say,  Here I am.'

No doubt, we have all been there and probably prayed more than one time like that before ourselves.

God hears us loud and clear the first time when we call on Him, in fact He loves it when we call on Him.

He's ready, willing and able to help us, the moment we do.

The thing is though, we don't have to pray pleading, desperate prayers all the time to get His attention.

He wants you to use the authority He has given already given you as a Christian  to pray powerful, expectant prayers,


To plainly speak to your mountain and expect it to step aside.

to boldly command and to "stretch out your hand and your faith" and see miracles happen.

When Moses stood at the Red Sea with Pharaoh's army right on their heel's,

the Bible tells us that he prayed desperately and cried out to God, just like weve been talking about.
But what did God tell him, "Why do you cry to Me?" Why are you whining to me?
There is a time for you to cry out to God and there is a time for you to step out in faith and use your authority.

God told Moses, "Tell the children of Israel to go forward.  Use it or Lose it!

Lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.
I wonder if God was thinking, Hmm, Seems like I still have to do everything around here.

In essence what He was saying was, you know what to do, just do it!!

We may not possess a rod like Moses had, but we have something Far greater we possess and have access to something that he never had.

"The "rod" we have today is the name of Jesus.  Look to someone and declare there is great POWER, Wonder Working Power in that Holy Name of JESUS!

As you take authority and command in Jesus' name, your "sea" will open, your mountain will bow down and your problems have no choice but to flee from you.

A lot of believers don't realize that Jesus didn't say, "Go and pray for the sick"?

He said, "Go and heal the sick."

He wanted us to be able to walk in confidence, He wanted 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.

Matthew 10:9   Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

Matthew 10:10   Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

The Message Bible reads

Matthew 10:8-10 MSG.
Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here.
Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.
9-10"Don't think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don't need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment!

Christians need to stop pleading when their asking all the time when they pray, and start using the authority that they already have in Christ.

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 them-living 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 us-an 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.