Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Apr 25, 2012:                     "Kick the Tires and Light the Fires!"  
Wed PM Worship                                           

Text: 1 John 1-11 (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;"

 

2 guys were carpenters, and 1 always was teasing the other, neither one was what you would classify as very smart. One night he shined his flashlight up to the 2nd story of a house and said, would you mind climbing up this light beam and get my hammer for me?' The nitwit said, hah, how dumb do think I am?' I'm sorry,' he replied. You'd better be, I know you too well..you'd let me get halfway up and then turn the light off!'


1 John 1:1   That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

1 John 1:2   (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

1 John 1:3   That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:4   And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

1 John 1:5   This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:6   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 1:7   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 1:8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:9   If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:10   If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

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

 

Matthew 5:14   Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:15   Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Matthew 5:16   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Ye ARE the light of the world..

 We are to be the light that radiates.

It makes me wanna lift up my head and realize what a grand and glorious thing it is to be a Christian and a child of the King!

The Bible says that God is light. Intellectually that means the knowledge of God is light. Morally that means the holiness of God is light. Physically that mean the glory of God is light.

When Jesus says that we are the light of the world, it means God has deposited His nature inside of us, and we are to let it out. It's in there! It just needs to be allowed to shine forth.

John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 9:5
[5] As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Without Him, it's a dark place, that is, unless He shines thru us!

In Modern Christianity THERE ARE MANY STYLES OF LIGHTS:
a. The CHRISTMAS "Lights" Christians...........
1. Used only one time a year.
2. Used only on a special occasion.
3. These are More For Show than anything else.
4. Some Christians come once a year or on Special Occasions.

 

b. The FLASHING "Lights" Christians............
1. These are On & Off - On & Off - On & Off.
2. These have No Consistency.
3. These Christians can't be counted on to get the job done.

c. The FLASHLIGHT "Lights" Christians...........
1. Very useful in Times of Trouble but not all the time.
2. Very Short Life of usefulness.

3. Begin to fade out slowly.
4. These usually must be Hand-Held.
5. These can be Made Brighter if you Shake them but not for long.

d. The CANDLE "Lights" Christians..............
1. These are Affected by the Wind and may even go out.
2. These are Good Inside in times of storm on the outside.

e. The DIRTY "Lights" Christians...............
1. These have lost their effectiveness.
2. The More the Dirt, the Less the Light.
3. Dirt builds up over time.
4. These need to be cleaned from time to time.

f. The SPOT "Lights" Christians................
1. These Concentrate Only on One Area, and do it well.

g. The FLOOD "Lights" Christians...............
1. These Cover a Wide Area, with usually softer light.

h. The BEACON "Lights" Christians..............
1. These Warn of Danger and Guide the Traveler on his way..soulwinners

i. The REFLECTIVE "Lights" Christians..........
1. These Must Receive their Light from Another Source.
2. Jesus: Sun / We: Moon / Eclipse: World between Sun & Moon

4 Things About The Light:

Now, many people love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil..but many are seeking the truth. Will they see your light, set on a hill?

Man started in the light, for God is light, but chose to sin, and plunged himself into darkness.

Humanism says the opposite, that man starts in darkness, but is getting better and better, and closer and closer to the light. We know better. Sinful mankind is in darkness, but we are to be the light of the world, showing them the way out.

So, God loves man so much, and wants to help people in darkness to see His light, so He deposited the light in 3 places..

2. The Places of the Light
a. The scriptures
Psalm 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

But not everyone will see the light in the Bible.

b. The Savior
Jesus came as the light of the world. But many reject Him. And then He left.

c. The Saints
Like fireflies across your yard in the evening, Christians are left behind to shine as the lights in this world. The first Bible some people in your life will ever read will be the Bible of your life. The first sermon they will ever hear will be a sermon in shoes..you!

You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day
by the deeds that you do, by the words that you say
men read what you're writing, whether faithless or true
Hey, what is the gospel according to you?'

The only way they will get to know Jesus as the true light of the world is if they see that light reflected by you, and shining in you!

v. 15 The city set on a hill' is a collective term, indicating the church. May we be a lighthouse on a hillside that overlooks a storm-tossed sea.

I believe in the universal church, or invisible church', but I'm most thankful for the local church.

Church-hoppers' and the non-committed have justified themselves as being part of the invisible church, and not needing to join a local assembly. And unfortunately, they have invisible service, sing in invisible choirs, visit invisible nursing homes..their tithes are invisible too!

v. 14 is collective light..the church, but..
v. 15 is individual light..single candles doing their part.

Remember when Jesus cast the demon out of the maniac? The man wanted to go w/ Jesus wherever He went, but Jesus said, no, go home and tell everyone what the Lord has done for you! He did!

We should do the same, starting in our own house, acc'd to the end of v. 15.

3. The Putting Out of the Light
v. 15 What bushels do we allow to snuff out our lights?
Probably dozens, but here's a couple: one applies to your walk, and the other to your talk..

Worldliness-unwillingness to be different, to be salt or light. We don't wanna be laughed at or thought of as strange..so, we follow the course of the world, and go w/ the flow, instead of heading upstream..taking a stand. That worldly attitude is a bushel that will snuff out your light.

Ill.-a pastor warned a young man in his church that was moving away that the company he was joining was very worldly and could be a bad influence on him, and furthermore, they would treat him very badly for being a Christian. Months later he heard just the opposite, that the boy's experience had been nothing but pleasant.' The pastor asked, you mean they haven't persecuted you for being a Christian?' He replied, Nope! Matter of fact, they haven't even found out!'

How about it? Have the people in your life even found out you are saved? Work / family / neighbors / friends?

Your desire to blend in' to your environment is a bushel that is keeping you from being the light of your world!

Then there's our talk: And fear is the bushel we allow to snuff out our witnessing opportunities.

Let's take a survey and be honest and show how many of us have had open doors to witness, and even been prompted to by God's Spirit, but have caved in to fear. All of us!

John 19:38
And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus..

Nowhere does the Bible teach infiltration', but rather proclamation', which is taking our stand. Jesus took His stand for us on Calvary, will you now take yours?
2 Cor. 4:3-4
[3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: [4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Either the bushel will put out the light, or your light will burn up the bushel!

4. The Purpose of the Light
v. 16 Why do we do good works? So people will remark, what a great Christian you are!' No! The purpose of the light is not to glorify itself. You don't turn a light on to draw attention to the light, but to whatever it is shining on. The purpose of the light is to illuminate Jesus and to glorify the Father in heaven!