Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Aug 14, 2011            "The end of our self is the beginning of our God!"
Sun Pm Worship                        Desperate people do desperate things!

Text: Jeremiah 29: 11-14                          (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;"

 

Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:12   Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

Jeremiah 29:13   And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:14   And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

 

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

 

The positive power of desperation, as hard as it is to accept many times desperation is the best thing that can happen to us.
Desperation is where we come to an end of ourselves.

The great part of that is, When you come to an end of yourself you find God.

People who never do anything for God don't have to worry much about the storm.
I'm talking about Satanic opposition, When you start moving in destiny Satan will resist you, and try to stop you.
Anyone can serve God when the sun is shining and the sea is calm, but it takes men and women of faith, courage, and committment to stay the course through the storm.

Genesis 32:24   And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

Genesis 32:25   And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

Genesis 32:26   And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

Genesis 32:27   And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

Genesis 32:28   And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

Genesis 32:29   And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

Genesis 32:30   And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Genesis 32:31   And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.


*The storm tests our level of committment
*The storm helps us to see what is really important and what is excess baggage.
*The storm shakes loose the things that aren't connected in the spirit of Christ.
*The storm brings out your best and your worst.

It's amazing how far we have to go sometimes to run into grace.

The Disciples in the book of mark 6:45 saw Jesus on the water but it was Fear that almost kept them from receiving him.
Mark 6:45   And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people.

Mark 6:46   And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

Mark 6:47   And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.

Mark 6:48   And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.

Mark 6:49   But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:

Mark 6:50   For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

Mark 6:51   And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. Fear hinders many people from receiving from God.


*Fear of the unknown
*Fear of what other people might think or say
*Fear of breaking a tradition

But Desperation overcame their fear
Their desperation became a positive force in preparing them for this awesome revelation and manifestation of the power of God.

Many I'm speaking to right now have sensed a growing desperation in your spirit, You have not known which way to turn, nothing seems to be working anymore, your exhausted.
I believe your on the verge of a fresh revelation that is going to bring you into a deeper relationship with God than you have ever known before, and in turn there is going to be a greater manifestation of the power of God in your life.

Nobody likes to feel weak, or unsuccessful or like they don't know what they are doing, but sometimes we have to reach that place before our ears open to really hear what God is saying and our eyes are open to see how to do it Gods way.
Like the woman with the Issue of blood for 12 years, It wasn't until she had spent all her money and exhausted every avenue at her disposal that she came to Jesus.

Had she had more money, or another doctor to turn to she may never have come to Jesus.
We could go on and on
It was desperation that caused Jairus to risk his reputation as a leader of the religious community by coming to Jesus because his daughter was dying.

It was desperation that caused blind bartimaeus to cry for mercy in spite of the persecution of those around him.

2 Kings 4:1   Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.

2 Kings 4:2   And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.

2 Kings 4:3   Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.

2 Kings 4:4   And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

2 Kings 4:5   So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.

2 Kings 4:6   And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.

2 Kings 4:7   Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.


It was desperation that brought the widow woman to the prophet, Her husband had died and left her in debt, and her creditors were coming to make slaves of her two sons.
Her desperation created an avenue for a miracle of divine supernatural multiplication and provision, as she poured from her pot of oil into many borrowed vessels.

To all those who have struggled with the feelings of desperation, as though you've done all you know how to do, you have prayed, you have fasted, you have confessed and it seems like nothing has changed.

I've come to tell you get ready, because on the other side of your desperation is a miracle, is a greater revelation of Jesus than you have ever known.

Desperation is like the last stages of pregnancy.
*Your uncomfortable
*nothing feels quite right
*You cry for no specific reason, it seems your emotions are right on the surface all the time.
*You don't fit in the clothes you used to fit in
*You can't sit where you used to sit

All the while something inside is growing, You may not be able to see what it is, but anyone can see your pregnant.
Thats the way it is, there is a ministry growing inside you,
There's a new anointing growing inside you.
Theres a special gift
A new vision
A new level
Something is getting ready to be birthed, and desperation is that last stage before manifestation, it is here that you either break through or break down.

It is at this point that the devil will try to convince you that it's not worth it.
That God has changed his mind, or that you misunderstood God.
Or that you just dreamed your own dream.

I've come to tell you that delay is not denial and desperation is a positive power when it causes you to throw yourself completely on God.

I have come to tell you that God is always on time.
It may seem like it will never happen but if God said it, It will come to pass.
You may have to pass through the storm on the way, and you may have to fight some giants, and you may reach a place called desperation.
Everyone who has experienced the glory of God has had to come to this place.
Desperation is the breeding ground for miracles.

  

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...
Noah was a drunk; Abraham was too old; Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly; Joseph was abused; Moses had a stuttering problem; Gideon was afraid; Samson had long hair and was a womanizer; Rahab was a prostitute; Jeremiah and Timothy were too young; David had an affair and was a murderer; Elijah was suicidal; Isaiah preached naked; Jonah ran from God; Naomi was a widow; Job went bankrupt; John the Baptist ate bugs; Peter denied Christ; Martha worried about everything; The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once; Zaccheus was too small; Paul was too religious; Timothy had an ulcer; AND Lazarus was dead!