Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Aug 3, 2011                               "It's your move!"
Wed Pm Worship                     

Text: Zech 4:6 - 5:3   (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;"

Miracles, healings, mighty deliverances, gifts of the Holy Spirit!

These are the mighty acts of God that make the preaching of His Word effective.

 

To win this nation to Jesus, we will need the demonstration of the Spirit's power.

 

We have a nation full of great preachers, yet relatively few are being saved!

 

We are a nation full of Christians. Yet, according to Christian researchers and pollsters,

 

American Christians are almost indistinguishable from non-Christians!

 We are a nation careening towards destruction, yet so few Jonahs are prophesying in the public square.

 

What is it going to take? -- It will require the MOVING and the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT! God will only move supernatural using Clean Vessels!

 

Zechariah 4:6   Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Zechariah 4:7   Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.

Zechariah 4:8   Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Zechariah 4:9   The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Zechariah 4:10   For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Zechariah 4:11   Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

Zechariah 4:12   And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

Zechariah 4:13   And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

Zechariah 4:14   Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Zechariah 5:1   Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.

Zechariah 5:2   And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.

Zechariah 5:3   Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.

 

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

Psalms 24:3   Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

Psalms 24:4   He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalms 24:5   He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psalms 24:6   This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Psalms 24:7   Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

 

1 Corinthians 2:4   And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

1 Corinthians 2:5   That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1 Thessalonians 1:5 ...our gospel came to you NOT SIMPLY WITH WORDS, but also WITH POWER, with the HOLY SPIRIT and with deep conviction.

 In America we're "preaching to the choir" because the unchurched are tuning out our words.

In 1971 I read of  a Christian school principal asking a group of high school boys, "What will it take to help you guys serve the Lord?" He said he would never forget their reply:  We need to see a REAL MOVE OF GOD!" These young people were hungry for a demonstration of Holy Ghost ministry and power.

 

Your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers -- they need more than our words. They need to see the powerful moving of God's Holy Spirit.

 

(Shake yourself, pinch yourself, do whatever it takes to bring yourself to full attention)

Sampson went to sleep:  his spiritual sensitivity was at an all time low, What at one time would have alarmed him and produced a violence in him, now lulled him to sleep, (Sound like the church?
(Sampson the philistines be upon thee) he awoke what a sad condition he found himself in (He wist not that the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him)

He shook himself as at other times, but to no avail. The saddest thing to witness is someone going through the motions of religion with no inward life, (convinced that because they know the steps, They have the power)

Numbers 11:24-25 So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent. [25] Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the SPIRIT rested on them, they PROPHESIED...

 Picture it -- moved by the Holy Spirit, all 70 elders began to prophesy.

 Kind of a mini-Day of Pentecost!

 

Those who don't know the Lord need to see whole churches of those who do know the Lord moving supernaturally.

 

When I attended my first services in a Pentecostal church, I was greatly impressed by the Holy Spirit moving in prophecy, tongues-and-interpretation, words of knowledge, healings, and the like.

 

Judges 6:33-34 Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel. [34] Then the SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON GIDEON, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.

 

Many enemies in our day have "joined forces" against the Lord and His Church -- anti-family forces, anti-church, anti-marriage, anti-morality, anti-you-name-it!

We need some Gideons to be MOVED upon by the Holy Spirit.

Some Gideons to rally God's "300."

Some Gideons to act on some God-given dreams and to defeat the Midianites.

Some Gideons to cry to the Lord like Isaiah: "Here am I, Lord, send me!"

 

But not by man's might, nor by man's power, but by God's Spirit.

Judges 14:5-6a ...As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward [Samson]. [6a] The SPIRIT of the LORD came upon him in power so that he TORE the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat.

We need some Samsons tearing up some lions.

How? The Spirit...came upon him in power.

The roaring lion represents Satan (1 Peter 5:8).

Seek the gift of discerning of spirits.

Seek the Holy Spirit's revelation and enablement to drive out demons -- Jesus Himself said: "I by the Spirit of God cast out devils."

1 Samuel 10:6, 10 The Spirit of the Lord will come UPON you in POWER, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be CHANGED into a DIFFERENT person.... [10] When they arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came upon him in power, and he joined in their prophesying.

 I want to be changed into a DIFFERENT person.

That happens through the moving of the Spirit in us.

Saul was timid, Spirit changed him, he became king.

Saul was a mere man, Spirit changed him,  he joined the prophets in their prophesying.

You may feel timid ... or unqualified ... or ungifted ... or even useless, then boom!

The Spirit of God moves on you.

The Spirit of God changes you into a different person.

The Spirit of God enables you to prophesy ... to tear apart a lion ... to lead 300 men to conquer an entire foreign army.

Luke 1:34-35 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" [35] The angel answered, "The HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME UPON YOU, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

 The Holy Spirit was able to effect a birth through a virgin woman!

 The Holy Spirit can give birth through YOU to:

 a vision, a dream

 a plan of action with His guidance and direction

 a miracle, a healing

 As I said at the beginning, reaching our resistant nation will require the supernatural moving and power of the Holy Spirit -- IN US!

 We have some hostile Midianites to conquer.

 We have some lions to tear apart.

 We have churches full of Sauls needing to be "changed into a different person." NOT the persons we are now.

 In one moment everything can be different.

 In one moment the Holy Spirit can move on you in power.

 In one moment you can say to the cripple, "Stand on your feet!"

 In one moment, knowing the power of the spoken word of God, you can command, "Come out, in the name of Jesus!"

 

 By the Spirit's moving, in the twinkling of an eye you can receive faith for physical healing.

 By the Spirit's revelation, you can see into the spiritual realm.

 What must we do? -- Live close to God ... stay open to the Holy Spirit ... At every moment have the heart of Isaiah: "Here am I, Lord, USE ME!"