Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Aug 21, 2011                                  "We do not Well!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
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Text:  2 Kings 7:8-9   (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 Kings 7:8   And when these lepers came to the uttermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and came again, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.

2 Kings 7:9   Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's household.

 

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 and I declare to you that there is a new stirring in the spirit, and many who have been comfortable and satisfied in the boat of mediocrity and religious expectation and traditions of man are getting uncomfortable.

It seems that sitting outside of the city there set four leprous men. These are men that society has driven out. They are outcast - and they are between a starving city and an enemy that would destroy them. So they say to one another "why should we just set here and die?" So they decided to surrender to the Syrians. And so with this decision, they begin their journey. I have often imagined these leprous men struggling to make their way across the dessert. They certainly were a misfit bunch. Each one with own deficiencies.

I have often thought that if God could use these misfits to deliver a city - certainly he can use you and I.

When they get to the Syrian camp, they find the place deserted. It seems that God had caused the Syrians to hear the marching of a mighty army...just do something. Just try. God will amplify your efforts. You may see insignificance, but your enemy sees a mighty army! We may feel deficient and in no way qualified to meet the need, but God has a way of taking too little, and making more than enough!

So now we come to the crux of the story. We have these four leprous men now raiding the riches of the Syrians. They are running from tent to tent filling their pockets with treasure and their mouths with food. Their situation is a total turnaround. They are totally blown away until one of them says "we do not well." He said there's a city that is starving to death, and we sit here keeping their salvation to ourselves. You see those four leprous men had a message that would change the tortured lives of that poor Samaritan city. For at that point deliverance had already been given. The enemy was defeated. Provision had been given - yet still there were people in that city who were still living in famine. And unless someone told them the "good news" they would still starve to death in their situation.

We do not well. We do not well if we are not telling our city about a savior. If multiplied thousands have never had a proper encounter with the gospel. We do not well if masses of people pour through the doors of our sanctuary and we fail to tell them about a way that's been made - a price that's been paid. If they cannot see Christ in all that we say and do. If multitudes die in a spiritual famine, while we set in plenty we do not well.

 

It is too easy to bankrupt the faith account of many Christians. But before we can receive the physical, we must perceive the spiritual.

To the person walking by faith, his faith is more substance than substance and more evidence than evidence. (See Heb 11:1) In other words in Gods economy faith comes before physical. It is interesting that in Jesus' only prayer request noted in scripture. Where he asked us to pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest. He first said

"look upon the fields."

In other words you have to see the field. Not a desolate unyielding field. A field that is ready to harvest!

2 Corinthians 4:1   Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

2 Corinthians 4:2   But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:3   But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

 

2 Corinthians 4:4   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.

 

Matthew 28:19   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

Matthew 25:14   For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

Matthew 25:15   And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

Matthew 25:16   Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

Matthew 25:17   And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

Matthew 25:18   But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

Matthew 25:19   After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

Matthew 25:20   And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Matthew 25:21   His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:22   He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Matthew 25:23   His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Matthew 25:24   Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strowed:

Matthew 25:25   And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

Matthew 25:26   His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed:

Matthew 25:27   Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

 

Matthew 25:28   Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

Matthew 25:29   For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

 

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!