Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Aug 12, 2012: “Tapped in or Tapped out!”
Sun AM Worship If you are not Tapped in You are tapped out!
Text: Psalms:1-1:6 (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;”
OPEN One night a teenage
girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled
by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and pierced nose.
Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern.
"Dear," said the mother diplomatically, "he doesn’t seem very nice."
"Oh, Mom," replied the daughter, "if he wasn’t nice, why would he be doing 500 hours of community service?"
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
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
Mat 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Can a tree bear fruit?
Think about the question...and it's a trick question. You could be judged wrong
with any answer you give. You could say yes, obviously, many trees bear fruit,
so this proves a tree can bear fruit. You could be wiser than that and say, I
know where you're going preacher, and I say a tree, in and of itself CANNOT bear
fruit. It needs the sun and water and roots and some care. No, in the strict
sense, a tree cannot bear fruit.
My answer: Yes it can...for a while. It has within itself what it needs to bear fruit. It can draw from its internal resources and for a time can produce and look good. And someone else can pick from it and eat and be nourished and benefited. But only for a while.
If the sun refused to shine, trees around us would continue...for a time. Obviously, you can shut off the water resources and trees can still live. We've seen that this summer, but eventually they would all turn into weeping willows, dry up, and die!
v. 3 Not planted 'in' the
river, but 'by' it. We have the choice whether we point our roots to the
river or not!
Our purpose is to be a tree where we were planted, but it takes power to fulfill that and that power is found only in the river of life, the water of the Word! Point your roots to the river!
Minister in your own strength for a while if you will, but you will eventually die out, your leaf will wither, your fruit will diminish, you'll turn into a weeping willow and eventually a plot of weeds rather than becoming the tree you were planted to be...it takes power to fulfill your purpose of fruit bearing and good news, you were planted right on the river!
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Joh 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
We all draw our strength
from somewhere...but we're only the blessed man when we point our roots in the
right direction. In v. 1 we see he is blessed because he doesn't point his
roots toward sin. In v. 2 we see where he delights to point his roots...toward
We all medicate...daily! We all point our roots in certain directions where we draw strength from. We get our 5 hour energy boost in various ways. Some of you get thru your day, just watching the clock for that break, or lunch, or the end of the day whistle. News flash: God came to give us life, and more abundant than that! He's planted us for a purpose but it's gonna take the power of the water of the Word if we're gonna have joy and purpose and fulfill His will for our lives!
Joh 4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Joh 4:6 Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
Joh 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
Joh 4:8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
Joh 4:9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
Joh 4:11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
Joh 4:12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
Joh 4:13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Joh 4:15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
Joh 4:16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
Joh 4:17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
Joh 4:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
Joh 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Joh 4:25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
Joh 4:26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Some of you need to stop medicating w/ a drink or a puff, or a pill and rather get up in the morning and point your roots to the river! Fill up and you'll never run dry and never thirst for anything else!
We are planted for a
purpose and it takes power to fulfill that purpose...
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
3. That flows thru purity.
vv. 1-2 Verse 1 is sins of commission and v. 2 sins of omission. The irony of these 2 verses: Sin will keep you from the Word and yet the Word will keep you from sin. Want the Midas touch? Much better is the touch of God! And He doesn't put His Almighty hand into a dirty glove to do His work. His power comes from His purity, and He is pleased to use a clean vessel to pour Himself into...may we be those vessels!
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Rom 6:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jas 1:15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Jas 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Two times to meditate: day and night! Read it and study it whenever you will, daily, but then WALK in it. There's no life like it, and it's what we were planted to do!
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
“DOUBTING THOMAS.” To this day, Thomas is the unwitting poster-boy for doubt, skepticism, and unbelief. Why? Was it because he refused to rest his faith on the experience of others, even it if was the credible witness of his closest friends? Thomas knew that faith in the risen Savior is a personal decision. There is no such thing as a “faith transplant” in which another believer’s faith can be transferred to you. Your family and friends’ faith can’t save you. You must trust the risen Savior for yourself.