Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Dec 19, 2010                                   "A New Season!"
Sun Am Worship                                   

Text: 2 Kings 3:1-20    (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!
2. 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;

Illustration:The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia, Ohio, reported in September, 1985 a celebration of a New Orleans municipal pool. The party around the pool was held to celebrate the first summer in memory without a drowning at the New Orleans city pool. In honor of the occasion, 200 people gathered, including 100 certified lifeguards. As the party was breaking up and the four lifeguards on duty began to clear the pool, they found a fully dressed body in the deep end. They tried to revive Jerome Moody, 31, but it was too late. He had drowned surrounded by lifeguards celebrating their successful season.

2 Kings 3:1   Now Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years.

2 Kings 3:2   And he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and like his mother: for he put away the image of Baal that his father had made.

2 Kings 3:3   Nevertheless he cleaved unto the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom.

2 Kings 3:4   And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of Israel an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool.

2 Kings 3:5   But it came to pass, when Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.

2 Kings 3:6   And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.

2 Kings 3:7   And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.

2 Kings 3:8   And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.

2 Kings 3:9   So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.

2 Kings 3:10   And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!

2 Kings 3:11   But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.

2 Kings 3:12   And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.

2 Kings 3:13   And Elisha said unto the king of Israel, What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, Nay: for the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab.

2 Kings 3:14   And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

2 Kings 3:15   But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

2 Kings 3:16   And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.

2 Kings 3:17   For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

2 Kings 3:18   And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.

2 Kings 3:19   And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

2 Kings 3:20   And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water.

This message is a prophetic word to shift you into a new season!

Three Kings not to mention all their armies, and animals found themselves in a desperate situation (they had went seven days in the wilderness and they had no water).
This is a dilemma: water is a necessity of life, it's not an extra or luxury it's necessary to sustain life.
Without it you die.
*The King of Israel starts blaming God for their dilemma (it was his fault not Gods).

This King was a bad influence:
Sometimes the biggest problem we have is our friendship circle (wrong associations).
You need to refine your friendship circle and eliminate all the whiners and complainers (sift out all the doubters and pouters).
Have a deliverance service and deliver yourself from people with no vision and no passion who spend all their time wallowing in self-pity.

*Wrong associations will kill you, they will kill your joy, kill your vision, kill your passion, and kill your faith.

*If it hadn't been for King Jehoshaphat who knew the power of a word from God they would have all died in the wilderness.

(He asked is there not a prophet here that we may inquire of the Lord).

Jehoshaphat knew: one word from God can change everything.

There was an old cigarette commercial when I was growing up that said: I'd walk a mile for a Camel.

You need to surround yourself with people that would walk a mile or 5 miles 10 miles to hear a word from God, because they know one word from God can change your world.

Somebody is taking action on the word from God and that is going to break the drought and shift you into abundance and overflow, shift you into a new season.

This is your day for a breakthrough, for a turnaround.

Make this valley full of ditches (not exactly the word you want to hear when you're in the middle of a desert dying of thirst) make this valley full of ditches.

If you have ever dug ditches then you know it's hard work. And it's especially difficult when the ground is hard and dry.
Here they were in a wilderness, a dry, desert valley place, a low place.

And in this place, this low dry desert place, the word of the Lord says dig ditches.

It was hard slow and difficult work (no doubt their hands were bleeding their backs were sore, their arms were aching their shoulders were aching and to top it all off, their thirst was becoming unbearable).

I'm talking to some people right now who have been in that same place: that low dry place everything is hard, it's difficult, it takes a great amount of effort.

You have to force yourself to praise the Lord.
You have to force yourself to pray.
You have to force yourself to read the Bible.
You have to force yourself to go to church.
And it feels like you're so dry and empty and your mind is saying this is ridiculous and the devil is telling you it's not worth it.

The devil is telling you it's over, it's dead, and it's never going to happen.
(Those dreams and visions) those prophecies, are never going to come to pass.
You're never going to launch that ministry.
You're never going to see those children saved.
You never going to start that business.
You're never going to get out of debt.
You're never going to go to the nations.

And when you look at your present circumstances and what you're feeling (the temptation is to agree with him).

But somebody needs to make up in your mind that you are going to hold on to your promise and hold on to that prophecy and hold on to that dream and that vision and keep digging.

I know it's hard work, I know it's difficult, I know sometimes it doesn't make sense, I know sometimes you don't feel like it, but you have to keep digging.

You may be in the greatest drought season of your life, everything around you seems to be dried up.
But the only way to get through it is to keep on moving, keep on digging, keep on praying, keep on praising, keep on sowing, keep on coming to church.

What do you do when you're going through the fire? (You keep on walking).
What do you do when you're going through the Red Sea and the Egyptian army is closing in on you? (You keep on walking
).
What do you do when you find yourself in the Valley of the shadow of death? (You keep on walking).

What you don't realize is that in that low dry place where you are digging and your hands are bleeding and your muscles are aching and you got dirt in your hair and in your mouth and under your fingernails.
What you don't realize is this: (you are building a landing strip for God's blessings in your life).

You are the one who determines how deep and how wide is his provisions, his glory, and his anointing in your life.

You are creating the capacity to receive a greater glory, a greater power, a greater anointing, a greater blessing than you have ever had in your life.

I know the devil meant it to kill you.
I know he meant to drive you out of the ministry.
I know he meant to convince you that it was hopeless.
I know it's been hard, and it's been dry, and I know you felt like everybody was throwing dirt in your face.

But I came to tell you: it's a setup, God is getting ready to flip the script and you're going to see the fruit of your labor.
God is not unrighteous to forget your labor of love. Be not weary in well doing for in due season you shall reap if you faint not. This is somebody's due season.

It's a new season:

Elijah said: I hear the sound of an abundance of rain (he picked it up in the spirit).

I believe  somebody is picking it up in the spirit (somebody has just caught the sound of the abundance of rain in their spirit).

I came into this house today not just to preach but I came to prophesy.
I am anointed today to prophesy.
I'm anointed to tell somebody the drought is over
.

It's a new season

I'm prophesying to somebody who has been in a spiritual drought
(that drought is breaking today).
Tell your neighbor: the season is changing.
I know I'm not talking to everybody, but I'm talking to somebody.

If you've never been in a spiritual drought than this message won't mean much to you, but there is somebody listening to me who has been in a dry place and it seems like the heavens are brass and it hasn't rained in a while and it feels like God moved and didn't leave any forwarding address.

But I came to prophesy to you: the drought is breaking, and in the same place, (I said in the same place) where the enemy said it's over. In the same place where the enemy said I'm going to destroy you.
I'm going to destroy your ministry.
I'm going to destroy your marriage.
I'm going to destroy your family.
I'm going to destroy your health.
I'm going to destroy you financially.
In that same place where the devil said it's going to end you're going to dry up and die.

I came to prophesy to you: in that very same place, you're getting ready to tap Into a fresh anointing and a brand-new supply of the glory and the power of God and you're going to rise up with a new boldness and a new faith and determination and a new anointing and you're going to go into the enemy's camp and you're going to take back everything he stole from you during the drought.

There's a drought breaking anointing here right now.

I feel somebody is getting up in their faith.
Somebody is standing up on the inside.

*Somebody's caught the scent of water*

Job 14:7-9 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet (through the scent of water) it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

Did you hear that? The scent of water: not the actual water or taste of water, but just the scent of it.

I'm trying to preach but I feel the spirit of prophecy:
Somebody is catching the scent of water right now.

You can't feel it, you can't see it you can't taste it (but you smelled it).

Push your neighbor and tell them: I smell it, I smell it.
The scent of water is in the air.
The scent of breakthrough is in the air.
The scent of miracles is in the air.
The scent of revival is in the air.
The scent of a new anointing is in the air.

*I feel the wind changing*
*I feel a shift in the atmosphere*
(it was dry, but I feel a change, I feel humidity in the air).

I can't see any difference yet, but I feel it in the atmosphere.

The atmosphere is getting heavy, the atmosphere is getting thick.

Somebody needs to lift your hands and give God praise right now: the glory of the Lord is here, his presence is in this house.
(I feel the spirit of drought breaking)
the wind is blowing: The season is changing
I smell water.
I smell life.
I smell joy.
I smell restoration.
I smell deliverance.
I smell a new level of anointing.

No wonder the devil has fought you so hard, no wonder he's tried to kill you in the wilderness.
He knew if you ever got to the water he wouldn't have a chance.
He knew if you've ever tapped Into that hidden power that he wouldn't have a chance, you would tear him up.
The Bible says you will (not see) wind nor rain, yet that Valley shall be filled with water.

Somebody this moment is tapping into hidden power.
Tell your neighbor: I'm tapping into hidden power.

The devil thought he had you, he got you out in a low dry place, and he thought he had you.
He (couldn't see) any water around anywhere and he thought you would die of thirst.

And he thought that you would just fold your hands and you would quit.
He thought you would just throw in the towel and give up.
He thought that you would fall apart.
He thought you would have a nervous breakdown.
He thought you would get angry and bitter and resentful and critical.
He thought you would just sit down and cry.

He never counted on you digging ditches.

You see my friend the devil don't know everything.

The devil thought that you were shallow, that your faith was shallow, that your praise was shallow.
He thought that it was all surface, that it was all about emotions.

And he thought that as soon as it got rough and as soon as it got hard and as soon as it got dry you'd go running back to Egypt.

The truth is: I might have quit, I might have turned around, I might have thrown in the towel, I might have given up on my dreams and on my hopes (but I got a word).

Tell your neighbor: I've got a word:
I got word that says: my season is changing.
I got a word that says: water is on the way.
I got a word that says: it's going to get better.

I got a word that says: weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.

Tell your neighbor: I got a word.

A word is all you need, all Peter needed was one word to put the thing that was going over his head under his feet.
One word from God is all you need.

(This valley shall be filled with water)
I'm talking to somebody: God said to tell you (It's coming).
It's on its way.
You can't see it but it's already been released from heaven.

There is a breakthrough in the atmosphere
And God said to tell you (it's closer than you think).

You're on the edge of your miracle; the drought is breaking right now, The season is changing (that financial drought is breaking).
That spiritual drought is breaking.
That drought in your marriage is breaking.
That drought in your ministry is breaking.
You're getting your joy back
You're getting your fire back
You're getting your vision back
You're getting your passion back

I feel it right now: There is an underground river running through this place, I hear the rumble in the spirit.
Somebody's about to break through.

One more shovel full of dirt.
I know your muscles are sore, your back is aching, I know you don't feel like it.

But just one more shout, one more thank you Jesus, one more Hallelujah.

One more dance, one more march around the walls, and something's going to happen.
Something's going to break.

Your praise is building a landing strip: Your praise is creating an atmosphere for the power and the glory of God.

Somebody needs to start praising God : like you already have it.

Start praising him like the walls of debt have already fallen.
Start praising him like the marriage is already restored.
Start praising him like the sickness is already healed.
Start praising him like the business is already started.
Start praising him like those children are already saved, filled with the Holy ghost and working in the church.
Start praising him like those doors of opportunity have already swung open.
Start praising him like you already have that Husband God promised you, or that Wife God promised you.

I smell the scent of water : Somebody's tapping in right now, somebody has hit the anointing.
Somebody has broken through.

I hear the sound of the abundance of rain: It's raining in this place right now, the rain of glory is in the house.
There's healing in the rain, there's deliverance in the rain, there's miracles in the rain.
There's breakthrough in the rain, there's joy in the rain.

You can sit there looking cute with your umbrella up over your head, or you can fold that umbrella up, and start dancing in the rain.

It's a new season

"The world is one great battlefield,
With forces all arrayed;
If in my heart I do not yield
I'll overcome some day.
I'll overcome some day, I'll overcome some day;
If in my heart I do not yield
I'll overcome some day.

Both seen and unseen powers join
To drive my soul astray,
But with God's Word a sword of mine,
I'll overcome some day.

A thousand snares are set for me,
And mountains in my way.
If Jesus will my leader be,
I'll overcome some day.

I fail so often when I try
My Saviour to obey;
It pains my heart and then I cry,
Lord make me strong some day.

My mind is not to do the wrong,
But walk the narrow way;
I'm praying as I journey on,
To overcome some day.

Tho' many a time no signs appear,
Of answer when I pray;
My Jesus says I need not fear,
He'll make it plain some day."

Be still, and know that I am Almighty God!