Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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Text: Acts 8:5- 21 (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;"

The Biggest thing wrong with the Church today is we don't know who or what we are!      

Acts 8:5   Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.

Acts 8:6   And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

Acts 8:7   For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.

Acts 8:8   And there was great joy in that city.

Acts 8:9   But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Acts 8:10   To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.

Acts 8:11   And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.

Acts 8:12   But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 8:13   Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Acts 8:14   Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:

Acts 8:15   Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

Acts 8:16   (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

Acts 8:17   Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

Acts 8:18   And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Acts 8:19   Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

Acts 8:20   But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Acts 8:21   Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

 

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

 

Any man or woman called by God has to make a choice whether to operate in a supernatural ministry or not. Ministry without the backing of the power of God to do unusual exploits is an empty ministry. Philip could not have succeeded in taking over Samaria from the hold of the magician who had held the people captive in great bondage of deception and witchcraft, if not for the supernatural manifestation of the power of God in his ministry. The supernatural ministry brings progress and breakthroughs, without which there will be stagnation and murmuring. Elisha made the choice to pursue the anointing with great determination and sacrifice. There is always a price to pay in receiving the anointing of God.

 

Acts 10:38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.


The power of The Holy Ghost was on Jesus and it manifested in visible miracles, signs and wonders. In a similar way when the power came upon the apostles, God was confirming their messages with signs and wonders.

The Church of Jesus must begin to operate in this blessed power of the Holy Ghost today more than ever before. We are in an era that people need to see the signs and wonders for them to believe and for those who have believed to hold on steadfastly without wavering.
So here In Samaria, it would not have been possible for Philip to win the people from the hold of the deception of the magician if not that the Holy Ghost manifested His power through him, and the people seeing a greater power believed the gospel, including the magician himself!

 

We are living in a world who, would rather see the Church just disappear from society. A People that is hard core and hard pressed to believe anything supernatural can be good. A people that has been consumed by holly wood  that if it is supernatural it must be evil and a movie will be made about it. Example The Exorcist , Blair Witch Project, Freddie Kruger.

The Truth of the Gospel is this, Gods power excels over all the power of darkness!

We have to understand what is and what is not required of us if we are going to move in the supernatural with A HOLY GOD. Elisha in 1 kings became fully aware of what was going to be required to receive the double portion anointing that proved to be more than twice the amount of miracles did by his predecessor Elijah!

 

1 Kings 19:19   So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

1 Kings 19:20   And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

1 Kings 19:21   And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.

 

2 Kings 2:9   And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

2 Kings 2:10   And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

2 Kings 2:11   And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

2 Kings 2:12   And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

2 Kings 2:13   He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

2 Kings 2:14   And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

 

Much of our problems in moving in the supernatural stems from our belief system that has been tarnished by religion that state you will never be good enough to operate in the supernatural. If you and I rely on our own works of righteousness we are indeed correct but it is not about US, it is about HIM  Christ in US. The Hope of Glory.

 

The Prodigal SON had the same mentality as ours as he contemplated what his father would think of him.  It wasn't about him or what he did or didn't do. It was about who he belonged to.  He was still the Fathers SON and the very expression of the Fathers Love was displayed as soon as he laid eyes upon him! Restored.

 

2 Corinthians 4:7   But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

 

We need to get a hold of Truth! We are His Children in Christ Jesus, We are either going to believe him and his word to US, The Redeemed or we are going to continue to walk in Defeat! Beat Down, Broken, Bruised and Tormented.

 

Church, People of God it is time we grab hold of the Mantle of Jesus and start smiting the waters that are trying to overtake us.

 

Jesus told us in

Luke 10:19   Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:20   Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Luke 10:21   In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 

If I am buried with him in Baptism then I now live because of HIM!

 

Romans 6:4   Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

Galatians 2:20   I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

Colossians 1:13   Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

 

Philippians 3:10   That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 

Ephesians 2:1   And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:

Ephesians 2:2   Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

 

Romans 1:16   For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

Ephesians 6:10   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 

Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:19   So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20   And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

 Religion only operated with a form.

2 Timothy 3:5   Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

 

We also saw how the judgment of God came upon Ananias and Sapphirra his wife when Peter said that they lie unto the Holy Spirit. We need to live in the reverent holy fear of the Lord, because as He can bless us, He also has capacity to consume through the destructive dimension of the power of the Holy Spirit.
If we are going to enjoy the kingdom of God maximally, we need the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In the same way, the kingdom of God can not expand or advance unless the Church today will show forth this power.

Unwillingness to pay the price of Obedience and Holiness required in getting help from Heaven. Many people that are aware of the help possible from God do not seek God for help because they are not willing to live a life separated from sins, and to obey all godly instructions and commandments as given in the scriptures.