Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Dec 28, 2011                       "The Power through the Promises!"
Wed PM Worship        

Text: Ex 14:10-16 (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;"


Exodus 14:10   And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.

Exodus 14:11   And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

Exodus 14:12   Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Exodus 14:13   And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Exodus 14:14   The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

Exodus 14:15   And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

Exodus 14:16   But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.


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


Giving up is not an Option. Risk Management Experts may have advised Moses: Lift the surrender banner before the enemy could kill all of them. However, God through His prophet Moses gave the threefold promise -solution and it is completely different from the human stand point. Exo 14:13 And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today.

 For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.  Exo 14:14 "The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace"


You cannot stand still and hold your peace unless you learn to trust everything on the POWER and Promises OF GOD!


## If God has made promises in His word the Bible, those Bible promises are TRUE, and God will not change His mind. You can COUNT ON the promises of God.

Joshua 21:43-45 So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn.... [44] The LORD gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn.... [45] Not one of all the LORD's good promises to the house of Israel failed; ever one was fulfilled.

Joshua 23:14 ...not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.


God promised Israel land ... promised them rest.


 EVERY promise of God was FULFILLED.

## The Bible is a historical record of the ABSOLUTE RELIABILITY of God's promises. The Bible's promises have always proven trustworthy, so you can COUNT ON them.


Psalms 119:140 Your promises have been THOROUGHLY TESTED, and your servant loves them.


## Over the space of 4,000 years (from Abraham to now), God's promises in the Bible have been THOROUGHLY TESTED and found to be trustworthy

All the promises of God are "YES in CHRIST"! You can depend on God's promises, because Jesus is their guarantee.


 God says, "I promise" ... Jesus says, "YES!"


There are three foundational stones of faith that gets results:


(1) Have faith in God [vs. 22] - faith in His Word, in His promises, in His Son Jesus. It's not "faith in faith" or in memorized formulas that gets results, but faith in who God is and What God said.


(2) Believe in your heart, without doubting.


(3) And say with your mouth what you believe.

 Believe in your heart and say with your mouth. Believing God and His Word is of great importance. But Jesus encourages us further to articulate, to say aloud, what we are believing God for. There is great power in the spoken word of faith.

1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. [15] And if we know that he hears us  whatever we ask we know that we have what we asked of him.


 We can't just say any and everything that comes to mind and expect God to grant it. Our saying must be "according to His will". And His will is found in His word, the bible.


We can't say with faith, "Lord, give me seven Rolls Royces, one for each day of the week" That's not God's will for you.


 We can say with faith, "Lord, I believe that you are Jehovah-Rapha, the Healer of my sickness", because we find in the bible God's promises of divine healing.


Isaiah 53:5   But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.


Exodus 15:26   And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

3 John 1:2   Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

We can say with faith, "Lord, through you I can defeat the devil, not be defeated by him", because we find various New Testament verses declaring Jesus' defeat of the devil on our behalf.


Luke 10:18   And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

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.


 Having thus determined from God's Word that which is in accordance with His will, we can confidently believe God for these things and speak these things with our hearts full of faith.


 Hebrews 13:5-6 "...because God has said ... so we say with confidence..." When God has spoken on a subject, that emboldens us to speak forth on that subject.

Romans 10:8-10 ..."The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: [9] That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

KJV: [10] ...with the mouth confession is made unto salvation


 Our mouth confesses unto "salvation" (the Greek word has various biblical meanings):

 the new birth, "getting saved"

 health and healing deliverance rescue safety, and more


 That's why it's so important to help new believers pray a "sinner's prayer". Help them to confess their newfound salvation with their mouths.


If you're sick, believe God for your healing. And vocalize it! Articulate it! Don't just hold it inside. With the mouth confess faith in God unto healing.


There is great power in the spoken word of faith!


 Several decades ago a pastor in Alaska was found to have cancer. Some faithful Christian brothers counseled him to pick three favorite healing verses and speak them often, day after day. He did so and was healed of his cancer and went on to have a long and effective ministry.


The spoken word of faith applied the awesome power of God's promises to the man's sick body, with spectacular results.

Genesis 1:3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.

 And for each of the six days of creation, as recorded in Genesis 1, "God said..." and dramatic creation events occurred.


 The words that God speaks have unlimited power.


For our benefit He has summarized for us a revelation of Himself in 66 books, the Bible. There is immense power in those words in the Bible. Learn them, believe them, speak them.


 You don't have to wonder what to believe God for. You'll find in the bible a wealth of promises to believe God for.


 And then when you find what God's Word says about your situation, SPEAK the word of faith, as God did in the Creation.

John 6:63 [Jesus said] The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

Proverbs 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death.


 Jesus was alive on earth - and full of faith - for 30 years before His Holy Spirit anointing at River Jordan (Matthew 3:16). Then He began to speak forth publicly and confidently His words of faith (Matthew 4:17). Only then did His healings, miracles, and other signs and wonders begin to happen (John 2:11). 30 years ... no miracles or healings. Then (1) the Holy Spirit anointing came upon Jesus and (2) He began to preach, teach, and speak aloud the things of God. And then dramatic healing, miracles, and other supernatural signs began to be manifested. He had become an anointed, faith-filled speaker.


 The Lord's words in your mouth are still His words. Therefore, they are still "spirit and life"!


 His Words, His promises spoken by your mouth have the "power of life and death". Speak life!

Luke 6:45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.


 The mouth tends to speak what is in the heart. So store the promises of the Word of God up in your hearts, and let it overflow from your mouth. Here are some examples of the spoken word of faith coming from a faith-filled heart full of God's Word.


 "I'm not going to go around afraid of you, devil, because Jesus has given me authority ... to overcome all the power of the enemy' " (Luke 10:19).


 "This sickness or infirmity must go, because Jesus Himself took up our infirmities and carried our diseases' " (Matthew 8:17).


 "I will not fear an untimely death because God's Word says, I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord' " (Psalm 118:17, KJV).


 "I'm not going to struggle in poverty all my life, because God will meet all [my] needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus' " (Philippians 4:19).


 Fill your heart with the truths and the promises of God's Word, then speak them. They will come forth with power and will bring life.

2 Corinthians 4:13 It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak.

 Do you have faith in God?  Therefore speak!


 Do you believe God's promises in His Word to you?  Therefore speak them!


 Do you believe that the Lord's words are spirit and life?  Therefore speak spirit and life!


 Does the bible reassure you that what you are believing for is according to God's will?  Therefore speak it with confidence!


 And Jesus says to such believers, "He shall have whatsoever he SAITH" (Mark 11:23, KJV).