Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn

                                                                   Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness

Nov 28 2012:                                           “The Power TWO!”

Sun AM Worship      I know who I am and I know who God say I am and what God says I can do.                     

Text Matt 18:18-20 (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!
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;”

 

A young woman brought her fiancée home to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother told her father to find out about the young man. The father invited the fiancée to his study for a talk.

"So what are your plans?" the father asked the young man.
"I am a biblical scholar," he replied.
"A Biblical scholar. Hmmm," the father said. "Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in?"
"I will study," the young man replied, "and God will provide for us."
"And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?" asked the father.
"I will concentrate on my studies," the young man replied, "God will provide for us."
"And children?" asked the father. "How will you support children?"
"Don’t worry, sir, God will provide," replied the fiancée.

The conversation proceeded like this, and each time the father questioned, the young idealist insisted that God would provide.
Later, the mother asked, "How did it go, Honey?"

The father answered, "He has no job and no plans, and he thinks I’m God!"

 

Mat 18:18  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Mat 18:19  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 

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

 

A. ILLUSTRATIONS

1. “If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything, that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 18:19).

2. Charles Finney, Abel Clary. Prayed and it led to the Second Great Awakening.
. Charles Finney, Abel Clary. Second Great Awakening.
Finney
His sermons were chain lightning, flashing conviction into the hearts of the stoutest skeptics. Simple as a child in his utterances, he sometimes startled his hearers by his unique prayers." He could thunder the judgments of God upon sin with great liberty and power and then offer the mercy of the gospel with tenderness and tears. Without question he was a prophetic voice to 19th century America.

His ministry consistently produced revivals, even in areas considered hardened and unreceptive to the gospel. Finney's autobiography is filled with accounts of powerful manifestations of the Spirit. On one occasion when Finney was preaching in a school house, "suddenly an awful solemnity fell upon the assembly and the congregation fell from their seats, crying for mercy." Finney said, "If I had had a sword in each hand I could not have cut them off as fast as they fell. I think the whole congregation was on their knees or prostrated in two minutes." The crying and weeping of the people was so loud that Finney's exhortation of Christ's mercy could not even be heard.

"Finney seemed so anointed with the Holy Spirit that people were often brought under conviction of sin just by looking at him. When holding meetings at Utica, New York, he visited a large factory. At the sight of him one of the workers, and then another, and then another broke down and wept under a sense of their sins, and finally so many were sobbing and weeping that the machinery had to be stopped while Finney pointed them to Christ."

Abel Clary
Abel Clary that laid the ground work for these mighty moves of God. "Abel Clary was converted about the same time as Finney, and was licensed to preach also, but he had such a burden of prayer that he could not preach much. Finney wrote, "Mr. Clary continued as long as I did and did not leave until after I had left. He never appeared in public, but gave himself wholly to prayer. His whole time and strength was given to prayer. He would writhe and groan in agony, unable to stand under the weight." "After Clary's death Finney discovered Clary's prayer journal. Finney found in the exact order of the burden laid upon Clary's heart was the order of blessing poured upon his ministry."
2. D. L. Moody, Marianne Adland. 1872 English Revival.

3. D. L. Moody, Marianne Adland. Teamed up and the 1872 English Revival broke out.

4. Billy Graham, J. Edwin Orr. Teamed up and the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade took off.
3. Billy Graham and his prayer team
The Year: 1949
The Place: Los Angeles, California

The Results: An extended campaign that resulted in a change of approach in reaching mass number of people for Christ--leading to a new era of mass evangelism/crusades.

The Partners: Graham had conducted many similar events with much smaller results. He later realized that the only difference between the L.A. crusade and all the others before it had been the amount of prayer he and his people had given it.
B. WHAT CAN PRAYER DO?
1. If prayer did nothing other than what Jesus promised, it would be one of the greatest gifts God has given us. "I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete" (John 16:23-24).

2. But prayer does even more. It changes the ordinary man or woman and makes them extraordinary. Jesus taught His disciples that real PRAYER CHANGES ME

B. WHY THE POWER OF TWO?

Ecc 4:9  Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

Ecc 4:10  For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Ecc 4:11  Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

Ecc 4:12  And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.


1. Strength. A bundle of sticks cannot be broken, i.e., “A threefold cord cannot be broken” (Ecc. 4:12).

2. Encouragement. “For if one falls down, his friend can lift him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up” (Ecc. 4:10 NIV).

3. Success. “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their work” (Ecc. 4:9 NIV).

4. Defense. “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (Ecc. 4:11 NIV).

5. Faith added to faith. “If two of you shall agree” (Matt. 18:19). “From faith to faith” (Rom. 1:17). “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that cometh to God, must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).

Here’s what Jesus said.

1. Find someone to agree with you in prayer.

Matthew 18:19 (Amplified Bible) "Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and[everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven."

Prayer partners are those who can agree and share the burden for the things for which you are praying.

The Greek word "agree", is "sumphoneo", the word from which is derived the English, "symphony."

One of the powerful aspects of a symphony orchestra is the way such a large number of instrumentalists work together to bring out the composer’s work.

Jesus is teaching us to likewise work together and harmonize with other Christ followers in our prayer lives. This gives our prayers great power. Together we achieve the work of our heavenly composer.

Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my father in heaven.

Paul and Silas demonstrated the power of two as they sang in the jail at Philippi.

In response, God sent angels to shake the foundations of that jail.
Paul and Silas walked out of the jail with the keys in one hand and the converts in the other.

They knew the power of two.

There are two witnesses in Revelation 11 chapter the third verse, Enoch and Elijah.

They have the power to turn the water into blood.

They have the power to call the fire from heaven.

They have the power to call plagues and draught to cover the earth.

The Antichrist and all of the earth will hate them.

But they have that supernatural power because they are two people in agreement.

Jesus sent His disciples out two by two.

He gave them the authority to bind and loose things on this earth, and if they did so, this would be honored in heaven through the power of two.

Luke 11:21-22
21 For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe—
22 until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.

This scripture says that there is a strong man, satan, whose object is to attack you.

That strongman will attack your marriage, your health, your finances, your peace of mind, and your children, seeking to rob, to kill, and to destroy.

God has given you an answer to satan’s power.
That answer is to bind him was supernatural prayer, when you and another believer come into agreement.

Matthew 12:29
29 For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

How much power can people in agreement have?

The answer: the power of life and death.

During the brutal reign of Joseph Stalin, who murdered 30 million Russians and bought godless communism to Russia, Stalin, let it be known that he planned to murder the Jews of Russia.

When the believers in England heard this report, they committed themselves to fasting and prayer for the Jews of Russia.
Praying in the spirit, they found the Demonic forces that drove Joseph Stalin.

Three weeks later, Joseph Stalin had a brain hemorrhage.

16 gifted brain surgeons worked on him for eight hours, and still Joseph Stalin stepped into eternity,

on March 5, 1953, to meet the son of God, a Jewish rabbi from Bethlehem.

Jesus said to his church, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.

The message is very clear.
The initiative rests with you, not God!
Stop asking, when is God going to do something about my situation?

God has placed the responsibility of taking action squarely on your shoulders.

Start praying in Jesus name with a believer with whom you can come into agreement, and watch for powerful results.

What area of your life is under attack?
Your marriage?
Your children?
Your business?
Your finances?
Your health?
Your emotions?
Your relationships?

Find someone with whom you can agree right now.

Pray in the future tense.

Mark 11:24 (NIV) "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."

3. Manage your motives in prayer.

John 14:13-14 (NLT) "You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. 14Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!"

God’s name is very powerful to be sure, but what Christ had in mind here was the motivation of our prayers.

Who’s name have you been praying in?

When David approached the Philistine champion Goliath he said, "Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied." (1 Samuel 17:45)

David was God’s ambassador, going in God’s name. He didn’t step on to the battlefield because he was looking for a name for himself.

When you pray, are your motives right?

James 4:3 (GNT) And when you ask, you do not receive it, because your motives are bad; you ask for things to use for your own pleasures.

4. Hold your ground in prayer.

John 15:7 (NLT) "But if you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted!"

We live in a very transient world. People change careers, addresses and even relationships often.

But you can’t afford to let instability characterize your relationship to Christ if you want prayers answered.

James 1...

1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

1:7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Matthew 7:7 (Amplified Bible) "Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you."

 

Promise of answered Prayer
Mathew 18:19, gives us a definite assurance that there will always be an answered prayer when there is an agreement.

In the book of Daniel chapter 2, when King Nebuchadnezzar issued a decree because of his dream, when Daniel hear he had to request for time so that he could agree with his friends.

Daniel 2:5 (the decree), Daniel 2:14-19 (agreement)
The answer to their prayer came after the agreed on the matter (the interpretation, and not to be executed)

Conclusion:
1 Corinthians 1:
10I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.