Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Feb 6 2013; “Lifted Up!” Pt2
Sun AM Worship Can’t walk with God while Holding hands with the Devil.
Text John: 12:31-50 (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;”
Joh 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
Joh 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Joh 12:33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Joh 12:34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
Joh 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Joh 12:36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
Joh 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him:
Joh 12:38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?
Joh 12:39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
Joh 12:41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
Joh 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
Joh 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Joh 12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
Joh 12:45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
Joh 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
Joh 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
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
Don’t get the mistaken idea that some are born for heaven and some for hell. Because the Bible is clear: If you want Jesus, He wants you. There are the, whosoever wills and the whosoever won’t. The chosen are all who choose Him. The elect are all who elect to be saved. God is saving the elect...and He’s still electing more!
12:32 if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
How do we lift him up?
1: with our Praise and Worship.
Psa 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Psa 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Psa 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Psa 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Psa 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Psa 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Psa 150:5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Psa 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
2: With our Testimony
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
On one condition You’ve
heard that phrase before:
it is the difference between whether a deal is made or not, whether a job is accepted or not, or whether a person is hired or not
Regardless of what the circumstances might be you know when you hear those words that everything is going to be decided by whether or not that one condition is accepted or met.
This is also true concerning our relationship with the Lord, There is one condition that everything hinges on.
Lu 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
In other words there is one condition that is required and mary hath accepted = met that condition = Hungry
Mt 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
1a) to suffer want 1b) to be needy ( to crave ardently, to seek with eager desire)
2. A strong desire or craving
) to suffer thirst, suffer from thirst
1a) to thirst is to painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened
Spiritual Hunger or Desire does not come upon one suddenly, uninvited, and overwhelmingly, It must be cultivated.
You must create a place of emptiness, that cries out to God to be filled.
The intensity of our hunger will determine the dimension, and the degree of our filling
Many times as Christians we lose our spiritual appetite because we have allowed our souls, to be filled with natural earthly, carnal things.
Hunger, thirst, (spiritual desire is the single most required characteristic of the growing maturing, advancing Christian life,.) Yet it seems at times to be the most easily forsaken or lost.
What is our attitude toward the Lord? His presence? His Word?
Martha welcomed Jesus into her house, but forsook his presence for earthly concerns.
She took his presence for granted, she felt what she was doing was more important than what Jesus was saying.
(Mary sat at his feet and heard his words)
Martha had not accepted the condition
The church is filled with people like Martha who are busy about the Lords business but have never met the condition.
Their lives are full of everything except the presence of God.
Thirst or spiritual hunger and desire is the thermometer that determines the spiritual health of a believer,a church,or an entire organization.
When we lose our spiritual appetites, for the presence and the glory of God in our midst, then we are in critical condition, because if you’re not hungry and thirsty, you won’t eat and you won’t drink, and if you won’t eat and drink. You’ll die.
Ps 63:1-2 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Isa 44:3 For (I will pour water upon him that is thirsty), and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
2nd Kings 3: We find three kings facing a dilemma: they were deep into the wilderness surrounded by hostile kings and they were out of water.
The Solution (One condition)= Empty (Make this valley full of ditches)= create a capacity for receiving)
These three kings at the word of the Lord began to dig ditches, It didn’t make any sense, They didn’t feel like it, but they started digging,
They were not digging for amusement, they were not digging for exercise, (They were digging for their lives)
I believe it can be spoken truly today that we are digging for our lives,,
This is not about comfort, it’s not about convenience, it’s not about preference, it’s not about what makes me feel good, (it’s all about survival) it’s a matter of life and death.
In the hour that we live in there are many that are going to have to make the choice are you going to do what you’ve always done because you’ve always done it, are you going to hold on to the old and try to force God to agree with you?
Are you going to die of spiritual malnutrition or are you going to accept the condition and start digging for your life?
We’ve got to dig through religion, it will not sustain us, dig through anger, resentment, frustration, dig through pride and stubbornness, dig through feelings and emotions, dig through the cares of life.
We must dig until we hit a fresh anointing of the power and glory of God we’ve never experienced before.
We talked about the foundation last week, we must get the foundation right but the church is not built upon the foundation of scripture alone but upon the Spirit and Life and Power contained in those scriptures.
Jn 6:63 The words that I speak unto thee they are spirit and they are life.
1Co 4:20 The Kingdom of God is not in word only but in Power.
Every song every testimony, Every sermon, every lesson taught, every time we open our bibles, every time we hit our knees to pray, (we’re digging, we’re aiming for the manifestation of his presence and the working of his power).
More power and Glory than we’ve ever known is available to us right now, but it will only come to those who meet the condition
Are you hungry for more of God?
Are you thirsty for a fresh anointing of his Power upon your life?
If you have lost that hunger and thirst, just admit it to God, tell him you’re sorry that you let things come into your life and choke out your desire for him, and ask him to stir it up again,then dig out those ditches.
Then get ready for the rain.