Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn

                                                                    Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness

Feb 10 2013;                                            “Lifted Up!”   Pt3

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.


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.


2: With our Testimony


3: With our Obedience


Are you waiting on God ..... or is God ..... waiting on you?

You have heard it said: I’m just waiting on God for my breakthrough. .....Or I don’t know what God wants me to do. I haven’t heard anything .... for the last six years.

Well did you do what God asked you to do six years ago,

1Sa 15:19  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD?

1Sa 15:20  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

1Sa 15:21  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

1Sa 15:22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1Sa 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

1Sa 15:24  And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.


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


It is possible to obey Jesus words and not love Him, but it is impossible to love Him and not obey Him. Partial obedience is actually complete disobedience. It would seem that some animals have more loyalty to their masters than many of God’s children.


I Sam.15: 22 “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”


Someone once asked Dr. Cho (pastor of largest church in the world – over 1 million.)
What is the key to your great success? His reply was very simple “I pray and I obey”

Saul spared one Amalekite—Agag. Almost like a ghost from the past, one Amalekite snuffs out Saul’s life, albeit at his own request. In the same way, the sin that we spare in our life may be the one that carries out our death sentence—if not physically, certainly spiritually. Harboring sin in the heart definitely harms the saint. We must obey the admonition of the writer of Hebrews, who said, “…let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…” (Heb.12: 1b). Obedience is not optional.

The Outcome of Obedience to God will always bring blessing!

Ps 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.


A. Samuel’s Godly Edict.

1. A reminder prefaced this command to Saul.

I Sam.15: 1 “Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord.”

NOTE: [1] Samuel’s reminder was basically this: “Saul, it was God Who made you king over Israel. Because of that fact, you are obliged to obey His commands.”
[2] The same thing can be said about God’s children today. Just as God did not make Saul king of Israel because his own merits, neither are we God’s children today on the basis of any personal merits of our own. Our sins have been forgiven simply because of the marvelous grace of God (Eph.2: 8-9). The Apostle Paul goes further, and adds, “…Ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Cor.6: 19b, 20).
[3] To state Paul’s conclusion simply: God has a right to expect obedience, honor, and respect from those He has purchased with the blood of His own Son.
[4] Peter T. Forsythe was right when he said, "The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master".


1b. God always repays sin.

Deut.7: 9 “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.”

[3] A common misconception in our society today is that one can actually get away with his/her sin. God’s Word says differently.

Num.32: 23 “…be sure your sin will find you out.”

Eccl.8: 11 “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.”


Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.


Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Rom 6:15  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom 6:17  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.