Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Feb 20 2013; “Lifted Up!” Pt6
Wed PM 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;”
If we don’t see things from a Spiritual perspective then it’s like living in a house with fantastic views, but choosing to live in a room with no windows!
Joh 12:32 And I, 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
4: with our Humility and part 2
6: With our Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Reviving the Church is like remodeling your house: it takes longer than you hoped, costs more than you planned, and makes a bigger mess than you ever thought possible… - But it’s worth it in the end!”
Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Eph 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
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
1Co 12:4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1Co 12:5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
1Co 12:6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
1Co 12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
1Co 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many.
1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
1Co 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
1Co 12:23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
1Co 12:24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
1Co 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular
The Holy Spirit
anoints only the Humble of heart us with the presence and Essence of God.
There is nothing more valuable ....than the presence of God ....in your life. (Pause)
Now...The word anoint means to smear or to rub all over.
When you are anointed with the Holy Spirit, there is something about you that is noticeably different.
And the stronger that anointing is ..... the more people will notice that there is something different about you. But they do not know what it really is. They do not know what has caused the change.
They can’t put their finger on it.... But they will see that there is something different about you.
You’ve got character, ..... you’ve got honesty. You’re one of those .... who keeps your word. Your words and your actions will be uplifting. (Pause)
What happens when you’re anointed? Well.... You begin to see radical favor in your life.
God will open doors for you ..... Doors that you could not possibly open on your own.
In one way ..... the anointing is a free gift of God that you receive in his mercy. But on the other hand ..... there is a price to pay for that anointing.
Do you remember the Gospel of Mark (Mark 14:3-9) when the woman came to Jesus with the alabaster jar. The jar is filled with nard .... an extremely expensive sweet perfume?
What did she do? (Pause) She broke open the jar. She broke the jar and poured out the sweet perfume.
The jar had to be broken .... She had to break open the clay jar .... for the oil to be poured out.
The anointing of the Holy Spirit .... the oil of the Holy Spirit, that is in us, requires that we allow (Point to chest) this clay jar to be broken ...... so that the gifts God has placed in us can be poured out,
Beloved ..... one of the things that must be broken in us is rebellion ..... stubbornness..... an independent pride and many other things of the flesh.
Please hear me on this..
Whatever is in us, whatever is in me that is of God .... cannot come forth until we break the jar. Amen?
And when we do the sweet perfume of the Holy Spirit will flow freely from us.
We need to let the Holy Spirit impacted our soul. To impact the mind .... the will .... the emotions.
We do not have a spirit problem if we are born again. We have a soul problem.
It is what the apostle Paul called walking in the flesh is to have a carnal mind (Romans 8:5-9).
And a carnal Christian is one who follows.... animal impulses.
Saul had to be anointed before he could be King.
The Scriptures state that when the spirit of God came upon Saul... he was turned into another man.
You know, ....You know very clearly .... when the spirit of God comes upon you.
For you will be turned into something that will absolutely shock and amaze not only everyone around you, ..... but it will also amaze you.
You must have the anointing to walk in God’s will.
We need to break the clay jars... the fleshly jars in our lives ..... and let the sweet perfume of the spirit flow from our very being.
You know how it feels when someone when someone hurts you,.... when somebody’s talking about you, ..... when somebody does not treat you right.
You feel a need to give them .... what they have given you.
Break the jar of your emotions .... Break the jar of your feelings ... and let the sweet perfume flow from you.
Respond as Jesus would respond.. Treat them as the Scriptures command us to treat them.
You might say....Well that’s hard, .......... no Beloved ... that’s obedience.
It may seem hard ...... but it is truly a struggle with obedience.
Break the clay jar of pride and be mature in the faith and let the anointing pour out of your very being.
Bring the flesh into submission ....and when you do .... that action breaks the alabaster jar ....and then that anointing that lies within you ...will be poured out.
The Holy Spirit has taken up residency in us.
God has enabled us .... and equipped us for his purposes.
We are not earning God’s anointing ....with our obedience. . (Slow) It is a gift.
This anointing is the enabling power of the Holy Ghost to help us to be victorious in life ..... to be used powerfully in the kingdom of God.
That powers in us, .... is released through us, ..... as God sees that we are mature enough to handle it. That we are no longer children but mature men and women of of the faith.
What do I mean by that?
If you see a fruit tree that is heavy with fruit.
That tree, even if it is laden with fruit, .....if it does not have deep roots ... at the first storm or even with a good size wind .... it will be uprooted and be blown over.
But if it is deeply rooted than it will withstand adversity.
So ....one of the ways that we can be deeply rooted in God .... is to be deeply rooted in his Word. Deeply rooted in prayer. And we are to take his commandments to heart and be mature in the faith.
And do.... with the help of the Holy Spirit ....what God has asked us to do in his word.
The Holy Spirit is always willing and he is always ready to help us.
But we are not always ready to surrender our will to his will.
God wants us to break open .... the clay jar.
God wants us to surrender our will to his will.
Spiritual maturity comes with steps of obedience.
God loves us enough .... that he is not going to release us into the fullness of something .... without seeing that we are fully mature to receive the empowerment.. Beloved ...... Power is connected to obedience.
We cannot buy power with our obedience.
But I believe that when we are obedient... it shows that we are mature enough ......for God to release that power ... that anointing in our life.
The alabaster jar needed to be broken .... for the sweet perfume within it ....to be poured out.
We need to let (Point at Chest) this clay jar ....this outer shell .... of our own will ..... this fleshly nature ... to be broken.
There are wonderful things that lay inside of every one of you ..... put within you by God as his gift of grace to you.
They are nothing that you have earned ... they are a gift that lies within you.
(Slow Down) And if you will let God have his way in your life; ..... you will see each and everyone of those gifts.... flow out of you.
And when you do Beloved.... your life will be filled with the sweet perfume of the Holy Spirit. (Slow) And your life will bear much fruit.
Matthew 3:11-12, "I
indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is
mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with
the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly
purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the
chaff with unquenchable fire."
John the Baptist came preaching that the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost was coming. Not only would He baptize with the Holy Ghost but with Fire. Why should we, as disciples of Christ, seek after and be baptized with the Holy Ghost and Fire?
We need the Holy Ghost for Boldness to speak what God wants us to say and do what God wants us to do.
In Acts Chapter 4, Peter and John were entering the temple to pray when they passed by the crippled beggar. It was the power of the Holy Ghost within them that had transformed these disciples from fear to having the boldness to speak to the beggar these words, “in the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.”
It was the power of the Holy Ghost that moved upon the disciples and it was the power of the Holy Ghost that moved upon the beggar to heal him and give him strength to begin walking and leaping and praising God.
It was that same power of the Holy Ghost that gave them the ability to answer the Jews who questioned how this miracle had taken place. These disciples answered by calling them murderers, witnesses to murder and ignorant because they had crucified the Lord Jesus Christ.
Only the power of the Holy Ghost can make you that Bold and give your words that kind of power to strike at the heart of sinful man. The disciples went into their time of prayer and this verse describes what happened.
Acts 4:31, "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."
So we, as Christians, must have the Holy Ghost if we want to have POWER and BOLDNESS to witness, to preach and to minister to the lost.
Secondly, we need the Holy Ghost baptism to be filled with the Spirit of God and to have a closer walk with Him. We must allow Jesus to breathe the Holy Ghost upon us to give us the breath of spiritual life in Him.
John 20:21-22, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:"
I want the Holy Ghost within me, giving me the breath of eternal life, and I want all that God has to offer for me to be an over-comer.
I want the Holy Ghost to breathe in me so that these old dead bones of flesh can have live in them through the power of God. I want that breath of God that gives me eternal life and will raise me in the Resurrection.
I want that Holy Ghost power, with the evidence of Speaking in other Tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.
I want God’s power and I want God’s FIRE!
What does the Fire of God that comes with the Holy Ghost do for us?
The Fire of the Holy Ghost melts the heart of stone, turns it into a heart after God. Like the heat of a volcano on molten lava, our heart begins to flow with the guiding Hand of God to follow the paths that He has made for us.
The Fire of the Holy Ghost brings to light the dross (filthiness) of our soul and causes us to repent of the sin in our lives. Little by little, the Fire of the Holy Ghost burns away those things that beset us, those “little foxes that spoil the vines” in a constant refining process that brings us closer to a holy and sanctified Christ-centered life.
The Fire of the Holy Ghost will light your fire after God’s own heart and kindle a love for Jesus Christ that you never knew could be possible. Just as the fires of passion in a marriage relationship should never grow common or be taken for granted, the Fire of the Holy Ghost will keep your love and passion for Jesus fresh and new and growing.