Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn

                                                                    Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness

Feb 27 2013;                                                  “Lifted Up!”   Pt8

Wed PM Worship                                               The Final Showdown.  Part2                   

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;”

 

Only eternity will reveal the number of Christians who have led unproductive lives because of their unwillingness to fight evil in the spiritual realm.

Only eternity will reveal the number of Christians who have forsaking their ministries due to the attacks ..... of the enemy.

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

 

7: The Final Showdown.

 

8: The Final Showdown. Part2

 

                           A Fight of Faith “ The Battle of All Battles!”

 

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

 

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.

Rom 6:19  I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Rom 6:20  For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

Rom 6:21  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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


We do not have a spirit problem if we are born again. We have a soul problem
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It is what the apostle Paul called walking in the flesh is to have a carnal mind (Romans 8:5-9).

A carnal Christian is one who follows.... animal impulses.

2Co 5:7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

 

Gal 5:25  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 

Our enemy is committed to doing everything possible to make us ineffective ....in our personal lives ... and in our personal ministries.

Peter informs us (1 Peter 5:8-9,) BIBLE "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith..." END

But far too many people have the wrong idea concerning the word "Resist".

Somewhere along the way resisting Satan was changed to ignore Satan or the belief ....that he does not exist at all!


Where did we ever get the idea ...that the best approach to dealing with the enemy ....is to dismiss and ignore him as nothing more than a fantasy or theological myth?

Passive neglect is a poor tactic to use against any adversary.

Standing against the enemy’s challenge to combat is not a task to be taken lightly.

Satan is a cunning .... and a relentless adversary.

His mastery of evil ...enables him to fashion lewd temptations ....or fling fiery darts with amazing accuracy.

Job, Joshua, Daniel, David and the apostle Paul were men who had real and convincing experiences that proved that they were not immune to the wiles of a very real Devil.

If these great saints of the Bible were vulnerable to Satan and his demonic army ...why would we think .....that we should expect anything less?

The greatest example of all is the audacity of Satan to tempt the son of God .... in the wilderness.

If Satan is brazen enough to get in the face of Christ why should we expect him or his army steer clear of us?

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


The writer of Hebrews lays before us this truth: BIBLE "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." END

Satan wants to keep you from fulfilling the purpose for which you were created.

He wants to keep you from using the power of God ... to overcome his attacks.

He wants the human race to stay in bondage and in defeat.

Christians are called to be the spiritually commissioned and empowered army of God; demonstrating the power of God by living: .... victorious, fruitful, and godly lives.

Satan and evil forces in the heavenly places are seeking to neutralize the followers of Christ ....at all cost.

This is the whole reason why Satan is on the attack against Christians, ....... especially those Believers who are responding to God’s call.....Those that are pressing the spiritual battle on the front lines.