Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Jan 23 2011                                       "My House!"
Sun Am Worship                                       

Text: Isaiah 56:6 - 8   (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;"

 

Isaiah 56:6   Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

Isaiah 56:7   Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.  Pray

# You didn't find him he Found you! He was never lost!   Its his will none should perish.

# Picked us up out of the Miry pit and Placed us upon the Rock

# Translated us  out from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his dear son.

Matthew 21:10   And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

Matthew 21:11   And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.

Matthew 21:12   And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

Matthew 21:13   And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Matthew 21:14   And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

 

#:) How can We Pray without Faith in whom we profess?

Hebrews 11:6   But 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.

 

This world as we know it is about to be radically and supernaturally changed for kingdom issues and only our dedicated and absolute Faith in him will determine our stability and survival.

 

Hebrews 12:26   Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Hebrews 12:27   And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

 

2 Timothy 1:12   For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

 

1;) How can we pray with expectation, if we are not clean before a Holy God?

Our Sin is never hidden from God no matter how secretive we think we may be!

 

Ecclesiastes 12:14   For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

Psalms 66:18   If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

 

If we are not walking with Christ cleanly we are indeed walking away from Christ.

 

1 John 1:6   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

 

1 John 1:8   If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

We know we are all sinners.  The Bible declares in Romans 3:23   For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

So how do we identify what is hindering our daily walk with a Holy God? We surely know God has not changed, He remain the same yesterday, today and forever. How do we draw nigh unto God from this point forward? We all know there is much more to God than what we are seeing in the natural. I think our stumbling block is we have become complacent and satisfaction of just being in the outer courtyard

 

Let me give you an illustration by looking at the Tabernacle model of Moses.

 

# 1 You have the Courtyard where the Brazen Alter and the Laver is.

Many Christians never get past this point with their relationship with God. The think it is the Pastor or the Elders position to venture in any further than this.

 

The Brazen Alter is where the different offering were presented, Sin, trespass, burnt, thanks, reconciliation. It is here that foretold the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ at Calvary. It is here where we all recognize the tremendous cost of Sin.

I believe the Cross of Jesus Christ replaces the Brazen Alter for us today. The Blood of Jesus Christ replaces the blood of animals for us today.

One Supreme Sacrifice for all time.  God's Lamb that takes away the sin of the world.  But this is not where the Power of the Holy Spirit is. This is where Salvation was imparted and meant to be by the Precious blood of the Lamb a launching pad for us as Priest unto the Lord and an invitation to move on into His Glorious Presence of Power from upon high.

 

The Laver was the place where the priest would wash their hands, feet and face. Here is where we begin to stumble. The Laver was also looking glass!  Before we can enter in the Holy Place we must look at ourselves or Examine ourselves in the Laver and Ask God to Show us what is wrong with our Heart so we invite him to expose our sin by reflection. 

As a New Testament Christian the law of God is no longer our master but rather our mirror and we merely allow it to reflect God's true Holiness up against sinful nature to see how we measure up to his standard.

Let's look at a few of his Commandments reflecting from God's Laver.

 

1 Do you worship any other Gods?  Immediately you say NO WAY  But, Do you put yourself or someone else ahead of worshiping the lord Jesus? 

If So Then you need to repent

 

2 Do you Bow to any idols? Have you placed your role as husband, father, career or any other person ahead of your role as a priest unto the Lord?

Does your TV, or any other form of Entertainment ever come before Him? Are you giving the first fruits of your  day to anything else? Are you worshipping the graven image of Money or Power?

 If So Then you need to repent

 

3 Do you call Gods Holy Name in Vain any of God's Names?

If So Then you need to repent

 

4 Do you Honor God by Paying the first fruits of the tithe and keeping his day of worship holy before expecting blessing from the Lord?.

If So Then you need to repent

 

5 Do you Honor your parents or Blame your parents for your problems.

Do you dishonor those he put in authority over you?  Do you gossip about them?

If So Then you need to repent

 

6 Do you kill by Hating?

In what ways are you programming your mind or the minds of your children? Is it to Hate, Be angry, or hold prejudice against anyone??

If So Then you need to repent

 

7  Do I commit Adultery or entertain lustful thoughts towards the opposite sex?

If So Then you need to repent

 

8 Am I stealing from you or anyone else Lord?

Am I squandering or misusing your gifts to me? Am I dishonest in my work by squandering time or talents,

Do I take things that do not belong to me without paying for them?

If So Then you need to repent  and Ask God for Grace to restore what you have taken.

 

9 Am I witnessing falsely?

Talking the talk of Following Christ daily and never walking the walk.

 

10 Do I Covet?

Are we coveting things God does not want us to have, Neighbors Home, Lifestyle, car, reputation, wife, husband.  This was the very first Sin and the downfall of Adam and Eve

 

It is here that we worship Jesus in truth at the Laver in the Courtyard as we allow him to reflect our sinful nature.

 

All this happens through the cross and the Blood of Jesus Christ. We cannot drag a guilty conscience into the presence of a Holy God.

 

2:) SO how can we expect to move God without First allowing God to Move us?

It is his invitation of Isaiah for us to Come and reason with him

 

Isaiah 1:18   Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

We will simply remain in the courtyard until we allow God to reflect what it is we need to put under the blood in order to move on the Holy place of God.

 

# 2 From the Courtyard you see the Holy Place where the Golden Candlestick as well as Table of Showbread and the Alter of Incense

 

The Candlestick is symbolic of the Holy Spirit, the sevenfold spirit of God: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, Knowledge, Fear of the Lord,

" Which is the Beginning of wisdom" and Holiness " Without No Man shall see God".

 

The Table of Showbread is the Symbol of the Word of God "Logos" and "Rehma"

The Written "Logos" and inspired word of  God has over seven thousand promises written therein. Thank God for all these wonderful promises but it is here that we are in need of  a Rehma  or specific word from God.

Peter did not step out of the Boat and walk on the water by reading about the Israelites crossing the red sea in the written Logos Word. He requested Jesus to  bid him or give him a Rehma to come to him and Jesus seen his Faith and gave him the Rhema word COME. Hoever as his faith in that Rhema word wavered he himself becam a wave driven and tossed by the sea double minded, lacking in faith and he sank. He then cried out for another Rhema Save me and the Lord did just that.  It is only here that you will get your Rhema word from God.

 

The Alter of Incense is where we choose to stand and send up praises unto our Holy God. And it is here we now see

 

3 The Holy of Holies where the arc of the Covenant and the Mercy seat of God resides.

 

According to the Word of God We are a Priest in His Temple, Our Bodies are his temple!

 

1 Corinthians 3:16   Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Romans 8:3   For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

 

It is here we enter with Faith and confidence because of the Blood of Jesus we see sprinkled on the mercy seat..  It is Finished. Through the Blood I have the impartation of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. I am God's Righteousness in Christ Jesus and I can take my stand here in the presence of God without feeling any condemnation because of what Christ has already accomplished for me. The Blood of Christ annuls the power of the law that would make me work for my righteousness and the law is only my mirror now and not my master. It helps me to clean my face and my conscience and causes me to understand when I have Grieved and disobeyed God. But it is not my condemner.

That blood on That Mercy seat changed that forever for me as a new testament Christian.

 

5:) Everything we have is a gift from God. Even this day in which he has Made!

 

Romans 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?

 

1:) How can we pray if we have no compassion?

How can we say we love God and Have anger or hatred towards a brother or sister.

  

1 John 4:20   If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

 

2:) How can we Pray without first Sacrificial Worship?

      How can we Worship if there is no Fear?

It is here we Worship god in Holy reverence and Fear. Spirit and Truth.

 

 

4:) How can we Pray without Genuine Love for our Lord and Savior.