Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Jan 2 2011                           "Pursuit of a Surrendered Life!"
Sun Am Worship                                 

Text: Isaiah 55:6 - 9   (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!
2. 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 55:6   Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Isaiah 55:7   Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 55:8   For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:9   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Revelation 2:5   Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

 

The trouble with the advice, "Follow your conscience" is that most people follow it like someone following a wheelbarrow-they tend to push it in the direction they would have it go and then they follow! That goes against everything about God.

 

1:) He didn't come to choose side with you He comes to take over!

Joshua 5:13   And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?

Joshua 5:14   And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?

Joshua 5:15   And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

 

Even Though, God is willing to touch his people one again with Resurrection power, Unconfessed sin has blocked his mighty answers to prayer. In order for us to truly move in power, God requires deep cleansing and genuine repentance among his people. Psalms 66:18 make this crystal clear: If I regard iniquity in My heart, the Lord will not hear me.

 

Then again in Isaiah 59:1-2  Behold the Lords hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;  neither his ear heavy it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated you between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that he will not hear.

 

Because of Un-confessed sin, crucial prayers go unanswered and countless believers live in both defeat and pain.

 

You may be asking, because I struggle so much, I wonder how I could really know victory. You need to fully understand here that Jesus didn't just die to take you and I to a place called Heaven, but to indwell and empower you here on Earth!

 

Serious cleansing requires regularly getting alone with God for a   thorough examination of your life.

 

God never intended for you and I just to somehow figure out means of living for him but rather yielding to him and allowing him to live through US!

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ lives in me: and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

Jeremiah 29:11   For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:12   Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

Jeremiah 29:13   And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

 

Unfortunetly Many will do almost anything to avoid a deep cleansing encounter with God.

If you allow God to do a Deep daily work , you will experience a life changing discipleship! You will never have to put up with a mediocre prayer life again.

 

The very essence of True worship is to Bow before God in genuine reverence and complete surrender.

Ask yourself this question this morning. Am I guilty of seeking God more for what he can do for me than out of a genuine love for Him?  Are you unwilling to pray for Gods will , when it does not fit your plans? Does your love and worship decrease  when things don't go your way? When you get disappointed do you tend to cool off toward God and the Church?

 

Insincere and ritualistic worship is one of the most serious sins a believer can commit.

 

Matthew 15:8-9 This people draw nigh to me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips: but their heart is far from me. In vain they do worship me.

 

The root of all sin is a lack of love for Christ.

True revival always begins with deep humility and brokenness over sin.

 

If all other church members followed your example of your love relationship with Christ, how strong would the church be. Would there be a Sunday pm service or a Wednesday prayer service.

 

You cant be right and walk in the power of the spirit  robbing God.

 

How am I robbing God?

Well do you barely tithe and yet pay enormous interest to creditors?

 

Malachi 3:8   Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Malachi 3:9   Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

Malachi 3:10   Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

 

Failure to tithe is called spiritual idolatry. Because of this blatant financial disobedience, many believers are not filled  with the Holy Spirit and forfeit so much of Gods blessings.

 

To refuse to the is to place money and things ahead  of God. Failure to tithe is nothing less than common thievery against the God who has given you everything.

I find it very disturbing that so many people think nothing of giving a fifteen percent  tip to their waiter, yet find ten percent to much for the giver of all life.

 

Spirit filled believers give cheerfully, generously and sacrificially. Carnal believers put money and things ahead of God and wonder why they are broke, living in defeat, and a powerless prayer life.

 

Remember from whence you are fallen and repent.

 

I want to be an honored vessel in God's House. It's a privilege and an honor to be used by God in any fashion. I thank him for allowing me that chance. But before I can become a vessel at all there has to be a real change in me.
Before I can become a vessel, God had to find me in the pit where I was nothing more than an impure lump of clay.

The Bible says in Psalms 40:2, "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings."

That's what the potter does when he begins to bring to pass the new creation that he has in mind for me to be. I'm not anything special, but I am a chosen lump of clay. I didn't look any different from all of the other clay that was in the pit with me. All around me there were other people, other lumps of clay, we all looked the same. All of us were just dirt, lost in sin, stuck in the mire where there was no escape for we were are dead lumps of clay with no hope and no future to speak of. Some of those other lumps of clay, at least to my own point of view, would have been a lot better pick for the Master's House. They had a lot more to offer than I did. But in God's sight, he is no respecter of persons.

The only thing God looks for in the clay he chooses is whether that clay will yield itself to his design.

Praise God! He chose me. God's hand reached down into that pit, scooped up this old piece of clay, examined it and said, "Now here's a lump of clay with promise." He saw something in me that I couldn't see.

I am reminded of the word of the Lord to the Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 18:1-4, "The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it."

The clay didn't make the choice to jump into the potter's hand. It was the potter that chose the clay.

John 15:16, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

God chose me, and God chose you! The Great Potter, maker of all vessels and the one who will give honor to whom honor is due, chose us for his House!