Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Jan 8, 2012                                    "If we only Knew!"
Sun AM Worship           We would Warn, Sound the Trumpet, Blow the Horn Declare the way!

Text: Acts 9:1-16 (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;"

 

Acts 9:1   And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Acts 9:2   And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Acts 9:3   And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

Acts 9:4   And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Acts 9:5   And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Acts 9:6   And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Acts 9:7   And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

Acts 9:8   And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

Acts 9:9   And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

Acts 9:10   And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

Acts 9:11   And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Acts 9:12   And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

Acts 9:13   Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

Acts 9:14   And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

Acts 9:15   But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Acts 9:16   For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

 

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

 

Look at this world--people blindly following each other, and they're all in a hurry, but none of them really knows where they came from, why they are here, or where they are going.

A pilot radioed to passengers on plane over the Pacific / "I've got good news and bad news / the bad news is we are lost, and I don't know where we're at--the good news is, we're making great time!"

It's nice to hear inspirational preaching , but I don't feed you just so you can get spiritually full and fat--it's so we can all go out into the field and labor in the energy of the Spirit. Spiritual calories and Biblical carbs are something we are supposed to take in and then burn up in service!


When Jesus walked this earth 2,000 years ago, it was in a physical body. He laid aside His omnipresence and was only at one place at a time. For this reason He spent His time moving about, going where people were and meeting their needs.

Jesus never did Just sit back and wait for the people to come to Him, He went out where the people were. Nowhere does the Bible command lost sinners to come to church...but it does command us saints to go out into the highways and hedges and compel people to come to church!

 

Our job is to be the salt of the earth, and we must get the salt out of the shaker and encourage people to come and dine!

Not just a bunch of bodies; Knot just a crowd. It wasn't a superficial glance like we make. He saw souls and hearts. He looked beyond their faults and saw their needs.

Ill.--what you notice about somebody reveals what is truly important to you. When I walk in a shoe store the employees look at my shoes, because they sees every person as a potential customer. The guy in the cell phone booth glances at my phone to see if I'm up to date, because he sees people as potential customers. When I drive onto a car lot the salesman checks out my car-- because I am a potential buyer!

Would to God that we would see every person as a potential convert for Christ--oh that we would see in each of them their precious soul which WILL live forever or die forever somewhere for all eternity!

Ezekiel 3:17   Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

Ezekiel 3:18   When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezekiel 3:19   Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Ezekiel 3:20   Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before  him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezekiel 3:21   Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

Ezekiel 3:22   And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.


Families you see one another at times here on earth, but you'll be separated for all eternity if you don't see their soul, swallow your pride, and speak up!
Neighbors-you look after their stuff sometimes, but you need to look after their soul!
Friends-you talk about everything under the sun except for the main thing God left you here to share with them!
Co-workers-God planted you in a unique place for a specific reason, and no one else on earth has that opportunity with that person but you!

Jesus is our model for ministry in the way He saw people, and saw their needs.
Then He was moved w compassion for them. The word compassion is used in the gospels only to describe Jesus-it means "stirred at the deepest level." This means he didn't just see a man with leprosy, but He felt His pain and rejection, loneliness and isolation. He didn't just see a man whose daughter had died, but felt his sorrow and bereavement. He saw His broken heart, and even better, His heart broke right along w/ him! And Jesus didn't look on an adulterous woman in the judgmental way we often do, but rather in love and compassionate forgiveness, wiping her slate clean!
 

Mark 8:22   And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

Mark 8:23   And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

Mark 8:24   And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Mark 8:25   After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

 

Romans 14:11   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

Philippians 2:10   That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,  and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:11   And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:12   Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Matthew 18:12   How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

Matthew 18:13   And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

Matthew 18:14   Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

 

Matthew 23:37   O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Matthew 23:38   Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Matthew 23:39   For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.


John 11:33   When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

John 11:34   And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

John 11:35   Jesus wept.

John 11:36   Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

 

 I believe he wept when he evicted man out of the Garden.

 

John 14:5   Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

John 14:6   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:7   If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

John 14:8   Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

John 14:9   Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

 

Colossians 1:10   That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Colossians 1:11   Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

Colossians 1:12   Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Colossians 1:13   Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Colossians 1:14   In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Colossians 1:15   Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Colossians 1:16   For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Colossians 1:17   And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.