Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
July 17, 2011                                   "Killing Agents!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
Sun Am Worship                             Witness and Reclaim this Land.

Text: 2 Tim 3:1-12   (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;"

 

2 Timothy 3:1   This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 Timothy 3:2   For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2 Timothy 3:3   Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

2 Timothy 3:4   Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2 Timothy 3:5   Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 3:6   For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2 Timothy 3:7   Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 3:8   Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2 Timothy 3:9   But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

2 Timothy 3:10   But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Timothy 3:11   Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

2 Timothy 3:12   Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

 

 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

 

"Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be  persecuted" (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus Himself said to his followers, "If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also" (John 15:20). In other words, if you choose to follow Christ, you WILL be harassed; you WILL be persecuted; you WILL suffer for it in some way.

The question is: How can we get ready for that kind of suffering? How can we prepare for the harassment that's coming? How can we arm ourselves for the persecution we will experience as followers of Christ?


*The devil is our enemy. But most Americans don't believe that today. According to a Barna survey in 2007, only 24% strongly believe that Satan is a real spiritual being. (1)

*But Satan is real whether we believe it or not! Many years ago a man went to revival preacher Charles Finney and said: "I don't believe in the existence of a devil." The preacher replied: "Don't you? -- Well, you resist him for a while and you WILL believe in him." (2)

Satan is more than just a symbol. Jesus himself believed in him.
Job 1:7 tells us that Satan roams over the whole earth.
In the Gospel of John 12:31 and John 14:30  Jesus referred to him as "the ruler of this world. . ."

*Your only kidding yourself if you assume he leaves Christians alone.
-1 Peter 5:8 tells us: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." The Devil tried to tempt Jesus. And he will try to tempt you. He may not be able steal your salvation, but he can ruin your spiritual effectiveness.


We are living in a time, where the enemy is really trying to take you out. I'm not talking about taking you out to dinner or something like that. I'm talking about killing you, destroying your dreams, stealing your futures. He's going to and from, seeking whom he may devour, the devil is busy. He's not taking a coffee break, nor is he on vacation. The devil recognizes that if he's going to bring down, as many Christians as possible, he has to work hard, but not only is he working over-time, he's working triple time.He has Killing agents all over Why? Because;
He don't want you to share the gospel with anyone.
He don't want you to go into the streets and share the good news.
He don't want you to tell anybody about Jesus Christ.
He don't want the church to grow, like it should be doing. No he don't want none of that, he don't want us to fulfill the Great Commission.
But the only way of survival is to Go in the power of the Spirit and As we Go and are about his" God's Business" He will be about ours with Promise! I wont leave you! I will go before you! You will be the Heard and not the tail. One will chase a thousand but two will put ten thousand to flight.

"go ye therefore into all the nations".

 

Matthew 10:7   And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:8   Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

 Go ye therefore..
Is a command from almighty God Himself, it means to move, to do something, to go somewhere, to go outside of this building and go get them. When Jesus told his disciples to Go, what did He mean? I'm glad you asked me, He meant, to go He meant
 To share the Good New to the lost
 To feed and take care of the homeless
 To encourage someone that down today, but better tomorrow
 To love the unlovable, to speak to the unspeakable, to go and get them, no matter what the cost.
Why did he want us to go and tell ye therefore? Because;
 He knew they would not come by themselves
 He knew they would turn to drugs and alcohol instead of Him
 He knew they would only come to church only on New Years, Easter, and Christmas
 He knew they needed help to get through all the pain and suffering that life would bring them, He knew.
That's why, we have to go; that's why, we have to tell everyone we about Jesus Christ; that's why, Because they can't come by themselves, they won't by themselves, unless something drastic happen in their life. They are doing everything that they think is right in their own eyes, but they are going to burn in hell's fire, if we don't share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. People we got to go and get them, no matter the cost, no matter what the situation, you can't be afraid, why because God said "He would never leave you nor forsake you".
*That word "gospel" simply means "good news." So the gospel is the good news about God's salvation through His son Jesus Christ. And we must never underestimate the power and importance of the gospel. It is so important that God directly speaks about it over 100 times in the New Testament

 

Pertaining to the  jailer's salvation: in the book of Acts "It took an earthquake to get that man's attention. He realized that there was greater power at work, and he asked;What must I do to be saved?' -- Save from what? The earthquake was over. The tremors had stopped. All of the prisoners were in place. Saved from what?" . . . (7)

*The jailer had obviously heard something about the gospel, maybe even through the songs Paul and Silas sang in the jail. He obviously wanted to know how to be saved from his sins.

Think how close the jailer was to total disaster.
-He had his sword out, and he was ready to kill himself.
-He was this close to killing himself and devastating his family.

*But that's not the worst of it.
-He was this close to spending eternity in hell.
-But Paul stopped the jailer just in time, and shared the good news with him.

*We see this starting in vs.16: 28:
28. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.''
29. Then he called for a light, ran in & fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
30. And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?''
31. So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.''

*. . . "And Paul, who was one of the greatest theologians this world has ever known, didn't give this man a lecture on the doctrine of salvation. Paul didn't go into long discourse on how a person gets saved. He didn't tell the man to settle down, there's no need to be alarmed, because he didn't want the man to miss the urgency of the hour.

*Paul didn't tell this man be good and you can be saved.' Some people think that if we are just good enough we can make it into Heaven. What did Paul and Silas say to this man? -- Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved!'" (7)

*Paul made it simple. God made it simple!
"If you had a child that was lost, and if you had the chance to get a message to that child, telling them what to do, and how to get home. Would you make the message simple or complicated?" (8)

*For the same reason, our Heavenly Father has made the message of salvation simple for us: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved."

*Put your faith in Jesus!
-Because He is God the Son.
-Because He came into this world to die on the cross for your sins.
-Because He rose from the dead, and He will give everlasting life to you.

*"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." The jailer did, and he was! That is the greatness of the gospel of Jesus Christ

 

Notice the transformation in vs. 32-34:
32. Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
33. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
34. Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

*There is the greatness of the gospel of Jesus Christ! -- When the jailer got saved, he went.
-From darkness to light. -- From death to real life!
-From beating men's backs. -- To binding their wounds.
-From a home in hell. -- To a home in heaven.
-From total despair. -- To total delight.
-From no hope. -- To full hope for his future and his family.

*What a transformation! -- But we also see multiplication. Salvation started here with Paul and Silas. Then it went to the jailer. Then it spread to his family.
-And only heaven knows how far it went from there.
-That's what the Lord wants to do through us. And He can!
When was the last time we wept for the lost, wept over sin, or for the Church? Jeremiah said, "Oh, that my head were waters"; psalmist wrote, "rivers run down my eyes continually."No revival has ever happened without tears.


*This is the greatness of the gospel of Jesus Christ:
-It's stronger than our worst enemies.
-It's worth the worst suffering.
-It gives a joyful song in our darkest night.
-And it will save anyone who believes in Jesus.

*Have you believed?
-Have you trusted Jesus Christ to save your soul?
-You can do that right now as we go to God in prayer.

 

*The Apostle Paul understood the power and importance of the gospel.
-In Romans 1, Paul felt that he owed everybody the great blessing of hearing the gospel, and he declared:
15. So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.
16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

-In 2 Timothy 1, Paul encouraged and challenged his young friend with these words:
7. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
8. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,
9. who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
10. but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

*That is the greatness of the gospel, and we see it lived out in Acts 16.
-Here in God's Word we find at least 4 reasons why the gospel is so great.

1. First: The gospel is stronger than our worst enemies.

*In Acts 16, Paul and his mission team were trying to find out where the Lord wanted them to go next. Then in vs. 9&10:
9. A vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us.''
10. Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.

*So they went to Philippi, and began to share the gospel. But starting in vs. 16, they ran into some serious opposition.
16. Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
17. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.''

*Friends, we still have the same enemy at who was work in vs. 16-17.
-This poor slave girl was as real as you are.
-That evil spirit was as real as you are.
-Satan and his fallen angels are our enemies.

*How do they work?
-Well, they can still possess nonbelievers, especially those who seek that evil.
-And they can still pretend to be a believer's friend.
-The devil can pretend to be your friend.
-And he still promotes his lies by tying them to the truth.

*We have fierce enemies. But the good news is that they no match for our God!
-We see this in vs. 17&18.
17. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.''
18. And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.'' And he came out that very hour.

*Most of us might not feel too confident commanding an evil spirit to come out in the name of Jesus. But if the need ever arises, God will give you all the confidence you need.

*And here is some more great news from James 4:6-7:
6. He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.''
7. Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

*We know that the gospel is great, because it is stronger than our worst enemies.

2. And because it is worth the worst suffering.

*Many of the greatest heroes of our faith have suffered incredible hardship for the good news about Jesus. We see a good example starting in vs. 19:
19. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
20. And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, "These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city;
21. and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.''
22. Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
23. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.

*Some of God's best have suffered the worst for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

*During the Communist tyranny of the 20th century, many Christians in Russia were forced into prison camps because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Russian pastor Georgi Vins told of meeting a young woman named Galena. She had been arrested for teaching at a Vacation Bible School.

*Can you imagine that? --  Can you imagine being sent to prison for helping in VBS? -- But Galena was.

*The prison camp was filthy. Food was scarce. Medical care was nonexistent. And the women were forced into hard labor. Galena's hair and teeth fell out. Painful boils broke out all over her skin.

*When Galena's mother finally saw her, she was horrified at her daughter's condition. But Galena was positive. She told her mother that thousands of women in the prison camps had never heard of Jesus. And it was her responsibility to tell them about Him. (5)

*What a life of Christ-like love! Some of God's best have suffered the worst for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why were they willing to do that?
-Because they realized the incredible value of the Good news.
-And because they never lost sight of how much Jesus has suffered for us.

*These verses from Psalm 22 help us understand the Lord's suffering for us.
1. My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, And from the words of My groaning?
7. All those who see Me laugh Me to scorn; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,
8. "He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; Let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!''
11. Be not far from Me, For trouble is near; For there is none to help.
13. They gape at Me with their mouths, As a raging and roaring lion.
14. I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me.
15. My strength is dried up like (sun-baked pottery), And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
16. For dogs have surrounded Me; The assembly of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
17. I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
18. They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.
19. But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!

*Every moment of that suffering, every pain, every heartache was for us.
-Jesus went through all of that on the cross to take the punishment for our sins.
-And the good news about Jesus Christ is worth the worst suffering we could ever have to endure.

*We know that the gospel is great, because it is worth the worst suffering.

3. And because it gives a joyful song in our darkest night.

*What did Paul and Silas do when they were beaten so badly? -- Look at vs. 23-25:
23. And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
24. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.

*Yes Paul and Silas were beaten, yes they were hurting, but they were still singing praises to God. -- And so can we!

*If we know Jesus, if we are saved, then the good always outweighs the bad in our lives.
-On our worst days, we still have great reasons to praise God.
-And our praise can still tower over our problems.

*We know that the gospel is great, because it gives a joyful song in our darkest night.

4. And because it will save anyone who believes in Jesus.

*Something amazing began to happen in vs. 26:
26. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed.
27. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.

*Pastor Ken Gehrels explains: "Earthquakes happened rather frequently in that part of the world, not at all unusual. Bit of a problem, though, when the jail falls apart and there's a giant jail break. See, that's sort of an issue, because in Roman Law, when a prisoner escaped, the jailer received the sentence. So, he reached for his sword. Lesser of two evils he must have thought." (6)

*But what a terrible mistake!
-The jailer felt like there was no hope.
-He felt like he was doing the best thing.
-But his feelings were wrong.

*The problem today with a lot of people is that they are basing major life decisions on feelings, on their perceptions of the moment.
-But feelings can change in a moment of time.
-Vital information could be just around the corner.
-So basing your decisions on your feelings is a recipe for disaster.

In Deuteronomy 32
You will find Moses is speaking to the Israelites used an unusual analogy to illustrate how God "grew" his children. He compares God to a mother eagle who is trying to teach her young to fly. "As an eagle stirreth up her nest..so the Lord alone did lead him.." Vs 11,12 Why does God "Stir up our nests?"

1. TO MOVE US OUT OF THE ARENA OF APATHY.
A. THE COMFORT OF THE NEST. (The nest is the young eagle's world)
1) Great Care goes into the building of the nest. (It takes up to 6 weeks to build)
a) Over five feet in diameter and can weigh up to 2000 #, made of a variety of materials and sticks.
b) The inside of the nest is covered with soft grass, hides or fur to provide comfort to her young.
c) Built over 75 feet high in trees or outcroppings to gain a better view of the area.

B. THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE (Eagles are not created for "comfortable nests")
1) As the eagle matures, the mother begins to "Stir up the nest" by removing the soft grass and fur, exposing the rough sticks and brambles beneath.
2) She usually does this over time from the inside of the nest first, trying to get the eagle to the move to the edge.
3) The mother eagle knows that there is danger in staying in the nest too long. (Winter's coming)

Church there is a Storm brewing on the horizon and too many Christians are still in the comfort of their nest!

 Nests are created for nurturing, not abiding.
We have a tendency to grow "comfortable" in our "nests".
There are dangers in staying in the "nests of life" too long.
"Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction." (Micah 2:10)
 God often "Stirs" up our nests, making us "uncomfortable" to prepare us for flight.
2. TO MOVE US OUT OF THE AREA OF ADEQUACY.

 

In the nest, everything is provided for the eagle. (It is easy to live off of the labor of others.)
But then the mother stops bringing the food to the nest for the young eagle.
She will fly with food just out of reach of the eagle, forcing him to "jump up" and stretch his wings.

(Notice: what he thinks is going to kill him is actually preparing him for flight.)
Eventually the eagle's hunger drives him to the edge of the nest where he spreads his wings and catches the wind, gliding down to find his own food.
He fails to find anything at first and overcome by weakness he comes to a rough landing.

The parents are watching and when the young eagle has exhausted himself, they drop food at his feet to reward his efforts.
Many of our "hard times" are actually "flight" preparations.  We are not called to understand God, but to obey him. Faith doesn't' grow through comfort, but through crisis .Therefore our "failures" need never be final and God is waiting just beyond our obedience to bless us and take us to the next phase. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;

 

We must get alone with Jesus if we are to renew daily in the Holy Ghost.
This is not for the slothful or the lazy . But the Word of God speaks of that in

Proverbs 20:4
King James Version (KJV)
4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing

I don't know about you but I want my harvest! The only way we are going to see it is to fulfill

John 12:24   Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

John 12:25   He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

John 12:26   If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

I believe as Christians, we need to know when we are to wait patiently and when it is our time to move. Amen? So look at your neighbor and say, Let's Go Get Them!

You do know the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are but a few. So today were not cutting any corners, but we are going to get to the bottom of it all. The bottom of what you say? The reason why we won't Go and Get Them.