Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness

July 1, 2012:                              “It’s Midnight Somewhere!”

Sun AM Worship                           A New day has begun    
Text: Matt 25:1-13 (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;” 

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2   And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3   They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mat 25:4   But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5   While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6   And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mat 25:7   Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8   And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mat 25:9   But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Mat 25:10   And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11   Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12   But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Mat 25:13   Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 

Let’s pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth. 
pen 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 

Before we get into the heart of the message this morning, I must speak what God has spoken to me.  God said to tell my people the Midnight hour is upon us and he is about to do something far greater than our finite understanding can fathom. For many it will be the miracle they have forgotten about thinking God was not really listening to. For the church God is about to fill it to the point that they will in like manner be no room as in the birth of Jesus.    

Psa 66:12  Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

You are about to enter into the greatest season of your life. God is about to move in your family, business, church, finances and in your own personal life in a greater way than you have ever experienced in the past.

Many of God’s people today recognize they are about to experience a change. They know that something big and powerful is about to happen, they just do not know when, they just know it is close.

I came to tell you that you are closer to your breakthrough than you think! You are closer to your breakthrough than you have ever been before! You are closer to your miracle than you even realize.
I am not talking about God going to change things for you years down the road. I am not talking about your miracle or breakthrough coming some time far off in the future.

No, you are on the edge of your miracle, you are on the edge of your breakthrough right now! In fact, it may be just days away, or even hours away!
For some people this may be the very day that you experience the miracle or breakthrough that you have been praying and believing for!

A lot of things happen at the midnight HOUR!

Exo_12:29   And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 

Jdg_16:3   And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of an hill that is before Hebron.   

Mat_25:6   And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.   

Mar_13:35   Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 

Act 16:22   And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
Act 16:23   And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
Act 16:24   Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
Act 16:25  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Act 16:26   And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.
Act 16:27   And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been
Act 16:28   But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Act 16:29   Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Act 16:30   And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Act 16:31   And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

The truth is you may not under-stand everything that is going on in your life at the present time, but you still believe you are on the verge of a change. In spite of the fact, that hell is hitting you hard. In spite of the fact, that you are going through the greatest trial of your life, you still believe your change is coming. You still believe your promise is about to come to pass, that your dream is about to become a reality.

While you may not have any evidence that a change is about to take place, you have confidence that “He is a on time God.” In spite of the fact, that in the natural, nothing seems to be changing. You still believe, “If God said it He will do it and if God spoke it He will bring it to pass!”

“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
Numbers 23:19
In spite of the fact, that nothing seems to be changing. In spite of the fact, that everything looks like it always has. The truth is, you know a change is coming because you have a Promise and you are not letting it go!.
If all you have is a promise I have good news for you, “A promise is all you need!” Yes, I said, “A promise is all you need!”

All Abraham had was a promise and Isaac was born when he was a hundred years old and his wife Sarah was ninety!

With nothing but a promise Moses led the children of Israel out of bondage. All Joseph had was a promise, but that promise brought him out of the pit, out of the prison, and finally into the palace.

When Jesus died on the cross, the only reason He knew after three days He would rise again was because He had a promise. Yes, He had a promise from His Father. His Father told Him you will rise again after three days.
For over three years, Jesus told everyone, I will die but I will rise again. He told them He would rise again because He had a promise. He died with a promise. He was placed in the tomb with a promise, but three days later He walked out of the grave with the keys of death, hell and the grave because of a promise.

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18

You have the Promise of Matt 28:20 “…lo, I am with you alway, even
unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Matthew 28:20

You still have a praise because you have a promise and you know that God is about to bring you out of what you are in. You know that you are on the verge of a change and that your promise is about to be fulfilled.

You may be having a hard time trying to figure out what is going on at the present time. Your probably in a time when your mind is telling you one thing and your spirit is telling you another thing.
The best way I can word it is, “Your body is still in your present, but your spirit has stepped into your future and your mind is confused because it is trying to figure out what is going on.”
Your spirit knows things about your future that your mind does not know.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not
seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
While your body is still in your present, in your today, your spirit has stepped into your future, into your tomorrow. Into a place of revival, restoration, renewal. A place of provision and prosperity and your mind is confused because it does not understand what is going on.

Your body is about to catch up with your spirit and in return you are getting ready to walk into a place of victory, blessings and prosperity greater than anything you have ever experienced. You are standing on the edge of a break- through!  It is Midnight!

At this season of your life you cannot afford to have people in your life that are always talking negative. You do not need people telling you that you cannot have what God says you can have, do what God said you could do, or go where God said you could go.

You must have people in your life that believe in you. People who will tell you that you can have what God said you can have, do what God said you can do, and be what God said you can be.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

You need to tell the people in your life who are jealous of you “Do not be jealous, I can not help it, it is just my turn! If it is my turn today, it will be your turn tomorrow. Shout with me today and I will shout with you tomorrow! Celebrate my victories today and we will celebrate your victories tomorrow! But do not be jealous because like Esther—It is just my turn!”

“Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.” Esther 2:15

There is way too much jealousy among Gods people..

Why do you think Hell is hitting you so hard? Why do you think you are going through what you are going through? Why do you think you are experiencing strange trials in your life?

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:12
Why has there been an increase of demonic activity against you, your family, your ministry, your business, etc. . . ?
“An increase of demonic activity is a sign that Satan has discovered your purpose and you are on the verge of stepping into the greatest season of your life.” If you
are experiencing an increase of demonic activity against you, “Break out in a praise!” Because you are on the verge of a miracle! You are about to experience a breakthrough! You are about to walk into the greatest season of your life!

Did you ever notice that Jesus, even though He was the Son of God, He never began His earthly ministry until He first had a fight with the devil?
After Jesus was baptized in the river of Jordan, God the Father spoke from Heaven and said, “This is my Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.” This was the first time that God the Father publicly said to the world, “This is my Son.”
As soon as God the Father announced to the world who Jesus was—His Son, He was immediately driven into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”
Matthew 4:1

As soon as the Father spoke and said Jesus was His Son, Jesus experienced an increase of demonic activity against Him. Three separate times Satan challenged Jesus’ position as the Son of God, challenging Him to turn the stones into bread, to cast Himself down from the temple and finally tempting him by giving Him the nations if He would fall down and worship him.
After Jesus went through the temptation, after Jesus experienced an increase of demonic activity against Him, Satan left him alone and the angels came to minister to Him.

“Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
Matthew 4:11

There is always a blessing on the other side of a battle. After Jesus battled the devil, angels came and ministered to Him and then He began His earthly ministry.
After the temptation He returned in the power of the Holy Spirit into Galilee. He then went into the temple, and began to read from the book of Esaias, (which is the book of Isaiah), declaring that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him and that He was anointed by His Father.

“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round
about.” Luke 4:14

“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:17-19

Before Jesus began His earthly ministry, He experienced a tremendous increase of demonic opposition against Him. The same is true today. Before a
person receives a miracle, experiences a breakthrough, or enters into a new season of their life, they seem to always go through a time when Hell hits them hard.

BEFORE an ARROW is Shot FORWARD, it has to be Pulled BACKWARD!!! This PROCESS is the PREPARATION and AIMING Process. Like the ARROW, you were Pulled BACKWARD, for a SEASON! It DIDN'T feel or look good. You even felt FORSAKEN and FORGOTTEN!!! But the Spirit of the Lord has UNCTIONIZED me to ANNOUNCE to you that it's TIME for you to be RELEASED and Shot FORWARD!!! The ENEMIES can HATE and GOSSIP as much as they want, TRUTH is, it's Just your SEASON It is Midnight!!!