Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
July 22, 2012: “A Cry in the night!”
Sun AM Worship
Text: Matt 2:12-16 (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;”
Mat 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Mat 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Mat 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
Mat 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
Mat 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Mat 2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
Mat 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
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
Jer 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
If there was ever a time to sound the alarms the time is now~
Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the
trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the
inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh
Notice the first part of the verse, “Blow the trumpet”. Where did God tell the Prophet Joel to blow the trumpet? In Zion, among the people of God. God did not say, “Blow the trumpet in the world” among the wicked. God said, “Blow the trumpet in Zion” among his people. Blow the trumpet in the Church.
We hear a lot today concerning how our nation needs to repent. How America needs a revival. I believe we all can agree that our nation needs to repent and that we need a heaven sent revival. But, do we really expect to see our nation turn back to God without first seeing the Church turn back to God? How can we expect our nation to repent, if the Church refuses to repent? Do we really expect America to have a revival if the Church does not have one first?
God never promised to heal the land if the people of the land would cry out to Him. God never even said He would heal the land if the leaders of the land would pray and seek His face. God only promised to heal the land if His people, who are called by His name, would humble themselves and pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14
Who has the answer? The people of God. What is the answer? Humility, prayer, seeking the face of God, and turning away from sin. Then, and only then, does God promise to heal the land, and send revival.
It amazes me how the Church has become so political and wants to blame everybody for the condition that our nation is in. But biblically, we cannot blame our leaders for the condition that we are in.
Some want to blame the homosexual community or the abortionists. While it is true that God hates the sin of homosexuality and also the sin of abortion, we still cannot point our fingers at the homosexual community or the abortionist. We are in the condition we are in as a nation because the Church has failed! The Church is to blame.
It is time for the Church to quit blaming everybody else and to look in the mirror, be honest, and realize we are to blame; we have failed!
BLOW THE TRUMPET IN ZION!
The Church must wake up, and shake ourselves from the spirit of slumber that has overtaken us. We must go back to prayer, fasting and holiness. I am amazed at how few Churches do not even have a weekly prayer meeting anymore, let alone an all night prayer meeting. Most Churches say they want the power but the truth is you cannot have power without prayer.
Many churches today do not even have an altar anymore. The Church must go back to prayer. We must go back to praying like the Church of Acts prayed.
The Church needs to also go back to fasting. The Church seems to know a lot about feasting but very little about fasting. Have we forgot that Jesus said some miracles only happen when the Church prays and fasts?
Matthew 17:20-21 “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
When it comes to holiness most Christians do not even know what it is, yet the Bible says without it we cannot even see God.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
Where did God say to blow the trumpet? In the Church; among the people of God. Who are the people that God has called to blow the trumpet? His ministers, men and women of God that He has set aside to preach, teach and prophesy.
The problem we have today
is God’s ministers have quit blowing the trumpet! They have quit sounding the
alarm! Few preachers in this day and time still have the boldness to preach
against sin! Few have the courage to preach the Word of God as it truly is!
Now more than ever we need men and women of God who will boldly and loudly blow the trumpet and sound an alarm. We need men and women who will stand before the people of God and declare a fresh word from heaven, without fear of satan or man. The Church must hear a word from heaven. A fresh word straight from God. The church does not need to hear a left over message from ten or even twenty years ago.
Neither do they need to
hear a sermon down loaded off the Internet from the headquarters of some
denomination. The Church must hear a word from God.
It is so sad to hear today what is coming forth from so-called ministers of the Gospel. Some preachers have become nothing more than professional joke tellers. While others have turned the Church into a party room every year during the super bowl. It is an absolute disgrace that Churches will dismiss their worship service during the super bowl and instead bring a big screen television into the sanctuary so their members can eat, drink, and watch the super bowl. No wonder the Bible says judgment must first begin at the house of God.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first
begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17
God forgive us for what we have allowed to take place in the House of God.
There was a time when God’s people respected God’s house. God forgive us not only for what we have allowed to take place in His house, but we also need forgiveness for what we have allowed to go forth from the pulpits in His house.
Many of our Churches today have become only “Houses of entertainment.” A place where people laugh, are entertained, and have a good time. The Church does not need another entertainer, joke teller, or comedian. We need a man or woman of God who has been alone with God and has a word from God.
Joke tellers tell jokes. Firemen put out fires. Veterinarians treat sick animals.
Doctors care for sick people. The military fights for our freedom. What are God’s ministers suppose to do? Tell us what God is saying to His people.
The problem is most
ministers are telling the people of God everything except what God is saying. We must have holy men and women of God who are full
of the Holy Ghost, who are not afraid to preach and proclaim the truth of God’s
Word. We need ministers who refuse to be controlled by some denomination,
organization or deacon board. We need men and women of God who cannot be bought
by money - Servants of God who refuse to be controlled by the spirit of Jezebel
that is operating so rampant in many of our Churches.
If a meteorologist refuses to warn of an upcoming storm, lives may be lost. If a policeman refuses to protect a city, the city may be destroyed. If a fireman refuses to put out a fire, great loss may be experienced. If a doctor refuses to treat a sick man, the sick man may die. But if God’s ministers refuse to blow the trumpet and sound an alarm, multitudes will continue to die in their sins
Hell is an unpopular
subject today. Few preachers have the courage to even talk or preach about it.
Preaching about Hell is like preaching against homosexuality, it is not
politically correct. But though it is not politically correct, it is Biblically
God’s ministers are not called to preach what is politically correct; they are called to preach what is Biblically correct!
Why do so few ministers
preach on Hell anymore when the Word of God is so plain on the subject? In
fact, the Bible mentions Hell almost twice as much as it mentions Heaven. The
Bible makes it plain that Hell is a literal place and that multitudes of people
are dying and going there.
“Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”
One reason that many ministers no longer preach about Hell is very simple—they don’t believe that it is a literal place themselves. According to one survey, close to fifty percent of the ministers in four of our major denominations denied the existence of Hell.
If God’s ministers do not believe in Hell, how can we expect God’s people to believe in Hell? A lot of Christians do not read the Bible for themselves. The only thing they hear and know is what they hear when they go to the House of God.
Regardless of what is being taught today, the truth is, Hell is just as real as Heaven. As the old saints would say, “There is a Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun.”
I get amazed at how few messages are preached about Hell today even in our so called “Bible Believing Churches.”
Some people say, “People do not want to hear about that anymore.” Who cares what people want to hear? Where in the Word of God does it say, “Preach what the people want to hear?”
God’s ministers are not called to preach what pleases man. God’s ministers are not called to tell people what they want to hear. God’s ministers are called to preach the truth, to declare the Word of God regardless of what the people think or say! Isaiah told the ministers in his day to Blow the trumpet, cry aloud, spare not, to lift their voice like a trumpet and show my people their sins!
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1
How many ministers do you know that do what Isaiah 58 says to do? Let’s face the fact few ministers are following God’s instructions.
Many of our pulpits today have become almost totally silent when it comes to preaching against sin. Many of our pulpits today are filled with ministers who preach a watered-down gospel. A gospel that overlooks sin and makes the people feel good regardless of how they are living. The Bible calls this kind of gospel a perverted gospel.
“Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:7
It may be hard to believe, but the truth is we have a lot of perverts behind our pulpits. Men and women who have taken the precious Word of God and perverted it into another gospel.
Ministers today seem to be afraid to preach the truth, they are afraid they will offend somebody. If the Word of God offends someone then they need to change. But do not change the Word of God! There is a high price for adding to or taking away from the Word of God. Whether you like it or not, do not change it!
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19
The Bible makes it very plain, the only thing that will set people free is the truth. God’s people do not need to hear how to live with their sins, they need to hear how to be set free from their sins.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
If God’s ministers would take a stand and preach the truth, they would see lives changed. Once again, people would be set free from addiction, disease, and evil spirits. But it will only happen when the truth is preached under the anointing of the Holy Ghost.
If someone is offended and quits the Church, the Church will not close down. Whose Church is it anyway? Whose ministry are we talking about? It is not man’s Church, or man’s ministry, It is God’s.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my
Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
Having been in ministry for twenty five years of my life, I know from experience, “God will take care of His Church.”
I have discovered that the Church is kind of like a bus. Some will get off and some will get on, but the bus keeps on going. If a bus leaves Dallas and travels to New York, it will make a lot of stops along the way. What if every time the bus stopped and people got off, the bus driver took it personal?
What if he got his feelings hurt and began to beg those who wanted off to stay on? Some pastors take it personal every time someone leaves the Church.
Some pastors are continually begging people to stay even though they do not want to be there. In return, a spirit of discontentment sweeps through the entire Church. If people want to leave, let them leave. If they do not stay with you they were never really part of you.
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1 John 2:19
Regardless of who gets on or who gets off, the bus driver keeps driving and the bus arrives at its destination. It does not matter if it is raining or stormy, the bus driver keeps driving.
It does not matter if some of the people think the temperature is too cold or too hot, the bus driver keeps driving. It does not matter if some of the people think the music is too loud while others think it is too low, the bus driver keeps driving.
The bus driver knows he has a job to do and only if he finishes the job will he receive a paycheck.
Like the bus driver who faithfully drives the bus, the Church needs preachers who will faithfully preach the Word. If people leave the Church or quit the ministry, the preacher must keep preaching. If people start complaining, the preacher must keep preaching. The only way the preacher will get paid at the end of the journey is if he or she faithfully does what they are called to do. What is the preacher called to do? Preach the Word.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2
What is the pay for the man or woman of God who faithfully does what God has called them to do? To hear God say well done, enter into the joy of the Lord.
“His lord said unto him,
Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy
Lord.” Matthew 25:23
The Word of God makes it very plain that ministers who refuse to warn the wicked of their sins will stand before God with blood dripping from their hands.
“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. 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 3:17-18
Ezekiel says if the ministers do not warn the wicked, and the wicked dies in their sins, then blood will be required at their hands. But then the Bible says, if the righteous sins (there is no difference in warning the sinner and warning the righteous) and God’s ministers do not warn them, and the righteous man dies in his sins, then the blood of the righteous man will be required at the hand of the minister.
“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. ”
What a sad day, on the day of judgment to see men and women of God stand before God with blood dripping from their hands all because they refused to preach the truth.
I recognize that we live in a day and hour when many do not want to hear the truth. We live in a time when many only want to hear what makes them feel good. The Apostle Paul warned that this time would come.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2 Timothy 4:3
If a person is looking for a minister who will tell them what they want to hear,
they do not have to look very far. The truth is you can find a so-called preacher today who will tell you anything you want to hear, even if it is contrary to what the Word of God says. If you want to stay sick, you can find a preacher that will tell you your sickness is from God, and God is receiving glory from your sickness.
If that teaching is true, then the preacher needs to pray you will get twice as sick so God will get twice the glory.
The preacher also
needs to tell you to quit taking your medicine, because if God gave you the
sickness, why would you want to get rid of it?
If you want to find a preacher who will tell you that you can drink and still be a Christian, you can easily find one. If a person wants to divorce their husband or wife and marry another even without Biblical cause, there are plenty of preachers that will tell them what they want to hear.
There are even a lot of preachers today who are telling the homosexual, don’t be concerned about your lifestyle, you were born that way. The devil is a liar! The Bible says in the beginning God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve! I don’t care what some lying preacher says, homosexuality was a sin, still is a sin, and will always be a sin!
“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the
natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” Romans 1:26-28
Today there are even homosexual Churches in America. Recently I saw on the News, a Pentecostal homosexual Church where they praise and worship God and even speak in tongues.
Their pastor is a man who came out of one of the leading Pentecostal denominations in America. Well, I can promise you one thing, they may be speaking in tongues, but it is not the real thing. They may also call themselves a Church, but the truth is, it is a house of abomination!
I know what is contained in this book is not politically correct, but it is Biblically correct. We still have a Bible and as the song I learned in Bible school as a child says—that’s the Book for me!
“The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the Book for me, I stand upon the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E!”
The Bible is right! Yes, my friend the Bible is right even if people do not like it. The Bible is still the Word of God, and what was sin yesterday is still sin today, and the wages of sin is still death!
“For the wages of sin is
death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
So many preachers today are afraid to preach against sin. They seem to be afraid to call sin by name. Instead of calling those who have a drinking problem, drunks, they say they are social drinkers.
If someone is living together out of wedlock, instead of calling it adultery, some preachers say its, O.K., they are just sharing an apartment. Instead of calling two men who are sexually involved with each other homosexuals, some preachers say they are gay.
It does not matter what the preacher calls it. What does God’s Word call it? If God calls it sin, then it is sin and the preacher better call it the same thing.
It is time for God’s ministers to wake up! It is time for God’s ministers to repent! There has been way too much compromising by those in the ministry. There has been too much sin being committed by those who claim to be holy men and women of God. There is also too much politics among ministers.
We have too many in ministry today that are only in it for what they can gain.
The ministry, to many, has become a way of making money. Some preachers now charge a fee of ten thousand and some even more, just to speak at a conference or at a Church. They also require the best hotel and some even require that a limousine pick them up at the airport! The Bible calls the man or woman of God who preaches only for money a hireling.
“As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for the
reward of his work:” Job 7:2
Today it seems to be a lot like it was in the days of Isaiah. In Isaiah’s day the ministers were greedy men who could never get enough, who looked to their own gain. Did you ever notice what God called those ministers: blind, dumb dogs, who cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, and loving to slumber.
“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.” Isaiah 56:10-11
Today there are too many ministers “Who, everything seems to revolve around money” to them. Please do not misunderstand me, I believe in prosperity, but I believe in prosperity with character, prosperity without compromise.
According to the Word of God, the man or woman of God should be honored, in fact, they should receive double honor.
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.” 1Timothy 5:17
The man or woman of God should be honored and not only honored but they also should be blessed.
“And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire…”
But, it cannot be prosperity and blessings that drives a minister; it must be the call of God upon their life and their passion for souls and their passion to help the people of God.
Today there is so much sin in the Church, and I am convinced the reason why there is so much sin in the church is because there is so much sin behind our pulpits. How can you expect the Church to be holy, if the leaders in the Church are not holy?
“Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the
vessels of the Lord.”
Today we find an amazing number of ministers bound by pornography. One of the major Pentecostal denominations in America recently began a ministry to help their ministers who are bound by pornography.
We hear a lot today about the high divorce rate in the Church. While it is true that the divorce rate in the Church is higher than in the world, how can you expect anything different? How can you expect the Church to do anything different than what they see their leaders do?
Today we have ministers who have divorced their companion without any Biblical reason, and were standing behind the pulpit the next Sunday after their divorce—already married to someone else.
Even worse, we have ministers who are married, who have a boyfriend or girlfriend on the side, and don’t even think anything about it. I have even heard of some who said God gave them a natural companion and also a spiritual companion!
We need a revival of integrity among God’s ministers. We need a spirit of repentance to sweep through our pulpits!
How can ministers today tell people what not to do, when they are doing the same thing?
“…Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery,
Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,”
We will never see a revival in the Church until first we see a revival in the pulpit. America will never repent and turn to God until the Church first repents. But how can we expect the Church to repent if the ministers do not first repent?
The root of the problem is the pulpit. If we ever get God’s ministers to get right, I believe the Church will follow. And once the Church gets right, our nation will get right.
In Jeremiah’s day God said His people was lost and then He tells why they were lost. He said the shepherd’s have caused them to err, to go astray. Where was the problem? It was with the shepherds.
God said I will replace those shepherds who lead my people astray with pastors who will feed them with knowledge and understanding.
“My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.” Jeremiah 50:6
There is a change of leadership coming to the Body of Christ. God is about to remove the Sauls and begin replacing them with Davids, “ men and women who have a heart after God”.
“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.”
1 Samuel 13:14
The Church must have a return of holy men and women of God - men and women who will preach the truth, who will refuse to compromise: men and women of prayer, integrity, and holiness.
We need men and women of God now more than ever, who will preach against sin like the preachers of the past. Once God’s ministers began to preach against sin, then we will not have all the sin in the Church that you see today.
Sin has invaded the “Ranks of the Righteous!” We hear a lot of talk about America being judged, but I declare America will not be judged until the Church is first judged.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17
Some people said what happened on 9/11 was the judgment of God. I disagree. If it was the judgment of God, the planes would have hit some of the churches in New York and not the Twin Towers!
When preachers preached against sin, when they preached a life of holiness and separation, people had the fear of God in their lives and were afraid to sin. Today most Christians do not fear God, and as a result, they do not give a second thought to sinning.
It is simply a way of life for them.
There was a time when people were afraid to sin, because they were afraid they might die and go to Hell. People gave a second thought to sinning because they knew God was watching and if they sinned, they knew sin had a price tag attached to it.
How did they know there was a Hell? How did they know sin has a penalty? They knew it because the man or woman of God preached it. Far different than what is heard from most of our pulpits today.
How desperately we need men and women of God today who will preach against sin. Who will Blow the Trumpet regardless of the price they have to pay?
Another thing that God’s ministers must do is return to prayer. According to one recent survey the average preacher prays less than five minutes per day. Yes, you read it correctly! The average minister prays less than five minutes per day. Then we wonder why the Church does not pray. The Church will never return to prayer unless its leaders
first return to prayer.
We are not in the shape we are in as a nation because of the White House. We are in the shape we are in because of the Church house. We have way too many supper rooms and not enough upper rooms. Too many Churches are more concerned today about a crowd than they are the cloud—The Cloud of Glory!
It is easy to get a crowd today. Have a Church dinner, and you will see people show up that you have not seen in months. Bring an entertainer in, people will come from far and near!
It is amazing how few really love God and His house for the right reasons. Many today will only go to the house of God if there is a special guest speaker, or if a dinner is being served after the service.
Many churches today are more concerned about making people feel welcome than they are about making the Holy Spirit feel welcome.
While I understand that
people must feel welcome, our main goal should be to make sure the Holy Spirit
The seeker-friendly movement that is sweeping through the land today places the emphasis on the “people being comfortable.” What we need today is a “Holy Ghost friendly movement.” We must go back to the Bible and find out what the Holy Ghost likes.
What have we gained if we have a big crowd, but nobody in the crowd is saved, delivered, healed, or touched by the power of God? It is great to have a big crowd; but it is greater to have a crowd where people’s lives are being changed by the power of God.
The Church is the answer to the world’s problems. Ministers are the answer to the Church’s problems. No political party has the answer to the nation’s problems; the Church has the answers.
Jesus made it clear that we, as the Body of Christ, are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing,
but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
The world today is not in need of a new political party to rise up, instead they need God’s people to rise up.
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”
The world has seen a Baptist Church, a Catholic Church, a Pentecostal Church, but it is now time for the world to see God’s Church. It is time for them to see the Church that is built upon the Rock that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
It is time to show the
world a holy, powerful, Jesus-loving, Holy Ghost filled Church that stands for
what she believes regardless of the cost. The world is waiting for God’s
children to manifest themselves. Awake Body of Christ, shake yourselves
daughters of Zion.
“Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself from
the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.”
Hear the sound of the few who are blowing the trumpet and sounding the alarm! Do not be like Samson who went to sleep in the lap of Delilah and lost his power. The word Delilah means to slacken up or to loosen up. Do not slacken up—fire up! Do not loosen up—pray up! God help the Church not to sleep the sleep of death.
“Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep
of death;” Psalms 13:3
MEN WAKE UP!
Lead your family in the ways of God. Lead your family in family prayer. Set an example of a Christian father to your children. Have the courage to discipline
your children when needed. Be faithful to the house of God. Love you wife even as Christ loved the Church.
WOMEN WAKE UP!
Where are the mothers of Zion who cry out to God day and night, who weep between the porch and the altar? Where are the elderly women who will set an example for the younger women, who will teach them how to dress, how to cook, and how to love their husbands? (Preachers shouldn’t have to preach on how women should dress, the
elderly women should set the example.) Mothers quit being so concerned about raising your children in the ways of the World; instead raise them in the ways of God.
YOUNG PEOPLE WAKE UP!
Hear the sound of the trumpet. Give your life to God in the days of your youth. Learn the power there is in prayer at an early age. Flee youthful lusts and temptations. Surrender your life to God now. There is more to life than the pleasures of sin that only last for a season. The call of God is upon your life. Surrender to your call today!
GOSPEL MINISTERS WAKE UP!
Make a new dedication to God, to prayer, and to holiness. Preach like you have never preached before. Do not compromise to keep a crowd. Do not let the love of money control you. Remember, it was God who
called you, and it is God who will reward you.
PRAYER WARRIORS WAKE UP!
There is still power in prayer. Go back to the altar. Hell fears nothing more than a praying man or woman. Prayer can change any situation. Prayer gets the attention of Heaven. Remember one of the things the Lord said must happen before the Lord hears from Heaven is that the Church pray! Now is the time to pray as never before! Prayer warriors go back to the altar!
CHURCH WAKE UP!
Where are the saints that love not only God, but they also love the house of God? Where are the soul winners who will walk the streets of the city looking for lost souls? Where are the Churches that still have all night prayer meetings, where people lay between the porch and the altar in sackcloth
We must fall upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, repent and beg for mercy! If we do not fall upon the Rock, the Rock will fall upon us and we will be destroyed.
“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall
fall, it will grind him to powder.”
Now more than ever God’s ministers must BLOW THE TRUMPET! The future of our nation depends on it! The futures of millions of lost souls depend on it! The future of the Church depends on it!