Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
July 8, 2012: “When Time runs OUT!”
Sun AM Worship It will be a day of Reckoning!
Text: Luke 16:19-31 (King James Version)
“Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people.”
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;”
Luk 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
Luk 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
Luk 16:21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Luk 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
Luk 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Luk 16:26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Luk 16:27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
Luk 16:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Luk 16:29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
Luk 16:30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
Luk 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
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
Make no mistake this morning, I am preaching to the Lost that thinks they are Saved!
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We have a nation full of great preachers, yet relatively few are being saved!
We are a nation full of Christians. Yet, according to Christian researchers and pollsters, American Christians are almost indistinguishable from non-Christians!
We are a nation careening towards destruction, yet so few Jonahs are prophesying in the public square.
Jer 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
Jer 8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.
Jer 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Rom 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
We live in perilous times in a very dangerous world. God's protection from harm is a reassuring promise in the face of the dangers we face.
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers — they need more than our words. They need to see the powerful moving of God’s Holy Spirit.
Those who don’t know the Lord need to see whole churches of those who do know the Lord moving supernaturally.
Judges 6:33-34 Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel.  Then the SPIRIT OF THE LORD CAME UPON GIDEON, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.
Many enemies in our day have “joined forces” against the Lord and His Church — anti-family forces, anti-church, anti-marriage, anti-morality, anti-you-name-it!
We need some Gideons to be MOVED upon by the Holy Spirit.
Some Gideons to rally God’s “300.”
Some Gideons to act on some God-given dreams and to defeat the Midianites.
Some Gideons to cry to the Lord like Isaiah: “Here am I, Lord, send me!”
But not by man’s might, nor by man’s power, but by God’s Spirit.
We need some Samsons tearing up some lions.
Judges 14:5-6a ...As they approached the vineyards of Timnah, suddenly a young lion came roaring toward [Samson]. [6a] The SPIRIT of the LORD came upon him in power so that he TORE the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat.
How? The Spirit...came upon him in power.
The roaring lion represents Satan (1 Peter 5:8).
Seek the gift of discerning of spirits.
Seek the Holy Spirit’s revelation and enablement to drive out demons — Jesus Himself said: “I by the Spirit of God cast out devils.”
1 Samuel 10:6, 10 The Spirit of the Lord will come UPON you in POWER, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be CHANGED into a DIFFERENT person....  When they arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came upon him in power, and he joined in their prophesying.
I want to be changed into a DIFFERENT person.
That happens through the moving of the Spirit in us.
Saul was timid —> Spirit changed him —> he became king.
Saul was a mere man —> Spirit changed him —> he joined the prophets in their prophesying.
You may feel timid ... or unqualified ... or ungifted ... or even useless, then boom! —>
The Spirit of God moves on you.
The Spirit of God changes you into a different person.
The Spirit of God enables you to prophesy ... to tear apart a lion ... to lead 300 men to conquer an entire foreign army.
The Holy Spirit can give birth through YOU to:
a vision, a dream
a plan of action with His guidance and direction
a miracle, a healing
We have some hostile Midianites to conquer.
We have some lions to tear apart.
We have churches full of Sauls needing to be “changed into a different person.” NOT the persons we are now.
In one moment everything can be different.
In one moment the Holy Spirit can move on you in power.
In one moment you can say to the cripple, “Stand on your feet!”
In one moment, knowing the power of the spoken word of God, you can command, “Come out, in the name of Jesus!”
By the Spirit’s moving, in the twinkling of an eye you can receive faith for physical healing.
By the Spirit’s revelation, you can see into the spiritual realm.
What must we do? — Live close to God ... stay open to the Holy Spirit ... At every moment have the heart of Isaiah: “Here am I, Lord, USE ME!”
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 you’re TIME for you to be RELEASED and shot FORWARD!!! It's your season!!