Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
June 29, 2011                               "Improved is Not New!"
Wed Pm Worship      

Text: Jeremiah  33: 2-3  (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;"


You can take a hog and wash him up, put ribbons on his tail and sprinkle perfume on his body; but you still have a hog, and in short order, he will be wallowing again in the smelly mud and muck.

Amos 9:13   Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.

 

Isaiah 65:24   And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

 

Jeremiah 33:2   Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name;

Jeremiah 33:3   Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest 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

 

God is about to do a New thing and he will only do it with a New Creature in Christ!

 

Isaiah 43:19   Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:20   The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

Isaiah 43:21   This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.


2 Co. 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. {he is: or, let him be} (KJV)

IL.: A realtor was showing some real estate to a prospective buyer. The place was deteriorated, with broken windows and some rotten boards here and there. There was even some doors falling off of the hinges. The realtor was careful to express time after time that they could bring in a crew to repair many of these defects. Finally, the client stated, "I am not interested in this building, it is the site that I am considering. This place can be razed and a new structure built in its place.

We want to believe that we can correct our errors, take a "time out", attend a seminar, or go to rehab, and then we are all fixed up. Hogwash. It just does not work.
The old man does not need cleaned up, he needs to be sacrificed. It is not a process of remodeling the person you used to be; God wants to demolish the old you and start from scratch.

 

I. The Flesh is Weak
The flesh nature has been corrupted.
Its value has been lost.
It is full of flaws and corruption.
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II. The Flesh is Wild
It is lustful, greedy, deceitful, and unrestrained.

III. The Flesh is Wayward
It does not want to adhere to a certain course. It is prone to follow enticement, sudden impulses, manipulations, and easy-outs.

The only improvement is to crucify it and let him be Lord of it!

 

There is a scientific term; Metamorphosis. It relates to a caterpillar as it changes from its ugly wormlike state and becomes a beautiful butterfly.

Adam was FORMED in the image of God (perfect)
Sin entered and man became DEFORMED
By the grace of God, we can be CONFORMED into His likeness
One day, we will be TRANSFORMED

God says that the life controlled by the flesh is sick.
Release control of your life to God, He will make you anew.

Ro 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. (motions: passions)

The flesh driven life produces death.
Ro 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Do NOT confide in your flesh (carnal man); it will do you wrong every time.

IV. Flush the Flesh and Serve in Spirit

 

Galatians 2:20   I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 6:6
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (KJV)

A. Look to Jesus
2 Co. 3:17,18
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (KJV)
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. {by the...: or, of the Lord the Spirit} (KJV)

B. Dive into the Word
Ro. 12:2
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)
One renews his mind by meditating on the Word of God. Make up your mind that you will discipline yourself to do it.

3. Take Quality Time with Christ
John 15:4,5---Ye abide in me and I in you.

John 14:12   Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

John 14:13   And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 14:14   If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 14:15   If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:16   And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;


Mt 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Ro 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

a. Most churches struggle hard to get its members involved in anything.

b. One of the loudest complaints of Christians "I don't feel a part of church, I don't feel involved."

i. It's hard to feel involved when you only come on Sunday mornings or only

once in a while

Ro 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Ro 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Ro 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Ro 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
There is a choice to be made: even though we live in a body of flesh, we do not have to follow carnality.
Ro 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
The KEY: "the Spirit of God dwell" - Remember, His spirit will not dwell in an unclean vessel.
Ro 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

New Creature Test
Ga. 5:22,23

Spirit led Flesh led
Love unforgiving, selfish
Joy depressed, discouraged
Peace stressed out, agravated
Patient frustrated, impatient
Kind rude, uncaring
Good bad
Faithful unreliable, wishy-washy
Gentle harsh, resentful
Self controlled unleashed, unbridled

How do you rate?

Lack of Involvement with Kingdom Work

Are you really a new creature? Have you buried the flesh driven life and taken on the Spirit led life? Or have you simply endeavored to "remodel" your old life.
If you are truly in Christ, then all of the OLD has been voluntarily and purposely cast away and you have accepted the NEW. It does not mean you are perfect, but you have changed your allegiance and your goals. More than that, you have handed the reins of your life over to God.

 

Matthew 6:7   But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:8   Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Matthew 6:9   After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Matthew 6:10   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:11   Give us this day our daily bread.

Matthew 6:12   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Matthew 6:13   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 6:14   For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Matthew 6:15   But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.