Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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June 22, 2011                               "Anything but Normal!"
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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;"

           The word Peculiar is only mentioned throughout the Bible seven Times!

Exodus 19:4   Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

Exodus 19:5   Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

Exodus 19:6   And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Exodus 19:7   And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.

Exodus 19:8   And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Exodus 19:9   And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.

Exodus 19:10   And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,

Exodus 19:11   And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

 

John 1:17   For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

 

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

 

Titus 2:11   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Titus 2:12   Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Titus 2:13   Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Titus 2:14   Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 

1 Peter 2:9   But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1 Peter 2:10   Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

1 Peter 2:11   Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

1 Peter 2:12   Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

I do not care who you are and what you do for a living makes no matter! If you are a True convert of Christ, A True Disciple of Christ, A Genuine follower of Christ you my friend are not normal in the eyes of the world or the eyes of God!

 

The world will see you as a absolute lunatic! Even Church folks have classified Pentecostal worship as being un-dignified. They have taken the simplicity of the glorious Gospel and complicated it to the point hardly anyone can apply it for barely being able to understand it. People have tied the hands of the Blessed Holy Spirit by wanting a more dignified message with only three points and none of those points better address sin or the Holy Spirit. They believe that is not normal in our day and age. Hell fire and brimstone went out with Grand-Pa. We are Doctors of Theology now and are far more eloquent in our presentations. No what you are, is educated idiots!   I have tried to preach dignified messages and no matter how hard I try they all end up sounding like this one!

 

Jesus Didn't minister in a dignified Fashion!

 

John 9:5   As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 9:6   When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

John 9:7   And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

John 9:8   The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

John 9:9   Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

 

Neither did Paul! Paul pinned handkerchiefs to his body!

 

Naaman the Leper!

2 Kings 5:9   So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.

2 Kings 5:10   And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

2 Kings 5:11   But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

 

Jonah in the belly of a fish!

 

Joshua Around the walls of Jericho.

 

Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:19   So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20   And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. 

 

Philippians 3:7   But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Philippians 3:8   Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Philippians 3:9   And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Philippians 3:10   That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 

Revival fires breaking out in various localities around the world. One highly respected researcher estimates that 80% of these revival fires in the United States are Pentecostal-charismatic in nature. He states further that outside the USA, virtually 100% of current, major revival activity is Pentecostal-charismatic.

 

The first half of the twentieth century saw the emergence of many of today's large Pentecostal denominations, with the associated manifestation of various gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the second half of the twentieth century, the Charismatic Movement led millions more Christians in non-Pentecostal denominations to embrace the present-day validity of these spiritual gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:4, 7-11 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.... (7) Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.

This list of spiritual gifts comprises what Bible teachers commonly call the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (note: another list occurs in Romans 12). In the order listed, as translated in the King James Version, they are:

* the word of wisdom
* the word of knowledge
* faith
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gifts of healing
* the working of miracles
* prophecy
* discerning of Spirits
* divers kinds of tongues
* the interpretation of tongues

Biblically knowledgeable Christians readily admit that these supernatural spiritual gifts occurred in the first century Church, as recorded in the New Testament. The question that is raised by some, and which is at the heart of this study is: Are these spiritual gifts still occurring today? I reply with a heartfelt "Yes!"