Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
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Text: Proverbs 11:1-20 (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;"

 

Proverbs 11:1   A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 11:2   When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 11:3   The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

Proverbs 11:4   Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

Proverbs 11:5   The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

Proverbs 11:6   The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

Proverbs 11:7   When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

Proverbs 11:8   The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

Proverbs 11:9   An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

Proverbs 11:10   When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

Proverbs 11:11   By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

Proverbs 11:12   He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

Proverbs 11:13   A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

Proverbs 11:14   Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Proverbs 11:15   He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

Proverbs 11:16   A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.

Proverbs 11:17   The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

Proverbs 11:18   The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

Proverbs 11:19   As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

Proverbs 11:20   They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

 

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

 

There was a time when maintaining one's integrity was as important as breathing. However, the word integrity has almost vanished from the vocabulary of modern Americans. Its meaning is a mystery to many people. In a day when morals are crumbling around us, the call to Christians to live with integrity is a critical and challenging one. It is a noble thing to be known as a person of integrity. It means being willing to do what is right-even if it costs you. It means doing what is right-even if no one sees your actions. It requires the willingness to stand alone and. yet, no one ever stands alone who stands for God. God always stands with him or her. God sees integrity and blesses it.

 

A person of integrity has the blessing of the Lord. To have integrity is to be consistently and predictably honest in your dealings and relationships. It is a noble thing to be known as a person of integrity. It means being willing to do what is right-even if it costs you. It means doing what is right-even if no one sees your actions

 

It is possible to have the appearance of Abraham but the heart of Absalom
It is possible to have the appearance of Jude but the heart of Judas
It is possible to have the of Deborah but the heart of Delilah

 

Galatians 5:19   Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Galatians 5:20   Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Galatians 5:21   Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Demas the Defector

 

2 Timothy 4:9   Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

2 Timothy 4:10   For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

2 Timothy 4:11   Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

2 Timothy 4:12   And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus.

 

Demas Had once Been Dutiful!

He was involved in God's work -- what an awesome privilege!

Philemon 1:23-24
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.

He was involved in a great work -- with the Apostle Paul!

Colossians 4:14
Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings

Demas Was Distracted!
Perhaps he loved the pleasures of the world more than holiness!


"Demas ... loved this world." - 2 Timothy 4:10

SPIRITUAL DEFECTION KILLS OUR FAITH

James 4:4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Friendship with the world causes hostility toward God.

The world hates the truth!

Sinful, corrupt, human thinking is always going to oppose God.

James calls those who associate with the world "adulterers and adulteresses."

James was talking about spiritual adultery.

Many who are professing to be in the Church are pursuing the things of the world
and they are on the downgrade.

There is an ongoing love affair with the world and all of its enticements.

Many church folks are more devoted to the world than their relationship with God.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14   Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

2 Corinthians 6:15   And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

2 Corinthians 6:16   And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2 Corinthians 6:17   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

2 Corinthians 6:18   And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

2 Corinthians 7:1   Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

 

The Wheat and the Tare.

 

Will everyone who goes to church go to heaven? Will every member of BMCOG make it? I would like to think that if the rapture occurred on a Sunday morning during our main service, that the room would be completely emptied, but according to this parable that would be highly unlikely.

It's a simple parable, but carries with it a profound truth.
In Matthew 13:24-13:30 It goes like this: A farmer sowed good seed on good ground, but while he slept an enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat. A tare is a poisonous weed which looks a lot like wheat in the early stages. If eaten by a person, nausea would occur, convulsions, and in certain circumstances, even death! This was a spiteful act of malice. The enemy had nothing to gain, except to ruin the wheat crop of the farmer.

When his workers realized what had been done they asked the farmer if they should begin removing the tares, and he said no, it's easier to tell the difference at harvest time. We'll bring the wheat into the barn, but we'll separate the tares into bundles and burn them.

The interpretation then is found in vv. 36-42 [read]

Matthew 13:36   Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

Matthew 13:37   He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

Matthew 13:38   The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Matthew 13:39   The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Matthew 13:40   As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

 

It's not hard to understand what the Lord Jesus is saying by way of this parable. But let's go a little deeper into the applications and the ramifications of these things..

3 elements: The sowing, the growing, and the mowing [reaping]

I. The Sowing

A. The sowing of the wheat.
v. 37 Jesus is the farmer, and the next verse points out that the wheat are the believers.

Wheat and Christians have some things in common:
 Wheat doesn't have a deep root system. Wheat doesn't go very deep compared to how high it gets. It's easily pulled up and uprooted. I could say it like this: "Demas"  wheat is not firmly attached to this world. The same ought to be true of us when it comes to this earth.
Ill.a woman lived in the same house for 82 years / war broke out / authorities said she had to leave in 15 minutes / she said, every bit of who I am is in this house..how can I pack up and leave that quickly?


But one day soon, and it may be today, a summons will sound in the sky and we'll leave a lot quicker than that..in the twinkling of an eye! If you have a nice house / car that's fine, but don't get too attached, because you can't take it with you, you won't need it where you're going, and you'll never miss it, and only what we've done for Christ will matter!

 Wheat doesn't last very long. Wheat grows and ripens, bears its fruit, and quickly passes off the scene. And when we get saved we grow in grace, bear what fruit God wants us to bear, and quickly fade away. I don't know how long you and I will live, but until God is through w/ us, not a hair of our heads can be touched, and after God is done w/ us, no anchor in the world can hold us here.
Ill.in Revelation, even the antichrist cannot bring harm to God's 2 witnesses until they 'had finished their testimony.'

One day I'll preach my last sermon, and I don't know when, but then I'll be out of here..not off to another church, but off to another world!

One day you'll get up and do the things you usually do for the last time. Make the bed, take a bath, brush your teeth..you won't realize it until you're flying thru the air, but you just did those things for the last time! [some may say, I don't remember the last time I did any of those things..we'll pray for you!]

God didn't leave us here to take up space, but to accomplish specific things for Him, and to bear fruit!

 Wheat grows upward and dies downward. And we ought to become more and more alive to things above, and dead to that which is below. The Apostle Paul said, "set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth."

 Wheat has a head which when mature begins to bow. What a beautiful picture! The head of wheat becomes full of grain and slumps over. Bearing more fruit for the Christian should not lead to pride, but to humility. But for many, success doesn't cause the head to bow, but the nose to rise!

B. The sowing of the weeds.
v. 25 The enemy came by night and sowed these tares right among the wheat.
v. 39 Look at the end of v. 38: "children of the wicked one." Remember that the next time you hear someone trying to reconcile Islam with Christianity, making the common statement"remember, we're all God's children!" This is a common belief, that all humans on the earth are God's children.

No! We're all God's creation, but not all His children. Jesus told a group that they were of their father, the devil. There are 2 family lines on this earth. Some have been born once, and others twice. Ye must be born again. Jesus is the way. That sounds narrow and politically incorrect. I have no desire to be narrow except for where God the Creator is narrow. And I'd rather be Biblically correct than politically so.

II. The Growing

So we've got children of God and children of the devil together in the field of the world, and the interesting thing is that they both look very much alike outwardly. What are we being taught here?

The devil attacks the kingdom of God by infiltration, and by planting imitators in the church. They may not know they aren't the real thing, and the others may not know, but Satan surely knows, as does God! They are counterfeit Christians. Paul called them "false brethren." [II Cor. 11:26]

They are fakes, phonies, but eventually their true colors show thru. In the meanwhile, they can be poison to a church. For this reason we are careful when someone wants to join the church. We need to know their testimony and what they trust in for salvation. That is the reason I do not open the doors of the Church until I have had a time to discern. They cannot be members of BMCC unless they are true members of the kingdom of God! There's 160 million members of churches in America today. Are they all born again? I wish! What a Christian nation we'd truly be, and we wouldn't be in the mess we're in today. Abortion is on the rise, teen pregnancy, cohabitation, divorce, suicide, drug and alcohol use, etc..and I'm talking about the church as well as the world, because the statistics are virtually the same in every category whether you're looking at the world or the church!

Billy Graham said his greatest mission field has been the roll books of churches. He cites that of the many thousands saved under his ministry, 70% are church members. They were tares among the wheat, but they got saved!

III. The Mowing

What good will pride do you in hell?

Remember, the tares look and act like wheat. They carry their Bible, pray, sing the songs, may even have a job in the church..but what are they trusting in for salvation? Sadly, in many cases, they trust in their being a good person, or a church member, baptized, or a s.s. teacher.

Some walked an aisle but were dealt with very poorly. Some churches just say come shake the preacher's hand if you want to be saved. But does that save them? They just fill out a card on them, but did anyone open the Bible and counsel? Does the prospect understand they are lost? How to be saved? Do they have a general grasp on faith and repentance, and know how Jesus is qualified to be their Savior? It's not even about "did you pray the prayer", but do you know that you know that you've been born again?!

You can shake preacher's hands from here to Timbuktu. You can fill out cards at a thousand altars. But if there's any doubt as to whether you've genuinely been born again then you need to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Examine yourself whether ye be in the faith!

I'm not trying to shake anyone's faith, but to proclaim the truth of Jesus' parable for your sake! If you have assurance, then who am I to doubt it? But if you doubt it, who am I to give you assurance?

The Lord may return at any time..you don't have all the time in the world..the 'mowing' is imminent. God is the reaper and the truth is indeed 'grim'..he will thrust in His sharp sickle and harvest the earth. He alone is capable of telling the difference correctly, and on that day it will be too late. The respectable thing to do is make sure you are saved while there is time!