Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
May 29, 2011                        "Burnt Plows and Dead Cows!"
Sun Am Worship      

Text: Luke 7 20-34  (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;"

 

Luke 7:20   When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?

Luke 7:21   And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.

Luke 7:22   Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.

Luke 7:23   And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Luke 7:24   And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

Luke 7:25   But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

Luke 7:26   But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.

Luke 7:27   This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

Luke 7:28   For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

Luke 7:29   And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John.

Luke 7:30   But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.

Luke 7:31   And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?

Luke 7:32   They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

Luke 7:33   For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.

Luke 7:34   The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

 

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

 

What is Church?  We get up on Sunday Mornings and say we are going to Church.

 

Why are we here? To judge the message? My that was a good message. Or I didn't really get anything out of that today.

 

Who are we here for? The messenger or the God of the Message?

 

What is our purpose? So we can leave and plan our next Sunday attire and dress.

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why this  Ministry.. You are the Church. Is not running over a thousand active members.

 

God has given us the message. God has given us and made known unto his will.

 

Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?

Mark 4:16   And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

 

 

Mark 4:17   And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

Mark 4:18   And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

Mark 4:19   And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.

Mark 4:20   And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

 

Revelation 3:16   So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

 

1: We are all able bodied Ministers.

2: God equips who he calls!

3: The Message has not changed. God has not Changed so therefore we must have changed.

 

Matthew 4:19   And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 4:20   And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 


1 Kings 19:19-21

1 Kings 19:19   So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

1 Kings 19:20   And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?

1 Kings 19:21   And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.


When Elisha accepted that God had another plan for his life; he didn't have to think twice; he turned his back on his former life, destroyed all that was related to his past, and yielded everything to God.
Elijah knew ahead of time that Elisha was chosen to take his place; but he had no assurance of what response Elisha would give.

Look at a couple of others who did not respond in the same fashion.

I. Saul Struck down but did not Destroy
1st Samuel 15:9
But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
A. Saul spared the life of the king Agag, maybe to have a bragging point
He wanted a personal trophy to exalt the flesh

B. Saul kept the items of most value. He was following the value system of
this world and not that of God.
God gives the best to those who will fully trust in Him.

C. Saul did not obey completely the Word of the Lord.
We cannot be selective of what we want to follow and what we don't
want.
Romans 14:12
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

II. Peter Departed from but did not Destroy

I need to depart from the evil around me that wants to allure, but I must destroy the sin that is in my personal life. I can only depart from my neighbors' sin, but I can terminate the sin that I have personally taken on as baggage.

Mt. 19:27
hen answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

Mt. 4:19,20
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
Where did they leave their nets?
Evidently Peter stored some of the tools of his old trade. When he decides to take the boys fishing in John 21, he doesn't seem to have any trouble coming up with the tackle and the boat.
So quickly and so easily, Peter returned to his old trade.

III. Elisha Destroyed and became a faithful Disciple
A. Elisha was a man of means. He owned 12 yoke of oxen.

B. Elisha was a working man. He was plowing with the 12th set of oxen.
He was personally involved in his secular trade.
God doesn't call lazy people to serve him.

C. Elisha was a man ready to serve. He immediately made a decision,
destroyed all that could tempt him to return to his former life.
He used his plow for firewood and his cows for meat for his
going away party.

D. Elisha was a man of Decided Dismissal.
He gave his former life the "permanent wave".
1. He gave up his family
2. He gave up his friends
3. He gave up his financial security

James 2:15   If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

James 2:16   And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

James 2:17   Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 2:18   Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.


Conclusion: Have you killed your sacred cows? Have you burned those things that would like to call you again to your former life in a moment of weakness?
Accept the call of God without reservations. Don't be filling your closet with items from the past. Trust completely in God.