Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
May 8, 2011                                  "The Same God!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
Sun Am Worship                       And He is Still very much in Control!

Text: Heb 11:1-16  24-35  (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;"

 

Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:2   For by it the elders obtained a good report.

Hebrews 11:3   Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Hebrews 11:4   By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Hebrews 11:5   By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Hebrews 11:6   But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:7   By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Hebrews 11:8   By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Hebrews 11:9   By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

Hebrews 11:10   For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Hebrews 11:11   Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

Hebrews 11:12   Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

Hebrews 11:13   These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Hebrews 11:14   For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

Hebrews 11:15   And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

Hebrews 11:16   But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

 

Hebrews 11:24   By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

Hebrews 11:25   Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Hebrews 11:26   Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.

Hebrews 11:27   By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:28   Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Hebrews 11:29   By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

Hebrews 11:30   By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Hebrews 11:31   By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

Hebrews 11:32   And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

Hebrews 11:33   Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

Hebrews 11:34   Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Hebrews 11:35   Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

 

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

 

2 Corinthians 5:7   (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

 

Romans 10:17   So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


I've got a message for those of you who have ever found yourself in the midst of trouble.. I've got a message for those of you who have found yourself in the midst of problems.. In the midst of circumstances.. I've got a message for those of you who have ever found yourself all alone with no help (examples).. I believe that includes just about everybody in here..! Don't you fool yourself and think that just because you're Saved, Sanctified, and Filled with the Holy Ghost that it exempts you from being involved in troubled times.. Don't think that it exempts you from difficult dilemmas and messed up moments.. Just because you're moving and operating in His Will doesn't mean that the enemy will never send some trouble your way..! For even Job declares "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble (Job 14:1).." But isn't it good to know that when trouble comes.. Isn't it good to know that when hell and havoc comes your way..? Isn't it good to know that "When the enemy.. Comes in like a flood, the Spirit.. of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him..?" Tell somebody, "He is Still God! "

I'm reminded of when the Children of Israel had come to what seemed like the end of their journey on the banks of Jordan, Moses told them to go on ahead..

They began to wonder what would happen to them next, and the Lord said tell them.. "Be strong and of a good courage do not fear, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you.. (Deut 31:6)" In other words He's saying, "I Am Still God and I can Handle this!"

That's why He told us in James 1:2-3, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing that the trying of your faith produces patience.." (v12) "Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.." In other words, the Lord was saying, "It is OK, I am Still God and I Got Your Back here..!"

Then the Lord tells us in 1 Peter 4:12-14, "Do not think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If you suffer for the name of Christ, blessed are you
..!" In other words, the Lord was saying, "I am Still God and I have you Covered!"

When life presents itself with ever-changing variables, we've got to realize that we serve a God who is stationary in His Goodness.. He is the unmoved Mover..! For I heard Him tell Jehoshaphat in 2 Chron. 20:17 "You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD..." In other words, the Lord was saying, "I am Still God, Let me handle this one!"

So many times we look all over for other folks to have our back, but during my sojourn on this Christian way, I've discovered some things about folks.. I've discovered some disheartening and discouraging news about people.. I've discovered that folks will fade away when the fire gets too hot.. I've discovered that family and friends will forsake you when times get hard... But I heard the Lord say; "I and Still God and I will never leave you, nor forsake you.. (Hebrews 13:5)" It's good to know that "GOD'S Still in Control..!"

It is here in our text that we find three clues that assure us the security of knowing that God's Still God and God is in Control!

Isaiah 59:19   So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.  "Not IF but When!"

 

If you know anything about floods. When they come, no matter how many sandbags you put up, or how big of a dam you have..Water has a way of getting over, through, or around it.. And when the water does make its way past the sandbags.. Over the walls of the dam..
It has a way of engulfing any and anything in its path.. It has a way of overtaking and overwhelming everything within its reach..!

 And such is the case with enemy in our lives today.. For I've come to the startling and stunning realization that no matter many sandbags you put up.. No matter how big of a dam you have.. The enemy (just like flood waters) has a way of getting over, through, or around them.. He has a way of infiltrating and penetrating right through to the very fabric of our lives and reeking havoc.. But the Bible States.. "The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard.."  So High you cant get over.. so Low you cant get under, so wide you cant get around.. you might as well come in at the door!!

 

We can't get wrapped up in what the enemy is doing to us.. Just know that God's  in Control and he has Got Your Back..!

 He has sanctioned.. He has approved.. He has authorized.. He has allowed.. The Spirit to come to our rescue and lift up a standard.. He has authorized a means of support on our behalf..! He has authorized the Spirit.. The Comforter.. To bear us up in times of weakness..

 

 (Rom 8:26) "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses..." As the Spirit lifts up this standard, It is in actuality, lifting up the very Excellence and Authority of God.. And because we are partakers of His Spirit, we have a right to walk in His Excellence and His Authority..! And because we have that right.. It doesn't matter what the enemy tries to do to you.. You can rest assured that God's Got Your Back..! Why? Because He's put up the standard..! He's put up the very Excellence and Authority of God..!

Likewise, He has given the Spirit the authority to operate on our behalf.. The Holy Spirit is our Paraclete.. Our Attorney.. Our Defense.. So every time the enemy tries to come against you, know that because of the Spirit's intervention, he won't be able to touch you.. Because when the enemy chooses to come at you with his fiery darts of doubt, disbelief, and disappointment
.. The Paraclete raises up in your defense..!

2 Corinthians 10:4   (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)


So every time the enemy comes your way in an effort to overthrow you.. The Lord, by way of the Spirit jumps up and says, "I Got Your Back..!" Every time the enemy tries to remind of past failures .. The Lord says, "I Got Your Back..!" Every time the enemy tries to remind you of past hurts .. The Lord says, "I Got Your Back..!"
Every time the enemy tries to remind of past heartaches.. The Lord, says, "I Got Your Back..!"
Because He has Sanctioned The Sprit To Lift Up A Standard (v 19) Another reason you know that GOD'S GOT YOUR BACK, is because He's..!

II. REINFORCED US W/ THE REDEEMER

(v20) Not only has God Sanctioned the Spirit to Lift Up a Standard.. But likewise He has added to our strength by Reinforcing us with the Redeemer..!

God has fortified our position by sending His Only Begotten Son, Jesus as our Redeemer..! The truth of the matter is that He has come not only to redeem us from sin but also from the hand of the enemy..!

The word redeemer comes from the Greek word ga'al  (gaw-al').. It is the primitive root of redeem (according to the law of kinship). Used in the context of an avenger, deliverer, purchaser, revenger, or one who ransoms.. Therefore that fact is evident that God's got our back because He has allowed Jesus, The Redeemer.. To pay the price at Calvary in order that we might be redeemed..!

Every time Satan tries to come your way, you'll find out that God's Got Your Back..! And the good thing about is that He won't call up the Armed Forces.. He won't activate the National Guard.. For He'll just simply allow the Redeemer.. His Son Jesus Christ.. To step in right on time.. And as you stand on His Word and His Will.. He'll reinforce you..!

When the enemy puts anger in your spirit.. The Redeemer will reinforce you.. With some Kindness.. When the enemy puts discord in your spirit.. The Redeemer will reinforce you.. With some Peace.. When the enemy puts hatred in your spirit.. The Redeemer will reinforce you.. With some Love.. For Jesus.. The Reinforcer of Righteousness.. Reinforces us with His Power.. It doesn't matter what things look like.. When the enemy comes, remember what Paul said, "All things work together for the good of them who love the Lord.. And are called according to His purpose..!" He's Sanctioned The Spirit To Lift up A Standard... He's Reinforced you with the Redeemer..!

But most of all, He's...

III. COVERED IN US HIS COVENANT

(v21) The final point of our text assures us to the fact that indeed God's got our back because He has covered us.. sheltered us.. And secured us in His everlasting Covenant..!

 

Hebrews 8:10 is the confirmation that lets us know that now we are covered under a New Covenant..! (He makes it personal..) "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days.. I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts.. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.." (See if I got this straight..) If He is my God.. And I am His child.. Then I know that He's got my back..! I know that He's got me Covered..!

For Psalms 91:1-4 tells me (make it personal).. "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (I will say of the Lord,) He is my refuge and my fortress.. (He is) My God, (and) in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I shall take refuge; His truth shall be my shield and buckler.." Tell somebody, "God's Got Your Back..!" How do you know..? Because He's Covered You In His Covenant..! (Title) What do you mean..? God's got you wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in Jesus..!

I don't know about you, but I'm so glad that I'm covered.. I'm glad that God's Got Me Covered..

Covered In His Goodness:
(David said in Psalms 23:4-6)

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me..
Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.." Tell somebody, "God's Got Your Back..!"

Covered In His Strength:
(King Hezekiah said in Psalms 46:1-3)

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.."

Covered In His Blood:
(Paul said in Romans 5:8-11)

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, now having been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.." Tell somebody, "God's Got Your Back..!"

I don't care what you're going through.. If family turns their back on you.. When friends forsake you.. Just know that..
"Though the storms keep on raging in my life,
And sometimes it's hard to tell the night from day..
Still the hope that lies within is reassured,
As I keep my eye upon the distant shore..

I know He'll lead me to the blessed place He has prepared.. But if the storms don't cease..
And if the winds keep on blowing in my life..
My soul is anchored in the Lord..!"   Because.. "My Hope Is Built on .."

1) El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)

 

2) El Elyon (The Most High God)

 

3) Adonai (Lord, Master)

 

4) Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)

 

5) Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)

 

6) Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)

 

7) Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)

 

8) Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)

 

9) Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)

 

10) Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)

 

11) El Olam (The Everlasting God)

 

12) Elohim (God)

 

13) Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)

 

14) Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)

 

15) Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)