Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                          Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
May 20, 2012:                           "From Faithless to Fearless!"

Sun AM Worship                               

Text: Matt: 14:22-33 (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;"

 

Matthew 14:22   And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

Matthew 14:23   And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

Matthew 14:24   But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

Matthew 14:25   And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

Matthew 14:26   And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

Matthew 14:27   But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

Matthew 14:28   And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

Matthew 14:29   And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

Matthew 14:30   But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Matthew 14:30   But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Matthew 14:31   And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Matthew 14:32   And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

Matthew 14:33   Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

 

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

 

"Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God
between us and our circumstances.

 

Someone said, "Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes he lets the storm rage and calms his child." There is a great deal of truth to that. Very often what we really need is to be quiet before the Lord so that we can hear him speak the works that will calm our fears.

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


Before refrigerators, people used ice houses to preserve their food. Ice houses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the ice houses, and covered with sawdust. Often the ice would last well into the summer.
One man lost a valuable watch while working in an ice house. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but didn't find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the ice house during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch.
Amazed, the men asked him how he found it.
"I closed the door," the boy replied, "lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking."
Often the question is not whether God is speaking, but whether we are being still enough, and quiet enough, to hear.

Romans 8:31   What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:32   He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:33   Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

Romans 8:34   Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Romans 8:35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:36   As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Romans 8:37   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 8:38   For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Romans 8:39   Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

2 Timothy 1:5   When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

2 Timothy 1:6   Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

2 Timothy 1:7   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 

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 11:6   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.

 

In the book of:
Numbers 13:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 "Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them."
 The Lord tells them to spy out the land, not to see if they could conquer it
Numbers 13:1   And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Numbers 13:2   Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

 

Numbers 13:25   And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

Numbers 13:26   And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.

Numbers 13:27   And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

Numbers 13:28   Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

Numbers 13:29   The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.

Numbers 13:30   And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let

us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Numbers 13:31   But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.

Numbers 13:32   And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of agreat stature.

Numbers 13:33   And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

 

Numbers 14:1   And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

Numbers 14:2   And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

Numbers 14:3   And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

 

KEYS FOR NOT ENTERING INTO THE PROMISED LAND

1.) When you fix your attention on the obstacles rather than the objective, fear will eclipse your faith
The objective was to get a strategy how to do it, not determine if they could do it
 Everything was exactly how God told them it would be, but there were things He didn't mention
 Obstacles are the frightening things you see when you take your eyes of the objective
 When you stop using your spiritual sight which is fixed on God's Word
 And began using natural sight which only sees what is in front of it
 If you focused on the difficulties and the dangers, you will never take the risks
 You will never reach the top levels of your faith walk  Higher levels, bigger devils
 

The Christian walk, is a faith walk, we walk by faith and not by sight - a confidence in God's Word
 Heb 11:6 - without faith it is impossible to please Him
 We must believe God's Word, even when it seems ridiculous
 Even when it seems risky, when It looks hard
 Even when people laugh at us & criticize us
 Isa 55:10 "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
 When God says it... you can count on it

30 Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it." 31 But the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we." 32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight."
Numbers 14:1 So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.

2.) When you compare what you lack to what others possess, intimidation will replace confidence.
 Things will appear giants to grasshoppers, when you compare
 They were not grasshoppers in God's sight
 They were not grasshoppers in the Palestinian's sight
 They were grasshoppers in their own sight!
 When you began comparing yourself to what you think your obstacle have over you, your imagination will go crazy
 All the people cried all night - they were in fear
 They left the limitless realm of the supernatural and returned to the limited realm of the natural
 God loves uneven battles - because He gets all the glory

14:2 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?" 4 So they said to one another, "Let us select a leader and return to Egypt." 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.

3.) When you allow fear to take control of your situation, your desire for relief will weaken your courage.
 Fear stirred them into a tizzy
 They got themselves talked into going back to Egypt - back into bondage
 

Christians today are the same, a little discomfort, a few trials, and they are ready to retreat
 And of course, they wanted to blame the leadership for not hearing God right
 There is always a leader who will take you back to where you were

6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: "The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, 'a land which flows with milk and honey.' 9 "Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us. Do not fear them."
 You have to give Joshua & Caleb credit, they were gutsy
 If you have something to say that's right, say it
10 And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.

4.) When you to determine to disobey, you will seek instant gratification and justification, rather than endure the cultivation of character.
 There is no limit that you won't go
 You will hurt people, sometime permanently
 You want relief, now
 Get out while the getting is good
 There is no growth, no increase, no blessing

 God has had it with them, He is ready to strike them down and disinherit them
 But Moses pleads the nation's case
 He calls on God's mercy, He reasons with them
 Egypt will hear about this and tell the inhabitants of this land, their God could not bring them in, so he killed them
 The Lord graciously holds back, but He say, okay Moses there will be a trial that the whole nation will never forget - no one except Joshua & Caleb will enter in

1 Cor 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
 There are 5 "all's" listed here
 They all experienced God's miraculous but God ended up not pleased with many
 This is not just about Israel, it is an example for us
 The accounts of Israel are enormously relevant to us
 2 Tim 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
 Right before every great move of God and right after a great move of God - attack comes
 The Enemy wants you far away your promised land
 What is the "Promised Land?"
 God's destination for your life
 His place of fulfillment for you
 His place of overabundance
 His place of establishment for you
 His place of prosperity for you
 His place of peace for you
 Stop, Look & Listen - this message is full of warnings

CONCLUSION:
 This walk is a faith walk
 If we walk by faith, then we cannot walk by sight
 If you do not want to succeed these are good lessons
 If you don't want to enter into your promised land, then do likewise
 Take your eyes of the objective and look at the obstacles
 Compare what you lack to what others possess
 Allow fear to take control of your situation
 When you decide to disobey, seek justification rather than character cultivation
 But I believe that God wants us to come up higher
 I believe He wants us to trust Him - totally
 I believe when He promises us something, nothing can stand in our way
 I believe we can overcome ridiculous odds through Christ
 The accounts of Israel are examples, to help us avoid the same pitfalls