Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Nov 21, 2010                               "The Window Seat!"

Sun Am Worship          You cannot be on Mission sitting in the window seat

Text: Acts 20:7-12  (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!
2. 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;

Acts 20:7   And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

Acts 20:8   And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

Acts 20:9   And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

Acts 20:10   And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

Acts 20:11   When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.

Acts 20:12   And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

 

I'm for the most part a very positive person, and I always try to speak a word that will lift people up and encourage them and help them to possess all the promises of God.
But along the way sometimes in order to get the blessings we have to be corrected, or we might have to make some adjustments.

I feel this morning that this word is critical for somebody. For somebody what you do with this word is going to open a door of blessing to you, or it's going to open a door of opportunity to the enemy.
My aim this morning is: that by the time this message is finished that not one person will find themselves in the window seat.

Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
(KJV)

Look at your neighbor this morning and tell them "Were on a mission from God"

Every so often I come across a story that touches my heart and hits close to home, and a loving and compassionate God affords me the opportunity to come back to the Heart Of Worship. Church we all need to come back to the Heart Of God.

As a Christian; its so easy to get caught up in the work of the ministry or the "Call" so much so that we can become out of touch with the "Caller" We can become so focused and driven to build the "Church" that we become desensitized to the Purpose and the Will of God.

Church growth campaigns, district meetings, conferences, church services, worship services, Sunday school, pot lucks, staff meetings, and so on and so on and before you know it "The Work" of Christianity clouds the purpose and will of God in our lives! At least that's how its happens for this Pastor, who is here, by the way, but by the grace and mercy of God!
You see I am ok with admitting that I don't have it all figured out yet, I have come to understand the scripture where it says working out my own salvation with fear and trembling. I have personally been in the window seat more than once!
And If I am still working it out that means I am no expert yet,
I have a long way to go and a lot to learn.

Is it ok if we can just be real for a while this morning? What do you say?

Lets put our pride on the shelf, and lets believe That He is and He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek, Hallelujah I feel like seeking Him this morning, I want to experience Him today in Power and in Signs and Wonders.

I want to taste of Revival, I am tired of Playing Church I am ready to be the Church. Oh and if us Pastors could just lead by example and stop trying to be superstars and start being real!

If we could just be real it would allow the Spirit of God room in our pulpits! And I don't know how you feel, but I would much rather have the Holy Spirit preach a message THROUGH me then me try to preach a message ABOUT Him. Can I get an Amen?

I am surrounded all the time by people talking "About" Him. We hear all "about Him" but I want to "EXPERIENCE" Him. Church it's time we get back to the basics, its time to refocus. Its time to get rid of all the busyness and the church stuff and get back to heart of God.  It's time to mopve away from the window seat!

The way that God reels me in from time to time, the way in which He gets my attention and gets me refocused is usually through a story of courage and love. If I could I would like to talk with you this morning about

"A Letter Of Intent"

I want to share with you today a story about a young boy who was picked on and made fun of because of his appearance. This young boy grew up an outsider with next to no friends, but the one or two friends that he did have were also outsiders and outcasts. The kind of kids that everyone poked and made fun of and pointed their fingers at because they didn't fit in or look like everyone else.

Kids can be cruel. And the people that say sticks and stone can break my bones but names can never hurt me, were full of it. Names do hurt and the hurt sticks with you and I am not sure it ever really goes away.

This young boy makes it to his senior year in High School and one day at the end of his rope and with no hope in sight he comes to school with a gun and proceeds to take his life. But right before the horrible tragedy unfolds another young man approaches him.

 This boy had been one of the only childhood friends of the young man who commits suicide. Right before he takes his life the young man tries to reach out to him but the Boy says to his one time childhood friend "Its too late, you didn't care"

That my friends is why I am a pastor today. Because I never want to hear the words, "Its too late, you didn't care"

The fact remains that I too have lost friends over the years, to overdose to suicide, many friends to be exact but it wasn't because I didn't care and that's what keeps me going that's what keeps me doing the will of the Father, because I don't want to see another one of His little ones perish!

Because the truth is; its not too late and God does care.
And there are people out here that care too.

The problem is we are so busy doing the work of the Church that we miss the Heart of God and miss out doing His will. God help us Church. Lets get back to the Heart of Worship and lets get busy saving some lives.

God cares so much that He sent His only begotten son to die on a cross for us, to take the place and to pay for the sin in our lives and to remove that pain of the words that people have spoken against us. And that whosoever will believe in Him will not die but will have everlasting life.

Remember the Gospel Church? Why have we tried to make it so complex? We have tried to pretty it up and make it palatable. It's the Gospel that saves lives. It's the Gospel that brings people back from death's door and the gates of hell and we need to be preaching and sharing this Gospel, the Gospel that saves lives!

 A Jesus that Saves people from death and hell. A Jesus that gives us life and life more abundantly. A God that has a plan for our lives and a plan for good not a plan to harm us but one of prosperity a hope and a future. Its time we get back to the basics church. Get back to the Highways and the Hedges and the street corners and shout it out loud the Gospel of Christ.
Why? Because right now as you are hearing this message there is a young boy, with a gun pointed to his head, that has no hope, has no friends and He's going to take his life because he thinks it's too late and nobody cares and were not there to help.

Are you on a Mission from God or are you in a window seat as a spectator?

The window Sea is not made for a Christian to be sitting in,

Nevertheless in a spiritual sense there are many in the church today like this young man, that are sitting in this most precarious and dangerous place called the window seat.

We could assume any number of reasons that he finds himself in this place
* The place was crowded and there was no place to sit
* It was hot and stuffy and he wanted some fresh air

But I come closer to believing that he had begun to become disinterested in what was taking place inside, he had lost his desire for the things of God, The word of God was no longer exciting to him, he slipped farther and farther away from the presence of the Spirit and Word.

The window is the Place where you can be inside and still see what's going on outside.

In this context then the window represents that condition of drawing back.
Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Draw back = To shrink, to shun, to keep back
to render useless, to put out of the way entirely, abolish, put an end to ruin, to kill.

Perdition means) destroying, utter destruction
a perishing, ruin, destruction, the destruction which consists of eternal misery in hell

There is today in our churches a very obvious draw back spirit, It is the spirit that wants all the blessings of God, healing, miracles, prosperity, all without a commitment.


If it's the blessing line they're first to the front, but if it's commitment, and dedication, and consecration, That's when for some strange reason, the bladder goes to acting up, or they have to step out and make a phone call.
This spiritual condition is what We call the window seat:

(a) From the window seat: it seems that you have such a good view, (People in the window seat can see all the problems in the church, They hear every sour note, they can see how everything should be done, they know right away what kind of praise we should have, they know when the preacher preaches a dud, they can see all the weaknesses, and faults of others, (It's amazing the view you have from the window seat).

(b) From the window seat: things that you had left outside are easy to see, Things that God delivered you from come back into view, things that you had shut the door on and left outside, things that you knew were destroying your life, hurting your body, causing division in your family, all of a sudden they become visible again, and from the window seat they become attractive.

The window seat is a very dangerous place, But like Eutychus There are so many that are deceived into believing that they can look at those things and it won't have any affect on them,
They believe they can think about it as long as they don't do it.

I'm strong I won't fall.
So they start flirting with thoughts of how much fun it would be just one more time to watch one of those x rated movies, or to call up that old worldly friend, to drink one more beer, smoke that last joint, (the list goes on and on) Of course They think (I would never do that, I'm just looking around, just thinking).
Window = Opportunity (a window of time)
Eph 4:27 Neither give place = (window = opportunity) to the devil.

Eutychus never intended to fall:
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him];
You have to nurture, protect, cultivate, your salvation, It's a life you have to sustain, Just as a baby is dependent on it's mother for life, So is the life of Christ in you dependent upon your faithfulness, commitment, obedience.

Eutychus means: Fortunate, well, good, Just like Eutychus we have been called, fortunate favored of the Lord, but if we do not maintain our salvation we can fall.
He fell from 3 stories up: This tells me that even the most spiritual have to be watchful and diligent lest they fall.

Why did Eutychus fall to his death?
*He lost his passion for the things of God
*He was more out than he was in

At midnight he fell from his window seat: all through the scripture midnight is a very critical time
It was midnight when the death angel passed through Egypt and smote the first born
It was midnight When the cry was made that woke the sleeping virgins
It was midnight when Paul and Silas turned the corner and turned their pain into praise.
Midnight = The halfway point,
Midnight is where it can go either way, Midnight speaks of decision time

Certainly this window seat could not be comfortable: at first these thoughts of the things of the world, are painful, we think shame on me for even thinking about those things, but the more you allow yourself to think about it the more comfortable, it becomes, until suddenly it seems without any warning your falling, falling into that lust, falling into those old associations, falling back into those old ways of talking, falling back into those desires that you thought were dead, falling back into those flirtatious ways, falling back into those habits that you had been delivered from.
And it all started with where you were sitting = The window Seat

Somebody this morning, You need to change seats, you need to get up out of the window seat, somebody else this morning, You're not sitting there but you've been drifting that way.

Eutychus; This young man whose name means fortunate, was indeed fortunate (in fact he was twice fortunate)

First because he was in the house, and secondly because the Apostle Paul went down to the street where he had fallen and raised him back to life.
So I'm closing here this morning: I want to speak to those fortunate ones, who have known the goodness of the Lord, but for one reason or another you have found yourself in the window seat, and now you're more out than you are in.
Or maybe you have already fallen, and people around you just don't know it yet. Maybe you have already given into those old desires, and you're just going through the motions.

But somebody this morning maybe you're here and you have never really known Jesus Christ, you have never had the joy of knowing that you're sins are forgiven.
Then you are also fortunate this morning because you are hearing the Gospel, the good news that Jesus loves you and he died for you, and he will forgive you of your sins and he will come and live in your heart if you'll just ask him to.

It doesn't matter which category you're in this morning, the good news is: Jesus loves you, and he will pick you up, and he will put his life in you and he will make you an example of his love his mercy and his grace.

 

Something amazing happened at that high school, and it's the same thing that happens every time we get serious about God,

REVIVAL broke out.

A move of God broke at that high school. And if you will get serious about the Heart and the will of God revival will break out in your life, and you will begin to live with a purpose and a destiny and a burning desire will be birthed inside of you not too see one more of Gods precious little ones perish and fall prey to enemy of our souls.

Prayer circles, prayer meetings, young people getting saved, and young people feeling like there was hope and all because one boy made up in his mind that he would live for God and more importantly he would live the rest of his life with the purpose of never hearing those words again "Its too late you didn't care"