Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Nov 7 2012: “Show us YOUR Glory!”
Wed PM Worship I know who I am and I know who God say I am and what God says I can do.
Text Ex 33:13–23 (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;”
The cry we hear rising
from within the church is a cry for true revival. How many of you want to see
not only a revival in the nations, but a personal revival in your own lives?
Stand with me as we read the Word of God in opening tonight’s service. Turn in your Bibles to Ex 33:13- 23 and Chronicles 7:14.
Exo 33:13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.
Exo 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Exo 33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.
Exo 33:16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
Exo 33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
Exo 33:18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Exo 33:21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock:
Exo 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:
Exo 33:23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
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
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2Ch 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
True Pentecostal Revival
is “Our Only Hope!”
The word revival comes from the Latin word, re, which means "again," and vivo, which means "to live". Revival literally means "to live again." Where do we find revival? It may not necessarily be great preaching, or people being converted, or huge crowds of Christian people. Revival is found in people who love the Lord Jesus Christ in a deep and powerful way.
One of the great books written on revival was by Charles Finney called Lecture Notes on Revival.. Finney describes revival as "a new beginning of obedience to God."
Moses asked God in Exodus
33:18, "Now, show me your glory." God responded to the bold
request of Moses in the next verses saying, "I will cause all my goodness
to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your
presence, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whom I will have compassion. But, you cannot see my face, for
no one may see me and live."
God allows each of us a revelation of who He is, but within that, there is a mystery, a seeing through the glass dimly that will one day be revealed when we meet Him in eternity.
We gain a clearer picture of the Father through Jesus, but I believe in our own lives, we have yet to scratch the surface of who God is and with that, the knowledge of what He is capable of doing in and through our surrendered lives.
Turn with me to Isaiah 6:1-10 and I want you to stay with me for a while tonight!
Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed
Can you draw a visual image of what is taking place. Isaiah, the prophet of God, who has already worked in the role of prophet, having received a vision from God according to chapter one, in the reign of Uzziah, now stands in the throne room of the One who sent the vision, the throne room of God.
There he sees the back of a robe, the train, so large that it fills the temple, angels flying around the throne, proclaiming "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." loud enough their voices shook the Temple, and smoke filled the room.
Have you ever had an experience like this? Don’t this excite you enough to want an experience like this?
In 1922, Smith Wigglesworth was ministering in Wellington, New Zealand and he called for a special prayer meeting with a group of 11 leaders. After each one had prayed, Wigglesworth rose to seek the Lord and the Presence of God began to fill the room.
The light from God’s glory became extremely bright, and the heat in the room intense, so much so, the other men could not take it any longer and each one of them left the room, all except Wigglesworth, who was able to continue in the midst of the Shekinah glory of God.
The same God who has touched these lives, is the same God who would love to usher each one of us into His presence but we had best know what happens when we see Him.
The chapter starts out by stating, in the year King Uzziah died.
There are several ways you can look at this inclusion into the text. Uzziah’s death in 740 B.C. could just be a road sign in history for dating the text, a landmark for us to come across, yet I believe the prophet Isaiah is really telling those who are seeking to enter into the presence of God something deeper than a date.
The first thing you are going to have to do to enter into the presence of God is to let your own personal King Uzziah’s die. You see Uzziah represented peace and security for Isaiah. He was someone everyone trusted in, who would take care of them, protect them and satisfy their hungers in life.
He was a good person who blocked the need for drawing close to God. Some of us need to let our Uzziah’s die so we can learn to worship God’s majesty, to give Him the honor He alone deserves, to lift up and exalt His name for He alone is worthy of our praise and adoration, He alone is worthy to be Lord. And this will not happen when we have competing interests. What are the Uzziah’s of your life?
In the year King Uzziah
died, Isaiah said, I saw the Lord. So the first thing that happens when we
see the Lord is our Uzziah’s have died.
The second thing that happens is we see ourselves for who we truly are. Isaiah cried out in vs. 5, "Woe is me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among people of unclean lips."
Ruined in the Hebrew means unraveled, Isaiah stood in the presence of God and basically said, I am coming apart.
The Apostle Paul fell like he was dead. People who truly fall in the spirit, or are slain in the spirit, fall because they can no longer stand in the presence of the Lord because a revelation of their state begins to weaken their knees, they realize they are undone. Falling apart at the awe and spender
When you see God face to face, He will affect your self-esteem. What happens is you might have thought you were cool, you might have thought you were somebody, but in the presence of God you will discover you are not anything like you thought you were.
We don’t take the Christian life serious enough because we don’t really know who God is and just how HOLY he really is.
Standing in the presence of God, Isaiah got the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about who he was, and it wasn’t all pleasant, that’s why he said, "Woe is me"
That’s why all church services should not make you want to shout and feel good about yourself. If they do, you will never experience what truly happens when you see God.
Shouting has its place, and I want us to shout and raise the roof for God, but I also realize some messages should make you cry, to gnash your teeth, to fall prostrate on your face before a living God. Because when you see God reveal Himself, when the true knowledge of God is revealed, it shows who you are.
We struggle so much with our purpose and reason for being because we have neglected to get into the presence of God in the terms God has set.
We have so much pseudo-Christian activity.
There was a man who built an enormous machine with pulleys, belts, gears and all the whistles. People were impressed with the machine, its inventor a genius at putting it all together. When asked what it did, well, it did nothing except make everything work and look good. Pseudo-Christianity, looks good on the outside, but Christ has been excluded, it runs well without Him, after all, when God comes, he messes up our plans. But let God come and see what happens, He will refine His plans for our life. What kind of trade off do you want?
God said, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? I hope you understand he did not say this before Isaiah had worked through the process. Oh, he did use the prophet before this experience, but in a much limited way. Just read the book of Isaiah and you will discover a changed man, a great ministry, and greater results after chapter 6 then before.
When you have stood in the presence of God there becomes no hesitation, no worry of inconvenience, no lack of desire to move out. Remember we have a room of angels that are shouting so loud the building is shaking, we have a room filled with smoke. We have Isaiah who has heard the voice of God lay out a challenge. I can hear Isaiah, not in a small voice, but one that wants to be heard above the sounds in the room,
2 Chron 7:14 will become a living breathing vivid reality
1. If My people, who are called by My name.
Revival begins with the people of God. It is when you and I who have been bought by Jesus Christ and have accepted and made Him both Lord and Savior and begin to believe the answer to this lost and saying world is within our grasp. This is a tremendous responsibility, but God has given to the church the power through the Holy Spirit to accomplish what He has set before us. Understand this, when God asks His church, you and I, to do something, He will always give us the ability to do, He just awaits for us to have the courage to do it.
How do we move in the ability to accomplish His purpose. We need to pray that the eyes of our understanding be open so we can see what God wants to do through us, and that our ears will be open to hear the voice of God calling and encouraging us to press on.
Imagine what we would
forge ahead and do for the Kingdom if each one of us responded with the
knowledge, understanding and obedience to the call of God for our generation.
2. If my people...will humble themselves.
Humility. God’s people must be broken, modest and humble. We are not to be proud and arrogant. James 4:6 states, "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
Do you want God’s grace
upon your life? Tragically I have seen Pentecostal people who have become
spiritually arrogant. Because they have walked into a deeper communion with God
than some others of non-Pentecostal belief, they walk and talk with spiritual
arrogance. Be careful. God’s gifts are irrevocable, but the presence of God
becomes distant when we act superior to others. When God’s people are humble,
He is drawn to them. When pride is present, God resists them.
When David Brainerd was dying, he continued to cry out to God for the souls of the American Indians. Revival can come when God’s people humble themselves, become concerned and seek God’s forgiveness and become open to all of God’s ways.
How can you do this? When is the last time you went before God on Bended knees instead of just singing about coming to Him on them? We need to kneel before the King, to humble ourselves on Bended knee. We need to pray for God’s compassion upon the lost, and to ask God to forgive us for our lack of concern for the world which so desperately needs Jesus Christ.
3. If My people...will...pray
Prayer sound easy, yes I will pray. But words are cheap, action is costly. We need to pray. To pray for our children, our schools, our homes, our government leaders, our cities, our churches, for the world. We need to pray for a new Pentecost, a fresh overflowing of the Holy Spirit on the world. Our prayers should be full of faith, mixed with compassion. But let me warn you about something in revival prayer. Man cannot bring revival through prayer by his own technique. It only comes when man looks to God’s ability. Zechariah wrote in chapter 4:6, "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit."
In Acts we discover the first apostolic sermon preached saw 3,000 saved. That was a message preached by an uneducated fisherman. Why? Because God did it. In 80 years, the Assemblies of God has grown to approximately 30 million members. How? Because God did it. Church, our nation desperately needs help. This community desperately needs help, spiritually, morally, in areas of employment, and I believe that God is willing, I know that God can do things, open doors to opportunity and I know He will do it through our obedience.
We need to pray with renewed fervor for our city, for our children, for marriages in this community that are in trouble. We need to pray for the schools, for the churches in this community. We need to pray and ask God to send a new Pentecost upon the land.
4. If My People...will...seek My face.
Have you ever thought to seek the face of God? Seeking His face involves determination, discipline, and perseverance. It is not the kind of praying that is done when we say grace at the dinner table. It involves focusing our very being on speaking to, and hearing from the living God. Pastor Cho of Korea spends 3 hours each day in prayer and insists his pastoral staff pray for 2 hours. He asks for his church to pray for 1 hour each day. It is no wonder the church in Seoul Korea has over 700,000 tithing members.
We must seek God’s face for our churches with a greater determination.
How can you do it. First you need to ask God to help you become more disciplined, faithful and determined to be a pray-er. Begin now to purpose in your heart to pray more than you ever have in the past and to be a one who prayers on a more consistent basis.
5. If my people...will...turn from their wicked ways
God hates sin. God is a holy God and we must continually repent and turn from our wicked ways. When David had sin in his life, he felt alone and away from God. When Israel refused to deal with their sin, they lost their battles. Weakness can come to us when we do not deal with sin and rebellion in our lives.
When looking at our lives, we can ask God to give us a new hunger to know Jesus in a deeper way. We need to specifically ask God to change our lives and we must be completely willing to obey God in all areas of our lives. Our repentance must be without restraint. David prayed in Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a clean heart."
We must be determined to keep worldly distractions out of our lives. We must keep focused on our relationship with God. Paul said in Philippians 3:13, "This one thing I do."
Examine you hearts and lives. Are there areas of rebellion, wicked ways, sinful thinking, feelings or behaviors that you need to repent from? You need tonight to ask God to forgive you and determine that you will walk a renewed life in holiness to God and man. And thank Jesus for His forgiveness which He offers freely to you because of the sacrifice He made on Calvary for you.
Church, revival is when Christians get their relationships right with God. When revived Pentecostal Christians pray, a nation can be changed because the Creator God moves in supernatural ways. I don’t know if you realize this, but God wants Pentecostal revival more than we do. He has laid out the blueprint for what it will take for us to get there, and He awaits for the response of His people. God will do it once again if we will humble ourselves and pray.
I want to close this service with a call to prayer. I want to ask you to take a few moments to pray for God to give us a fresh Pentecost, in our hearts, in our homes, in our churches, in our schools, in our nation. Then I want us to end this service with worship to our King.