Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Nov 4 2012: “Healer in the House!”
Sun AM Worship I know who I am and I know who God say I am and what God says I can do.
Text Matt 8:1–17 (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;”
Mat 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
Mat 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Mat 8:3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Mat 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Mat 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
Mat 8:6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
Mat 8:7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
Mat 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
Mat 8:10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Mat 8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
Mat 8:14 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever.
Mat 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
Mat 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Mat 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
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
There is a Healer in the
In the morning of November 30th 2001, Daniel Ekechukwu,, the pastor of the Power Chapel Evangelical Church in Onitsha, with his friend Kingsley took a Christmas present of a goat to his father in a village near the town of Owerri. Daniel drove his 20-year-old Mercedes. On the way back home, traveling down a steep road, the Mercedes’ brakes failed. Daniel could do nothing. Gathering speed the vehicle hurtled downhill and smashed into a stone pillar.
Without a seat belt Daniel was catapulted violently forward. His head hit the windscreen and the steering wheel and knob punched into his body. Daniel’s friend Kingsley shocked though not badly hurt, turned to Daniel, hoping all was well. But the sight appalled him. Blood was pouring from Daniel’s nose from a head injury, and then he began vomiting blood from heavy internal hemorrhage.
Daniel was taken to the local clinic but they decided he needed to be transferred to a larger facility 1 ½ hours away on a bumpy road. As they carried him to the ambulance, Daniel felt his life ebb away. At the hospital he was declared dead and transferred to the mortuary back in his father’s hometown.
The mortuary having no cold storage facilities, the mortician administered the usual chemical injection and prepared the body for embalming on the following morning. With a staff member he laid the body out on a mortuary slab between two other dead people. Everyone then retired for the night.
Meanwhile Daniel’s wife convinced her husband would live again, wanted his body taken to the church in Onitsha where Reinhard Bonnke was to speak at a dedication ceremony. On Sunday December 2nd (two days after he had been declared dead, over the protests of Daniel’s father, the mortuary officials and just about everyone else, Nneka dressed the corpse and loaded him in the coffin to the church—another 1 ½ hour drive.
At the church, officials initially refused to allow the body to be brought in but finally allowed it to be taken to the children’s area. The corpse brought in the upper room and laid out on a table.
The head pastor’s son,
Pastor Paul, Jr., and another pastor on the church staff, attended to this and
found rigor mortis had stiffened the limbs.
Two other staff pastors, Lawrence and Luke joined them to guard the body. Meanwhile Reinhard Bonnke knew nothing of this and was preaching and praying upstairs in the main auditorium. After a while the pastors noticed a slight twitching of the stomach of the corpse.
Then the corpse drew a breath, and presently irregular breathing took place in “short bursts” as they reported. Encouraged, the pastors threw themselves into powerful petitionary prayer, They asked for fans to be brought in to give Daniel more air to breathe. As this news broke out in the sanctuary above it created hysterical pandemonium. Then, said Pastor Lawrence, at 5:15 on the Sunday afternoon, nearly two days after death had taken place, Daniel opened his eyes, sat up and leaned on Pastor Lawrence.
The once-dead man not only rose from the dead but the serious injuries, which had brought about his death, were also healed without the slightest trace.
Isa 53:5 5But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
A. Does God still perform miracles? You bet He does. And I believe the leper that stated If you are willing you can make me clean."
1.There are some who say that we can insist that God provide us with these benefits because they are our due. I do not believe for a moment we can manipulate God into doing anything. I do believe we can remind him of his word and ask for the same mercy as it was intended!
In America we are raised
not to believe. I am a skeptic myself. From diet pills and exercise devices to
the ads for the price of a new car we are conditioned to know if it sounds to
good to be true - it is. We carry that skeptical cynicism into our faith life.
- Skepticism does not unlock the supernatural – faith does.
“I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Ex. 15:26)
Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Act 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven
Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Jesus told His disciples they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. - Acts 1:8
What kind of power was He talking about? Holy Spirit resurrection Dunamus or Dynamite Power.
Luk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
This is the power that Jesus has given to the church and we should rise up in this new power in these last days. This power is going to be used to bring the gospel to every nation. What Jesus sent at Pentecost is our portion and that is what we need to live in. It is what makes Spirit-filled believers different and sets them apart from ordinary people.
That is why the devil does not want you to walk in the power of God because he knows it is going to hurt him. He knows you are going to have an advantage over him. He does not mind people going to church but he certainly does not want Christians to receive the power of God’s Spirit, because that power exceeds his power. He does not want people to know they can have dunamis power as a free gift so that they can excel in their Christian walk.
This Power is to be used as a Witness for Christ while it is still day!
Joh 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
Joh 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Joh 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Joh 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
A witness is to tell
the truth that he knows. He testifies before God and everyone the truth. Jesus
is God, and I can prove it. I call to the stand John the Baptist!
Joh 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
Joh 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
Joh 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
Joh 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
Joh 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
Joh 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Joh 1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John the Baptist was a
relative of Jesus. Their mothers, Mary and Elizabeth were cousins. John was 6
months older than Jesus, and they probably knew one another and played together
when they were young. John is mentioned 89 times in Scripture. He introduced
Jesus as the Messiah to his people.
He is called the forerunner, and the voice of one crying in the wilderness.
He would be imprisoned and martyred for his bold preaching. John had the boldness to confront Herod when he stole his brother, Phillip's, wife, Herodias.
His greatest endorsement came from Jesus...
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist:
Nike can endorse Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong...I'd prefer the endorsement of the Lord!
John's message was Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Why? It was dark days for Israel, spiritually, when Christ came. They hadn't had a prophet in 400 years. God had been silent. Their spiritual leaders had slid into tradition and many were corrupt. King Herod [the great] was a tyrant with 9 wives. When he didn't care for a wife he would have her executed. You didn't want to burn the biscuits in that house!
America is in dark days as well, and repent is the message we need to send out as well. Instead, we have feel good messages, and preachers patting us on the back, telling us we are good and how we can prosper and enhance our lifestyle. We need bold preachers like John the Baptist who will preach repentance! Because Jesus is coming soon...the kingdom of heaven is at hand just as it was in John's day.
John was a man sent from
God to be a witness. "Witness" is used 47 times in this gospel, and
is a key concept. A witness is someone who tells what they have seen, heard, or
v. 6-8, 15a If you've ever been called as a witness for someone accused of a crime, you know it's a serious matter.
A witness is someone who knows something, and then can share it with someone else.
joke--a man was accused of biting another man's ear off. There was only one witness and he was a major redneck who didn't even arrive on the scene until it was over. The young defense attorney for the accused said, I've only got to tear down this bumpkin's credibility and my client will walk free! He called the redneck to the stand. "Were you there when the argument started?" "No." "Were you present when it became a fight?" "No, I just arrived on the scene when it was all over." "So, you weren't present when the defendant allegedly bit this man's ear off?" The man hung his head and admitted, "No, I wasn't". The cocky, young attorney strutted back to his seat and said, "I rest my case." Just then the redneck leaned into the microphone and said, "But I was there when he spit it out!"
The Bible says you and
I are to be witnesses. We have seen, heard, and experienced, and we must share.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things...
Your a Witness
Satan's primary goal is
to undermine the person of Jesus Christ. Cults start when someone denies Jesus'
We don't bash other churches, but I will quote some of them...
Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe John's witness:
In "Let God be True", p. 33 they say, "Thus he [Jesus] is ranked in God's creation, being first among them...he is not the author...but after God created him, God made him his partner." This means Jesus is not eternal and not part of the Godhead.
I believe John's witness.
Muslims don't believe John's witness:
From the Koran: "Verily, Jesus is as Adam in the sight of God. He created him of dust; He then said to him, BE, and he was" (Surah 3:52)
I believe John's witness.
Mormons don't believe John's witness:
Mormons try to have it both ways. They say Jesus is 'a' God, but not 'the' God. They claim the Bible as well as other books. And they end up in a salvation which is by good works, not by the work of Christ on the cross. I believe John's witness.
All religions cannot be
equally true. They are mutually exclusive. We can't all be right. I believe