Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Nov 25 2012: “The Power of Persuasion!”
Sun AM Worship I know who I am and I know who God say I am and what God says I can do.
Text Num 13:25-14:11 (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;”
Num 13:25 And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.
Num 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 shewed them the fruit of the land.
Num 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.
Num 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.
Num 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.
Num 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.
Num 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.
Num 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 a great stature.
Num 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.
Num 14:1 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
Num 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!
Num 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?
Num 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
Num 14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
Num 14:6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
Num 14:7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
Num 14:8 If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
Num 14:10 But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel.
Num 14:11 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them?
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
(Joshua and Caleb were fully persuaded)
You may say: But they didn’t persuade anyone else,
But You’d be wrong: The fact is they persuaded the next generation to come back and take possession of that which their forefathers forfeited.
Think of that: Two men who believed Gods report were able to persuade an entire nation to believe the promises of God.
Look at these verses:
Num 14: 6 -9 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7 And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8 If the LORD delight in
us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth
with milk and honey.
9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not
Persuaded = To convince by
argument, to rely by inward certainty, believe, have confidence, trust, yield.
One of the greatest needs in the body of Christ today is for men and women who are persuaded.
Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
To be persuaded means: Won
over, convinced, settled
This is essentially what faith is (Faith is arriving at the place where you are convinced and won over by the Word of God).
Until one is persuaded there is a struggle:, feelings, emotions, circumstances all war against the mind.
Examples: I hear the word ( By his stripes ye were healed) but I feel the pain in my body
I hear the word ( My God shall supply all your needs) but my pockets are empty
I hear the word ( But then there’s the doctors report).
I hear the word (But there’s the lawyers report).
And there is a war being waged:
Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
This war is waged in the mind:
It is a war that is between the word of God and the natural circumstances and conditions that contradict the Word of God.
Satan wars with sickness, pain, financial problems, negative reports, etc
If you become persuaded by the circumstances and conditions that contradict Gods Word, you will actually begin to stand in direct opposition to the Word of God.
Example: The 10 spies who allowed the giants and other things that they saw to persuade them, and convince them that they were unable to take possession of their promised inheritance.
Literally what they were saying is: We are persuaded by what we have seen and heard that God lied,
I know that is strong medicine but that is exactly what happened: They let their natural senses over rule Gods promises to them.
On the other hand Joshua and Caleb saw the exact same things, and heard the exact same things but they were persuaded by the Word of God that they were well able to take the land.
Nu 13:30 And Caleb stilled “Persuaded” the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for (we are well able to overcome it).
Nu 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for (they are bread for us): their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.
Joshua and Caleb were persuaded by the Word of promise:
The Word of God had prevailed in their thinking over every possible enemy.
To Joshua and Caleb it would not have mattered how many Giants there were or how big they were or how high the walls of their cities were (They were convinced, They had been won over). THEY WERE PERSUADED
I Prophesy that through this message, somebody is going to be persuaded.
For somebody the struggle is coming to an end, The war is coming to an end, those giants that have been staring you in the face are getting ready to become bread for you .
(In otherwords instead of those things devouring you, you are getting ready to devour them).
Jer 30:16 Therefore
(all they that devour thee shall be devoured); and all thine adversaries, every
one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a
spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
Example: Aaron throws his rod down before the magicians of Egypt and it became a serpent, then the magicians threw down their rods and they also became serpents (but Aaron’s serpent swallowed up the magicians serpents).
The devil has been trying to devour you with sickness and fear, with poverty and lack, financial problems, problems in your marriage, problems in your ministry.
Your children aren’t acting right, the devils trying to steal your peace and your joy.
The devils been trying to persuade you that Gods Word is not true, that those prophecies and promises of God are not true and they will never come to pass.
He’s been trying to get you to take his side and believe his evidence and to speak against the Word of God.
He wants you to say : It’s too hard, it’s too bad, it’s too late, it’s impossible.
The devil has unleashed numerous circumstances against your promises, it seems like you are surrounded by the serpents of fear and doubt and negative circumstances.
But God is getting ready to flip the script
Your setback is just a set up for your come back.
God allowed you to go through some struggles and tests so he could draw the enemy out of hiding, just like he did to the Egyptians, (God drew those snakes out of hiding and then he devoured them).
The rod of Aaron = The authority, the power of the Word of God.
The Word of God will swallow up every serpent that has been loosed against your life.
The devils greatest fear is that you will become persuaded that Gods Word is true.
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 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?
Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 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.
Rom 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?
Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 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.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2Ti 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2Ti 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
2Ti 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
When you are persuaded: You can look at the dry bone conditions of your life and prophesy your own healing, and your own deliverance, and break through.
The woman with the issue of blood for 12 years prophesied her own deliverance: If I can just touch his clothes I know I’ll be whole.
Jairus prophesied his daughters resurrection: If you will come and lay your hand on her she shall live.
The centurion prophesied his servants healing: Speak the Word only and my servant shall be healed.
Let the Word of God persuade you today:
You are well able to take the land
You are able to defeat sickness and disease
You are able to break satans power over your loved ones
You are well able to fulfil that ministry that God has called you to.
1Jo 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Faith is not a struggle, faith is a rest: Once you are persuaded concerning the promises of God for your life the struggle is over.
You may have to walk some things out, but internally there will be a peace and a rest that it shall be even as the Lord hath said.
These are the kind of people satan fears:
Because Persuaded people have the ability to persuade others.
When you are persuaded God heals: You can help persuade others concerning healing
When you are persuaded that God restores marriages and heals broken homes: You can persuade others to trust God for their marriages and their homes.
When you are persuaded that God can break habits and addictions and deliver the captives and set them free: Then you can be a powerful tool to bring deliverance and restoration.
PERSUADED PEOPLE, PERSUADE PEOPLE.
People who are intimidated and manipulated by their circumstances are no threat to the devil.
The people who put hell on high alert are those who are persuaded
The ones who say: It doesn’t matter what it looks like or feels like, If Gods word says it that settles it.
I AM PERSUADED:
Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Rom 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
Rom 4:19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb:
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Rom 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Rom 4:22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Truth says we deserve
hell. Grace says, but you're not going to get what you deserve...but something
you don't deserve.
Truth says if you sin, you die...and the wages of sin is death. But grace says, I will die in your place, and take your wages for you. Jesus fulfilled both grace and truth by dying in our place.
Grace without truth would be deceitful. Truth without grace would be condemning.'
A young boy entered a barber shop and the barber whispered to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then called the boy over and asked, “Jimmy, which do you want?” Jimmy took the quarters and left the dollar. “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer left, he saw Jimmy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey Jimmy! I know you know how much money is worth, so why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” Jimmy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”