Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Oct 9, 2011                            "Show and Tell!" To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
Sun Am Worship   If there was ever a time we need to be a separate people its NOW

Text: 1 Cor. 12:4-14   (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;"

 

Ephesians 4:4   There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Ephesians 4:5   One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Ephesians 4:6   One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ephesians 4:7   But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Ephesians 4:8   Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Ephesians 4:9   (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Ephesians 4:10   He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Ephesians 4:11   And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Ephesians 4:12   For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Ephesians 4:13   Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Ephesians 4:14   That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Ephesians 4:15   But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Ephesians 4:16   From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

 

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

 

Spotting a self centered individual is not as hard as you may think!

Jesus said in

Matthew 7:15   Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Matthew 7:16   Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Matthew 7:17   Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Matthew 7:18   A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

 

1 Corinthians 1:13   Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

 

This type individual is as follows

1. They are always talking about themselves
2. They are always talking about how people compliment them on their singing, preaching, playing or other gift.
3. They are always talking about their grand plans for ministry
4. They "name drop" popular ministers or ministries names that they have ministered at in the past. (This tactic is to get you to think they are highly sought after and it would be in your best interests to invite them out to minister at your church)
5. They are always consumed with their own self-importance
6. They are self-centered
7. They attempt to associate with and network with popular ministers so that it will lend credibility to their own ministries since they can't stand on their own credibility.
8. They always talk about how they gave a popular televangelist some words of wisdom or knowledge when that knowledge was repeated over the tv or radio to the general public(this is an attempt to take credit for the televangelist's successes).

9. They will always give you their resume of how many cities, states, countries and continents that they have ministered at and how many people they got saved and how many ministries and churches they planted(you don't know if this is true or not and they know that you don't know).

Beware of these spirits!

 

1 Peter 4:10   As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

1 Corinthians 12:4   Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:5   And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:6   And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

1 Corinthians 12:7   But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1 Corinthians 12:8   For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:9   To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1 Corinthians 12:10   To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

1 Corinthians 12:11   But all these worketh that one and the selfsame spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

1 Corinthians 12:12   For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:13   For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

 

Romans 11:29   For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

 

You cannot give away something you do not possess.

Acts 3:6   Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

Acts 3:7   And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

Acts 3:8   And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Acts 3:9   And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

 

James 2:18   Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.

 

Luke 24:49   And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

 

Mark 16:15   And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16   He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

 

Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:19   So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Mark 16:20   And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

Matthew 28:18   And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:19   Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20   Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

God is about to do a new thing!

Isaiah 43:19   Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

Luke 12:37   Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

Luke 12:38   And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Luke 12:39   And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.


In sum, to
increase in spiritual gifts...

 Do not become neglectful of your spiritual gift(s).

 Aggressively pursue these gifts, and stir them up. Fan them into flame.

 Understand that God desires to use you.

 Operate in the spiritual gifts God gives you. Don't try to copy someone else.

 Covet, eagerly desire to be used in the gifts of the Spirit.

 Seek to excel in spiritual gifts to build up the church.

 Cultivate a daily, Spirit-filled walk.

 Notice the "flow" of the gifts. It is the full Trinity in action.

 "Walk in ... live by the Spirit."

 Seek to grow in faith.

 Spiritual gifts flow from a heart of love.

 Pray for the Holy Spirit-given "rivers of living water" that Jesus promised to flow from within you.