Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Oct 24 2012: “No Deal!”
Wed PM Worship I know who I am and I know who God say I am and what God says I can do.
Text 1 Sam 11:1–11 (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;”
1Sa 11:1 Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee.
1Sa 11:2 And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel.
1Sa 11:3 And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days' respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come out to thee.
1Sa 11:4 Then came the messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept.
1Sa 11:5 And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh.
1Sa 11:6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.
1Sa 11:7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.
1Sa 11:8 And when he numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.
1Sa 11:9 And they said unto the messengers that came, Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabeshgilead, To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help. And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.
1Sa 11:10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, To morrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you.
1Sa 11:11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together.
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
If we are not always on Guard and careful, We can become used to the devil in certain areas, and learn to co-exist agreeably,
2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Reminds me of King Ahab.
Thus saith Ben-ha’dad, Thy silver and thy gold is mine; thy wives also and thy children, even the goodliest, are mine. To avoid a fight Ahab was willing to sacrifice his gold, and silver and wives and children
But Ben-ha’dad wasn’t satisfied, he came up over his boundries.
IKing 20:6 Yet I will send my servants unto thee tomorrow about this time, and they shall search thine house, and the houses of thy servants; and it shall be, that whatsoever is pleasant in thine eyes, they shall put it in their hand, and take it away.
You cannot trust the devil, he is not an ally he was, is, and always will be your enemy, his only desire for your life is to steal kill and destroy.
Jabesh Gilead: dry, ashamed, withered, confused.
This speaks of a people or person who has lost their joy, the anointing has seeped out of their lives,
Make a covenant: = An alliance, a marriage.
Servants: We’ll be your slaves ( your bondmen) What are you willing to sacrifice to maintain a peaceable existence with the devil.?
Nahash agrees to the covenant, but only on his terms.
Terms: (That I may thrust out your right eye) To lose that eye was to render them ineffective for warfare, Nahash would never have to fear them.
Secondly it’s symbolic:
(it means to live by that which satisfies self). It means, I agree not to call
For a reproach:= (To pull off, to expose by stripping,)
Stripped of conscience, of integrity, of conviction, of courage
The world calls it Alternative lifestyle, (God calls it homosexuality and he calls it sin)
The world calls it Prochoice, (God calls it abortion, murder and he calls it sin)
The world calls it the lotto. And says by participating we are providing for higher education. (God calls it gambling, and calls it sin)
They wanted to give me
chips to use at the nearby casino
They had church members working in the restaurant in the casino’s. They had gotten comfortable where Christians should never feel comfortable.
As the children of God we are not to live by lady luck, or chance.
We are commanded to live by faith. I.e. =(every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
(Sex before marriage)The world calls it experimenting or shopping around. (God calls it fornication, and calls it sin.
The world calls it a mistake- bad judgement. (God calls it adultery, and sin)
The elders of Jabesh said give us 7 days respite to search for someone to help us.
Someone had a memory of what it meant to walk uprightly before God and to live in his presence and power.
( They weren’t
doing it, but they hoped somewhere somebody was)
There is a world around us, that is crying out for help, their very lives are in the balance.
Can we show them that there is still a people who have who have not made a covenant with the world, who still believe that only the pure in heart shall see God, and that without Holiness no man shall see the Lord.
When Israel heard: They
The weeping of hopelessness and helplessness. *Much of the church today, rather than to lift up Gods righteous standard, simply fold their hands and weep.
Saul heard it: Saul = The Anointed of the Lord
His anger was kindled:
Satans kingdom will not suffer at all, until the church rises up in a Holy fire of anger against satan and his works.
It is a Horrible thing to see, lives destroyed by satan, and by sin. But the greatest reproach there is, is when Those who are bound and oppressed, and possessed by the devil come looking to the church for deliverance, and instead of casting out the devil, binding up their wounds and pouring in the oil and the wine, all we can do is weep over their sad condition,
We have broken the
covenant of the right eye, = we have chosen to live by the power of the flesh,
instead of the power of the Spirit.
(Thank God. He came to give recovering of sight to the blind,)
There are 3 classes of people in this message
#1 Those who are willing to give up their right eyes
#2 Those who are hopelessly and helplessly weeping over the sad condition of losing their right eye.
#3 Those who are filled with holy hatred and anger against sin and satan, and move to bring deliverance to the oppressed, because they have not given up their right eye, and they have a covenant with God, and God’s power flows through their lives.
Mar 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Luk 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Luk 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
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.
Luk 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.