Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Sept 25, 2011                          "The cat is out of the BAG!" To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
Sun Am Worship                                  And The gloves are off!

Text: 2 Kings 2:11-15   (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;"

2 Kings 2:1   And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

2 Kings 2:2   And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.

2 Kings 2:3   And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

2 Kings 2:4   And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.

2 Kings 2:5   And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

2 Kings 2:6   And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.

2 Kings 2:7   And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

2 Kings 2:8   And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

2 Kings 2:9   And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

2 Kings 2:10   And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

2 Kings 2:11   And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

2 Kings 2:12   And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.

2 Kings 2:13   He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;

2 Kings 2:14   And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.

2 Kings 2:15   And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.

 

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

 

When satan sees you he sees a child of God. He sees what you are about to become and what you are about to do. When satan sees you he sees destiny. That's why he has made such an attack against you. He knows you have been chosen for such a time as this! And he wants to keep you from becoming what God has predestined for you to become. He wants to keep you from your future.

Hell is not fighting you because of who you now are, where you now are, or what you now have. Hell is fighting you because of who you are about to become, where you are about to go, and what you are about to have. Hell is afraid of your future.
You are not going through-"what you are going through" because of sin. You are going through what you are going through because of something called "Destiny." People that are not going though anything are the people that are not going anywhere.

If David hadn't been destined to be king, he wouldn't have had to run from Saul for thirteen years. If Joseph hadn't had the promise of the palace he would have never had to go into the pit and then into prison. If Israel had not been on her way to a wealthy place, she would not have had to go through the fire and through the flood.

"Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place." Psalms 66:12

Before Israel entered into the wealthy place (a place of abundance and overflow) she first went through the fire and the flood. But just as the fire and the water could not stop Israel; the trial, the affliction, or the setback that you are experiencing cannot stop you. God brought Israel out of Egypt, Joseph out of the pit, Daniel out of the lion's den, the three Hebrew children out of the fire, and He will bring you out of whatever you are in!

Satan's greatest fear is your tomorrow. Satan does not want you to become who God said you would become. He doesn't want you to go where God said you would go or have what God said you would have. The attack is on your future!

Why did Pharaoh try to kill Moses as a little baby? He wasn't working any miracles. He wasn't delivering the people of God. He was just a little Hebrew boy that looked no different than any other of the Hebrew children. Pharaoh didn't try to kill Moses as a little baby because of who he was at the time. He wasn't afraid of who he was, he was afraid of who he would become- Israel's deliverer.

Joseph's brothers didn't try to kill him because of who he was at the time. He was only a seventeen-year-old young man that had a dream. Joseph's brothers weren't afraid of who he was, they were afraid of who he would become. They were afraid that his dreams might really come to pass.

Saul wasn't afraid of David as a young boy playing the harp. In fact, Saul loved it when David played the harp because the evil spirit on Saul would leave. Saul wasn't afraid of who David was at the time. He was afraid of who David would become, Israel's next king.

Before Jesus was even two years old, satan moved on the heart of Herod to have all the male children two years and under killed. Why was satan trying to kill Jesus as a baby? He had never opened the eyes of the blind, healed a leper, or cast out a devil. He hadn't turned any water into wine, or multiplied any loaves and fishes; neither had He shed any blood as the prophets said He would shed. He looked like all the other babies of His day.

Satan wasn't afraid of who Jesus was as a baby, he was afraid of who Jesus would become when He became a man. Satan wasn't afraid of what He was doing at the time, he was afraid of what He would do in His future.

Satan knew if he could stop Jesus as a baby that he would never become a man. If He never became a man, then there would never be a crucifixion and if there wasn't a crucifixion there would not be a resurrection.

In the lives of all I've mentioned-Moses, Joseph, David and Jesus, (plus many more throughout the Word of God) the devil's plan did not prevail. The same is true in your life; the enemy's plan will not prevail. God's plan will prevail and God's purpose concerning your life will stand.

"The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:"
Isaiah 14:24

YOUR DESTINY IS GREATER
THAN YOUR DISASTER!

It doesn't matter who or what is against you because God is for you:

"What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
Romans 8:31

The devil can't kill you or he already would have.

If the devil couldn't kill you yesterday, why does he think he can succeed today? The devil is a liar and the father of all lies. Shout in the devil's face!

"I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord."
Psalms 118:17

Look at what you've already been through. Look at the hell you've already walked through. Look at what you had to go through to get to the place you are now at. You are a survivor! Others would have lost their mind. Others would have given up and never made it, but not you, God is on your side. God is for you and with you. You are not alive today because of good luck. You didn't make it through everything you've been through because of a cross you may be wearing around your neck. You didn't survive all the attacks against you because you carried a rabbit's foot in your pocket. (the rabbit had four feet and it didn't help him, he ended up in the skillet!) You are alive! You are a survivor because God has been and still He remains on your side!

People may look at you and see a mess, but when God looks at you He sees a miracle. God doesn't see you at the place you now are, He sees you at the place He has predestined for you to be. He doesn't see you as who you now are, He sees you as who you are about to become.

God called Jeremiah a prophet while he was still a child and could hardly talk. In fact, when God told Jeremiah he was a prophet, Jeremiah responded by telling God that he had missed it! That he wasn't a prophet!

"Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child."
Jeremiah 1:4-6

How come God said one thing but Jeremiah said another? God was looking at Jeremiah's future while Jeremiah was looking at his present. God saw where Jeremiah was going while Jeremiah could only see where he was. God saw what Jeremiah was going to become while Jeremiah could only see what he was at the time.

God called Gideon a mighty man of valor before he ever became a mighty man of valor.

"And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him,
and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour."
Judges 6:12

When the angel called Gideon a mighty man of valor Gideon was hiding in the rocks and mountains, a slave to the Midianites. Gideon wasn't acting like a mighty man; neither did he feel like one. But God wasn't looking at who Gideon was at the present-He was looking at who he was going to become.

God looked ahead to the next chapter of Gideon's life. In Judges 7, Gideon became a mighty man of valor as he led his army of three hundred against the Midianites. With not even a weapon Gideon defeated the Midianite army and Israel obtained a great victory.

God changed Abram's name to Abraham (which means father of many nations) before Isaac; the promised son was ever born.

"Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee."
Genesis 17:5

Abraham wasn't a father of many nations, but did you notice what God said: "a father of many nations have I made thee." God was calling those things that be not as though they were! God spoke as if Abraham was already the father of many nations. Even though in the natural he wasn't, God knew Abraham's future. Because God knew his future, He spoke what was going to be as if it already was.

God doesn't just  see you as who you now are, He sees you as who you're about to become.

He doesn't see you at the place you are now at, He sees you at the place He has purposed for you to go. You're like a seed. A seed doesn't look like the fruit it's going to produce. A seed doesn't look like the fruit it is going to become.

You're about to become what God said you would become. You're about to go where God said you would go. You're about to have what God said you would have. You're closer to your destiny today than you were yesterday.

Because you're so close to your destiny, because you're about to step into the "greatest days of your life," hell has made an all out attack against you. If you are experiencing an increase of demonic activity, it is because satan has discovered your purpose the cat os out of the bag and the gloves are off. If satan is highly interested in you, it is because God is highly interested in you. If you have the attention of the devil it means you also have the attention of God. If you have the attention of hell, it means, you also have the attention of Heaven.

Jesus went through His greatest battle with the
devil right before He began His earthly ministry.

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Matthew 4:1-4

"And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about."
Luke 4:14

If you are experiencing a great attack, you are about to experience a great victory. If you are experiencing persecution, you are about to experience a great promotion. The stronger the warfare is, the greater your blessing will be. You're under attack because you are about to step into your future. You're about to fulfill your purpose. You're on the verge of a breakthrough, a new anointing, household salvation, a financial miracle, you are about to break into your tomorrow! You are about to walk into your destiny!

 

If the devil would have had his way you wouldn't be here. If your enemies would have had their way you would be dead.

You've been lied on, betrayed, slandered, and falsely accused; but nothing planned against you has worked.

No weapon formed against you was able to bring you down.

"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."
Isaiah 54:17

 

Your future is better than your past. Satan knows if he can keep you in your past that you will never move into your future. That's why satan is spending so much time talking about yesterday. Did you ever notice satan doesn't talk about your tomorrow? God is the One who discusses your tomorrow not the devil.

Don't build your future around your past. Focus on your tomorrow and not your yesterday. Talk about your future and not your past. Don't dwell on where you were yesterday; dwell on where you are today, and where you are about to go. It's your future, your destiny, that satan
wants to keep you from entering into.

Everything God has promised you shall come to pass!

"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
Numbers 23:19

He is more than able to fulfill His promises. God's Word will not return void. God will perform His word!

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:11

"..for I will hasten my word to perform it."
Jeremiah 1:12