Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Sept 18, 2011           "Yoked up with Jesus or Teamed up with devils!"
Sun Am Worship                     

Text:  Matt 1-16-30   (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;"

 

Matthew 11:16   But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

Matthew 11:17   And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

Matthew 11:18   For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

Matthew 11:19   The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

Matthew 11:20   Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

Matthew 11:21   Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

Matthew 11:22   But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

Matthew 11:23   And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Matthew 11:24   But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

Matthew 11:25   At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

Matthew 11:28   Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29   Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

He didn't say you shall find rest but rather your souls shall find rest!

Matthew 11:30   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

The Gospel is Good News of a simple invitation and to surrender unto his Lordship!

 

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

 

You say Pastor I have tried and it is too hard to try and live a Christian Life.

 

Proverbs 13:15   Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

 

You say I am a good person, I've never committed murder, I don't take God's name in Vain. 

God never intended for us to try to live a better moral life! I know many, many good moral people that are still going to hell! We can never ever live up to God's Standards even on our best days. Live a Christ like Life!   

 

The Gospel  was never intended to be preached as a if you can live it you will make it.. It is not about me or you as individuals and what we can or cannot do it is about what he has already done!

 

All he requires is Childlike faith.

 

Luke 18:17   Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

 

John 3:16   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

John 6:37   All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

 

I am not here to tell you ,you are not going to have trouble in this life. The bible makes it very clear all those that live Godly shall suffer according to:

2 Timothy 3:12   Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

John 10:10   The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

1 Peter 5:8   Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Peter 5:9   Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

 

It is no longer about you as an individual because our life is hidden with HIM upon acceptance!

 

Romans 6:3   Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Romans 6:4   Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:5   For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Romans 6:6   Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Romans 6:7   For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

Galatians 2:19   For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Galatians 2:20   I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:21   I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

He is our only hope and he is the only WAY! There is none other!

 

John 14:6   Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

Acts 4:11   This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

Acts 4:12   Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

Matthew 16:24   Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

 

Matthew 16:25   For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and  whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

 

Matthew 16:26   For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole

world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for

his soul?

 

Hebrews 12:1   Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:2   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:3   For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Hebrews 12:4   Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

 

Philippians 3:13   Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Philippians 3:14   I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Romans 1:16   For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

Hebrews 10:37   For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Hebrews 10:38   Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Hebrews 10:39   But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.