Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Sept 5, 2012: “Tonight’s Forecast!”
Wed PM Worship Calling for RAIN!
Text 1 Kings 18:15-46 (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;”
(Ill.) During a drought
many years ago a preacher called his church together to pray for rain. On the
day they gathered to pray, the preacher suddenly announced that they may as
well go home. When asked why, he replied, " We gathered to ask of God for
rain, however, I notice no one has brought an umbrella."
1Ki 18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
1Ki 18:16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
1Ki 18:17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
1Ki 18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
1Ki 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table.
1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1Ki 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
1Ki 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
1Ki 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
1Ki 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods,
but put no fire under.
1Ki 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
1Ki 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
1Ki 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
1Ki 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
1Ki 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
1Ki 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
1Ki 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
1Ki 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
1Ki 18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
1Ki 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
1Ki 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
1Ki 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
1Ki 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
1Ki 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
1Ki 18:41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.
1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
1Ki 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
1Ki 18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
1Ki 18:45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.
1Ki 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
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
Jas_5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
"Cold prayer is no more prayer than a painted picture of a fire is a fire."
Jas 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
Jas 5:18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
(3) Elijah was expecting to see something.
(6) There is a great rain coming!
"For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, my blessing upon thy offspring." (Is.44:3).
(A)While many are content settle for lawn sprinkler sized outpourings of God’s power, I hear the sound of an abundance of rain.
That means my ear has
picked up a signal in the airwaves
Sound = vibrations) my ear has picked up the vibration of something that is coming.
I can't see it, I can't touch it, I don't feel it but it's on the way.
How do I know it's coming this way?
Because it's getting louder all the time, (the closer it gets the louder it gets).
When a train is coming your way, you feel the vibrations before it arrives.
When large hail is coming your way, hear it blocks away.
When 120 men and women had gathered in the upper room waiting for the promised power, the bible says: Suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a mighty rushing wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
There was a sound: The sound was an indication (Something is coming).
Suddenly cloven tongues as fire appeared on each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
I hear the sound of an abundance of rain: Elijah spoke those words in a place and a time where there had not been one drop of water from the sky or due on the ground, in 31/2 years.
What did that mean ? (Rain)
It meant: life, recovery restoration, the rivers will run again, fish will be caught again, the crops will grow again,, there will be joy where there has been sorrow, there will be laughter where there has been weeping.
God said to prophesy to you and tell you it's getting ready to rain, the rain is on it's way, I hear the abundance of rain.
That may not mean anything to some of you, but for somebody listening to my voice it means everything. Your dry season is coming to and end and you have made it.
Look to somebody and prophesy right now Your time of refreshing is HERE. Your dry season is now officially over.
It's on the way, it's on the way, it's on the way (tell your neighbor, it's on the way) Help is on the way, the answer is on the way, the breakthrough is on the way.
There's just something powerful about knowing that it's on the way that puts a fire back in your belly and a fight in your spirit, it gives you the strength to hold on.
I don't know who I'm talking to but you prayed and you fasted, and you've cried and you've confessed the word and from every natural evidence (nothing has changed, and if the truth be known for many of you it's gotten worse).
But I came to tell you: Change is in the atmosphere, the rain is coming, restoration is coming, healing is coming, peace is coming, joy is coming,
I hear the sound of the Abundance of rain: I don't see any evidence, I don't see any sign, (but I hear it)
Tell your neighbor: The sound is the sign
Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
There is a sound: The word sound does not just mean noise of racket.
It means PROCLAMATION!!! It's a decree in the spirit realm.
You have to pick this up in the spirit.
This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Somebody's faith is going to another level tonight, (somebody who has been struggling through the wilderness of just enough and barely getting by is getting ready to go into overflow.
Somebody is going to change addresses in the Spirit tonight: Some of the stuff that used to hinder you, and used to pull down, after this service they are not going to bother you anymore because you won't be living in that same neighborhood anymore.
I hear the sound of the abundance of rain:
What is the rain to you?
The rain is Gods power visiting your life in whatever area or areas are in drought, or in lack, or broken or empty.
The rain is God taking every plan, every plot and every scheme and every weapon that the devil has launched at you and turning it around for your good.
The simplest definition of all is just answered prayer. Somebodies prayers just got answered with a yes and a amen.
I wish somebody would prophesy (Gods gonna turn it around, now prophesy, God's gonna make it rain). Come on say it again: Gods gonna make it rain.
The rain was on the way but there was work to be done: Ahab went to play and Elijah went to pray.
E.M. Bounds, one of the greatest men of prayer that ever lived said: God does nothing except in answer to prayer.
So if things seem to be stagnate around you and nothing seems to be moving (you better check your prayer temperature.
For every miracle, every breakthrough, every prodigal who comes home, every son or daughter who is delivered from drugs and perversion (Somebody has to pray)
Elijah got himself in the birth position (head between his knees) and began to labor in prayer for what he heard in the Spirit.
He sent his servant out to look toward the sea for an answer: )The sea represents the word of God,
You have to get your eyes on the word.
His servant returns the answer: I’m looking but I don’t see any evidence of an answer to your prayer.
But Elijah just keeps on praying, he sends his servant back to the sea and while the servant is running Elijah is praying.
You just have to keep on praying: When you have a word from God in your spirit you just have to keep on praying.
Daniel prayed for 20 days with no evidence whatsoever that God had heard him, but on the 21rst day the breakthrough came, Michael the warring angel broke into the battle and Gabriel got the message through.
God will do whatever it takes to get it to you, if you don’t quit!
Keep on praying, keep on praising, keep on confessing, keep on tithing, and sowing, and singing and dancing.
Don’t let the devil see you sweat.
Delay is not denial (Abraham was delayed 25 years but not denied) Joseph was delayed 15 years but not denied.
Lazarus was delayed for 4 days but not denied.
Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: (though it tarry) wait for it because it will surely come , it will not tarry.
Num 23:19 God is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent: if he said it he will do it and if he hath spoken it, he will bring it to pass.
Every time you pray you are putting pressure on the spirit realm and you are filling with expectancy the clouds that are bringing your blessings.
We don’t pray because we feel like it, we don’t pray just because it’s the Christian thing to do, or because it sounds like a good idea.
We pray because we have an objective that can only be reached and can only be won and conquered through prayer.
Elijah is still praying: (head between his knees) prayer is serious business and hard work.
Somebody said one time: Many Christians pray with such lukewarmness and indifference and uncertainty that they wouldn’t even recognize the answer to their prayer when it came.
Elijah’s servant has brought back another negative report: but Elijah keeps praying.
Go back to the sea look again (spend some more time in the word) then come tell me what you see. On the 7th time the servant comes back with the report: Behold there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea.
In other word: There was a little word that came up to me.
(A word from the word)
A Rhema word: A specific word, for a specific purpose, for a specific time.
Tell your neighbor: All you need is a word.
If you’ve got a word you can make it through the storm.
If you’ve got a word you can dance in the fiery furnace.
If you’ve got a word you can sleep like a baby in a den of lions.
If you’ve got a word you can beat the famine with a little meal and a little oil.
If you’ve got a word you can walk on water.
Touch 3 people and tell them: all you need is a word.
Now tell them: I’ve got a word.
It was so small: Like a mans hand (It didn’t look like much but Elijah’s faith grabbed hold of it.
There’s something about faith that lets you see the greatness in little things:
Faith can see: A weapon of mass destruction in the jawbone of an ass.
Faith can see: A meal for a multitude in a sack lunch.
Faith can see: An oil business in a room full of empty jars.
Faith can see: A king in a simple smelly shepherd boy.
The servant saw a little cloud but Elijah saw (A river filling, ground soaking, drought busting rainstorm)
I don’t care how big the problem may seem to you, or how long is has existed: The promises of God come in concentrated form and one little word from God will set you free, and will destroy that thing forever.
Jesus said: All it takes is faith like the size of a mustard seed and you can command mountains to jump into the sea and they will have to go.
I feel some mountains starting to shake in here right now.
I feel some mountains losing their hold.
I feel some real mountain moving faith rising up in here right now.
I feel a Drought Busting faith in the house
(I HEAR THE SOUND OF THE ABUNDANCE OF RAIN)
I feel something shifting in the atmosphere right now
Everybody get on your feet
I prophesy to you right now the drought is breaking and the rain is on the way: Somebody listening to me right now (That drought in your finances is breaking, that long dry spell is over in Jesus name).
Somebody else: Your spirit has been dry for so long, and you’ve felt so distant from the presence of God (That drought is breaking now, the wind is blowing and the rain of Gods supernatural presence is flooding your soul right now, Just open up and let it fall on you.
Somebody else: You’ve been fighting a long battle with your health, (It’s raining, there’s healing in the rain, receive your healing, receive your breakthrough)
Somebody: You’ve been going through a long dry place with your family, it seems like it just gets worse and worse, (you try to love them, you try to embrace them, but they just push you away and run harder) It’s time for that drought to break, it’s time for it to rain on your family) Your husband, your wife, your children and even your grandchildren are going to get wet.
Come on and just lift your hands and tell God: Send the rain, tell him you want the rain.
Zec 10:1 Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain.
It’s the time of Rain: The anointing is here, the rain is falling, yokes are being destroyed, burdens are being lifted.
Joy is being restored, peace is being restored.
Elijah got off his knees and told Ahab: It’s here, The rain is here, If you don’t get that chariot rolling you aren’t getting off this mountain.
And while Elijah was prophesying the wind blew and the clouds turned black and the rain came.
Elijah heard it with his spirit.
He prophesied it with his mouth.
He saw it with his eyes.
I prophesy to you right now: Somebody is getting ready to see a manifestation of what you have heard God say in your spirit.
You’ve been confessing it and believing it and a lot of people thought you were crazy, but you’re getting ready to see it) because the drought is over and the rain is here.
I wish I had some people in here who knew how to enjoy the rain: I wish I had some people in here who knew how to dance in the rain.
Praise and thanksgiving - is verbalized faith. If you thank God after the fact, that’s gratitude. If you thank God before it happens, that’s faith. Ps 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.