Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness
Sept 16, 2012: “Rags to Riches!”
Sun AM Worship
Text Luke 10:46-52 (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;”
"Circumstances do not make you what you are...they reveal what you are." Man is the only known creature who can reshape and remold himself by altering his attitude." Someone has said that forgiveness is the fragrance a flower gives off, after it has been crushed.
Mar 10:46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
Mar 10:47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Mar 10:48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Mar 10:49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
Mar 10:50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
Mar 10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
Mar 10:52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
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
The sun burning 93 million miles away provides the gravitational pull that keeps all the planets in orbit, but that same sun will warm your face on a cold day as if it had nothing else to do at that moment. The awesome God who keeps the entire universe running will stop and answer your cry for help as if He had nothing else to do. God isn’t distracted by the millions of other voices. He always has time for you.
We have come here today to
Celebrate the presence of our God in our lives. We have a reason to be excited
today. We don’t need to hide it, and if we get out of control, I think not only
will we like it but I feel like it would please God.
INTRO: In the 80’s there
was a song that said:
“I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it; I’m about to lose control; and I think I like it.”
ILL. Joy, Worship: Don’t grin in church
In church one Sunday a small child was turning around smiling at everyone. He wasn’t gurgling, spitting, humming, tearing the hymnbooks apart, or rummaging through his mother’s purse. He was just smiling. Suddenly his mother jerked him around, and in a stage whisper that everyone could hear, and said, "Stop that grinning. You’re in church." With that she gave him a slap on his thigh, and as the tears rolled down his cheeks she added, "That’s better," and returned to her prayers.
We have a reason to be excited today
1. Bartimaeus could see:
That Jesus was the Christ.
When the blind man asked who it was that coming his way, they replied “Jesus of Nazareth.” Bartemaeus must have heard many stories about Jesus. He believed Jesus to be the Christ.
Bartimaeus knew that
“Christ” would have the power to heal blind eyes. When he cried, “Have mercy on
me Jesus, thou Son of David,” he was declaring his faith.
Bartimaeus could see: That
he was born blessed.
Throughout the dark days of his life, Bartimaeus must have often wondered, “Why was I even born?” His life was just a matter of surviving from day to day. He was but a beggar on the streets of life.
Everything changed the day that Christ passed his way. Bartimaeus knew that in order for Christ to fulfill Bible prophecy, he would have to “heal blind eyes.” He had blind eyes. He could help Christ accomplish the purpose for which he had come into the world. It must have occurred to Bartimaeus, “So this is my purpose in life. This is the reason that I was born blind!”
When it was told that Christ called for him, Bartimaeus took off his old beggars garment, and left it behind. Our filthy rags of righteousness will not do in the presence of God. This is a picture of repentance.
Bartemaeus knew that once he came to Christ, he would never have to be in bondage and beg from the world again.
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Joh 8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Joh 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Bartimaeus could see: The obvious.
When Christ asked Bartimaeus, what is it that you would have me to do for you, he replied, “Lord, that I might receive my sight.” This was an obvious answer to an obvious question.
Yet, every man without Christ is blind. Few blind souls ever see their need for Christ. Why is it that a lost man does not see his obvious need for Christ? Bartimaeus did.
2. Bartimaeus could see: That this was his chance.
Note that I did not say, “Last Chance.” He had never been given a chance to have his eyes healed before this opportunity came, nor would he after.
Jesus is not just a way, a truth, a life. Jesus is the only way, the only truth, the only life. If he let this moment go, the opportunity to have his blind eyes healed would be forever gone.
It is possible to “sin away” your day of grace. It is possible to “harden your heart as in the day of provocation.”
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
3. Bartimaeus could see: That the crowd was wrong.
The crowd around him rebuked Bartimaeus for calling out to Christ. A few days later, another crowd would be saying, “Crucify him, crucify him.”
Bartimaeus would have to stand against the flow of the crowd. He cried the louder.
4. Bartimaeus could see: That he would have to make a fool of himself in the eyes of the world.
Bartimaeus made a decision to become a “fool for Christ.” If you make a decision to come to Christ, others will make fun of you. Are you willing to be a martyr? “All they that live for Christ will suffer persecution.”
Bartimaeus could see: That there was no turning back.
Not everyone in the generation of Christ would receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but blind Bartimaeus would be among the number of the redeemed. Because of his blind eyes, he came to know Christ.
“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
Mat 11:2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
Mat 11:3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
Mat 11:4 Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:
Mat 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.
Mat 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Mat 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
Mat 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
Mat 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
Mat 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mat 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Mat 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
Mat 11:14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
Mat 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Joh 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Joh 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Joh 14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
A Blind Man Meets a Healer
Stevie Wonder (the singer) and Jack Nicklaus (the golfer) are sitting around the pool talking. Inevitably the conversation turns to golf and Nicklaus is surprised to find out that Stevie Wonder, who is blind, has been playing golf for years.
The golf pro can’t believe it. He wants some details so Stevie Wonder explains how he does it: “My caddy stands out in the middle of the fairway and calls out to me. I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him. Then when I get to where the ball lands, the caddy moves further down the green, shouts out and I hit the ball again.
Nicklaus is obviously impressed but then asks, “But how do you putt?” The famous singer replies:
“Well, I get my caddy to
lean down in front of the hole and call to me with his head on the ground and
his mouth just over the cup. I just play the ball towards his voice.”
Nicklaus finds all this
very amazing and then asks Wonder if they can play a round sometime. Stevie
agrees but says that because people don’t take him very seriously he only plays
for money and he never plays for less than $10,000 a hole. Nicklaus thinks
about it for a minute and then says, “OK, that’s serious money, but I’m up for
it. When do we play?”
To which Steve Wonder answers, “You name the night.”