Something has to happen.
Synopsis of Sermon 1/5/11
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
All of us have come to places in our lives where we felt trapped. Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever felt you was at your breaking point and no matter what you do, it wouldn’t get better. One would say you at the end of say you are at the end of your rope. At this point Optimist would say, “Just tie another not in the rope.” Pessimist would say, “Just let it go.” All of us has faced this challenge at one time or another. What do you do with a marriage that is on the rocks, or children with problems you can’t solve, or problems on job, or having more bills than money, or being restless with grief of a loved one? All of us know what is like to have these questions in our spirit. No matter what your situation or question, God has a plan and a way to bring us out.
There was a woman in this scripture that needed something to happen right now. She didn’t know where to turn, but she did know in her heart to turn to God. If you turn it over to the Lord, you will know that God is up to something. When you are down to nothing, God is up to something. God will take care of his children. Be not dismayed whatever betide, God will take care of you, because what he has done for others, he will do the same thing for you.
In the text today, this woman has suffered the death of her husband who was the son of the prophets of Elisha. She has creditors who have come, because her husband has left her with much debt and now the bondsmen have come to make her sons work off the debt (as slaves). Elisha comes to speak a word to her to get her into position. If something happens, you have to have the right folk around you. You have to have the right word spoken over your life.
I. God knows our problems
2 Kings 4:1 says 1Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
1. Here we find some things out about this woman.
a. She’s in despair – Cry here means to cry uncontrollably. It means to be weak in the heart. We have all have been to a point of despair and contemplated things that we wouldn’t have thought we would.
b. Death -She experiences death. Her loved one has died and she is suffering the loss of a significant relationship (her husband). She was married to one of the sons of the prophets. These were the men who were in training under Elisha. They were trained to be prophets and preachers in Israel.
c. Debt – Not only does she experience the death of her loved one. She has to also deal with debt that is left behind. She is left with bills she cannot pay. (Leviticus 25 declares the sons have to work off the debt when the husband dies).
d. Devotion – She still has devotion to God no matter how bad it looks. No matter how it looks, you have to have the faith in God. Elisha was God represented in the earth realm. She did not go to friends or family, she went to the man of God who represented God in the earth realm. She had every opportunity to compromise her standards, but she didn’t. She went to God. No matter how hard it gets, you have to trust God before you play yourself.
2. Even if we don’t understand our situation, we know God can turn this thing around. Some of us have to stop acting like rookies. We have been in this for a long time. We ought to know if God did it before, he can do it again today.
3. Some may wonder why something like this would happen to you. The bible says this is a certain woman and doesn’t call her by name. All of us can identify with this. We are in despair and know debt comes and we wonder why we have to go through this.
This is why:
a. Not exempt from trouble. Job 14:1 says1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.-You are not exempt from trouble just because you know the Lord. John 16:33 says 33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.-Even though we know God is sovereign, he is going to allow things to come. God never lets thing happen in our life that he doesn’t have his hand on.
b. God sees all. Proverbs 15:3 says 3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says 9For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. -God got his eyes on our situation.
c. He wants us to give it to him. Hebrews 4:15 says 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.- God feels what you are going through.
1 Peter 5:7 says 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – We must learn to let it go.
4. We might wonder why it would happen to somebody like us? It is opportunity in disguise. It is a set up for the super manifestation of God. Pull yourself together and say, “Something has got to happen.”
II. God releases our potential
2 Kings 4:2 says 2And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. -She says I only have this little oil.
1. This is about how God is going to expose our faith -When you look at what you need verses what you have, you have to know that it is to make you recognize you don’t have what you need. It makes you put your faith in something greater than what you have. We have to get to point that we want the Lord to make us put our faith in him.
2. He expands our faith – Verse two, Elisha says what do you have in your house? Don’t worry about what is in someone else house. The question is what is in your house? Why are you coveting someone else house? God wants you to know that you already have what you need for a blessing in your house.
3. Pot mentioned in verse two means flask. Flask is much like that a person would keep whisky or scotch in. You have to know that as long as it’s got oil in it God can use it. It doesn’t matter how little you have as long as you have oil in it. If God anoints it God can use it no matter how small it may be to you. The small flask with a little oil in it teaches us this; if it is anointed, God can use it no matter how small.
4. He expands our faith publically – 2 Kings 4:3 says3Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. – Elisha tells the woman to borrow a lot of vessels. When you go, don’t minimize your expectation. Don’t come back with a few, borrow a lot. You have to go to people that are in a position help you, but who was sitting, not doing anything. Ask this people that are in position to help that know your situation to help you. God is looking for empty vessels. This will look crazy, but if God told you to do it, just do it. It might look funny to some (asking for something (the vessel) that you don’t have the material to fill it with. You must know that it is preparation time. God is up to something. He is about to expand your faith publicly.
a. The prophet says you have a little flask, but if you go and borrow as many vessels as you can get, when you come back you need to shut the door. This means you might have to shut some folk out.
b. Take that little flask and pour into the empty vessels. Before it even happened, the prophet said you will have so much oil that you will have to set some of it to the side. Maybe somebody reading this really needs to hear this. 2 Kings 4: 4 says 4And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
III. God gives our provision
1. No matter what you go through this year God will bless you.
2. Watch this lesson of God’s provision. The prophet said pour into the vessel and when it fills up and set it aside. She went forth towards him, she shut the door, her son brought the vessels to her, and she poured the oil out (from the small flask). This is our season to pour out! Do exactly what God promised you. This is a lesson of God’s provision.
3. The lesson of Gods provision.
a. God keeps his promises.
2 Corinthians 1:2 says 2Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 6:18 says 18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Matthew 5:18 says 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Matthew 24:35 says 35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Isaiah 55:10-11 says 10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11So 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.- God’s word will not return to him void.
b. We are stepping out on a promise –. God will make a way out of no way.
c. The limit of Gods provision -When she poured out, the vessels ran out. She had just a little flask of oil. When she poured out into the vessels, the vessels ran out. God is ready to give you what you what you made room for, no room or no less. God never put a limit on how many vessels you can bring. Don’t limit what God is going to do in your life.Bring many as you want back, because God will bless you at your level of faith. We are not going to limit what God is going to do in our lives. If God told us to bring them (the vessels), it is Gods responsibility to fill him. We want God to do greater things in our life.
d. The largeness of Gods provision -The bible says her vessels ran out. We don’t have to worry about how the oil got in the flask. All we have to do is pour it out. Stop counting it (the money for example), because if God said, it will be. We keep looking at what we have, verses what we need. Take what you have and pour it out, and trust that God will replenish it before you run out of oil.
4. When God does something like this, you can’t keep it to yourself. 2 Kings 4:5-7 says 5So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 6And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 7Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.- She told the man of God and guess what he said. Elisha said to go and sell the oil, pay your debt, and live and on the rest. God didn’t bless you like this to live it up and owe people. Once you get it, you use your entrepreneur spirit to go and sell it and use the revenue to pay the debt. After you pay the debt you out of debt, God says he will give you your desires. Live off the rest! He will then bless your dependants. How? Because the blessing is not just for you, because a good man leaves an inheritance to his child children. What’s ahead of you is better than what is to come. What you been worrying about, God has already worked out. Give God the glory for allowing you to live off the rest.