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2 Kings 4:8-37
This is the story of how Elisha restores a child to life. What does it have to do with evangelism? Simple, someone needed to hear the Word from God, and so God sent someone out.
In verses 8-11
A Shunammite woman realizes a man of God which passes by continually. He was an evangelist, out spreading the Word of God. The woman sensed a need for the traveling prophet, so out of kindness she had prepared a room for him to use while he was there for his journey. I would think it was similar to a Bed & Breakfast or like the new AirBnB’s.
Many years ago, when true evangelism was going through our nation, there were many believers that had a spare room in their home, which they called the ‘prophet’s chamber’. I remember those days when a visiting preacher would stay in church members home during a revival week. That way the visiting preacher didn’t have to pay for a hotel room nor meals.
How often do we offer assistance to those that pass by in our lives that may need some type of assistance? What has happened to the old-time revivals with visiting ministers? Where are they now?
1 John 3:17
In verses 12-19
Sometime later, Elisha tells his servant to bring the Shunammite woman to him. It appears that the prophet wanted to repay her and her husband for their kindness. She was asked was there anything that she was in need of. Elisha’s servant told him that she was without child. Elisha tells her that she would have a son. This is very similar to the case of Sara and Abraham in Genesis.
Time passes and she gave birth. Time passes again, and the child goes out to help his father but unfortunately, he was ill and died. Why? We don’t know. What we do know is that an answered prayer has a tragic outcome.
In verses 20-25
The woman had faith. She did not blame nor curse God. She lays her deceased child on the bed of the man of God. We’re unsure why this is but we could presume that she began to have belief in the God that Elisha served. The passage doesn’t say anything about her praying to God, just that she tells her husband that she is going to search for the man of God that had been there at their home. She had confidence that he could be restored.
The woman broke tradition. It was not the new moon of the sabbath. She got out of the normal rituals. How often do we get ourselves stuck in the same routine? ‘We’ve always done it this way’. Times may come when we need to change from our old habits or rituals. God doesn’t change but we may need to so that we can reach others.
In verses 26 -30
The man of God had compassion for others. He sent his servant to inquire about her and her family. He didn’t know about her current situation, he just remembered her and her family.
Do we have true compassion for others in the world?
When she got to the man of God, Elisha, she fell at his feet. Elisha’s servant was about to move her, but Elisha stopped him. Elisha was unsure of her reason to be there. He states that ‘the Lord had hidden it from him’. She seems angry and asks him why did he deceive her? Elisha tells his servant to go to the child and place his staff on the child’s head.
Exodus 7:19; Exodus 14:16
The woman said she would not leave Elisha. So, the man of God went to where the issue was. There are times we need to get out and go. It’s more important to go to the problem. Don’t sit back and wait for others or for the problem to come to us.
In verses 31-37
Elisha’s servant got there first and did as instructed. However, the child did not wake up. The condition was recognized, and the man of God was not defeated by failure. Not his failure but the failure of the world. Elisha knew the objective, went into the inner chamber, and prayed to be endued with power. Elisha cried to God in faith and belief. Maybe Elisha saw the similarities between this situation and the one Elijah was in.
1 Kings 17:19; 1 Kings 17:21
Prayers do get answered. Maybe not in the way we want, but in accordance with God’s will.
The action that followed the prayer was that the child came to life. Elisha, in faith, had called unto God and the child was restored. We can only imagine the woman’s response.
1 Kings 17:24
There is a need for us to be alive as well. Don’t be a dead servant. Do not settle for nothing except life. There is life in Christ. We need to show true concern for others as we share the Gospel. Those who take the life of Christ to a dead world must do so with deep conviction and in fervent prayer. Those dead in sin come to life when they come in contact with Christ.
1. Mirror, mirror of the book, please tell me how I look.
7. Shallow knowledge makes superficial Christians.
8. We have become a denomination of ignorant brethren.
9. No matter how hard you pray, you cannot manipulate God’s response.
10. Willingness leads to an abundant life.
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I am asking for prayer as I have been studying and working on a D.Min degree. That is why I have not posted since I started this blog. I tried to start a website so that I could have a place tp post my sermons but I think this may be the better avenue. With the blog I could post something from my phone or my tablet, whatever it is that the Lord may give me.
Why are we hiding ourselves from God or the world?
Hiding behind inabilities:
Exodus 3:10, ‘Come now therefore, and I will send the unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.’
Do we hide due to our fears and thoughts of our inabilities? Do we think that we cannot do or perform certain tasks? Philippians 4:19, ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.’
God does not ask for or seek for our abilities or lack thereof, He looks for our availability.
Hiding because of fear of failure:
Matthew 17:20, ‘And Jesus said unto them, Because or your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.’
Are we afraid of failing, that we may not have the strength, that we may not succeed in our path? Isaiah 41:10, ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.’
We do not need to fear; (I am with thee) God’s is with us, (I am thy God) we have a relationship with God, and (I will uphold thee) His strength, His help, and His victory is ever with us.
Hiding our light for God:
Matthew 5:14, ‘Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.’
A city that is on top of a hill cannot be hid because its light shines in the darkness. At night its light can be seen for miles. even from the sky above you can see the light in the night. As we live for Christ, His light will shine through us into a dark world. Our light is hid if we are quiet when we should speak, if we blend in with the world, if we deny God’s light, if we let sin into our lives, or if we do not explain the light of Christ to others. We should be as a lighthouse, shining the light of Christ to the world. Philippians 2:15, ‘That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world’.
Hiding our faith:
John 12:42, ‘Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.’
Many refuse to believe, but many that believe refuse to admit it. If we do this, then we must be afraid of ridicule and rejection. There were Jewish leaders that would not proclaim faith in Jesus because they feared being barred from the synagogues and lose their illustrious positions in society. Matthew 10:32-33, ‘Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.’
We should be more concerned with God’s acceptance in us than the temporary, unpredictable, capricious praise of man.
Hiding because of fear of man:
Proverbs 29:25, ‘The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.’
Fear of man can hamper all that you attempt to do. It can cause you to feel reluctant to leave your home. Why fear individuals who can do no harm to your eternal soul? God can transform the damage proposed by others into good for the individuals who trust Him. Proverbs 16:7, ‘When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.’
It is our nature to need others to like us, and at times we will. God instructs us to place our vitality into satisfying Him. Our push to be peacemakers will for the most part make us progressively appealing to everyone around us, even our foes. Regardless of whether it doesn't, we haven't lost anything. We should still strive to satisfying God, the only One that matters.
How can we stop ourselves from hiding?
Trust in the Lord:
Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
The upright place their trust in God. At the point when we start our Christian life, our insight into God is halfway and deficient. As we believe Him day by day, we experience how great He is. Proverbs 3:5-6, ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’
We should trust in Him totally in each decision we make. Try not to discard cautious thinking, yet we ought not confide in our own thoughts or be astute in our own eyes. Take your decisions to God, utilize the Bible as your guide and follow God's guidance.
Meditate on God’s Word:
Psalm 1:2, ‘But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.’
Meditating means investing energy reading the Bible and considering what you have read. Ask yourself how you should change so you're living as God says. Knowing and thinking about God's Word are the initial moves toward applying it to your regular day to day existence. If you desire to know God more intently, you should recognize what He says. The more we are aware of the entire extent of God's Word, the more assets we will have for our day to day choices. 2 Timothy 2:15, ‘Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’
We must study. We must know God’s Word. That way we will understand what it says and means.
God’s voice of assurance is stronger than our conscience:
1 John 3:20, ‘For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things’
How would we get away from the biting allegations of our heart? Not by overlooking or attempting to legitimize our inner voice. We must set our hearts to rest in God's adoration. We ought to remind ourselves that God knows our hearts and what we do. When we are in Christ, He does not condemn us. Romans 8:1, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.’
If that inner voice condemns us in known sin, or the disregard of known obligation, God does so as well. Let that still, small voice be very much educated, be heard, and tenaciously attended to.
Rely on God’s power to overcome:
1 John 5:4-5, ‘For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?’
Jesus never guaranteed that obeying Him would be simple. Difficult work can be fulfilling if we appreciate its outcomes. Hard work and self-control of serving Christ is no burden to the individuals who love Him. In the event that our load becomes too heavy, we should trust in Christ to assist us with bearing it. Matthew 11:28, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’
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