Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Rom 15:13 ... abound in hope ...
Cherise facbook pic. May the God of Hope fill you with all Joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God will never run out of hope. You can have peace, even in the hardest time in your life. Paul, in prison, saying "count it all joy".
Story. Scottish lady with bank money orders. God has riches for us, but we will never be filled unless we apply it in our lives. Your faith and trust in God will determine how we see our circumstances.
2 Kings 3:15-16. "But now, bring me a musician..." Let worship become something that is provident and evident in your life. This year and the year to come. Find the music! Maybe take time out on a personal level to rest. Maybe exercise - something that will stimulate you and charge you.
vs 16. Story behind this - going up behind king of Moabites. Water cutoff, they were dry, no energy to fight the battle. King of Moab knew this, by the time they arrive they will be dead, dead tired and have no strength. Elisha says "dig a ditch, not just one, but a whole valley of them". Every time you worship, you're digging a ditch, filling the hole with God's Spirit. When morning prayers came, the whole valley was filled. As you dig, God's promise to you is to fill it. God is the God who loves hardship and appears in the midst of it. He's not afraid of something going wrong in your world, puts you right in the midst of it all - God will give you the victory. Circumstance tells us everything the opposite.
Dig a ditch - build relationship with others. Do the practical things in our lives. Promise of God, dig a ditch, means that sometimes we need to give up the right to win the fight.
vs 17,18. "... the valley shall be filled with water ...". refreshing, life-giving, a simple matter in the sight of The Lord. Principle of finding the music is that it shifts the atmosphere, God can move. We play our part. If I'm going to trust God with my life, then I have to be willing to do it, not just hear it. Until we take God's word and do it, it won't change our life. This is easy for God!
vs 20. What is life to you, is a death knell for the enemy. The enemy sees blood - defeat in our life. They think that we're dead already - that's the great lie! God is about to work a miracle, but we need to be obedient to His word. Things will change!
Joel 2:25. God says I will restore, I will make better than the original condition. To you, the years that have been stolen and taken from your life. God says I will restore it - everything, self esteem, marriage breakdown - God is going to restore it. Reality faces the truth.
God sees value in us, chooses us, fixes us up, makes us look new.
Joel 2:26-29. Sons and daughters will prophesy. Will become a voice to this generation. Old men dream dreams. There are dreams on the inside that God wants to awaken. Things that will change your life. Gives us power to get wealth, not just money. Fathering generations, parenting generations of people.
2 Kings 4:1-7. Woman lost her husband, facing debt. Left alone with nothing. In those days, pay your debt, have to sell kids. Not only lost husband, but about to lose sons too. Turns to man of God. He represented God to her.
First port of call - run to God. Let Him know the situation. When we cry out to God. God wants to fill us with oil. Be honest about our situation. Man of God asks "what do you have? Get some empty vessels". Today, allow God to fill your life to overflowing. God says I need you to be empty. Give out what's been given to us. God says if you pour out from your life hope, peace, life, faith, then God will fill you again.
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13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (KJV)
2 Kings 3:15-20
15But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. 16And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. 17For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. 18And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. 19And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones. 20And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with water. (KJV)
25And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. 26And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 27And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. (KJV)
2 Kings 4:1-77
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. 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. 3Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 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. 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. 8And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. 9And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. 10Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. 11And it fell on a day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. 12And he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called her, she stood before him. 13And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people. 14And he said, What then is to be done for her? And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her husband is old. 15And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood in the door. 16And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. 17And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. 18And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 19And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 20And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 22And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 23And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 24Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 25So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 26Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 27And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 28Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 29Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. 30And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. 31And Gehazi passed on before them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice, nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The child is not awaked. 32And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. 33He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD. 34And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. 35Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. 37Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out. 38And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. 39And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. 40So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. 41But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. 42And there came a man from Baal-shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. 43And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 44So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD. (KJV)