Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Day of Pentecost, tongues of fire settled on each person there, spread all around the world. The power of the Holy Spirit impacting on people's lives all around the world. 8th June Pentecost Sunday.
The oil of faith.
2 Kings 4: 1-7. Miracle of the widow and the oil. Widow makes a complaint to the prophet. Double negative: my husband is dead, the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be slaves.
Put into context in our world today. There are seasons where we've been doing everything we know to do, giving everything we know to give, but something has been taken away. Elisha able to raise the dead. How can he allow a man to die and expose a family to a creditor. Sometimes and some seasons in our lives where we have had the gift of covering and blessing. All of a sudden, the thing that was precious to her is taken away.
There are some things in our world that are going to die, because he wants us to move onto other things. Takes away the first, so that he can establish the second. If God does not take it away from you, then you will hold onto your first. If you don't lose the first, you wont get the second. Some things have to go in order for God to do something new.
The creditor's coming: when the enemy convinces you that you are a loser. You have a debt, you can't pay it, you're about to lose it. The devil is worried about your harvest, about your fruit. Two sons = harvest. So, he wants you to think you're a loser, in order to hold onto your harvest. God is the God of harvest. Not the harvest is coming - the harvest is here! Believing for your harvest, trusting for your harvest. Winter is over, and now it's harvest time, and the creditor that is trying to make us feel like a loser will not have his way!
Started out as a double negative, but Holy Spirit turns it around. Prophet asks two questions: what do you want me to do? What do you have in the house. Doesn't give a chance to answer the first question. Don't answer based on your need. Second question: what do you have in the house? Nothing but a jar of oil. If we don't have the presence of God, we have nothing. Oil = presence of God. What do you have in your life? Then the Holy Spirit says get all the vessels you can, so they can be filled. Then sell the jars = global harvest.
Jer 1:9,10. God says I put my words in your mouth. Power of God today. Put you over the nations. If God appoints, no man can disappoint
Holy Spirit example. Pours out Holy Spirit into our lives. I've got nothing except God in me! God needs a jar to put oil in. Doesn't matter if the jar is chipped, or gone through hell or high water, God needs these broken vessels to pour his Spirit into! Then each jar needs to take what they're full of, and pour into something that's empty. If you keep pouring, you'll never run empty.
The spirit of faith is to believe what God has spoken into our lives.
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2 Kings 4:1-7
4:1 Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” 2 And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. 4 Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. 7 She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” (ESV)
9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.” (ESV)
24 But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it. 25 Now, since the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valleys, turn tomorrow and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.” (ESV)