Elisha - Be Filled

           Text:  2 Kings 4:1-7

 

Running on Empty

         The widow’s dilemma

                   A dead husband

                   Facing great debts

                  Children to be taken for payment

 

                            Our Feelings:

                            I can’t take one more thing
                            -  Burnout, Overwhelmed

 

Taking Stock

          What do you have?

                  One jar of olive oil
 

                            Words of Wisdom for us:

                            Consider what you have
                            & Be thankful, grateful

 

A Word from the Lord

          Borrow vessels

                  From your Neighbors

                         Get Empty Vessels

                         Do not get a few

 

                             Words of Wisdom for us:  Seek God

                             Come to End of yourself, humility – even humiliation.
                             To have to rely on someone else….to borrow

                             God understands your needs and circumstances
                                  better than you do

                             You don’t know the truth of your circumstances
                                  until you have heard from Him

 

Pour it Out

         Take what you have and pour it out

 

                              Words of Wisdom for us:

                              Self-Reliance is the enemy of faith.

                              We must get to the end of ourselves.

                              God will remove what you rely on,
                                   so that you learn to rely on Him

                              “Lead us not into temptation.” 
                              (God will lead us into circumstances where He knows
                              we will be tested and tempted, because in the trial
                              our faith is made stronger.  Is there a possibility of
                              failure, certainly – thus our cry for deliverance.)

 

God’s Provision

          When all the vessels were full, the oil stopped

                   Pour into the jars you have

                   Set aside the jars that are filled

                   God met her immediate need

                   God provided for her future

 

                               Words of Wisdom for us:            

                               When we are empty of self-reliance,
                               God can be relied on to fill our needs

 

 

                              Truths for Today
 

               God will not fill that which is not empty
 

           God will fill all that is made available to Him

 

                              EMPTY TO BE FILLED

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