Month: July 2014
Her husband was dead and he didn’t leave an inheritance to her and her sons. He left them debt.
The widow went to the prophet Elisha because he knew her husband and she thought he could help her. The prophet asked her two questions: 1) What do you want me to do and 2) What do you have in your house? I’m not sure what the widow was expecting him to do, but Elisha didn’t agree to pay her debt, he didn’t lend her any money and he didn’t suggest praying about her situation. When he asked the second question, she almost missed her miracle by saying she had nothing, but she quickly changed her answer and told him she had a pot of oil. She never mentioned owning a bed, table or chair. Maybe she had already sold these items, but still couldn’t pay off the debt.
Elisha didn’t give her a handout, but he did give her something. He gave her three clear and simple instructions.
The first assignment was to go from door to door and ask neighbors to borrow vessels – and she had to borrow many, not a few vessels. You don’t know what people will give you unless you ask. Pride tells us to keep our mouths closed because what you’re going through is nobody’s business, but this woman was desperate. She didn’t care who knew what kind of trouble she was in. All she wanted was to come out of it. She humbled herself and obeyed the prophet.
The next assignment was to go in a room, shut the door, and fill the borrowed vessels. Some of us would have allowed logic to talk us out of obeying this instruction. Elisha asked her to borrow vessels, but how can you fill many vessels when you only have one jar of oil? The things God ask you to do may not make sense, but it does make faith. In spite of what her mind said, she believed the word she heard. If you don’t believe what you hear, you won’t obey it.
The last assignment was to sell the oil. This was a lot of work. How long did it take to borrow vessels, fill them and sell the oil? Some people would complain about losing sleep and being tired, but remember, this widow probably wasn’t resting anyway. She was probably worried and wondering how she was going to pay this debt, but if she worked now, she would rest well after her debt was paid.
One of the purposes of anointing oil was to anoint the body for death. If the prophet wasn’t able to help her, she would have given up, but God didn’t want this oil to be used for her death. He wanted her to use this oil so she could live longer and enjoy life.
What this woman needed was in her house. What you need is inside of you, but like this widow, we call our something ‘nothing’. Either we don’t know what we have or we don’t understand the value of what we have. I don’t know how long she had oil in her house, but it probably took her losing everything to see what she had. Sometimes God will allow things to dry up in your life (like Elijah at the brook of Cherith) so that you will move and do what He has called you to do.
I want to leave you with these six points:
- God loves you and He doesn’t take pleasure in seeing you struggle.
- Stop looking at what other people have and be content with what you have.
- Stop saying ‘I don’t have it’. God has given you everything you need to live this life (2 Peter 1:3).
- Even if you don’t have a lot, what you have is what you need.
- What is insignificant to you is significant to someone else. Someone needs what you have.
- Jesus has given you permission to ask and in return it will be given. Ask Him to reveal to you what you have and ask for wisdom to use it the way He designed it to be used.
Inside of you is a word, a book, a business idea, skills and talents.
What do YOU have in your house (body)?
Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
A few days ago, I drove approximately eight hours in a bad storm. This is what the storm taught me:
- Whether you prepare for it or not, a storm is coming.
- God is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
- Don’t worry about time. You are not losing time. Sometimes you have to slow down or stop for a moment due to the storm, but as long as you don’t quit, you will reach your destination.
- I wanted to turn around and go back home, but then I was reminded that I had come too far to turn around. There will be times you will want to go back, but keep looking forward. Don’t go back to where you started. Finish what you started.
- Instead of thinking about how far you have to go, think about far you have come. It hasn’t been as long as you think.
- Change the way you think about the storm. The storm came to make you, not break you.
- You can’t stay HERE and still get THERE. You must move.
- Stop focusing on how bad the storm is and think about how happy you and many others will be once you reach your destination.
- Look beyond where you are. Don’t focus on what you feel or see right now. This is only temporary.
- There is joy before you. Look ahead!
A year ago around this time, the Lord was waking me up around 3:00 in the morning. Instead of getting up to pray, I chose to turn over and fall back to sleep. Proverbs 24:33-34 tells us that a little folding of the hands to sleep causes poverty to come suddenly and it will be as a thief broke in and took everything away.
While I was sleeping, the enemy was sowing weeds.
The following month, something very precious was taken from me. I wanted to be mad, but I couldn’t be mad with the devil or the person that the devil used because the Lord was dealing with me before this ever happened. I know the devil is a thief, but I also realized that there were some things that the devil didn’t steal from me. I ignorantly gave it to him.
Esau was the same way. No one stole Esau’s birthright. Jacob asked Esau to sell it because he saw the value of it. Esau, on the other hand, didn’t see the value of what was given to him so he basically gave it away. “What profit shall this birthright do to me?” (Gen 25:32). Many of us have done the same thing. We have given things to the deceiver because we didn’t recognize the value of our bodies or the value of the anointing. Unfortunately, we realized what we had after we lost it.
The reason why God was waking me up was to stop what the enemy started. He wanted to show me in the spirit what I couldn’t see in the natural. God has called us to be a watchman on the tower. You can see things better from a watchtower than you can at ground level. A watchman is like a guard. His/her duty is to observe, protect, and look out for danger or threats. A tower is used to watch for enemies or approach of danger. It is a high place where you can see far and wide. Intercession takes you to a high place. Intercession reveals those things which are not seen. This is why it is so important for you and I to pray. This is why it is important to wake up – physically and spiritually. Danger is approaching, but when you pray, it will not come near you and it will not harm you.
The enemy is crafty and cunning. He waits until you are sleeping, hurting and vulnerable and then he makes plans against you and your future, but the word God has placed in your mouth is sharper than any two-edged sword and it is able to cut off every work, plan and plot of the enemy. You have power to root out, to pull down, to destroy, to throw down, to build, and to plant. Inside of you is a word that is able to cut off the enemy’s assignments, break every wicked device, and cancel his plans. This is what YOU have.
God is always one step ahead of the enemy and those who watch and pray will always be one step ahead of the enemy as well. The thief never announces that he’s coming to your house to steal from you, but whatever the thief tries to conceal, God will reveal when you pray. Nothing will take you by surprise anymore. You will not be deceived or tricked again.
I gave an example of me physically sleeping, but I’m talking about spiritually sleeping as well. Although your eyes are physically open, you can still be spiritually unconscious about what’s going on around you.
Arise. You have been sleeping too long. Now it’s time to wake up from your slumber and watch as well as pray.
I had been out of school for eight years and now I was going back to school.
Before school started, I decreed and declared that I would not make less than a B in my classes.
It was almost time for classes to begin. I went to orientation, took my ID picture and purchased books for my classes. I had learned some things in my classes, but now it was time to be tested on what I learned. I made a B on my midterm in one class, but I failed the midterm in another class. Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one. Before the midterm, the classroom was full. After midterm, half of the students in my class dropped out. I spoke to my professor and explained how long I had been out of school, but that I was determined not to quit. My professor told me that it was possible to pass his class despite failing the midterm, but he explained that I had to put in a lot of work. There were only two exams for this class, a midterm and a final, but there were two assignments that I had to complete and he also graded us based upon our attendance in class. I only missed one class, I completed my assignments and now it was time to prepare for my final. The final exam was going to be a bit like the midterm so I knew what to expect. I studied hard and when the day to take my final came, I was so confident that I passed.
In the meantime, I kept checking my grades online. One day, I checked my grades and so far I had a B (my final grade was pending). I got so excited that my eyes got full, but I was at work at the time so I had to keep it together. I was so proud of myself. However, my final grade was a C+.
I know you’re wondering how did I go from a B to a C+. Well, let me tell you what I did…
I changed my confession. The moment I found out that I failed my midterm, I got scared that I would fail the class and I said, ‘If I can just make a C, I’ll be happy’. I allowed that one moment to change my confession instead of allowing my confession to change that moment.
Hebrews 10:23 reads, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering for he is faithful that promised”.
- When God tells you to hold fast to what He has given you, it’s because there is someone who desires to take it away from you. No matter what you’re going through, don’t allow the pressures of life cause you to give up what God gave you. It belongs to you.
- Profession is another word for confession. It is the act of declaring or saying something openly. Confess with your mouth what you believe in your heart. Declare what you believe. Declare what you want to see. That’s faith.
- The word, wavering, means to be firm and unmoved. Sometimes the things we go through tempt us to move, to quit and to give up, but don’t let what you see or how you feel move you. Don’t move, but allow the word to move (run) very swiftly in your life.
- The reason why God wants you to hold on to the word He gave you is because it shall come to pass. If He said it, then that means it will happen. He is faithful that promised.
If you are in Christ Jesus and He is in you, no one has to take you to the King. The King is already in you. Now the King wants you to reign as a king in life (Romans 5:17). When a king speaks, what he/she says cannot be changed. When he/she decrees a thing, it will be established. Just like Samuel, the Lord will not let none of your words fall to the ground, but don’t change your confession.
Whatever you were saying before the test, continue to say it while you’re being tested. Don’t let your situation change your confession, but let your confession change your situation. Be consistent.
Don’t change your confession!