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MAY 1, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Kings 2:14 


   And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.


INTRO: Have you ever felt alone?


   Have you ever wondered “Where is God in all this mess”?


   Have you ever cried out to God, “Where are You”?


   Elisha was facing this dilemma.


   He had been Elijah’s servant for many years.


2 Kings 3:11 (NLT) But King Jehoshaphat of Judah asked, “Is there no prophet of the LORD with us? If there is, we can ask the LORD what to do through him.” One of King Joram’s officers replied, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to be Elijah’s personal assistant.”


   God had called Elisha to be Elijah’s assistant many years earlier.


1 Kings 19:19-21 (NLT) So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!” Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.” So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.




A.    Elijah was going to leave him.


2 Kings 2:1 And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.


·         Elisha was committed to be faithful


NOTE: Three times Elijah told Elisha to stay while God called him to another place.  2 Kings 2:2, 4 & 6


   Elisha could not allow his concern for what was going to happen to Elijah hinder his commitment to his task.


1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.


   We can become so caught up in someone else’s ministry that we fail to fulfil ours


·         There were those who sought to discourage him


2 Kings 2:3 And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.


NOTE: There will always be those who speak discouraging words


   By failing to allow the naysayers to control him, Elisha received God’s blessings




A. The crossing of the Jordan


2 Kings 2:8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.


NOTE: God demonstrated His power through Elijah by the dividing of the Jordan River.


   Fifty of the sons of the prophets witness this power


B.    Elijah’s question


2 Kings 2:9a And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee…


   Jesus asked blind Bartimaeus the same question


Mark 10:51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.


NOTE: What do you want from God?


C.   Elisha’s answer


2 Kings 2:9b And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.


NOTE: Elisha was requesting the right of the first born.


   The first born belonged to God


Numbers 3:13 Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.


D.    Elisha received his request


2 Kings 2:10 And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.


NOTE: It was because of Elisha’s faithfulness that he was granted his request


2 Kings 2:11-12 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.




NOTE: Are you longing to live in victory and experience God’s blessings?


   Elisha knew he could not go in his own strength and so he sought the God of Elijah


  Many people are seeking different gods, hoping to find peace and fulfillment in life


CONCLUSION: It wasn’t Elijah’s mantle that parted the Jordan River; it was the Spirit of the Living God.


   There is only one God that can fulfill our lives and that is the God of Elijah.


Luke 11:9-10, 13 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened…If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?


MAY 8, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 8:28 

   And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


NOTE: Women throughout history have played a very important role in the life of the Church, in this story it is a little girl.


  We often wonder why God allows evil things to happen to His people.


   In this story we see where God used a tragedy to produce a victory


   We often think that we can’t be used by God because of our seemly limited abilities.


   God can do very great things through very feeble instruments


1 Corinthians 1:26-27 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;


   Seven things that stand out in this story:




   Think of the tragedy she experienced.


   What had happened to her family?


   Why had God allowed this?

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


   No matter where we are and what we may be going through, God is with us.


Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.


NOTE: It didn’t say IF but rather WHEN you face difficulties


   Perhaps this slave remembered the story of Joseph




NOTE: Her name is not given


   This story reveals how important is it that we teach our children about God?


Proverbs 22:6 (KJV) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


   The faith of a child can be a great example to us adults


Luke 18:15-17 (TLB) One day some mothers brought their babies to him to touch and bless. But the disciples told them to go away. Then Jesus called the children over to him and said to the disciples, "Let the little children come to me! Never send them away! For the Kingdom of God belongs to men who have hearts as trusting as these little children’s. And anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get within the Kingdom’s gates."




NOTE: Just because you are a Believer doesn’t mean you won’t face hardships


   She worshipped God in spite of Israel’s idolatry


   It is highly likely that she was raised by Jehovah believing parents.


   She had been taught the Word of God


   She knew about Elisha




NOTE: She had every human right to hate Naaman but instead she showed the compassion of God


Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.


   She was concerned with the physical welfare of her master




Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


   She may have been a child but she had great faith


·         She had faith in the power of God

·         She had faith in the compassion of God




Ezra 10:4 (NKJV) Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it."


   Her faith and compassion would not allow her to remain silent


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.


   She was not like the fearful servant


Matthew 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.


   Having courage does not mean that we are not afraid


ILL: The lighthouse’s little girl




   God had placed her in this position for this time in order to bring honor and glory to Him


·         Naaman was healed of leprosy


2 Kings 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.


·         Naaman became a believer


2 Kings 5:17 (GW) So Naaman said, “If you won't take it, please have someone give me as much dirt as a pair of mules can carry. From now on I will sacrifice to the LORD alone. I will not offer any burnt offering or sacrifice to any other gods.


CONCLUSION: With God, a little is a lot


   May this story of the little girl encourage us to seek ways to share the Gospel with others.


MAY 15, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Kings 3:16


   And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.


INTRO: Have we come to the end of our rope?


   Are we facing situations that we have no control over?


   We all face these types situations at one time or another; some because of choices we have made, and some at no fault of our own.


   The stories in the Old Testament provide us with both a historical and spiritual lesson




NOTE: Not all the problems we face are because of bad choices, but many are.


   When we disobey God’s Word we can expect to face difficult times.




ü  He aligned himself with ungodly Israel


2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?


NOTE: This is the second time Jehoshaphat made a choice of alliance that almost cast him his life.


1 Kings 22:32 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, Surely it is the king of Israel. And they turned aside to fight against him: and Jehoshaphat cried out.

ü  He failed to seek God’s direction


ILL: Joshua and the Gibeonites


Joshua 9:14 (GW) The men believed the evidence they were shown, but they did not ask the LORD about it.




2 Kings 3:9 So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.


ü  The ungodly king blamed God


2 Kings 3:10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!


NOTE: Those who fail to have faith in God, blame God when bad things happen.


   When we fail to have faith we can only see the negative


ü  Jehoshaphat sought the council of God


2 Kings 3:11-12 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah. And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.


NOTE: Even when we face bad situations because of the choices we have made, God will still deliver us when we seek His face.




NOTE: There are times we are faced with difficulties that are not our fault


2 Kings 4:1 Now 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.


NOTE: She was a widow of a prophet


   Bad things happen to good people


   Husband died leaving her with a debt she could not pay


   She sought help from God


NOTE: God has ways of turning adversities into victories and blessings.


Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.




Jeremiah 29:11-13 (GW) I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will hear you. When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me,


NOTE: God had a plan for both of these situations but His plan had two parts.




2 Kings 3:16-17 (KJV) And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For 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.




2 Kings 3:18-19 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. And 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.




2 Kings 4:2-4 (KJV) And 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. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And 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.


NOTE: God uses what we have to bring Him glory


   If we want God’s blessing in our life we must prepare ourselves to receive His blessings.


ILL: Going on a great fishing trip


   When we do our part, God will do His part.


   What would have happen if no ditches were dug or only a couple of vessels were brought?


    The amount of blessings depends on size of the ditches and the number of the vessels.


CONCLUSION: There are surprises in store for those who trust God, and do their part.


MAY 22, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 11:6


   But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

INTRO: The Word of God tells us that in order to please God we must have Faith


   Many people say they have faith but what kind of faith is it, and what is their faith in?


   There are many different kinds of faith; it is the object of faith that determines the validity of faith.


Psalm 20:7-8 (NIV) Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.


   The life of a Christian is a life of Faith, what kind of Christian we are depends on what kind of Faith we have.


   The Christians Faith is dependent on two things;


Ø  The belief in the existence of God and all His attributes

Ø  The belief that He will bless those who call upon Him


   Faith that is based on anything other than God is subject to failure and disappointment


Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD…Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.


   Throughout the Scriptures we have stories that reveal the different kinds of Faith the Believe might have.


   Faith is a matter of choice; we can either choose to have faith and believe, or we can choose not to have faith and doubt.


   Unbelief will hinder the work of God in our lives and the life of the church.


Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.


NOTE: We all have been given a measure of Faith;


Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.


   It’s up to us to either to develop that faith or bury our faith in unbelief


Luke 17:5-6 (NIV) The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.


I. LITTLE FAITH: Matthew 14:22-33


   Peter walking on the water to Jesus


NOTE: Little Faith will allow us to get out of the boat but somewhere between the boat and Jesus our faith runs out.


   It is when we lose our focus of Jesus that our faith turns weak


   We must seek to refocus on Jesus


Hebrews 12:2 (GW) We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.


   We must not allow our weak faith drag us down


   Our weak faith can become tired faith


Galatians 6:9 (GW) We can't allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive {everlasting life} at the proper time, if we don't give up.


II. DELUDED FAITH: Mark 9:14-29


Mark 9:24 (KJV) And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.


NOTE: Deluded Faith is when we mixed human reasoning with our Faith


   We begin well but then doubt and uncertainty begins to creep in


   We must acknowledge our doubts and seek God to strengthen our faith


   The more we know about God and Who He is, will strengthen our faith.


Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


   Our faith will grow the more we read the Word of God and hear it taught




NOTE: Desperate Faith sees that their only hope lies in God


Mark 5:25-28 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.


   Desperate Faith will push past the crowds of casual believers and press into Jesus


   There will always be those who seek to keep us from Jesus


   Desperate Faith will give us Persistent Faith




2 Kings 4:30 And 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.


NOTE: This woman had Persistent Faith


   How did this woman develop Persistent Faith?


   It did not come overnight


·         She developed a personal relationship with Elisha


To have Persistent Faith we must have a personal relationship with Jesus


·         She knew her only hope lay in Elisha and God

·         She spoke in the positive


2 Kings 4:26 Run 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.


·         She refused to allow anything or anyone to keep her from reaching Elisha


Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


Persistent Faith does not give up


CONCLUSION: What kind of faith do you have, what kind of faith do you desire?


MAY 29, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Kings 6:17 (GW)


   Then Elisha prayed, “LORD, please open his eyes so that he may see.” The LORD opened the servant's eyes and let him see. The mountain around Elisha was full of fiery horses and chariots.


INTRO: The king of Syria was seeking to invade Israel though a series of Gorilla Attacks.


   Every time he sought to attack a certain place, God revealed his plan to Elisha


   He thought that there was a spy in his army


   He was told of the prophet Elisha


   He sent a large army to Dothan to bring Elisha back to him


NOTE: Satan is constantly seeking to infiltrate our hearts and minds through subtle attacks of temptation and troubles.


   God is constantly watching over us and seeks to warn us of Satan’s schemes


2 Chronicles 16:9a For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him...  


Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.




2 Kings 6:14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.




2 Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?


NOTE: Satan, the god of this world, blinds men's spiritual eyes, and deceives them unto their own ruin;


   The servant of the man of God was looking with his physical eyes.


   When we only see through our physical eyes, our hearts are filled with fear.


   When we only see through our physical eyes, we can only consider human relief




2 Kings 6:17 (GW) Then Elisha prayed, “LORD, please open his eyes so that he may see.” The LORD opened the servant's eyes and let him see. The mountain around Elisha was full of fiery horses and chariots.


NOTE: Looking through spiritual eyes we see God in a special light as our protector


Psalm 91:1-16 (TLB) We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods. This I declare, that he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him. For he rescues you from every trap and protects you from the fatal plague. He will shield you with his wings! They will shelter you. His faithful promises are your armor. Now you don’t need to be afraid of the dark any more, nor fear the dangers of the day; nor dread the plagues of darkness, nor disasters in the morning. Though a thousand fall at my side, though ten thousand are dying around me, the evil will not touch me. I will see how the wicked are punished, but I will not share it. For Jehovah is my refuge! I choose the God above all gods to shelter me. How then can evil overtake me or any plague come near? For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will steady you with their hands to keep you from stumbling against the rocks on the trail. You can safely meet a lion or step on poisonous snakes, yes, even trample them beneath your feet! For the Lord says, "Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in my name. When he calls on me, I will answer; I will be with him in trouble and rescue him and honor him. I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation."


NOTE: Looking through spiritual eyes removes our fear, and grants us peace in the midst of turmoil


Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?


Hebrews 13:6 (TLB) That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, "The Lord is my Helper, and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me."




2 Kings 6:18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.


NOTE: When God opens our spiritual eyes, He closes the eyes of the enemy


1)    Elisha led them into Samaria and asked God to open their eyes


2 Kings 6:19-20 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.


2)    When their eyes were opened they were able to see the power of God through their physical eyes


NOTE: What are people seeing when they look at our life?

3)    How are we to treat those who come against us?


2 Kings 6:21-23 (KJV) And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them? And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel.


NOTE: Not only do we need our spiritual eyes opened to see God, but we also need to see how God would have us treat one another.


1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.


Proverbs 25:21-22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.


Matthew 5:44 (KJV) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;


CONCLUSION: Lord, open our eyes of understanding that we can see as You see




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