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Are you Desperately Seeking God?

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Seeking God & Finding Him!

2 Kings 4: 1-3 NOW THE wife of a son 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 sons to be his slaves. 2Elisha said to her, What shall I do for you? Tell me, what have you [of sale value] in the house? She said, Your handmaid has nothing in the house except a jar of oil. 3Then he said, Go around and borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels–and not a few.

2 Kings 4: 4-7 4And when you come in, shut the door upon you and your sons. Then pour out [the oil you have] into all those vessels, setting aside each one when it is full. 5So she went from him and shut the door upon herself and her sons, who brought to her the vessels as she poured the oil. 6When the vessels were all full, she said to her son, Bring me another vessel. And he said to her, There is not a one left. Then the oil stopped multiplying. 7Then she came and told the man of God. He said, Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons live on the rest.

Reflection: It’s when we think we have nothing, that we than figure out that we do have something we can give. In this case a desperate situation called for desperate measures. A widow woman in fear of her sons being taken as slaves is a serious situation. In those days when you needed help you went to God’s prophet. Today because of the new testament, as a born again believer, we can go straight to God & ask Him for what we need.

As I read these verses I got a new revelation from the word of God! I especially want you to look at verse three and what it says . 3Then he said, Go around and borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels–and not a few. The first thing I noticed was the word “Go”! The prophet Elisha gave this woman & her sons a command, he said Go! Go and do what? Borrow vessels from all your neighbors, but it is what is said next the grabbed my attention, he said empty vessels, then he said not a few.

Ok, stay with me here, because I want to reveal to you by the spirit of God what he showed me! It is when we think we have nothing that we need to look inside ourselves & realize that we have the Holy Spirit to lead us & guide us. When we, His vessels, are filled up, we need to be poured out into an empty vessel ! The oil, a representation of the Holy Spirit, is looking for empty vessels to fill with His spirit and the way we do that is to go & find others who need to hear the gospel & tell them about Jesus.

Now if you go on and you read 2 kings 4:4-7 you will see that the instructions didn’t stop there. Sometimes we don’t realize that the greatest gift we have is living on the inside of us and His name is Jesus! Eternal life given as a gift to another, cannot be bought with money, power, honor, or favor, so that makes the gift of eternal life..priceless!

So the next time when we think we have nothing to give, we need to look on the inside of us and stir ourselves up & be willing to pour out into an empty vessel, so that God can begin to do a work in their lives. Did you notice that the oil stopped multiplying when there were no vessels left! As long as we keep pouring out to others, God can continue to fill us. It’s when we stop pouring that we have to ask ourselves are we so full of the world that we have nothing of the spirit in us to pour out to others? Maybe we just need to stoke back up our fires and realize that Jesus is coming soon and God wants to use us as his vessel to pour out to a lost & dying world! Either way you look at it, God is speaking to His Body & saying, there isn’t much time left & we must move quickly to gather in the harvest!

So let’s be obedient & do what God is telling us to do! We are in a time when others are desperately seeking God and we need to be ready to pour out & fill the empty vessels with the hope of Jesus Christ!