|Posted by evangelistjayadams on June 30, 2010 at 4:50 PM|
Why Sit here until we Die?
2 Kings 7:3-7 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. 6 For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” 7 Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives
There had been a famine in Samaria due to the fact that the Syrian army had seized the city and taken all of the food and supplies from the people, to the point where a donkeys head and dove droppings were being sold for food and the Samarian people were actually eating their own children just to stay alive (2 Kings 6:24-30)
The word of the Lord …………..
But the word of the Lord came to Elisha and said that the famine would be lifted and that there would be a great supply of flour and barley … now enters the four leprous men at the gate of the city. Outcast, rejected, & unclean. Living daily at the gate of the city on the scraps that would be left for them. But now they had no scraps, they could not enter the city and they could not travel, so they had 2 choices, enter the enemy’s camp and hope the Syrian soldiers would keep them alive, or die at the gate. They chose to get up, and go into the city at twilight, at the very same moment that they started into the city, God caused the Syrians to hear what sounded like a great army surrounding them and they fled leaving all the food and supplies behind
Supernatural footsteps …………
I believe God magnified the footsteps of the four leprous men so that the Syrians heard a great and mighty army coming and they fled the camp in fear for their lives! The four lepers walked right into a miracle of God, they walked right into divine provision, divine protection, and a divine plan!
We also like the Lepers can lay at the gate of blessings, too afraid to move into it for fear of what awaits us on the way there, not realizing that God goes before us, supernaturally clearing the way for us to move into the promises and blessings that He desires for us to have
The soles of their feet ……….
Joshua 3:13-17 gives an account of Joshua and the people of Israel crossing the Jordan, God commanded Joshua that when the soles of their feet touched the waters edge that the waters would be cut off and they would walk across on dry ground
Notice that the waters would recede only after they walked to the Jordan and only after their feet touched the waters edge. They had to get up and move on, they had to walk by faith to the waters edge, the water was a barrier, a division between them and their deliverance, between them and the promises of God. They had to cross it to get to their future
2 Corinthians 5:7 says we “walk by faith, not by sight” we have to see it in the supernatural before we can experience it in the natural.
Steadfast in Faith ………....
Matthew 11:12 - “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force“
We have to be bold, we have to be vigilant in our pursuit of the things of God, the Bible says that our adversary the Devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, but goes on to say Resist him, steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:8,9) ……………..
We have to be steadfast, we have to stand our ground even while we are in pursuit of the blessings of God, In our journey of this walk called Christianity, We must put our hands to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:62)
The power of Hope …………...
Colossians 1:27 says that it is “Christ in you the hope of glory”. He is the one who fills us with hope, He is the one who gives us our inner strength, He is the one who compels us to get up and carry on, to arise from our state of hopelessness and move into His divine calling and plan for our lives
Romans 5:5 - Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us
Ephesians 1:17-19 - that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
Pressing through ……………
Mark 5 gives us the account of The woman with the issue of blood, she had lived with this for 12 years, spent all of her money trying to get well, exhausted all of the doctors best advice to no avail, but then one day Jesus came passing by, something must have leaped up inside of her, Faith, a hope that she could be healed if she just could touch the hem of His garment. She pressed through the crowd, against the odds and against the flow of the crowd she pressed through until she reached Him, grabbing His rob she declared in her heart, I am healed, I will not live another day with this sickness, Jesus perceiving that power had left His body declared to her that her faith had made her whole … all because she got up and moved toward her healing!
Sometimes we have to press through and press in to obtain the blessings of God, sometimes, more times than not, we will have to fight the crowds to lay hold of that which we desire from the Lord!
Healed as they went …………..
In Luke 17 Jesus was passing through Samaria, as He was entering a village there were ten lepers who from afar off began to cry out saying “Jesus” Master, have mercy on us“, so when He saw them He said to them “Go show yourselves to the priests“, then the bible declares something amazing, It says “As they went, they were cleansed“. It didn’t say they were healed by His touch, though they could have been, It doesn’t say they were healed immediately, though that could have happened too, It says they were “healed as they went”. He told them to “Go”, they had to do something, they had to walk it out by faith, that’s when their healing came!
Much like these lepers, sometimes we must just “Go’ at His command, even when we don’t feel it, when we haven’t yet received it, sometimes its when we begin to tell others of what the Lord has done for us by faith that the miraculous takes place!
Blind eyes see …………
John 9 also gives us an instance where a man was healed at the command of Jesus to “Go”. this time the man was blind, blind from birth, Jesus had just explained to His disciples that He must work the works of His Father who sent Him, and when He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with His saliva and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and then He said to Him … “Go” wash in the pool of Siloam (which is translated “Sent“ then the bible records that he came back seeing. Notice the man had to make his way to the pool without sight, he had to maybe even stumble and feel his way to receive his healing
I believe this is many times the case for us as Christians, we have to stumble our way through darkness, dark times, without sight, relying only on our faith and belief in the words of our faithful savior …”Go”. its when we actually take the steps of faith that many times we begin to see clearly the plan of God unfolding in our lives
Once, Twice, Seven times …………
2 Kings 5 tells of an extraordinary healing, Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman (who was a Leper) telling him to “Go” and wash in the Jordan seven times, and then his flesh would be restored and he would be made clean, after Naaman finally got over his anger that the man of God didn’t wave his hand over him and heal him, he did as the prophet said and went and dipped seven times in the Jordan and was fully restored in his body and made whole.
God doesn’t always show Himself to us as we think He should, almost always He requires our full obedience and our faithfulness to see His blessings at work in our lives, sometimes it takes more than one prayer to get our breakthrough, sometimes it takes more than one trip to the alter to be released of something in our lives that we have struggled with for years. Are we willing to obey Him? Are we willing to do as He says no matter what the cost?
We must not be Silent .............
This brings us to the conclusion of 2 Kings 7 and the four lepers, in verses 8-9 it says that they entered the camp of the enemy and ate and drank until they were filled, they also carried away Gold, Silver, food and clothing and went and hid it all, verse 9 says they said to one another “we are not doing right, this is a day of good news and we remain silent, now therefore let us go and tell the kings household”
When we do arise from the famine in our lives, we cannot be silent, we cannot just go on our way with our blessings and not share with others the good news of God’s deliverance, salvation, redemption, and blessings . He delivered us so that we may be a vessel to help bring them to deliverance, He saved us so that we may bring the message of salvation to the lost, He redeemed us so that we may show the redemptive for of God in our own lives.
Question …. Who are the Syrians in your life? What has brought famine and desolation into your life? No matter what it is or how hopeless the situation seems, there is Hope, there is a way, but you must first rise up in the power of the Spirit and begin moving forward, begin taking steps toward the blessings of God, He will go before you, He will prepare the way, He will give you Hope!
So why sit here until we die?