Get Your “Fight” On!

Lepers at the gate of Syria

2 Kings 7:3-8 NKJV 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. 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!” 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. And when these lepers came to the outskirts of the camp, they went into one tent and ate and drank, and carried from it silver and gold and clothing, and went and hid them; then they came back and entered another tent, and carried some from there also, and went and hid it.

Get Your Fight on!

Get your “fight” on! Listen to these leprous men, what they said to each other and how they viewed their situation. They had leprosy; they couldn’t be around people; they were considered unclean, outcasts of society, left to fiend for themselves and ultimately to die in their disease. And yet, they looked at their situation and refused to give up, to give in or to quit! They assessed where they were and decided to make a change, even if it ended in the loss of their lives, they didn’t see that they would be any worse off than if they sat right there in their own misery and died.

 

How many times have you wondered what you should do in your situation? Have you felt that it was hopeless and no way out? As we see from this story of the lepers, God was at work in their situation. He didn’t consider them hopeless or their situation as being impossible. He was at work even while they were sitting there trying to make a decision as to what to do. But they didn’t see Him at work until they got up and made a move. There is an old saying that says, “It’s impossible to steer a parked car”; and it is, really. Have you ever tried to turn the steering wheel of a parked car? It is locked in place; not about to move in either direction. Sometimes we plant our feet where we are and declare that because we don’t see what God is doing in our lives, we’re not about to make a move. But faith looks out into the future with expectation, knowing that God is for us and has a good plan for our future. Faith moves!

 

Let’s look at another instance in the life of someone with a seemingly “impossible situation”.

 

2 Kings 4:1-7 NKJV A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the LORD. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. “And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”

 

In this story a widow woman faced an impossible situation. Her sons were getting ready to be taken by the creditors to work off the debt of her husband. The woman sought advice from the man of God. The first thing he said to her was not, “oh, my, what a tragedy”! It wasn’t “there’s nothing you can do ; you’ll just have to let your sons go”. No, God always has a solution to your problem. He always has an answer for you and He will always direct you to the Source that you need for your provision. In this case, the man of God, the one that she turned to that could give her insight from the Lord, asked her what she had in her own house that she could sell. Sometimes the solution to our problem is right under our own noses. It’s right in our own house. Sometimes it means we have to look within to find what God wants us to do to solve our problem. Her solution meant she would have to shut the door on unbelief and trust God to pour out the oil through her own hands. In this story “house” is the Hebrew word “bayit” and it means, house, household, family, clan, temple, building, home. This lady’s provision was to come out of her own home, or within her temple. For a believer in Christ Jesus, the temple of God is within us and it is where the Holy Spirit dwells. The anointing to succeed lies within us. Deuteronomy 8:18 says that God is the one who gives you “power” to get wealth that He may establish or confirm His covenant with us. That word for “power” means strength, substance or ability. God wants you to succeed! Faith dispels the fear and opens the door to the anointing of God in your life!

 

Now, let’s look at one last story of a woman caught in a seemingly impossible situation.

 

1 Kings 17:8-16 NKJV Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying. “Arise, go to Zerephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zerephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. “For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.’” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.

 

Another miraculous provision in a situation where it seemed that all hope was lost. This widow woman had exhausted all of her funds. She had nothing left to give or to make for her and her son to sustain their lives. She was at the end of herself! Why would God tell Elijah to go to this widow woman for his provision when she didn’t have any means to provide for her and her own son, much less anyone else? Aw, but God loves to take impossible situations and make them possible!

 

The Hebrew word for widow means desolate, barren, forsaken; someone everyone has given up on. And the word “provide” means to maintain, nourish, provide food, bear, hold up, protect, support, defend; to supply the means necessary for living.

 

Have you ever felt desolate, barren and forsaken and like everyone had given up on you? Well, mankind may see you of no use, but God sees you as worthy of redemption; worthy of giving His best for you. He sees you with potential; a person of value with a reason to live. This woman was ready to eat her last meal and die. And yet God saw His ability within her and sent His servant to her for provision. Zerephath means the place of refining, the place of purging and purifying. Sometimes in our desolate situations we feel like we are being pruned back to where there is nothing of ourselves left. But God works best when we get to that place of brokenness. That’s the place of the anointing. Oil in the Old Testament is a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit; the anointing of God upon a person’s life. Both of the last two stories have talked about the oil; the anointing of God’s Spirit in the lives of ordinary people. God’s got your back! He’s waiting to show Himself strong on your behalf. There is nothing to fear because God is always at work. He never sleeps nor slumbers, but is always ready to bring deliverance, healing, hope and forgiveness. This lady was asked to give the first of what she had left to the man of God. She was asked to give out of her poverty. When we give to Him we can be assured that He will take that little bit and bless it, break it, multiply it and give it back to us! You can never out give the Lord! Faith gives!

 

Time and time again we see recorded in God’s Word stories of the impossible being made possible through the power of God. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says that the “eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him….” Is your heart loyal to the Lord? Are you totally committed to Him? If so, you can be assured that God is watching out for you. He is working on your deliverance! He is moving to bring you out of bondage so He can bring you into your promised land.

 

My friend, don’t give up on God. Don’t quit seeking His will for your life and don’t be afraid to step out in faith to meet Him in the place of provision that He has for you. Get your “fight” on! Get angry at the enemy who has come to steal from you! Paul told Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” Life presents many challenges but God says that nothing can separate you from His presence and that He has made you more than a conqueror through His love.

 

Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

 

There is nothing that can come against you that God has not already faced and conquered! He is for you! You are on the winning team!

 

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

 

He has made provision for your every need because He gave His very best for you. He is not withholding anything from you.

 

Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

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Friends, get your “fight” on! God has already made you more than a conqueror in all of life’s situations. Partnered with God you cannot fail! Now, get up and fight!

 

Father, I thank You for Your supernatural provision in the lives of myself, my family and my friends! You have never failed to bring provision when I needed it, right on time, and I thank You for being my Provider. Father, I pray that those who are struggling today with a life challenge, that You will show Yourself strong on their behalf and reveal to them the supernatural provision that You have prepared for them. Give them hope, Father, and faith to rise above the fear that tries to assail them. Father, grant them strength to fight the enemy and win. Give them insight and wisdom and understanding to know how to handle each situation that arises. Father, give them the victory! Thank You, Lord, for making them more than conquerors against all of life’s challenges through Your love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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The Widow’s Oil

2 Kings 4 1-7

2 Kings 4:1-7 (NLT) 1 One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors.  4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” 5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”

This is one of my favorite Old Testament stories of how God supernaturally supplies our every need. This widow woman was in a terrible crisis: her husband had died and she had depended on his income to provide for both her and her sons. Now there was no one to care for them and the creditors were coming to take her sons away as servants to pay for their debts. So she turned to the Lord, through Elisha, to get wisdom to know what to do about this problem. She needed help and God provided the wisdom and direction that she needed to solve her problem.

The first thing that Elisha asks this woman is “what do you have in the house?” Many times the answer that we need is right under our noses and we can’t see it until someone else points it out to us. God meets us right where we are. He asked her to search her heart for what might be the solution to her problem. Often we run from one agency to another expecting everyone around us to provide for us when God really wants to work His miracle through our own hands. Resources are often right within our reach but we look for others to “take care of us”. What this woman saw as a simple a jar of oil was just what God needed to work with to provide for her family for the rest of their lives. Her oil had an unlimited supply when surrendered to her God. As long as she had vessels to pour the oil into the supply kept coming.

Elisha told the woman to go into her house with her sons and shut the door behind them. And then pour the oil into the jars until all the jars were filled. When we follow God’s direction for our lives many times those around us don’t understand and can easily hinder our ability to stand in faith believing that what God has told us will come into reality. Elisha told her to shut the door behind them. I believe he was saying to shut out the talk of unbelief that would hinder her ability to believe that God would fill the jars as she poured the oil into them. God’s provision continues to flow as long as we continue to trust Him to provide for us and follow His directions as He gives them. This woman’s faith was only as large as the number of jars that she had borrowed to fill. If she had had more jars the oil would have continued to flow as long as she had the jars to be filled.

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

God’s riches never run out and He never runs short on the supply. His riches are provided for us through our faith in Christ Jesus. Our faith has a tendency to waver at times which can affect the supply that we receive. The two words “according to” actually mean “in a manner consistent with”. God’s provision for our need is “in a manner consistent with” His riches in glory through what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary. Jesus paid the price for every need that mankind would ever experience. That supply never runs out! He is the gift that keeps on giving. Our ability to receive is the only things that varies. And that is dependent upon whether or not we believe and act on our faith.

What provision do you have need of today? Is it for finances or a material need such as a home or car; a job that He can use to provide those finances; a physical, mental or emotional need? Whatever the need is the supply through Christ Jesus is available. God works through many ways, but the provision is already there for you to reach out and receive.

James 1:5-8 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man unstable in all his ways.

God’s wisdom is there for the asking. He will not turn you away when you come to Him for direction to solve your problems. The only thing that He requires is that you come in faith, with no doubting. If the widow woman had questioned God’s ability to fill her jars from the one jar of oil that she had in her house she would not have received anything to pour into the other jars. She had to believe that what she was told by the Prophet would work. When you come to God the only requirement that He asks of you is that you believe Him and act on what He says. Believe and receive; doubt and do without.

The Greek word for “doubting” is the word diakrino and it has two definitions: 1) To judge thoroughly; to decide between two or more choices; to make a distinction; to separate two components, elements, or factors; to render a decision; to evaluate carefully. 2) The word also connotes a conflict with oneself, in the sense of hesitating, having misgivings, doubting, being divided in decision making, or wavering between hope and fear.

In James 1:6 I believe the second definition is the one to which the Lord is referring. Doubting is wavering between hope and fear. One minute you’re in faith believing that God is providing for your need and the next minute your in fear that He will not come through for you. You have a conflict going on within your heart that causes you to hesitate in standing strong in your faith. In this case the Word says that this person is double-minded and unstable in all their ways. This doubting affects every area of their lives. If they can’t believe in one area they will have that same problem when they come to the Lord for something else. The word says the answer to strengthening their faith to avoid having doubts is to hear the word of God.

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

Faith comes by hearing the word of God. So if you need provision for finances the word of God that you need to hear to build your faith would be every scripture that talks about how God supplies for financial needs. Search the Word to find every scripture that talks about money or financial supply and then meditate on those scriptures; read them over and over again, silently and out loud and begin to proclaim that God is supplying your need. Do the same thing for other needs that you might have. For healing, look up every scripture that talks about God’s provision of healing in someone’s life. Study those out and let them sink down into your heart. Then begin to proclaim that God is your Healer. Resist the thoughts that come that say He will not come through for you. Spend time with people that will reinforce your faith and not throw cold water on it through doubt and unbelief.

Throw fear out the door! That’s the devil’s primary mode of operation. He always comes with fear to try to stop a believer from standing in faith to receive from God. But God is not the author of fear; that comes from the enemy.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

God has given us these things to overcome fear: His power, His love and mental stability.

The Greek word for “sound mind” is sophronismos and it means safe-thinking. The word denotes good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

You have the ability within you to think clearly, to make sound decisions, to be self-controlled and self-disciplined. All these qualities when applied in your life will help you to be stable, standing firm and strong during adversities while waiting for God’s provision to come into reality. God has equipped us to win. The battle is the Lord’s and the victory is ours if we will stand up and fight.

1 Timothy 6 12

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Standing in faith believing for God’s provision is fighting the good fight of faith. Paul told Timothy to “lay hold on” eternal life. To me that gives a picture of grabbing it with a tenacity that says “no one is taking it from me, God has provided it for me and I’m going to hold onto it with all that I have within me”. Eternal life is the life that God has provided for you that is filled with His goodness and provision. It is life that never ends and for a believer that is a good thing because once this physical life is over we change residences to heaven to continue the life that He has provided for us. For an unbeliever eternal life last throughout eternity outside the presence of God in darkness and despair, filled with torment and never-ending pain. God says that eternal life is something to be desired and fought for; it is a life worth living and that we should not let anything keep us from living it to the fullest.

Whatever it is that you have need of this morning, God is waiting for you to come to Him for that provision. Won’t you believe that He will provide it for you?

Father, I thank You for the provision that You have made for each one of us in everything that we have need of. Thank You for making that provision available to us through our relationship with Christ Jesus. I pray for those who don’t know Jesus today that may have needs that are going unmet simply because they are outside the covenant that You provided to meet their every need. I pray that they will invite Jesus into their hearts this morning so they can begin walking out the good life that You have planned for them. Father, for those who know You that are in need this morning, I pray that You will show them what to do in each situation. Give them the wisdom they need to know where to go and what to do in their particular situation that will bring the supernatural provision that You have for them. I pray that they will search out Your word to find the scriptures that apply specifically to their need and will begin to meditate on them and speak them over their lives. I pray that unbelief will not be a part of their lives, but that they will stand firm in faith believing until they see the reality of what You have promised for them. Father, join them with people of like precious faith that will reinforce their faith and help them to stand strong until the provision comes. Help them to guard their hearts from unbelief and to put double-mindedness out of their lives. Thank You for providing for their need, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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