Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
Oct 23, 2011                      "An Axe, a Donkey and a Rooster!"
Sun AM Worship   

Text: 2 Kings 6:1-17   (King James Version) When Saul became Paul

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Our tendency is to let our physical needs dominate our prayer lives. We often reduce our prayer life to the level of rubbing a lamp to summon our heavenly genie, telling Him our wishes. Daniel never rushed into prayer, but worshipped God first with true heartfelt adoration. Jeremiah, despite his personal complexity, approached God with honor and reverence long before making his petitions.

 

2 Kings 6:1   And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.

2 Kings 6:2   Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.

2 Kings 6:3   And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.

2 Kings 6:4   So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.

2 Kings 6:5   But as one was felling a beam, the ax head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.

2 Kings 6:6   And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he showed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.

2 Kings 6:7   Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.

2 Kings 6:8   Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.

2 Kings 6:9   And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.

2 Kings 6:10   And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.

2 Kings 6:11   Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?

2 Kings 6:12   And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.

2 Kings 6:13   And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.

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?

2 Kings 6:16   And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

2 Kings 6:17   And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

 

Let's pray. Father,

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

Hebrews 4:12   For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

Proverbs 27:17   Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

 

A Dull Axe is of no good to heaven or earth! It is like a watchman asleep at the time of danger.

Isaiah 56:9   All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.

Isaiah 56:10   His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Isaiah 56:11   Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

 

Ezekiel 33:2   Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

Ezekiel 33:3   If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

Ezekiel 33:4   Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

Ezekiel 33:5   He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

 

We have put our hand to the plow and we have fell into the trap of looking in the wrong direction!

Luke 9:57   And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

Luke 9:58   And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

Luke 9:59   And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

Luke 9:60   Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

Luke 9:61   And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

Luke 9:62   And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

 

The Mandate of God is Crystal Clear

Mark 16:15   And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16   He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 16:17   And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18   They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

 

James 4:17   Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

                               99% obedience is 100% rebellion!

Our Rebellion has kindled God's Anger! Church there is a Sword coming on this land and we have got to hear from GOD!

 

Numbers 22:28   And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

Numbers 22:29   And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

Numbers 22:30   And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

Numbers 22:31   Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

Numbers 22:32   And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

Numbers 22:33   And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.

Numbers 22:34   And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again.

Numbers 22:35   And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the word that I shall speak unto thee, that thou shalt speak. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

Numbers 22:36   And when Balak heard that Balaam was come, he went out to meet him unto a city of Moab, which is in the border of Arnon, which is in the utmost coast.

Numbers 22:37   And Balak said unto Balaam, Did I not earnestly send unto thee to call thee? wherefore camest thou not unto me? am I not able indeed to promote thee to honour?

Numbers 22:38   And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee: have I now any power at all to say any thing? the word that God putteth in my mouth, that shall I speak.


Failure doesn't have to be a hitching post; it can be a guide post. What would you think of a preacher who would curse and swear in front of one of the teenagers? Peter did just that…and denied the Lord! Peter's greatest strength was his courage! If we fail God, it will probably be at a point of our greatest strength. We all have a tendency to leave our strengths unguarded! An unguarded strength is a double weakness! But in spite of it all, God gave Him a new start and Peter learned how to fail forward!

Matthew 26:69   Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

Matthew 26:70   But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.

Matthew 26:71   And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

Matthew 26:72   And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.

Matthew 26:73   And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

Matthew 26:74   Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

Matthew 26:75   And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

 

Romans 14:11   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.