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Lord, Expand my territory

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Sermon shared by Ben Thomas

January 2008
Summary: New Years message - 2008- Lord, Expand my territory. Taking to a greater level in our life with God’s anointing and greatness. challenges we face to build a new level to fulfill the vision.
Series: Vision
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
This is the new years message to the Queens church – “Lord, Expand my Territory” . Are you tired of the way you are, are you satisfied the place you are in you life, are you tired to see the same thing every day and life got board and monotones. Then this message is for you. God wants to see you life move from glory to glory, God wanted to see you life moving fore=ward not backward. God wanted to see your life in greatness rather than sitting and complain in this New Year.
When we look in this passage the students of Bethel bible collage came to Elisha their new leader and saying that the place they are in now is not enough for their new vision. We are looking to see the challenges they face to overcome the vision of God in their life.
1. They were in Bethel – They had enough reason to satisfy their spirituality.
A place of worship, a place of the presence of God, A place where the study of the Bible took place, a place where there are rooms to stay, A place where they can remember the heritage
2. They realized that the place they are now is too small-2 Kings 6:1 1 THE SONS of the prophets said to Elisha, Look now, the place where we live before you is too small for us.
How did the found that out.
They looked, they got tired, and they decided to do something about it.
3. They came to Elisha and asked his council 2 Kings 6:3
3 One said, Be pleased to go with your servants. He answered, I will go.
Everything we need to go to God.
They ask the prophet to go with them.
Moses asked the Lord to go with them
v Jesus mother and father once left him and need to come back to the place the journey started.
v Disciples once left without Jesus and Jesus had to walked to them at the time of trouble
Even if He sleeping makes sure he is in your boat. You can wake him up at the time of trouble.
4. They got unity. In any task God’s people need unity to accomplish the will of God.
We need to be one minded to our tasks. Devil is the one bringing disunity in any home or community.
5. They borrowed the tools.
They realized that the tools they have is not enough for he task they have.
They were willing to admit that they do not have the tools.
They have the humility to borrow the tool.
v Prophet told the widow to borrow some vessels and I will fill them up.
6. They went to Jordan.
It is very easy to read that passage the process is very hard- it is a lifetime journey. (Example of the young man came to pray for the anointing fro an old minister and he prayed that let this man fail in the high school, problems with college, no car, sickness., troubles, and loosing many things in life, and troubles left and right… young ,man asked pastor did you forgot whom you are praying for. I did not come for healing I came for an impartation. The minister said this is what I have to go through to have what I have.)
You need to move from Bethel to got to Jordan
v You need to pass Jericho to come to Jordan
v Going from bethel to Jordan to too trough, moving out of comfort.
v There is a Jericho need to pass – You have the ARK
v There is a overflowing Jordan need overcome – you have the ark
v There are lions in the thicket of Jordan Jeremiah 12:5-6 5 [But the Lord rebukes Jeremiah’s impatience, saying] If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out, then how can you
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