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Summary: Approaching The Man of God - 2 Kings 1:9-14

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Approaching The Man of God - 2 Kings 1:9-14

In this day and age, man or a prophet of God is a scary thing or idea. It never happens nowadays, but wait a minute God does not change He's the same yesterday, today and forever, before you drop the idea of man of God, there's a real God, and there's a real man of God so be careful how you approach a man of God. Obviously, if there are fakes around, there is also a genuine one.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

I. Don't Approach With Numbers (2 Kings 1:9)

II. Don't Approach With A Command (2 Kings 1:9, 2 Kings 1:11)

III. Don't Approach With Haste (2 Kings 1:11)

IV. Approach Prayerfully (2 Kings 1:13)

V. Approach With Humility (2 Kings 1:13)

VI. Approach As If Man of God Owns your life (2 Kings 1:13)

VII. Approach With a Humble Request and Prayer (2 Kings 1:13)

VIII. Aproach saying "Don't be angry with me!" (2 Kings 1:14)

IX. Research First Before You Approach (2 Kings 1:13)

X. Approach With A Request To Spare Your Life (2 Kings 1:13)

I. Don't Approach With Numbers (2 Kings 1:9)

2Kings 1:9 Ahaziah sent a captain and 50 men to Elijah.

The world today things if they are majority and only a few believed in the Lord, they will win? Think again, God wins because He's already majority, you and God is already a majority. You don't need the number of people with you, to prove you're right. God is always right, let everyone a liar. What works with the world, doesn't work with God. There are many illustrations in the Bible, but you may notice that God never accomplishes things if you're few or many, it's irrelevant all to God. Remember Gideon and 300 people defeating military, fighting men without number (Judges 6:33, Judges 7:12)

Romans 8:28 We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. These are the people God chose, because that was his plan.

Romans 8:29 God knew them before he made the world. And he decided that they would be like his Son. Then Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters.

Romans 8:30 God planned for them to be like his Son. He chose them and made them right with him. And after he made them right, he gave them his glory.

Romans 8:31 So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us.

Isaiah 55:9 Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts."

Judges 6:33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the east, banding themselves together, went over and put up their tents in the valley of Jezreel.

Judges 7:12 Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the east were covering the valley like locusts; and their camels were like the sand by the seaside, without number.

II. Don't Approach With A Command (2 Kings 1:9, 2 Kings 1:11)

2Kings 1:9 The captain said to Elijah, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down!'"

2Kings 1:11 Ahaziah sent another captain with 50 men to Elijah. He said to Elijah, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down quickly!'"

The captain is conceited. He thought 50 of his people can restrain Elijah, so he commanded Elijah in front of his 50 people. What did happened? They were burnt to a crisp. They're well done! Being conceited will kill you. The second captain never learned from the first captain's lesson. He even hurried Elijah to come down.

2Kings 1:10 Elijah answered the captain of 50, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your 50 men!" So fire came down from heaven and destroyed the captain and his 50 men.

III. Don't Approach With Haste (2 Kings 1:11)

2Kings 1:11 Ahaziah sent another captain with 50 men to Elijah. He said to Elijah, "Man of God, the king says, 'Come down quickly!'"

The second one is much more foolish than the first one, imagine he has the privelege of burning/dying second place, but he never learned his lesson from the first captain. What happened to him? He hurried to his death, he and his 50 men.

2Kings 1:12 Elijah told the captain and his 50 men, "If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and destroy you and your 50 men!" Then God's fire came down from heaven and destroyed the captain and his 50 men.

Remember don't command God, or his man, ask, seek with humility.

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