Summary: It doesn’t matter what happens on the world stage, to gas prices or health care, or anything else, as long as you make Him The Lord of your life, God is still in control of what happens in your life!
Are you Willing? If you are...so is He!
2 Ki 2:11-14 MSG
11-14 And so it happened. They were walking along and talking. Suddenly a chariot and horses of fire came between them and Elijah went up in a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it all and shouted, “My father, my father! You—the chariot and cavalry of Israel!” When he could no longer see anything, he grabbed his robe and ripped it to pieces. Then he picked up Elijah’s cloak that had fallen from him, returned to the shore of the Jordan, and stood there. He took Elijah’s cloak—all that was left of Elijah!—and hit the river with it, saying, “Now where is the God of Elijah? Where is he?”
When he struck the water, the river divided and Elisha walked through.
Judges 15:14-16 MSG
14-16 As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came to meet him, shouting in triumph. And then the Spirit of God came on him with great power. The ropes on his arms fell apart like flax on fire; the thongs slipped off his hands. He spotted a fresh donkey jawbone, reached down and grabbed it, and with it killed the whole company. And Samson said,
With a donkey’s jawbone
I made heaps of donkeys of them.
With a donkey’s jawbone
I killed an entire company.
Elisha and Samson were two very different kind of men, not unlike any two individuals in this room right now....but they had at least two things in common.
#1. They experienced the Power of God in a mightily way!
#2. They both had something they needed within reach, as long as they were willing to grab it and use it!
It doesn’t matter how much glory.... power....peace....or joy surrounds you, or is within reach!
it doesn’t help and it will never help you unless you realize it's available to you in your situation and you are willing to use it! Amen??
That jawbone became a WMD against the army that was oppressing Samson, but he still had to reach down and pick it up.
Elisha had told Elijah that he had wanted a double portion of his anointing, but it never would have happened if he hadn't picked up his cloak and received it.
There’s a lot of bad stuff happening in the world today and we could complain about a lot things that are going on around us,
but lets choose not to focus on the distractions, you can catch those 24/7 on cable, along with all the opinions that go with them
some folks might try to tell you different, but that's exactly what they are, all designed by the accuser to take your focus off of God and make you wonder what's going to become of little old me....
That's what happens with the news and events around the world, it always seems to come back to, how it's going to affect you, in your situation.
"Are we just suppose to ignore what's going on?"
No, but realize this and the accuser hates this....as long as we focus our attention on our relationship with God, those things are not going to affect us anyways!
He is our help in every situation!!
Psalms 121:1-2 MSG
I look up to the mountains;
does my strength come from mountains?