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Summary: Hazael put a wet blanket over the king’s head and killed him. The preacher cried. Often someone or something will try to be a wet blanket and smother our dreams. Dream on! Dream big!More or less?

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A WET BLANKET ON YOUR DREAMS?! DEAL WITH MORE OR LESS?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

THIS IS A TWO PART LESSON.

I. WITH A WET BLANKET THE HOPES AND HEALING WAS HINDERED.

A. Consider the wet blanket treatment?

CHRISTIAN LIFE IS NOT EXTINCT, BUT CHRISTIAN LIFE CAN BE SMOTHERED WITH HOPELESSNESS, GLOOM, DESPAIR, DEPRESSION AND A SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS.

B. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A WET BLANKET?

Ben-Hadad was the King of Syria.

Ben-Hadad was very sick.

Ben-Hadad sent HAZAEL WITH AN OFFERING AND HE WANTED TO HEAR A MESSAGE

from God through the messenger --- ELISHA, the man of God.

C. ELISHA SAW CLEARLY THAT HAZAEL WAS A REBELLIOUS --- UNDERCUTTING SERVANT OF KING BEN-HADAD!

2 Kings 8:11 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.

12 And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children,

and rip up their women with child.

D. HAZAEL TOOK A WET BLANKET AND STOPPED THE DREAMS AND HOPES OF KING BEN-HADAD!

2 Kings 8:15 And it came to pass on the morrow, that he took a thick cloth, and dipped it in water, and spread it on his face, so that he died: and Hazael reigned in his stead.

E. THERE ARE SOME HAZAEL’S THAT WILL TRY TO THROW A WET BLANKET ON YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR CHURCH.

II. THERE IS A TERM WE HEAR TODAY IN THE MEDIA ---

THEY CALL PEOPLE KOOL-AID DRINKERS?

A. Many don’t understand who a Kool-Aid drinker is?

A Kool-Aid drinker refers back to a Preacher Jim Jones

that mislead those that followed him.

The ultimate end to the deception in Jonestown in Central America was when the leader called for the people to drink KOOL-AID LACED WITH STRONG

POISON AND HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE DIED AT THE FEET OF FALSE DOCTRINE AND IGNORANCE.

B. GOD HAS A PLAN BEYOND KOOL-AID DRINKERS AND WET BLANKETS!

C. GOD KNOWS YOUR FIRST NAME! GOD LOVES YOU! GOD HAS MORE.

TEXT:

Isaiah 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt

nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

Col. 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

1 Thes. 4:10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

III. THE SIZE OF YOUR PREPARATION FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS MAY DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF A BLESSING YOU GET!

A. MORE:

Greater or higher degree, additional, further.

More than expected

Plenty

B. LESS:

Little, limited number, lower rank or degree

Reduced, fewer

Progressively smaller

Not as important, not big, small

C. INCREASE:

To cause to be more

Enlarge, expand, extend

To add to

To become progressively greater


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