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Summary: Have you ever been in a situation which looked absolutely hopeless? Situations in your life look so grim that you feel that there is no way out, are you there? I want to tell you today that God would make a way for you! Amen.

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Empty vessels!

2 King 4:3”Then he said, "Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors,

empty vessels and not too few.4 Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and

your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside."

When you shut the door behind yourself for an intimate meeting with God, I assure you

“the windows of heaven will open for you and God would pour down for you a blessing

until there is no more need.”(Malachi 3:10)Isn’t that exciting?

Jesus clearly points out the benefits we receive when we shut the door for prayer:

Mathew 6:6 “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your

Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

Have you ever been in a situation which looked absolutely hopeless? Situations in your

life look so grim that you feel that there is no way out, are you there? I want to tell you

today that God would make a way for you! Amen. The above passage tells of Elisha’s

instructions to the widow of a prophet who comes crying to him, because her late

husband had left behind huge debts and the creditors were claiming for her two children

in exchange for the money. Elisha looked at her and said, "How can I help you? Tell me,

what do you have in your house?" The widow replied that she has nothing except a jar of

oil. Elisha gave her a set of instructions for the grieving lady and nothing else.

Elisha told her: a) go outside b) borrow vessels from all the neighbors (not just a few)

c)empty vessels and d) then shut the door along with her two sons e) pour the oil into

the vessels. Well, the most outstanding instruction was “shut the door behind yourself

and the two sons!” They had suffered much and had been humiliated much, now it was

God’s time to bless them much! Most of us want miracles to happen in our life but we

never want to shut ourselves with God. Are you listening?

When Pastor Paul Yonggi Cho was a young minister with several thousand members in

his church, he felt greatly blessed and actually drifted into complacency in his ministry.

Then God allowed the perplexity of physical weakness in his body. He developed a case

of nervous exhaustion and some problems with his heart, he had difficulty to simply

carry out even his daily tasks. During that period, God drew him close to Him and

showed many changes that needed to take place in his life. (From Pastor Paul Yonggi

Cho’s book “Solving Life’s Problems”) Sometimes through sickness God shuts the door

to be close with Him.

Elisha did not say, let me see how much money I have in my bank account, instead he

gives her instructions to use ‘her own resources’. This was no spectacular modus

operandi for a super flow miracle. It was the most weird plan. The widow takes a

remarkable step which was the reason for the whole miracle! Verse 5 says, “So she

went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they


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