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Summary: From our text, we could see that the second harlot killed her own son, took another person’s son and gave to her what does not belong to her. In so many instances, people have killed and destroyed their own destinies as a result of greed, ambition, lust,

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EXCHANGE OF DESTINY – Part II.

Text: I Kings 3:16-27

Then two women who were harlots came unto the king and stood before him.

17And the one woman said, "O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. 18And it came to pass the third day after I was delivered that this woman was delivered also. And we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house. 19And this woman’s child died in the night, because she lay upon it. 20And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom and laid her dead child in my bosom. 21And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead. But when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son whom I had borne." 22And the other woman said, "Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son!" And this said, "No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son!" Thus they spoke before the king. 23Then said the king, "The one saith, `This is my son who liveth, and thy son is the dead’; and the other saith, `Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.’" 24And the king said, "Bring me a sword." And they brought a sword before the king.. 25And the king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other." 26Then spoke the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her heart yearned for her son and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it!" But the other said, "Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it." 27Then the king answered and said, "Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. She is the mother thereof."

Prayer Point:

> Holy Ghost, in every way that I have used my own hands to throw away my own destiny, forgive me and let there be restoration in Jesus name.

Last week, we looked at the story of two harlots, each gave birth to a baby boy, one slept on her own, killed her and when she discovered that she had killed her baby, she decided to exchange her with the other harlot’s baby. This she did successfully, but when the other woman woke up and considered her baby, she discovered that an exchange had taken place. I said that, in the way, some people’s destiny has been exchanged from the original given to them by God only to be exchanged with the one from the devil.

We want to take a look at the second harlot today. She did three things worth of mentioning.

>The first thing the second harlot did was that she killed her own son. People have killed their own destinies with their own hands.

> The second thing was that she took the other harlot’s son. A lot of people have taken from another person what was not rightly theirs. That is, stealing something that was not theirs. A lot of people have destroyed their own lives, their own destinies and now they are looking for other people’s lives, destinies and plans to destroy. The woman after stealing the baby would have killed him too, that is the only thing she could do with the stolen child, to kill him, if she can kill her own child, how will she take care of another person’s child. Enemies will not be able to touch your destiny talk less of killing it in Jesus name.

> The third thing she did was to transfer her own dead child to the other harlot. Giving unto others what does not rightly belong to them,

So, starting with the first action, a lot of people have used their own hands to destroy their own destiny. What rightly belonged to them was either carelessly handled or not properly taken care of and this has led to the destruction of what the Lord has given them from the foundation of the world. The case of the second harlot is a good example. We were told that she slept on her baby and killed him. The death was not as a result of the operations of the enemies, he was not sick, it was not an accident, armed robbers did not come and attack, but she herself used her own hands to kill her only son turning her to a barren woman again. The same way a lot of people have destroyed what the Lord rightly gave to them with their own hands.

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