Summary: Seeing God’s Vision

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II KINGS 4:1-7

The greatest achievements in life are usually accomplished by people who have a singular desire or a vision that becomes the ruling passion of their lives

--------for example—Bob Feller was a child who loved to throw a ball and by the age of 5 he spent hours every day pitching through a hole in the barn wall--------at the age of 10 his father bought him all the necessary equipment and provided him with a playing field on the family farm

------at the age of 13 he pitched for a local team and averaged 20 strikeouts a game------------at the age of 17 he began playing for the Cleveland Indians

----------as a major leaguer he had 6 seasons as a 20 game winner and 3 no hit games------11 1 hitters------and 266 wins-----and he set a record of 348 strikeouts in 1 season

You see it was because of his desire and vision------that he lived consistent with that vision----and he excelled

Churches need to understand that today-------God has a purpose and plan for each Church------and they need to be devoted to accomplishing it

The average Church today though is like a football game-----you have 22 players in desperate need of rest being watched by 50,000 people in desperate need to exercise

as we look at the verses today we see several truths that the Church today needs to understand if it is going to accomplish great things for God

Now lets understand what is going on in these verses to start with

--------Elisha was apparently the chief prophet in Israel at this time--------now we understand that Elisha was Elijah’s protege and constant companion and had received the prophetic mantle from Elijah

Now there were schools of training for those who would aspire to be prophets-----they were the Bible schools of that day

Now one of the widows of one of the sons of the prophets came to Elisha ------Here husband had died and he was here source of support--------now she was bankrupt and creditors were coming to take her sons as bondmen or slaves until the debt was paid

--------the problem was that with her two sons gone, there was no way she could pay the debt-----she would only sink further into debt

Now I want you to understand something here------when a Church is trying to do everything on their own and in their own strength-------------------they are in the same shape as the women------they are spiritually bankrupt------- They have tried in their own effort to be successful-----they have made their plans to serve God and have met with nothing but disappointment

----------You see if we are going to accomplish God’s purpose and plan--------we must be filled with the Holy Spirit------allowing Him to be in complete control-------not us

Now understanding the setting-----let’s move on and see the truths found in these verses-----------These truths shows forth this woman’s vision and trust in God--------------if we are going to understand God’s vision for us and fulfill it----we must practice these same truths

I)----She trusted God for her answer----v. 1

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