Summary: Work by faith.
6And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all Israel.
7And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to battle? And he said, I will go up: I am as thou art, my people as thy people, and my horses as thy horses.
8And he said, Which way shall we go up? And he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom.
9So the king of Israel went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days’ journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle that followed them.
10And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab!
11But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel’s servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah.
2Ki 3:15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
2Ki 3:16 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches.
2Ki 3:17 For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.
2Ki 3:18 And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
2Ki 3:19 And ye shall smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.
•Three Kings not to mention all their armies, and animals found themselves in a desperate situation (they had went seven days in the wilderness and they had no water).
•This is a dilemma: water is a necessity of life, it’s not an extra or luxury it’s necessary to sustain life.
•Without it you die.
•The King of Israel starts blaming God for their dilemma (it was his fault not Gods).
•This King was a bad influence:
•If it hadn’t been for King Jehoshaphat who knew the power of a word from God they would have all died in the wilderness.
•(He asked is there not a prophet here that we may inquire of the Lord).
•Jehoshaphat knew: one word from God can change everything.
•You need to surround yourself with people that would walk a mile or 5 miles 10 miles to hear a word from God, because they know one word from God can change your world.
•I’m prophesying that today somebody is going to take action on the word from God that is going to break the drought and shift you into abundance and overflow, shift you into a new season.
•This is your day for a breakthrough, for a turnaround.
•Make this valley full of ditches (not exactly the word you want to hear when you’re in the middle of a desert dying of thirst) make this valley full of ditches.
•If you have ever dug ditches then you know it’s hard work. And it’s especially difficult when the ground is hard and dry.
•Here they were in a wilderness, a dry, desert valley place, a low place.
•And in this place, this low dry desert place, the word of the Lord says dig ditches
•It was hard slow and difficult work (no doubt their hands were bleeding their backs were sore, their arms were aching their shoulders were aching and to top it all off, their thirst was becoming unbearable).
•I’m talking to some people right now who have been in that same place: that low dry place everything is hard, it’s difficult, it takes a great amount of effort.
•You have to force yourself to praise the Lord.
oYou have to force yourself to pray.
oYou have to force yourself to read the Bible.
oYou have to force yourself to go to church.
•And it feels like you’re so dry and empty and your mind is saying this is ridiculous and the devil is telling you it’s not worth it.
•The devil is telling you it’s over, it’s dead, and it’s never going to happen.
•(Those dreams and visions) those prophecies, are never going to come to pass.
oYou’re never going to launch that ministry.
oYou’re never going to see those children saved.
oYou never going to start that business.