Summary: We learn from the widow’s life how grace and faith work hand in hand.
The Widow’s Oil...
Praise God Church!!!
a) Seasons of Affliction (Intro)...
How many in here tonight have ever been through a season of affliction?
My guess is everyone here tonight. Amen?
We’ve all been through times of testing and trials,
A time when you thought that nothing was going to work out.
You felt alone in your struggle,
Broken down, Down trodden, Beaten down,
Well, it’s good to see you here tonight because that must mean that somebody stepped in,
And made some changes in your circumstances,
And that somebody must have been Jesus, Amen?
Because I seen the way you was praising Him for it tonight.
I know because he who is forgiven much is thankful for much,
He who has been delivered, truly delivered, from much,
Is going to praise Him with all they have. Amen?
See, Seasons of affliction are common to all,
Jesus said that there would be testing and trials,
He said that tribulation would come,
He didn’t sugar coat it, He didn’t try to shield you from the truth, Amen?
He said troubles gonna come but be of good cheer,
I have already overcome it.
When you’re going through it know that it’s only for a season,
Because I am The Overcomer,
I am your victory, Focus on me. Amen?
See, only a true child of God,
Only a new creature in Christ Jesus,
Can walk through that season of affliction
And know that His grace is sufficient,
Only those who are trusting in His provision,
And walking by faith that He is the overcomer of every situation in their lives,
Are going to see miracles worked for them even in this desperate time,
Wonders will be wrought for them even in the worst of times. Amen?
How many in here tonight know that it’s on that cloudy day,
It’s on that same day of the storm,
That the rainbow of His Promise is most easily seen,
It’s after the rain that the seed bears fruit,
Heb 12:11 says...after the chastening comes the fruit of righteousness. (paraphrase)
It was when the Children of Israel were wondering through the desert,
When they were going through that season of affliction,
Walking through that destitute land,
It was then that they saw the glory of God’s goodness,
Because He reached down into their circumstance,
And provided for His children,
He became their provision in their time of need,
When they were hungry He fed them with manna from Heaven,
When they were thirsty He gave them water from the rock,
He gave them cloud cover by day,
And a fire to light their way in the darkness,
He was their provision!!!!
His grace was then and still is all sufficient for the believer,
God in His infinite grace and power is able to do exceedingly,
abundantly above all that you can think or ask,
No matter what the day or the hour,
The time or the season we need to be walking in the abundance of God’s grace,
And the only way to walk in His Grace and His power,
Is to walk by faith and not by sight,
It’s a faith walk,
In order to see God’s grace manifest in your life,
The measure of faith must be their also,
Grace and Faith walk hand in hand,
When you activate your faith in God,
You activate the Grace of God,
See God’s Grace has already been extended to all of mankind,
But it’s by faith we obtain it,
By faith we become more than conquerers,
We become recipients of all that His Word promises, Amen?
Well now I want to get into His word,
And as we read the story of the widow’s oil,
Let’s see first hand how grace and faith work together,
To make us prosperous in every area of our lives,
2Ki 4:1 Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the
LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2Ki 4:2 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.
2Ki 4:3 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
2Ki 4:4 And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.
2Ki 4:5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.