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Summary: You lose on a lot of blessings that God has for you when you don’t do things God’s way

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2 Kings 13:14-19

Topic: What happens when you don’t do things God’s way

There are some dire consequences when you don’t do things God’s way. You lose out on the blessings that God has for you when you don’t do things God’s way. You lose out on the victory that God has for you when you don’t do things God’s way. Doors of opportunity will be shut in your face when you don’t do things God’s way. Sleep will leave your eyes and you won’t be able to get any rest when you don’t do things God’s way. You will find yourself disappointed, depressed, and sad when you don’t do things God’s way. You will find yourself in bondage and confused when you don’t do things God’s way You will find yourself broke, disgusted and frustrated when you don’t do things God’s way. You will find yourself in a whole lot of trouble, you will find yourself in a whole lot of mess, and in a whole lot of unnecessary drama when you don’t do things God’s way. You will become weak, and despondent when you don’t do things God’s way. There will be no peace for you and no comfort for you when you don’t do things God’s way. There will be no joy for you and no happiness for you when you don’t do things God’s way. . Not only will you mess yourself up when you don’t do things God’s way, but you will even cause your family, your children, your neighborhood, or even your own church not to be blessed when you don’t do things God’s way. Salvation and eternal life will be out of your reach when you don’t’ do things God’s way because salvation and eternal life is found in Jesus Christ and when you don’t want to go through Christ for your salvation, you will miss out on your soul’s salvation.

You see when you do things God’s way, blessings will come your way. When you do things God’s way, victory is yours. When you do things God’s way, doors will be opened for you, good opportunities will come your way, you will receive the favor of the God and men, you will experience the peace of God and the joy of the Lord when you do things God’s way. And that should be your new year’s resolution for the year 2004. In the year of 2004, you ought to be committed in doing things God’s way. Now the question is how can I learn how to do things God’s way?

1.To learn how to do things God’s way, we first of all must pray. We must be in prayer daily every day if we are going to learn how to do things God’s way. You can’t do anything God’s way without prayer.

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee and show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not.”

2.To learn how to do things God’s way, we must learn, study and be taught the Word of God. To do things God’s way, we must do it according to the word of God. And to do anything according to the word of God, you must know what is written in the Word of God so we can be able to do things God’s way. And to know what is written in the Word of God, you must read the Word, hear the Word, learn the Word, study the Word, be taught in the Word, believe the Word, and live the Word because it is in the Word of God where we can learn how to do things God’s way. Not only should you study the Word of God, but you should go to Sunday School and Bible Study so you can know and learn how to do things God’s way. And when you do things God’s way, you will be truly and richly blessed.

Psalm 119:9 says How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

3.To learn how to do things God’s way, you got to put your focus, your trust, your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ because it is through Christ, we can learn how to do things God’s way.

John 14:6- Jesus Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man can come unto the Father, but by me.”

Now, in these passage of scriptures of 2 Kings 13:14-19, we see Elisha the prophet in his last days on his sickbed trying to help one of the kings of Israel, King Joash, to become blessed and victorious over his enemies. The nation of Israel was at war with the mighty Syrians, and King Joash came to Elisha for some advice on how to defeat the Syrians because if there was anyone in Israel that knew how to defeat the Syrians, it was the prophet Elisha, for he had helped the nation of Israel to defeat the Syrians before in the past. So Elisha tells King Joash to get a bow and some arrows, and Elisha tells King Joash to shoot all the arrows into the ground because each arrow will represent the deliverance and the victory that he and the nation of Israel would have over the Syrians. Now King Joash had about 8 or 9 arrows in his possessions, so if he shoots all the arrows into the ground, the nation of Israel would be completely victorious over the Syrians. But instead of shooting all 8 or 9 arrows, he only shoots three of them. And because he only shoots 3 arrows into the ground, Elisha was upset with him because he was suppose to shoot all the arrows into the ground so that the nation of Israel would have complete victory over the Syrians. But because King Joash only shot three arrows, the nation of Israel was only able to defeat the Syrians three times. So when the nation of Israel faced the Syrians the fourth time, they were soundly defeated because of one man who had failed to do things God’s way.

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