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God Desires To Send, And He Has Promised Revival

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God Desires To Send, And He Has Promised Revival

God desires for there to be a revival of worship to Him, and there will be a great revival of worship to Him before Jesus returns. His glory (the manifest presence of God) will be experienced in a greater measure by the body of Christ (the church) than ever before. The true body of Christ will have a season of refreshing (renewed, restored, made pleasing) before the return of the Lord.

Acts 3:19-21 NKJV
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

2 Chronicles 7:13-16 NKJV
“When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.”

Tabernacle Of David – A Revival Of Worship
Before the return of the Lord all the prophesies spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled..

Amos 9:11-15 NKJV
“ ‘On that day I will raise up
The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,
And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins,
And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom,
And all the gentiles who are called by My name,’
Says the Lord who does this thing.
‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord,
‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
And all the hills shall flow with it,
I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;
They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them’
They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.
I will plant them in their land,
And no longer shall they be pulled up
From the land I have given them,’
Says the Lord your God.”

It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth. In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of provision (material, physical and spiritual) and harvest (souls). However, we have a part to play in seeing that God’s desire is fulfilled. Sin cannot enter into the presence of God. No matter how much someone may say that they want to experience (and stay in) the glory of the Lord, they will not with sin in their life. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by Jesus. There is a difference between stumbling upon the glory of God and the glory of God staying upon you, just as there is a difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God.

Acts 15:16-17 NKJV
“ ‘After this I will return
And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,
Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

The tabernacle of David was a tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant. The manifest presence of God was seen there. We are to be the earthly tent that houses the manifest presence of God. The people joyfully worshiped God in the tabernacle of David. We too, are to joyfully worship God. Sacrifices of praise are to be continually offered up from us.

Psalm 95:1-3 NKJV
“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.”

Psalm 100 NKJV
“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.”

The name David is a Hebrew word meaning beloved. The tabernacle of David is a type of the worship of the bride of Christ, the church. As the bride of Christ we are the beloved of God and we are the earthly house (tent) that should show forth the glory of God. The church is to joyfully offer up sacrifices of worship, praise, thanksgiving.

Hebrews 13:15 NKJV
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise
to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

1 Peter 2:9 NKJV
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”

The church , the body of Christ, is to be the restored tabernacle of David, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23-24 NKJV
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who
worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

When the church removes the sin from within they will be able to worship God in spirit and in truth. Then they will see the glory of the Lord (the manifest presence of God) in their midst. Then the world around them will see the glory of the Lord in them and they too will seek the Lord.

Psalm 24 NKJV
“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessings from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.”

The tabernacle of David was a place of continual worship. It was also a place of voluntary worship. God did not order the tabernacle of David to be built – it came from David’s heart. The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s heart. Like David, God desires for us to voluntary worship Him out of our love for Him.

Acts 13:22 NKJV
“And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.”

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Rocks, Giants and Forty Days – Lessons From David and Goliath

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Rocks, Giants and Forty Days – Lessons From David and Goliath

Why did David take five stones and why smooth stones? What are smooth stones and how are they made? Why had the armies faced each other on opposite sides of the valley for forty days? How does the five smooth stones apply to our lives? How do they apply to the church body?

Short Version of David and Goliath
Jessie sent his son David to check on his brothers who were at war with the Philistine army. The Israelites and the Philistine army faced each other on opposite sides of a steep valley. Each day for forty days a giant, name Goliath, would stand in the valley and mock and challenge the Israelites. All of the Israelites were afraid of Goliath.

As David arrived at the battlefield he heard Goliath uttering negative things about God. Deep within David he was moved with a holy anger. He asked the men, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?” David knew that he could defeat this giant with God’s help so he asked for permission to fight Goliath.

1 Samuel 17:40 NKJV
“Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.”

After receiving permission to fight, David gathered five smooth stones from a brook. With only his pocket of rocks and a slingshot, David ran down into the valley. He prepared for battle by placing one stone in his slingshot. As Goliath and David approached each other, Goliath mocked David. The taunts did not intimate David. He was confident that God would deliver him and the Israelites.

David slung the stone in his sling, hitting the giant between the eyes. The stone sunk into Goliath forehead causing him to fall to the ground. David quickly grabbed Goliath’s sword and cut off the giant’s head. Upon seeing Goliath dead the Philistine army fled. The Israelites chased and killed them, then plundered their camp.

Smooth Stones
Smooth stones are made from rocks rolling with the flow of water on the riverbed. When you see a smooth rock sitting in a river bed they’ve been transported over a long distance from their origin point. While on their journey they have be subjected to intense weathering, friction with sand, soil, water and collisions with other stones. All these things within the body of water erodes the sharp edges off the pebbles, rocks and boulders giving them a smooth shape.

1 Samuel 17:40 NKJV
“Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.”

David chose stones that were smooth to use to defeat the giant, Goliath. When God has a job to do or wants to defeat a giant He also chooses smooth stones. Believers are like the rocks rolling with the flow of water on the riverbed. We are a work in process, ever changing as we flow in the river of God. In that river we are on a journey as we are being transported from our origin point to our destination. While on our journey we are subjected to elements of the world and to collisions with other believers. These things while we are in the river of God erodes the sharp edges off of us, giving them a smooth shape. Only after we are smoothed out will God reach down into His river and pull us out to defeat a giant.

If you’ve been beaten, bruised or hurt while in the river, keep on rolling and let go of the hurt because just maybe God will reach down and pull you out to slay a giant. People hurt pastors…pastors hurt people…people hurt people…pastors hurt pastors….that’s just a fact of life. Whatever you do don’t get out of the river. Let God continue to take you to your destination.

Luke 17:1 NKJV
“Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!”

Jesus Himself said that it was impossible for there to be no offenses. He did not say for us to get out of the river because of it though. He said woe to him through whom they (offenses) do come. The word woe in the Greek is ouai and is more than just an expression of a feeling – it is a judgment. It is not our place to try to get back at someone because of an offense. God will take care of it, that’s not our job. If we keep our hands clean and our hearts pure God can use the collisions with other believers ( offenses) to mature, refine and strengthen us.

Sometimes the river you are rolling around in branches off to a different tributary. Just keep on rolling wherever the flow of the river of God takes you. People will change churches for many different reasons and that’s okay. In the natural, if a river never branched off the majority of the world would be dry and desolate. The same is true with the river of God.

Other Giants
Could the other four stones represent the other Philistine giants that the Israelites had to defeat? David and his mighty men killed giants named Ishbi-Benob, Saph (Sippai), and Lahmi, as well as an unnamed giant with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot.

2 Samuel 21:15-22 NKJV
“When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint. Then Ishbi-Benob, who was one of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose bronze spear was three hundred shekels, who was bearing a new sword, thought he could kill David. But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid, and struck the Philistine and killed him. Then the men of David swore to him, saying, “You shall go out no more with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.” Now it happened afterward that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbechai the Hushathite killed Saph, who was one of the sons of the giant. Again there was war at Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaare-Oregim the Bethlehemite killed the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to the giant. So when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.”

Not everyone is called to fight the same giant. There are different anointings on each person and each church. Fight the giant God gives you. Don’t try to fight someone else’s giant.

Forty Days
For forty days the Israelites and the Philistine armies faced each other on opposite sides of a steep valley. Each and every day Goliath would stand in the valley and make fun of God and of them. His size and words were very intimating to the Israelites. As they stood there day in and day out listening to Goliath fear filled their hearts. Their actions showed that they had forgotten who they were (God’s chosen people) and His promises to them.

In the Bible many times the number forty represents a time of testing or judgment. A few examples are:
It rained for forty days and nights.
Moses was in the backside of the desert for forty years.
Moses was on Mount Sinai for forty days and nights.
Moses sent spies out to investigate the land God.
The Israelites were in desert forty years.
Jonah was warned for forty days that God was going to judge Nineveh.
Ezekiel laid on His right side for forty days to symbolize Judah’s sins.
Elijah went forty days without food or water
Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness for forty days.

Like the Israelites, when we go through a time of testing (especially if it is prolonged) uncertainty and fear will try to creep into our hearts. We too, can hear the voice of the enemy taunting us. During these time we must remember who we are – We are a child of God, the very Creator of the entire universe. We must also remember all the promises that God has given us.

When we are going through a time of testing God we can rest assured that God will send the help we need at the very moment we need it. However, that help often shows up in a form that we would not expect. It just might be someone who you can’t stand, or someone you have a bad attitude toward. It might be someone who brags a lot, talks a lot or a knows it all. You can never tell who God will use to bring deliverance to you.

1 Samuel 17:28 NKJV
“Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”

David’s brother Eliab, was not happy to see David. In fact, he was very angry with David. He definitely didn’t like it when David spoke up concerning the battle. Maybe Eliab thought David had disobeyed their father by leaving the sheep to come see what was going on. Or maybe he thought David was full of pride. And just maybe…Eliab didn’t like David because God had rejected him and had anointed David as the future king.

1 Samuel 16:4-7 NKJV
“So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice. So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 God is faithful and He will send help, but He will be the one to decide what form the help comes in. David knew that the battle was not theirs – it belonged to God. And that is exactly the type of person you need when you are going through a trial – someone who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the BATTLE BELONGS TO GOD!

Use What God Gives You

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“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ ”

Some people spend a lot of time gaining knowledge, skill, and perfecting their talents, only to let it all go unused. They have a lot of input (knowledge) but not enough output (productivity). There are many excuses that we can give for not using the talents, gift and abilities that God has given us to us for His glory, but that’s all they are, excuses. There is no excuse in allowing what God has given you to go to waste or left unused. One day each of us will give an account to God for how we used the things (gifts, abilities, skill, wisdom, provisions) that He gave us.

Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ But the lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

God requires His people to be faithful to what He has called them to and to use what He has given them to fulfill that calling. The last servant mentioned in the above passage did not fear his master. He was lazy. In fact, he was so lazy that he did not even bother to deposit the money with the bankers. He did not use what God had given him and in the end he lost it. He was an unprofitable servant because he failed to be faithful to the task given to him by his master.

We will either use what God has given us or God will take it away and give it to someone else who will use it. We will either be blessed or we will loose out – we will not share in the rewards or the blessings of God. The rewards and the blessings that we receive will be based on our faithfulness.

The servant wanted to take the easy way out. His mind was not on using what God had given him for his master but only on keeping what had been given to him. To often people want to take the easy way out. Their mind is not always on using their talents to increase the kingdom of God.

 

1 Peter 4:10 NKJV

“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Every believer has been given gifts, talents and abilities. We are all managers of what God has entrusted to unto us and we will be held accountable for using our gifts, talents and abilities. We must us our them in the best interest of God, for advancing His kingdom (for reaching the lost, for encouragement to the saints and for helping other Christians grow).

 

Dear Father,

I thank-you for the gifts, talents and abilities that You have given to me. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to be faithful with what You have given me and use them for Your glory. Don’t let me to allow my gifts, talents or abilities go to waste or left unused. My heart’s desire is to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

“Hold On You’re Almost Finished”

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“Hold On You’re Almost Finished”

 

2 Thessalonians 3:13 NKJV “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”

Galatians 6:9 NKJV

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

A doctor will not start a stress test until there are others there that he can work with. These people have been trained to help him and you. They are prepared and they know what to do.

The Holy Spirit will not lead you through a test until He has prepared people and placed them around you. These people are people that He can work through and people that will work with Him. These people will support you and help you stand. Every person that ministers to you during a test has been hand-picked by God to help you.

During the stress test you become tired and begin to weaken. When you seem to be at your weakest point, you might hear the doctor say, “Can you hold on for a little longer? Just one minute and twenty seconds more.” Before you can answer him you hear him say, “Yes, you can hold out a little longer.” You become even more tired. During this time you would really like to stop. You honestly don’t know how much more you can take. Quitting begins to look pretty good. But you can’t because the test is not finished.

A minute later you hear the doctor say, “Just twenty more seconds. Hold on, you’re almost finished. You can do it.” The doctor is overseeing the test, but he is also encouraging you through the test. As the pace of the treadmill speeds up you find it hard to keep up. It seems like you are getting further and further from the handle of the treadmill – your anchor. At this point you feel the nurse’s hand at your back, helping to keep you anchored. The support at you back is just what you need to keep you from slipping further back and to keep you moving forward.

Another nurse is at your side. She is there in case you stumble or start to fall. She knows that if you fall, you will have to go through the test again. She is prepared to help hold you up or just keep you steady, whichever is needed.

James 1:2-4 NKJV

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

The church (body of Christ) is going through a test(s). Testing does not come to the body of Christ to destroy it or afflict it, but it comes to purge and refine it. The church must grow (mature) in faith. The body must learn how to stand firm under pressure and opposition. We must learn how to turn adversity into opportunities.

Some in the body are becoming very weak. The Holy Spirit is saying, “Can you hold on for a little longer? Just a little while longer? Yes, you can hold out a little longer.” Some are so tired that they would like to stop. Thoughts run through their minds like, “How much more can I (we) take?” Quitting begins to look good. But they can’t quit because the test is not finished. The Holy Spirit is saying, “Just a little while longer. Hold on, you’re almost finished! You can do it!”

The Holy Spirit is overseeing every test that the body of Christ (individually and corporately) is going through and He is encouraging the body during the test. We are not alone. The many saints that have went on before us are standing at the edge of heaven and they are calling out to us, “Hold on!” As the pace of our test speeds up, some are finding it hard to keep up. It seems like they are getting further and further away from their anchor – Jesus Christ. Many are becoming weary. To some it seems like they are taking a step forward and sliding back two. If this is you, the Holy Spirit is placing people at your back and at your side. The people at your back will help you keep anchored. They will strengthen you. Just their presence at your back will bring you comfort. Now instead of sliding backwards, you can continue in the test while holding onto your anchor. The people placed at your side will steady you and keep you from stumbling as the pace of your test speeds up. They will do everything they can to keep you from falling.

Every person that the Holy Spirit places around you during a test is prepared to hold you up if necessary so you can finish the test. They will give you strength from behind. They will keep you close to the anchor. They will come alongside you to steady you so that you do not fall. And they will encourage you through love when you think that you can’t go on.

Like a doctor, the Holy Spirit is encouraging each one of us with the words, “You can do it.” In heaven the saints of old are calling out, “Hold on brothers and sisters. You’re almost finished. Just a little longer.”

Hebrews 12:1-4 NKJV

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

When we become weary and feel like giving up, let us remember Jesus Christ and all that He went through for us. As we keep our eyes on Jesus we will gain new strength and be able to finish whatever test we are going through. Considering what Jesus went through and endured for us, our trials and tests pale in comparison.

 

Dear Father,

By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us not grow weary in doing good and help us not lose heart. May we allow patience to have its perfect work in us that we may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. Cause us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. We fix our eyes unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Thank-you for the assurance that we will reap in due season.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sexual Purity – Your Body Is A Temple

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1 Thessalonians 4:1-8  NKJV   

  “Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we give you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God who has also given us His Holy Spirit.”

          As Christians, our daily walk should be different than the world. We become a new creation when we are saved and we are to be governed by God standards, not the world’s. Christians are not to walk like the unsaved, instead they are to walk worthy of their calling from God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:4  NKJV    

“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” 

Colossians 2:6  NKJV   

  “As therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…”

          Sexual immorality (fornication) was a major problem for the believers of the early church. The pagans (the world around them) condoned and practiced sexual immorality as part of their rituals. Their culture had very few, if any, sexual boundaries. The believers were reminded by Paul that their bodies were the temple of God.  Even though they lived in a sexually orientated society they were to abstain from sexual immorality. Sexual immorality is any illicit sexual activity. It is acting in a wrong or wicked way, especially  thinking or acting in a way that spoils the plan that God gave for physical closeness between a man and a woman.

1 Corinthians 6:18-20  NKJV    

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

          Our bodies do not belong to us, they belong to God and should be kept holy. God desires for us to keep ourselves from immoral behavior. According to the Bible we are not to keep company with those who claim to be a Christian that are sexually immoral.

1 Corinthians 5:11   

  “But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person.”

I. Sexual Immorality Dishonors

Sexual involvement outside of marriage brings dishonor. Dishonor is a loss of honor, reputation; shame; reproach.

A. Dishonors God

Leviticus 20:22-23  NKJV  

   ‘You shall therefore keep all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them, that the land where I am bringing you to dwell may not vomit you out. And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them.”

          As Christians we are to be different than the world. God has brought us out from Egypt (sin) and we are to walk according to His statutes and laws. God has separated us from sin and we are not to follow after the pattern of the world around us. God abhors sexual immorality therefore we must abstain from it.

Abhor: regard with horror or disgust; hate completely; detest; loathe.

          When we act like the world, talk like the world, and do the things that the world does we bring dishonor to God.

B. Dishonors Your Marriage Partner (or Future Marriage Partner)

God considers marriage as a sacred covenant between you and Him, and between a husband and his wife. The marriage relationship is a symbol of trust, faithfulness and unity.

Exodus 20:14  NKJV    

“You shall not commit adultery.”

          A sexual relationship is much more than just a physical experience. It is a union between a man and woman’s bodies, souls, and spirits. When a person has sexual relationships with someone they are opening themselves up to everything in that persons past.

C. Dishonors You

Sexual immorality (fornication) dishonors you and it is a sin against your own body.

1 Corinthians 6:18  NKJV   

  “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.

II. Sexual Immorality Is Prohibited

        1 Peter 3-5  NKJV 

    “For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles – when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 

          Forbidden (illicit) sexual activity comes in different forms. All forms of immorality will be judged by God.

Leviticus 20:10-16  NKJV   

      “The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed perversion. Their blood shall be upon them. If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you. If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall surely kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.”

A. Lust

Lust is a strong sinful desire to satisfy your selfish wants. It can be a strong desire for anything. Referred to in a sexual content, lust is described as a sinful desire for forbidden (illicit) sex, or an excessive sexual desire. Lust leads to sin and sin leads to death (spiritually).

Matthew 5:27-28  NKJV  

   “You have heard that is said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

          Any person that gazes (looks long and steadily) at a person with the purpose of wanting them sexually has mentally committed adultery. They have sinned against God.

B. Adultery

Adultery is the act of breaking the marriage covenant by having sex (voluntary sexual intercourse) with someone other than your husband or wife (extramarital sex). It is also a man and woman living together unmarried as though they were, doing the things together that only a husband and wife should do (sex).

Leviticus 20:10  NKJV   

  “The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death.”

          When a person commits adultery they are breaking the commitment that they made with God and with their marriage partner. Material infidelity is the same as infidelity with God, because when a person marries someone they are making a vow with God, not just with their marriage partner. When we are unfaithful to God it will cost us our soul.

Proverbs 6:32  NKJV  

  “Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul.”

C. Incest

Incest is sexual intercourse (sex) between persons closely related (except your spouse). In the Old Testament it was prohibited and the penalty for it was death.

Leviticus 18:6  NKJV   

  “None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the Lord.”

Leviticus 20:11-12  NKJV     “The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed perversion. Their blood shall be upon them.”

D. Homosexuality

Homosexuality is sex with a person of one’s own gender. It is condemned in the Bible ( both in the Old and New Testaments). The Bible tells us that homosexuality (including lesbianism) is an abomination to God. It is something that arouses strong disgust. God detests and loathes homosexuality no matter what label we put on it. God hates the sin of homosexuality, but He loves the sinner. The world calls homosexuality an alternate lifestyle, but God calls it an abomination.

Leviticus 18:22  NKJV   

  “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

Leviticus 20:13  NKJV  

   “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”

          Homosexuality is condemned by God. There are always consequences for our sin. In the early 1980’s the AIDS virus mushroomed as a consequence of homosexual relationships.

Romans 1:26-27  NKJV    

“For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Galatians 6:7-8  NKJV  

   “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

          Homosexuality is a sin and will be judged by God. Homosexuality will have its place in the lake of fire along with all other sin. God requires us  to live righteously in order for us to inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9  NKJV   

  “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

E. Bestiality

Bestiality is sex with an animal. The Bible considers this a deviant behavior and is outlawed. It is referred to as a perversion.

Perversion: a turning or being turned to what is wrong; change to what is unnatural, abnormal, or wrong; deviation or abnormality in sexual behavior.

Leviticus 18:23  NKJV  

   “Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is a perversion.”

Leviticus 20:15-16  NKJV   

  “If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall surely kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.”

           The Bible refers to the person who practices bestiality as “cursed.”  In Biblical times bestiality was punishable by death.

Cursed: under a curse, deserving a curse; evil; hateful.

Exodus 22:19  NKJV   

  “Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death.” 

Deuteronomy 27:21  NKJV  

   “Cursed is the one who lies with any kind of animal.”

III. Sexual Purity Is Possible

It is possible for a believer to stay pure in an impure world. Much like the early church, we live in a sexually orientated society. We too, have been instructed to abstain from sexual immorality.

A. Know God’s Word And Live By It

Each one of us must know what God’s Word says concerning sexual purity. In order to live by God’s Word we must know it. We must allow the Holy Spirit to control us and not Satan.

Psalm 119:9-11  NKJV    

“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.”

          Sexual impurity is a work of the flesh. Works of the flesh are proof that a person is not living under the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:19  NKJV  

   “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbirths of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresis, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practiced such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

B. Make A Conscious Decision

Psalm 101:3  NKJV   

  “I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness.”

          Each believer must make a conscious decision to stay sexually pure. In other words, we must choose for ourselves to stay pure. We are to make a covenant (promise, vow) with ourselves and God.

Job 31:1  NKJV  

   “I have made a covenant with my eyes;

Why then should I look upon a young woman?”

          Believers must bring every thought into captivity and that includes sexually impure thoughts. Our actions reveal our thoughts therefore, we must be very careful about what we think about.

2 Corinthians 10:5  NKJV   

  “…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”

C. Avoid Compromising Situations

There are some temptations that are unavoidable, but some temptations should be avoided at all costs. Involvement in certain activities can lead to sexual impurity.

2 Timothy 2:22  NKJV   

  “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

          Each person should know their weakness. When we recognize the areas that we are weak in we can take steps to avoid them. God has made a way for us to escape temptation and part of that way is for us to avoid certain things (people, situations, circumstances…).

James 1:14-15  NKJV    

“But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”

D. Be Filled With The Holy Spirit And Allow Him Control

The best way to overcome any temptation (or sinful desire) is to live in the power of  and under the control of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-17  NKJV   

  “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

          The conflict between our flesh and our spirit is very real. We are made of three parts: body (flesh), soul (mind, will, emotions), and spirit. Our flesh (body) fights against our spirit and our spirit fights against our flesh (body). Whichever one is in control will control our soul, therefore it is very important to allow the Holy Spirit to control us. When we allow the Spirit to control us it will be harder for us to fall into immorality.

Romans 13:13-14  NKJV   

  “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”

Conclusion:

A Christian must look at the world through God’s eyes and that includes seeing sexual purity the way that He does. Within the confines of marriage, sex is a beautiful gift from God. It is to be enjoyed by a legally married husband and a wife. God has blessed intimacy between a husband and his wife.

Proverbs 5:18-20  NKJV  

   “Let your fountain be blessed,

And rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and a graceful doe,

Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.”

          Outside of marriage sexual impurity is a sin and it can effect you and others for a life time. All fornicators (someone who is sexual impure) will be judged by God.

Hebrews 13:4  NKJV   

  “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

Ephesians 5:3-6  NKJV  

   “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints”

          When a person has failed in the area of sexual purity they can be reconciled unto God. As long as there is life (breath) in their bodies there is hope for reconciliation. Everything in their past can be erased when they come to God for forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17  NKJV    

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new”

          When we confess our sin we are actually agreeing with God that we are sinners in need of forgiveness. In other words, we acknowledge that we have done wrong, that we have broke God’s laws, and that we deserve punishment. When we acknowledge (confess) our sin to God, He will forgive us. God will cleanse all unrighteousness from anyone that asks. When God forgives us of our sins he makes us a new creation.

1 John 1:9  NKJV    

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

          A person’s life should change when they receive forgiveness of their sins. At their salvation they are transformed into the likeness of Christ. Instead of living to please themselves (fulfilling their lusts and desires), they desire to please God.

What Now? Arise and Go

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What Now? Arise and Go

 

         Once we truly experience the glory of God there will be changes within us. As we look at the lives of Moses, Isaiah, and Saul we see that when they experienced the manifest presence of God they recognized the awesomeness of God, they repented, and they went out to do His work. God does not send us His glory just for us to “set and soak” in His presence.

Exodus 3:1-10  NKJV   

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock in the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Here I am.’

Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

And the Lord said: ‘I have surly seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to the Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ ”  

Isaiah 6:1-8  NKJV   

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried, out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips,

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the alter. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.’ Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying

‘Whom shall I send,

And who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’ ”

Acts 9:1-6  NKJV   

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord what do You want me to do?’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’ ” 

I. Recognize The Awesomeness of God

God truly is an awesome God. When we come into His presence we are filled with great wonder and reverence, because of His beauty, sublimity (excellence, grandeur, majesty),and power. There is none like God.

Exodus 3:6  NKJV  

“Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.”

Isaiah 6:5  NKJV   

“So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips,

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ ”

 

Acts 9:5  NKJV

“ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ ”

A. Beauty (pleasantness)

Beauty means quality that pleases. God has a pleasant nature. He delights in giving pleasure to His children. Everything He does (or allows to happen) is fair and just.

Psalm 27:4  NKJV   

  “One thing I have desired of the Lord,

That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life

To behold the beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in His temple.”

Psalm 90:17  NKJV   

  “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,

And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

 

Isaiah 33:17  NKJV   

  “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;

They will see the land that is very far off.”

 

Psalm 29:2  NKJV    

“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

B. Sublimity

Sublimity means lofty excellence; exalted state; grandeur; majesty. God is superior to man in every way. He is magnificent (splendid, grand, stately, noble, impressive in beauty, brilliance, excellence).

 

Psalm 8:1  NKJV    

“O Lord, our Lord,

How excellent is Your name in all the earth,

Who have set Your glory above the heavens!”

Psalm 148:13  NKJV    

“Let them praise the name of the Lord,

For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth, and heavens.”

All of the universe (everything and everyone in it) is instructed to praise the wonders of God and His majesty.

Psalm 113:1-56 NKJV    

“Praise, O Servants of the Lord,

Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down

The name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations,

His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God,

Who dwells on high

Who humbles Himself to behold

The things that are

in the heavens and in the earth?”

C. Power

Power means  strength or force; ability to do or act; control; authority; influence; right. God is full of power and strength. We are to submit to His authority and come under His control, and we are to praise His power, strength and ability.

Psalm 21:13  NKJV    

“Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.”

As we submit to God and His authority, He will fill us with His strength.

Psalm 59:16  NKJV    

“But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense

And refuge in the day of my trouble.”

Believers are to declare the power of God.

Psalm 145:10-12  NKJV    

“All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,

And Your saints shall bless You.

They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,

And talk of Your power,

To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,

And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.”

Even nature, speaks of God’s power. All of creation (everything that was ever created) testifies of God’s great strength, authority and control.

Romans 1:20  NKJV    

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse”

II. REPENT

The glory of the Lord brings conviction and repentance. When man comes into the presence of a holy God he will realize just how sinful he is.

Exodus 3:5  NKJV   

  “Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ ”

Isaiah 6:5  NKJV    

“So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips,

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ ”

Acts 9:6  NKJV    

“So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord what do You want me to do?’ ” 

III. GO

Experiencing the glory of God will create a great desire within us to be the hands and feet of God. Our desire to serve others will be greater than ever before.

Exodus 3:10  NKJV    

“ ‘Come now, therefore, and I will send you to the Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ ” 

Isaiah 6:8-9  NKJV    

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying

‘Whom shall I send,

And who will go for Us?’

Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’

And He said, ‘Go, and tell this people…’ ”

Acts 9:6-9  NKJV    

“So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord what do You want me to do?’

Then the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’

And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither are nor drank.”

Acts 9:17-20  NKJV    

“And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, ’Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”

When we are available to God we can be used by God for whatever He desires and wherever He desires. We should feel compassion on those of faith, those who are lost, both the grateful and the ungrateful. 

Colossians 3:23  NKJV    

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

What Can I Do For You?

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What Can I Do For You?

 

2 Kings 4:8-12  NKJV    

“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, ‘Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’ And it happened one day that he came there, and turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, ‘Call this Shunammite woman.’ When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, ‘Say to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ She answered, ‘I dwell among my own people.’ So he said, ‘What then is to be done for her?’ And Gehazi answered, ‘Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.’

          As Elisha traveled through Shunem, he would stop to rest and eat. In Shunem there was a family that would invite (persuade) him into their home for a meal. The Bible refers to the woman of the house as a notable woman. This woman understood and knew in her spirit that Elisha was a holy man of God. She realized that Elisha was set apart for the ministry to God. The Shunammite woman acted upon the knowledge that she had. She asked her husband if they could make a room on the roof (wall) for Elisha. This room would be set apart for Elisha when he would travel through their town (Shunem). The room would provide a resting place for Elisha and his needs could easily be met. The woman wanted to make certain that her family provided the hospitality that was due to a holy man of God. Not because she was a “man pleaser” or out of duty, but because she had a deep respect and reverence for God.

Elisha was thankful and appreciative of the effort and concern that was given to his comfort and needs. He instructed his servant, Gehazi, to go to the woman and find out what special thing could her do for her to repay her for the kindness that had been given to him. Elisha wondered if she needed him to talk to the king for her (favor with the king) or if she needed him to talk to the commander of the army for her (protection). Gehazi went to the Shunammite woman to find out if she had any needs. The woman did not need Elisha to talk to the king or the commander of the army for her. She lived in her own land with her own people. Gehazi went back to Elisha and informed him of the conversation with the Shunammite woman.

Still wanting to do something for the woman, Elisha asked his servant, Gehazi, what could her do for her. Gehazi told Elisha that the woman did not have a son. Elisha called the woman and when she stood before him he told her that she was going to have a son within the year.

The woman had prepared a dwelling (resting) place for the man of God out of respect and reverence and in turn she received what she dreamed of. She was blessed with a son within the year. We too, can and will be blessed beyond our wildest dreams if we will follow the Shunammite woman’s example. We must recognize the holiness of God, prepare a place for Him and minister to Him.

I. Recognize The Holiness Of God

Recognition is a knowing again or an acknowledgment. It also means acceptance. Recognition conveys approval. When we recognize the holiness of God we acknowledge, accept and admit that God is holy.

2 Kings 4:9  NKJV    

“And she said to her husband, ‘Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly.”

          Recognition of God as holy is shown through our words, actions and thoughts. A person who claims to know that God is holy, but whose actions do not align themselves up with that knowledge does not truly recognize the holiness of God. It is not enough to just know something, we must act upon what we know. The Shunammite woman recognized the holiness of the man of God and she followed up this knowledge with action. We must recognize the holiness of God and then we must follow up our knowledge of His holiness with action. Acknowledgment, acceptance and admittance that God is holy will be both internal and external. Throughout the Bible we can see where when people truly recognized the holiness of God it was followed up by action. Isaiah recognized that God was holy and he followed that knowledge up with true repentance.

Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV    

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.’ ”

II. Prepare A Place For God

The Shunammite woman wanted to make a room for Elisha. The room was to be a resting place for the man of God. Elisha represents the presence of God, therefore the room was to be a habitation (a place to live in / a dwelling place) for the presence of God.

2 Kings 4:10  NKJV    

“Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’ ”

           The first step in preparing a place for God is repentance. A person becomes the temple of God at salvation because the Holy Spirit comes to reside (to live in) the believer.

Ephesians 2:19-22  NKJV    

“Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

            The Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) lives within every Christian. We are to be holy because God is holy. If we do not keep our temple clean (holy, pure) the presence of God will not stay. God’s presence will not be where there is sin.

          2 Corinthians 6:14-18  NKJV    

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. And God said: ‘I will dwell in them

And walk among them. I will be their God,

And they shall be My people.’

Therefore

‘Come out from among them

And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,

And I will receive you. I will be a Father to you,

And you shall be My sons and daughters,

Says the Lord Almighty.’ ”

III. Minister To God

A minister is a person engaged in carrying out a purpose, the will, etc., of another person; to act as an agent (a person that has the authority to act for or in place of another); to be of service or aid; to be helpful. The Shunammite woman was a minister to Elisha. She was helpful to him by providing with what he needed. 

2 Kings 4:10-11 NKJV    

“Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’ And it happened one day that he came there, and turned in to the upper room and lay down there.”

           The Shunammite woman met Elisha’s needs first, then He met her need (to have a son). She did not ask for her need to be met, nor did she tell Elisha what her need was.

Psalm 100  NKJV    

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are the people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

          When we minister to God, He will meet our needs. Like the Shunammite woman we will not have to tell Him everything that we need in order to receive it. God knows our every need, concern and desire, and He is more than able to provide what we have need of.

Conclusion

When we prepare a place for God, He will come. When we meet His needs out of  respect, reverence and love for Him, He will bless us beyond our wildest dreams. When we align ourselves up in godly order we will have our needs met. First we are to minister to God, then He will minister to us.

As you minister to God out of respect, reverence and love, not out of duty, you will hear a voice deep within asking, “What may I do for you?”