Has there ever been a time in your life when facing a serious problem, that God profoundly moved - beyond any human ability, to give a positive outcome? Goda€™s ability goes beyond overwhelming problems with solutions, which cannot often be explained and outcomes in ways that are seldom expected. We live in a day when many of our movies and media depict super people overcoming impossible odds with a display of supernatural power. Today we are looking at Three Unexpected and Overwhelming Problems illustrated in 2 Kings, chapters 6 and 7, with unanticipated supernatural conclusions. 16 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might permit no one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, a€?Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you.
Fathers, we need to be discerning not to follow the directions of our own solutions, leaving God out of the equation. 2 Kings 6: 1 The company of the prophets said to Elisha, a€?Look, the place where we meet with you is too small for us. 6 The man of God asked, a€?Where did it fall?a€? When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. Fathera€™s today can face a huge dilemma when critical things happen at work threatening his livelihood: if they lose their job, or a serious accident happens, etc. A father has been given, by God, the position of leadership in his own home, and can often hold variable positions of authority in his workplace or community. 2 Kings 6:15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. 17 And Elisha prayed, a€?O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.a€? Then the Lord opened the servanta€™s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, a€?Strike these people with blindness.a€? So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. 20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, a€?Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.a€? Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. May the Godly fathera€™s eyes be opened to see more than the world could ever seea€¦ that which God can clearly see! Some problems become so serious that there is no other alternative for survival than a direct intervention by God. 2 Kings 6:24 Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria.
She answered, a€?This woman said to me, a€?Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow wea€™ll eat my son.a€™ 29 So we cooked my son and ate him.
6 for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, a€?Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!a€? 7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. 10 So they went and called out to the city gatekeepers and told them, a€?We went into the Aramean camp and not a man was therea€”not a sound of anyonea€”only tethered horses and donkeys, and the tents left just as they were.a€? 11 The gatekeepers shouted the news, and it was reported within the palace. 12 The king got up in the night and said to his officers, a€?I will tell you what the Arameans have done to us. 13 One of his officers answered, a€?Have some men take five of the horses that are left in the city. 14 So they selected two chariots with their horses, and the king sent them after the Aramean army. 17 Now the king had put the officer on whose arm he leaned in charge of the gate, and the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died, just as the man of God had foretold when the king came down to his house. 19 The officer had said to the man of God, a€?Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?a€? The man of God had replied, a€?You will see it with your own eyes, but you will not eat any of it!a€? 20 And that is exactly what happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gateway, and he died.
When fathers are faced with the serious times of unprovoked loss a€“ at work, at home, or abroad. Through Overwhelming Problems of fathers Facing Mortal Danger which can never be resolved without the supernatural intervention of God! Although we as fathers are most often inclined to a€?figure out the answera€? to a problem on our own a€“ relying only on our own resources, may we continually seek discernment from our Heavenly Father. 2 Then Asa took silver and gold from the treasures of the house of the Lord and the kinga€™s house and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Syria, who lived in Damascus, saying, 3 a€?There is a covenant between me and you, as there was between my father and your father. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.a€? And he led them to Samaria. 25 There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkeya€™s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods (or dovea€™s dung - ESV) for five shekels. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and there, underneath, he had sackcloth on his body. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, a€?Dona€™t you see how this murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? Their plight will be like that of all the Israelites left herea€”yes, they will only be like all these Israelites who are doomed. He commanded the drivers, a€?Go and find out what has happened.a€? 15 They followed them as far as the Jordan, and they found the whole road strewn with the clothing and equipment the Arameans had thrown away in their headlong flight. As as I stated before my motives for them were not the best.A  I used them to scare my sister and friends sometimes.
While being held under house arrest there, Paul received a visitor named Onesimus, whose name meant profitable or advantage. Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.a€? 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. Have you ever felt stuck in a predicament where you were required to make a decision, butA you didna€™t know what to do? Go, break your covenant with Baasha king of Israel, that he may withdraw from me.a€? 4 And Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. In fact, if someone claims to be a child of God but continues in a life of sin, it is more thanA likely that he was never genuinely born again in the first place.
So a seah (5 quarts) of flour sold for a shekel, and two seahs (10 quarts) of barley sold for a shekel, as the Lord had said. When Onesimus ran away, he probably took with him money and goods which belonged to his master Philemon.


You see, the Bible makes it clear thatA it is simplyA impossible for a bona fide child of God to continue in a life of sin! 6 Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber, with which Baasha had been building, and with them he built Geba and Mizpah. The Greek word for a€?serpenta€? is the word ophis, which is the normal Greek word that refers toA a snake.A It is a fact that Jesus told us that we need to be a€?wise as serpentsa€?! The Greek literally means weA need to be as prudent, discerning, intelligent, thoughtful, and careful as snakes! The word a€?helpetha€? comes from the Greek wordsunantilambetai,A which is a very complex triple compound word. It could be that this individual has come close to the Kingdom of God and has even tasted the powers of it. But the fact that he has continued uninterrupted in the practice of sin shows that he has never become a real child of God. If Paul had wanted to depict a person who was working alone, he could have used only theA wordA ergos, for by itself, this word would picture a single, solitary worker. The vilest aggressor can walk right past, butA the serpent is not noticed because it has blended so well into the landscape.
This is no longer the picture of a lonely,A solitary worker; now there isA an entire team working together to get a job accomplished. Paul, however, honored the social tie that bound a slave to his master and respected the duty Onesimus owed to Philemon, his master. Just as the sperm of a human father carries the DNA of that father, Goda€™s seed a€”A the Word of God a€” carries the life and nature of God within it. Guided by the tenth commandment, which forbids coveting another man's worker, and by the law of love, Paul decided Onesimus should return to Philemon. The word a€?infirmitiesa€? is the Greek wordA astheneia, which really should be translatedA weaknesses. Paul was about to send Tychicus, a co-worker, to Colosse with a letter Paul had written to the church there. This means the day you got saved, that divine seed came rushing into your spirit, carrying theA life and nature of God within it to give you a new nature. Tychicus' traveling to Colosse offered Paul the opportunity to send Onesimus with Tychicus to Philemon. It underscores our total ignorance about how to pray a€” demonstrating that we dona€™t even know how to pray aboutA the little things, not to mention the larger issues in life. Onesimus went willingly as a penitent Christian to seek his master's forgiveness and to return to his service in Philemon's household. Because we are limited in our view, we are simply unable to see all the facts and details that are required to pray effectively. Acting hastily before all the facts are gathered and assimilated can lead us to make erroneous decisions.
The day that Goda€™s divine seed was planted inA you, that seed transported the very nature of God Himself into your spirit, with the full expectationA that His very life and nature would be reproduced on the inside of you. It is better to lay low, stay quiet, and blend into the environment for a while, learning from the sights and the facts we observe.A Let me give you an example.
Rather, Paul commended Philemon for the loving compassion he showed to his fellow Christians and then interceded in Onesimus' behalf. This is also why you felt so badly about sin that previouslyA didna€™t bother you at all and why you became so driven to possess a holy life. Slaves, such as Onesimus, who were brought back to their masters were often treated most harshly and under Roman law could be killed. Paul noted that Philemon was having Onesimus come back to him as more than a slave but as a brother in Christ and fellow believer. For instance, if someone fell into a deep cavern, you would have to descend down into that cavern to where that person is in order to rescue him and get him out.A This is precisely the idea of this wordA huperentugchano. His born-again spirit will grieve and sorrow if sins are committed, because such actions violate the new nature that has been implanted in his spirit.
By using this word, Paul tells you that the Holy Spirit performs this special work of intercession when you are at a loss for words and dona€™tA know how to pray, or when you feel trapped and you dona€™t know what to say. If a person continues in sin as though nothing happened inside him, then nothing is probably exactly what did happen! Since it was quite possible that Onesimus had wronged Philemon and was indebted to Philemon for what he had stolen, Paul even offered to have Philemon charge the debt to him so that Paul might repay him. In offering to repay Philemon for Onesimus' indebtedness, Paul reminded Philemon that he owed him his very life, for it appears that in some way as a result of Paul's gospel ministry Philemon had become a believer in Christ the Savior.
Their ideas were great, perhaps even from God; but because they had actedbefore they understood the full picture, they ruined their testimony and lost a glorious opportunity. In the course of his letter Paul hinted that he would very much like to have Onesimus back with him in Rome.
If a person who claims to be born again continues uninterruptedA in habitual sin, we can take it as a strong indicator that he has probably never really beenA born again. This person may have come close to the Kingdom of God; he may have even learned theA lingo of the saints. But the fact that his actions are unchanged indicates that his nature has never beenA changed. In reality, it was utterfoolishness to start such fantastic projects without first understanding the challenges, risks, and dangers.
The great preacher, Charles Finney, once remarked that most people who attend church are probablyA not born again.
Therefore make the choice to move slowly and steadily, gathering all the facts, analyzing the information, and then listening to what the LordA will say to us about the facts we had learned.
When asked why he believed this, Finney remarked that it was impossible for true children of God to live in blatantA sin as many believers do. Then and only then are you to make anannouncement about your plans.A To make such an announcement without first taking the previous stepswould have been a mistake. I strongly advise you to take your time and be sure of the actions you take before you ever act. Because he has been a€?born of God,a€? he is so inwardly changed that it affects himA outwardly. Because I have the Holy Spirit,A I am no longer speechless or helpless to know how I should pray.


Did you walk away in defeat, or did you call out and ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray?A 2. But rather than seize theA moment and walk through that door, they pause to pray just a little bit longer.
An automobile may be filled with enough fuel to drive a long distance, but it wona€™tA go anywhere until someone puts the key into the ignition and then turns the key. Have you ever experienced one of those supernatural moments when you were suddenly aware that the Holy Spirit had come to your rescue?
God brought themA exactlyA what they had been praying for, but because they paused, they lost the opportunity. After feeling powerless and tongue-tied minutes earlier, did you unexpectedly become supercharged with power and authority and immediately start taking command of the situation in the power of the Spirit?A 3. If heA had truly been saved, he wouldna€™t have been able to continue living a consistent life of sin. If you make a mistake about yourA spiritual condition, it is a mistake you will regret for all of eternity.
If these questions disturb you, take theA time to let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart and tell you the truth.
Fearful that they willA be led astray or that they will make a mistake, they sit on the sidelines and watch other people achieveA success, while they remain right where theya€™ve always been. Even though Goda€™s Word says I have a sound mind, I continually feelA like I dona€™t have control of my thought life. And in spite of the fact the Bible says God has blessedA me with gifts and talents, I feel like a dope who has nothing to offer to this world. Many people will have an eternalA destiny in hell because they couldna€™t bear the thought of publicly admitting they werena€™t saved.
If we learn to depend on the Spirita€™s leading, we will walk through many strategic doors at key moments. But for that potential in you to be released, you have to hold the right key in yourA hand.A Furthermore, it isna€™t enough for you to just possess the key.
You have to put that key into theA a€?ignitiona€? and turn it so the latent potential that resides inside you will be ignited. You see everything and know exactly what is really happening, so I am leaningA on You to lead me in every situation. This is a person so sure of his information that when he speaks, he does so with confidence and boldness. His mind makes me sensible, intelligent, prudent,A discerning, and accurate in the way I think and behave.
Because the Holy Spirit isA producing the mind of Christ in my life, I make very few mistakes. His divine seed is reproducing Goda€™s life in me so that every day I am thinking more like God, acting more likeA God, and possessing less tolerance for any sin that might still be active in my life.
In fact, I am getting betterA and better all the time at seeing things accurately and knowing what to do in differentA situations. Have you ever known someone who claimed to be born again, but you never witnessed any changes in his lifestyle, behavior, attitudes, or actions? Have you had a moment in the past when you knew an opportunity was passing before you a€” and you had to strike right at that moment or youa€™d lose the opportunity God was giving you?A 2.
If you know someone who claims to be a child of God but whose life continues uninterrupted in a lifestyle of sin, what does this persona€™s unchanged life indicate to you now?A 3. Did you hesitate and lose the golden moment God was trying to drop into your hands, or did you seize the opportunity and strike?A  If you hesitated and lost the opportunity, have you asked the Lord to forgive youA for letting fear defeat you?
Why dona€™t you write down some of the biggest changes that have taken place since you were born again?
You should study, read, listen to teaching material a€” inA other words, you should use every available resource to discover what Goda€™s Word says youa€™ve beenA given in Jesus Christ. Fearful that they will be led astray or that they will make amistake, they sit on the sidelines and watch other people achievesuccess, while they remain right where theya€™ve always been. The moment you open your mouth and start confessing the good things that are in you by Jesus Christ, a supernatural connection is made between your faith and allA that Jesus has deposited inside you. At that moment, the gifts and treasures God has placed insideA you become supernaturally activated. Instead of speaking what God says about them, they ridicule themselves, put themselves down, and speak badly of themselves. By acknowledging the basic truths of what you have been given in Jesus, you will release so much divine energy that it will radically transform your life.
When I hear my own words, even I can tell ita€™s wrong for me to speak so lowly about myself. Forgive me for speaking so wrongly and for allowing myself to remain imprisoned in self-defeat.
I am truly repentant for theseactions, and I ask You to forgive me and to give me the power to change my behavior. I agree with all that Goda€™s Word declares me to be, and I speak these truths about myself. Every dayA Iam getting more positive and more faith-filled, and my mouth is speaking what God says about me.
Do you speak well of yourself, or do you find that you constantly criticize yourself and continually point out all your flaws? If you were to ask your friends what they hear you saying about yourself, would they say you speak positively or negatively?A 2. What changes do you need to make in your life in order to change your confessions about yourself? Guided by the tenth commandment, which forbids coveting another man's worker, and by the law of love, Paul decided Onesimus should return to Philemon. Tychicus' traveling to Colosse offered Paul the opportunity to send Onesimus with Tychicus to Philemon.
Rather, Paul commended Philemon for the loving compassion he showed to his fellow Christians and then interceded in Onesimus' behalf.



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