Text: 2 Kings 4:1-7
“Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:5).
During the early days of the ninth month, the expectant mother begins to round up her shopping for delivery and gets her hospital bag ready. This bag will contain items she and her new baby will need, when she goes to the delivery room. Can you imagine going into the delivery room without preparation?
According to our text today, this woman who was in a financial mess ran to Elisha for help. Elisha was the figure of God in her life (2 Chronicles 20:20). The miracles of God always require that you play a role rather than being passive. Though God is the major player, yet He requires that you prove your readiness to receive. Thus, Elisha told the woman “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbours —empty vessels; do not gather just a few.”
(II Kings 4:3). God was about to supply the oil but she needed vessels to receive the oil. And as soon as there was no empty vessel left, the oil stopped flowing.
Now, as we also believe God for good and pleasant things in September, we need to prepare to receive them. Let’s discuss on two things that are not negotiable if anyone wants a successful delivery.
First, is sanctification. It’s a paramount and a non-negotiable step. It’s to set oneself apart from the common life to the uncommon. Sanctification provokes God’s wonders among His people.
“And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Josh 3:5).
You can’t be expecting God to cause the delivery of your expectations when you set yourself against Him. Every unrighteousness is a sin and every sin sets you against God. Sin brings you into disfavour before God. Like Joshua told the children of Israel, God is saying, ‘Sanctify yourself, for this month the Lord will do wonders among you’. Amen.
Secondly, in preparing for delivery, you have to act what you believe. This is to simply act in faith. The King James Version defines faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb 11:1). Faith brings the unseen realms into reality. Hope is in the unseen realm. Faith draws them into reality by acting and speaking as though they are in reality.
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,”
(II Cor 4:13). Did you see this? What I say flows from my belief. I therefore put my belief into action by speaking the unseen into existence. Let your words, actions, thanksgiving, and giving reflect what you are hoping to be delivered to you. Don’t be afraid to say what God says concerning you irrespective of the contrary situation. Don’t join the multitude to err by your words.
Friends, as you line up with God and His word, nothing will be able to stop you again. Nothing will stop the delivery of your goodness in this month in Jesus name.
1. I renounce sin and I receive grace to live in sanctification in Jesus name.
2. I renounce the spirit of fear and doubt and I receive grace to act upon God’s word in Jesus name.
1. I live in sanctification, for this month, the Lord will do His wonders in my life.
2. I have the spirit of faith and I speak out what I believe.