May 30th

The Provision Is Faithful

ByThe Word XM | In T

The Provision Is Faithful

Good Day,

II Kings 4:38 (AMP)
Elisha came back to Gilgal during a famine in the land. The sons of the prophets were sitting before him, and he said to his servant, Set on the big pot and cook pottage for the sons of the prophets.

Just as when there was famine in the land, God’s people weren’t exempt from it but the provision was with them.  You may recall when

  • Elijah was in the wilderness and God sent ravens to provide him food and settle him close to a brook for drink.

  • God told him to go into the town of Zarepath to meet a woman who believed that her and her child would die because they were poor and was on their last meal.

  • God kept Elijah from harms way of Jezebel and Ahab.
  • Elijah met Obadiah, the head of Ahab’s household, and discovers that he has hidden 100 prophets of the God of Israel.  Elijah proposes, wins a test with Ahab then proceeds to kill 450 prophets of Baal.

  • And so on…

Was it going to be any different for the son’s of the prophets?  Would there be provision for them as was with Elijah?

The servant obeyed Elisha’s request and went into the field to gather some herbs.  He found something that looked good and so he picked as many as he could hold from a wild vine, cut it up, and poured it all into the pot.  No one knew what kind of herb it was, but they used it any way.

Are we blind sided at times when we look at something that looks appealing?  This man must have believed that whatever he picked from the field, would provide for a meal.  Or could it have been because Elisha sent him, he would be guided appropriately?  Did he pray before going out or did he rely on Elisha’s anointing to guide him through?

We have to be careful when we’re around godly people that we don’t rely on others anointing to get us through.  We have to seek our own anointing and rely on the Lord for our daily dosage of fulfillment.

The wild gourds were unknown to the man but he gathered them anyway.  He didn’t ask the Lord or anyone around him if this was okay to use.  He just assumed it was fine and poured it in the pot.

We pick up things in our life that look, smell, and taste good but when it reaches our stomachs, it settles like a bomb.  We suffer with the aches until our bodies can dispose of it.  This same analogy can be used in any part of our life.  An opportunity presents itself and it looks great.  Sometimes we think it’s from our “Heavenly Father.”  We move forward and take that opportunity.  Later, regretting and confirming it’s not from the Lord.

II Kings 4:40 (AMP)
So they poured it out for the men to eat. But as they ate of the pottage, they cried out, O man of God, there is death in the pot! And they could not eat it.

This man’s decision of selecting that particular herb caused the rest of the men to get sick to death because of the choice he made.

Do you think he took into consideration how impactful his choice would be?  Probably not!  Because if he did, his selection would have been carried out differently.

Do we think first before reacting?  How it will affect others and the effect it will leave on someone else?

There’s nothing wrong in stating how you feel and your opinions on various things in life.  But how is the message carried out?  Are we concerned for others?  There is a border line where the other person’s reaction takes hold and the way they process our comment or conversation will cause an affect or outcome to their response.  They are responsible on how they process information but we have a responsibility to communicate effectively.  We need to project the intent without hurting or damaging others.

This man may have had full innocent intention in bringing a good herb.  But the striking piece of this was that he didn’t know what it was.

Elisha sees the urgency and knows he has to take action.  He asks to bring meal to him.  He “cast it” into the pot.  Once he did this, the pottage was ready to be eaten.

Cast down in the Hebrew language is called Salak, which means rejection.  Elisha was rejecting the soup and purifying it with meal (flour) to purify it.  Can we have this same healing power as Elisha had?

Matthew 10:1 (AMP)
AND JESUS summoned to Him His twelve disciples and gave them power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity.

As disciples of the Lord, we have the power to heal and be healed.  I can tell you many stories of physical healings within myself and my family.  The key to opening the healing in your life is believing and having faith that the Lord will get you through it.  Be obedient to what He says and don’t divert from His ways.

In May 2007, I was a very sick woman.  My health was deteriorating and it was difficult functioning throughout the day.  I had a list of issues:

tension headaches
blurry vision
hoarseness
clearing throat
soar throat
pain on my hands
Fatigued
heavy menstruation w/blot clots
felt cold
low blood pressure
dry skin
difficulty concentrating and remembering things.

I wasn’t ready to acknowledge of having serious health problems and so I was in denial for about five months.  I attribute it to reaching close to the age of 40 and assumed this is what it must feel like.  I tried adjusting to the ailments but couldn’t find herbal remedies to help.    I finally went to the doctor who referred me to a specialist.  This specialist diagnosed me with hypothyroidism.

Now that I knew what it was, I was going to find a way to fight back not through medications but through my Father.  I prayed to the Lord and reminded Him of all the things He has promised, if I stay obedient to Him.  As I was looking at my situation, this wasn’t anything that was in the plans.  But we have to remember that we have another force that will try to ruin things and will cause us to be tested in our faith.  I felt that I was being obedient but asked Him to show me if there was any area in my life that I had fallen short; the Lord was quiet.  When this happens, I know that He’s not going to tell me but will show me.

A few weeks later, I attended a 3 day retreat.  During this time, we had a time of prayer and the opportunity to bring all of our burdens to the Lord.  As I started to pray, He gave me three names of people I hadn’t forgiven.  Deep down, I thought I had, but obviously I hadn’t.  Two of the three people I had to forgive sincerely and leave it at the Cross.  The third person was a process the Lord had me go through and it took longer to come to its’ full completion of forgiveness.

The Lord knows that I want to always please Him and if this is something I had to work through, I wouldn’t turn my back but go through the process with Him.  I knew I couldn’t do this in my own strength but ONLY through Him I would get through and know what true deliverance was.  Because He knew this, He gave me a little gift to show me that He loved me and that I would be fine.

The Lord allowed me to meet someone in the retreat that was selling an herbal supplement that would help me with my condition.  Within three days of taking the supplements, my blurry vision started to clear up.  Within a week the other ailments diminished and my metabolism increased; I thought this was great.  But little did I know this would be the end of it.

After a month of taking the supplements, the Lord told me that I would stop using them and would rely on HIM for the rest of the healing journey.  I would love to say that I obediently obeyed and bowed down to His command; but I didn’t.  I tried to tell Him how I was going on vacation for three weeks and I needed the supplements to get me through.  He asked me to do three things.

  1. Walk 5x week for half hour
  2. Eat only the foods He tells me to eat
  3. Drink lots of water

 

I tried negotiating to start this journey when I got back from vacation.  But He objected and told me not to be afraid.  He would guide me on what to eat and would help me through the process in food selection.  I just didn’t see it possible but we have to remember that He’s a God of impossibilities not possibilities.

I followed His instructions and must say, the Lord came through EVERY time.  When I got home, I was 10 pounds lighter and was feeling good.  I continued obeying His diet through the months.

I tested my levels every six months to confirm that I was getting better.  By October 2008, the results confirmed that all the levels were normal.  Praises and Glory all to the Lord because the process was all worth it.

There were days that I would eat something that wasn’t part of my diet.  When I did eat them, at times I would have a bad reaction to the food.  Other times, I was fine.  But at the end of the day, I knew to get full health fulfillment in my life, I had to gear towards removing those items out of my diet.

So, I ask you the question again… Do you think you can have the same healing power as Elisha or anyone that considers themselves a disciple of the Lord?

In my situation, I had an unforgiving heart combined with traumatic stress that allowed my body to be sick.  The Lord is going to get our attention one way or another; it’s our choice to obey or disobey.

Blessings!

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