This is the power of pre, the second message of this series and I hope that here you will find the importance of being prepared.
You’ll have to get used to 2 KINGS 13 because is what we will study in this series. And hopefully, you will understand something really important on each time you’ll read it.
The power of pre
Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”
Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.
“Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”
Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”
Elisha died and was buried.
Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring.
– 2 KINGS 13.14-20 NIV
One of the first things to learn from this passage is that we usually just do enough to survive but not enough to succeed.
The three strikes gave Joash the survival but as Elisha said, it was needed five or six strikes to succeed. What I had learned the first time I heard about this passage is that every victory is preceded by a battle and because of that, sometimes, we just don’t want to fight.
Be careful when you give up inside your mind.
I have to say this since we are studying the Bible. When you read this or hear about the word of God, are you really prepared to received it or to fight the battle in your mind?
That’s something you should know so you’re prepare to continue with the changes that reading the Bible brings. Because that’s the purpose right? The Bible is not a novel is life changing to improve you and fulfill your purpose.
Getting back to the power of pre, you should know that the key for provision is to make preparation before you receive it. And that’s why God brings you here, so you can be prepared for what He wants to give you.
One way to ruin that process is with pride. You have to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.
So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.
– 1 KINGS 19.19 NIV
That passage can show you who was Elisha before his calling. He was working hard. And God chooses him in a mysterious way, at least the Bible didn’t explain much.
Before this message gets more confusing let me clarify my point and purpose of this message.
Be prepared for the hard work, everything is about being prepared for what is up to come. And also know that persistence is the key into the promise of God.
So, don’t Stop on Three.
Finally, all the messages of the series are in here: [Work Your Window].
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