The power of precision talks about how the whole nation depends on your precision to obey the word of God. This is the story of Joash.
Before we get into the story that relies on 2 King 13, I want to explain the reason why I’m writing this message.
I heard an awesome series by Steven Furtick, lead pastor of Elevation Church, and I decided to start making bible studies based on his sermons.
This message is based on the sermon of the same title that Steven Furtick preached on the Work Your Window series.
Every week I study his sermon anyway, but this time I will share the best bits with you and also add some of my own flavors.
The power of precision
All this starts with Elisha and king Joash, in other translations is Jehoash but it’s the same king.
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.”
– 2 KINGS 13.14-17 NIV (The power of precision)
Until now we have heard Elisha orders like:
“Get a bow and some arrows” and Joash did.
“Take the bow in your hands” and Joash did.
“Open the east window” and Joash did.
“Shoot!” and Joash did.
Such precise orders Joash did. You have to understand that obedience means to do or not do some things, in other words: action.
God is a God of action, that’s why He prefer to show us instead of telling us. And He was doing so with Joash.
Take the position of Joash, knowing that Elisha was a figure of God’s hand and God’s protection for Israel. So losing Elisha could feel like losing your whole army. Can you relate to that uncertainty? what could happen now?
Notice that Elisha didn’t try to comfort Joash, what he did was to give him some tasks. Remember? God is a God of action, so you will have to move.
I have to highlight two things:
1. View the victory
First thing, always acknowledges the small things so you can enjoy every victory even if it’s small.
Second thing, you as a Christian have to know that we don’t fight for victory, we fight from victory.
The word of God says that we’re victorious. For God, there’s no future, but an eternal present. And He is saying, YOU WIN.
2. Focus the fight
Elisha didn’t say, open the windows. He said, Open the east window. If you don’t have the focus you will fight against things that don’t really matter.
The focus is the power of priority. Know what is important and what is urgent.
The story continues…
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 13.18-20 NIV
Remember the part where Elisha said “The Lord’s arrow of victory”? Well, then he said, “take the arrows”. Notice that there were more arrows in the second part? Ok.
If you get confused by the anger of Elisha it’s normal, I am too. But in the next messages of this series, I will explain more about it.
What you have to understand now is that Elisha never said: “Stop!”. And yet Joash stopped. There’s also no record of Joash asking how many times should he strike the ground with the arrows. It could have been a communication problem.
The thing here is that they were not precise on this matter, and the whole nation had to pay for an unfulfilled purpose. Because as Elisha said, the vision was that “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”
What I want you to learn here is that God has spoken the vision about you, but is your duty to fulfill it.
Take aim. Take action.
Pre-decide to work your window.
And also if you’re new to God’s family or want to be part of it, I invite you to start by making this prayer: [Prayer of Faith].
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PS. Here is the list of this series called “Work your Window”:
1. The Power of Precision.
2. The Power of Pre.
3. The Power of Potential.
4. The Power of Provision.
5. The Power of The Pull.