Uncommon Breakthrough requires Unusual Decisions
At a certain point in time in Israel there was severe famine devastating the city. The enemies of Israel were encamped around the city waiting to pounce. The Israelites were suffering greatly and even starving. The suffering was so great the king wanted to make a scapegoat of Prophet Elisha, but stopped when the Prophet gave the following prophecy.
2 Kings 7:1-5 NIV
1 Elisha replied, "Hear the word of the LORD. This is what the LORD says: About this time tomorrow, a seah [a] of the finest flour will sell for a shekel [b] and two seahs [c] of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria."
2 The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, "Look, even if the LORD should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?"
"You will see it with your own eyes," answered Elisha, "but you will not eat any of it!"
Among the Israelites were four lepers. Lepers at this time were outcasts from society. Their lives as functional members of society were finished. They lived on alms thrown to them from a distance.
3 Now there were four men with leprosy [d] at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, "Why stay here until we die? 4 If we say, 'We'll go into the city'-the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let's go over to the camp of the Syrians and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die."
These four lepers did not read any scripture before they did what they did to become heroes. Indeed, they were banished even from the synagogue. When you relate with God, the Holy Spirit will teach you what to do. Jesus said as recorded in John 7:37-39, He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. (NKJV). The scriptures are meant to guide us.
God had said in the book of Leviticus that the Jews were to have nothing to do with vultures and ravens, yet he sent a raven to feed Elijah in the midst of famine. Were not told that Elijah questioned God's use of an unclean bird to feed him. He understood that the author of creation can use whichever means he wishes to accomplish his purpose.
In the New Testament as described in Acts 10:9-16, Peter in contrast to this, argued with God when he was shown a vision that the Gentiles were part of Gods salvation plan.
13Then a voice told him, "Get up, Peter. Kill and eat." 14"Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean." 15The voice spoke to him a second time, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." 16This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
It took him a while to accept Gods sovereign right to do things in any way he saw fit.
But with God all things are possible." -Matthew 19:26. This passage is often quoted by Christians but we need to understand that it applies to "those who believe".
The lepers were not qualified to enter the city. They could only stay at the edge and beg to receive a few coins and leftovers. However once there was famine as you can imagine, this charity dried up and no one gave them anything. The lepers heard no scripture. They were not qualified to enter the synagogue to receive teaching of the scriptures. But they made a decision.
Uncommon Breakthrough by decision - Part 2 >
This article is an excerpt from a teaching by Bishop Oluwafemi at the April night vigil.