Everyone will experience a time in life when nothing comes together and a breakdown seems imminent. This is when we need to look to God for a breakthrough. In 2 Kings4 we read of a woman on the verge of a breakdown and there is much we can learn from her story. Standing on the verge of a breakdown can occur regardless of who we are, how much Scripture we might know, or where we might be in our walk with the Lord. Often we will wonder where
the Lord is in the midst of our turmoil and we will ask why
we have to experience this pain. Realized that God uses times of turmoil to teach and refine us. We often look for a way out of the situation while the Holy Spirit is looking for a way to put something in to us. This is when our faith transitions from being a convenience to being genuine. This is when we learn to trust that the arms of the Lord are there to support us.
There are three things that can help us when we feel we are on the verge of a breakdown.
In our text we see that the first thing Elisha did was direct the womanÂ's attention from her circumstances to her faith. When on the verge of a breakdown, we need to be drawn back to what we already possess. The Lord has already placed within us all that we need, His presence. Unbelief will keep us walking back and forth, never able to see the solution that is right before us. In 1 Corinthians 3:21 we read that God has given all
things to believers, we do not need to run to somebody else to supply our need. God wants us to submit all that we have to Him so that He can use it to deliver us. Deliverance is within reach, but we must exercise our faith. Feeling that we have nothing is giving in to a lie Â– we have the presence of God
. Realize that we are the very temple of God and spend time in fellowship with Him.
Faith is not only believing, but faith is also acting on what we believe. To act on what we believe requires faith that is totally dependent upon God. His provision will be more than we could ever have imagined. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him.
We need to position ourselves for deliverance by acting on our faith. Faith is positioning ourselves in a place where God can bless us. Do not let go of fellowship, prayer, and time in the Word. That is what the enemy wants us to do. If we remove ourselves from the flow of GodÂ's presence, we cannot expect to receive all that He has for us. The enemy wants us to act defeated, to doubt, to be fearful, which results in our being out of position and unable to receive GodÂ's provision. Remain obedient to God, remain in prayer, and keep connected to the body of Christ. Pray, fellowship, study His Word, and trust that He will bless.
When on the verge of a breakdown, it is important to empty ourselves of self so that we can experience His presence. Pour out self so that we can receive the fullness of His presence. We cannot be filled with the fullness of God if we are filled with the fullness of self. Self is in opposition with the will of God in the life of the believer. We cannot negotiate terms with God -- we can only come to Him in brokenness. We read that brokenness is an act of surrender in John 3:30. Self is often our greatest deterrent to spiritual breakthrough. We give ourselves more trouble than anyone else we know. Psalm 51:17 tells us to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice, broken in spirit, and realizing we are nothing without Him. God is looking for empty vessels.
That which is significant in the kingdom of God always
happens behind closed doors, in the intimacy of our own prayer life and devotion to God. The presence of God in our life, His filling, happens in private. He wants us to have an intimacy with Him. Matthew 6:6 further emphasizes the importance of this point. Intimacy with God will be obvious to everyone because what He pours into us privately always flows over and is seen publicly. The only real thing we have to offer the world is that which overflows from our prayer closet. It is also important to note that intimacy with God cannot be accomplished by someone else on our behalf. We must seek this intimacy with Him on our own. Psalm 107:9 tells us that only He can satisfy the hungry soul.
The lessons that we can learn from this portion of Scripture include:
- Our breakthrough is always closer than we think.
- God has already placed within us all that we need. Second Peter 1:3 tells us that He has given us all that we need through the knowledge of Jesus.
- Jesus has paid the price for all. In Romans 5:6 we read that Jesus died for us. We all were bankrupt and in sin, but Jesus paid the price for our redemption.
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