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Persistent Faith
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Declare Your Independence
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Words Have Power
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Take It To Him
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Make Room
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Keep Pouring
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The Master Marketer
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Shut the Door
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More Than Enough
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The Voice

Persistent Faith

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.  Galatians 6:9 Dictionary.com defines Persistence as: 1. Persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc., persevering: 2. Lasting or enduring tenaciously: 3. Constantly repeated. Google defines Persistence as “continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” And, it was that kind of “Persistent Faith,” that the mother in 2 Kings 4 had. The deepest desire of her heart had been fulfilled and now he laid lifeless[…]

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Declare Your Independence

Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Zechariah 4:6 There are plenty of great stories throughout scripture that demonstrate how God showed up and came through for His people in the most amazing ways. From the story of David in his defeat over Goliath, to King Jehoshaphat in his deliverance from three massive invading armies, to Joshua conquering the fortified city of Jericho, one thing is clear. It was “Not by might, or by power” these great[…]

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Words Have Power

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Psalm 141:3 Have you ever had those times in life when everything is going along great, then “BAM” out of nowhere something happens that changes everything? Well, that’s exactly what the woman in 2 King 4 experienced as held the lifeless body of her precious son in her arms. She had cherished every moment of his growth from a baby to boyhood while realizing he was the gift from God she never expected. She had no idea that the kind gesture of building a[…]

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Take It To Him

In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me. Psalm 86:7 I can only imagine the excitement and elation the woman in 2 Kings 4 must have felt as she held in her arms the child she never thought she would have. As she made room for Elisha, God made room for her. Building a room onto her home for Elisha to stay whenever he passed through her town was extra ordinary, and as a result God gave her the extra ordinary blessing of having her own child, a dream she had most[…]

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Make Room

A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. Proverbs 18:16 No greater story illustrates the above Proverb any more than the story of the women in 2 Kings 4, who built a room on her home for the Prophet Elisha.  One day when Elisha and his servant passed through her town, she invited them to her home for a meal and gave Elisha an open invitation to “come by and eat whenever you’re passing through.” Where I come from we call that “Southern Hospitality” and it’s a real thing, even though inviting passersby over for[…]

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Keep Pouring

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38 The widow woman, needing a financial miracle after her late husband had left her drowning in a sea of debt, was given clear instructions from God through the Prophet Elisha: “And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive[…]

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The Master Marketer

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 So I’ve wondered at times, “God, didn’t you know that when you called me to launch a commercial FM music station that it would require me to sell advertising, and I HATE TO SELL?? I’ve had people tell me, “you could sell anything” to which I’ve never quite agreed. If I’ve had success at selling, and by His[…]

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Shut the Door

I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 1 Timothy 2:8    Don’t be surprised when you come to God with your need and He leads you to do something that may seem beyond belief. That’s, exactly what the widow in 2 Kings 4 may have thought, but her desperate situation called for desperate obedience to God’s instructions. The truth was she had nothing to loose. She had to get out of the desperate place of debt that her deceased husband had left her in and there was simply no room for doubting.[…]

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More Than Enough

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8New (NLT) Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt like you had nothing? That’s exactly how the widow in 2 Kings 4 felt. After her husband passed away and she was left with a mountain of debt she felt desperate. When she came to Elisha for help, his question to her was “What do you have?” And, first her response was “nothing.” Then she said “except a small jar of[…]

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The Voice

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. 1 Kings 19:12  It didn’t matter that he had just called fire down from heaven and prophesied a downpour breaking a three year drought. For some reason, one threat from Jezebel sent Elijah reeling. He felt confused, bewildered, depressed, dejected and ready to give up, on the heels of an amazing victory. We needn’t think that our adversary will just sit idly by and watch us dismantle his kingdom without at least the threat of terror. But the[…]

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