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An Almost Desperate Housewife
Miles McPherson - May 11, 2008

Message Recap

At some point in every mother's life, she finds herself in a desperate situation to save her child.

Unless she can meet with God, she may not make it through this hopelessness. We will study three simple steps designed to empower one such Almost Desperate House Wife.

Taking care of a family 24/7 can be rough. Mothers may be desperate for a clean house, well-behaved children, or just some peace & quiet. But at some point in every housewife's life, she is desperate to save her children, protect them, or reclaim them from something.

This story from 2 Kings is not just for mothers, but for anyone who has been in a desperate situation or in need of help with no recourse.

1. Identify your powerful possession. 2 Kings 4:1

The woman in this story is a poor widow whose creditor is legally entitled to take her children as slaves because of the money she owes. When she goes to Elisha for help, he asks her what she has in her possession. She replies, "…nothing…but a jar of oil." However, the thing she deems "nothing" becomes very significant. Using this tiny jar under Elisha's direction, the woman will fill multiple empty vessels, sell the oil, pay her debts, and live off the remaining money. With God's power and intervention, the tiny jar of oil is multiplied to supply all she needs to redeem the situation.

Each of you has something powerful in your possession or very available to you. The oil in the bottle represents the Holy Spirit. If you are saved, you are the vessel for Holy Spirit, who has unlimited potential in your life. He never runs out of ideas, encouragement, or love. God wants more of you to fill up. He doesn't necessarily need you to work more - he just wants more of you.

Spend time sitting with Him and listening to Him. Your relationship with God is infinitely powerful. He wants to provide, but if you never pause to take stock, you will miss the potential blessing.

2. Prepare for your private miracle. 2 Kings 4:3-4

Living successfully means being in step with what God wants for you, not having what you want.

In 2 Kings 4:3, Elisha instructs the woman to prepare for God's miracle by borrowing empty vessels from all of her neighbors. In the same way, God wants you to come to Him empty and ready to be filled.

In 2 Kings 4:4, Elisha tells the woman, And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.

Elisha does not go in with her or do the work for her. Instead, he tells her to go behind closed doors to a private place to experience God's miracle in her life. He points her to God, knowing that God will act.

Many times we seek outward miracles from God: career blessings, relationship changes, provisions for housing, etc. God can accomplish these things, but He first wants to do something inside of our hearts. Living successfully means being in step with what God wants for you, not having what you want. Imagine if God changed all of your desires to match His; you would never be disappointed again.

3. Pay your God debt. 2 Kings 4:6-7

In these final verses, we see that God has completely taken care of the woman's desperate situation. Because of God's work, she is able to pay her debt. God can do something incredible in your life, too. He can take care of all your needs; all He requires of you is more of you!

Romans 12:1-2 says that presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice to God is our reasonable service. Because of all God has done for you, it is reasonable to owe him your heart. God can multiply your resources and take care of every detail in your life, but first He wants intimacy with you.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart… Psalm 51:17

This Message

Pastor Miles takes us to a story in 1 Kings of a challenging us to look at our desperate situations as an opportunity for God to intervene with His power.

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