GOD'S BLUEPRINT FOR GIVING
2 Kings 4:1-7
INTRO. When needs suddenly fall in on you life, where
is your source of supply?
The world's pressure is to look to it; the scriptural
truth tells us to look to God, that our total wealth
is the wealth of heaven. If this is true, why are we
not enjoying it? Because we have allowed the economy
of this world to set our rules and to draw the lines
of our activity and to be the source of our supply.
We have lost in the midst of the rules of the earth
the real, eternal, plan of economy that will stand
when the stars begin to fall.
Our scripture is a fantastic story of a woman who
found the true source of her supply. You will
remember that Elisha ministered in a day when the sons
of the prophets were in the land. One of them had
died, and he had left a widow and two young sons. The
creditor demanded payment on those unpaid debts and
threatened to take the two sons as slaves if prompt
payment was not made. It was at this point that God's
prophet, Elisha, came into the picture. The widow
cried to Elisha regarding her need.
Let's this morning, for our study of the Word, divide
the story into four movements.
I. THE DEMAND
1. The plan of God is often thrown into high
gear with a great need or a great demand. Some
time in the midst of that great demand we
discover the former source of our supply can no
longer be depended on.
ILL. This woman had looked to her husband
as her source of supply for years. But
alas, suddenly her supply was removed;
there was no reason to trust God on her
part during that time. How often God
allows this to happen so that we will find
out where we should look for our supply.
What was God's point of reference? God had
allowed her need in order to meet her need.
ILL. There is a law operating in the
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