by Stan Coffey

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From Poverty to Plenty (15 of 16)
Series: The Great Adventure - Living the Spirit-Filled Life
Dr. Stan Coffey
2 Kings 4:1-7

(Read 2 Kings 4:1-7)

There are five principles that I want us to learn that will take you from poverty to plenty. The first one is THE PRINCIPLE OF DESPERATION. Here is a widow. She was married to a preacher. But he died what we might call an untimely death or an early death, because he leaves behind him two sons, who evidently are adolescent in age, but they’ve not grown into being young men as yet. Now a widow in that day and time was even in more dire straights than a single mother is today raising children or a widow today raising children.

I think in our society, my heart goes out to that single mother or that single dad raising children without a mate. They have a great challenge to face. I believe the church of the Lord Jesus ought to help them all that we can, and we ought to stand by them all that we can. Because they are in a situation that’s very desperate. I think we ought to also do as the Bible says, and that is to take care of the widows and the orphans. The Bible tells us that the widows in our church are very special, that we have a responsibility to the widows. Because even in our day the main breadwinner is by far still the husband in most cases. Now I know there are cases where the wife is the greatest breadwinner. But whether it’s the husband or wife who dies an untimely death, we are to be responsible in caring for, in loving, and encouraging that widow or that widower who’s left behind. In those days a widow could not go out and get a job like a woman can today. Unfortunately, before Jesus came and lifted woman up in His teaching to that status of equality with men - and Jesus did that, by the way - before that happened, widows could not go out and get jobs. They were totally dependent upon God, totally dependent upon others to help them in their state because their husband was gone.

There’s desperation ...

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