This morning begins with an Old Testament passage from 2 Kings 4:1-7; the widow with the jar of oil. Pastor Casey notes that at times, we can get distracted from what God has called us to because of loss. The widow is definitely struggling with loss- her husband is dead; she is in debt; her sons are headed for slavery. In verse 2, Elisha asks a question that seems odd to us. “What shall I do for you?” What do you have?” Perhaps we need to stop and consider, what do I really need, on what level? And, what do I have?
The widow mentioned she had a jar of oil. Oil speaks of anointing, empowerment for the place we are and the work we are called to do. Pastor Casey notes that God has given us all we need to live where He has placed us. II Peter 1:3 “as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…”. The widow was told to gather many vessels. As the widow obeyed the prophet, she began to pour the oil into vessel after vessel. The more vessels we show up with, the more anointing is going to flow. God will pour his anointing into our life as we make ourselves available. There is always more!
We can limit what God wants to do in our life based on our experience. But we are not just the product of experience but of grace. There is more! God has more oil than we have vessels. More anointing for our life than we’ve walked in yet. I Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which god has prepared for those who love Him.”
Pastor, Casey goes on to encourage us from Proverbs 30:16. If we would never say enough, how much more of God could we experience? There is more grace for our husband/wife-more anointing to reach people-more capacity to hold the things of God…
Listen and be encouraged. Wherever you find yourself today, God has more for you.
Scripturereference: II Kings 4:1-7; II Peter 1:3; I Corinthians 2:9; Proverbs 30:16
Fathers don’t often get a lot of credit, yet they help form identity. Pastor Casey shares that he knew being a rancher, gathering cattle, was part of his identity–because that’s what Dad did. For others, perhaps Dad was rough and tough and “men don’t cry”. When looking in the Bible, we can find this is not true of Godly men. Not all of our identity is correct. Many times we are disconnected from God our Father because we do not know how much he loves us. We struggle with shame, fear of not being good enough. Jesus came as the Son of God to show us how our “real” Father looks and operates. In this generation of so many fatherless, what can be done to bring true identity?
Listen as Casey encourages us that the work of Jesus is capable of restoring the family; bringing sons and daughters of God back to the Father.
In Romans 8:14, we read,”For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” This morning, Youth Leader Courtney directs us to consider our identity. Do we act like orphans or sons? He goes on to compare the mindset and attitudes of children/sons of the house vs. orphans. While children have a relationship with God, freedom in Christ; needs met; and know God’s joy in them, orphans have none of these. As sons/children of God, we need to know that we have access to the resources of the Father. Orphans steal from someone else in order to have enough. Let’s begin to live our lives as God’s children.
Scripture references: Romans 8:12-18
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