This sermon was recently preached by a pastor friend of mine, named, Elder Jay Hagans.
Reference: II Kings 6:8-17
II Corinthians 4:3-4
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
The above passage speaks to the fact that the little “god of this world”, “Satan, is keeping a true comprehension of the Gospel hidden from people, who do not know Christ as their Savior. The evil one hates it when we expose his deceptive tactics, but nevertheless, there is only one true “God”
While witnessing to a young man on last week, I told him that we, who are saved, have a responsibility to preach Jesus; And Him crucified. And when we preach Jesus, and Him Crucified, lives are changed, and people who are in bondage are set free. There is power in the name of Jesus!
Now some of us may know the backstory from II Kings 6:8-17. Syria was at war with Israel, but the king of Israel seemed to always be able to predict the enemy’s movements. Everywhere the Syrian army went, the Israelis were always one step ahead; So much so that the king of Syria assumed that there was a spy in his camp. What the Syrian king did not realize, and what we must keep in mind today, is that the eyes of the Lord are in all places; beholding the good and the evil. God was speaking to the prophet Elisha. The Lord was revealing Syria’s plan of attack to the prophet, and Elisha was in turn, passing this information along to the King of Israel. The king of Syria was told, by his men, about God’s anointing.
Elisha’s extraordinary relationship with God, enabled the prophet to get directions directly from God, that were crucial to the safety of his people. He was so close to God that God was his protector. Isn’t this so wonderful for us today? Knowing that you’ve got a relationship with God. Knowing that you’ve got a relationship with Jesus, that is so close, that when the evil one devises plans, seen and unseen, you are alerted by the Holy Spirit.
So the King of Syria decides that he needs to do something about Elisha, because Elisha was spoiling everything that the king was attempting to do. So the king of Syria sends an army to try to find and capture Elisha. Don’t you know that God forewarned Elisha of this threat also?; And Elisha was at rest within himself. His spirit was calm, even in the midst of what the Syrians were trying to do to him.
So one morning, a servant of Elisha rises early, and sees the Syrian army surrounding the city. Just as many of us would do, the servant cries out in panic to Elisha that they are both doomed, and inquires of the prophet what they should do. Elisha didn’t panic, nor did he attempt to come up with a plan of escape. Instead, he tells his servant to, “Fear not.” Elisha remembered what God had already done, in the past, on his behalf. Secondly, he knew who he was in the Lord. You and I must know who we are in the Lord.
I Peter 2:9-10
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Is there anybody reading this, that can testify that God has brought them out of darkness, and into His marvelous light? And now that we are the people of God, we have obtained His mercy. We have become a peculiar people, part of that Holy Sanctified generation.
Now getting back to II Kings 6, the young servant panics when he sees the enemy surrounding the city. Have you ever felt this way? You feel like you are under siege by the issues of life. Even in our close relationship with Jesus, sometimes it can boggle the mind when things start coming at us at an alarming rate.
Elisha does something that is so good, that I pray will serve as a great example for us. He prayed a simple but powerful ten word prayer. Sometimes we don’t have time to pray a long, eloquent prayer. Sometimes all we can do is just say, “Lord, help me!”, and God comes to our rescue. He already knows what the situation is.
So the Lord opens the spiritual eyes of this young servant, and he is able to see the protection that God is supplying for Israel. He sees horses and chariots of fire, and they greatly outnumber the Syrian army.
Now pay close attention to this verse:
II Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
The young servant sees God’s army around Elisha. This lets us know that even when our family members aren’t doing right, even when coworkers aren’t doing as they should, sometimes even when we find ourselves in the presence of people who begin to act foolish; Because we are saved and have prayed to God, God will protect these other individuals and prevent the evil one from doing as much damage as he’d like to.
My wife and I pray without ceasing for our children and grandchildren. That God will build a hedge of protection around them. I know that God will honor this prayer, because of our faith and commitment to Him.
Now as I previously mentioned, sometimes even as believers, we can feel surrounded and under siege; And the problem maybe: lack of finances, disobedience from our children, it may even be an illness that we’re struggling with, it may just be trouble in relationships. But don’t get blinded by what you see out of the natural eye.
We’ve got to remember that we walk not by sight, we walk by faith. For what we see is temporary.
Lord, open our eyes, so that we can see beyond the natural realm. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask or think.
Much like the young servant was, when we find ourselves under siege, we can become blind to three things.
1. Blind to God’s presence: The young servant was with the man of God, but yet he couldn’t experience God’s presence the way he should have.
2. Blind to God’s Protection: He thought they were doomed
3. Blind to God’s Provision: He saw no way out of this situation.
We need the Lord to open our eyes to these three truths:
1. God is always present:
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
This verse clearly tells us that God is everywhere at the same time. He is able to hear my prayer and your prayer at the same time. God is always present, and He neither sleeps nor slumbers. What a mighty God we serve! This is why we can lay down at night and rest comfortably, because God is on guard. He’s watching over us, as we sleep. Then He wakes us up, in the morning to another day. A day which we’ve never seen before.
2. God is our protector. He is our covering.
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
When you are in a fortress, you have protection on all sides. You also have protection above and beneath you. You are covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ. When you’re covered by the Blood, and God looks at you, He doesn’t see anything but perfect. Thank You, Lord, for Your covering and protection.
3. God is our Provider.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus
Notice the “word “need” is in the singular. Everything we “need” is found in Jesus. He is the Source of every good and perfect thing.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
God is able to provide for us.
Don’t be blinded, folks, by what you see on TV. Don’t be blinded by what the unsaved say. Don’t be blinded by what is going on in the political climate. God is even able to save the soul of the president of the United States. God is able to do what needs to be done.
Lord, open our spiritual eyes, so that we can see clearly all that You do for us, and rejoice at Your greatness.