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21 February 2021

How Do We Boast? - Week 3

‘Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.’ Psalms 20:7 NLT

‘Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits ‘ Psalms 103:2 NIV

THE GOD WHO HEALS

He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26 NLT

THE GOD WHO PROVIDES

‘Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). Genesis 22:13-14 NLT

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

FEAR IS CONQUERED BY FAITH AND FAITH IS FUELED BY TRUST

One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 Kings 4:1 NLT

1. GOD CARES ABOUT YOUR SITUATION

‘The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.’ Psalms 34:17-18 NLT

“What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things. Psalms 81:10 NLT

But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. Psalms 81:11 NLT

2. YOUR MINDSET MATTERS

“Tell me, what do you have in the house?” 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

“Nothing at all…” she replied. 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 2 Kings 4:2 NLT

3. WE DO THE GIVING AND GOD DOES THE MULTIPLYING

And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.” So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.” 2 Kings 4:3-7 NLT

4. WHEN WE STOP GIVING GOD STOPS PROVIDING

“Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. 2 Kings 4:6 NLT

‘Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”  Mark 8:34-37 NLT