When I Saw The Red Sea Parted before thee
And our message today is from 2 Kings chapter 4 and we're going to read verses 1-7. Faith for a miracle. God is in the business of miracles. How many of you believe God is in the business of miracles today? Amen? Alright. Jesus is the same, today and forever according to the Bible. So, if he performed miracles when he was here on earth, he performs miracles today. And it's according to our faith, Jesus said, so be it unto you. Faith is expecting the best. Faith is moving against your fear.
Now, here's the situation in the Old Testament where God performed a miracle for one widow. It's a wonderful pattern of how a person believed God and God rescued this person out of a dire situation.
1 A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” 2 So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. 4 And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. 6 Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.”
Miracles like this still happen, How many of you have been to the point of being broke you had no idea how you were going to make ends meet, it just didn't compute there was no way and then there was, somehow the dollar stretched maybe a gift from a loved one or even a stranger God Knows your needs and fills them Just as He did this woman here
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
God is still in the miracle business WE may not see the Red Sea Part Daily or the cripple man get up and walk But by the Love of our God he still makes what seems impossible possible.
Does this mean that the red sea cant part or the Cripple man walk today just like scripture surely not we can not put God into a Box and define what he can or what he will do today. let me tell you a story
1 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” 3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house. 8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
Or what about mircles in the bible like that of The exodus
19 And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He troubled the army of the Egyptians. 25 And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, “Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.” 26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” 27 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained.
Wow what a story what a miracle of God we Praise God over such miracles but we doubt that he still works this way
Sometimes there are periods even in the bible when God seems Silent no profits no miracles God was silent 400 years while Isreal was in Egypt he was silent 400 years leading up to John the Baptist and that of Christ When God seems silent is so easy to doubt when we long to see the burning bush the scripture don't seem as interesting, But God has given us his complete Word through that of Scripture We ought to long to know him know what he likes what he enjoys what he expects of us what he dislikes
just like me and my wife
Scripture tells us that God is What ?
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The Same, Therefore He is the Same as he was that day he spoke to moses from a bush he is the same as the day he parted the Red Sea He is the Same as the day he gave power to Elisha to help the widow he is the same as when he helped a lame man walk
Yet We doubt
24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
WE are like Thomas WE want to see the Bush We want to see the Miracle
What if i Told you a Story about YJ my pastor at the Hospital in New Mexico
You may believe you may have doubt you like Thomas want to see
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Ill Be honest with you ill Level with you i was a staunch Ceasecionalist until last week that is a theological belief that all major Apostle Gifts ceased with The last Apostle John, Part of that was that i had not experienced the Burning bush or the Red sea in my life part of it was that is the typical teaching on the seminary But i always in the back of my mind believed God can do anything anytime if it be in his will. This wee we had a tragic accident happen here at the church. Brother Mike went up the ladder to help us with some boards and when he had reached the Top His ladder gave way. We watched as if in super slow motion as he tried to grab the i beam then as he and the ladder came falling 20 feet to the ground it seemed as though it took hours for him to finally rest on the ground, David and I still on our ladder climbed down I ran over to mike, He looked down at his legs and said oh I broke my legs I looked at his legs they were for sure broken David being a former emt came over to assist in the accident so I ran out to call 911 immediately after calling 911 i begauin to pray with no fear with no doubt “ Father you are the creator of the heavens and the earth Lord my God you created this man from the dust it is your breath in his lungs He is your child the doctors can try to ment his legs But Lord if it be in your will i know you can heal them, I prayed to the lord over and over and over going out side praying over mike kneeling at the lumber a few feet away for 30 minutes until the ambulance got there i prayed, Even after i gathered the men together and we continued to pray with no fear with no Doubt we prayed.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
i had the Faith its all I had I could do nothing but Pray the Emt got there they placed him of the gurney placed a blanket over him they were wheeling him out I leaned over I kissed him on the forehead and Told the Lord I release Him into Your arms and they took him away to the Hospital, Now just imagine a 65 year old man falling 20 feet with lumber piles on each side some with nails and he lands right between them, Now we all know men fall in the shower and break hips all the time or fall off 6 foot ladders and break legs while cleaning gutters, actually one of the greatest death rates at home is being on a ladder putting up Christmas lights or cleaning gutters. So at the very least 20 feet a couple of broken legs would still have been a tragedy but a miracle, But after we were done praying David and I where on our way home and Mike calls David i need a ride Home Nothing is broken just bruised and few sprains
Wow Praise Jesus Nothing Broke 20 Feet nothing Broken
Would you belive me he was in no pain the whole time we waited on the ambulance
I called Mike right away and asked what was going on He said i don't know i know my legs were broken I said I do too I saw them it was hard to look at them im sqimesh anyway It was a miracle just as Jesus had healed that paralyzed man he had healed Mike We had seen the Red Sea part before our eyes a true Miracle of our Loving and Living God
We all long to see our burning bush to see our red sea parted many of us will never have that opportunity but The Grace of our Lord tore back the veil of heaven that day and showed us his power His Love as Mike Fell The devil meant it for Evil but God said no He is mine and God meant it for Good! Arnet you glad we serve a living God one who care for us our needs knows our pains knows our struggles and want to deal with them for us we just have to release it to Him surrender it all over to him
If you dont know God Today If you have never accepted Jesus into your life today is the Day for HE is the same yesterday today and forever He didnt provide this miracle for no reason there is someone here today that needed this miracle and God is saying to you Come home Come home release it all to me lay it at my feet with out doubt have faith and i will take care of your needs
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.