1) GREATER THINGS ARE _________ IN THE MIND AND HEART OF GOD FOR ____.
2Ki 4:8 One day Elisha went to Shunem. And a well-to-do woman was there, who urged him to stay for a meal. So whenever he came by, he stopped there to eat. 2Ki 4:9 She said to her husband, “I know that this man who often comes our way is a holy man of God. 2Ki 4:10 Let’s make a small room on the roof and put in it a bed and a table, a chair and a lamp for him. Then he can stay there whenever he comes to us.” 2Ki 4:11 One day when Elisha came, he went up to his room and lay down there. 2Ki 4:12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Call the Shunammite.” So he called her, and she stood before him. 2Ki 4:13 Elisha said to him, “Tell her, ‘You have gone to all this trouble for us. Now what can be done for you? Can we speak on your behalf to the king or the commander of the army?’ ” She replied, “I have a home among my own people.”
2) GOD _______________ OUR OBJECTIONS IN FAVOR OF HIS GREATER PURPOSE.
2Ki 4:14 “What can be done for her?” Elisha asked. Gehazi said, “Well, she has no son and her husband is old.” 2Ki 4:15 Then Elisha said, “Call her.” So he called her, and she stood in the doorway. 2Ki 4:16 “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” “No, my lord,” she objected. “Don’t mislead your servant, O man of God!” 2Ki 4:17 But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her.
3) THE ROAD TO GREATER THINGS IS RARELY ______, BUT GOD IS ____________.
2Ki 4:18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 2Ki 4:19 “My head! My head!” he said to his father. His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 2Ki 4:20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died.
4) YOU CAN EITHER PLAN THE ______________ OR EXPECT A ______________.
2Ki 4:21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out. 2Ki 4:22 She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.” 2Ki 4:23 “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.” “It’s all right,” she said. 2Ki 4:24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” 2Ki 4:25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel. When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! 2Ki 4:26 Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’ ” “Everything is all right,” she said. 2Ki 4:27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the LORD has hidden it from me and has not told me why.” 2Ki 4:28 “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’
5) GOD IS THE FINAL ____________.
2Ki 4:29 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. If you meet anyone, do not greet him, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.” 2Ki 4:30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her. 2Ki 4:31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.” 2Ki 4:32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 2Ki 4:33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the LORD. 2Ki 4:34 Then he got on the bed and lay upon the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out upon him, the boy’s body grew warm. 2Ki 4:35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out upon him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. 2Ki 4:36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” 2Ki 4:37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.
2Ki 3:9 So the king of Israel set out with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. After a roundabout march of seven days, the army had no more water for themselves or for the animals with them. 2Ki 3:10 “What!” exclaimed the king of Israel. “Has the LORD called us three kings together only to hand us over to Moab?” 2Ki 3:11 But Jehoshaphat asked, “Is there no prophet of the LORD here, that we may inquire of the LORD through him?” An officer of the king of Israel answered, “Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.” 2Ki 3:12 Jehoshaphat said, “The word of the LORD is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
1. A GREAT NEED CAN BE A ____________ IF IT LEADS YOU TO A DEEPER ____________ ON GOD.
2Ki 3:13 Elisha said to the king of Israel, “What do we have to do with each other? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother.”
“No,” the king of Israel answered, “because it was the LORD who called us three kings together to hand us over to Moab.” 2Ki 3:14 Elisha said, “As surely as the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you or even notice you. 2Ki 3:15 But now bring me a harpist.” While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha 2Ki 3:16 and he said, “This is what the LORD says: Make this valley full of ditches.
2. GOD IS NOT A _______________. GOD IS YOUR ONLY _______________.
- Transformation happens through _______________ in the _______________ of God.
3. YOU HAVE TO _______________ SOME _______________.
2Ki 3:17 For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. 2Ki 3:18 This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD? He will also hand Moab over to you. 2Ki 3:19 You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones.” 2Ki 3:20 The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.
BURN THE PLOWS
1Ki 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 1Ki 19:20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” 1Ki 19:21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
Jn 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
1) An Invitation To A Higher _______________.
1Ki 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.
2) An Invitation To A Deeper _______________.
1Ki 19:20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother good-by,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”
3) An Invitation to a Greater _______________.
1Ki 19:21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
1. JESUS PROVIDES THE ____________ LEADERSHIP MODEL.
2. LEADERSHIP OCCURS ANY TIME YOU ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THE ____________, ____________ OR ____________ OF SOMEBODY ELSE.
3. EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP STARTS ON THE INSIDE, WITH YOUR ____________.
Mk 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
4. ____________ ____________ IS THE ONLY MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP APPROACH THAT ____________ VALIDATED FOR HIS FOLLOWERS.
Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish. (KJV)
Jn 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
"Faith gets you to heaven, but it's your works that bring heaven to earth." - Tony Evans
Jn 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
FIVE HABITS OF JESUS
A – _______________
C – _______________
T – _______________
S – _______________
4. ____________ ____________
5. TRUST THE ____________ ____________ OF THE FATHER.
Lk 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished."… John 19:30
…and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Matthew 13:39
For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end… Hebrews 3:14 NKJV
…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
• Always believe the ____________ for the future.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all who were carried away captive, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and dwell in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. 6 Take wives and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may bear sons and daughters—that you may be increased there, and not diminished. Jeremiah 29:4-6 NKJV
• ____________ to the future.
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalm 45:1 NKJV
• ____________ to the future.
Questions for Personal Reflection
• What’s an “ending” in your life that you need to keep walking toward?
• What do you need to say to your future? How have you seen the power of faith-filled words stir up joy in someone’s life?
• What do you need to let go of from your past? How has this kept you from living in the joy that God intends for you?
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel"—which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:21-23
EMMANUEL—GOD WITH US
1) GOD ____________ WITH YOU.
The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28
2) GOD ____________ WITH YOU.
But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21 NKJV
3) GOD ____________ BE WITH YOU.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39
For we don't live for ourselves or die for ourselves. 8 If we live, it's to honor the Lord. And if we die, it's to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:7-8 NLT
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Matthew 7:21-23
1. Jesus calls the _______________ and _______________.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
2. Jesus calls the _______________.
On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 …For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
WHAT DOES JESUS HELP US BECOME?
1. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:2
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 ESV
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Isaiah 43:2-3
2. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22
Happiness depends on _____________, but joy depends on ___________!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you… Luke 2:10-11 NIV
3. JESUS HELPS US BECOME MORE _______________.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever… Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born.
A NEW AND GLORIOUS MORNING
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:20-26
A NEW DAY WITH CHRIST BRINGS
1) EXACTLY WHAT YOU _______________.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3:24
2) THE _______________ TO KEEP GOING.
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him… Lamentations 3:25
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
3) THE _______________YOU’RE _______________.
…it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:26
…The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here… Romans 13:11-12