Sunday July 13th, 2014 – During difficult times in life, we will often abandon our principles and attempt to survive based on our circumstances. We must realize, however, that the way we respond to circumstances, our thoughts, emotions and feelings, can be more destructive than the actual circumstances. Famines show us how much we truly have to trust in God. God can use any trial in life to bring about His good works.
When circumstances want to dictate our lives… we must say… I am going to hold on to the principles of the word of God and they will see me through to the point that God will deliver me from them all. – Dwayne Terry
From Famine To Feast
Move With Faith, Part 02
2 Kings 6:24-25 – Some time later, Ben-Hadad king of Aram mobilized his entire army and marched up and laid siege to Samaria. 25There was a great famine in the city; the siege lasted so long that a donkey’s head sold for eighty shekels of silver, and a quarter of a cab of seed pods for five shekels.
2 Kings 6:30 – When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and they saw that, under his robes, he had sackcloth on his body.
Our Perspective of Famine
• In famine, we tend to abandon principles and live by circumstances.
2 Kings 6:31 – He said, “May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if the head of Elisha son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today!”
Galatians 5:14-15 – For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
• In famine, our thoughts, emotions and words kill before our circumstances do.
2 Kings 6:33 – While he was still talking to them, the messenger came down to him. The king said, “This disaster is from the Lord. Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?”
God’s Perspective Of Famine
• A famine reveals our need to trust God.
Amos 8:11 – “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “When I will send a famine through the land–not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.””
2 Kings 7:1 – Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: ‘About this time tomorrow, a seah of the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.’ ”
John 6:53 – Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
- In famine, God demands we be willing to give up the little we have.
- God often uses famine to bring answers we could never have imagined.2 Kings 7:6-8 – For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said
to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” 7Therefore they arose and
fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives. 8The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also.
Psalms 34:17-19 – The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;