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MORE: MORE in STORE

MORE
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MORE in STORE


Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”

2 Kings 4:8 (NLT) “One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for something to eat.”

2 Kings 4:9-10 (NKJV) “And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”


1. MORE is not an ADDITION 

Romans 6:13b (NLT) "Give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God."

2 Kings 4:11-16 One day Elisha returned to Shunem, and he went up to this upper room to rest. 12 He said to his servant Gehazi, “Tell the woman from Shunem I want to speak to her.” When she appeared, 13 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tell her, ‘We appreciate the kind concern you have shown us. What can we do for you? Can we put in a good word for you to the king or to the commander of the army?’” “No,” she replied, “my family takes good care of me.” 14 Later Elisha asked Gehazi, “What can we do for her?”
Gehazi replied, “She doesn’t have a son, and her husband is an old man.” 15 “Call her back again,” Elisha told him. When the woman returned, Elisha said to her as she stood in the doorway, 16 “Next year at this time you will be holding a son in your arms!”

2 Kings 4:16b "do not get my hopes up like that."


2. MORE sometimes brings COMPLICATIONS

2 Kings 4:17 "But sure enough, the woman soon became pregnant, and that time the following year she had a son."

2 Kings 4:18-20 “One day when her child was older, he went out to help his father, who was working with the harvesters. 19 Suddenly he cried out, “My head hurts! My head hurts!” His father said to one of the servants, “Carry him home to his mother.”
20 So the servant took him home, and his mother held him on her lap. But around noontime he died”


3. MORE sometimes requires a RESURRECTION 

2 Kings 4:20 “So the servant took him home, and his mother held him on her lap. But around noontime he died. 21 She carried him up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and left him there. 22 She sent a message to her husband: “Send one of the servants and a donkey so that I can hurry to the man of God and come right back.” 23 “Why go today?” he asked. “It is neither a new moon festival nor a Sabbath.” But she said, “It will be all right.” 24 So she saddled the donkey and said to the servant, “Hurry! Don’t slow down unless I tell you to.”25 As she approached the man of God at Mount Carmel, Elisha saw her in the distance. He said to Gehazi, “Look, the woman from Shunem is coming. 26 Run out to meet her and ask her, ‘Is everything all right with you, your husband, and your child?’” “Yes,” the woman told Gehazi, “everything is fine.”

2 Kings 4:32-36 “When Elisha arrived, the child was indeed dead, lying there on the prophet’s bed. 33 He went in alone and shut the door behind him and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he lay down on the child’s body, placing his mouth on the child’s mouth, his eyes on the child’s eyes, and his hands on the child’s hands. And as he stretched out on him, the child’s body began to grow warm again! 35 Elisha got up, walked back and forth across the room once, and then stretched himself out again on the child. This time the boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes! 36 Then Elisha summoned Gehazi. “Call the child’s mother!” he said. And when she came in, Elisha said, “Here, take your son!” 37 She fell at his feet and bowed before him, overwhelmed with gratitude. Then she took her son in her arms and carried him downstairs.”

MORE: More for you

MORE
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More for you

Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”

2 Kings 2:9 “Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a DOUBLE PORTION of your spirit,” Elisha replied.

2 Kings 2:10 “You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.”

Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”


What does it take to experience this MORE type life in our own lives? Three things…

1. More might require you to BURN SOME PLOWS

I Kings 19:19-21 “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. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.” “Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” 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 servant.

2. More might require you to WALK A PATH

2 Kings 2:1-6  
“When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. 2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. 3 The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied, “so be quiet.” 4 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, Elisha; the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went to Jericho. 5 The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, “Do you know that the Lord is going to take your master from you today?” “Yes, I know,” he replied, “so be quiet.” 6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” And he replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them walked on.”

Galatians 6:9
“Let us not grow weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we DO NOT GIVE UP”

3. More might require you to DIG SOME DITCHES

2 Kings 3:15 GWT
“get me someone to play some music.”

2 Kings 3:15b-16 GWT
“While the musician was playing, the Lord’s power came over Elisha. He said, “This is what the Lord says: Make this valley full of ditches.

James 2:14
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?

James 2:17-18  “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

His Name is: Everlasting Father

His Name Is
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Everlasting Father

Isaiah 9:6 “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.”

Maybe you see the ETERNAL FATHER as…

1. UNREASONABLE

2. UNRELIABLE

3. UNTOUCHABLE


Matthew 5:48 “Your heavenly father is PERFECT”

Three characteristics of our ETERNAL FATHER…

1. He is a FATHER who CARES

Psalm 103:13 “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him”

Mark 4:38 “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’’

I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your cares on him for HE CARES for YOU.”

Matthew 6:31-32 "So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

Matthew 7:9-11 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”


2. He is a FATHER who is CONSISTENT

James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever”

2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless he remains faithful”

Malachi 3:6 “I the Lord do not change.”

3. He is a FATHER who is CLOSE

Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on Him. To all who call on his truth”

Psalm 102:17 “He will listen to the prayers of the destitute, for he is NEVER TOO BUSY to heed their requests”

James 4:8 “Come near to God and he will come near to you”










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His Name is: Wonderful Counselor

His Name Is
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Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9:6 “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."

Psalm 16:11 “You will make known to me the path of life."

Psalm 23:3 “He guides me along right paths”

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest…”

How do I approach the Wonderful Counselor? Three things…

1. We need to OPEN UP.

2. We need to LISTEN UP.

Mark 9:7 “This is my son whom I love… LISTEN TO HIM”

How does the Wonderful Counselor speak to us?

a. His SPIRIT

John 16:13 “when he, the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all truth”

b. The SCRIPTURES

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

c. SITUATIONS

d. SOUND ADVICE

Proverbs 19:20
“Listen to advice and accept instruction and in the end you will be wise”

John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them and they follow me”

3. We need to FOLLOW UP

James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

His Name is: Mighty God

His Name Is
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Mighty God

Isaiah 9:6 “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.”

Ephesians 3:20 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Three things about the power of God…

1. The evidence of his power.

Isaiah 40:28 “The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the earth.”

Isaiah 40:26 “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

Psalm 19:1-2 “The heavens are telling the glory of God, they are a marvelous display of His craftsmanship, night and day they keep telling about God.”

2. The expanse of his power.

Isaiah 40:28 “He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

2 Corinthians 12:9 “His power is made perfect in our weakness.”

3. The exchange of His power.

Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

Isaiah 40:30-31
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

1 Corinthians 4:20 NLT “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”

How do I live out God’s power in my life? Two things from this passage…

1. Time in God’s presence

Isaiah 40:31 “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength …”

2. Trust in God’s promise

Isaiah 40:31 “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength …”

“Don’t Lose Heart” and “Step Out”

“Don’t Lose Heart” and “Step Out” Concerning the Subject of Prayer
Don Twiford


Jesus Gave Us this Example…
Luke 18:1-8 ESV
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”


Continue to Pray because God hears and answers!

Rom 12:12 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Col 4:2 ESV Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

1 Thess 5:17 ESV pray without ceasing,

1. Don’t Lose Heart

Praying is a gift from God rooted in the truth that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.


2. STEP OUT

John 21:1-2 ESV After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.


  • These 7 Disciples were discouraged, disheartened, distracted, distressed, they were dis…something.

  • They fished all night and caught nothing.

  • Jesus said “Cast your net on the right side of the boat.”

  • HOW CLOSE WERE THEY TO A MIRACLE?

  • One obedient step away.



STEP OUT INTO HIS PROVISION

  • Jesus’ Words made the fish gather so the net could catch them

  • Your step may be as close as the Prayer Team on the side wall this morning.

  • Your step may be raising your hand, praying the Prayer of Salvation and following Jesus.

  • Your step may be joining that Life Group the Lord has been drawing you to.