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2 kings 4: 1-4(KJV)

1. Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the Lord; and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
2. And Elisha said unto her, what shall I do for thee? Tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, thine handmaid hath not anything in the house save a pot of oil.
3. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
4. And when thou art come in, thou shall shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. (Emphasis mine).

Before we get to the crux of our topic today, I would first of all take us through some vital key points in our introductory scripture. This is a story we all know too well, but some of us might not have learnt the lessons entrenched in it.

First of all, in verse two of the scripture Elisha asked the woman what hast thou in the house? This infers that, when we ask for God to bless us financially or otherwise, we need to have something readily in our hands. When scriptures says a gift of a man maketh way for him, this is precisely what it meant.

You need to have something ready that God will work on and give you that which you crave for, you need to go to God with something for Him to bless. You will agree with me that if you go before a great man with a gift no matter how small it is, he will definitely honour you when you are leaving.

Proverbs 18: 16 says, a gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. (NIV). If you take a look at the men in the bible that were greatly blessed, they brought something forward that provoked the blessings they had. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are perfect examples. Ask yourself what is it I have, I want God to use as a yardstick in blessing me?

Until you answer that, the blessings won’t come! The second thing Elisha asked her, was to Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. This is because he wants her to have enough capacity to accommodate the over flow.

He told her to borrow as much as she can and not a few. You need to be prepared or have enough room (capacity) to store the blessings you are asking for. Capacity in this instance might be the right location, the right company, it might be personal development.

You need to upsurge your capacity at all angles. For instance you can’t say you want to be the best in a particular field and you don’t know the newest inventions in that choice field you want to be the best, you need to find out what’s trending so you can move in that capacity so when the blessings of God comes, it will find room to stay.

You can’t also have the blessings of God when your ways are not right before him. Living in sin and still asking God for his blessing is not going to work. Scriptures says the prayers of a sinner is not acceptable to him.

The last thing he asked the woman to do after borrowing the vessels, was to shut the door. Now this is where we are going. Do you know why she needed to shut the door? It’s because there are so many distractions outside.

I’m sure those she borrowed the vessels from will be very inquisitive to know why she borrowed the vessels and what she intend using them for. And those persons might have seen foolishness in what she was doing and discouraged her from going ahead with it.

That was why she needed to shut the door! In achieving your goals and getting hold of God’s blessings, there are some doors you need to shut; doors of discouragements, doors or fear, doors of hate, doors of procrastination, doors of uncertainty, doors of sin,etc. the lists goes on and on. All these doors need to be closed so you will remain focused and not be distracted.

These doors can even come in forms of friends, siblings, parents, and spouse etc. you need to shut the door against these so you can receive that which God has in store for you. The right thoughts and company matters a lot to provoke this blessing too.

Psalms 1: 1 says blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (NIV). Monitor what goes in and out of your mind because the mind a great vessel to provoke this blessing and also a great vessel to prevent the blessings. “And Jesus said, are ye also yet without understanding?

Do ye yet understand that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceeds out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. Matthew 15;16-19(KJV).

Proverbs 4:23 also went further to say; “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (NIV). Shut out all negativity from your mind and see the blessing! When you do all these, the blessings of the Lord in all area of your life is sure!

SHUT THE DOOR

  • Posted by Okikie Oghenero
  • August 7, 2016 10:16 AM BST
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