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2 Kings 2:19-21 (6/2/16)

SALT

June 2, 2016 • Benham Brothers

• If the land would be healed then the spring that fed the land had to be purified - it needed salt. • We are to be salt in our culture if we want to see our land healed. • The aspects of SALT: • 1) Sustains - put it on a steak and it preserves the steak. • 2) Seasons - it brings out the natural flavors of what it’s applied to. • 3) Startles - smelling salts wakes up the unconscious person. • 4) Sanitizes - gargle with lukewarm salt water when you have a sore throat. • 5) Stings - when it’s cleaning it burns. • 6) Sacrifices - it gives its life for what it’s applied to. • 7) Scatters - salt isn’t meant to be put into a pile. • 8) Small - you never just use one crystal of salt - you need a lot of them. • 9) Strengthens - hikers bring salt tablets to give them strength for a long journey. • 10) Melts Slugs - put salt on a slug and watch what happens.

2 Kings 2 & 4 (7/4/14)

Influence • July 4, 2014 • Benham Brothers

* On two ocassions we see the prophet Elisha being called on to fix something that was broken. * 2:19-21 - The land in his city would not yield any produce because the spring that watered the land was bad. * So what did Elisha do? Notice four things: * 1) He didn't focus on the land - he went directly to the spring. This was the source of the problem. * Clean hands come from a pure heart. * 2) He added salt to the water - Christians are called to be the salt of the world. * Salt enhances and preserves the substance of what it's applied to. * 3) He "threw" the salt in the water - he was aggressive with the evil in the water. * We have to get aggressive with the way we deal with any sin in our hearts. * 4) The salt lost its life! Once you put salt onto or into something you never see it again! * 4:41 - There was famine in the land and one of the prophets added an unknown plant to the stew. * The stew became poisonous - there was now death in the pot. * Notice three things:​ * 1) The very thing that was supposed to nourish now brought death. * The stew itself wasn't bad - it was the one wild root. We can't let this into our hearts either. * 2) There was already flour in the stew, but it wasn't put there by Elisha. * This is just like christians - we need to "mix" in with the world and bring life to it. * 3) Elisha didn't pour the stew out and start over - he used what was already there but just added life to it. * We must bring life to every situation and person we come in contact with - to breathe life! * Salt influences - if we're not influencing the environment around us we're not being salty.

2 Kings 3:16 (5/29/19)

Making a Miracle • May 30, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* These troops were literally on the brink of death from lack of water. * God told them to dig trenches to prepare for water. * Do what? * They had to do work BEFORE the miracle came. * But they did their part, so God did His. * God is in the miracle working business, but oftentimes we don’t see it in our lives because we haven’t done our part. * EX: My book “Living Among Lions” - I needed a miracle. * vs 22-24 - not only did the water give them nourishment but it defeated their enemy.

2 Kings 4:3 (6/1/17)

Opportunity • June 1, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* The widow was told to “borrow empty jars” from her neighbors. * She was to borrow - to give them back when she was done - they were not to become hers. * They were to be empty - she wasn’t to ask for the oil, just the jar that could potentially hold it. * Borrowing empty jars represented the opportunity to fill them with oil. * God told her through Elisha to look for an opportunity, not a handout. * She wasn’t entitled. * An entitled person would have asked for the oil. * After all, the neighbor had enough to spare, right? * An entitled person focuses on what others have and what they want. * When it comes to making a living, we should look for opportunities, not hand-outs. * When we do this we’ll end up being a blessing to everyone and a burden to no one.