2 Kings 6:6 (6/26/14)

When You've Lost Your Edge

June 26, 2014 • Benham Brothers

The prophets were building a new facility for themselves and they all pitched in for the work. One of the prophets borrowed an axe and the head fell off and landed in the river. Without an edge, he wasn't going to be able to pitch in and help in the work - he was useless. He could continue in the work and beat the tree with the handle, but that would have led to frustration. He had no clue where it was and no way to pay to buy a new one - he needed a miracle of God. Here are three observations of what Elisha (who represented God) did: 1) He made the man point out where he lost his edge. He had to go back to the place where he lost his edge and start there. 2) He took a stick and threw it into the water - many commentators believe the stick was from the same type of tree that Jesus hung on. When you find out where you lost your edge you need to claim the blood of Jesus over it - seek His forgiveness. 3) The axe-head floated to the top - it did what was contrary to its nature. When God's super-nature enters the picture we are now able to do that which is beyond our nature.

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.