CHAMPION CHURCH • PASTOR STEPHEN BLOOMFIELD
MESSAGES SERIES: JESUS AT THE CENTER, PART TWO
Having Jesus At The Center Of Your Heart, Mind, & Soul Is The Only Way To:
- Have deeply sustainable marriages
- Parent children who turnout confident, grounded, & stable
- Have financial direction, protection, & peace, without worry
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
- Financial peace comes with the courage of faith to submit your finances to Jesus
Those who hold on to worthless idols abandon their loyalty to you. Jonah 2:8 (GW)
- An “Idol” is anything that replaces Jesus in your heart, mind, or soul
2 Kings 4:1-7(NLT) Elisha
One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.” 2 “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?”
Lesson One: You Already Have What You Need
“Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied. 3 And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. 4 Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”
Lesson Two: Action Builds Faith
5 So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. 6 Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing.
Lesson Three: There’s No More Seed When There’s No More Need
7 When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
1 Kings 17:8-16 Elijah
8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
Lesson Four: God Looks At Your Situation Differently Than You Do
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.
12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
Lesson Five: Don’t Underestimate God, And Don’t Be Animated By Fear
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.
Lesson Six: God Multiplies What You Have
14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: (KJV) ‘The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”
Lesson Seven: Choose To Obey God
15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The barrel of meal did not waste, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.