There’s a Famine In The Land

2 Kings 6-7

                                    There’s a Famine In The Land
Background: The enemies of Israel, Syrians, have surrounded Israel and a famine occurs.  God raises up Elisha to give them a word and see things turn around…
(1) THERE IS A FAMINE IN THE LAND – 2 Kings 6:25
this would refer to today that there is a spiritual famine in the land
-every system in our nation needs Jesus Christ
-the word positive has turned into a politically correct word
***THERE IS A FAMINE IN THE LAND BECAUSE OF A LACK OF INTEREST IN THE
                                                      WORD OF GOD
-the Word of God is food to eat and absorb spiritually – meat, milk, veggies
          Why do we need the Word of God?
(1) To Mature and Grow – Psalm 92:12 & Mark 4:26-29
-we must all read, memorize, study the Word of God daily
-anything that is given life must grow
(2) To Gain Moral Certainty & Clarity – Eph 4:25-5:7
-people have replaced God as the judge of what is moral
-what is right and what is wrong….what is evil and what is good……
 (3) To Defend The Gospel – APOLOGETICS – PHIL 1:7
-this is a defense of Jesus Christ and the Word of God
-Example – the virgin birth of Jesus Christ
             THERE MUST BE A SOLUTION FOR THE SPIRITUAL FAMINE
        *3 things to REALIZE:
1. We must REALIZE who we are fighting – Eph 6:10-18
-we are fighting against demons of hell and the devil himself
-they are attempting to destroy our nation
-one of Satans strategies is to get people to think that he is not a living creation, but only a symbol of evil.
-we are fighting “isms.”
2. We must REALIZE the church needs to get on fire for JESUS – Acts 2:1-4
-we cannot just blame our nations problems on the enemy and sin
-the church is a problem also.  WHAT CAN WE DO?
                                                     a. Swim in the right stream – Rev 3:14-16
-there are 2 streams flowing in todays culture – Lukewarmness & fresh-living water
                                                      b. Develop a hunger for spiritual things
              *Ask the Lord to give you a hunger for Him & spiritual things
              *Act on the hunger you have – take action continually – priority
              *Hang out with Spiritually Hungry people
3. We must REALIZE there is hope – 2 Kings 7:1-2 & 2 Kings 7:5-7
-a Word from the lord came to Elisha that there would be a divine intervention from the Lord to turn things around….
3 Divine Interventions can take place:
                    1. A Sovereign move of God
                    2. The Church gets on fire
                    3. The Lord returns