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Last Arrow - Save Nothing for the Next Life

  1. Recap​ Last Arrow Series
  2. Save Nothing for the Next Life
  3. Set Your Past on Fire
  4. Refuse To Stay Behind
  5. Know What You Want
  6. Introduce and Read the Call of Elisha​ 2 Kings 2:12
  7. Elisha Knows what he wants.
  8. We drift because we lose motivation.
  9. Know What you Want (say to the person on your right)
  10. Why we ask children what they want to be.
  11. Wouldn’t it be great if all of us from our earliest years in life had absolute
  12. clarity about the direction of our lives?
  13. A person who knows what they want has such clarity and conviction
  14. You will either define yourself or be defined by others. i. Nate
  15. This is why the process must begin by loving God first​. It is in loving God with all your heart and mind and soul that he begins to shape your passions. When God has your heart, you can trust your desires. His will is not a map; it is a match. He shows you the way by lighting a fire in you. You will know God’s desire for you by the fire in you! The fire in you will light the way.
  16. Matthew 20:30-34
  17. As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. ​30 ​And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” ​31 ​The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” ​​And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” ​​They *said to Him, “Lord, ​we want​ our eyes to be opened.” ​​Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.
  18. What an obvious answer to a seemingly silly question. 1. Hot enough for you?
  19. 2. Jesus is God and he already knows what they want, but even if not God... (Two blind men, screaming have mercy on us!)
  20. 3. I heard you are a carpenter, can you make me a cane.
  21. 4. Can you give us one of those seeing eye camels that let’s me know where to go?
  22. 5. Say to person on your left “What do you want?”
  23. When Jesus asked them “What do you want me to do for you?” It wasn’t because he didn’t know but because he wanted them to declare what they wanted him to do on their behalf.”
  24. How many time we have come into an area of prayer and said, whatever you want to do it fine.
  25. And the reason we pray this isn’t because we lack faith to make a bold claim, but we lack the clarity of our hearts.

iv. Psalm 37:4 David tells us to ​delight ourselves in the Lord and he will give us the desire of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4)

  1. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WE WANT, BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW GOD.
  2. The ability to know what you want requires two things:
  3. A courage to be honest about who you are and where you
  4. are lacking.
  5. A knowledge of God and the character of his will.

i. I can’t help you with the first.

c. If we want to know what God wants, we need to give him

our hearts and let him build desires in us that we want

more than anything else in the world.

3. You have to want what God wants in order to receive what God

has for you.

e. If you don’t know what you want God to do in your life, you will wonder why he

gave you so little, while the whole time he was waiting for you to see how much he wanted to entrust with you.

III. Turn to neighbor - Enough is Enough.

  1. The Widow’s Oil 2 Kings 4:1-7
  2. A woman comes to Elisha, she is the widow of one of the prophets who served
  3. with him.
  4. Verse 1 “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your
  5. servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two
  6. children to be his slaves.”
  7. Have you ever been at a place in your life where you feel like you have given God all you have and yet you still, somehow feel abandoned. Like he didn’t show up for you.
  8. Can you imagine completely living your life in service of God and then feeling abandoned with no hope and no future.
  9. 1. This is how this woman feels. We served God. I am going to starve and my sons will be slaves.
  10. 2. To her credit, instead of turning bitter, she turns to God for her help.
  11. Elisha asks a similar question to Jesus in Matthew 20, “How can I help you?”
  12. 1. And then he immediately asks

c. 2 Kings 4:1-7​ 2 “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 3 Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. 4 And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” 5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured. 6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not one vessel more.” And the oil stopped. 7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

  1. He doesn’t tell her what God is going to do, only what she must do.
  2. And he points her back to what she has.
  3. She has next to nothing. All she has is some olive oil.
  4. If you are Italian, you will say... that’s not nothing!
  5. What you have is enough for God to work a miracle.
  6. We always wait for more. A change. Something new, a better job, better looking spouse, bigger house! And then God will use us, but knowing what we want is about knowing God has already given us all the we need.
  7. Our needs are God’s opportunity, our possessions are his canvas.
  8. Elisha asks her to give everything she has. She only has olive oil
  9. and so he tells her, pour out that olive oil.
  10. And then he tells her to go collect empty jars from her neighbors.
  11. He gives her a warning not to just ask for a few.
  12. Elisha knows the human tendency to expect so little.
  13. Fills all the jars
  14. God fills every empty space we give him.
  15. God’s miracle doesn’t stop until she runs out of empty jars
  16. We can imagine at that point that she asked herself the longing
  17. question we all would. "Why didn’t I grab more jars?"
  18. When I asked God, why didn’t I expect more. I didn’t I
  19. walk further. Pray longer, Go deeper.
  20. The only limitation to what God will do in your life is your desire
  21. to make space for him to work.
  22. This is not at all about greed or avarice; this is not about choosing gluttony over gratitude. This is about posturing your heart and life in God’s direction, knowing that while he may not give you everything you ask for, he is the God who waits for us to ask in such a way that the provision would be proof that he is with us. We must never forget that God is the one​ “who is able to do

immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 

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