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Sharing Freely
9/4/2017

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 (NKJV)

Most of us have experienced tough times financially at some point in the course of our lives.  Even so we are still amazingly blessed compared to many other people.  For instance, I was reading a story from The Old Testament where a famine was so bad for the Samaritan people, doves' dung actually sold for five pieces of silver, and a donkey’s head for eighty pieces, which for that time would have been equivalent to a person’s entire lifesavings (2 Kings 6:25).

Some people were so hungry they had even resorted to cannibalism.  The Samaritans were starving, and their Syrian enemy’s were positioned outside the city—ready to seize the moment of victory.  Jehoram, the king of Samaria, was so disgusted and angry at God about this famine he sent for the Prophet Elisha, intending to cut off his head.  Elisha sends back a word to the King from God, telling him that the following day they would have plenty to eat (2 Kings 7:1).

That night the Lord created the sound of a great amount of horses and chariots, which caused fear to come upon the Syrian army.  They fled for their lives, leaving behind all their tents, clothes, gold, weapons, and most importantly, their food.  Now there were four leprous men who lived on the outskirts of town, and they were also starving to death.  They had made a decision to go see the Syrian army this particular night to beg for some scraps of food. They figured they had nothing to lose if the Syrians killed them—after all, they were going to die of starvation anyways. 

As the lepers entered the camp, they quickly realized there were no soldiers there, but there was plenty of food and supplies.  They scurried from tent to tent, picking up all the food and clothing they could gather.  They even hid some of the valuables by burying it outside of camp.  But right in the midst of pilfering the camp, one of the four said, “We’re not doing right!  This is a day of good news and we remain silent.”  They knew there were many people who were starving to death inside the city walls, so they decided to go share the news with the Samaritans so they could also live.

Q: What can we learn from this story and how can we apply it to our lives?   

I believe we can start by identifying there are people around us starving spiritually.  We can take a moment to note all of the amazing things God has given to us in our relationship with Him, and just like these four men, we can choose to share these things with others.  If we are not sharing what we are learning at church services, or from our times of studying our Bibles, then we must conclude and say, “I’m not doing right!  This is a day of good news and we remain silent.”

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:16 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to take a look at what you have found in your relationship with God.  Perhaps you should share this with others so they can be fed spiritually.  Today is a day of “Good News,” so let us not remain silent.  Ask God to help you share with someone today, and choose to share freely.

Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be a partaker of it with you. 1 Corinthians 9:23 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION:  According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn with regard to sharing Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Have you found yourself being afraid of sharing with those who are starving spiritually?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God, “Whom am I to speak to, and what do You want me to say?”  Simply be willing to share, and God will guide you.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for the provisions I have Lord. I acknowledge everything I have is because of You, and it is from You. Show me today who You would have me share with, and give me the words to share with them.  May I glorify Your Son this day in all that I do.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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