IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THUS SAITH THE LORD, TOMORROW AT ABOUT THIS TIME
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, TOMORROW AT ABOUT THIS TIME shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria”.
Samaria was under a siege by Syria, the siege lasted so much that a great famine began in Samaria because they could not go out, the city gates were closed to economic activities. There was neither entry nor exit. The famine became so serious that women were already beginning to eat their children. It was a completely hopeless situation, a pathetic one, no one to help.
In the midst of this great challenge and hopelessness, the Almighty God made a declaration through Elisah the man of God. 2 Kings 7: 1 “Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, TOMORROW AT ABOUT THIS TIME shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria”.
The same way I am saying to somebody reading me this morning, “I don’t know what you are passing through right now but sooner than later you shall see the miraculous and wonder working mighty hand of the Lord Almighty in your life.
God is going to declare peace into your storm before this time tomorrow IJN. When God speaks, it is settled, when HE speaks, no one can change it, when HIS mind is made up concerning anything, most especially when HE wants to bless HIS own, no witches or evil altar can stop HIM. He will speak concerning your situation today IJN. If you believe that let you AMEN sound like thunder.
You may be walking through a “dry place” in your life, perhaps having a difficult time… a time when it seems that all your opportunities have dried up. It appears that your financial needs are not being met and your future looks bleak. You may even feel like your prayers are not being heard. Circumstances rise up against you and you don’t see a way out.
Such were the circumstances in Samaria in 2 Kings 6:24-30: The entire city was in severe famine being surrounded by the armies of the king of Syria who was determined to destroy them just as the fulani jihadists in Nigeria today have besieged the whole country Threatening to wipe out we the Indigenous tribes of Nigeria thereby causing a whole lot of hardships, insecurities, violence, tension and fear.
The same way the enemy wanted to take their city and possessions. They could not leave the city to trade or get food from the fields or goods. They were literally starving to death. The enemy was “starving them out.” Have you ever felt that way? Like the enemy was surrounding you and preventing any hope, any answer, any encouragement from reaching you? These people were all waiting to die, without any glimmer of hope that things could possibly change. Even the king of Israel was so distraught that he ripped his clothes upon hearing that a woman had killed and consumed her child out of hunger. There was NOTHING he could do to help!
And there may be NOTHING you can do about YOUR circumstances. But GOD… GOD is the God even over YOUR circumstances, God over your finances… He is still God over your family and relationships, even though it looks impossible. He is the God of the POSSIBLE. Nothing is too difficult for Him!
What if you knew that tomorrow things would be different? What if THIS TIME TOMORROW, the circumstances of your life would change? What would you do? How would you feel? Would it change the way you talk? Would you be praising God? It is easy to praise when you see the manifestation of your prayers in front of you, but faith praises God on the basis of His Word, knowing “what He has promised, He is able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21)
If you are in Nigeria today as one of the Indigenous tribes facing imminent danger of the fulani hersdmen jihadists, bokoharam and all other ISLAMIST militias marauding the whole length and breath of the country I want to let you know that God is going to fight the battle for His people and decimate the Jihadists, the enemies of of His people by this time tomorrow, so start believing and praising God for His saving grace even before you see the miracle.
When the messenger from Samaria came to Elisha, Elisha said to him: “Hear the word of the Lord.”
Isn’t that where we should be going in the first place? Before the circumstances place us in the state of defeat and failure? Working on our mind and emotions, discouragement says, “Give up. It doesn’t work. It’s over.
You tried and it doesn’t work. God is not going to get you out of this.” Wouldn’t it be wiser just to shut that voice out and turn AGAIN to God’s Word and find out what He has to say about it?
You see, the King of Israel was evil and did not give heed to the Word of the Lord. He did not listen but was disobedient. Deuteronomy 28:1 tells us that the blessings come up on those who “listen diligently to the voice of the Lord and are watchful to do all His commandments.”
Maybe the mess you are in was your fault. Maybe you made a mistake or didn’t listen to what the Holy Spirit was telling you, or perhaps you were in disobedience. It doesn’t matter, His grace and mercy are waiting for you to return to Him and His Word. He will deliver you!
You may be like the starving residents of Samaria and through no fault of your own, disastrous decisions have been made by others that are affecting your life. God is greater than circumstances and He dwells in you! Just return to His Word: “Hear the Word of the Lord!”
And here is that Word: “Tomorrow about this time, a measure of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.”
Do you know what will be happening this time tomorrow?
And He gave that Word to His servant Elisha.
THIS TIME TOMORROW, those who are literally starving to death will have an abundance of food that is affordable. THIS TIME TOMORROW, those who have been captive of the enemy will be free.
Even if the enemy of the Samarians were gone, how long would it take to make an economic recovery from such oppression? Where would food be found so readily and reasonably priced? IMPOSSIBLE!
Yes, in the natural realm it may look impossible, but God isn’t limited to natural means.
The man who was sent from the king to Elisha did not believe in God’s possibilities.
“So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, ‘Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?’ And he said, ‘In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.’” (2 Kings 7:2)
“Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”
He doubted the Word of the Lord. It was naturally impossible for this to happen, but with God ALL things are possible… TO HIM WHO BELIEVES. But this officer did not believe in the supernatural power of the Word of the Lord.
When your cabinets are empty and your bank account overdrawn, it’s difficult to believe in anything but lack. Having overflowing abundance is a struggle to believe, but do you believe your circumstances or do you believe the WORD of the LORD? That is what makes the difference.
Elisha said to the officer, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.”
Do you see others enter into the blessings of God but are not receiving the blessings in your own life? Start at number one… HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. Immerse yourself in the scriptures. Keep them before you night and day. Speak the Word into your heart until you can declare with confidence, “I am the redeemed of the Lord and I say so!” Hear it, read it, speak it until it drives all doubt from your heart. Doubt may come against your mind, but faith in the heart takes command of the mind!
For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses — the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, ‘Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!’ Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact — their tents, their horses, and their donkeys — and they fled for their lives.” (2 Kings 7:6-7)
Here is the MIRACLE, the action of God intervening by causing the Syrian army to hear the noise of a great army. Did God cause the sound of the lepers’ feet to be amplified and sound as an army? There were multiple actions and choices of men in this story and one very supernatural action of God — a SOUND only heard by the enemy, a SOUND that sent the enemy fleeing in terror. A SOUND in response to the SPOKEN WORD of the prophet. Speak the Word and allow the Spirit to send forth the reverberations that the gates of hell can’t stand against! Resist the devil and he will flee from you!
The end result is the Word of the Lord came to pass exactly as Elisha spoke… THIS TIME TOMORROW. Yes, the Word spoken by the prophet came to pass but did you know that the written Word that God has given us has been spoken in the courts of heaven and it is just as sure. Those who say, “Where is the promise of His coming?” and those who say “Why should we believe what an old book like the Bible says?” will be like the king’s officer: “Then that officer had answered the man of God, and said, ‘Now look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could such a thing be?’ And he had said, ‘In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.’ And so it happened to him, for the people trampled him in the gate, and he died.” (2 Kings 7:19-20)
The promises of God are SURE to those who BELIEVE. There is a rest and deliverance for the people who follow God. Don’t let the enemy discourage you and “starve you out.” Feed yourself on the LIVING WORD, the true bread of life, knowing that as you courageously take the action of FAITH, God will move people, places and things so that His Word to you will be fulfilled.
No matter the economy of the country or nation where you are resident or working, God has supernatural ways of lifting His people out of seemingly bad situations and circumstances.
When there was darkness all over the land of Egypt, what did God do? He made sure His own people were assembled in a place called Goshen and while there was absolute darkness in Egypt, there was light in every part of Goshen and God made everything there to thrive. So much so that the Egyptians knew without an iota of doubt that the Israelites were not ordinary people.
BY THIS TIME TOMORROW, EXPECT THESE 16 POWERFUL BLESSINGS AND BREAKTHROUGHS
- Help will locate you in Jesus name.
- You shall sing a NEW SONG in Jesus name.
- You shall wear the GARMENT of HONOUR in Jesus name.
- You shall have NEW SPEED in Jesus name.
- You shall TESTIFY GREATLY in Jesus name.
- You shall BE FRUITFUL in Jesus name.
- You shall BE CELEBRATED in Jesus name.
- DOORS shall open for you in Jesus name.
- NEW THINGS will happen to you in Jesus name.
- You will dance A NEW DANCE in Jesus name.
- You will REJOICE in Jesus name.
- You will shout victory AT LAST in Jesus name.
- SUDDEN MIRACLES will happen to you in Jesus name.
- You will hear GOOD NEWS in Jesus name.
- You will be in PLENTY in Jesus name.
- All your enemies shall be DISGRACED in Jesus name.
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