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“Two can make a difference “

Text 1 Samuel 14:77
 So his armorbearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. 
Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”

Introduction- it becomes easier to feel lonely in every phrase of one’s life.
As teens we can feel no one has ever had this problem before. When
young adulthood came confidence was not as easy. Middle age can be so
overwhelming work, parenthood, generational responsibility wow! Then
being a senior is not for sissies at all. Remember having someone to share
with can be of important support. 
Today we begin a three week look how this is so true .
 God can use two people together in wonderful ways. 
Today let us learn together;


I. Israel was at great disadvantage
A. They could not forge metal weapons 
1 Samuel 13:19
19 Now there was no blacksmith to be found throughout all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, “Lest the Hebrews make swords or spears.”

B. They went to the enemy for help
 1 Samuel 13:20
20 But all the Israelites would go down to the Philistines to sharpen each man’s plowshare, his mattock, his ax, and his sickle;



C. Israel had two swords in the whole army 
1 Samuel 13:22
22 So it came about, on the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan. But they were found with Saul and Jonathan his son.


II. Jonathan had a vision of God Vision
A. Jonathan was ready for action
1 Samuel 14:6
6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”

B. His assistant was ready to help
 1 Samuel 14:7
7 So his armorbearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”

C. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
9 Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another,
 two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.



III. There comes a time when we move from waiting to action
A.The enemy was mocking them
1 Samuel 14:11-12
11 So both of them showed themselves to the garrison of the Philistines. And the Philistines said, “Look, the Hebrews are coming out of the holes where they have hidden.” 12 Then the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you something.”
Jonathan said to his armorbearer, “Come up after me, for the Lord has delivered them into the hand of Israel.”


B.Jonathan tells his assistant let’s go now
  1 Samuel 14:12 
12 Then the men of the garrison called to Jonathan and his armorbearer, and said, “Come up to us, and we will show you something.”

C.Action was clear they did their part
1 Samuel 14:13-14
13 And Jonathan climbed up on his hands and knees with his armorbearer after him; and they fell before Jonathan. And as he came after him, his armorbearer killed them. 14 That first slaughter which Jonathan and his armorbearer made was about twenty men within about half an acre of land.

D.God sent His power of approval
1 Samuel 14:15
15 And there was trembling in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and the raiders also trembled; and the earth quaked, so that it was a very great trembling.

E.God’s presence panic, chaos and division 
1 Samuel 14: 20
20 Then Saul and all the people who were with him assembled, and they went to the battle; and indeed every man’s sword was against his neighbor, and there was very great confusion.

Luke 11:17
17 But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.

F. God gave victory
1 Samuel 14:22-23
22 Likewise all the men of Israel who had hidden in the mountains of Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, they also followed hard after them in the battle. 23 So the Lord saved Israel that day, and the battle shifted to Beth Aven.

Conclusion- with God, find a friend and begin to work on victory



November 13, 2022
Two can make a difference part two

Text
 2 Kings 2:1-6 
2 And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
3 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your maste from over you today?”
And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
4 Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.
5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on.


Introduction
  Sometimes it can become a lonely situation, this thing called life.
Circumstances can many times be much better dealt with when we have a person that is aware of our needs. 
Let us look at a couple of men God used in mighty ways.

Elijah a powerful man of God that 
God used to perform eight miracles that we study often.
Then his protégé Elisha God used to perform twice the amount of miracles, sixteen. 
Let us learn together of this, “double portion “

AW Tozer, “the man who has God for his treasure has all things in one”
Elisha was a man who just wanted God in a double portion.

I. Opportunity for each to be alone
A. 2 Kings 2: 1-6
2 And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
3 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
4 Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.
5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on.

B. They both knew God was about to do something special for Elijah

C. Other people also knew a miracle was going to happen. 
2 Kings 2:7
7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan.

D. Three different times Elijah asked Elisha to leave him alone,
 2 Kings 2: 2,4,6
2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
4 Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.
6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on.


II. Opportunity for a great blessing to become personal
2 Kings 2:8-10
8 Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?”
Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
10 So he said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.”


B. A blessing was offered yet with personal responsibility
God kept His promise to Elijah  
2 Kings 2:11
11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

A.Elisha stayed patient but very passionate vrs.
2Kings 2:12-13 
12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.

III. Opportunity turns into responsibility
A.first solo miracle
2 Kings 2:14
14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.

B.Elisha now becomes the master
2 Kings 2:15 15 Now when the sons of the prophets who were from Jericho saw him, they said, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him, and bowed to the ground before him.
C.CS Lewis “there are far, far better things ahead than we left behind”

D.Blessing can bring great matters of influence
2 Kings 4:42-44
42 Then a man came from Baal Shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley bread, and newly ripened grain in his knapsack. And he said, “Give it to the people, that they may eat.”
43 But his servant said, “What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?”
He said again, “Give it to the people, that they may eat; for thus says the Lord: ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’ ” 44 So he set it before them; and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.


E. the wonderful anointing of God reveals to us His Word
1 John 2:27
27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Conclusion- We must make decisions that place us in the situations where
We can fully experience God’s presence and blessing.



November 20, 2022
Two can make a difference, part three
Luke 23:39-43
39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Introduction- The one plus one can be Jesus!! Always a winner, today we are
going to look at a perfect example of this, Jesus and a criminal on the next cross.
Salvation happened in such a transforming way. 
Let us learn together;

I. He feared God
A. Luke 23:40
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 

B. Job 28:28 
28 And to man He said,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
And to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”

C. Psalm 111:10
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.


II. He confessed with faith
A.Luke 23:40-41
 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”

B.1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

C.Romans 10:9-10
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

III. He Confirmed his faith in the Eternal
A.Luke 23:42
42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

B.2 Corinthians 5:1
5 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

C.2 Timothy 2:10
10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the [a]elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.


Conclusion
 The repented criminal went to heaven the same day of his salvation.
Do you believe???  
Have you confessed and found salvation??
  You can, today.



November 27, 2022