1. Hello and welcome our listening friends.
2. We are delighted that you tuned into us today
3. It is with joy and delight that we bring you these programs
4. We have been doing a series entitled, “The Blessings of Surrender”
5. And today we will be looking into II Kings chapter 6, verses 8 to 23
6. I’m telling you this so you can have your Bibles ready
7. You know there has been a tendency among some Christians to trivialize spiritual warfare.
8. They do this by blaming Satan for everything.
9. Yet, the Bible teaches us that the one thing our enemy Satan will attack viciously is the preaching of the Gospel.
10. The one thing that “rattles his cages” is the salvation of souls.
11. The one thing Satan will ruthlessly attack is a life that is lived totally dedicated to God.
12. Elisha was known as "the man of God."
13. His life was God-centered, not self-centered or people-centered
14. His authority was God's word, not his title.
15. It is not surprising, therefore, that Satan would try to attack Elisha every time he could.
16. Today's message is an example of the enemy's hatred and hostility toward “a man of God.”
17. But also, it is a message about God's ultimate victory in spiritual warfare.
18. If you are joining these broadcasts for the first time, . . .
19. we are drawing to the end of a series entitled, “The Blessings of Surrender.”
20. Turn with me to II Kings chapter 6, beginning at verse 8
21. If you do not have a Bible, write to us and we will try to get you one
22. Now let’s read II Kings 6:8
23. I want to summarize this passage for you.
24. Elisha had been exposing the plans and the plots of the Syrian army which was attempting to attack Israel.
25. And as Elisha exposed these plans and schemes, . . .
26. the Syrians were being thwarted every time.
27. This angered the king of Syria.
28. He immediately thought that he had a spy in his household.
29. He was sure that someone was giving secrets to the Israelites.
30. So, the Syrian king brought his national security council together and said to them:
31. “One of you is leaking national security information to the enemy.”
32. But in verse 12, one member of his cabinet says:
33. “Oh, My King, you have got it wrong.”
34. “We don't give away national security secrets.”
35. “Elisha the prophet who is in Israel tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”
36. Here’s what the king’s advisor was saying:
37. * “King . . . listen . . . there is a spiritual bugging device right in your home . . .
38. * King, the God of Israel is reading your mail, and he is giving it to Elisha the prophet.”
39. * “God's man is on your tracks . . . and he is exposing your plots”
40. “Our god Baal is not up to helping us.”
41. “He is probably out on one of his long trips, and we can't find him.”
42. My listening friends, I want to tell you something very important
43. The man of God . . . or the woman of God . . . always exposes the plans and the plots of the enemy.
44. Your character and your godly life . . . is a rebuke to the sin and wickedness around you.
45. And that is why the man of God and the woman of God are targeted for a vicious reprisal.
46. It goes with the call.
47. It is part and parcel of being godly.
48. And that is why the Apostle Paul tells Timothy . . . that all who live a godly life . . . shall, . . . not maybe . . . shall be persecuted.
49. But thanks be to God, this is not the end of the sto ry.
50. God's man and God's woman are in invulnerable because we possess the promise of victory.
51. How do I know that?
52. In II Kings 6: 13,
53. the king of Syria said, “. . . go and see where Elisha is that I may send and get him.”
54. All I can say to that king is . . . what a foolish man you are!
55. You don’t know who you are dealing with.
56. My friends, this is very important.
57. When you are at the center of the will of God, . . .
58. you have nothing to fear.
59. Satan and his minions may roar.
60. Satan and his army may kick and scream.
61. But Satan and his legions can't harm you . . . if you are in the center of the will of God.
62. The only motive the king of Syria had in silencing Elisha . . .
63. was that Elisha was exposing his evil designs.
64. If you are a Christian who lives by the world's system all week long,
65. if you are a Christian who conforms to the world's values all week long
66. if you are a Christian who shows up at church one day a week but conforms to the world every other day of the week,
67. then, you do not have to fear Satan’s attack.
69. Because Satan's motive is to attack those who are exposing his evil.
70. Satan's motive is to go after those who live a holy . . . godly . . . righteous life.
71. Satan’s motive is to go after those who refuse to compromise
72. Therefore, we find in verse 14 that, “The king of Syria sent horses and chariots and a great army there.”
73. “And they came by night . . .
74. (Satan always comes at night)
75. “and surrounded the city.”
76. Let me tell you from first-hand experience in spiritual warfare. with Satan, . . .
77. he always oversteps himself.
78. Satan always tips his hand.
79. We can see that truth in this text!
80. The king of Syria knew that Elisha was exposing his plans.
81. But, notice the foolishness of the king of Syria.
82. If Elisha knows what the king of Syria is saying in his own home
83. don’t you think it is strange that the king tries to trick Elisha right on his doorstep?
84. What Satan always does . . . is miscalculate.
85. Satan forgets to add things up and see that his biggest army is no match to the hosts of heaven that are guarding and protecting the man of God.
86. In Romans 8 the Apostle Paul says,
87. “If God is with us, who can be against us.”
88. My friends, listen carefully.
89. “I pity anyone who tries to take on . . . the man or the woman of God.”
90. Satanic attacks are futile when it is pitted against a man like Elisha.
92. Because Elisha knew that his strength is not in himself!
93. In fact, it was this very thought which compelled Martin Luther to write:
94. “Did we in our own strength confide.
95. Our striving would be losing.”
96. “Were not the right man on our side,
97. The man of God's own choosing”
98. Let’s get back to our text.
99. Elisha's associate looks out the window and sees the shadows of the horses and the chariots and the Syrian army assembling around the city.
101. This massive army was there to arrest one unarmed man, Elisha, . . .
102. and the associate began to suffer with fear.
103. “Oh, my God . . . Oh, my God . . . we are dead and done for.”
104. ‘Call the funeral director . . . it's over.”
105. “Let us at least go out and beg for our life . . . they might spare us.”
106. There are always people who are afraid and scared.
107. The moment the battle heats up . . . they think the worst.
108. But thank God who gives His man and His woman courage!
109. Elisha said in verse 16,
110. “Don't fear for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
111. And I am sure Elisha's associate looked at Elisha and then looked at himself and said, "With us? Who is with us?"
112. Tune in to the next broadcast, and we will find out just what power was with them.
113. Please be sure to tune in and until then, I wish you God’s richest blessing