1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Thank you for tuning into this program
3. We are delighted to bring it to you
4. And we pray that God is using it to bless your life
5. We have been talking about the blessings of surrender
6. In our last broadcast, you learned that it is possible to lose your effectiveness for God even though your life is filled with activities.
7. We learned this from an incident in the book of II Kings chapter 6
8. In the story, an ax-head fell into the water.
9. The ax-head represents a life that is being equipped and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
10. The loss and recovery of the ax head is a picture of God's grace.
11. Let’s look again at the man who lost the ax head.
12. This man did not lose his ax-head through laziness.
13. He did not lose his ax-head by not serving.
15. This man was perhaps the busiest man there was.
16. My listening friends,
17. pay close attention to this:
18. The evidence of God's blessing is not just being busy doing things or going to meetings.
19. The evidence of God's blessing is not just being involved in boards and committees.
21. The evidence of God's blessings is in your effectiveness.
22. The evidence of God's blessings is God's anointing.
23. The evidence of God's blessings is a changed life.
24. The Bible tells us about the church of Thyatira.
25. That church was a hub of busy people and many activities.
26. Yet they were ineffective because of their tolerance of sin.
27. God have mercy on a man or a woman . . . who tries to serve God without God’s power and anointing of God's Holy Spirit.
28. The man in this story was a busy working man.
29. But he was not alert to the insidiousness of sin . . . that slowly crept into his life.
30. He was diligent.
31. But he failed to see that the ax-head was slackening and slipping from the shaft.
32. When he became blind to what was happening at the cutting edge of his life, . . .
33. the ax head fell in the dark deep into the muddy waters of the Jordan River.
34. And that is why Jesus again and again told his disciples: “To watch and pray lest they enter into temptation.”
35. The moment you cease to watch and pray . . .
36. you will lose your ax-head.
37. The moment you slow down in spending time with God, . . .
38. you will lose your ax-head.
39. And when you lose your ax-head, . . .
40. you will lose the cutting edge of your effectiveness.
41. In the book of Judges chapter 16, . . .
42. Samson lost his power while he was diligent in work
43. But he neglected in watching.
44. It wasn't long before his spiritual life began to slip.
45. Then one day, he awoke from the sleep to go out as before to demonstrate his strength.
46. He did not know that the Spirit of the Lord had departed from him.
47. This is another way of saying that he had departed from the Lord.
48. My daily cry is that God will spare me the horrible temptation of being busy for God . . . but lose power with God.
49. Here’s a very important question
50. How do you recover from the lose of your effectiveness?
51. Verse 6 in II Kings 6 gives you the answer:
52. “And the man of God asked 'where did it fall?'“
53. “And he showed him the place so he cut a branch and threw it in there and he made the iron float.”
54. The way to recover the loss of your effectiveness is twofold.
55. First, . . .
56. find out where you fell or where you lost your step.
57. One of the hardest things for anyone who has lost his effectiveness for the Lord . . . is to be able to retrace his steps.
58. Yet, the Bible tells us again and again:
59. find out where you have fallen and return there.
60. The place of your departure is the place of your recovery.
61. You will find power where you have lost it.
62. It is futile to imagine that you can overlook the past without accounting for it.
63. It is futile to imagine that you can overlook the past without confessing it before God.
64. That is why John said in 1 John 1:9:
65. “If we confessed our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us these sins which we have confessed.”
66. You may have to return to some sins that you covered up years ago.
67. You may have to make restitution for things long forgotten.
68. You must do those things before God can restore your joy and your effectiveness.
69. You have to go back to where you have fallen.
70. You must find the very place that is your Achilles-heal.
71. You must show God the place . . . and the time . . . and the circumstances.
72. Explain to God the problem, . . .
73. because He already knows, for nothing is hidden from Him.
74. Confession is the way of recovery.
75. The root of the problem of some Christians . . . is the same problem of the non-Christians.
76. They are unwilling to confess their sins, . . .
77. so they rationalize them.
78. The second-fold of recovery is found in Verses 6 and 7:
79. “. . . so he cut a branch and threw it in there and he made the iron float. Therefore, he said, 'Pick it up for yourself.' So he reached out his hand and took it.”
80. I don't understand how anyone can say that they believe in God . . . and they do not believe in miracles.
81. This is, indeed, a supernatural miracle for the metal of an ax-head to float in the water.
82. What did Elisha do?
83. He cut a branch.
84. What is a branch?
85. Isaiah 11:1 tells us
86. that the Lord Jesus Christ is a branch that came out of Jesse.
87. The Lord Jesus Christ is a branch that will bear fruit.
88. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”
89. Jesus is that branch.
90. He was cut off when He hung on the cross.
91. The only answer to the loss of effectiveness is the branch of David.
92. The only healing to the loss of joy is the branch of Judah.
93. The only forgiveness and restoration that makes the iron float is the branch of Jesse.
94. When the crucified Christ is applied to any addiction He will liberate you.
95. When the crucified Christ is applied to any enslavement of sin, he will set you free.
96. When the crucified Christ is applied to your bondage to the world's pleasures, he will release you.
97. Christ will make the iron float.
98. He will restore you and renew you.
99. Christ will release you and free you to come back to Him.
1. When the man of God cut the branch, . . .
2. the iron ax-head floated.
3. Jesus will overcome the laws of gravity . . . that are pulling you away from Him.
4. Jesus will also liberate you from the strength of the current in the river of the world's temptation.
5. Jesus will not only liberate you from the muddy, dirty waters of your sins, . . .
6. but He will also set you free from the soot and mud of sin.
7. “So He reached out His hand and took it.”
8. The man listened to Elisha and reached out his hand and took the floating ax-head from the water.
9. Will you reach out your hand and be freed and restored from whatever is intimidating you?
10. Will you reach out your hand and be freed and restored from whatever is frightening you?
11. Will you reach out your hand and be freed and restored from whatever is holding you captive?
12. Will you reach and draw near to the cross of Christ in which there is liberation?
13. Will you reach and draw near to the cross of Christ in which there is restoration?
14. Will you reach and draw near to the cross of Christ in which there is sanctification?
15. Every defeated Christian can have victory in the branch of Judah.
16. Every fruitless believer can have victory in the branch of Jesse.
17. Every fearful child of God can have victory in the branch of David.
19. That branch, whose name is Jesus, . . . can take a life that is lost in the muddy waters of defilement and death,
20. and raise it to a new life of power.
21. Will you “reach out your hand and take it” today?
22. it is my urging of you to say yes
23. until we meet again, I wish you God’s richest blessing