'Hedge of Protection'
2 Kings 4
BUILDING A HEDGE OF PROTECTION: In Bible times, people used stones to build hedges for protection and blessing. The psalmist David spoke of an impenetrable hedge when he wrote: 'The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust' (Psalm 18:2).
The longer I serve Him, the more I understand that the safest place for anyone is in God's hands, hiding in His fortress and living within His hedge of protection. And it begins with a seed.
Isaiah 60:18 18 'Violence will not be heard again in your land, Nor devastation or destruction within your borders; But you will call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise [to God].
Genesis 8:8 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged; Vs. 20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
GOD REMEMERED NOAH – Gen. 8:1 'And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
Noah Put God First; We are told (Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
This was the first thing Noah did before he attended to any of the other things that needed to be done. He first set up the requirements for worship, and offered worship to God using some of the precious animals from the ark. Noah put God first. It was His personal sacrifice, Noah acknowledged God for bringing him through the flood! /God's judgement
You become very grateful when you know He has seen you through the flood!
Note: 'God remembered Noah' But God did not make nor release the promise until Noah worships God through the first fruits Tithes/offerings.
21 And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
THE PROMISE: - 22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
The Harvest is seed multiplied: Gen. 1:29 '29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Luke 6;38 Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.'
3 RINCIPLE OF THE SEED: The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. Mark 4:26–29
1. You reap what you sow
2. You reap after you sow
3. 3. You reap more than you sow.
The essence of this principle can be found in Psalm 126:5–6, which says, "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
As this passage implies, the principle of harvest increase is so powerful that, even if you're crying as you scatter your little bag of precious seed, your tears will turn to rejoicing as you begin bringing in your sheaves of harvest.
WHEN YOU SOW SEED: Whatever you sow into it will come back to you it's a universal law better yet it's a kingdom law.
When you sow into good relationship you get great friends, When you sow into education..
When you sow into your church you get a great harvest!
WHEN WE SOW SEED WE SET OURSELVES UP TO BE IN ALIGNMENT WITH GOD'S BLESSINGS.
Gen 4:6-7 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Obedience places a hedge of protection in your life.
Disobedience makes you vulnerable to the enemy
GOD HARDENED THE HEART OF THE EGYPTIAN KING ; Gen. 15:14 'And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
He did this to strengthen their faith so that they could trust the Lord Himself and no other.
YOU WILL NOT COME OUT EMPTY HANDED: Exodus 3:19-22 And I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go, no, not by a mighty hand. 20 And I will stretch out my hand, and smite Egypt with all my wonders which I will do in the midst thereof: and after that he will let you go. 21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty. 22 But every woman shall borrow of her neighbour, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: and ye shall put them upon your sons, and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians.
Note: Consider this that not only did God release the Hebrews from
bondage but He transferred the nation of Egypts wealth to them. Pharoah realized that with the Hebrew went all the wealth of Egypt and he wanted his stuff back!
THE TRANSFER OF WEALTH: - You must maintain the level of faith when you had little to nothing and now when God has enlarged your capacity can you maintain that same level of faith intensity?
LEVELS OF TESTING:
1. Set your priorities right - God first, walk in integrity, make a plan
2. Don't worship what God has given you – make sure you give God what belongs to Him first ( like Noah when he built the altar of sacrifice)
Know that it is he who has brought you over your flood! This is how you make your statement of your commitment of worship, your worship Him not the stuff or money.
Note: Ask the two people for your money back and see if it comes back the same or multiplied?
Exodus 32:1-10 (must read)
YOUR WORSHIP OF GOD IS YOUR HEDGE OF PROTECTION:
When you love the Lord your God with all of your…. And have no other god's ….
Moses goes up the mountain to receive the law of God and the people took the gold off of themselves and their bags a made to themselves a golden calf /bull and began to worship the gold and no the God who gave it to them.
Moses comes down and crushes it and throws it into the water and the waters became bitter to drink,
Keep in mind that water is a life source that you cannot live with out it.