A Study Of The Miraculous – Part IV
and shalt pour out into all those vessels,
* It is understood here that she was the one to do the pouring. Later in verse 5 we see that indeed she did. This gives support to the idea that it can be important who has their hand on the miracle. I have seen time and again spiritual doors which would not open for one, open wide for another. I have seen adventures which for the most part were solid and wisely approached fail under the direction of one person and later flourish in the hands of another. Watching and discerning this phenomenon along with scriptural confirmations and spiritual revelation, I have concluded that at times it is critical that the person chosen and envisioned by God for a matter, be the person who has the direction of that matter.
* We have a saying here at GTCOTR that “If it’s your baby, you raise it.” Why?
*There are usually ten good ways to do any one thing. The person who is going to be doing it is often the best person to determine how it is done. This is, however, preempted when there is only one way to do it and only one person chosen to do it. Hence, we need to know the difference between doing good stuff for God and then being directed by God to do God stuff. There is a difference between Good Stuff for God and God’s Stuff.
* When someone comes to me with a great idea which deserves to be done but is not being done, often the person that brings the deserving idea to focus is the person I enlist to manage the formation of that service or ministry. The Apostle Paul said of Timothy in Philippians 2:20 (For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.) There is a natural care in a mother for a baby and a natural care for those who birth visions, businesses, ministries and other enterprises. No one will care for it like the creator of it. It’s the same principle of whose responsibility was it to take care of mankind. Who had to come up with the plan and pay for it? Who had to give of their time and energy even when others who had much to gain could not or would not lift a finger to fix it. Who goes home and who stays and works when it’s quitting time and the job is not done yet. These are people who have a natural or spiritual care for the work and these are the people one can entrust to direct it. These are Birth Mothers and Handmaidens of the Lord. Male or female birth mothers and handmaidens.
* Many have the gift of pointing out the blatantly obvious.
* Some think that there is a shortage of vision in the church. Most often there is no shortage of vision but rather a shortage of readily available resources, either money or personnel who are committed to see the project through. Almost any person who has gone through puberty can create a child, but that doesn’t mean that they have the wherewithal to parent and properly raise the child to stand on its own, care for itself and reproduce responsibly. Still, the person who envisions and gives birth is often the best person to see the matter through and create structure; while enlisting others and delegating responsibilities to others who can help develop or maintain the vision. Bottlenecks are no good but neither are floods. We need structure to flow productively.
* So, keep your hand on your miracle. Especially for things which you believe in but are not working for those you appoint to make it happen. When doing your best does not do the job and the job still has to be done, you may not be the one to do it. When others doing their best to do the job and it is not getting done, they need to be replaced.
* 2 Kings 4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. You may have a great staff, good friends and family, loyal servants and employees who will do it exactly like you say but just keep failing. If this is so it may be that you are the only one anointed to make it work.
* If a quarter back is afraid to hand off the ball to others on the team and always has to run it himself, you have a problem that needs to be fixed. However, at some critical and strategic moments when yardage is a must, he is the best one, first in line and closest to the goal to run the ball himself. Some miracle moments are keepers.
* Notice that she was told to pour out into ‘all’ those vessels. Don’t get tempted by tiredness or ‘just get enough’ thinking and quit in the middle of your miracle. Each miracle is designed by God to furnish what He has determined we need and not what we may think we need. The widow only saw herself needing to satisfy the creditors. God wanted to bless her much more than just her need. He supplied her need according to His riches and He desired to do exceeding abundantly above what she thought or asked for. Let the miracle run its full course and you may be blessed beyond your wildest imaginations. Don’t quench the Holy Spirit of God.
* Even the miraculous can be hard work. Don’t get tired and quit.
* ‘Those vessels’ represent the empty vessels. One reason for pouring into empty vessels is that God did not want to have a mixed batch miracle. There is a difference between anointed oil and oil that is not anointed. Jesus came to His own and His own did not receive Him, so He turned and went to an empty people who sat in darkness. When the anointing of God is poured into containers in an attempt to top them off and give them an appearance of Godliness; the miracle which could have been is lost. Man as a vessel cannot be two thirds filled with the worlds goods and just add a little of God on the top to smooth things over and make them appear to be filled with God. Jesus sees right through that and says that the whole container is corrupt. He said to the religious of His time that they should not cleanse the outside and leave the inside unclean or allow sweet and bitter to come forth from the same well. Empty out, clean out, make the inside clean and then what you put into the vessel will determine its cleanliness or its corruption. All in all, God does not want a bad rap for the oil not His.