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Little + God = Much

Leading the Way / Michael Youssef
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March 4, 2022 7:00 am

Little + God = Much

Leading the Way / Michael Youssef

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Get ready for a new perspective on life and paint from Dr. Michael you sent and leading the way until you are willing to risk everything and trust God very soon and how it is to live by faith. Everything in the lab is calculated uncomfortable and say what it is to live by faith, visibility, logic, pills this bail worshiping widow is a before you break the plastic for you and your son break one for me please say on my Jehovah God I got guidance and life experiences for the people like you to blow into what in the pages of the Bible just happen overnight.

Welcome to leading the way.

Featuring the Bible teaching pastor and author of more than 50 bucks, including the just-released never give up. Dr. Michael you Seth today see how God works in whaling vessels to grow his children toward maturity and faithfulness join me in listening to Dr. you Seth and the message he's called little plus God equals much first Kings 17 is facing a new trust. Do you know the way you handle a crisis in your life the way you handle a challenge in your life. You all are God of this honor him. Yes, you heard me right there where you crisis you can either honor God or this honor him.

In verse seven we are told of the book of Charles has dried up and now God is putting his men through a back to back testing. In verses eight and nine.

The first thing 17 gods that they larger arise and go to the village of Zapata near the city of Sidon there is a widow who will feed you know I wish that the word of God would've told us how Elijah reacted with those words. I really would've loved to know how. But we don't have it in the Scripture, but I can't tell you how most of us would've reacted.

You really sure about this right you got a geography lesson God do you know is about 700 miles. On the other side of the wellness feathers in the land of the Venetians is a smelly in the polluted place because their melted metals so Lord's work bail worshipers is worse. Why is Lord God is doing. Don't you he was preparing a logic for the greatest moment, not only in his life, but in biblical history. God was going to teach Elijah that little is much when God is something we need to learn in these last days were still living by sigh, by faith God is going to teach Elijah that little plus God equal to much.

God does not always ask you to go to places that our logical God does not ask you to do what is rational all the time craft was illogical and irrational as far as Elijah was concerned, but was both logical and rational thought is God who can see how God works in this message.

First of all was on the last message that Elijah was on thing I have most wanted list. 12. You will be on top of the list thing I have is furious at Elijah because Elijah came and announced a graph and then he left and is been trying to find I have his men were looking for a logic everywhere that is logical. They were looking for him everywhere. That is rational but craft was a Phoenician city was only 7 miles away from siding where Jezebel Queen Jezebel's father was a king. As I read it superficially first and I really go back and begin to focus on the passage a little more of an unaudited initial you know what I read this passage many times before but honestly felt this almost like God was playing a practical joke on a play a practical joke on sending them to fast. The man was going to confront the profits of bail ascending to the very center of worship and failed listening to Jezebel's hometown.

Have you ever found yourself in places in your life where it doesn't make sense at all and just doesn't make sense. Have you ever sat down and said all God, I go anywhere except that I do anything except this. And then you find yourself ending right there in Zanaflex.

Not only that God sometimes takes us to a seems to us to be irrational places in illogical trips. There's a second thing that I want you to notice here. God often works on more than one front of the same time God is often working on more than one level. I think most of us are able to work at 123 maybe four levels of some of us are brighter than others I guess have the capacity more than others are Working too many fronts of the same time, but there are some of you cannot on our thank God for that, but how many fronts you can work on but you know God was working his purposes out here on so many fronts at the same time that Elijah couldn't even see a limit the obvious front to proceed here in the passage that God is taking Elijah from Sheriff to certify simply because the brokers dried up, and he wants to save them from starvation. That's the obvious one, but there are a lot more not very obvious things that God was working out in Elijah's life in a way that he could never have expected a division of some of these God was showing him that he had a larger purpose than just the nation of Israel.

He was showing him that he is the God of the universe that God called Israel out of Egypt in order to be his ambassadors. The great commission was given in Genesis chapter 12 when God called the Abraham and he said to him, and you all the nations of the world shall be blessed. The very reason why God calls you the very reason why God called Israel to make it known in the world. But when you stop being effective Gothic and put you on the shelf and God wanted to tell you larger and larger. I have the world in my heart. I love the whole world did you ever think that this seemingly illogical trip.

This seemingly irrational place would serve for Jesus's text always very first sermon that he preached in the synagogue at Nazareth. Chapter 4 Jesus comes in in the beginning of the planning of his Messiah ship and the first sermon he preached was in his hometown of Nazareth because the synagogue and he picks up the Scripture.

He opened the door as I start reading and then he said this day, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your ears. I am the expected Messiah on there probably mumbled something is annoying. That's interesting. We heard that before.

And then he goes on verse 24, Luke four onward and he said there were many widows in Israel in a largest time.

Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but the widow of the Gentile. The widows that are fast in the region of Sidon know what how the reacted after that. He told about how the lepers but God healed the Syrian general depict stones and they wanted to kill.

They have failed in their narrowminded missing the self-sufficiency to realize that God loves the world that God has a purpose for the whole world and so many of us are comfortable in the book of the Bible Belt, God just loves us become navelgazing as God is our God doesn't care for everybody else know God loves the Hindu. He loves the bonus he loves the Muslim God loves the world and the second front of God was showing Elijah is precisely this that God loves bail worshipers, though he did bail because two years from this very point in history. Elijah was going to have his greatest showdown between him and the prophets of bail between Jehovah and bail and Elijah was going to exterminate nearly 1000 priests of bail. But here God is saying Elijah I love these people and that is why I want you to live with this widow for two years with her son. When we obey God. God works for many levels. We cannot even fathom. We cannot understand we cannot comprehend. And God knows that. That's why he doesn't give us everything he doesn't reveal to us his full purpose in God is saying to Elijah, at this very point of his life but his purpose is beyond Israel that his purposes for the whole world when obedience is always comes at testing.

Here is a test you know I have to tell you that one of the greatest temptation when you are abrading and you know you fully obeying the will of God in your life. The greatest temptation you have to fight is what I call the first impression blues. Some of you know what I'm talking about is getting all what seems to be impossible. Verse 10. Here is the first impression blues market down right this words down circle first and then say first impression blues we obey God.

Elijah arrives at a fast and I wanted to imagine that he is can the 75 or so miles is cottonmouth starving to death and he just gets desire for his assignment welcomed is that a fast population of two and will be dead tomorrow. Sounds like you're playing a practical joke on Elijah. He sees the waiter collecting the sticks and the Oscar for water and then he said to give me a cake and the lettuce is located on the stand is good little bit of flour little bit of oil and mix them together like a fire with the sticks going to cook them. My son and I can eat them in them both going to die. You don't understand signal in the letter you don't understand to be worshiping bail for too long to tell you about Jehovah, but you see there's also in this first impression blues what he saw. First, was not necessarily what he expected to know if it had a big sinuses welcome Elijah Zana fast welcome Elijah we glad the Lord brought you here he already told us you coming in on the welcoming committee and a big barbecue while I would've really felt good.

Bless God will look what God is doing what is always at first impression blues when you obey God, and I have to confess to you every time I obeyed God I would sure it. I want to tell you it is lack of faith. It is unbelievers far as I'm concerned. In my case because first impressions can be wrong and I have been always wrong in my case, Elijah went beyond that first impression blues want beyond what is impossible, and he risked his face on God's will. Please listen to me very carefully until you are willing to risk everything in trust of God's provision. You have not learned how it is to live by faith is everything in your life is calculated uncomfortable and saying you have not learned what it is to live by faith.

Listen to what Elijah tells this bail worshiping widow. I mean just poor than a church mouse is in before you break that last cake for you and your son make one for me. What is Elijah saying is being selfish is being self-centered no less than that's what he was saying to her, please saying to her bank God came first rescuer all the God of heaven trusting my Jehovah God because my God delivers the I don't know about this woman. She probably trusted and bail.

She probably called upon bail. She probably saw bail. With all her heart, but bail failed bail it down and now she's ready to believe in the God of Israel.

I was asking myself this week. Why is it sometimes is so often that people who have trusted in the God of Mammon and they made this appointment.

The people who trusted in materialism and ended up in misery that people who believe the lie that money, prestige and possession would make you happy and then find themselves to be an emotional wreck. Why is it sometimes people have to come to this point before they turned to the living God.

Most likely this was this woman's condition. Elijah already had experience God when he left Gilead and went to confront King Ahab Elijah had the right experience God when he left Ahab's palace and went to the sheriff broke. Elijah had to really experience God when the ravens were bringing him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat at night and now he's asking a woman he doesn't know a woman who does not believe in his God and he is asking her to risk is one thing for you to risk and faith. And it's another to challenge somebody else to do it. You know there are people who just did have one comes to physical risks.

They love to go on the exciting and dangerous. You know they go bungee jumping go parasailing and parachuting and some people got skiing in the hard sections and even jump from helicopters and skiing and you know what all admire them will think is great. There are people who take financial risks of investing unproven business as they pour themselves in ventures and all admire them the same again will she began with borrowed money. Look what we admires him, but you know what comes to spiritual risks of very very very precious few takers and that is why began the series telling you that James gives us a large as example of being a man like us a human being like us to parade and it stopped raining and then he prayed on the tray. I because he was willing to risk is all in God's promises because he was willing to stand on the bare naked on the bones word of God and what a promise because he was willing to tell the staffing bail worshiping widow risk are all on the Jehovah God, fully believing that God will not let him down. God will not let her down. You know what Elijah was able to do this because he had come to believe that his God works on both ends of the equation to hear that Elijah believed that his God was already working on both ends of the situation. He believed that when God told him to leave that sheriff Brooks Brothers IFF that God is already working in the heart of that widow is Arthur when God told Jacob to send his family to Egypt was because God has already working with a Joseph when God told Joshua to send some spies to Jericho. It was because God has already been working in the heart of the prostitute. Rahab when God told the European unit turn into the book of Isaiah, because he already told Philip the deacon to go and then to the chariot and explained to him what's he reading when God told Cornelius be ready.

Somebody is coming to see you. He had already told Peter to get up and go to Cornelius's house and where you risk and faith is a believe that God has already been working on both ends. People of God. The Christian faith is not give me give me give me feed me entertain me best stuff the suggestion box is not what we like and what we don't like in these last days. I believe with all my heart. Since God is gathering his sheep and separating them from the goats. This shallowness is the company I believe with all my heart with the world's first team hungering for is to see God's people living with absolute faith.

Things have you done with your pagan neighbors did not do. Think about that. What have you done for God.

What kind of face risks. Have you taken the rest of the world is not doing.

Look at verse 15 the widow went away and she to risk than face, and did exactly as a logical, but to do and there was food every day for Elijah for the woman in the Bible said her son and then her whole family. Where's all this family come from diverse. The only conclusion I can come up to is when God blesses you. Everybody wants to be your cousin. How did God do it. How is it flower continued to multiply in the oil continued to multiply.

I don't know the Bible doesn't tell us what the God who said, let there be light and there was was able to say, let there be on a cruise works little plus God equals much well I must confess to you I guess it wasn't much of a variety of food was biscuits with oil in the morning and all were biscuits of night and I wasn't much a variety but you see, God is not going to to give us everything we desire. All wanted but he guaranteed everything we need not tell the Philippines my God shall supply everything that you claim he said my God shall supply all your needs according to riches in Christ Jesus thought of the story that I have known years ago was a little boy who was standing on the sidewalk in what seemed to be in the middle of the block and he seemed to be waiting for something in an older man comes in and he sees a month as he approaches me sitting there said young man what you waiting for a little boy confidently told him his arm waiting for the bus and the movement lasted a citizen in the bus.

The bus stop in the next block and a boy acknowledge that fact. But he insisted that the bus will come stop for him) and the old man really became annoyed of what he thought his insolence on the part of the boy in and he raised his voice and told the boys so you better start walking. If you hoping to catch the next bus and the boy politely turned down the suggestion and said he would wait for the bus to try when he was the man was fuming and then finally start walking away before the man could get away too far. He heard the screeching of the bricks of the bus came to a standstill.

Stop right there is a boy was about to board the bus door open.

Boy looked out the window before the bus will start moving and he said hey Mr. my daddy is the bus driver. Those who have risking faith are precisely those who know that their heavenly daddy comes to them and he comes for them in ways that are seen as impossible by the rest of the world world does not understand risking faith asking this has God been telling you to trust him fully trust him completely trust him unhesitantly and you just holding back his God been asking you to risking faith and do something great for God taking's. I don't know what God is saying to you has God touched your heart in a special way. I don't understand it. Maybe even your spouse doesn't understand it the nearest and dearest doesn't understand God is calling you to take risking faith respond to him because they lie the secret of blessing. The secret of how all left sitting today could be just words.

New words would only give you a headache of the Holy Spirit is not using them touch you in a special way and get you to a decision in your life. I don't know what you doing that. I know that God is touching say yes Lord Jesus. How often do you lean on your own power and come up short, believing, leaning on God, he will see you completely. You are listening to leading the way with Dr. Michael you sent today's message encouraged you, or if you've been touched in a special way over the years. We would love to hear your story. Right now we've got a special testimony line set up to capture your words simply call us at 877-941-7934 877-941-7934. Give us a call today and I in the morning on my way to an amount in bed mainlining guy and the program and and and and a great leading lady is a listener supported broadcast alignment God's provision to your premiums and your generosity plan to join Dr. Lisa next time when he passionately proclaims uncompromising truth on leading this program is furnished by leading the way with Dr. Michael you sent connect with us to our YouTube channel, Facebook, twitter and other social media networks

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