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Make a Difference -

One Person at a Time


August 28, 2016





2 Kings 6:24-25 (Message) Ben-Hadad king of Aram pulled together his troops and launched a siege on Samaria. This brought on a terrible famine, so bad that food prices soared astronomically. Eighty shekels for a donkey's head! Five shekels for a bowl of field greens!


2 Kings 7:3-4 (NLT) Now there were four men with leprosy sitting at the entrance of the city gates. "Why should we sit here waiting to die?" they asked each other. "We will starve if we stay here, and we will starve if we go back into the city. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us we would have died anyway."


2 Kings 7:9 (NLT) Finally they said to each other, "This is not right. This is wonderful news, and we aren't sharing it with anyone! If we wait until morning, some terrible calamity will certainly fall upon us. Come on, let's go back and tell the people at the palace."


2 Kings 7:12 (NLT) "I know what has happened. The Arameans know we are starving, so they have left their camp and have hidden in the fields. They are expecting us to leave the city, and then they will take us alive and capture the city."


2 Kings 7:16 (NLT) Then the people of Samaria rushed out and plundered the Aramean camp. So it was true that five quarts of fine flour were sold that day for half an ounce of silver, and ten quarts of barley grain were sold for half an ounce of silver, just as the LORD had promised.



 1.     The lepers knew that they were desperate men.


Apart from God everyone is desperate.



2.     They developed a "go for broke" attitude.


Go for it in spite of the fear.



3.     They reveled in their unbelievable good fortune.


We have a stockpile to revel in.



  4.     They thought beyond themselves. 


 2 Corinthians 5:16 (NCV) From this time on we do not think of anyone as the world does.


Look at people the way Jesus sees them.



5.     They were not in control of how people responded to their good news.


Matthew 13:3-8 (NLT) "A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across the field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The plants sprang up quickly, but they soon wilted beneath the hot sun and died because the roots had no nourishment in the shallow soil. Other seeds fell among thorns that shot up and shoked out the tender blades. But some seeds fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty and even a hundred times as much as had been planted."


Share the good news and leave the results to God.






















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