Rentz Baptist Church
Monday, September 24, 2018
In the Heart of Georgia, With a Heart for You

Sermon of the Week

 
 
 

9/23/18                                                                               Rentz

 
 
Is the Oil of God Still Flowing?
II Kings 4:1-7
 

Introduction— Oil in the Bible is a symbol of a variety of things. It is a primary symbol of the Holy Spirit. It also symbolizes medicine, food, an anointing substance, and a source of gladness. We are spiritually needy, just like this woman in the text. God has the ability to meet our needs, if we are obedient. Let us apply the oil to the potential blessings of God upon our lives and ministries. When will the oil be shut off from impacting our lives and the lives of those around us?

 

I. The Oil Must Start Flowing before It Can Stop Flowing

                A. Dependence upon the Lord

                                1. This is the key to salvation (Eph.2:8-9)

                                2. This is the only way to avoid disaster in

                                    our spiritual lives

                B. Distress for the situations of life

                C. Desire for the help of God (Acts 4:29-33)

 

II. For the Oil to Flow, Deliberate Actions Are Required

                A. Deprived of pride in self (Jn.3:30)

                B. Deliverance of personal possessions

                    (I Kings 17:8-16)

                C. Determination to obey God specifically

                    (II Chron.7:14)

 

III. What Will Stop the Oil from Flowing?

                A. Disregard for the clear instructions of God

                                1. Unconfessed, unrepentant sin (Ps.66:18)

                                2. Grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit

                                3. Failure to operate with the light that God

                                    has given us

                B. Deficiency of empty, available vessels

                                1. There is no limit to the power and ability

                                    of God

                                2. God will continue to fill as long as there

                                    is one more empty vessel

                                3. Are we willing to be vessels that God can

                                    use?
                C. When We Decide That We Have Had Enough

                                1. Never should we grow weary of serving

                                    the Lord (Gal.6:9)

                                2. We must not allow discouragement to

                                    hinder our service

                                    (Illus.—Karl Friedrich Gutzlaff)

                                3. We have never had enough this side of

                                    eternity with Jesus
 

 

Conclusion— Before God can ever fill us, we must see that we are empty, in need of what He alone can do in us. Jesus has all we truly need and much more, but He waits for us to call out to Him in dependence. We must start with a firm trust in Him as Savior, and then truly recognize Him as Lord of our lives and situations.