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Changing your destiny


“Why sit here until we die?” 2 Kings 7:3

You can change your destiny by one simple action. Scripture tells of four lepers who changed their destiny forever by deciding to move out of their current situation, even though it could have resulted in their immediate demise.

Israel was under siege by the Syrians, they were cut off from food and supplies and so, a great famine arose. The famine was so severe that many resorted to cannibalism. But in spite of all of this, the Lord would send a word of reassurance to the Israel king, Jeroham. The prophet Elisha stood at the gate of the city and prophesied the end of the famine and the food being restored to the city. He said in 2 Kings 7:1 “Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, Tomorrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.” The king’s chief official did not believe Elisha’s word, and said, scornfully, “If the Lord would make windows in heaven, and rain down wheat and barley, then this might be.” Elisha answered him “You shall see it with your own eyes,” but you shall not eat any of the food.”

The next morning, the four men that were lepers were standing together outside the gate of Samaria. Being lepers, they were not allowed inside the walls of the city. These four men said to each other, “What shall we do? If we go into the city we must die there from the want of food; if we stay here we must die. Let us go to the camp of the Syrians; perhaps they will let us live; and at the worst they can do no more than kill us.”

So the four men went toward the Syrian camp; but as they came near they were surprised to find no one standing on guard. In the night the Lord had caused the Syrians to hear a great noise, like the rolling of chariots, and the trampling of horses, and the marching of men. A great fear came upon them and they suddenly rose up and fled away leaving all their possessions behind including their horses, all their food, and treasure.

The lepers were able to walk into the enemy’s camp and take all that they needed and they reported back to the Israel king of their findings. The news soon spread through the city of Samaria; and in a few hours the entire city was at the gate. And when the food was brought in from the camp, there was abundance for all the people. And it came to pass as Elisha had said, a measure of grain, and two measures of barley were sold for a shekel in the gate of Samaria by noon of that day. And the official who doubted was trampled to death by the crowd, just as the man of God had said.

We see that that the lepers had been in a desperate situation, if they went into the city, they would die of starvation, if they went into the enemy’s camp, they would certainly be killed. It didn’t look good for them either way, but at least they decided to do something. The text doesn’t say whether they believed or even heard the Word of the Lord prophesied by Elisha, but they reasoned among themselves and took action. When difficult situations come into our lives, we can do the same. However, as Christians, we have the Word of the Lord already spoken to us through the Bible. Like the prophecies of Elisha, we have the promises that were given to us through faith in Jesus Christ.

For example, Philippians 4:19 tells us “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Also in Romans 8:37, Jesus says with God all things are possible. We can base our actions and decisions in life on the Word and the promises of God. But if we doubt, and not believe, like Jeroham’s chief official, we too, will not see the blessings of God.

We can change our destiny by simply believing what the Bible says about whom we are and what belongs to us as God’s children. “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” Romans 8:37. We can then take action based on those promises and have the assurance that God’s purpose is being fulfilled in our daily lives. We can even march right into the enemy’s camp, as the lepers did, and find the treasure and abundance that the Lord has promised us through His Word.

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to His Will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him” 1 John 5:14-15.

If you do not have a home church, we invite you to our services at La Vernia Christian Teaching Center. Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and Wednesday service begins at 7 p.m. Friday prayer is held in the small chapel at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays, the gym is open from 6:30-9:30 p.m. If you need prayer, call us at 830-779-6361.

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