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October 15, 2009 / kingthunder

Spiritual Equilibrium

2 Kings 3:16 & 17

“Thus says the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For God says, You shall NOT see wind, and you shall NOT see rain, yet the valley shall be filled with water, that you may drink…”

One of our problems is not recognizing things that we see every day and the result is that we’re not aware of their potential because we take them for granted; like gravity, air, etc. The event that we read about in 2 Kings 3 proves that sometimes what we see in our limited capacity can become our ONLY source of supply thereby blinding us to any other possible sources. We think that it’s impossible for God to provide for us outside of recognizable sources. In this story, Elisha is going to teach them a lesson by taking their eyes off their limited resources by blinding them. He says, “You shall NOT SEE the wind, you shall NOT SEE the rain…YET the valley shall be filled with water, that you may drink.” Elisha continues to say, “And this is a SIMPLE matter in the SIGHT of the Lord.”

Moses used a staff to guide sheep for most of his life and it had become part of his unidentifiable equipment. The only value that he found in the staff was what it was routinely used for and as a shepherd he had taken it for granted. When God spoke to Moses about the mission he was about to begin, Moses asked God how he would complete the task. I can only imagine how Moses felt when God offered him absolutely no additional weapons but simply asked, “What is in your hand, Moses?” God obviously knew the answer and waited to hear if Moses knew the answer. He didn’t. “A staff,” he replied. God then instructed Moses to “throw the staff to the ground,” and upon doing this, Moses discovered that it was more than a simple piece of wood and now had been transformed into a snake.

Moses only saw his staff turn into a snake when he threw it down. He abandoned his own evaluation of his gift/staff and in so doing SAW something greater.

We take our five senses for granted and whenever we become so accustomed to the idea that we have five senses, we stop thinking about it. It becomes a matter of common sense. One of the enemies to innovation and creativity is common sense. Bertolt Brecht, a playwright, said that as soon as something seems the most obvious thing in the world, it means that we have abandoned all attempts at understanding it.

When God spoke to Jeremiah about being appointed to be a prophet, Jeremiah’s response was weak. He told God that he was too young and unqualified to speak to people, let alone nations. (Jeremiah 3:6) However, God immediately corrected him and told him that he was NOT to SAY, “I am a youth.” His response was OUT OF BALANCE. It was very obvious that Jeremiah had no idea of the creative power of his tongue. We have the idea that our tongue and the words we choose are powerless without action but that is not true. One word can cause a human being to act in a negative or positive way. Political leaders have manipulated nations into genocide and drawn them into wars by the power of that small member of our body, the tongue. We take it for granted and yet the most powerful weapon that Satan has against us is the use of words. He whispers and in so doing divides friends, leaders, families and all possible relationships. Notice how God corrects Jeremiah’s negative perception of himself by using words of life and destiny: “Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched Jeremiah’s mouth, and the Lord said to me, ‘Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. SEE, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.'” He needed Jeremiah to “see” what God had done for him that very day.

What I am suggesting is that there is more to our senses than meets the EYE! There is a spiritual perception attached to each of our senses and God needs us to use these spiritual attachments to our senses in order to “live and walk in the Spirit.”

DO YOU REALIZE THAT GOD HAS TO PERSUADE YOU TO SEE CORRECTLY BEFORE HE CAN SEND YOU INTO YOUR DESTINY?

OUT OF BALANCE

Your natural comprehension of your call and your destiny must align itself with your spiritual perception. You must know where you stand and where you’re going. If I say that I am a prophet, but I don’t actually believe it, I am actually OUT OF BALANCE. I was reading a book by Ken Robinson PhD, where he says that the one sense that we barely take notice of is not sight, hearing or such, but rather BALANCE. If we are out of balance, we cannot walk, stand, run or even perform the simplest of tasks. Balance is the result of a number of body systems working together. Specifically, in order to achieve balance, the eyes, ears and the body’s sense of where it is in space need to be intact.

God tests Jeremiah’s spiritual visual input to see if he is possibly out of balance, “Jeremiah, what do you SEE?” Jeremiah’s response was obviously pleasing to God. He answered God with the following words, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” And the Lord said to him, “You have seen well (suggesting wholeness/balance), I will hasten (accelerate) to perform it.”

The importance of visual input for balance is illustrated by the fact that it is harder to stand on one foot with eyes closed than with eyes open. Spiritual sight comes from knowledge, which brings light that in turn brings balance so that you are spiritually and psychologically united and connected.

SPIRITUAL EQUILIBRIUM

Equilibrium is equal balance between any powers, influences, etc. EQUALITY OF EFFECT. It is equality of weight or force; a condition in which all influences acting, cancel each other, so that a balanced situation results. In other words, if one force is greater than the other, which would result in imbalance, it is cancelled out by the opposite force to keep things stabilized.

What we find difficult to understand is that if there is no spiritual influence in our lives, we are totally out of balance because our influences are one-sided, and this lack of alignment focuses our attention on abilities, our own talents, strengths, perceptions, and ourselves. Jeremiah suffered from this when he made the statement, “No Lord, I am a youth, I cannot speak.” When this happens, our ability to judge or evaluate ourselves is impaired. There is no equal distribution of weight. Paul suggests here, in his letter to the Corinthians, that light affliction is working on our behalf giving us a greater WEIGHT. In other words, affliction could be balancing us and aligning us with reality, thereby allowing us to be balanced.

2 Corinthians 4: 17, “For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working FOR US a far more exceeding and eternal WEIGHT of glory.”

OFFERING

“Thus says the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For God says, You shall NOT see wind, and you shall NOT see rain, yet the valley shall be filled with water, that you may drink…”

So they received their water but it didn’t come from the wind or the rain, it came by way of EDOM. That was the last place that they expected water to come from. Something that most people ignore is the fact that the promise given through the prophet Elisha did NOT come to pass until they did something that I believe releases the prophet’s reward, which is the promise of prosperity in a time of famine. They gave an offering.

Read verse 20: “Now it happened in the morning, when the grain offering was offered, that SUDDENLY water came by way of EDOM.”

The grain offering was commonly known as the highest quality offering to be sacrificed. It had to be “fine.” The term “fine” meant “fine quality,” and also finely ground flour. To obtain fine flour entailed a great deal of extra effort on the part of the person who ground it, because it was not something which one purchased from the store. The flour would have had to be ground on a primitive grinding stone, a process that at best usually produces only coarse flour. SUCH “FINE” FLOUR WAS THAT WHICH WAS FIT FOR A KING.

THE GRAIN OFFERING PRODUCED A “SOOTHING AROMA TO THE LORD.” Only three offerings produce this kind of aroma to God: The Burnt Offering, the Peace Offering and the Grain Offering. The purpose of the grain offering was not atonement, but WORSHIP and acknowledgement of God’s divine provision. What we as a people are about to enter is going to require a radical change. Our source is not going to come from what we SEE but what has not yet been seen. It’s time to give in this manner. I believe that I have heard from God in this regard. This is the promise that HE gave to Israel and I believe that He has given to us now.

“For the land, into which you are entering to possess it, is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seed and water it with your foot like a vegetable garden. But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year.” (Deut. 11:10-12)

The move to the land of Canaan was going to require a radical change. They would cease to be semi-nomadic people, leading their flocks wherever grass was to be found. They would settle down, still raising cattle, but now growing grain, wheat and barley.

The Grain Offering anticipates this radical change, and serves as a reminder that the very grain, which we are to offer, will be provided by God. If you truly believe that a radical provision is beyond your sight but within your reach, give to God a Grain Offering and be prepared for an unusual breakthrough.

Prophet Kim Clement

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