2 Kings 4:1-7 – SUPPLIED!
Here is a Bible story that most of us are familiar with. We know about the pot of oil that didn’t stop flowing until every empty pot in the house was filled. This story is a great reminder of how God supplies us with the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
As we consider the filling of the Holy Spirit, we can ask ourselves some questions based on this story.
WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS? – Vs. 1
The widow lady was restricted by a great debt that she could not pay.
We are restricted by various problems. Some of our problems are personal, while other problems involve others.
WHAT ARE THE RESOURCES? – Vs. 2
Elijah wanted to know what the lady had available as resources to help the problem to be solved. Her comment was that she had a little oil. Sometimes oil is symbolic in the Scriptures for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the resource that God has placed inside of us to help with our problems. 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 8:9, John 14:16-18, John 16:12-14
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS? – Vss. 3-4
The woman was to borrow many empty pots and start pouring until there were no more pots left. She was to provide empty pots to be filled.
As Christians, we are to provide empty pots or vessels that can be filled with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18
We need to be empty of sin, confessing and forsaking it. Ephesians 4:30, 1 John 1:9
Just as the woman repeatedly provided empty pots, we must repeatedly cleanse our lives of all known sin.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS? – Vss. 5-7
As long as there was an empty vessel it was filled with oil.
As long as we present a clean vessel, we will be filled with the Spirit.
The woman’s needs were met. Our Spiritual needs will be met. Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:16, 22-23, Acts 1:8