II It involves confession
A When the man lost the edge, he had to tell Elisha what had happened.
1 He confessed the fact he’s lost the cutting edge.
a “I should’ve noticed the head was loose…paid more attention…tightened it up.”
b He told his master, “I lost it.”
B If we’ve lost our edge (want it back), we must honestly come to God & say, “I just don’t have the fire I used to! I’m not as close to the Lord as I used to be! I need the power of the Lord operating through me to get the job done.”
1 We must come clean to God.
a God already knows…
b He wants me to know
2 We need to relearn the path to the actor.
C To get our cutting edge back, we must admit to God we need Him, His power & presence (then we’ll see souls saved, delivered, set free, experience God, supernatural).
III It involves comprehension
A One of the reasons the man was so upset was that the axe head didn’t belong to him (borrowed).
1 The man trusted the young prophet, & so he lent him his axe.
a We’d go buy him a new one today…much more difficult then.
b The prophet had to replace it! (Obviously couldn’t because he had to borrow the one he’d just lost)
2 The prophet didn’t want to violate the trust.
B Lesson: whatever power we operate in is borrowed power.
1 …but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (NASB)
2 Don’t ever think/act like God can’t get along with us!
a The Lord gives & takes away
b The same God who saves who He wants, also gives power to those whom He wants…He won’t give you more than you’re qualified for.
IV It involves coming back.
A As soon as Elisha heard, take me to where you lost the axe head.
B Church, if we’ve lost the cutting edge, we must return to the place we lost the power.
1 We’ll see why the power was forfeited.
a Sin we’ve committed, priorities misplaced
b Guilty of trusting the flesh over the Spirit.
2 We need to go back, pinpoint areas of our lives that have stood between us & the power of God.
3 Close correlation, where did we lose the power?
V It involves confrontation
A Elisha cuts down sapling (tree) & throws it into the river.
1 The axe head floats to the top.
a The tree confronts the water
b Supernatural confronts the natural
2 When he gave up trying to get the axe on his own…miraculous happened.
B Lesson: when we experience a confrontation with the tree, we experience the supernatural power of God.
1 It can get weird-sticks & axe heads floating
2 Delivered, marriages restored, healed people that were sick, operating in the Spirit.
VI It involves commitment
A The last thing the young prophet did was reach down, get the axe head.
1 He committed himself to receiving what the Lord had done!
2 The story ends here, but I believe he put the axe head back on the handle & went back to cutting wood.
a Able to do what needed to be done!
B I believe God has power available to those who are willing to pay the price & who will reach out & take it by faith.