Don’t Write Me Off Yet, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

2Kings 5:1-19, “2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.”

Though the Syrians were idolaters, and oppressed God’s people, yet the deliverance of which Naaman had been the means, is here ascribed to the Lord. Whether Naaman knew it was God who had given Him victory and not his own ability is not told to us, he’s healing was going to happen through channels he would least expect but would serve God’s purpose, making His name great. Continue reading “Don’t Write Me Off Yet, Part 2of3, Evans Olang”

Who Craves Your Spirit? Part 5of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

This series focus has been on the spirit of one being passed on to another. It started off with Elijah and Elisha, then Moses, and it can certainly go on and on. Training people is a key element if one wants their legacy to live. Military leaders train soldiers to engage enemies in war, and place their lives on the line if need be. How does a man convince another man to be in a place that bullets are flying all around? Continue reading “Who Craves Your Spirit? Part 5of5, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Who Craves Your Spirit? Part 3of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

Numbers 11:17, “And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.” NIV

What comes to mind when you hear the word burden? Perhaps your job, your family situation, a medical condition, recent news, responsibilities, etc…. Moses found himself with a heavy burden upon him as the children of Israel were crying and complaining that they had no meat to eat. Continue reading “Who Craves Your Spirit? Part 3of5, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Who Craves Your Spirit? Part 1of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

2Kings 2:9, “When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied”

It has been said that the highest form of emulation is imitation. When a small child puts on his dads big shoes what is that child showing? “I want to be like my dad” , the child displays without saying a word. Dad is most likely the man the child spends the most time with, although unfortunately that is not always true in this day and age. It has also been said, “Show me your friends, and I will show you yourfuture.” This whole thing with relationship influence is at the heart of discipleship. Jesus said come “FOLLOW ME and I will MAKE YOU fishers of men.” Continue reading “Who Craves Your Spirit? Part 1of5, Pastor Phil Sessa”

An Ordinary Witness, Pastor Phil Sessa

2Kings 5-4, “2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”

People come in all shapes and sizes. People seem to split apart from one another by ethnicity, social status, language, occupation, etc…. However I love to look at those that God chooses to carry out His will. The Scriptures states that God is no respecter of persons. Peter refused to reach the Gentiles at one point in his ministry. Continue reading “An Ordinary Witness, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Death In The Pot, Evans Olang

2Kings 4:38-41, vs. 40, “Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it”

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There was famine in the land of Gilgal. It wasn’t famine for truth or love, it was starvation for food. Now Elisha the man of God was with the sons of the prophets who I believe looked up to him as a great prophet and a leader. They knew him as a miracle worker too and even in the midst of this great famine, they believed God could provide a way through his servant Elisha.

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The Lord Is With Us, Part 5of5, Evans Olang

2Kings 6:8-23, “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”

As we conclude, we see Elisha pursued and God causing his enemies to be blind, and instead of taking advantage of the situation to revenge, he chose to be different.

Without releasing and letting them go as they came, the king was encouraged to show kindness to them. They set food before them, and not tiny little food but a great feast as the bible puts it. Read and you will discover, they ate, drank and had a good time and thereafter they were released to go back to their master and so the bands of Syrian raiders came no more into the land of Israel. Here is what we are encouraged to do, Romans 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hungers, feed him; if he thirsts, give him a drink: for in doing so thou shall heap coals of fire on his head”. Elisha was able to treat these men well because of God, and the more he also showed kindness the more the people around him became affected and they changed their ways too. Continue reading “The Lord Is With Us, Part 5of5, Evans Olang”

The Lord Is With Us, Part 4of5, Evans Olang

2Kings 6:8-23, “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”

And Elisha called on God to cause the Syrian men on chariots and horses be blind vs. 18. If someone was pursuing you then all of a sudden something happens to them, they will stop pursuing you and begin to worry or attend to what has just happened to them. Here we see men pursuing Elisha and because they became blind, their priorities changed, they needed to be led by someone. Elisha prayed his servant’s eyes would be opened and then he prayed that the Syrians Armies eyes would be made blind. Continue reading “The Lord Is With Us, Part 4of5, Evans Olang”

The Lord Is With Us, Part 3of5, Evans Olang

2Kings 6:8-23, “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”

To add to the last previous part, let me add in Mark 4:35-38, vs. 35, Jesus had been teaching on parables, He then told His disciples to cross with Him to the other side. As they sailed by boat, “…a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow”

Comparable to Elisha, Jesus was aware that the moment they began crossing to the other side there was going to be a great windstorm. And knowing life threatening experience awaited them, He went down at the bottom of the boat and fell fast asleep. In the midst of the storm beating the boat and the water beginning to fill the boat, He was very comfortable in the storm and slept through it. Instead of His disciples remaining encouraged by the presence of the creator (Jesus) in the boat, they panicked and became hysterical. Continue reading “The Lord Is With Us, Part 3of5, Evans Olang”