2 Kings 4:1-7

A Million Times Zero is Still Zero


2 Kings 4:1-7 now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha your servant my husband is dead and you know that your servant feared the LORD and the creditor has come to take away my two children to be his slaves Elisha said to her what shall I do for you? Tell me what do you have in the house? and she said your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil and then he said go borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors even empty vessels do not get a few and you shall go in and shut the door behind you you and your sons and pour out into all these vessels and you shall set aside what is full so she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons and they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured and when the vessels were full she said to her son bring me another vessel and he said to her there is not one vessel more and the oil stopped and then she came and told the man of God and he said go sell the oil pay your debt and you and your sons can live on the rest this is an amazing story the thing that really caught my attention is here’s a woman in desperate need her husband has died left her in debt her creditors want to enslave her sons she goes to the prophet Elisha and he says what do you have in your house the first word out of her mouth is the word the same word that comes out of most people’s mouth nothing and here’s what struck me about that Elisha knows what’s going to happen there’s going to be a supernatural multiplication miracle that happens here Elisha knows no we’re not going to just do something natural but God is going to do something supernatural in multiplication but here’s a very interesting thing it doesn’t take much to multiply but it does take something have you ever thought about this God could apply a multiplication factor to your life today of 10 to 1 He could bring… do you believe that could God multiply 10 to 1 or 100 to 1 or 1000 to 1 but here’s an interesting thing you do have to have 1 let’s say 1000 times 1 is 1000 100,000 times 1 is 100,000 what’s a million times zero million times zero is zero anything times zero is zero even God cannot multiply zero this was a huge revelation to me when I first started thinking about multiplication of money you know what I was thinking? God I don’t know what to do with money I don’t know where to put it I don’t know how to invest I don’t know how to multiply and so I had nothing set aside and available for multiplication God could have brought a million to 1 multiplication factor to my house to hit the jar that I had of money dedicated for multiplication you know what the factor would be? zero because a million times zero is still zero here’s what God told me son set aside some money dedicated to learn how to multiply to learn how to invest to learn how to do something that creates multiplication when you do that I will send you a teacher to teach you how to multiply that is exactly what happened in our lives Jan and I had a mortgage on our house all of our lives up until year 2000 we got serious about paying that off and God brought somebody to teach us how to multiply and it happened so much so we paid off our house mortgage in three years between 2000 and 2003 that was a result I think just about like what happened with this widow where there was supernatural multiplication God showed us how to multiply when we set aside something to multiply and I hear so many people say I don’t know what to do so when God or somebody shows me how to multiply then I’ll set aside some money it doesn’t work that way God could bring 1000 to 1 to your house today and 1000 times zero is still going to be zero as a matter of fact if you have nothing set aside dedicated to learn to multiply with God could have brought 1000 to 1 multiplication factor to your house last year and you didn’t even know it why because 1000 times the zero that you had available for multiplication is still zero what does it mean it takes something to multiply Yeshua when He wanted to multiply the food to feed 5000 plus the women and children probably 20,000 people He had to start with something one little boy’s lunch He couldn’t multiply nothing and it took quite awhile to convince the disciples that the one lunch would be enough all it takes is one when there’s a supernatural multiplication factor available but many people won’t allocate even 1 because they don’t understand the principle so the principle we see here about the widow’s oil is what do you have in your house if the first words out of your mouth is nothing what do you have to multiply if the words that come out of your mouth is nothing then you’re not a candidate for multiplication multiplication only happens to those who have something they can present for multiplication God will send a teacher God will do natural things God will show you to invest God will show you how to multiply God will do it supernaturally but you have to start with something that’s the principle let’s pray I pray for you today in the mighty name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Jesus the Messiah that you catch hold of this multiplication principle and Father I pray for each one watching today that you would show us what are we to set aside for multiplication what do you want us to dedicate into a separate account as it were that you’re going to use to teach us how to multiply Father I pray that you’d speak to each one of us and LORD those of us who have been saying nothing I don’t have anything I don’t know how to do this Father we repent we repent please forgive us you can’t multiply nothing and God we come to you with what we have available and ask you to teach us to multiply in the name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Amen


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