II Kings 6:1-7
This story starts out with Elisha commanding his people to go and build a new place to live. Not only did he want them to go but he also decided to join them. This is the same as when Jesus tells Christians to “Go.”
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)
He tells us to go and is sure to go with us! (He will never leave you or forsake you) There is a big job at hand and Elisha wants to be there with his people to help out where he can. Once they arrived at Jordan, they began work immediately.
“So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.” (II Kings 6:4)
I can just picture Elisha watching over all the people as they began to work. He could probably see people all around working in different areas to make this building project come together. Some were cutting down trees and others were hauling them from one place to another. All was going well until verse 5….
“But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.” (II Kings 6:5)
One of the workers had to stop working because he lost the head to his axe. The axe head represents the Holy Spirit in our lives. This man was able to perform the work that his master, Elisha, asked of him… but he was forced to stop working once he lost the axe head. Without the Holy Spirit, you have no power! This man still had the axe handle, but without the head, he didn’t have the power necessary to complete the task at hand!
Many Christians used to be on fire for God, but somewhere along the way, they lost their power! They still have the ability to serve but without their axe head (the power) they aren’t able to truly accomplish anything! If you go soul-winning without the power of the Holy Spirit, no one will get saved! If you preach a sermon without the power of the Holy Spirit, lives won’t be changed! You need to get your power back! So, how do you do that?
“And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.” (II Kings 6:6)
Elisha very simply asked, “Where fell it?” You need to look back and find out where you lost your power. Is there a sin holding you back? Have you lost your desire? Did times get hard so you decided to stop serving? You need to admit where you lost your power! If you won’t be honest about where you are, you can’t be helped! The man simply told Elisha where he lost the axe head and he caused it to float to the service for him. If you will admit what’s holding you back in your Christian life, God can help you get back the power you once had!
“Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it.” (II Kings 7:7)
Once he admitted where the axe head was lost, his master showed him how to recover it, and all he had to do was reach out and take it. But in order to do so, he would have had to get down onto his knees and reclaim the power from the top of the water!
It’s a shame how many Christians ignore the altar! It’s a place where power can be restored! It’s a place where serious decisions can be made! Have you lost your power along the way? You need to take a look at your life, admit what’s holding your back, get to the altar, and get that power back!