September 2, 2018.    Pastor Charles
“I DO NOT HAVE”

12 So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
1 Kings 17:12


This was the widow whom God had commanded to sustain the man of God, Elijah, in the time of famine. When Elijah came in contact with her he asked her for a little water, which she was willing to give him. Then he upgraded his demand and asked this widow for a morsel of bread. He had crossed the line! Immediately she swore, “I do not have bread.” Does that sound familiar? Some of us have set a limit in our minds to what God can ask us to give Him. Once He dares to “cross that line,” that we have set, we often start with the negative, “I do not have.” You will have what you say (Mark 11:23). At times people say things like this even when they have a lot of money in their accounts.

How would you want somebody to walk up to you and call you, “Mr. Have Not,” or “Mrs. Have Not,” or “Miss Have Not?” Anybody who wants to move from shortage to surplus must learn not to consider his or her present circumstance and not talk in terms of what they do not have. Did God not know the totality of what the widow had when He chose her to give to Elijah? We must learn to see as God sees.

The Bible says Abraham “did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb” (Romans 4:19). Another way of putting what Abraham did is this: Abraham did not consider the circumstance. Sometimes the Devil tries to put your circumstance before you. When the Devil tries this, look him straight in the face and say, “I will not consider the circumstance. My focus is on the Word of God.” Consider the ability and the all sufficient nature of God and not your circumstance and lack. Then you will begin the journey from shortage to surplus. Thank God the widow eventually obeyed God. Her “little oil in a jar,” became the “jar of oil that never ran dry”!

Confession: I will not consider what I do not have; I will not consider the insufficiency my eyes can see. My focus is on the Word of God. I consider the all sufficient nature of God