This is for you out there who feel OUTNUMBERED. Do you feel like what’s against you is greater than you? Do you feel like what you’re facing is DEFEAT? Do you feel outnumbered by your circumstances? Do you feel like it’s INEVITABLE; divorce is going to happen? Do you feel like you’re standing ALONE when you are with your family? Do you feel like your family is against you? Do you feel like this at CHURCH? You’re wanting to lead the church one way, but they aren’t feeling it. You feel outnumbered, but you know that you know that you know that you are doing EXACTLY what God has given for you!! When the scales are balanced in the natural, the other side is winning.
I’ve just gone through a season of feeling that way. I felt alone, EVEN THOUGH I WASN’T. I felt outnumbered. Although I knew I was doing exactly what God was asking of me, I felt outnumbered.
In those times when you are facing utter and total DEFEAT, and even OBLITERATION, complete EMBARRASSMENT, and HUMILIATION (which happens in the life of faith), go to this passage in 2 Kings. This is about Elisha: he was telling the king of Israel things that the king of Aram was saying behind closed doors. God gave Elisha the incredible gift of prophesying to the king of Israel things that the king of Aram was saying!!! This made the king of Aram very angry; he sent an entire group of chariots and horses to shut him up; Elisha was surrounded.
2 Kings 6:8-20
8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
Circled by defeat!! Do you feel circled by defeat today? Elisha CONFIDENTLY trusted in the promises of the Lord’s presence and provision!!! If you are walking in the POWER, STRENGTH, and SURENESS of the Lord, you are not ever outnumbered, even if you stand alone!!!!!!!!
2 Chronicles 32:7-8
7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Don’t fear. You may seem outnumbered, but you are not!!!!!! He who is walking with us is GREATER than what is against us!!!!!! I hope this encourages you today. Love you guys.