Why Standing Stones?

Why Standing Stones?

In ancient Israel, people stood stones on their end to commemorate a powerful move of God in their lives. It was a memorial to something God spoke or revealed or did. Often these standing stones became reference points in their lives. Today, we can find reference points in the written Word of God. Any scripture or sermon can speak something powerful into our lives, or reveal something of the nature of God. In this blog I offer, what can become a reference point for Christians, taken from God's ancient word and applied to today's world.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


In our Bible Study we have been studying 10 “Points of Victory,” including, “The Spear of Dominion.”  That word dominion is the root word of dominate.  The word translated as dominion in the Old Testament literally means, “to step down on.”  It means to take authority over.  Dominion flows from authority – God gives us dominion.  It is our ability to use God’s power.  Today I want to post on Dominion.

2 Kings 6:14-18 (NKJV)
6:14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, "Alas, my master! What shall we do?" 16 So he answered, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, "Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, "Strike this people, I pray, with blindness." And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

We Need Dominion

Here’s the back story for the scene in our text.  The king of Syria is making war on Israel.  He calls his “war council” together and they discuss plans and come upon a method for the battle.  When they make their attack on Israel the King of Israel is prepared.  It’s because God is speaking to Elisha and giving him the king of Syria’s plan and Elisha warns the king of Israel, who is able to thwart the plan.  Eventually, the Syrian king figures it out and so he sends his army to find and kill Elisha.  They find him in Dothan and they arrive in the middle of the night.

When Gehazi, who is Elisha’s disciple, wakes up the next morning, he finds that they’ve been surrounded.  He becomes frightened and calls out for Elisha.

This is taking place in the natural world.  Very often we are involved in what seems like a battle in the natural, there is really a battle taking place in the spiritual realm and it’s playing out in our lives.  Things happen – problems come up.  We lose our jobs.  We become sick. Family members die and it seems as if we are surrounded by enemy forces.

We look at these events and we see the work of the enemy, but we don’t see what God has already put in place for us.  We don’t see that God has moved in these circumstances.  When all we see is the circumstance; all we see is the suffering we are seeing the battle with Gehazi’s eyes.

There’s something going on that’s hidden from him.  Something is playing out in the realm of dominion.  God is moving.  God is involved, but His involvement isn’t seen, at least Gehazi can’t see it.  The problem is that Gehazi is looking for a solution in the natural world, and the answer may not be found in the natural. 

This is something that people do.  We look for answers in our experiences, We’ere looking for answers we can see.  Gehazi has never seen an army defeated by two men and so there’s fear.  He can’t see a way through this.  He cries put to Elisha in despair.  Despair is the opposite of dominion.  The reason you’re discouraged; the reason you’re fearful; the reason you’re overwhelmed is that there’s no dominion in your life.  Because of the circumstances you’re blinded to your ability to use God’s power!

Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
10:19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

“I give you authority to trample on serpents.”  Remember, what I told you about what dominion is.  It is “stepping down on with your foot.”  Trampling is dominion and it flows out of Jesus’ authority.  He gives us the authority to do that.

In our text, Elisha and Gehazi would face certain defeat.  There’s no way that they could escape the Syrians – They’re surrounded.  There’s no way they could fight them – They’re outnumbered.  If they rely only on what’s found in the natural they will be destroyed.  That’s where dominion comes in.  How did Elisha solve this?  He called on God’s supernatural power – He struck them blind.  In other words he used God’s power.  That’s dominion. 

We face a supernatural enemy.  We can’t fight against him with natural weapons.  You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. It isn’t adequate to the battle.  You can’t fight a supernatural battle with a gun or a knife.  You need a supernatural weapon.

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NKJV)
10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

This scripture is about taking dominion over your life.  Our weapons are not carnal or natural.  They’re mighty in God.  They’re supernatural, but in order to defeat the enemy, we need to take dominion over habits and attitudes:  Bringing every thought into captivity.

Punishing all disobedience.  We need to “step down with our feet,” on those thoughts and habits that separate us from God.  We need His power and dominion.

Where Does Dominion Come From?

In or text we see these two men Elisha and Gehazi.  They’re facing an enemy that can easily destroy them.  Have you ver felt like that?  Felt like there’s no way out of your situation?  Felt like there’s only defeat in your future?

In our text, we can see that God has already put His solution in place.  We don’t see Elisha praying for God to help them. They wake up, go out on the balcony for a cup of coffee and God’s troops are already in place.  Elisha doesn’t pray for God to deliver them, he only prays that God will open Gehazi’s eyes, so he can see what God has already done.  God has already brought deliverance.

I want to look at something else for a moment.  I’ll come back to this because I’m not finished with it, yet.  Do you think that it’s interesting that Elisha could see and Gehazi could not?  I think there are two reasons:

1.        Elisha is “prayed up.”  He has a habit of prayer.  You don’t hear from God of you’re not praying.  God speaks to us in prayer.  Elisha studies the word of God.  He knows the scriptures.  God speaks to us through His word.
2.        Elisha is a man of God, and he is the authority in Gehazi’s life.  All dominion flows from authority, but you have to be under authority in order to claim authority.

Matthew 8:9 (NKJV)
8:9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."

This man is a man of authority – He has command over troops, but he is also a man under authority – There is a leader over his life.  The authority he has flows to him from the commander that’s above him.  Elisha was also a man under authority.  He had a leader.  That leader was Elijah the prophet, Elisha played the same role with Elijah, that Gehazi plays with Elisha.  He was a disciple; he was under authority, and the dominion in his life came out of his relationship with Elijah

2 Kings 2:11-14 (NKJV)
2:11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, "My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!" So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces. 13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.

Elijah is taken up into Heaven – God raptures him, his mantle falls down and Elisha picks it up, and uses it to part the water.  The mantle is the symbol of Elijah’s calling.  It’s the dress of the prophet and that calling is now Elisha’s.  It’s now the symbol that Elisha is the prophet, and with that calling comes Elijah’s authority and dominion. That dominion has now passed down from Elijah to Elisha.  Dominion is passed from the man of God to the disciple.

Are you a disciple?  Are you looking for dominion?  Do you want your eyes opened, so that you can see things clearly?  There’s only two ways to get dominion:

1.        You have to have a right relationship with God, and
2.        You have to have a right relationship with your pastor.

Dominion is Victory

Here they are in our text, they’re surrounded.  The enemy is all around them and yet God gives them a great victory.  They don’t have to face the enemy with weapons.  They don’t have to fight them as soldiers.  They only pray and God does a miracle. 

2 Kings 6:18 (NKJV)
6:18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, "Strike this people, I pray, with blindness." And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

The picture of dominion here is sight.  Elisha had sight – He could see into the supernatural.  He passed that sight to Gehazi – His eyes were opened.  They could see the soldiers of God in place.  With this vision came an end to Gehazi’s fear.  That was dominion.  At first the soldiers who surrounded them had dominion.  They found Elisha and Gehazi, but when Elisha called on God, God struck the Syrian’s blind.  Then Elisha was able to lead them right into capture.

2 Kings 6:19-20 (NKJV)
6:19 Now Elisha said to them, "This is not the way, nor is this the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek." But he led them to Samaria. 20 So it was, when they had come to Samaria, that Elisha said, "Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see." And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and there they were, inside Samaria!

He’s taken them to the capitol of Israel.  He’s taken dominion – Vision is dominion.

Do you want to see God do powerful things with your life?  You need vision.  You need a plan.  You need direction.  You need to link yourself to a man of God.