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Regaining The Sharp Edge!
2 Kings 6:1-7

There are some great spiritual lessons in this passage that relate to our lives today.

This passage of Scripture illustrates how spiritual power can be lost, but it doesn't end there.
It also tells us how spiritual power can be recovered.

What about your life?
Have you lost power?
Is your testimony as fresh today as it was in the past?
Are you a consistent witness for the Lord?
Does your life exude the freshness of God's power?
Have you lost the power?

This is a simple story.
It's about a young man with an axe.

"And he cried and said, alas master! For it was borrowed." (Vs. 5)
We read of the beginning of the theological training of young prophets.
Elisha, the prophet of God, was their professor.

They had a problem.
The building had become too small for the number of students.
So they decided to enlarge the building, and they began the work.
They went to the Jordan River where the trees grew, and they began cutting down the trees.
The students could not afford the needed equipment, so someone had loaned them
the equipment to do the work.

The axe was borrowed.

There is nothing that you or I have, that isn't borrowed.
Our time, talents, energy, material assets, everything -- all borrowed!
They are the gracious gifts that have been entrusted to us by our Divine Benefactor.

Think about these things!
What have we done with them?
What are we doing with them?

Nothing that we have is ours!
God gave us everything!
He loaned us these things!
He is trusting us with these things!

The axe was a conditional trust!

Listen to the pathos and the agony in the voice of that young man!
He is on the riverbank cutting wood.
He is working hard.
Suddenly, the axehead flies off, and falls into the water.
He cries, "Alas, master! It was borrowed."

God gives us our directions for service, and He supplies us with the tools to do that service. God has a plan for every life!
Ephesians 2: 10 says, "We are his workmanship."
We are His special creation.

The greatest adventure that anyone could know in life is to find, and to follow God's plan for his life.
God has a plan for your life.
God will supply you with the tools for you to accomplish the work that God has for you to do.
We are accountable for the work, and we are accountable for the tools.

This young man knew it.
He had to return the axe, handle, and head.

One day you will stand before the Lord, and you will say, The axehead!
It was a trust and it was also a conditional trust.
It was borrowed! "Alas, master! It was borrowed."

The tragedy of losing the axehead!

"But as one was felling a beam, the axehead fell into the water: and he cried,
and said, alas, master! For it was borrowed
." (Verse 5)

The young prophet lost the axehead while he was busy working.
He was not lazy or idle.
He was busy cutting wood.
The axe was swinging, the chips were flying, and the sweat was streaming down his face.
He is working hard -- cutting the wood, but he lost the axehead.

Many pastors, church leaders, and churches are busy, busy, busy.
Maybe, too busy!
It could be that the harder you work, and the busier you are that you could be: The axehead was lost, while the young prophet was busy in his daily work.

Anyone who has ever used an axe knows when it becomes loose.
The head rattles.
The hand receives a sting.
The young prophet was busy, and was working hard, and was not aware
that the axehead was becoming loose.

It is entirely possible to be so busy in your work that you have not been aware
that you have lost your axehead!
You have lost your power!

I believe that most pastors who become cold, and drift off into heresy,
or drop-off into immoral disaster, and lose the joy of their salvation,
and leave their ministry have not been watching or alert. Remember Samson.
He was busy working for God, but he was not watching what was important.
He became loose with a loose woman.
She cut his hair while he slept, and Samson lost his strength, his sight, and his service for God.

There have been so many pastors, staff members, missionaries, deacons, and church leaders
who became loose in their living, and lost their strength in the Lord,
lost their sight from the Lord, and their service for the Lord. This young prophet lost the axehead while he was busy, but he was not watching,
and was not aware of what was happening.

It is entirely possible for you to be busy in the work of God,
and be negligent of not watching your life, your time, your words, and your actions.
Your axehead is getting looser, and before you know it you have lost it
in the muddy waters of despair and depression.

The tragedy of losing the axehead is lost power!

The victory in restoring the axe. How can you recover it?
How can you locate it?

This passage of Scripture tells us two simple things.

There was an explanation for the human problem.
Elisha asked, "Where fell it?"
They were looking at a fast, moving, muddy river.
The young prophet was cutting the tree with the axe.
The axehead slipped off the handle, and flew into the muddy water.
It didn't fall on the grass, or on the sand or in the muddy edge of the water.
It fell into the waters of the fast, moving river.

The man of God is asking, "Where fell it?"

The most difficult thing for a Christian to do, who has lost spiritual power,
is to go back to the scene of failure and confess it.

God requires it!

Ecclesiastes 3:17 says, "God requireth that which is past."

1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us
and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness

As church leaders, we sometimes forget that we must also confess our sin.

The word "confess" means to "acknowledge
the point at which I lost my power."