2 Kings 4:38 And Elisha came again to Gilgal: and there was a dearth in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets.
​ 2 Kings 4:39 And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not

The people were hungry (v. 38). They had a desire to fill their physical need—I believe there is a spiritual hunger in the world today that people are hungry—sometimes not knowing what for—but sensing a void, emptiness—something’s missing.

Our text says one went out to gather herbs He had a heart to do what was right believing the ingredients in the pottage would give them:
Satisfaction, fulfillment,strength and life but he found a wild vine.
J-F-B--wild vine--literally, "the vine of the field," supposed to be the colocynth, a cucumber, which, in its leaves, tendrils, and fruit, bears a strong resemblance to the wild vine. The "gourds," or fruit, are of the color and size of an orange bitter to the taste, causing colic, and exciting the nerves, eaten freely they would occasion such a derangement of the stomach and bowels as to be followed by death.

He found a “wild vine” and its gourds looked so good that he picked them to put in the stew (v. 39).
Little did he realize they were poison they could die from them.

I don’t want a revival from a WILD VINE here's an example: I believe in speaking in tongues, but I don't believe in someone saying, "Let me get you started speaking in tongues. Repeat after me". Folks, that’s a wild vine, a false Pentecost.
​The Holy Ghost doesn’t need me or anyone else to do His work. It was the Holy Ghost that gave them utterance on the day of Pentecost—not man. THAT IS A WILD VINE! It will only dry the bones and bring spiritual death.

REVIVAL DOESN’T COME FROM A WILD VINE. IT COMES FROM THE TRUE VINE—JESUS. I want a revival from the TRUE VINE!!!   Jesus said John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Back to our text.
2 Kings 4:40 So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.
​ 2 Kings 4:41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot

My message today is: POISON IN THE POT.
​ You know we live in a time when much of the church has went from believing in the promises of God and the power of His Word to trying to use humanistic solutions to solve spiritual problems. We train our young ministers in psychology and business management and leadership send them out to be pastors. ​
The trouble is that the answer may often sound right, look right, and even be politically correct, but we realize that apart from Jesus Christ the answer is only fleeting and will not last.

The Bible says in Proverbs 16:25, There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

The Church, of God greatly needs, not foolish confidence in herself, but simple confidence in God,
She would go forth believing that God would be with her, and great things would be accomplished by her. She would open her mouth wide, expecting that God would fill it, and he would.
The reason the church isn't witnessing miracles is because they are not really expecting any.

We, live in a time when man has tried to fill the pot. You know the first part of this chapter told about the widow and how God kept the oil from her small vessel flowing till it filled all the empty vessels.
Here were men who were willing to put anything in the pot as long as it looked right and edible on the outside. No one questioned the gourds.

Remember Eve? Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

They ate something that God told them to leave alone. What Adam and Eve ate was poison to their spirit. They broke God's law and became spiritually dead people.

These men in our text sit down to a hearty meal, and as they began to eat, they began to taste the awful gourds that had been placed in the pot, and realized that something just wasn’t right.

Churches today are content with allowing Death in the Pot, through watered down teachings and theology that is full of things that please the senses, but do nothing for the soul, but produce spiritual destruction. Old landmarks are being torn down in the name of unity.  Sin is being overlooked in the sence of a more tolorant gospel.

Friend the real Gospel doesn't make you comfortable in your sin; it convicts you.
Good intentions may lead to bad mistakes.

The person who gathered the gourds no doubt thought them to be innocent, and in fact good for the others, but still there were poisonous effects that took place...Just because someone is sincere, doesn’t mean they are right. One of the big excuses we have for overlooking sin is "Oh they mean well".

You see I believe there is a lot of gourd soup being dished out today in by some of the church world.

One T.V. preacher said "The day of the suffering saint is over". That sounds good, but tell that to the missionaries in China and Pakastan who are in prison for teaching the gospel. As I was fliping through the Christian channels the other day I believe I could taste some definite poisons in the pot.

Greed was one of them.
One preacher was telling how that, because of his great faith, his wife only shops at the very best stores.
You know, Peter never used his faith to get wealth, he used his faith in the name of Jesus to make the lame walk, and that gave him an opportunity to preach salvation to the lost. Prosperity is not our purpose.
But many today have a taste for the poison of greed. The give to get message is poisoning many.

Pride and Arrogance have found their way into the pot. Jesus spoke to the church at Laodicea about their lukewarm condition. One of the thing he named was an arrogant atitude.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.

These poisons have replaced repentance, brokenness, and compassion. We need the Holy Spirit to add these missing ingredients to our pitiful porridge.

Immorality is floating in the pot
Sexual sin is being overlooked even in leadership. Even perversion is being overlooked in the name of tolerance. You see, here is the thing, if you are caught up in these kinds of sin, I love you and you are welcome here, but it is the church's job to tell you the truth get you delivered, not overlook your condition.

Read what Paul told the church at Corinth. I Corinthians 5 says these sin are not to be allowed in the church.
1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
​ 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
​11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

​ That is new testament instruction.  So how do we purge the pot?

Elisha used the meal.
2 Kings 4:41 But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot.

I believe the meal represents the Word of God.   If we will return to the Word and, be doers of the Word; God's Word will convict us of sin, bring us to repentance and restore purity.

Elisha put the meal into the pot, and the meal became the antidote for the poison. Putting God's Word into our hearts is the antidote for the poison of this world.

As we close let me bring this down to a more personal level. and ask you these questions.
What is your poison? What is in your pot?
Is it hurt, fear, depression, anger, addiction, sickness, pain?

If it is, then you need to let Jesus in. He is the Living Word, the bread that came down from heaven, The True Vine, The Antidote for the poison of this world.

And as a church, I hope you will join me in praying that the Lord will gave us a desire for purity, a desire to turn up the heat, stir the pot and purge out the things that are poison to the soul. If we cling to the truth, it always has power over error.