Lord, help me to be still and know that You are God!

The Chronicles of Elijah part 3

I Kings 19:1-15

Elijah had just witnessed a great miracle but now he was in depair of his life. All of a sudden fear came upon him and he was afraid of Jezebel (Ahab’s wife) because she was threatening his life. He was afraid, discouraged and he felt alone. He ran away from her and hid in the wilderness. He was so discouraged that he didn’t care if he lived or died. He sat under a Juniper tree – ready to give up and then he fell asleep…

O Lord, you have searched me and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; you understand my thoughts afar off. You sift and search out my path and my lying down and you are aquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue (still unuttered) but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4

An angel of the Lord appeared and said Arise, eat! He looked and there was a cake and some water laying near his head. He ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time and said Arise and eat for the journey is great. So, he arose and ate and drank. He went in the strength of that food for 40 days and nights…

Be strong in the Lord, be empowered through your union with Him ; draw your strength from Him – that strength which His boundless might provides. Ephesians 6:10

Then he came upon a cave and lodged there.The Word of the Lord came to him and said “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

He knows exactly where you are…David said in Psalm 139:7 – Where could I go from Your Spirit or where could I flee from Your presence?

Elijah answered, the Israelites have forsaken Your covenant, thrown down Your altars and killed Your prophets…I am the only one left and they seek my life.

Have you ever felt like that…so alone that you feel as though you are the only one going through any trials? The enemy will isolate you and bring fear upon you. You have to immediately cast down those imaginations… 2 Timothy 1:7 says He has not given a spirit of fear but He has given you a spirit of power, love and a sound mind.

The Word of the Lord came again and said, Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord for the Lord is about to pass by. So, he went out. He so desperately needed to hear the Lord speak to him.

A great and strong wind came tearing the mountains apart…is that You, Lord, speaking through the howling winds? No, the Lord was not in the wind.

The earth began to shake and tremble…is that You, Lord, speaking through the earthquake? No, the Lord was not in the earthquake.

Then there arose a crackling, blazing fire comsuming everything in its path…is that You, Lord, speaking through the fire? No, the Lord was not in the fire.

After the fire – there was a still small voice…is that You, Lord?

And the word said that Elijah heard God speak…he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out – stood in the entrance to the cave and waited…

Sometimes God doesn’t speak to us in the way we are expecting Him to. He does speak through the noise but through that noise you have to be willing to listen very closely with all you heart. He wants you to “Be still and know that He is God” Psalm 46:10. Know that He is God over all your circumstances. He is God over your greatest fear. He is God over your provision. He is God over your destiny.

Take time today to be still and know that He is God!!

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Lord, Increase My Faith!

The Chronicles of Elijah – Part 2

I Kings 18

v.1) After many days, the Word of the Lord came to Ellijah, in the third year, and said, “Go show yourself to Ahab and I will send rain upon the earth.

Elijah had a choice to make…would He believe God? Would He take that step and go where God had told him to go? He had seen God move before but could he believe that it would rain after three years? Okay, God, I’m going to trust You…so, off Elijah went not really knowing what was about to happen!

When Ahab saw Elijah, he said “Are you the one that troubles Israel?” Elijah in his boldness answered, “I have not troubled Israel.” You and your fathers house have by forsaking the commandments of the Lord and by following Baal.

Ahab sent for all the children of Israel and the prophets and gathered them together on Mt Carmel. Then Elijah came to the people and said “How long will you halt between two opinions” If God be God, follow Him! If Baal is God follow him! The people answered not a word!

James 1:6-8 says that a man of two minds is unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything he thinks, feels or decides. If you hesitate and doubt God – it says that man will not receive anything from the Lord.

Elijah wanted to prove that God is the only God. He could not afford to be doubleminded. He began to put out a challenge to the prophets of Baal. He said this is what we are going to do! He gathered wood and two bulls. He cut the bulls up and layed them on the wood. He made two stacks – one for them and one for himself. He said, “You call on your God and I will call on my God and we will see who answers by fire.”

So, the prophets of Baal cried out from morning until noon with no answer. They danced around the altar they had made and even cut themselves until blood gushed out. Evening came – still no answer!

Then Elijah said – come near to me. He prepared his altar, put the wood in order and dug trenches around the altar. He poured water over the wood, once, twice, three times – to soak the wood.

v.37) Hear me, O God, that these people will know that you are God. Then the fire fell and consumed the sacrifice.

v.39) When all the people saw it they fell on their faces and said, The Lord is God! The Lord is God!!

When we trust God to show Himself strong on our behalf…He will! When He does… let those things be a testimony to others how faithful God is to you!

Elijah said”Thank you, Lord, I knew that You could do it” but now, what about the rain? He was really excited after what had just happened and He said to Ahab…Go up, eat and drink for I hear the sound of an abundance of rain..(remember it had not rained in three years) He knew God would answer because He had told him to go to Ahab and He would cause it to rain. So, he spoke it out and proclaimed it in faith. He had heard the sound in his spirit.

He went to the top of the hill and bowed himself down with his face betwen his knees and prayed. Then he said to his servant “Go look toward the sea” The servant looked and said “I see nothing”. Elijah said, Go again! He went again but saw nothing. Elijah said, Go again! The servant did this seven times. After the seventh time he came back and said, I see a cloud the size of a man’s hand…

Praise God! Finally! Elijah was so confident that it was going to rain that he said to the servant, Go, hurry – before the rain stops you. You have to go tell Ahab!

v. 45) In a little while the heavens were black with clouds and there was a great rain!!

Would you have gone up the mountain seven times or would you have given up after the 4th, 5th or 6th time? Sometimes we give up right before our miracle or breakthrough…when the Lord is saying, don’t give up yet…just one more time!

If you are believing God for something today…keep trusting Him to do what He said He would do!

to be continued with the chronicles of Elijah part 3…

Lord, Help Me To Believe!

This is a story about Elijah – how he believed and trusted in His God to do all that He said He would do!!

The Chronicles of Elijah Part 1

In 1Kings chp 16 Ahab became king. He was a wicked king who married Jezebel and together they worshipped Baal. The scriptures say that Ahab did more to provoke the Lord than all the other kings before him.

In chp 17 – the Prophet Ellijah is introduced. He came boldly onto the scene and announced that there would be no rain for many years except at his word. His challenge was to the Canaanites because there belief was that only Baal had control over the rain. After Elijah’s announcement the Lord began to give him instructions on where to go. He told him to go close to a brook and stay because He had commanded the ravins to feed him there. After a while the brook dried up and the Lord said, go to Zarephath for I have commanded a widow to provide for you there. So, he went and there was a widow gathering sticks. He said to her, “please bring me a cup of water” and as she was going to get the water he said, “please bring me a morsel of bread also”. The widow said, “as the Lord your God lives, I do not have any bread, I only have a handful of flour and a little oil” I was gathering sticks so I could prepare it for me and my son so we could eat it and die.”

Now, first of all…this was a woman of faith. She knew God because she spoke of Him. She had just come to the place where she didn’t even think she could believe anymore. She was ready to give up. She didn’t feel like a woman of faith. She didn’t feel like she had any faith at all. But, Elijah said to her, Do not fear! If you will go out and make a small cake and bring it to me first and afterward make some for you and your son – the God of Israel says, your flour will not be used up and the oil jar will not run dry until the Lord sends rain on the earth.

Wow! She has a decision to make – would she trust God that He would supply for her if she did what the prophet said. Elijah’s challenge would call for faith in the midst of her circumstances. Lord, help me…if I could just have a little faith even as small as a mustard seed I know You will do this for me! So, she went away and did what Elijah had asked her to do and her household ate for many days!

The fresh supply of oil and flour each day would be a reminder of how important it is to put our trust in God alone who is sufficient to meet our every need.

And my God will liberally supply to the full your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

A while after this…the widows son died. This poor woman had just seen God move with a miracle of provision to keep them alive. What is going on? So, she said to Elijah, “Have you come to bring my sin to remembrance and to kill my son?

Immediately she began to feel like she had done something to cause this and then she began to question everything that had happened around her. God, why is this happening to me?

Sometimes it is easy to trust God with the little things but we are not quite sure if we can trust Him with the big things. But, this was her son, her life, what else could she do, where else could she go, who else could she trust but God! As a mother, she could not even think that God would not give her a miracle. She had no other choice…she had to believe…she had to trust Him!

This would not only be a test of faith for her but for ELijah too! He had just witnessed a miracle with the widow but this…this is so much bigger! He believed God before but could he believe God for this? He just started his ministry and was so bold to proclaim God as faithful but could he really trust God that He would do this for him?

He cried out to the Lord, why did you let this happen?

But then, as an act of faith he stretched himself out upon the child three times and said O Lord God, I pray that you would let this child live! You were with me before…God, please show yourself strong on my behalf!

Verse 22 says the Lord heard the voice of Elijah and He revived the child. Elijah took the child back to his mother and said, “See your child lives!

Then the woman said to Elijah..now, by this time I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.

Today, Lord help me to remember:

1) That You are my provider.

2) That You will always be with me. You will never leave me or forsake me.

3) If You tell me to do something and I am obedient to You that You will always be faithful to me and You will show Yourself strong on my behalf.

4) To trust You in every circumstance in my life.

5) That Your Word is truth.

Thank you Lord for your faithfulness to me!

the Chronicles of Elijah are to be continued…

Focus

Word of wisdom – Focus

Clear away the clutter and focus. Concentrate on that which is before you and nothing else.

When thoughts threaten to distract you, kindly send them on their way and regain your focus.

With the precision of a laser, focus. Put down the newspaper and focus on the person talking to you.

Turn off the television and focus on your reading.

Close yourself off from unsolicited advice from people you neither trust nor respect, and focus on what you want.

Focus on the sky, on the silent movement of clouds as they cover and uncover the sun.

Sharpen your viewpoint on what’s truly important – and keep everything else a blur.

Focus on a single ant moving a single grain of sand and marvel at her ability to keep her focus.

Now, without losing focus, marvel at your ability to keep yours!!