1 Kings 19
Saints, If we could get our heads around the Biblical truth in this post, we would be walking in the Yoke with Jesus, our burdon would be light, we would find rest for our souls.
Open our Spiritual eyes please Lord.
Our man Elijah, called down the fire of God to burn up his sacrifice, the Israelites, have turned back to God.
Elijah, had a Word of Knowledge, he heard:
“ a sound of abundance of rain.”
He did not just sit and wait for the fulfillment of Gods promise, NO, he found his place of prayer, his secret place. Then he looked for the promise.
When the promise wasn’t seen, he kept praying and had his man look seven times.
The rains came. “ the hand of the Lord was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.”
Obedience combined with prayer, gave Israel rain and Elijah, super-sonic, God powered, transport, to beat horses and Chariot to Jezreel.
Now Ahab was a wicked King, but he had just seen Gods power, and he was upset at the death of his prophets.
Like most bullies, he went home and cried to his wife. “Nothings going my way, Elijah was so mean, what am I going to do?” “Nobodies going to respect or fear me anymore” “boo hoo” Well, maybe not, but he did tell Jezebel.
Jezebel, wasn’t just a bully, she was completely evil and vindictive…. she was, just plain mean.
She sent this message to Elijah: “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.”
Now Elijah, the man of faith and power, stood tall and cried out: “BRING IT ON!!!” Just like Clint Eastwood, in a movie.
Well not quite: “when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life.”
This mighty man of God, running for his life, hiding in the wilderness, sat under a juniper tree: “and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
(The juniper tree is a favorite spot to camp in the desert, it is one of the largest shrubs. It protects from the wind at night and gives a measure of shade in the day.)
Then he did what I do, when I am depressed, fed up, scared, confused, ….(most days, I guess). He slept.
We don’t worry, when we sleep, we only dream. We rest, regain our strength, sort out our thoughts. We allow the Lord to minister to us.
Elijah, being a man of faith received special treatment. No stream and ravens feeding him, this time.
No, an angel woke him, baked a cake on coals, gave him water. He ate and drank, and slept once again.
Recovery from depression, is the only instance I recall in the Bible, of a healing taking time and no special effort. (wash in the Jorden 7 times).
Our churches should not be hospitals, but Fix-it Shops-Filling Stations, the hurting should be healed, filled with the Holy Spirit and sent out to spread the same.
THAT WAS GODS PLAN.
Jesus healed, “now, today, … go and sin no more.”
The angel.came once again, and told him:
“Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for the thee.”
He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
Like Moses, back to the mountain of God.
We find the truth, the place of power and answered prayer, if we would only understand and put into practice, Gods Word.
King James Version (KJV)
“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee,”
God called Moses, Elijah, David, Asa, Abraham, Peter, Paul and Mary, and today, you and I.
He desires and offers so much more, than Salvation, He offers us His entire essence.
He will “cause us to approach Him.”
If we will learn to approach, to find the secret place, under His wings, our lives would be so different.
Unfortunately, we don’t, we live in the outskirts of His Kingdom.
He didn’t force us to accept Salvation, He doesn’t force us to come close.
➢Only one, rested his head on Jesus breast.
➢Only one, saw heaven.
➤Only one, died a natural death.
The 400 years of silence. Was not because the Lord had nothing to say. It was because NO ONE, DREW CLOSE TO LISTEN!!!
Today we see vary little of Gods healing power, signs and wonders and miracles.
Not because God dosn’t want to do those things, He promised us we would do them and more.
Because so few draw nigh, we have few Faith Healers, few true Prophets, but many Pasters and teachers.
Learning Gods word and sharing it, takes work, study and prayer but with some effort, a Preacher/Teacher is born.
My question is: “How many are walking in the Power of God? Are the multitudes lining up to hear Gods voice, be healed, comforted, set free?”
God has bigger plans for those who have chosen “to approach Him,”
He has special promises to those who refuse to stay in the outskirts of His Kingdom.
“that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”
Moses and Elijah could go for 40+ days without food and water because they lived under the shadow of His wings, they found the Secret Place… the place available to all who call Him Lord.
Next instalment… Elijah is schooled by the Father.
Isn’t it interesting, a man of Faith and Power, yet he needs reminding of who he is and who he is dealing with.
Lord, please “cause us to approach” you, lead us to that secret place, help us to understand and then stand on Your Word. Amen