Elijah, a man of God 14: theunfetteredpreacher

2 Kings: 2:1
And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.

Elijah said unto Elisha, “Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Bethel.

Elisha said unto him, “As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.”

So they went down to Bethel.   And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, “Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day?”

Elisha answered:   “Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.”

Elijah said unto Elisha,  “Tarry here, I pray thee; for the LORD hath sent me to Jericho.”

I find it interesting, that Elijah seems to be discouraging Elisha from coming with him.  Elisha, apparently knew not to let go, and leave him.

Elisha answered:   “As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.”

So they came to Jericho.   And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, “Knowest thou that the LORD will take away thy master from thy head to day?” 

Two different groups of prophets, with the Word of Knowledge, of Elijahs emanate departure.

Once again, he answered,  “Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.

Elijah said unto him,  “Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the LORD hath sent me to Jordan.”

Third times a charm…  Elisha said,   “As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.

And they two went on.   And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.

Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.  

Moses:  Exodus 14 and Joshua: in Joshua 3,  walking across a body of water on dry ground…  Apparently it wasn’t even muddy.

And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee.”

Elisha said, “I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”

That would be my desire also, I long to see and be apart of the Power of God.  He asked for something only the Lord could give.

Elijah answered:   “Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.”

Here we have one more Word of Knowledge, a Gift of the Spirit, given to us on the Day we received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.  Why have so many Denominations buried these Gifts,  they are the Talents Jesus left us to increase the Church.

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Fire, the Lord once destoyed all flesh with water….  Fire, is the fate now.

Elisha saw it, and he cried,  “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.”

And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.   He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;  And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said,

Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”

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That is my cry, everytime I pray for the sick and afflicted, the depressed, discouraged, the lost.   That is my prayer today, right now….

Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”

Elijah, a man of God 13: theunfetteredpreacher

King Ahab has died, his son takes the throne.

We  know a few things as we start 2 Kings.  Ahaziah, the son of Ahab is now King of Israel in the Capital Samaria.

He reigned for just two years, and walked in the way of both Ahab and Jezebel, which was the way of Jeroboam, who made Israel to sin.

He provoked the Lord to anger, as his father had done, by serving and worshiping Baal.

2 Kings 1:
Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.

This first verse is interesting because the Moabites were of the lineage of Lot.  At this point they are refusing to pay tribute to Ahaziah.

When the Hebrews were entering the promised land they were told to leave the Moabites alone.

They were to destroy all the tribes who were there except for Lot and Esaus descendants.

It was on a mountain in Moab that Moses saw the promised land.  He was 120, his eyes had not dimmed nor his strangth failed.

He was buried on that mountain, no one knows where.

2 Kings 1:
At this point in our story, Ahaziah, aparently  fell from a window, through some lattice work , and was grieviously injured. 

In his sickness, he sent messengers to the temple of Baal, to find out if he would recover.

But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them,

Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?”

We need to take a closer look at Elijah,  he was an example to us, of how the Lord will use a willing vessel. 

He was open to the Word of the Lord, like no other Bible character.   He received and acted on Words of Knowledge, Words of Wisdom, Prophecy… ect.

With Abram, we find the Lord had said…  The Lord spoke more than once to get Abram to listen and leave the land of UR.

Moses, needed a burning bush, to draw his arrention to the Lord.   Elijah, when we first meet is delivering the Word of the Lord.

Then the Lord speaks, “You better go hide.

Elijah continued:  “Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.

Elijah then departed wnd left the messengers to go back and tell the King, the Word of the Lord.

Ahaziah, questioned them, they told the tale. He asked:  “What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and told you these words?

It is here we find the resemblance to John the Baptist.  “He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins.

Ahaziah, recognized him as Elijah the Tishbite, and sent a captain with his 50, to go and bring Elijah back.  The captain found Elijah on the top of a hill, and spoke to him.

Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down.

This sounds to me a reasonable request.  Elijah answers:  “If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty.

Not surprisingly that is exactly what happened.  Not just this one time, but twice.

The third captain did something different.

The third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah, and besought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight.   Behold, there came fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with their fifties: therefore let my life now be precious in thy sight.”

And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah,Go down with him: be not afraid of him.” And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.  

Elijah told the King:   “Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.”

So he died according to the word of the LORD which Elijah had spoken.

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Elijah, a man of God.   Lord I pray, make me a man You can use.  Amen

Elijah, a man of God 11: theunfetteredpreacher

We next find Elijah, in 1 Kings 21, the story of Naboths vineyard.  A simple story, of greed, deception, and murder.

Naboth had the misfortune of having inherited a vineyard, next door to Ahab and Jezebel.

Ahab, wanted that vineyard.  He first did the right thing and offered to buy it.  Only Naboth, wouldn’t think of selling his inheritance.

Ahab, cried once again to Jezebel.  She devised a plan to steal the land and get rid of all the Naboths.   It worked.

“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite.”

A word of knowledge.  (He was told the situation).   Then he had a Word of Prophecy.  (Ahabs future fortold).

Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it.

And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession?” And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the Lord, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine.

Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?

Elijah answered, “I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord.

Behold, I will bring evil upon thee, and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel,

And will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah, for the provocation wherewith thou hast provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin.

And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.   Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat.

“But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.”

We find and interesting truth here:

“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

Ahab learned to repent.   The wicked one repented… How could the Lord allow this?

“And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,”

Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.

The Lord delayed the consequences of Ahab evil, …..  What?

Exodus 20
I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

We may repent and be forgiven, but the consequences of are sin are felt.  Every action, has a reaction of equal or greater proportion.

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Choose to love the Lord, you will cause mercy to flow to many you love.    Amen

Elijah, a man of God 10: theunfetteredpreacher

The angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.  And 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.

This is where we left Elijah,  40 days and nights, no food or drink, till he reached the mountain of God.  

1 Kings 19
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, “What doest thou here, Elijah?”  

Elijah answered, “I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Still pushing I am all You have Lord, I am the only faithful servent You have.

The Lord spoke:  “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.

Behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:   And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.

Elijah knew the voice of the Lord, he had spent time with the Lord, we see here the Lord, shaking up his depression.  Reminding him, you know Me, trust Me, I know where you are, and the fear that is within you.

The Lord asked him again:  “What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Elijah again gives the wrong answer:  “ I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

Has he forgotten the children of Israel came back to God after the fire fell.

The Lord gave him new orders:  “Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:    And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.   And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.

The Lord, in spite of Elijahs wrong headed thoughts, still knew he would do as commanded.  He names Elijahs successor, Your work is nearly done, have faith…  Then He told him once more:   “Yet I have left me seven thousnd in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.”

We do not need to know all the Lord has, or wants, or does.  He needs us to do as He desires, in spite of what we think, or know or think we know.

Even an obedient, faithful man of God, can feel defeated, misused,  depressed.  It takes obedience, to work through our doubts, fears and misunderstanding.

Just find your secret place,  rest in Him,  follow His directions, He will see you through.

Elijah, a man of God 9: theunfetteredpreacher

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.

Psalm 65:4a
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.

Psalms 65:4b
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.

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Lord, please “cause us to approach” you, lead us to that secret place, help us to understand and then stand on Your Word.    Amen

Elijah, a man of God 7: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

My friend Wally<a href="http://Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 10 – http://wp.me/p503cN-4d9“>http://Elijah-How One Man Made a Difference-Part 10 – http://wp.me/p503cN-4d9 did an excelent job on the great showdown, really just a show of our Awesome God.  1 Kings 18:22-40   Please check his site out.

I am left with just a few comments:

When you know and recognize the Power and Love of our Lord, you need not jump around, yell and make a spectacle of yourself.  Just quietly, speak the Lords will and expect Him to honor His Word.

Elijah is calling the shots, from the King on down, because of the drought, the Prophet forecast, they paid attention to the Prophets commands.

Elijah, the Prophet of God, was not above having a little fun, as their god could not be found.  He also wasn’t surprised at the Lords responce, he was prepared for the next requirement.

The people fell before the Lord and fulfilled His command in bringing the prophets of Baal to justice.

Elijah then predicted the comming rain.

Hopefully Wally will leave me something to say as we continue on this wonderful journey through the life of Elijah.  lol

Elijah, a man of God 6: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

1 Kings 18:  Elijah meets Ahab again, this time Signs and Wonders confirm his Word.

How long halt ye between two opinions?

For three years Elijah stayed with the widow, while the Lord provided food daily and raised her son from the dead.  (miracles)

The Lord told Elijah to go to Ahab, he went, but Ahab, in the end, came to him.

When Ahab saw Elijah, he said unto him: “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”

From Adam to you and I, when we sin our first response is:  “That woman you gave me.”  It’s not my fault, I was tricked, I had no idea You didn’t approve of … 

When will we just learn to say, Yes, Lord, I screwed up, forgive me?

Elijah set the record straight:   “I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.”  (a Word of Knowledge)

Remember:   “Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.

Elijah then sent for all Israel, the 450 prophets of Baal, (the sun God), and 400 of Jezebels prophets, (of the groves), to gather at Mt Carmel. 

After they were gathered Elijah spoke:

How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him:”  (a Word of Wisdom)

This really, is a question for us, today. 

Todays Christian is more likely to identify with his Denomination than with Christ.

I’m a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Church of God,  ect…

The symbols, rituals, traditions of our services, have become more important then true Worship. 

(If you don’t think so, try skipping a tradition to use the time for teaching, or testimonials.)

We worry more about filling the seats, meeting the buget, tickling the ears, then training our people how to wait on the Lord.

We are double minded.

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We cannot follow Christ, because we are following, Luther, Wesley, Billy or Franklin, Charles Stanley….  (all good examples), but not the final word.

The Book is what we need to follow.   The people in Elijahs time:  “answered him not a word.”

Unfortunately today, we don’t, by silence, admit to our sins.  No we  have many words, multiple excuses.

Every man, woman and child, written about in the Bible, is just that.  Some of them sin, and rebel against God.

Some,  hide and feed the prophets of God. 
Some sing and pray, and interceed, others are Prophets, some work miracles, some have great faith, and heal the sick.

They are people, like us.  No better or worse, not at all different then us except, obedience to God is job #1.

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Do you ever wonder why we don’t see signs and wonders following?   Why our children are so easily, pulled away from “the church?”

We have allowed “the church”,  to become the building, “Worship” to become, the order of the Sunday service.

The “presence  of God”, is just an after thought.

We are “The Church, Christ in us, the hope of glory.  The things He did and more, are our great commission.

He sent us to build a house for Him to abide in.  Our house, (Gods Temple), is full of the world, instead.

We must empty ourselves of the world, and fill ourselves with His Word and Life.

You might be a powerful prophet of God.  Or lead the next great Bible teacher, to the Lord. 

We cannot do either with out a strong, faithful, obedience to His Word and Spirit.

He gave us the tools, you know what they are, but they are buried, out of sight, misunderstood, rejected, never to be seen and used, by those who claim to believe.

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Lord, open our eyes, lead us to the place, You would use us.  Empower us by Your Holy Spirit, to do Your will.  Amen

Elijah, a man of God 5: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As we continue with Elijahs story in1 Kings 18:  we find:

O, BLA D, O, BLA DA, LIFE GOES ON,.. YA,…  LA, LA, LA, LA, LIFE, GOES ON.

After three years of drought, food and water had become scarce, we find King Ahab and Obadiah, (the trusted head of his house), splitting up to search the land for water and grass to keep the live stock alive.

The Lord tells us twice, how Obadiah had defied his King and the wicked Queen Jezebel, by hiding and feeding, 100 prophets of God, to foil Jezebels plan to kill them.

The Lord is showing us a man, an ordinary man, with the gift of faith, a righteous man, who if caught would have faced death, yet did what he could, even if secretly, to serve God.

Meanwhile back at the widows home, the miracle of provision is ongoing.  When Elijah receives more words of Knowledge and Wisdom.

Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.”  “And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab.”

Another page turned, leave your place of provision, Go back and find the man who would have you dead, and speak truth to him once again.

Really Lord?  Will you at least send an earth quake, or loud voice from heaven or are you going to leave me there alone once again.

We find:  “Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab.”

The Lord just will not alow Elijah to get too comfortable.  He doesn’t want us to get too comfortable either.

We must be willing to give up our comfortable circumstances and walk where the Lord directs, if we wish to be used for His glory.

When Obadiah meets Elijah on the road, he recognized him, and was afraid to tell Ahab that Elijah was there for two reasons.

First:  Ahab had been searching for Elijah and made an oath to punish those who were hiding him.

Second:  He was afraid God would translate Elijah away, and Ahab would blame him.

And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here: and he shall slay me.

And Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.”

This last verse tickles me, God told Elijah to go show himself to Ahab, but:

So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

Ahab came to the man of God.

Elijah, a man just like you, used of God, because he knew Gods voice and acted apon it.

If we learn to hear, then obey the voice of The Holy Spirit.   We may find ourselves used by God.   Possibly in a way that saves lives.

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Lord open the doors, help us to hear…  teach us to walk with You.   Amen

Elijah, a man of God 4: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

1 Kings 17:  Now I Know!!!

As we once again join our prophet, he is still being fed by the gift of miracles and the widow.

(Are you tired of seeing gifts and word of?  I keep repeating it because they are the Gifts of the Spirit, the Talents of Matthew 25, given to us to build His church. 

Instead of striving to receive and learning to increase their use, most Denominations have buried them).

Unfortunately, like the manna of old, this never runnng out of oil and flour, it’s not so amazing anymore, this miracle, has become old hat, expected…  Maybe it is just the way it is, is it really even a miracle?

Then the widows world gets turned upside down. The son whom she loves gets sick and dies.

She cries out:  “What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

She believes this sickness is a punishment for past sins.  It is not.  It is for the glory of God.

Elijah answered:  “Give me thy son.”  He took the boy to his loft, laid him on his bed.

O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?

The man of God, had no fore knowledge of this sickness, he had no understanding of the Lords plan, but he had the Gift of Faith for the working of miracles.

So he stretched himself out three times apon the child, crying out:  “O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

The symbol of “3” times is important for this first person raised from the dead in the word.

A fortaste of the only begotten.

The Lord heard the voice of Elijah;  and the child revived, and awoke from the dead.

We underestimate the power of our words, the power of life and death are in the tongue.

We often speak death, to our finances, health, relationships, jobs…  We must learn to speek truth and the truth of, Gods Word.

What does God desire for us? 

We need to know the answer to that and speak it into existence.  As the Lord spoke the world into existence.

Elijah brought the child to his mother and said:  “See, thy son liveth.

Her answer is classic:  “Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.

The miracles of provision had become  commonplace, of no notice.  “by this I know.

Saints, that is one of my biggest failures, to realize the Lord has supplied my needs for the last 35 plus years.

He said He would, and He has.  I heard it asked:  “What would tomorrow be like, if we only had what we thanked God for today?”

No, like the Hebrews, we need more.  It’s not enough our sandles aren’t worn-out, we have food and shelter.  Our lusts and desires only bring leaness to our souls.

It is hard for us to acknowledge the everyday miracles we receive.  We just accept them and never really seek the face of God, to walk in his power as Elijah did.

Elijah, like Abram, Moses, David and all the other Bible greats were just men and women such as we are.

No more or less.  Why do they stand above the crowd?

They learned to live at the feet of Jesus, they knew and walked in the way of the Holy of Holies.

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Even when they missed the mark, their hearts were turned toward God.  How about you?

Lord, draw us close to You.  Mold us into vessels you can use, to draw all men to You.  Amen

Elijah, a man of God 3: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

We are looking at Elijah and the widow woman from 1 Kings 17.  If you would like to see how he got here,  otherwise briefly:

He was beside a brook, exactly where he was told to be by the Lord.  Food provided by Ravens, and all the water he could drink.

Until, because of the drought, the brook dried up. 

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,   Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:”

The Prophet of God, he has the Gift of Faith, now receiving another Word of Knowledge and a Word of Wisdom.

behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

Elijah was an Israelite, he knew the law and this was not right.  He knew the Lords commands to care for widows and the fatherless.

Yet his instructions are clear, go, the widow will feed, clothe, give him a place to lay his head.

This colors the way he approached her.  He didn’t request water, but asked for a little drink,  he didn’t ask for a meal, but a morsel, (a small amont), of bread.

He met her where she was.

This is a lesson we all must learn.  Not asking people for more than they have to give.  This is true of offerings, physical assistence, prayers and especially Salvation.

A lot of folks might come to the Lord if, we weren’t trying to clean them up first.  “Quit that lifestyle, then come and join us at church.”

Jesus met them where they were,  opened their eyes to the possibilities of a better life, health, wealth, peace, joy.

It wasn’t till they asked questions, did he bring up their faults and offer forgiveness.

Asking for little the woman replied:

As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

Where she was:
She had no cake  –  just a handful of meal and a little oil.

She was gathering “2” sticks.  (It must have been vary little supply, to be cooked with only 2 sticks).

That we might eat, all that we have, there was no hope,  in her, for life, only to die.  

She said this in an oath to Elijahs God, not her Canaanite God.

Yet, Elijah once again speaks a Word of Knowledge:
Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

A test; feed me first. 

We face this test daily, does God come first in our lives.  Do we first obey Him, then attend to our desires?   I would like to think I do, but in reality,… nope.

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.”

This another Word of Knowledge, the meal and oil will not run out.  The Word of Wisdom, feed me first.

And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.  And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.”

She went and did according to the Word of the Lord, through His Prophet. 

The Lord watched over His Word.

We might see this Working of Miracles, God moving in our midst, if we would only learn to listen and obey.

Elijah, a man of God 2: The Fix-it Shop-Filling Station

As we take another look at Elijah, a quick reminder of what went before.

He appears out of nowhere, a nobody, an unknown who finds himself before the King of all the land.  (An evil King at that)

He is a Prophet of the Lord, he has a Word of Knowledge from the Lord, and he has the Gift of Faith, from the Lord and boldly proclaims, to this evil King. (Ahab)

As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

Picture that, speaking to the King… There are no lightning bolts, earth quakes, darkness covering the earth, or even a loud voice from heaven.

Just your words…  (no signs, wonders or miracles confirming your words). 

Just the King, his mouth open in amazement,   his body guards, frozen in place, not reacting to stop this nobody, who is suddenly here in front of the King , rebucking the King…

An angry King, with the power to have you arrested, imprisoned, beheaded.

Wouldn’t this be a good time for the Lord to show himself strong on your behalf?

The Lord didn’t think so, instead he told Elijah:

Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith

What?  Go hide?  I just, in Faith, spoke Your word, rebuked the most powerful man in my world, and all You do is tell me to GO HIDE?

Well not quite, the Lord also told him:

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.  So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.” 

God is Awesome, able to meet our needs by using Ravens if He so chooses.  Why do we get so excited when times get lean? 

Where is our Faith?

Did the Lord not promise, He would never leave us or forsake us?  Did you not read, My God shall supply  all my needs?  Or the Lord is my Sheperd, I shall not want?

As I write this, it is the first of the month, my mortgage is due along with all my other monthly obligations. 

I’ve not the money to pay, or the work lined up to make The money I need to pay.

And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.”

I’ve been here, where God sent me, doing Gods will, and now the brook has dried up. 

What’s going on Lord, have I sinned?

What did I do, to be here, lacking, my basic needs?

You promised You would provide, what’s up?

Now, I know I am no Elijah, and it seems I am not a rain maker. 

In my case, I believe I was sent to this little God loving and loved by God church, to lead them to more.

More Power, More Joy, More Jesus, More Life, More Peace, health, wisdom, grace….

They listen, nod their heads and say:  “If God wanted us to have that, He would have given it to us.”

Never to realize, they had to ask for salvation, before receiving it.  It is the same with the Gifts of the Spirit.  We must ask, let God know He is our provider, let Him know we know His word and will.  Seek the best Gift.

The best gift is the Gift needed now.   ASK, SEEK, KNOCK…

Do not stop until you receive.  An answer.  Yes, No or latter.

In Elijahs case, God had more for him to do elsewhere.

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,   Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:

A new chapter is awaiting him as he obeys the voice of the Lord.

Do you feel like you are stuck, that there is little or no forward motion in your life?  Have you ignored the voice of the Lord?

Maybe it is time to move on in His will, to a new chapter in your life.

Seek Him, prayerfully.   Amen