Elijah (2)

Elijah (2)

  “Go up now, look toward the sea.” 1Ki 18:43 NKJV

Elijah said to his servant, “‘Go up now, look toward the sea.’ So he went up and looked, and said, ‘There is nothing.’ And seven times [Elijah] said, ‘Go again’…the seventh time…[the servant] said, ‘There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!’ So [Elijah] said, ‘Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you’” (1Ki 18:43-44 NKJV). Notice four things in this story: (1) You must look to God for your answer, not people. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord…He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream…It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jer 17:7-8 NIV). (2) You must keep believing what God says. Elijah kept getting the same negative report, “There is nothing.” But he kept believing God until finally the seventh time his servant said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea.” God had promised it was coming, so he stood on God’s Word. (3) You must not be influenced by those who don’t share your vision. Elijah’s servant kept saying, “Nothing is happening.” But Elijah knew better. You can’t be led by those who aren’t in sync with you spiritually. (4) You must position yourself to receive. “He…put his face between his knees” (1Ki 18:42 NKJV). That’s the birthing position! Today what you sense within you is real, but if you don’t get into position and push it won’t happen. If you do, God will bless you with “abundance” (See 1Ki 18:41 NKJV).

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Urvashi wrote:
I am Elijah's mother, my name is Richelle. It has been nalery a month since the challenging time of the week-long hospital stay with our infant son. No matter how much time passes since that event- I will never forget, nor cease to be grateful for all whose prayers and support to my family helped us tremendously through that very difficult time. It was immediately apparent that we were covered in prayer. I was granted supernatural strength to stay awake in spite of the extended period of little to no sleep, and my son's doctors were thorough beyond our expectation. My sincere thanks to all who interceded on our behalf I cannot be grateful enough. What you read in the Hubers blog was that my son was sick and needed prayer. What you didn't know was that during our hospital stay, our other two children (both girls- ages 4 yrs, and 20 months) were taken in by the Hubers and made a part of their family for the week that we were away. This is a family who, until about six months ago, were complete strangers to us! Through what I believe to be a divine appointment, our families met- and through a set of what can only be described as supernatural circumstances- our families became close. I am so grateful that the Lord has chosen to intertwine our families. As Christians, we are all called to serve. Not everyone answers that call. The Hubers do Thank You.

Wed, February 26, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

2. awolfhunter.com wrote:
Why Church? Let s be clear on the question. By Church, you (and the blog series creators) seem to be referring to any number of political institutions called churches in our world. I reject this definition of the word as far too narrow and limiting. The Church is the Body of Christ Universal all believers everywhere and in whatever groups they gather in. This certainly includes, but is not limited to, those institutions.The Church exists whether defined within such constructs as denominations, pastorates, parishes, buildings and meeting times or not. No institution other than Christian community is necessary for the Church to be present and active. Conversely, a church entity may exist without being in any way connected to the Body (cf. Westboro Baptist Church). In my experience, I have found more healthy, life-giving expressions of the Body of Christ outside modern church institutions over the past decade than within them. That is not to say that these institutions are all evil or corrupt (though some certainly are), but that constructs of ministry and Christian community and especially definitions of what the Church is can no longer be so narrowly defined. As long as they are, doors to dynamic, whole-life engagement of faith especially for those who inherently distrust institutional constructs will remain closed.Why Church? Because the community of faith in Christ is enormous, beautiful, diverse and essential to well-lived faith. For me, though, institutions called churches in the modernistic sense are rarely a part of the equation. Why? Because I find it far more challenging and rewarding to integrate my faith into the whole of life without those organizations. Involvement with such groups has tended, in my experience, to create unhealthy dependency, disillusionment and disappointment and a constant battle against attending The Jesus Show every week without truly seeking after and being challenged by Christ. I ve chosen to let go of that constant cognitive dissonance, the battle between faith and church politics and the false identity portrayed by most who engage in the Sunday ritual. The slope is too slippery and the price too steep if I fall into false religiosity. Instead, I find faith more vibrant when it must be constantly challenged and won, lived and breathed, sought and discovered. Churches as the modern world has defined them work for some and if you&

Sun, March 2, 2014 @ 4:13 AM

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