Elijah was a prophet who lived in the northern kingdom of Israel. He was very much upset by the idol worship promoted by King Ahab. He worked tirelessly to bring back the worship of true God in Israel. Being an ordinary man, it was not an easy task. He had to risk his life. He had to fight against King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. But he did not give up, he was committed for the course of God.
He challenged the political and temporal authority in the name of God.
In (1 kings17:1) He declared that there want be rain unless at his command and it was so. God stood with His prophet who honored Him.
He humbly obeyed God and took refuge in His provision.
- God led him and provided him in an extraordinary way. The ravens were employed to serve him. They brought him bread and meat morning and evening.
- As the famine grew severe he was asked to go to Zerephath to a widow’s house, there again he was fed miraculously and given the challenge to exhibit the mighty healing power of God. He prayed for the dead child of the house owner. Again God answered and made the child alive honoring his servant’s faith.
He challenged the power of gods and their priests (1kings18:18).
The priests of Baal were summoned to demonstrate the power of their god against the power of God of Israel. At this dramatic event, he simply prayed to God, to send down fire upon a wet and water drenched sacrifice and God honored his request and answered by sending fire.
He faced the king and asked him to be prepared for the coming rain(1Kings18:41-46).
He prayed and it rained.
He was a devoted man, who trusted and obeyed God unhesitatingly. He had enough and more patience to wait for the answer to his prayers.
He never gave up. He was earnest and fervent in his prayers.
He delighted in working with and for God. He knew his prayers would be answered.
If we pray with the same intensity and fervency we could experience the mighty power of prayer. So let us be fervent in our prayers and be enthusiastic, devoted, bold and obedient in the service of God.
Elijah was just like us (James 5:17) but he had an extraordinary faith.
He stood with God and God stood with him. Even today God stands with those who would like to stand with Him.
- Prophet Elijah – Boldest of the Prophets. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- The Sinning Servant: You? Me? Yes! (thecounselingmoment.wordpress.com)
- Be Bold in the Lord and FEAR NOT! (johnfcft.wordpress.com)
- You Aren’t As Ordinary As You Think (todaysfreshmanna.wordpress.com)
- Commemoration of the Prophet Elijah (brvanlanen.wordpress.com)
- Running Scared? You’re Not Alone! (johnfcft.wordpress.com)
- Sermon from August 12th – “God is at the end of your rope” (faithchristianchurchlima.wordpress.com)
- Elijah’s Prayer at Mount Carmel. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- The Hospitality of Two Widows (womenfromthebook.com)
Expand Your Territory.
( 1 chronicles 4: 9-10) Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez,saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain. And God granted his request.
Every time Jabez heard his name, he heard it as sorrow, grief, pain. It reminded him, how unfortunate he was. There was nothing he could do. Today of course we can change our names. It seems Jabez didn’t think of that, neither he cursed his mothers or God. He had all the reasons to do so. Even if he had done, nobody would have found fault with him. Bible says he is honorable.
Instead of sinking in his depraved condition, he turned to God. In his distress, as David he cried unto God. What would we do if we had been in that situation?
He was bold to keep his pain before the throne of grace. He had the confidence that God would answer. He freely spoke his mind before God.
1. He prayed “bless me”.
He approached God in faith, without any fear or inhibition. He knew only God had the answer to his problem. We need to go to God fearlessly, and ask him to bless us. We need His blessings. Without His blessing we are helpless. He has promised to bless us. Say now to the Lord, I need your blessings so that I can serve your better.
2. He also prayed “enlarge my territory”.
God can and will enlarge you, if you ask him specifically. You need to tell the Lord your real need. It’s not a selfish demand. When your ministry is enlarged, you can touch more people with His love.
3. He asked for God’s hand to be with him.
He understood without God’s help and empowering, he could achieve nothing. He asked God’s protection and wanted to be free from pain. Let us boldly draw near to God and ask Him to protect and guide us with His mighty hand.
4. God granted his request.
God answers our prayers. Tell him to bless you, so that you will serve him better. Tell him to expand you, so that you can touch many lives with his love. Tell him to be with you, so that you are encouraged to release his ministry of love.
Be confident like Jabez and draw near to God, to enjoy, love and serve Him.
- Enlarging Your Territory? (missionmusings.wordpress.com)
While traveling through the desert of Shur, for three days they couldn’t find drinking water. They were tired and exhausted .At last they came to Mara and there was water, but what a disappointment! The water was bitter and couldn’t be drunk. In their unbearable thirst and distress, they began to grumble against Moses, as if it was his fault. They have easily forgotten what God has done in Egypt, the miracles, the deliverance, the mighty power of God.
Instead of turning to God for help they turned against His servant.
But Moses turned to God and prayed. God intervened. He showed Moses a piece of wood. He threw it in to the water and it became sweet (Exodus 15:25).
At this place God revealed Himself a new Title Name Jehovah –Rapha “I am the Lord, who heals” (Exodus 15:26). He is the healer. All healing belongs to Him. He chooses diverse ways and means to heal. This was very clearly demonstrated by Christ in His earthly ministry. Sometimes He touched the sick, some occasions He used mud the natural things, in some other places he used the spoken word.
He is sovereign. He knows what is best and He acts freely. What we need to do is to yield to Him, trust Him and obey Him. The God who frees also heals. All these are available to us though faith and believing prayer. He said to the women with an issue of blood “daughter your faith has healed you”. Let’s have faith in Jehovah- Rapha who is able and willing to heal us.
- The Bible In Our World (Part 7) (thebiblemeditator.wordpress.com)
- Faith Makes Provision (mtsweat.com)
- Just Passing Through the Desert (freshwind-ministries.org)
- Could You Just Give Me a Sign? (mtsweat.com)
The God we worship is interested in our welfare. He is not separated from us. He is with us, and within us. Israelites cried to God in their distress from Egypt. He heard their cry and came to rescue them. He led them out of bondage to freedom.
“I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8-9).
The God, we worship is “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14).
He is great. He is unchanging. He is eternal. He is sovereign. He is mighty. He is able.
1. I have indeed seen the misery of my people.
God cares for us and sees us always and everywhere. He is willing to get involved in our affairs to help us and free us. Seeing the suffering of His people in Egypt , He chose and prepared Moses as a leader to rescue them. He saved them as promised. Even today He does it, in and through Christ. We have a redeemer, we have a glorious hope.
2. I have heard them crying out.
“Call unto me and I will answer you…”(Jeremiah 33:3).
He hears our prayers. He is sensitive to our needs. He heard the cry of His people and sent Moses to deliver them. Same way Jesus was sent to free us. We have been set free.
3. I am concerned about their suffering.
He is our shepherd. He took action to deliver them, protect and provide for them on their journey to freedom. He is concerned of us. He wants to comfort us, and provide for us. He, as our shepherd is with us, even when we go through the valley of death.
4. I have come down to rescue them.
He had a mission, rescuing His people. He accomplished it in relation to Israel.
He sent His son to rescue us from the bondage of sin and the power of Satan. We are no more under bondage. We are more than conquerors. We have been set free.
5. Bring them out of that land to a good and specious land, a land flowing with milk and honey
They were released from slavery. The circumstances were changed; the environment was changed and were brought to a new dimension of divine experience. God always brings us out, from one level of experience to another level of experience to taste and see how good the Lord is.
It is rewarding, for “the blessings of Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it” (Proverbs 10:22).
Our God loves us.He is interested in us and bring us, in to true freedom to enjoy Him and His blessings.The opportunity is open for all.Let us draw near to Him in faith.