Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What happens when we feel like hiding - Part II

Text: James 5.17 / Share 1   Kings 19

Do you want to experience the best of God? Would you like to know His will? Really? 

Last week we spoke about Elijah’s Dark Days and what he did to get there. He isolates himself, he was focused on the negative and forgot God’s provision. Today I would like to share a few attitudes to reverse the process to enter the cave, and how we can have the best days in our lives.
Today I would like to invite Ask yourself whether you need to do the following:

1.             Let God confront you. In verse 9 of 1 Kings, Elijah slept in a cave and God came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Then, in spite of Elijah’s excuses, the Lord ministered to him. I love that. God wasn’t angry or judgmental; He just ministered grace to him. 
The biggest problem when we spend our lives giving excuses is that when we do it we stop growing because change and growth comes when we are confronted, and as a result, we recognize, repent and change.

2. Let God reveals Himself to you. Watch how God showed Himself strong to Elijah. God told him to stand outside, “And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke 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 the sound of a low whisper” (1 Kings 19:11–12, ESV). That is sweet. Elijah had seen the dramatic stuff and it didn’t faze him so much anymore. But then God whispered to him, and Elijah got fired up. God wants to reveal Himself to you in a way that will touch you, and He knows the best way, so don’t putt Him in a box and be opened to listen to His voice.

3. Let God provide for you. He revealed Himself to Elijah in a small gentle voice, God supernaturally sent food and rest. God will minister to you if you will receive His provision.
Would you like a supernatural life? Would you like to see miracles happening? Remember that in order to see a miracle you need to need one. God wants to provide for you, and He will if you only be ready to receive.

4. Immediately do what God says. God gave some specific instructions to Elijah in verses 15–17. Whatever God is saying you need to do, do it immediately.
Sometimes we know what to do, but we don’t do it in time. Remember that you can end up on the wrong place by staying too long in the right place, or leaving too soon. God has a time and will for all of us, we just need to do it. Are you willing to do that?

5. Get involved with people again. After this, God sent Elijah back to civilization. What is it you need to do today to get back in the game? Do you need to go somewhere or call someone?
Ask God to give you the courage to meet and follow Him each day and He will renew your heart with

Which of these five areas do you most need to surrender to God? What step can you take today to move toward spiritual encouragement? Let’s pray!

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