“The LORD Our God Is Not Interested In Mega Churches Or Big Catheral. Our LORD says, “When The Son Of Man Cometh, Shall He Find Faith On The Earth?(luke 18:8)”. Our LORD is looking for Faith, Genuine Faith In Him & Him alone.
God found one man in the Old Testament as an example of Tenacious Faith – Faith That Prevails. Recorded in James 5:16b are these potent words, “THE EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH.” Elijah was no different from us for it says, “Elijah was a man subject to similar passions as we are..”
Elijah went through 3 Examples Of Total Dependance Upon Jehovah God in Divine Protection & Provision.
No.1. FED BY RAVENS
After he obeyed God in delivering the Message of Judgement to the wicked King Ahab that there will be no rainfall for 3 years and 6 months, he was told by God to hide himself by the mountain brook called Cherith. God said, “Thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there (1 Kings 17:4)” The ravens as we know are unclean birds. But God chose them to do His work. Why not the eagles or sparrows?
Elijah was a Wanted Man. After one year of drought a desperate warrant for his arrest is issued nationwide. No man dare to give him protection or provision. So he has to hide by the narrow mountain brook. Eagles’ with a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet cannot enter or leave the cramped space of the narrow brook, so God did not use the eagle. Neither the sparrows, they can’t carry much weight of food for a fully grown man like Elijah. So the All Wise God chose versatile ravens to do the job.
What humiliation!, a fully grown man receiving bread and flesh from ravens. Never in his imagination during normal times did he envisioned that these detestable scavenging birds would one day be his chosen benefactors. Such is the mysterious ways God train his servant. To lay low his pride & put full confidence in God – The Living God Alone!
His Daily Prayer. His Effectual Fervent Prayer Continued Day By Day. And he saw the answer to his prayers. Right before his eyes he saw the brook Cherith shrinking in volume – till “the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land”.
No.2. FED BY POOR WIDOW WOMAN FACING IMMINENT DEATH.
God knows His servant’s need. He says, “Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” Not a widow from Israel; but a widow from a heathen country, a Zidonian who worship the goddess Ashtoreth. An unclean bird fed him. Now God commanded a widow woman from an unclean nation to sustain him. It was implicit obedience without questioning God.
Arriving on the scene, Elijah might have thought that this widow had inherited a fortune from her deceased husband. Abundant provision? Did not Full Gospel Doctrine tell us that By believing Jehovah God there will be guaranteed health and wealth? Health & Wealth Teachings Are So Prevalent today? Abject poverty? This is The Reality!
Oh no Elijah, what you actually witnessed is your God’s Power in Holding Back Rain Even In Distant Land Here. Famine has devastated this poor widow. She is now gathering firewood to bake her last meal. She is actually facing imminent death. Listen to her pathetic words, “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 1 Kings 17:12)
Faith, mighty faith welled up from Elijah’s soul as he proclaimed, ‘For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth ( 1 Kg.17:14)
Though faith is like a very small mustard seed – if allowed to grow in suitable condition. Suitable Condition? Not in high sounding, noisy, men entertaining Churches. Not in feasting & merry go lucky ways of the world. Where? In quietness & in confidence is your strength. In The Meditation Of God’s Word, FOR FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD (Never By Tongue Speaking Or Loud Clapping)
FAITH, MIGHT FAITH, LAUGHS AT UNBELIEVE, AND CRY, IT SHALL BE DONE!
Mount Carmel’s Sacrifice Is An Outward Testimony Of Elijah’s Life. The Bullock Represents Elijah’s Total Consecration – Death To His Pride, Death To His Own Will – That He Might Do The Will Of God – And God Alone!
THE FIRE THAT FELL IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
A Revivalist says, “THE FIRE WILL NOT FALL IF THERE IS NO SACRIFICE ON THE ALTAR”
IS YOUR ALL ON THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE LAID?
YOUR HEART DOES THE SPIRIT CONTROL?
YOU CAN ONLY BE BLEST AND HAVE PEACE AND SWEET REST
AS YOU YIELD HIM YOUR BODY AND SOUL…
SEE HOW THE FIRE FELL:
IT FELL FROM HEAVEN (Not Worked Up By Emotion Like Ahab’s False Prophets)
IT BURNT UP THE BULLOCK
IT BURNT DOWNWARD THE WOOD
IT BURNT FURTHER DOWN THE BIG STONES
IT BURNT UP THE SOIL ON THE GROUND
IT BURNT & DRIED UP FOUR BARRELS OF WATER!
No.3. FED BY ANGELS
Even with the execution of 850 false prophets & the Conversion Of Thousands From Baal Worship To Jehovah, the wicked queen Jezebel did not bat an eyelid & wanted to kill Elijah.
You see, winning a Mighty Battle At Mt Carmel does not automaically enable us to win another. Winning Spiritual Battle is Always By God’s Divine Grace & Power. We are only vessels. So Elijah ran for dear life. Elijah did not wait for Instruction. If he did he need not flee at all. He heard God said, “I commanded the ravens to feed thee THERE.” Again, “I have commanded a widow woman THERE to sustain thee (1 Kg. 17:9) THERE, THERE Elijah Is The Only Place Of Protection & Provision! YES! THERE IS WHERE THE CENTER OF HIS WILL! And Inside His Will Is Invinsibility!
Alas! Elijah run ahead of God’s Will. BUT Our God Is The Kind & Compassionate God.
Hungry, tired & thirsty he laid down under a juniper tree and requested for death. Where? It was a day’s journey in the desert – 22 miles. No ravens to bring him flesh? No poor widow woman to bake him cake? You Shall Not Be Served By Birds Or Man Elijah. You Shall Be Served By Angels. God never fails to take care of His own.
You see, the First miracle involves ravens bringing him food. Is it miraculous? Animals like dog, chimpanzees, dolphins and even birds have been taught to fetch things. Yes, it is a miracle. But men have trained animals to do wonders, too. So what?
The Second Miracle Of Multiplying Flour & Bread Is True Miracle Because There Is a Creative Act.
The Third Miracle Is Unmistakable! Angel appeared & disappeared out of no where. If you believe God – you will see Greater & Greater Things Of Wonders. Our God Is A God Of Wonders.
Where Is The Place For Prosperity Gospel here? No money at all is mentioned here. Ravens certainly do not use money. Poor widow woman has none. Neither does the angel. The proponent of propsterity gospel says,”Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a lowly donkey – the equivalent of a Mercedes in his time.” They say that the soldiers cast lot for his seamless garment because it is of high value. Jesus must be rich.
What did Jesus say? He says, “The foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests but the Son of Man hath no where to rest his head.” He also says,”Them that wear soft raiment (expensive clothes) are in the king’s palaces”. The lowly donkey is equivalent to the cheapest Daihatsu Mira In Japan Or Kancil in Malaysia.
Be very careful of these modern day false teachers who are out to make merchandise of you. They do not deny themselves, nor bear any crosses which is a must if we want to be His true disciples. Ahab has 850 prophets against One Man Elijah. The Majority must by right? No, they were all false. So are the Mega Churches who never preach against sin. There is a missing note of repentance; and therefore the majority are neither born again or have experience the new birth.
God uses natural means to provide for us. But If God Calls You And Wants You To Be His Witness He Will Show You Many Things. You will rise from the lower natural plane to a higher spiritual plane of Divine provision by God Himself. One of them IS LIVING BY FAITH!
Brethren Pray For Me That I May Have The Liberty & Grace To Share.