“Elijah lived with God. He thought about the nation’s sin like God; he grieved over sin like God; he spoke against sin like God. He was all passion in his prayers and passionate in his denunciation of evil in the land.” Leonard Ravenhill
As you proceed on your journey of life, you will encountering some times of testing. Realize that the circumstances of end-time living require a new level of end-time preparation and dedication. Hardship, difficulty and even wondering if you will ever be ready to do what God has laid on your heart, does have its fulfillment in God’s timing. God is testing your faith. He is making you passionate.
God is doing a work in you that only He could do, and it is personally tailored to your life.
He knows what it will take, and He wants to live with you in such a way and to such an extent that no opposition will be able to alter your steadfastness, your single-mindedness and your fearlessness. There will be a time when you will thank Him exceedingly for every moment that you have had to wait and persevere. Your muscles are becoming strong, and you may not even know it at the moment.
Elijah lived with God. He was a man who was absolutely dedicated to God in every way. His prayers were passionate. He felt the way God felt about sin. He knew the power of God, and he saw God’s power demonstrated in the days in which he lived. He had qualities that we must seek in our lives as we move forward in God’s calling.
Elijah lived by faith and experienced the power of God in his life. His simple trust brought God’s provision when none seemed to be possible. The challenges to provision can be met only with this kind of faith (I Kings 17:1-10). When Elijah spoke the Word of God, it was backed by the manifest presence and power of God. That will bring the conviction of the Word of God (1 Kings 18).
God is preparing you for the miraculous. It is through your intimacy, hourly walking with God, and living by faith in an increasing measure, that will enable you to see the miraculous in your ministry. This attracts the world and will bring in the harvest.
In what way is God testing your faith today? Where is He bringing personal growth in your life by testing you beyond your human limits? Think about it. God is personally devoted to your growth. How does faith grow? Look at Elijah, who lived outside his own personal comfort zone and in the miraculous presence of God.
“At the time of the sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: ‘O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.’ Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord – he is God! The Lord – he is God” (1 Kings 18:36-39).
Elijah was totally devoted to God. In his fearless dedication, he obeyed the promptings of the Holy Spirit. His unhesitating devotion made Elijah a bold spokesman for what is right (1 Kings 17:1, 2 Kings 1:3-4). Instructions about where to go and what to do came from his relationship with God (1 Kings 17:2-6, 19:9-18). God knew the best plan for Elijah’s life, how He could best use him and what would bring the fulfillment of Elijah’s destiny.
In the same way, God knows the plans He has for you. He knows what you will need and how to get you there. He is devoted to you. He wants you to walk in simple, childlike trust, obeying His promptings. Entrust yourself afresh to His perfect design, and He will bring you to the place that is purposed just for you. You won’t miss it if you walk in obedience and stay wholly dedicated to Him.
In what area do you sense the promptings to obedience from the Holy Spirit? How can you personally go further in your dedication to Him? Meditate; think about it. Let God speak to you. Elijah obeyed the promptings of the Holy Spirit even when it was beyond human understanding. And God came through for him on every occasion.
“Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the Lord the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word’… Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land”
(1 Kings 17:1, 7).
Pray that God will bring each one of us deeper in dedication, more fearless in faith and steadfast in obedience. May we be those set apart, marked out as different, and geared to the circumstances of the hour. As we obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, God will provide the strength, wisdom and resources you need to complete what He has begun in you.
“To the question, ‘Where is the Lord God of Elijah?’ we answer, ‘Where are the Elijahs of God?’ We know Elijah was ‘a man of like passions as we are, but alas! We are not men of like prayer as he was! One praying man stands as a majority with God! Today God is bypassing men – not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self-sufficient.” Leonard Ravenhill
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International