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Elijah Lived With God

12249908_1061071043956002_5346066392157442519_n“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

The Dark Night Of The Soul

11227655_964089580320816_1139485760950981512_n“John of the Cross, a 16th century believer, coined this term to describe a unique kind of spiritual suffering. Distinct from the pain God’s children feel when their fellowship with Him is broken because of sin, this sense of darkness seems actually to be inflicted by God in order to do a deeper work in those who long for more of Him. By stripping us of things we’ve come to rely upon – even good things like answers to prayer, or feelings of joy, or experiences of His presence – God brings us to a new place where we know and love Him for who He is alone.”

The dark night of the soul is a common occurrence to all who are seeking hard after God. I wish I had understood it many years ago when my husband and I entered into a season of darkness that lasted a number of years. I didn’t understand at the time what was happening to us, but now in looking back, I see it as the most important time in our spiritual journey with God. It not only brought us personally into a depth with God that we had never known before, it has been the key and the stepping stone into the ministry we are now involved in called the Elijah Company, Inc. and Intercessors Arise.

“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remain (just one grain; it never becomes more but lives) by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others, and yields a rich harvest” (John 12:24, Amplified).

In order to bring us deeper, God needs to strip us of ourselves. He needs to remove all the wisdom and ways of the world, all the sense of human accomplishment we may have in our ministry, and all of our nervous energy and soulish activity. He wants to draw us to Himself alone, and He even takes away the good things in order to give us the best. Although this time may seem bewildering, God has His perfect plan, and He knows every moment what He is doing. He lets us experience a dry and lonely desert experience where He, alone, sustains our spiritual life. He teaches us the ways of the Spirit.

Moses, Job, Joseph, Paul and a number of Biblical characters went through a dark night of the soul. This is where they learned valuable spiritual truths. This is a special class in the school of God’s Spirit from which we gain much spiritual strength for whatever we do for God in the future. It is personalized with our name on it, and it is designed to change us from the inside out.

It is a choice place to be. We can learn a lesson from the Jewish potters.

“When Jewish potters make new pots, they set aside the very best pots and pottery for special treatment. After they put their name on the underside of these extra good pieces, they put them away in a cold, damp room for storage, away from the public view. It is only when the more selective buyers ask for the ‘very best’ of the potter’s products that the craftsman will retrieve the chosen pots from their hidden storage place.” Lori Wilke

The dark night of the soul is the most difficult experience for each one of us. God doesn’t seem to tell us what we are going through. It would be easy if He would just say, “This is only a test.” It seems as if our life has reached a place where there is no way out except God. This is where He wants us, which is a place of absolutely dependent and at the very end of our human ability and resources.

I remember this dark night well. It has become a memorial in my everyday experience for I was marked for life by the lessons I learned during those days and years of loneliness and loss. It is the place where we find our deepest treasure and where we find true hope in God alone. It is the place where we are set free from ourselves in a deeper way. The dark night of the soul has been the place where our life ministry was truly birthed in all its fullness. But I must admit that it was extremely difficult each and every day, and it seemed as if that dark season would never end. But God always knows what He was doing. He is developing a hidden place where true faith and fruitfulness is birthed.

“The Master Potter may have placed you in a cold storage room for a season while you mature and grow strong in the silent darkness. You can only wait for the appointed time of the Lord when He, with pleasure, places you into His service. To believers, though, the life of faith doesn’t always make sense. You may feel lost in that dark night of the soul, seemingly gathering dust in the Lord’s storage room of the wilderness. Set your heart and desire on the Master Himself, not merely on the outward activities and blessings of his household.” Lori Wilke

How to Face the Dark Night of the Soul

“Yet how do you pray when the heavens are silent, when you go to the fountain only to find that it seems to have dried up? Prayer through the dark night is unlike any other kind; by necessity, it draws upon some untapped reservoir of raw faith.”

  • Trust God and rely on Him – You may feel that you made some mistake during this dark time, but God is really maturing you for greatness.
  • Study the Biblical characters – Realize that they spent time in the desert. Study the lives of Moses, Elijah, David, John the Baptist and Paul. All of them experienced the dark night of the soul.
  • Obey God, and walk in repentance – Let God touch every area of your life with His refining fire. Repent as He lets the weaknesses and sin in your life come to the surface.
  • Cling to God and His Word – He is the one who will carry you through this season of your life. Don’t hurry it along but learn to cling to God even when He seems far away. Hold onto Scriptural promises.
  • Wait on God in persistent prayer – Keep on pursuing God, and cry out to Him in persistent prayer. Wait on God for He has an appointed time to release you.
  • Love God for who He is – Learn to be a lover of God for Himself and not what He can give you. Worship and praise Him throughout the day.
  • Thank God for this hidden place – Recognize that it is a necessary part of your growth. Character is not developed overnight. There will come a time where you are eternally grateful for this season in your life. Thank Him now.
  • Recommit your soul to God afresh – Don’t give up or complain. It will only lengthen this time. Commit your life afresh to God’s purposes and plans. Allow Him to re-fashion your life according to His design.

“Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God” (Isaiah 50:10).

“Proven vessels have been oven-baked and refired again and again in the kiln of commitment until they’ve proven their ability to withstand the pressures and temperature of the fire. Once you cry out, ‘God, I want to be like you,’ then you will probably be broken up, made over into a brand-new vessel, and whisked out of the bright light into a deserted and dark back storage room until the appointed time. Remember, diamonds were just pieces of coal formed in a dark, pressurized environment.” Lori Wilke

I thank God for every day I spent in the dark night of the soul. Without it, I could never do what I am doing today. It was the hardest time in my life, but it changed me forever. Now I treasure the seclusion I learned during that season of my life. I can now look forward in a new way to desert moments when God brings me alone to Himself because I know how He is deepening the quality of my life.

I do not know how any of us as intercessors can do without this dark night of the soul, because through the dark night God brings forth the brightest faith, the greatest freedom, and a diamond that could be formed in no other way, not just for ourselves alone but for the world. For those of you who are facing a dark night, I encourage you to embrace this season for you will truly receive memorial stones that will change you forever for God’s glory and for your greatest good.

A glorious dawn awaits you.

“I know now that for every dark night, a glorious dawn awaits. Wherever you may be in your spiritual journey, I pray that this truth will encourage you to reach for all God is, regardless of the cost. He will not hide Himself from you even one minute beyond His sovereign plan. He holds you, even when you feel completely deserted, and He’s shedding His love into your heart. Cling to Him through the darkness. The trials that overwhelm right now will one day appear as memorial stones – monuments that testify to His great love and power to redeem. This is the legacy of the soul’s dark night.” Unnamed quotes by Tracey McCary Rhodes

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International

For additional training, read Deeper Still: Secrets to a Deeper Prayer Life by Debbie Przybylski.