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When Your Journey is Overwhelming …. 1 Kings 19.1-9 

This can’t be about a man of God who got a moment’s weakness because of a moment of sin; for that would describe a man who rebels against God or the nation of Israel 900 years before Jesus.  No, Elijah was God’s man who was not in the act of rebellion.  Elijah was God’s man who came to a point where he was overwhelmed by the rebellious world living around him; a rebellious world living around him and against God.   By reading 1 Kings 19, and the previous chapters, we discover this rebellious world and a rebellious King Ahab and his wife ‘Jezebel.’ Who was mad because God overcame sinful prophets of a cultic god called Baal.  Now, Jezebel threatened to murder Elijah (a great prophet of the living God). Elijah simply was exhausted, and now he reached his burn out for God point.

When I consider his tired soul, I can understand why he might be to the point of burn out.  Though he ran in fear, Elijah knew to call out to God. He had called on God on Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18) and watched as God took care of the bad rebellious prophets. Now, Elijah was worn from the event and the murderous threats from Jezebel. As he called God on that mountain, now he must call God in his valley. And Jezebel, I wonder if she had anyone in mind to carry out her murderous threat against Elijah. The Baal prophets were dead, but there might be someone else she could get.  We only know that Elijah ran in fear, and that he had his servant with him. Was the servant Obadiah? 

Elijah knew to call out to God in his troubles.  God was directing Elijah on this path to another mountain; the mountain of God called Mt. Sinai and the place where the Lord gave Moses the Ten Commandments.  There was important work for Elijah to continue in; however, a retreat was necessary. Elijah must hear God on the mountain before he could continue his prophetic ministry. God allowed His prophet to run in his fear, but to run to the place where he would face that fear. Only when Elijah got to the place of self recognition, did the Lord employ an angel to attend to his prophet. Elijah had to come to the place of total abandonment. He had to come to the place where he could do nothing.

The prophet was tired, weak and about to give up on life. When Elijah came to the tree he slept under, he still had a forty day walking trip to the Mt. Sinai; mountain where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush.  For Elijah to make the journey, he had to have God’s provision. When he got that, he was empowered to travel the remaining path to the mountain of Sinai.  It would be here where Elijah would hear the Word of the Lord.

This passage doesn’t address those who rebel / sin against the Lord. Many convince themselves that their sins are covered when, in fact, the soul is dead to doing right things. If so, this passage is not for you. However, this passage is for those who do live the Christian life. This is for those who do the works of God in the world. This is the life of a Christian.  Perhaps, you live for the Lord, but the world around you attacks your faith and works.  You may grow tired and just give up. Don’t do it!  God is very provisional in these times. When you have come to the end of your power and humanism sets in, get back into your prayer with the Lord God. His understanding and provisions are outstanding.  God wants to take you to the mountain place; rather than the overwhelming place. You may have an overwhelming journey, but God is using that journey to get your attention. Find yourself again, pray through to the Lord, look up and see what He brings to you. Get back up and go the journey to the place of the mountain.
Life support usually means the end is near for one’s life, but in this case, God is promising a ‘life support’ which brings a man what he needs to live. God’s life support is man’s greatest need.
I have yet to experience the necessity of life support. I have yet to experience a family member on life support. I had just received a notice of a man who is being disconnected from life support. This usually leads to the end of life. God’s life support is just the opposite; for it is a life support that provides exactly what we need to survive. As long as God’s life support remains on a man, he will continuously live.
In our Bible passage 1 Kings 18.41-45,
People of God had become people of the world; therefore, a three year drought set in. Rebellion to God leads to life droughts. Life support is taken off, and someone begins to suffer. God spoke to His man of the hour of time. This man served and obeyed God, and God called him into the world to be a voice calling people back to the Lord God. This special man who obeyed God spoke the heart of God to the people of God. The awful drought of a rainless three years was seriously stumping the survival of people who once loved God. The problem now was that they loved God, but they also loved other gods; gods that did not move or live.
People were still torn between gods, but God was promising the people that it was going to rain so hard, that they would be knocked off their feet. The man of God gave the news that God was ending the drought of a rainless sky and land. This man of God told the leader of this rebellious people that rain was coming. The man of God told the leader to eat and drink in preparation of getting off the mountain and into his home below before the storm came; a storm the man of God could actually hear a hundred miles away.
Then, the man of God went up on the higher mountain, bowed down and put his head between his knees in prayer and worship before the living God. After looking into the sky over a great sea, there appeared a small cloud where the sea met the sky. It kept growing and growing. It was a coming sign of rain which came out of his hearing the sound of rain. Now, it was coming.
Another time, the man of God told the leader of this rebellious people to get in his wheels and get off the mountain. The rain began, and it was a rain above all rains. The man of God ran down the higher mountain and began to decline the lower mountain. God’s power came on the man of God, the man of God ran faster; so fast that he passed by the rebellious leader in his wheels. The man of God kept running. He came to the bottom of the mountain; while the rebellious leader in his wheels went into his house and explained his dilemma to his wife.
Now, the rebellious leader had to decide to get on God’s life support or not. He had just witnessed the power of God on the mountain. What will he do? What will you do? Each day goes by, and you seemingly miss the great wonders of God. Your world continues to rebel. God is looking for more men and women of God who will witness to a rebellious world of God’s great promise of ending the droughts of life. We need the power of God in our lives!! We need Jesus Christ who is the very Person of God who brings God’s promises to our lives of drought. Do you want in?
Brother Clint

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When Storms Suddenly Appear
It is best to follow and obey the directions and commands of Jesus Christ. The disciples must be so tight with Jesus that they know their Lord’s every desire. Timing is everything in the disciple’s life; however, many times, disciples fall short of going or doing quickly the commands of the Master Jesus. In these times, storms may come, and disciples find themselves in the midst of regret. But even so, Jesus is the Savior of His followers; even when they act contractive to His commands. The key is to begin to see Jesus for who He is. The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, and they began to realize, on a new higher level, that Jesus is truly the Son of God; and to be known as the full expression and fullness of God. The walking on water reached the senses of the disciples; after Jesus identified Himself to them. Jesus’ identification not only relieved the disciples of fear, it also relieved the winds and the waves. Imagine the new hope when the Master Jesus does this in our lives!!!
Earlier that evening, the disciples came to the shore to cross over. They may have hesitated to cross; hoping that Jesus would join them; however, Jesus remained on the side of the small mountain; alone, but with His great eyes upon the disciples as they hesitated. Jesus certainly knew the storm was coming; so did His disciples. Storms often occur in the evening hours over the Galilean Lake; which is like a small sea. But now, the storm has arrived, and the disciples are in the middle of it; straining hard to row the boat. The disciples feared they wouldn’t get to the other side of the lake. But now they see Jesus walking on the water; thinking what they saw was a ghost. This brought more fear than the storm itself. Is their situation hopeless?
They key is found in the presence of Jesus. He came to them, even in the storm; perhaps a storm brought on by the disciples’ hesitation and disobedience to cross over before darkness set in. But here He comes across the waves and through the strong winds; coming to the rescue of the disciples. The disciples must learn to trust the commands of Jesus; their Master. They must learn to obey and avoid storms. Storms in this world will come, but disciples could avoid many storms if they would immediately obey what Jesus commands. Disciples must further learn to recognize their Master in the midst of the storm. It is better to have Jesus in their boat. Perhaps Jesus would have walked past them to the other side of the shore. This could have been a test. In other words, cross the water at Jesus’ command and do not hesitate. It finally means: experience the rescue and joy of getting to where Jesus told them to go in the first place. Suddenly the boat reached the other side. It became an easy sail with the Master on the board. Just think how many easy sails we might have if we just obeyed Jesus in the beginning. Our tragedies don’t need to take us down. The key is to recognize Jesus, take Him on board and notice the difference He makes. Amen?
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
John 6.16-21
The problem with yours or my sin of the past is the ungodly person who keeps reminding you of what you did. Hold to your redemptive ground. If you have truly and honestly asked the Lord for forgiveness; know that, through and by Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Don't allow the gossip, harassment or criticism of the ungodly to bring you down to their level. Pass over them; but pray for them. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the assurance of salvation in your heart. Continue to read and know your Bible, attend the Christian Church (Hebrews 10.25), and worship Christ with your tithes and offerings. The ungodly will always criticize the truly sorry and repentive Christian for his or her past offense against the Lord. If you are one who has confessed and repented, but the ungodly continue to harass, gossip or criticize you, stand your redemptive ground.
1 John 2.1,2 says, "But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father.... Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world."
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