LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK 1 KINGS 18:36 (HCSB)
"At the time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet approached the altar and said, "Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that at Your word I have done all these things."
10 KEYS BEFORE YOU SEE THE POWER OF GOD MANIFEST
1.Preparation - Elijah first of all prepared the Altar . Key - If you are not prepared , when the opportunity comes you will miss it . Why? without preparation ,victory cannot be attained . Hosea 10:12 (HCSB)"Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain. "
2. Timing - If Elijah had moved before the time the sacrifice would have failed . Bible says he waited till evening .Key- no matter your anointing , if you move to become a General overseer or start your own business/ ministry without proper training , failure is the next episode .lol . Many of God's children have gone into" error"evil works because of the shame of going back to learn properly from their former bosses. Eccl 3:1 (NASB)"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven"
3. Patience - He waited . Impatience would have cause the sacrifice to fail. It caused Saul his kingdom .Luke 21:19"In your patience possess ye your souls."
4. He reverence God - Despite the seriousness of the situation at hand , he took time to call on God by His names . He magified Him above the situation . He reminded God of who he is .Key- when you remind God of who He is , He will show you that He is who He says He is . Isa 45:6(NLT)"so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the LORD, and there is no other."
5.Why did He choose to remind God of His names ? Because of the covenant He made with Abraham , Isaac and Israel .Psalm 89:34(NLT)"No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said."
6. At times pride can cause us our miracle . He did not keep silent , because God had a reputation to protect . He called on Him . If not ,trust God , he would not have answered . why? He himself had said in scripture .Psalm 50:15(NLT)"Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory." NB: He said call , so if you don't .........
7. God at times will allow the enemy to show off all his powers , before He steps into your case . Why? When He performs your miracle for you , listen , you , your enemies , will have no doubt at all , that this one can only be " God " . The magicians told pharaoh- Exo 8:19(NLT)"This is the finger of God!" the magicians exclaimed to Pharaoh. But Pharaoh's heart remained hard. He wouldn't listen to them, just as the LORD had predicted."
8.The fear of man is a trap , if Elijah had shown any sign of fear before the prophets of baal , the sacrifice would have failed . Why ? Jer 1:17 (NLT) gives us the answer . Never show the enemy you are afraid . Never !" Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them."
9.Elijah's petition to God , did not last up to a minute and he got spectacular results . Why ? who can deny the existence of the Most High God . John 1:1 (NIV)"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.." He did according to the word .
10.The prophets of baal all had zeal , they were committed to their god , but they all lacked what Elijah had , the God that answers by fire . 2 Kings 1:10(NIV)"Elijah answered the captain, "If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!" Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men."
"when you think all hope is lost , something big is about to happen"
PRAYER : Father teach me your ways in the name of Jesus , Amen.
It is your time now !