Sunday, August 26, 2018

Your Challenges Become Stepping Stones

This is so because you rely solely on God’s wisdom and direction. When you hear God, understand Him and do what he has asked you to do, you are simply operating in faith. It is faith because your operation, sustenance, and outcome of the assigned task are totally dependent on the word you received and implemented. So, when faced with a challenge or challenges, you can be confident that you will overcome and make it to the next level. Amen!

Let’s be very practical as we read these verses. There was a drought and Elijah was instructed to go meet the widow at Zarephath to provide his needs. The widow said she only had a handful of flour and a little olive oil. That statement was true yet very discouraging from a physical standpoint. How can you ask someone in that condition to go ahead and make bread for you first before feeding her family? Think about it.

Elijah could ask for his share of the bread first because he was not operating out of emotions but out of faith. Elijah understood the faith walk. He had received a word and his only responsibility was to implement that word and see results. Amen!

Another challenge was that, the widow’s son died, yet God raised him up from the dead and that action alone brought about a testimony. What was her testimony? 1 Kings 17:24 tells us…

Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is the truth.”

From the brook Cherith drying up, to Elijah asking for bread from a widow who could barely feed herself and her family, to her son dying; all we see beyond the challenges are steps of victory. Amen!

So, my encouragement to you is this, when your faith is at work, challenges will come, however, do not grow weary in the process. Remind yourself of the word you received and have faith in the Father that you will see results. Amen!

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