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!

Vigilance Is Required

We can say without a doubt that, indeed, God’s word to you is the best tool you can use to determine the seasons of your life. We previously examined that, He will speak to you directly or reveal Himself through the pages of scriptures. Amen! Let’s take this a step further. It is imperative to remain vigilant in order to recognize the vessels through which God will use to minister to us. We see this in the life of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. The Lord spoke to the widow through Elijah. Listen to what scriptures have to say;

1 Kings 17:13-14 (NKJV)
 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son.  For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’”
Emphasis Mine

1 Kings 17:16 (NKJV)
The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.
Emphasis Mine

It is noteworthy that,
1)     God did not speak to the widow through scriptures
2)     God did not speak to the widow directly
3)     God spoke to the widow through a vessel – the prophet Elijah.

Vigilance is very much required when it comes to allowing the word to determine the seasons of our life. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you on this journey. He is your helper. Be vigilant to recognize and know when God is using a vessel to bring His word to you. Amen!


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