KEY SCRIPTURE: 1Kings 17:1 KJV “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word”.
(PLEASE READ 1 KINGS 17& 18)
The scripture talks about the prophet Elijah without any reference to any background. What could have instantly brought him to such a limelight? We have no idea how many years he had related to the Lord. The truth is that he had sincerely followed the Lord when he was not known. Dear child of God or man of God, like Elijah, build your relationship to the Lord in prayer, studying the word and be diligent in obeying God. Do not be concerned about popularity When you have passed God’s preparation in the private life, He (God) may honor you in the eyes of all. Don’t even concern yourself with public praise. It means nothing before God. Pleasing God in all that you do is that which matters.
Elijah was God’s man and not man’s man. He stood for God against the tyranny of Queen Jezebel and her husband king Ahab. Oh! servant of God whose man are you. Who is your source? Man, or God. Some servants of God have lost their confidence in God and will compromise their faith for some money or political favors. What could make him challenge the whole regime? He knew God, and had a strong faith in him. All these came as a result of his devotion to Him. Just consider what he said in 1 kings 18:15 ” And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.” To stand before the Lord, means to be related to Him in fellowship through prayer.
Dear child of God, how deep is your fellowship with the Lord. Your ability to be very successful is directly hooked up to your fellowship to him. The Lord Jesus said in John 15:5 KJV” I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing”. Stay continuously in His presence and you would be able to stand before any man or anything and would never be defeated.
Abiding in Christ is the key to fruitfulness in ministry. I therefore maintain my close fellowship with the Lord. I bear much fruit to His glory and praise.
John 15:6 KJV” If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
James 5:16 KJV” Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months”.