Three Times a Charm

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This morning I was prompted to read I Kings 17 which tells of Elijah and the widow who God used to feed him during the drought, after the Brook Cherith had dried up. Some time later, the widow’s son died and she challenged the prophet, “What have I to do with you, O man of God? Have you come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to kill my son?”

So let’s pick up the story in verses 19-22; And he said to her, “Give me your son.” So he took him out of her arms and carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his own bed.  Then he cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?”  And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.”  Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.

Have you ever challenged a man of God? A pastor? Someone who gave you a ‘word from the Lord’ that perhaps hasn’t come to pass? Someone who prayed for you and nothing happened? As I read this, I realized just how often this happens in the body of Christ. People just have a hard time believing. They’ve done what was asked of them, yet tragedy strikes and they blame God.

Listen my friend, it’s not God’s fault! God is LOVE and doesn’t do these things. It’s Satan who comes to kill, steal and destroy. God came to give life, not a ‘just enough’ life, but abundant, to the full till it overflows kind of life (John 10:10).

This is what I feel led to focus on in this story; three times. He stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and spoke. Don’t quit believing in God. He hasn’t quit believing in you. Don’t give up after once or twice, keep speaking the promises of God. Keep doing what He’s told you to do. If you’re faithful over little things, He will make you ruler over much.

I say again, DON’T GIVE UP! You’re too close to obtaining your promise. Hang on! Hold fast! Wait patiently for it! It’s closer than you think! Keep your eyes on God, faithful Father, Provider, Healer, Protector and King.

I speak life into dead dreams, visions and promises. I call out to them, RISE UP! RISE UP! RISE UP!  Breathe upon the dry, dead bones in their lives. I declare that you will live and not die and declare the works of the Lord. RISE UP, weary warrior. Your enemy has been defeated. Don’t try to do it alone, the Lord your God is with you. Jesus has won this battle for you.  All you’re required to do is stand your ground, hold fast to your promises and don’t allow the enemy to steal your dream. God will open the doors for you! All you need do is listen and obey because your steps have already been ordered.

 

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