1 Kings 18:30-40
Elijah went ahead to rebuild the altar of the Lord, which was in ruins. He then requested the people to fill 4 large jars with water 3 times which seem to signify all the 12 tribes of Israel putting their faith in God to trust that God will come through for them. He then prayed and confirmed that he was sent by God when fire came down. Fire usually signifies purification. Once God purifies the people they immediately recognised who God really is and the people cried out to Him.
I believe that God answers our prayers. As long as we are willing to come back to Him and call out to Him, He will answer us. We need to learn to not hold back, not hold on to the little water that we have as security but to trust that God has already prepared an abundance of rain in times of our drought. In XSY I believe that God is preparing a harvest, and we need to trust and give it our all to God. I’m praying and believing for all the campers that they will encounter God, that the fire of revival will come and cause the hearts of people to turn towards Him.
1 Kings 18:25-29
Even when the prophets of Baal called on the name of Baal from morning till noon, shouted and slashed themselves and frantically prophesied, there was NO response. NO one answered. It is indeed sad to realise if we have worshipped the wrong ‘god’. Our God said that
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” – Jer 33:3 (NIV). God has shown to me may times how faithful He is. Of course there are times which He did not answer me and grant me my request. But when I looked back at my life, God was carefully orchestrating what would make me the person that He wants me to be.
I want to continue to call and rely on God. Even when I travel I realise that I still pray to Him for good weather when the weather forecast is bad. And for this trip to UK, God gave us a good day yesterday 🌞when it was suppose to be raining this whole week. PTL!
1 Kings 18:16-24
Elijah had courage to point out the fact that Ahab and his father’s family has sinned against God and caused the drought. Not only that, he went on to challenge the 850 prophets to let the people of Israel know who is the God that is able to bring down fire. I really salute his courage at this. I believe the training for 3 years did help, and I was reminded of my 1 year in Hillsong College which really strengthened my faith enough to step into full-time ministry. Before that as well God has been preparing me to serve in church choir as conductor, worship leader, and cell group leader too. I will not be able to do what I am doing now if not for God preparing me for this.
However, I do realize that sometimes I still fear going against people’s opinion because I am either afraid that I hear God incorrectly (it’s my own voice), or I’m fearful that it will be harder to work with them after this experience. I really need to be aware of what God is telling me and that means I need to spend more time with Him so that I can be sensitive to His voice, and also to be courageous enough to do the things He wants me to do. I need to trust that God has the best plans, even though I may not see it.
1 Kings 18:7-15
Whom shall I fear? It is really so easy to fear people and circumstances because that’s what we see. Obadiah was afraid of losing his life and was hesitant to convey Elijah’s word to Ahab. He was so fearful he thought Elijah was trying to kil him. He even tried to convince Elijah that he fears God and saved the Lord’s prophets to convince Elijah that he is a good man.
To learn to fear only God. I remember someone saying this… If you fear God, you don’t have to fear anything else.
1 Kings 17:17-24
The widow was quick to forget the daily food provision that God provided her and her son with food or maybe she thought that the miracle was for Elijah and she and her son was just benefitting from it. Once the tragedy of her son dying struck her, she blamed Elijah/God because she thought God might be punishing her for her sin by killing her son. However, we see God have mercy on this widow by bringing her son back from the dead. This helped the widow to see the truth about Elijah and God.
I was reminded to take note of all the small miracles that happen around me and not let the problems/issues of my life overwhelm me and try to put the blame on others or on God. I recalled a book that I read that reminded me to think that every problem that I have is a potential miracle waiting to happen. That allows me to pray differently, and with the faith that God is moving and will change things. Let me be more like Elijah, to trust in God more and more and go to God always because He loves me and His mercies and indeed new every morning.
1 Kings 17:1-7
Elijah was asked to leave from where he was, go and hide in the place that God wanted him to. That was the place where God provided him bread and meat using the ravens in the morning and evening and provided him water using the brook. God provided water for him while the land was having neither dew nor rain.
Elijah was able to see God’s miracles because he moved from his comfort zone (where he was born) to a place where God commanded him to. The place where God called Elijah was Kerith, and that meant “cutting” or “separation”. It probably has the meaning that God wanting Elijah to be separated from the people of Israel who were worshipping idols. This was a place where he needed to be completely dependent on God.
Coming into full-time ministry for me was a step that I took when God asked me to and I have been seeing God performing miracles in my life and in people’s lives. It is also a place where I had to depend a lot on God, because I know if I am doing things that are not from God, I will cause more harm to His people than good. It’s only when I depend on Him that I will continue to see miracles and breakthroughs in people’s lives.
Dear God, I pray that I’ll stay dependent on You in everything that I do, everyone that I meet and everything that I say to them. I pray that I’ll be prepared to step into new ground, new places, new challenges when you ask me to. To trust that You will provide for all my needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19
Am I going to leave behind a legacy or a vacancy? When I live a life of obedience to God, God will bless the work of my hands and allow me to leave a legacy of love and obedience that will last generations. However, if I live a life that indulges in my own selfish desires and wants, then I would leave behind a vacancy (v2 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place rememebers it no more).
I need to use the life that I have to obey God, to establish His kingdom in my life, my family’s lives and the lives of the people around me. To live a life that is fully dependent on Him, so that others can do the same. I’m reminded of the verse Matt 6:33 to seek first His Kindgom and His righteousness, and all the things I need will be given to me.
“28 And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
– Matt 6:28-34