For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you,…
Last week we learned, God’s gift of repentance allows us to win that victory. The same God, who gives us the revelation of truth, brings us to the knowledge of it. Contrarily, our minds would constantly rebel against it. Repentance is the key that opens the prison door. Thereby, allowing us to recover ourselves out of the devil’s trap; positioning us where we are supposed to be. Which is what Elijah had to do.
The prophet justifies, to God, he is in this cave because he could not fight Jezebel’s army; there was no point to it. “I only am left.” He thought if he were seen it would be his ruin; “They seek my life to take it away.” Elijah had come to the resolve of retreating into false security instead of using his God given gift. Why? fear of losing his life for an ungrateful people who did not want to change.
So many of us have fallen victim to settling for what is comfortable and common, because the battle seems futile, and it looks like the odds are stacked against us. But if God be for us who can be against us? We cannot always believe what we see! Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:1 and 3) All you need is a “Let there be” in your life and that which appeared inconceivable is made manifest. (Gen.1:3) Have faith in God!
Has God called you out of your cave to stand before Him…
God instructed Elijah to come out of the cave. He said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD”. (1 Kings 19:11) Has God called you out of your cave to stand before Him so He can give you a personal experience of His manifest power and majesty? Has the breath of God blown upon your insurmountable circumstances and rent them like rock? Has His mighty earthquakes shaken the odds stacked against you and reduced them to rubble? Have you allowed the consuming fire of God to burn away those distractions that so easily beset you? As with Elijah, have these manifestations caused you to cover your face in shame; realizing you did not need a ‘pity party’, but a ‘peace be still’ in the midst of your fear flight? (Mark 4:36-39)
Sometimes the enemy will cause us to act in a cowardly manner. Yet the Holy Spirit will allow conviction to come upon us as a reminder of the Christian duties we proposed to abandon because we failed to remember the awesome power of the God we serve! Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established .(Proverbs 16:3)
Again, God poses the same questions to Elijah, emphasizing the prophet did not belong in this cave. All He was looking for was a ‘nevertheless’ reply. (Luke 22:42) As children of God, we must realize the spirit of fear has the uncanny ability to cause us loss of focus, and lures us into precarious situations that God did not design for our lives. Misplaced faith will cause you to have short-term amnesia concerning the promises of God, and fear will cause you to be in temporary paralysis; both physical and spiritual.
“He will keep the feet of his saints …
In either case, it puts you in an opposing position to Jehovah Adonai when we forget our ‘nevertheless’ answer will obliterate all physical limitations and make room for divine destiny. “He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.” (I Samuel 2:9)
When we face new obstacles and challenges, we must press on even though we cannot see our way. We must stay the course and refuse to get discouraged. Just keep it moving; follow His voice and His lead. God is already holding us up, by His Word, so His righteousness triumphs!
How many times has God asked you a question and you kept giving Him the same stale answer because you were more focused on the problem instead of the Problem Solver? Isaiah is explicit to remind us; Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3) Therefore, our minds must stay upon the Lord Jesus as we should learn to trust Him, in so doing we keep our spiritual equilibrium when everything around us is out of balance. Thus, giving us the grace to hear His instructions clearly and receive a true prophetic word that will encourage and strengthen us despite not knowing where our ‘there’ is.
Finally, God informs Elijah that he was not the only one.
Finally, God informs Elijah that he was not the only one. Seven thousand yet remained in Israel who had not bowed their knee to Baal. (I Kings 19:18) God’s faithful are not always up close and personal. Like David, they are on the backside of the mountain doing the will of God; going through similar circumstances. You are not alone in your suffering. Right now, because of your tears, your vision is blurry and you cannot see the remnant with clarity, but know they are there.
The next time you start pulling out those decorations for your hopeless hoedown, file this in the cabinets of your spirit: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Before you press the panic button, remember to walk in faith not in fear. Fear and doubt deny the promises of God because this combination produces unbelief. Unbelief is your enemy; it closes the door to the supernatural. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. (Romans 4:20).
No matter where you think you are, God is right there with you.
No matter where you think you are, God is right there with you. He promised never to leave you or forsake you even unto the end of the earth. (Matthew 28:20) The Apostle Paul reminds us with a strong resound, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
Don’t forget, whenever you find yourself in that deep dark cave of fear, depression, and hopelessness—A simple, nevertheless… will place you in Destiny’s Realm. Step out into the light and see!
There are also others treading water in that same river of uncertainty. Pray for them. God has endless life preservers!
A chapter from my upcoming book What Season Are You In? Understanding the Seasons of Your Destiny.
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!
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