After encountering the prophet Elijah, King Ahab may well have thought, Of all the nerve! Just who does this guy think he is? Bursting onto the scene as if out of nowhere, Elijah confronted Israel’s wicked king with a message that would soon disrupt life throughout the region.
The validity of the prophecy rested with the Source, not the mouthpiece. Elijah was a man of great faith who spent time alone with the Lord and listened to Him carefully. The prophet could pass the message on with boldness and authority because he knew and trusted the One from whom it came.
We can’t expect our Father to communicate with us in exactly the same way that He spoke to the Old Testament prophets, but the process of receiving His message hasn’t changed. It starts with being alone in His presence and listening as He speaks through His Word. But it shouldn’t end there.
Prophets had the responsibility of telling the people what the Lord revealed to them. Similarly, we’re to share with others what we learn from God’s Word. Devotional time with the Lord is not just about our own interests and needs. The Father reveals His truths to us so we can share them with others.
Begin each day alone with God in His Word and in prayer, listening as He speaks to your heart. Believe what He says in Scripture, apply it to your life, and then share with someone else what He has revealed. Be bold and remember that the authority of your message comes from Him.
(reblogged from Charles Stanley | In Touch | 8.1.2017)
Do you have a sin or temptation in your life that you can’t seem to shake? It hangs on to you like a dog on a bone. I believe everyone at one time or another has/had a sin like this in their life. What can you do about it?
First, let’s look at God’s word and see what it says. In 1 Corinthians 10:13, God says there is no temptation that you face that isn’t common to man. In other words, everyone struggles with the issue of temptation resulting in sin. So, when you beat yourself over and over because you think you are the only one struggling with this sin and temptation in your life, reread the first part of that verse. All sin and temptation that we face is common to man. God knew we would struggle with it, sometimes, on a daily basis.
What can you do about the seemingly impossible task of overcoming this particular sin in your life? First, we must recognize that even though we are tempted, God will not allow the temptation to be so strong that you are not able to stand against it. God believes in you and your ability to stand against temptation.
God recognizes that we are weak, so that with the temptation He will also provide us a way of escape. The escape can take many forms, such as walking away from your computer if there are things that you should not be viewing. But, what if that doesn’t work? I’ve discovered what does work.
There is one absolutely perfect, infallible method of beating the sin you struggle with. You’ve probably heard this before, but, knowing God’s word and what it says about sin will help you overcome. Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13 until you know it by heart. Here’s the hard part. When those feelings attack you, begging you to sin, start saying this verse over and over in your mind and heart.
Remember that what you are about to struggle with or have been struggling with is “common to man.” You can do this!