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TEXT:  1 KINGS 19:18

MESSAGE: Sometimes we fine ourselves in Elijah's shoes in which we have a wrong view of the challenges we face. Elijah thought there is no other Israelite who is faithful to God except him, but God told him, "yet I have left seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him" (1king19:18). Therefore, our duty is to first of all get our challenges in the right perspective; otherwise, we will just be complaining wrongly. Unfortunately, complaints will continue to complicate the situation, because we keep sympathising with it instead of taking action. Elijah had the capacity to ask God to show him direction but he got carried away by his challenges.

God may not talk to us directly as He did to Elijah but He can use the voice of anyone in the body of Christ to advise us, imagine, He used the voice of an ass to advice Balaam. If we don't respect one another's voice as Christians, we can't respect God. Elijah paid a heavy price for the very little period he left God's presence. Then, fear replaced the strong faith he had, and discouragement replaced the determination he had earlier on when he defeated the worshippers of Baal.

When we learn to think through our situation or challenges with face, we will arrived at a practical solution. Usually, you have to go through what God has purposed before attaining what He has meant for you. If you have not become born again, you are not in the presence of God yet and if you have been baptized and not facing challenges, you are not doing the work of God. However, the challenges are not as important as your attitude towards them.

Culled from THE DAILY CALL.

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