God Gold of the Day
Hey everybody! I wanted to share with you for the next few days some “old gold” that I had sent out awhile back! It’s on a story in 1 Kings about Elijah that I had studied and really found a lot of fire in my faith during that time so as you read through these I pray they will light your faith on fire as well!!!
“At the usual time for offering the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet walked up to the altar and prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O Lord, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” Immediately the fire of the Lord flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord —he is God! Yes, the Lord is God!””
1 Kings 18:36-39
You can look at this story and say well it’s just one of those crazy Bible stories, God won’t send fire down like that today, in my life. The truth is that the same God we follow is the same God that brought down fire in this moment, and the same God that will bring fire in our lives. It may not be literal fire from Heaven but it will be fire that ignites us, our relationships, our struggles we go through, He will bring fire to every area of your life because He is God and He loves you and He’s more than powerful enough to do it. It’s that simple! I often try to complicate my relationship with God by thinking I have to do enough or be enough but the great thing is we just have to believe and walk in His fire. It may not be immediately brought down like we would want it but we can be content in knowing that in Gods timing, fire will come. Just spend some time talking to Him, laying your life before Him and all the addictions, problems, weaknesses you may have and ask God to bring fire into your life. He’ll make it known what needs to be sacrificed, what we need to move from to walk closer to Him and just like we believe that He’ll bring the fire, we can believe He’ll give us more than enough to stay strong, patient, content in the hard moments. The cool part about Elijah’s prayer is that He wasn’t asking for Himself, He was asking so everyone around could see God at work and look at Verse 39!!! People were praising God!! That’s the beauty of Gods fire, once it’s personalized in your relationship with Him, and it starts to change our world, He’ll change the world!!! And that’s why we fight! Not so we can show a scorecard of how good of a Christian we are but to help those around us witness Christ working in and through us! There are so many people hurting and needing that relationship with Jesus and it hurts knowing because of my plans, my desires, my wants that I may be getting in the way of Christ transforming lives. So you really want the fire? Count the cost, the pain and sacrifice of things you’ll have to give up but remember Who God is and who you’re fighting for!