Doing What God Says; July 14, 2017


1 Kings 17:5 So he did what the Lord had told him.

This chapter introduces us to Elijah, considered one of the greatest prophets and one who appeared with Moses to talk with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. (Matthew 17:3) The story of Elijah is marked by repeated supernatural provision, particularly of food but also of other things he needed. However, I think this verse gives the key to all that: obedience. There was no humanly logical reason for Elijah to do and say what he did, but he genuinely sought first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, (Matthew 6:33) and God followed through remarkably. We tend to look at things on the basis of our past experience, unable to imagine that things could be different in the future. I think that cuts us off from a great deal the Lord wants to do for and through us. Elijah’s story wasn’t an easy one for him, with danger of death from various quarters, but his commitment was to God in full obedience, and the end result was glorious. We are not to expect, much less demand, that things will be easy, but our focus is to be on God and what He says, trusting that His plans are for our good and His glory. (Jeremiah 29:11)

We are getting into a project that isn’t very big on a global scale, but it’s impossibly big when you consider the size of this church and our past history. As God has pointed out to me very clearly, this project is certainly an impossible one for me and for this church, but that’s all the more reason to believe it is of Him, so that He may receive all the glory. Perhaps my biggest failing to this point has been in the area of sharing the vision with the whole church. I don’t want us to be consumed with this project, but rather focus on God Himself, and like Elijah, do as He says.

Father, thank You indeed for all that You are doing. Thank You for last night’s conference. Help me respond as You want me to so that faith will be built in everyone involved. I have a growing assurance that You are going to use this project to bring many into Your kingdom. I pray that we would not lose anyone along the way, but rather stand against every strategy of the enemy because of our submission and obedience to You, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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