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God uses the weak to show His strength

Monday, July 25, 2011

1 Kings 19

1 Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 5 He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” 6 Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8 So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.

You know, when I read this account of Elijah’s life and how he was running from Jezebel, it amazes me how awesome God is! Now look at it this way, this prophet of God, who just defeated 450 prophets of Baal by the power of God, is now running from Jezebel because she threatened his life! This man was chosen by God to be His prophet and you know God knows all about us and He knew that this was going to happen and still He chose Elijah! Elijah, who asked God to let him die because he couldn’t take the pressures and more. Elijah, who was in fear of his life from a person who served the same god that His God had just defeated. He had lost his faith in God for a minute and look where it got him. Hiding in a cave, wanting to die. But God did not leave him hanging. He sent an angel to feed him and comfort him and to strengthen him for the journey to come. And if you read 2 Kings 2 you will see that Elijah was taken into Heaven to live with God! And this for a man who wanted to die!
What I get from this story is that God does not look for the perfect person to do His Will but will use the broken and the fearful and the simple to do great things! When I read God’s Word, I see that just about every man or woman that God used had a flaw. Weather it was Moses, David, Peter, Paul, they all had flaws, but God used them to do mighty things in His Name!! And if that is the case, I marvel thinking about what He can do in my life!! No matter what I am going through or how I may be fearful and doubtful about what God is doing in my life, I know that God is always right and He know what I am capable of, even when it looks like right now, I am good for nothing!
So no matter what you are going through or how far you may have strayed off the path of God, as long as Jesus is your Lord and Savior and you have Him in your heart, God has a plan for you! Remember the promise of God from Phip 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” It doesn’t see unless you mess up. It says that God, who has begun a good thing in you when you accepted Jesus Christ, will continue to work on you until the day of Jesus Christ! Hallujah!
Walk in His promises saints! They never fail!
In Jesus Name
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  • SIGMA1208
    I was so encouraged by this, thanks. It relates to one of my favorite scriptures about when I am made weak therefore He is made strong.
    2405 days ago
    The continuing stories of seemingly average people who end up achieving great things they never envisioned is inspiring, isn't it? Wouldn't it be exciting to be so used ourselves? -- Lou
    2427 days ago
    This is such a good passage - God can and does use whomever is willing!! Lord, I am willing!!! Thanks for posting this!!

    Blessings, Sharon

    2427 days ago
    God's "economy" is never like man's! Hallelujah. He uses the foolish to shame the wise. He uses the weak to confound the strong. He makes the last first and the first last!

    I know I take great comfort and encouragement in the fact that God used Gideon--the least of his family which was the least in their clan, which was the least clan in the tribes. god, in fact, called this "weakling" a "mighty man of valor"!

    2431 days ago
    Yes we need to pray that Bardbl eyes are opened to the only God there is. He may have many names which is a good study but still one God. Greg rermember how the Egypt's gods would fall down in the presence of the true God.
    You have a great blog and perhaps many can come to know the real God! I do teach the story in SS and it always amazes me. Yet man kind is foolish and God is always there, PTL.
    Thank you again for sharing it.
    Stay cool Greg the heat is coming back here so I'm sure you will get it again. UCK!
    2432 days ago
    Great post! It reminded me of the verse in 1 Corinthians 1:27, "God uses the foolish to confound the wise.." I take that one personally! lol.. (in a good way).

    I will also keep Bardbl in my prayers. Lord open their eyes that they may see your goodness and your glory.. In Jesus' name I pray.. AMEN!!!!
    2432 days ago
    Great blog Greg and great insight, you have truly been blessed with wisdom and a great understanding of this particular scripture as well as many others. I so enjoy reading your blogs on God's word Greg, you are so insightful, God bless you. emoticon
    2432 days ago
    Great blog.
    2432 days ago
    Thanks Brother Greg! continue to stand bold! Hold fast to what God has placed in your heart to share! You want to hear, well done they good and faithful servant--that is what matters!
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    2432 days ago
    Awesome Post Brother! Thanks for pointing out the truths! I pray that many will be touched by the Word you have shared!
    2432 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    When I read about heroes of the faith like Elijah, I wish I was like them. I wish I could do great things like they did, or have great faith like theirs. Then, when I look again, I see that their lives were no less hard than mine. They doubted and suffered difficult emotions. They struggled with living right for God too. It reminds me that I am to walk my path, the one God has set out for ME. I am not them, they were not me. In the end, it's all about Him. Thanks for the reminder!
    2433 days ago
    Praise the One True God!
    2433 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Thanks Bardbl. I am always seeking wisdom and I pray the same for you.
    God Bless
    2433 days ago
    Actually, there are many gods. The one you call God (or Jehovah, or Yahway, or Allah, or Adonai, or various other names) is, in fact, quite an important one, but he would be the first to proclaim that you are overstating his importance. He is quite proud of his siblings and children -- "[of Pallas Athênaiê]: gêthêse de mêtieta Zeus".

    In any case, I am well aware of the various monotheisms floating around. One can hardly not be. Often it seems that there are more "One True God"s than there are true gods, even if one counts all the local godlings of rivers and hills and trees.

    On the whole the "One True God"s are particular true gods who are emphasizing the importance of their own domain. Zeus, for example, is the god of kingship (among other things), and when your theological predecessors misunderstood him, he was exhibiting that domain.

    In any case, I will recommend to the goddess of Wisdom, whose hymn I quoted earlier, that you and your co-religionists acquire some wisdom.
    2433 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Bardbl, I going to keep your response up here so that my brothers and sisters in Christ can pray for you. Everyone has the right to their opinions and since it was not out of line, I will keep it up. Zeus may have been a "god" but he is not God. There is only one God and His Son Jesus Christ is the only way to him. God lead you this this blog and I know it was for a reason. I am always here if you want to know more about Jesus and the awesome gift that He has for you. God bless you and keep you
    In Jesus Name
    2433 days ago
    Well, actually, the being you call "God" is actually Zeus -- who *is* the greatest of the gods -- sneaking off across the Mediterranean to get a bit of Hera-free time with some of the women there. (He does that sort of thing, as is well-attested. Don't complain about it; it gives us great heroes, such as Heracles, Jesus, Perseus, etc.) The only reason he's worried about the local deities, Baal and others, is that they might rat him out.

    2433 days ago
    emoticon Amen
    2433 days ago
    Thank you for that blog. I often feel cowardice, inadequacy and lack of direction. This is a good message to be reminded of!!

    With thanks again-
    2433 days ago
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