King James Daily Bible Study Devotional
Message Title: When You Feel Alone
Date: Sunday April 15, 2012
Today's Chapters: 1 Kings 19-20
Hello My Friend,
It can be discouraging to be a Christian sometimes, it seems the more you try to live your life for God, the harder things get. Well, the truth is, they do sometimes. The devil is so mad at you for living and accomplishing things for God that he will do anything to get you to stop. So, as soon as you reach that mountain top for God you can be sure that the devil is going to try to make you fall. If he can get a strong Christian to fall he has done his job, he wants to destroy every Christian and make them doubt not only their faith in God, but God Himself. Jesus said, “Blessedarethey which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Blessedarethe merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.Blessedarethe pure in heart: for they shall see God.Blessedarethe peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” - Matthew 5:6-9.
After Elijah proved to Ahab and the four hundred and fifty false prophets that there was only one living God, he expected the miracle to turn the nation from Baal worship and bring about a national repentance to return to the one and only True God. However, Elijah got the opposite of what he expected, when Ahab told Jezebel that her false prophets were all dead Jezebel ordered Elijah to be executed. Fearing for his life, Elijah fled into the wilderness.
“And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah? ” - 1 Kings 19:9-13.
As Elijah was wallowing in his sorrows, the most demonstrative symbols of God's mighty power were seen, a storm, an earthquake, and a fire, passed before him, but it was not in any of these great wonders that God appeared to him, but it was in a still small voice, where He told him to keep going and finish the job He gave him to do. The question God asked Elijah is one that He asks many Christian's, “What are you doing here?” We all have a job to do for God, instead of running from it we need to head straight into it. “For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord's freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.” - 1 Corinthians 7:22-24.
It was Elijah's desire to see Israel be transformed back into one Kingdom for God, although that did not happen God did show him seven thousand people in the Northern Kingdom who remained faithful to God. “And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:..Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” - 1 Kings 19:15,18.
While it may seem like you are the only person trying to live God's way, there are many others, they are just scattered all over the world. We are the elite, a small remnant compared to the over 7 billion people in the world, but you are not alone. Oh, and Jesus is with you too! “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,evenunto the end of the world. Amen.” - Matthew 28:19,20.
While that still small voice can reach the servants heart, it is not so apparent to the world, therefore, God has to get His point across in a different way. God will use anyone to get his point across, even wicked people, He used a man named Benhadad to prove that God does not just exist in certain cities or countries, He exists period and is in control of every thing, including their fate. “And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots; and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it...And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their gods are gods of the hills; therefore they were stronger than we; but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they...And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. And they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was, that in the seventh day the battle was joined: and the children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.” - 1 Kings 20:1,22,23,28,29.
These foolish men thought that their gods had their own particular charge and jurisdiction and that theycould defeat Israel in their own territory. They failed to realize that there is only One God and He is everywhere, but soon got the shock of their lives when they lost the battle. No one can escape God, they can pretend that He does not exist, ignore Him, even burn His Word, but God still exists and is in control of all things. “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” - Revelation 1:8.
All Christians have lonely hours, days of disappointment, and moments of hopelessness, times when their highest feelings have been misunderstood and purest motives are met with doubt and ridicule. God is saying to you, “What are you doing here? Get up and do what I told you to do!” During times like these, we are to look beyond the circumstances we are facing and look to Jesus Christ. He will work every trial and every circumstance to strengthen us and do the work that He calls us to do, even if we have let the devil deceive us a time or two. We need not fear, just listen to that still small voice of Jesus telling you, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls...For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:29,30.
Today's Psalm: 31:23 - “O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.”
Today's Proverb: 28:20 - “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.”
Today's Prayer: God, I will admit that does not always give me joy to do the things that You want me to do when I feel like I am the only one doing them. When I see people in the world getting things I desire I get a little curious as to why I cannot have what they have, but I know deep down, I have more than what they have and that You have much more in store for me than what anything the world has to offer. God, keep me faithful to You, do not let the devil make me think I am losing out on something by sticking by You, help me to see the visions You have for me and reach for them as I serve You the best I know how with the gifts You have given me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Enjoy the rest of your day/night.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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