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Elijah’s Next Assignment
As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.” When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.
(I Kings 21:15-16)
We haven’t seen much of this kind of evil in our country in the past. But don’t be surprised as you see more evil than you thought possible in the days to come. As the number of believers diminishes, God’s presence in the form of the Holy Spirit is also diminished. Evil people will then grow bolder and become more evident. You can help hold evil in check by being a bright light for God and doing good, wherever you happen to be. Light always overcomes darkness and good overcomes evil - “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
Will this evil be allowed to stand?
Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’”
(I Kings 21:17-19)
Once again, Elijah drew the difficult assignment of proclaiming judgment on the most wicked king in the history of Israel. And this is the same Elijah who wanted God to take his life about one year ago. When God restores our faith and courage, He does it 100%. We become “as good as new”.
However, I’m not sure I would want Elijah’s job. What if the king decided to execute the messenger? What if Jezebel was there and made good on her promise to kill him? In any situation, “what ifs” can be the death of faith, if we choose to dwell on them.
This is when we need to be like Elijah and trust God with the outcome. As long as we are doing His work, the outcome or result will be good for us and His kingdom. By faith, we obey. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
(I John 5:4)
What assignment or work has God given to you? Are you being obedient, or are you still considering the “what ifs”? It’s time to be like Elijah. By faith, choose to do what God is asking of you.
Elijah was a man just like us. (James 5:17) Since Elijah was like us, we can be like him.
You are invited to have a personal relationship with God, your Creator!
To have a personal relationship with God, you must become a follower of Jesus. There is no other way.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me".
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture".
This decision must be a personal commitment from the heart. No one else can decide for you. This is the most important decision you will make in this life. This is the way to become a child of God and experience His love and blessings today:
Know that God loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son...
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
(I John 3:1)
Admit that you have sinned against God and are separated from Him.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away...
there is no one who does good,not even one.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Believe, Repent, and Receive Jesus Christ as Savior.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household."
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—
for all whom the Lord our God will call."
But as many as received Him to them He gave the right to become children of God.
Pray this prayer of commitment:
Lord Jesus, I know that you love me.
I admit that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness.
I choose to believe that You died to forgive me and I repent of my sin.
Right now, I receive you as my Savior and Lord.
I choose to follow you for the rest of my life.
Thank you for hearing my prayer and giving me eternal life today.
Declare your faith and let others know you have decided to follow Jesus.
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord",
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Trusting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord is the most important thing you will ever do.
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This will help you begin your new life in Christ,
Please tell us about your new faith in Jesus today!