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Big Enough

How big a miracle will it take for you to finally live by faith? Elijah was a powerful prophet whom God spoke through to King Ahab of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The kingdom had fallen into worthless idol worship and Elijah was sent to speak out against it. Elijah prophesied that no rain would fall as a punishment on them until he said so, then he disappeared off their radar.
He was hidden by God in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, where he was brought food by ravens but soon the effects of the drought reached the ravine and God sent Elijah to the widow of Zarephath in Sidon for his daily bread. He met her at the town gate and asked her for water and bread. At their meeting, her state was one of dismay because she was gathering sticks for her last meal before dying of starvation.
“Elijah said to her. ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and you…

Tear Down & Build Up

What do you do when there is a blockage in your life that is keeping you from doing what you really need to do? Our thoughts, specific actions and attitudes can sometimes prevent us from doing what is important. Often these things are addressed in counseling or with a mentor or guide. We have to face them and disassemble them in order to protect our self.
After the Northern Kingdom of Israel broke away from the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the two kingdoms perpetually fought like siblings for the possession of personal property. King Baasha began to build up the city of Ramah so that he could stop the flow of people from leaving his kingdom and encroach upon the southern kingdom’s territory. He was interested in separating his people from Judah. On the other hand, King Asa, of the south, bribed King Ben-Hadad to stop supporting Baasha of the north and become Asa’s ally. King Ben-Hadad agreed and began to attack cities of King Baasha. This caused Baasha to stop working on Ramah and concen…

Friendship

What kingdom would feel so secure that it would become the merchant to its enemies of the tools of war? It seems counterintuitive to sell weapons to nations that could use them against you.
Note the statement about Israel in this regard in 1Kings 10:29, “They imported a chariot from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for a hundred and fifty. They also exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and of the Arameans.”
During the reign of Solomon his deterrent to war was to have a strong army with all the right tools. Chariots were not bought to plow fields, or spread seed, they were an offensive weapon for war. Solomon felt so secure with his army and weapons that he could even allow the sale of chariots to his enemies in the kingdoms north of Israel.
For Solomon it worked out okay as the northern kings of the Hittites and Arameans had these chariots to fight off their other enemies becoming a buffer between them and Israel but for the kings of Israel that followed So…

Need More?

How much do you think God gives you each day? Sometimes we may feel that we are on our own, that we must cover the difference between what God gives and the needs we have, but that is never the truth.
Solomon prayed much at the dedication of the new Temple in 1 Kings 8 and as he stood to bless the people at the end he said the following: “And may these words, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need…” 1Kings 8:59
“According to each day’s need,” he says. Solomon speaks a wise phrase that connects God to every day. He views God as present and active in each day’s events. He views Him not as an onlooker but as an invested partner intricately involved in resourcing the day.
There is not a day that passes that God’s gifts do not equal the days need. It may be the darkest of days when war has ravaged the land and thousands have died. Or, it may be t…

Battle On

We honor our warriors, dressed in their parade best they stand out as striking and powerful persons able to take on great feats of bravery. Their valor in battle reveals mental and physical preparation. Movies about their situations in wars and, for the dreamers, alien wars, fill the box office coffers. But there is another war, the war within each one of us that is a greater battle than any human war can provide. It is the war against the evil heart within. Solomon remarks about the soldier by saying, “Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32) As impressive as battle strong warriors are, there is within them and all of us a personal battle that tests our “metal.” There is no “discharge” from its battles. There is no room for timidity or truce, only battle after incessant battle. The skirmishes go on until the body lays silent in the grave.

To be the master of our own heart is a far greater feat than could be accompli…