Today’s exhortation – don’t give in or give up
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that there’s power in positive confessions or expectations or even in praying because to the natural mind, they seem unrealistic. But I believe God won’t tell us there’s power in it if there wasn’t. I see that what set the great men apart is their persistence and never give up attitude and Elijah demonstrated this. Israel had experienced drought for three and a half years and there had been neither dew nor rain in all that time. Elijah told the king, “I hear the sound of an abundance of rain” when there wasn’t even a cloud in the sky or any realistic chance of rain! Then, he prayed into his positive confession until it happened.
The bible says, “And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “ There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ”” (I Kings 18:42-44). Elijah heard it before he saw it. We’ve heard God heals and that He’ll surely supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. We’ve heard it and now we must pray until we too see it. It may take a day, weeks or years but His delay is not a denial. Amen