Preparation of the Revival Leader

 Preparation of the Revival Leader 

In 1 Kings chapters 17-18, the prophet Elijah is prominently featured as a messenger of God to the nation of Israel during a time of great spiritual and political turmoil. Elijah's ministry begins with a dramatic declaration to King Ahab that there will be a severe drought in the land as a result of the nation's idolatry and disobedience to God. God, then, has Elijah go into hiding near the brook Cherith, where he is fed by ravens and sustained by the miraculous provision of God. Often, God will put us in lonely places to prepare us for something greater. 

After the brook dries up, God sends Elijah to a widow in the town of Zarephath, where he performs a miracle by multiplying her meager supply of flour and oil. This act of provision is a powerful testimony to the faithfulness and provision of God, even in the midst of scarcity and hardship. God not only put Elijah in a loney place, he also put him in dire situation. What is more dire than a poor widow who is unable to provide for she and her son? Once again, God was stregnthening the faith of Elijah, while delcaring Himself to be the One true God. 

Elijah in chapter 18, confronts the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel in a showdown that demonstrates the power and sovereignty of the one true God. After the prophets of Baal fail to summon fire from their god, Elijah prays to the Lord, and fire descends from heaven to consume the sacrifice and all the water in the trench. This miraculous display of power leads the people of Israel to repent and turn back to God.

Throughout these chapters, Elijah is portrayed as a faithful and obedient servant of God who is willing to take bold risks and trust in God's provision and protection. His ministry serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of faithfulness and obedience to God, even in the face of opposition and persecution.

1 Kings chapters 17-18 provide a powerful portrait of the prophet Elijah and his ministry to the nation of Israel. Through his bold proclamation of God's judgment and his miraculous demonstrations of God's power and provision, Elijah serves as a model of faithful obedience to God and a powerful witness to the truth of God's word. As we seek to follow in his footsteps, may we too be faithful and obedient servants of the one true God.

However, we must look beyond Elijah, to the greater Prophet, Jesus, Jesus is the one who comes with fire to consume the altar of our hearts, burning way all that sets itself over and against God. Revival must be sought through: calling on the people (18:30); Reparing the Altar (18:30); Stretch out the sacrifice (18:33); Call on God and wait (18:36). 

Ask God to purge you from every false desire. To deliver you from every evil habit and subdue every wordly lust. Remember, Christ is the sacrifice that was strecthed across the altar for us. Let us offer ourselves, in retrun to Hm, as living sacrifices. 


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