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Monday, December 15, 2014

Extended Strength, 1: Elijah's Story



“…’I have had enough love, LORD,’ he said. ‘Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.’ Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ …Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God” (1 Kings 19:4-5, 8, NIV).
Elijah was a man of God, but also a man. He had real dreams. He had real expectations. He also had real emotions and real disappointments. Elijah’s story, in this instance, had to deal with an extended strength that he required from God. He had just seen God do an amazing thing by sending down fire from Heaven to consume the entire sacrifice, something the godless prophets of Baal failed to do. But with one negative, threatening word from Queen Jezebel, Elijah was deflated, and off and running.

There have been times and will be times again where we are mission-focused, but will allow one word from someone else to rob us of the excitement that we once held onto. Don’t allow outside influences to rob from you what God has divinely placed within you. Even now, you have an opportunity to do something great. There will be “negative moments,” whether they come from the voices on the outside (other people), or the voices on the inside (self-doubt.) Learn to depend on God for the extended strength you need in trusting Him and in seeing this through.

Extended Reading Option: Jeremiah 9:10

Extended Journal Option: Why does it seem so hard to focus on the positive when what you can see and feel seems anything “but” positive? What is God’s answer to this question in your life?

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