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He Was No Different Then You or I
He Was No Different Then You and Me!
Who am I talking about? Elijah! The Bible tells us that he had to deal with the exact same things as us. So let's consider this man for a moment.
We all know Elijah as a very powerful Prophet of the Lord. If we are to study about him we find him coming on the biblical scene in I Kings chapter 17. Chapters seventeen and eighteen are very powerful and reveal a man of God that few people have ever seen.
The events that are talked about in these verses begin with his prophesying that there would be no rain in the land, then he goes to the brook Cherinth where he is fed by Ravens. Once the brook dries up he is instructed to go to Zarapeth where he instructs a widow to take care of him. This widow was about ready to die, but this bold man of God tells her to take care of him first and everything would be alright. She listens to him and her oil and meal never runs out during the famine.
Then this woman's boy dies and Elijah resurrects him from the dead. After this Elijah returns and gets an appointment with King Ahab and tells him to call all the prophets of Baal and the prophets of the grove. The story continues where this powerful man of God challenges these prophets to a "let's see whose God is real" scenario. We should all know that Elijah won as he calls fire from heaven and then kills all the so-called prophets.
Elijah then tells King Ahab that rain is coming and he should prepare and we find Elijah outrunning the Kings horses. The events of these stories are remarkable. However, something very interesting happens to this man that is no different than you and I. We find this event in chapter 19:
1 Kings 19:1-3
1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.
3 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beer-sheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
If you were to continue ready you would find that this powerful man of God runs and hides from this woman. This makes me want to ask the question, "What was he thinking!"
This actually is a really good question because it could only be his thought life that caused him to run and hide. This man was just a part of killing over 400 prophets, how could he be scared after this threat unless this information painted a different picture in his mind then all the other events.
Notice in verse three after the messenger delivered the news from Jezebel we are told, "...when he saw that..." This news painted a picture in Elijah's mind that moved him from being a powerful prophet of God to a scared man on the run.
In 2 Corinthians 4 Paul talks about strongholds. Strongholds are nothing more then the way we think. They are thoughts that have have a strong hold on our life. Many Christians don't realize the power of our thought life compared to our walking in victory.
If you have a thought pattern that you are not good enough then you have a stronghold in your life. If you think that healing has passed away, if prosperity is a sin, or any other less than victorious mentality you have a strong hold.
The reality of this truth is that you cannot function beyond that which has a hold on you. Your faith will not operate beyond this stronghold. Therefore, you mind and the way you think has the ability to limit the power of God. What Elijah saw produced a picture that defeated this man of God to the point that he had to go and anoint a person to take his place.
The promise of God is that the weapons of our warfare are not natural, but are supernatural and has the ability to remove those things which has a strong hold on our lives.
This is why we are told in the Word of God that we are transformed when we renew our thinking and that we are to wash our minds in the Word of God. We are all prone to stupid thinking. Unless we train our minds to think differently we will all get messed up and in bondage through our natural thought process.
Elijah is no different then us, but if a great man of God like Elijah could loose his ministry from wrong thinking how important is it for us to think as God has instructed us?
Change your thoughts and you will change your world -- Norman Vincent Peale