Get Up, Look Again

Preacher: Pastor Trevor
Editor: Chenoa Zacchaeus

Quitting is a lot easier than persisting. When we fail to understand something, we quit trying. When things get to hard, we quit. When we don’t see our breakthrough coming, we quit praying.

In continuation of his series, “Passionate or Polite,” Pastor Trevor investigated the story and life of Elijah the prophet. Turning to the book of James, Pastor Trevor reminded the congregation that Elijah was an ordinary person, like you and I. However, Elijah prayed fervently and persistently, believing in the supernatural. 1 Kings 18 tells the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. We see how for hours, the Baal worshippers prayed, cut themselves, amongst other things, waiting for their “god” to answer them and send fire from above. All the chanting and prayers were in vain. Yet when Elijah prayed, God answered and sent fire down from heaven. Not long after, Elijah told Ahab to go on down the mountain as God will open up the heavens and send rain to end the three year drought.

As Ahab descend, Elijah ascend to the top of the mountain. He prayed and sent his servant to see if there was a cloud arising. The servant came back with a negative response. Six more times he prayed, and the servant gave him the same report. Now Elijah could have easily quit, but he didn’t. After the seventh time of pray, the servant came back and revealed there was a cloud as small as a man’s fist. In the natural, that didn’t seem like much. But to Elijah, who saw with eyes of faith, that was ample.

Pastor Trevor continued on to show how God is revealed in this story in two different ways: one as fire and the other as rain. Fire represents purification. Whereas rain, represents blessing. Before the blessing of God can come upon your life, there first needs to be a purification process! God held back the rain in this story, because the nation first needed to be purified.

Be fervent in your prayers, like Elijah, and God will answer. DON’T STOP STILL YOU SEE YOUR MIRACLE.

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Preacher: Pastor Trevor

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