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19th Sept 2011
THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD
PART I
èGod wants us to be totally free from fear,
èFor God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the power and of love and of sound mind. 2 Tim1:7
When ever we are in trouble fear is the first thing we feel, Satan injects what if in our heads.
What we need to do is pray about everything & fear nothing, CAN WE TRUST GOD ENOUGH.
When we worship & praise the Lord for EVERYTHING we are in total sync / aligned with Him.
God has blessings and new opportunities in store for us, to receive it we must take steps of faith. (take another step, for all you know success might be just around the corner) Like in Lk 5 Jesus tells Peter James and John to cast their nets a little deeper. That often means doing things we don’t want, don’t feel like doing, which our mind feels will not work. Our reverence to God should be greater than what we personally want feel or think.
 
Luke 5:4-10
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
 1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
èPeter James and John had been fishing all night, they had caught nothing. They were fishermen by profession, certainly not amateurs, certainly not poor but well to do. They knew their job.
They were tired, actually exhausted, they needed sleep & were hungry.
They had finished washing and storing their nets, which was a tiresome job,
At this stage JESUS comes and asks them if they wanted to catch a haul of fish, they should cast their nets again. Only this time in deeper waters.
IF YOU WERE IN THEIR PLACE WHAT WOULD YOU DO.
Peter explained to the Lord they were exhausted, they had tried everything & yet caught nothing.
Yet, Peter said “But because you say so, I will let down the nets”.
The Lord wants us to have such an attitude,
We may not feel like doing something, we donot want to, we may not think it is a good idea, we may feel fear that none of this will work. But we should be willing to obey God, rather than believe in our fears and feelings.
PART II
2 Chronicles 20:1-26
1 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat.
These were the trouble makers of Gods people, do we have trouble makers in our life. We have fear-ites, disease-ites, stress-ites, insecurity-ites, rejection-ites.
Did Jehoshaphat have less trouble, his troubles were only increasing.
2 Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar".
3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
What did Jehoshaphat do, first thing that caught him was fear, so what did he do, he set himself to seek the Lord. Determined to hear from the Lord, he proclaimed a fast through out the land, He needed to hear from the Lord, he needed a battle plan, only God could give it to him, one that was sure to success.
We need to develop the habit of running to the Lord when we are in trouble instead of people. Do we run to the Throne or phone when in trouble. We need to TRUST our God ENOUGH.
--phase 1 of gods battle plan was to remove the fear. Romans 10:17 “Faith comes from hearing, & hearing by the word of God. Spoken word of God in Greek rhema. Here when God speaks to us faith fills our hearts.
Here the word used is not Gods word that we read but what we hear. DO WE HAVE TIME TO HEAR GOD. But how do we hear Gods word, be patient God will certainly speak, give him a patient hearing.
 
5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the lord in the front of the new courtyard 6a. and said:"lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.
Jehoshaphat was not waiting for the advice of his people, his family, his friends, his advisors, but to hear from God. The king knew that Gods advice and direction was vital.
We need to seek God not only when we are in trouble but always, seek means to pursue, crave, go after, like a starving man or a drowning man.
Instead of talking to God only about his problems the king spoke to God about him. We need to talk to him about who he is, about the power of his name, about the power of his son Jesus, about the great things we know he can perform. After we have praised and worshiped him, we should mention our problems.
 
7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 'If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.' 10 "But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance.
After starting his prayer by acknowledging how great, awesome, powerful and wonderful the Lord is king Jehoshaphat then begins to relate the mighty acts the Lord has performed in the past to protect his people, & uphold the promises he made to them. & then finally he presents his request.
It is said when God gives you a problem he also offers you a solution to it. In fact it can be said that God has a plan for our deliverance before the problem ever appears. What we need to do is focus on him & His mighty power, worship Him & praise Him for the manifestation of his solution, waiting & listening for his word or direction.
 
12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."
Here the king openly admits to God his total inability to deal with the problem. We struggle with our lives not letting God do for us what we cannot do ourselves. Why cant we allow God to be God.
We need to do exactly what Jehoshaphat did, surrender accept that you cannot stand against the might of your enemies, you don’t know what to do, but you looking up to him for deliverance and direction.
 
THREE IMPORTANT THINGS JEHOSHAPHAT DID:
1. He admitted that he had no might to stand against his enemies.
2. He admitted he did not know what to do.
3. He said his eyes were on God.
Jesus said…….Jn 15:5. è Apart from me you can do nothing.
Its time we realize that we put our entire dependence on him. We need to lean on, rely only and entirely depending on him, taking all out weight off & putting it all on him.
When I sit on a chair I put my entire weight on it. Its amazing that we trust a CHAIR more than we do God many times.
 
RECAP: èI am going to seek God. Vs3.
èThe situation was so serious that he was even ready to fast, because he èwanted to hear from God. Vs 3.
èThen he began to talk to God about His character.Vs 6.
èThen he Praised & worshiped the Lord 7-9
èFinally he mentioned his problem. Vs 11.
èNext he openly admitted his entire dependence on Him. He said he did not know what to do. Vs 12. THE SOONER WE DEPEND ENTIRELY ON THE LORD, THE SOONER WE WILL HAVE VICTORY.
 
13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the lord.
Lord we are going to wait on You until you do something about my situation. (What does waiting mean)  
Is 40:31 those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
 
14 Then the Spirit of the lord came on Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.
15 He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.
Here we see the power of community prayer and fasting. The spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel who prophesied Vs 15
We need to trust our Lord wait on the Lord, He will CERTAINLY give us an answer, Here the Lords message was very clear, only patience was required.
What a relief this would have been, this did not mean their battle was over, they needed to do what God wanted them to do.
 
16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the lord will be with you.'"
This passage instructs the people of Judah in the position they were to take for battle. How do we take position in Battle ? I always thought it would be to get ready to fight.
After getting instructions from the lord, Jehoshaphat did get ready for battle by
 
18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the lord.
Vs 18.He & all the people of Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. This is the position God expects us to take, a position of absolute surrender.
Face down, kneeling with uplifted hands was the battle position. A position of worship.
To stand firm: means to be totally aligned with God. Im refusing to give in, Im persisting to believe in that God will deliver me. Here we need to tell our minds to stop trying to figure out the answer, turn your focus to God.
But this might not be possible or appropriate at every time, in our hearts we can always worship Him anytime.
 
19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
First everyone bowed down to worship the Lord, here we see they stood up praising the Lord.
We should not be caught up in procedures and positions. We need to have reverence for the Lord in our hearts.
 
20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful."
Please notice here that they went out to meet the enemy after they had first worshiped and praised the Lord.
The king told his to believe and have faith in the prophets, & remember the Lords promise THAT THE BATTLE WAS NOT THIERS BUT THE LORDS.
& this would give them their success.
 
21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:"Give thanks to the lord, for his love endures forever."
Here we see another part of Gods battle plan, Jehoshaphat appoints singers to sing praises to the Lord to lead the army. Giving thanks to the Lord for his enduring love.
 
As we worship we remain in a position to receive
 
22 As they began to sing and praise, the lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. 25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Berakah to this day.
These verses say that while the people of Judah (the holy ones) were singing praises to God. Their God set ambushments against their enemies slaughtered themselves. Praise confused their enemies.
SUMMARY:
èThey set themselves to seek God rather than live in fear.
èThey told God how awesome he is.
èThey stood and waited on him.
èGod sent a prophet with a message for them.
èTelling them that their battle was not Thiers but his.
èHe told them to take their positions & stand still.
èThey worshiped & praised.
èJehoshaphat appointed singer to sing and praise.
èThe Lord defeated their enemies by confusing them, so that they killed each other.
 
PART 3.
Judges 7
 1 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men. Icannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
Instead of telling Gideon, who was facing a major battle, that He would give them more men. God told them that he had too many for God to give him victory. Sometimes God works to our weaknesses, better then through our strengths.
God was telling Gideon that they were too strong in themselves, that He wanted them in a position when they would have to depend entirely on Him.
Pride & boasting ruin the best of men so God has to help us to stay humble & under his mighty hand, totally dependent on him.
 
 4 But the LORD said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”  5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.  7 The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”
èThe men of Gideon were thirsty, when they saw water they ran to it. èSome of them bowed on their knees, put their face in the water & began to drink. èThe others cupped their hands, put it to their face and drank. These soldiers could still see around & were alert unlike those who put their face in the water.
These 300 out of the original 32,000 soldiers who showed wisdom & diligence & since they were not scared, God chose to work through them.
8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others. Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley. 9 During that night the LORD said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. 10 If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah 11 and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp.” So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp. 12 The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore. 13 Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.”
Gideon received a word from the Lord through a dream, Gideon needed an assurance & encouragement from the Lord since he was left with only 300 of his men. èThe opposing army was a large multitude whose camp spread so far that it looked like the sands of the sea. èThe dream was letting Gideon know this large army camp would be flattened & destroyed by supernatural means. èGod showed that as an insignificant barley cake could be used to flatten the camp of the enemy, so God could also use Gideon, God wanted Gideon to now that without God he could do nothing.
 14 His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.”  15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The LORD has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”
As soon as Gideon received that personal word from God, he bagan to talk about the battle as if it was already won. èHe began to praise and worship the Lord as if the victory was already an accomplished fact, èHe didn’t wait to see the result of the battle before he proclaimed the triumph of the Lord.
 16 Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside.  17 “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon.’” 19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. 20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”
èWe know that the Midianites & the other north eastern armies were like a great multitude of Locust. èHere we have our Lord asking the meagerly 300 out of the 32000 soldiers to fight his battle. Perhaps the Midianites might have been much much more than their original 32,000. èThese 300 were soldiers carefully selected & they certainly had swords & knives with them. èBut here we see our Lord asking them to go to battle with a trumpet in one hand & an empty pitcher in the other, their torches were perhaps inside the pitcher. èGod purposely put something in both their hands, they could not draw out their swords & knives to fight his own battle. They had to depend totally on God to fight it for them. èThe middle watch was perhaps around 3am in the middle of the night. èAll they were asked to do was break the empty pitchers (perhaps to make a deafening sound, there were 300 pitchers) èhold up their torches & shout ‘A sword for the Lord & for Gideon”. èIn other words they needed to hold their torches & praise God.
 21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.  22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.
As the 300 soldiers held their positions & did what God wanted them to do, the way God told them to do. The enemy in utter confusion started slaughtering them selves.
(2 Chro 20:18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the lord.
He & all the people of Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. This is the position God expects us to take, a position of absolute surrender.
Face down, kneeling with uplifted hands was the battle position. A position of worship.
To stand firm: means to be totally aligned with God. Im refusing to give in, Im persisting to believe in that God will deliver me. Here we need to tell our minds to stop trying to figure out the answer, turn your focus to God.
But this might not be possible or appropriate at every time, in our hearts we can always worship Him anytime).
 
PART 4
1 Kings 18
 1 After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” 2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab.
Now the famine was severe in Samaria, 3 and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD. 4 While Jezebel (wife of Ahab) was killing off the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.) 5 Ahab had said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs and valleys. Maybe we can find some grass to keep the horses and mules alive so we will not have to kill any of our animals.” 6 So they divided the land they were to cover, Ahab going in one direction and Obadiah in another.
 7 As Obadiah was walking along, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him, bowed down to the ground, and said, “Is it really you, my lord Elijah?”
 8 “Yes,” he replied. “Go tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.’”
 9 “What have I done wrong,” asked Obadiah, “that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to be put to death? 10 As surely as the LORD your God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to look for you. And whenever a nation or kingdom claimed you were not there, he made them swear they could not find you. 11 But now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’ 12 I don’t know where the Spirit of the LORD may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn’t find you, he will kill me. Yet I your servant have worshiped the LORD since my youth. 13 Haven’t you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD? I hid a hundred of the LORD’s prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water. 14 And now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’ He will kill me!”
 15 Elijah said, “As the LORD Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.”
 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?”
 18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
 20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
But the people said nothing.
 22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”
Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”
 25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.
 27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.
 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the LORD, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the LORD had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”
 34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.  “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.
 36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”
 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
 39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”
 40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.
èGod had brought famine & drought to Israel to show his power to Ahab.   He wanted Ahab & his wicked wife know that they needed to change their wicked ways. & if they did not the circumstances would not be good.
After 3 years of famine, After the land of king Ahab was sanitized of Baal & its prophets. he sent prophet Elijah, to show himself to Ahab & tell him (predict) there was going to be rain. Elijah tells Ahab you better get ready, for I hear the sound of abundance of rain, you better be prepared for there is going to be a downpour.
There has been famine & drought for 3 years, the land is parched, here we have Elijah claiming he can here abundance of rain this could only be through the spirit of faith. He believed what he said & began to act on it before the manifestation of it.
 41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
èThis is the attitude and position we need to keep
 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.  43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”              45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.
èAfter announcing to Ahab what was going to happen, that there was going to be an abundance of rain, Elijah goes on top of mt. Carmel there he falls into position, He goes down on his knees, with his forehead to the ground. The position of worship,
èElijah sent his servant many times to run back & forth several times to see if it was starting to rain.
Seven times the servant comes with bad news, but never did Elijah move out of his position, you can imagine what went through Elijah, when he heard there is not a cloud out there. But without any frustration but only FAITH he said ‘go again’ he just remained in position in worship. èFinally the servant came and told him that he seen a cloud the size of a mans hand.
èWe need to take our positions & praise the lord giving him all the glory before you ever see the change, as well as after your breakthrough.
The amount of time the change is required id dependent on:
How long it takes us to get an agreement with God that we have a problem that God says we have. – How long it takes to stop making excuses and blaming someone else for them. – How much time we spend studying the word waiting & on worshiping Him.
The reason I couldn’t change was because I was trying to change myself. I was not trusting God to do it. I became an achiever instead of a believer.
 
 
 
 
 
It is actually written in Deuteronomy that it took them forty long years to make a eleven day journey.
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