Diving Deeper into God’s Presence

And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word….

1 Kings 17:1,16

I want to speak to you today about the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone and into a realm of obedience, trust, and action.

The greatest level of faith that we can have in our walk with the Lord is that of obedience.

Faith comes through obedience

Blessing comes through obedience

Direct prosperity comes through obedience

Healing of the sick comes through obedience

Your life, obedience,

my life, obedience,

Apostle’s life, obedience,

your neighbor’s life, obedience.

When God says something for us to do, we have free will to decide. We must choose whether we or won’t be obedient.  If God says lay hands on the woman in the grocery store, then He is going to use YOU to heal cancer. Her healing is directly dependent on your obedience!

The result of your obedience is your blessing.

We must choose this day whom you will serve. There is a massive difference in is saying that you are a follower of the Father and obeying.  I can declare it all day long in my words, but do my actions and deeds line up to it!!!!!

Look back at the woman that Elijah ministered to in 1 Kings.  She had a decision; would she or would she not be obedient? The decision was hers, but to every action, there is a consequence.  God will move in direct action to your consequence. 

A consequence is the power to produce an effect.  In other words, if you move by faith, God will move to the degree that you move. You move little; He will move little.  He can’t speak into, direct, or relate to a person of little faith; Jesus set the example of this in The Garden in Luke 22:42. He did challenge God; He didn’t question His direction. He simply was obedient, the Bible says to the point of death.  He surmised the result, He had been foretold the blessing of life ever after, but He STILL HAD TO WALK THROUGH IT!!!!!

We are no different; since the beginning of time, did the Israelites not have to walk through the Red Sea?  Did they not have to trust God for the manna that would be provided for them every day? 

Here’s the thing, God was teaching them a lesson in that for them, if they gathered more, it would spoil; what’s the lesson? Obedience!

Now, here’s the next thing, sacrifice!!

1 Kings 17

This woman and her son are about to die because there has been a drought, and nothing is left.  Elijah, in his obedience, went there because he was starving, so she knew this was the last supper. She had a choice, do we sacrifice our last meal to give to the cause of the Man of God, or do we sacrifice and keep for ourselves! You see, it’s one thing to say that you are going to be obedient, but it’s another thing to say that you will be sacrificial.  She had a choice! But look at v. 13. 

What was that? Was that because Elijah was selfish??? NO! God was using that moment to test her obedience, test her submission, and see if she was ready to receive her blessing!

The body of church.

Think about it, had Elijah died, there would have been no Elisha, there would have been a lineage that would have stopped, the Word of the Lord would have stopped, there would have been no growth, there would have been a stagnant plan, no progression and in many ways a halt to the ministry! Instead, her sacrifice caused a greater blessing of growth, and where there was insecurity on her part, the reassurance was there in v. 14.

SO the result of her obedience to the Man of God was the build-up of faith to sacrifice! You can not sacrifice without faith. That’s why Jesus prayed! That’s why Jesus stayed in the Garden, building faith! You can’t sacrifice without faith because without faith; there is NO obedience.

She listened to the Man of God and was obedient UNTO death!

She had His word but no action; she had to make a choice.

So, here’s the thing, she was obedient to listen, she produced action, and she ended in sacrifice with the ultimate blessing of food that never ran dry even in a DROUGHT! The drought would not end until v. 41 of the next chapter. THAT’S THREE YEARS in total!

Now, flip that. Elijah says what He says, and she likes, “The old man has lost it, your taking the last meal from my kid and me, no way!”

How would God have blessed her? How would He have been able to move out of her disobedience? Jesus would’ve been, “Hey dad, look, check this, I’ve been thinking, and this whole getting whipped with metal, bone, glass, having my skin shredded from my body, being made fun of, being beaten….I’m not down for that, the miracles have been cool, but I’m not really down for the rest, so check ya; I’m just gonna go build a bench and see ya when I see ya!”

Obedience, Sacrifice, Blessing in two parts! Eternal and Internal!

1. Eternal Heavenly

2. Internal Your temple and everything that impacts your sphere of influence!

Is that what happened to the woman? Her house had more than enough. I suspect, although not recorded, she had more than an abundance available for those around her as well. Not to even mention that what was once dead became alive again. V.17-24 speaks to the loss of her son, and God blessed her with rebirth! Why did that happen? Hey, God takes care of his own. She took care of Elijah and kept him alive. God did the same for her child! But why, obedience > sacrifice. Everybody says OBEDIENCE YIELDS SACRIFICE, WHICH YIELDS BLESSING. Malachi says that when you test Him in this, there will not be room enough to store it! Malachi 3:10. Isn’t that what happened here? She was obedient; she sacrifices, she was blessed!

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.” Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,

2 Corinthians 9:8-10

But guess what it requires, OBEDIENCE SACRIFICE AND THEN THE BLESSINGS!

I say blessings, she got food that never stopped, and the life of her son returned! That’s blessings! Now, keep this in mind; this sacrifice was her last meal! That’s what it was PERIOD she was done, and she was willing to sow it into a belief that God’s plan was better than her’s.