The threats of your enemies will not stand
Text: 1 Kings 19:1-8
 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
 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.
 And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
 And he looked, and behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
 And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
 And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
Elijah felt so alone. Remember what just transpired between him and the prophets of Baal. He and they had each laid out an animal sacrifice, and had called upon their respective Gods to consume the sacrifice with fire.
The prophets of Baal had danced about, called out, and even cut themselves in an attempt to get a response from their god, but nothing happened. Elijah had poured great vats of water over his sacrifice, just to demonstrate the full range of God’s power, and had said a quiet prayer, and God responded by sending a roaring blaze that had consumed, not only the sacrifice, but also the prophets of Baal.
It was a great victory, but Jezebel, the king’s wife, was not impressed. Instead of backing away, she decided to get even with Elijah. She threatened Elijah, saying, “So, let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don’t make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!” (v. 2). This was a threat to his life.
Jezebel, the wicked wife of king Ahab, vowed to kill Elijah and we see this mighty man of God was fleeing for his life in fear.
Elijah’s experiences reflect the experiences of our lives. It seems that we can go from the highest of mountain top experiences to the deepest valleys of despair almost overnight.
From great victories of faith to fear and defeat
Why did Elijah not call down fire to consume this wicked queen? Must he fear and run for his life?
Have you ever been so discouraged that you thought that death was the only way to escape from your problems? But God is always there.
God knows that our journey through this life is more than we can handle. We need His provisions, if we are to survive.
When he was so tired and fell asleep, God gave him food for strength. Have you found yourself being threatened by the enemy? Refuse to give up. Set your heart on God, for He has chosen to demonstrate His powers through you, like He did to Elijah. His powers and mercies will see you through and make you a Victor.
In Rhema no shaking!
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