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1 Kings 19:11-13 ESV
And he said, "Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD."  And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.  And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.  And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.  And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.  And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

I want to remind you this morning to not miss your opportunity to shout or praise GOD, because you missed HIM.  I'll explain.  Sometimes we are so busy with our minds set on how we think GOD is going to bless us or what package our miracle needs to come in, that when it comes we often overlook it because of our preconceived notions about what GOD needs to do and how HE needs to do it. 

Some other things that stood out to me as I read this story again this morning.  One being the age old question most of you have had, and that is how did Elijah run from Jezebel after he had so many great victories and knew that GOD was with him?  I mean he had called fire down from Heaven.  Most of us probably believe that we would've never been afraid after that right?  Well, GOD showed me something else in this story this morning.  Do you remember when GOD asked Elijah what are you doing here, and Elijah began to tell GOD how he was the only one left among GOD's people who would stand up.  It wasn't true, but not because Elijah was lying or making excuses.  He literally believed it.  Fear had for a brief moment brought about confusion.  So if there is confusion, we know who was at play right?  Yes, the enemy; the author of confusion.  So in Elijah's confusion and fear he ran.  But the best part about this story that holds true for all of us.......Is that GOD came to get Elijah (Vivian, insert your name here.)  GOD came and shined forth the truth to him.  GOD strengthened him and restored him.

Don't be moved when you have moments that test you or bring you to a place where you run and hide.  It happens to the best of us.  Just don't stay in the cave.  When truth comes to find you, walk in the truth and come out of that cave and complete your mission just as Elijah did!

GOD knows best.  Stay focused.  Listen.  Pay attention.  May your discernment be keen and your praise be earth shattering!



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