Crisis: a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger
In Chapter 18 of 1 Kings Elijah is literally on top of a mountain with the Fire of God coming down at his call. He is very bold and courageous facing “seeming” insurmountable odds (to the non-believers, not Elijah). He knew exactly what was going to happen that’s why he was mocking them. Chapter 19 (1 Kings) though is a different story; he was depressed, scared and wanted to die because of an empty threat from a wicked and evil woman. God will always be vindicated…because He is God!! There is a huge difference between chapter 18 and chapter 19.
What a privilege to have witnessed such an amazing miracle, the all-powerful might and power of God put on full display for all to see! A literal all-consuming fire! What more would you need to see?? But like Pharaoh in Exodus, Ahab’s heart was hardened. This is a warning to all of us when we see God’s power to rejoice and worship Him. (Rev 16:9 they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him.)
We are in the end times; end days of end days of end days. People will see and still not repent and turn to Jesus. Instead of telling Jezebel what God had done he told her what Elijah had done. He could have testified to the awesome power of God he just witnessed firsthand, but he told her what a man did and not God. He told him about the false prophets being killed.
Unable to attack God, she allowed Satan to use her and attack the instrument of God. She threatened Elijah and he ran in fear. “V39 All the people fell on their faces”, a nation was literally repenting, my goodness do we need this today. There would have been revolt against her wickedness if she would have followed through with this threat. Satan knows where we are vulnerable, he used her to attack Elijah and instead of him standing strong he ran in fear.
In times of crisis we too can feel like running away from God or giving up altogether. Giving up is the only way we can actually lose. Jesus has literally already won the victory for us on the Calvary’s Cross; our job on this earth is to enforce that victory He won for us. God wants to see our faithfulness; overcoming crisis can lead to your greatest success. Always remember that crisis is normal to life. The outcome rests not in the nature of the crisis itself, but what we do with the crisis we are in. There is nothing new under the sun, the crisis you are in today can be a testimony for someone going through the same crisis tomorrow that can get them through it. God wants us to conduct ourselves in times of crisis in a manner consistent with His word, which you have to actually read and study to know what that is.
Most of us are coming out, in, or coming out of a crisis. Do you go from crisis to crisis or victory to victory??? Stress and crisis usually go hand and hand. Even Jesus Himself dealt with stress in the Garden of Gethsemane, nothing wrong with stress, some stress is actually good for us. It’s how we handle it that determines the outcome.
Elijah faced his greatest battle immediately after his greatest victory. Gone was the glory of Mt Carmel, no cheers or praise to God, just him and a tree. He wanted to die and he had no desire to fight any further. God did not give up on Elijah; He won’t give up on you either. Elijah had given up on himself; God will never give up on you. In days of intense crisis when you think life becomes too hard, your perspective gets cloudy or thinking incoherent, God will provide a way of escape if we seek Him and find it. It will not magically appear. He will every time we are tempted. The best way is to follow the example of Jesus and quote scripture.
God began to speak to Elijah, he was ready to receive a fresh anointing, God gave him rest, food and water to prepare him for a long journey. That is the same God we serve today!!! Because of this he found Elisha and disciple him, Elijah exchanged his lonesome tree for a Chariot of Fire!!!
What tree are you under? He was giving up under it. God’s power is released in our lives to the degree of our obedience to Him. Obedience is not based on emotions but faith, without faith we have nothing. You can be in any sort of crisis. Family, job related, financial, spiritual, the list goes on and on. Maybe your crisis you have fallen away, stopped reading your Bible, turned to alcohol, drugs, or people for “help” or an escape. Jesus is the One to turn to. He is the greatest counselor you will ever find. He faced every crisis and far worse than we face today, give your whole heart and life to Him right now. Fully submit to him. It’s kind of like a half truth is a whole lie, half dependence on God is total dependence on yourself, which will lead to being out of the Will of God, which leads to sin, which leads to spiritual death.
Matt 11: 28-30Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
He chose to reveal Himself to us; He is standing here with His arms wide open for you to come to HIM.
Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Crisis will put you to the test, your confessional theology, what you confess you believe on Sunday, sing about or “amen”, is that what will you put to practice when a major crisis comes in your life? Do you really believe God is ALWAYS good and He is working for you during your crisis?
“Come to Me” is a call to turn from whatever you are presently depending on and totally depending on HIM. This a call to a Person-Jesus Himself, not a program, religion, church or some leader, but the literal God Man Himself who died for you and was raised from the dead!
We must learn to trust HIM and get under His yoke. There is no burden He will not take from you. All we have to do is never give up and give it to Him. There are examples of humans and nations being in crisis throughout the Bible-Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Daniel, Paul, Peter and Jesus Himself. The decisions we make should be based on the principals of God’s word. If you are in a crisis because of your own hard heart or sin, repent right now, that is the first step to getting past that crisis. Crisis levels differ, the greater the change the larger the crisis, no matter the crisis it should end in victory.
Numbers 13 we find Israel was in crisis about entering the Promised Land. 12 spies were sent out to see the land 10 returned and were scared at what they say, even though they knew the Lord was with them. These are the same people that saw the Red Sea part and walked on dry land. They were not depending on God for their provisions but themselves, only 2 of the 12 entered the Promised Land, the two who were not afraid, who knew there is nothing they can’t overcome with the Lord at their backs. Which are you? What is preventing you from entering your Promised Land? Give it all totally to God and let Hi fight for you, stop relying on yourselves.
We are not defined by the crisis we are in no matter how severe, but they do have the power to reveal what we are made of and what we value in life.
Matt 7:24-27 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
The storm is the crisis we are the houses. Where are you standing? If you are on standing on sand, a major crisis can destroy you, “great was its fall”.
Let the (Romans 15:13) “God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence of His promises”.
Let His Word be your foundation, you will need it when crisis tests you. Crisis can make you stronger or destroy you based on where you build your house. When our lives are in line with His will we live in confidence, power, peace of the Lord God Almighty! Examine your life, some of you may have yet to see real crisis in your life. I assure you if you live long enough you will, I hope you are on the Rock and have submitted to the full authority of Jesus and His Holy Spirit, no delay, now is the time!!! Whatever crisis is passing through your life, if you stay faithful to God, He will replace it with something greater, submit all of your past to God, quit holding on. Rely on Him solely and totally.
The sun is always shining, no matter how dark the clouds get, the winds blow, or the floods come, the sun still shines. Even the moon can’t stop the sun from shining. God’s love is the same way, dark may be your days, but the love of God is stronger and brighter than anything Satan has ever come up with. We don’t always praise God for the adverse circumstances, but we need to praise Him through them.
1 Peter 1:6-7
So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.