"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says..."
God bless you.
Good Day, everyone!
The scripture reference for this week's teaching comes from 1 Kings 18:17-40 - the story of Elijah's encounter with the so-called prophets of Baal. Please read that chapter in Bible Gateway when you have a chance.
Questions I asked the Lord regarding this scripture changed my thinking in many ways regarding how God looks at TRUST. Here's what He and I discussed:
Father, what is the most important lesson in this story?
Perseverance and Trust.
Father, what is Your "color" for TRUST?
Buttercup Yellow - a reflection of My identity given to My Son Jesus. My servant Elijah knew that by My Spirit everything is possible for life and Godliness. He also was shown that the enemy turns a deaf ear to those who trust him; showing himself faithful on their behalf is not his agenda. The foolish self-sacrificing undertaken by the servants of Baal did not touch the enemy's heart, for it was not a reflection of his true nature or self. We are only touched by our children when something of their character reflects what we hold dear.
Selfishness, distrust, and envy is the enemy's nature.
Trust and perseverance in the face of "flight" is the nature of the Father God Jehovah, and when He saw this in His servant Elijah, He answered His own character and delivered Elijah from the prophets of Baal.
Father, why "Buttercup" Yellow?
When milk (symbolic of baby food) allows itself to be churned, beaten, and stirred it
is transformed into the sweetness and savory essence of butter (symbolic of My
Spirit) which - when applied to other foods - enhances flavor, appeal, and enjoyment.
So My children - once they outgrow baby food and are ready to receive the "meat" of My character through sacrificial living - will receive the sweet essence of My
Spirit's realm in the deposit of My character manifested through TRUST, to the
edification and strengthening of the brethren.
When we mature in God's Spirit, Saints, we're enabled to flavor and enhance the lives of others through the richness of our walk in unconditional TRUST of Him.
That's a cool analogy! Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal through the power of a
flower! Okay, a Holy Ghost-powered flower, but still... =0]
God bless, everyone! HAVE A GREAT WEEK!
(Originally published April 21, 2013)