Posted: July 26, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.'”

– 1 Kings 19:7 NIV

Have you ever got to a place in your faith walk with Christ that you felt, or said, ‘Enough!?’ The prophet Elijah did. I am glad too, because Elijah let’s me know it’s okay to think and feel that way. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” – 1 Kings 19:4b NIV The fact that it’s written in scripture makes me feel understood by God when I get to that place I call the ‘cave season’ of life. Elijah had just won a great victory in 1 Kings 18 and by 1 Kings 19, his life was being threatened. The same prophet who had just experienced a great spiritual victory was now fleeing, in fear, from a death threat.

Prior to this point in Elijah’s faith walk, he had won a great battle for God and after the battle ran a great distance, on foot, to outrun a storm that was coming (see 1 Kings 18). By this point, Elijah is probably exhausted, then he hears about the threat on his life because the great battle he had just won for God. Elijah, immediately takes off to escape the imminent death that awaits him. Sometimes, living right and doing right brings adversity before the blessing of being obedient to God’s will is provided. Being obedient, even in the face of adversity, moves God to be with you to provide you comfort, encouragement and inspire hope to keep you going.

You can probably relate to Elijah. You are experiencing victory in your faith walk that required a lot on your part. Then, still recovering from your great spiritual victory, somewhat tired mentally and emotionally, something greater opposes you that shrouds your soul with fear (spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms) and then, on top of that, a storm is threatening in your life! “All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’ The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.'” – 1 Kings 19:5b, 7 NIV

God comes alongside Elijah and provides him with rest, food and water that provided Elijah the physical strength to endure the journey. When Elijah arrives at the cave, God speaks to Elijah that provides Elijah the mental and emotional nourishment he’ll need to face the threatening storm of circumstances rising in his life. “Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?'” – 1 Kings 19:8b-9 NIV God will come alongside us, touch us, and provide us the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual replenishment we need, as we take refuge in Him, to keep the faith and fight the good fight!

May God bless you with His touch and help you to get the proper physical, mental, emotional and spiritual replenishment you need to keep you going in your faith walk and fight the good fight of faith so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

  1. ahleebu says:

    See Elevation Church, Pastor Steven Furtick’s message on “Facing Your Fears”– preaches on this very principle: Thanks for your post 😀


    • myimmanuel says:

      Your comments are appreciated and thank you for the link! I am always encouraged when I receive confirmation of a message God speaks through me. Yesyerday evening I heard a sermon by Bishop TD Jakes that preached on this principle as well. God bless you!


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