Fire of God Meets Audacious Faith – A Word by Lori Suiter
The past few months I have had the story of Elijah and the prophets of baal in 1 Kings chapter 18 come up in my spirit over and over. I’ve been praying about what it means and what I keep sensing is that Elijah had faith but not just any kind of faith. I kept hearing in my spirit the word audacious. The definition of audacious is showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. That’s what Elijah had audacious faith.
I wasn’t very familiar with this story until this year and for those of you who don’t know the story here is Lori’s summary: It was really a showdown between God and a false god. The opposition had 400 on their side and Elijah had God. Elijah had this brilliant idea to reveal who the true God was and he instructed both teams to build and altar, lay a sacrifice on the altar but NOT to light it, and whoever’s God/god showed up and ignited their altar was truly the most powerful and mighty. At this stage I’m already thinking Elijah had a courage and faith that I greatly admire.
Here’s where it gets even more interesting. Elijah then starts mocking the opposition telling them maybe they need to cry louder because maybe their god is sleeping! (side note: I get this crazy picture of Elijah as a WWE wrestler at this point). Elijah then dumps four pitchers of water all over his altar! He does this three times! That’s a lot of water! He then waits around all day watching the opposition and their antics of trying to illicit a response from their god who turns out to be a no show. Then in the evening he starts praying for God to come and prove He is the one true God. You know what happens next? BOOM! Fire ignites Elijah’s altar and ALL the people around fall on their faces and worship God!!
Here’s the things that I believe God wants us to get revelation on from this story. First, Elijah was outnumbered by people, but he had God and that’s all he needed! We are NEVER outnumbered with God on our side! Second, Elijah was making sure it could only be God’s power that ignited that altar, he was making sure that he couldn’t get the glory for what happened. Elijah was making it impossible for man and only possible with God! Lastly, he was not shaken, not even once. He never wavered in his belief that God was going to come through in an amazing way! Elijah rocked in this story people!
It occurred to me that God calls us to be humble but He does not mind when we boast in Him and how big and powerful He is…that’s called FAITH! We must have spiritual eyes to see what He is doing in a situation and even if it defies logic, if He says to do it, we do it! We must be OK with people thinking we are crazy. We must be fiercely obedient to our audience of One and not get distracted by critics or hecklers.
I believe we are being called to that kind of audacious faith once again. He is calling us to lay down those areas in our life that are completely soaked in water, the areas where it will have to be God because it looks impossible, the areas that are the most frustrating, the places that look dead, the areas we have given up on due to hope deferred…on the altar. Those rooms in your heart that are so messy that you keep the door locked? He wants you to unlock the door and put the contents of that room on the altar. These are the areas He wants to show His power through! He will ignite those areas with His life, love, healing, truth, restoration, and power. They will glow for all to see! He will give you a new song to sing!! A song of His fire! It will be a testimony of the fact that He is the ONE TRUE GOD and the people in your life will fall on their faces in repentance and worship!!!
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A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
A word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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