Day 26 – Angel Ministered to Elijah
What are you doing here, Elijah?
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. - Colossians 1:16 -17
Our angel passage today is I Kings 19. Elijah has killed 450 prophets of Baal, Israel has re-committed herself to serve the Lord - - - A Great Victory has been wrought! And yet, we find Elijah running for his life, why?
I propose one of the reasons is found in verse 3; and when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
What did Elijah see that scared him so bad that he ran for his life? The answer is in verse 2; Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying… this is the same Hebrew word translated other places as ‘angel’. Jezebel sent a demonic spirit to Elijah with a message of death.
Upon seeing this demonic / dark angel Elijah ran for his life. He went 95 miles away or a day’s journey. 4…into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, "It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!"
Often after a great victory, we too get hit with depression, the enemy comes to taunt us and we feel like we want to give up – we can’t go on – what’s the use? But as with Elijah the Lord in His graciousness sends heavenly help. …5suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, "Arise and eat."
The angel comes to Elijah a second time; 7And the angel of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you." 8So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.
The next scene in I Kings 19 we find Elijah in a cave on the mountain of God where Moses encountered God. Once again the Lord uses dramatic ways to get the man of God’s attention. Wind, Earthquake, Fire but the Lord wasn’t in those expressions NO, He was in the still small voice… 12 after the fire a still small voice. 13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"
Elijah wanted to die, he was done being the sole prophet (at least that’s what he thought), he was done fighting with Ahab and Jezebel. HE WAS DONE - let me die in peace, here in the wilderness where no one will find me.
BUT God still had a few assignments for Elijah to accomplish; anoint 2 kings, and train his successor, the next prophet of Israel. More often than not when we think our life is over, or our ministry is done God says, “oh no, I have much more for you to do”!
Word of the Lord
I have much more for you to do says the Lord. Trails and tribulation are common in this life but I have overcome the world and you are in Me! Therefore you have within you the power to overcome all obstacles that presents themselves to you on a daily basis. When you step out to re-present Me in your world the enemy seeks to stop you at every turn. Depression, oppression, sickness, family problems, financial woes are all tactics of your adversary. BUT, you have something more powerful than all the strategies of the enemy. You have My Son, My Spirit, and the angelic host at your disposal. YOU WIN every time says the Spirit of the Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord!
Open Thou my eyes, that I may behold nifla’ot out of Thy torah. - Psalms 119:18 (Orthodoz Jewish Bible)
What does the Bible say?
Read: I Kings 19 & Philippines 4:8
Action: Selah, take time to ponder God’s Word! If you have been battling depression or oppression ask Holy Spirit to reveal the source. Remove the root or thorn the enemy is using to harass you. Repent if needed and ask Holy Spirit to heal any wounds in your heart. Set your mind to think on things that are lovely, of good report.
Decree: We will see more angel activity than demon activity. We forbid demon activity in Jesus’ name. - Pg. 192 Angel Armies