MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011 "There is the sound...of rain." 1Ki 18:41 NKJV Are you going through a spiritual dry spell? Are you busy encouraging others while your own life seems to be falling apart? You're not unique. It happened to Elijah, a prophet who'd just called down fire from heaven on Mount Carmel and defeated 850 false prophets in a spectacular victory. Suddenly he found himself in a full-blown famine with every human resource dried up and his back to the wall. So what did he do? "He bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees" (1Ki 18:42 NKJV). Good move! Elijah decided to shut out his surroundings, reach for God's help, and keep praying till he had an answer. When the answer came, it came as "a sound of abundance of rain." Notice: what Elijah heard in his spirit was completely at odds with what he could see or hear around him. His spirit sensed rain before a drop fell. There's an important lesson here for you. When God speaks to you He will speak to your spirit, not your flesh. What He says there will be more real than anything that's happening in your circumstances. But be warned, what you hear in your spirit may go against what you hear in your intellect, or what you have in the bank, or what's happening on the job, or what's taking place at home, or what's happening in your body. Elijah had to discount all the "no rain" reports he kept getting. So will you. When you know God has promised you a certain thing you must tune out the negativity around you, stand on His Word and keep believing!
Published on Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 6:16 AM CDT