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6 Keys to Preparing for Revival.


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We love to read in 1 Kings 18 about how the prophet Elijah confronted the priests of Baal and called down fire from heaven. But if the story tells us anything, it is that the fire does not fall in just any old place in the middle of the desert. We must prepare the altar of our lives if we want to be ready for the fire of God to fall upon us.

Before the fire fell for Elijah, he endured an arduous process of preparation. And what was God preparing him for? To change the religion of an entire nation in one day! Elijah’s task was to pull the Jews away from the pagan worship of Baal and bring them back to their belief in one God, Jehovah the Lord.

We read in 1 Kings 17:1: “Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab [who was the king], ‘As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word (NIV).'” Immediately a drought began in all of Israel.

“Then the Word of the Lord came to Elijah: ‘Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there’ (vv. 2-4).

God was saying, “I am preparing something. I am preparing the nation, and with this drought, I am going to break them.”

Baal was the god of rain, crops, prosperity and fruitfulness. God was hitting Baal hard when He sent a drought. In essence, He was saying to the people, “What kind of god do you worship if there is no rain? What kind of god of abundance and prosperity is this, if all your fields have dried up?”

Be sure not to curse your drought because sometimes dry seasons are from God. Many times He permits difficulties in our families, churches, cities and nations in order to prepare us and make us hungry for revival. When things do not work, when there is discomfort, people often become more receptive to the Lord.

STEPS IN THE PREPARATION PROCESS
How did God prepare Elijah to become the leader of a great revival in Israel? He told him to hide himself. He told him to drink from the brook of Kerith and to eat the food brought to him by ravens in the morning and evening. He has steps for us to follow, too.

Step 1: We must learn to depend on God. God did not build Elijah a dining room. He did not give Elijah a telephone so that he could order out for pizza. The Lord said: “You are going to depend on Me, and I am going to use methods that are unfamiliar to you. I am going to use one of those birds that are called ‘unclean.'”

The people of Israel normally kept their distance from ravens. Yet this was the very bird God sent to take bread and meat to Elijah. He had direct food service sent by the Lord. If we’re going to be used by Him, we must depend on Him as Elijah did.

Step 2: We must be willing to change. Elijah “did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land” (1 Kin. 17:5-7).

How difficult it can be when God sends us to a place where we can drink fresh water and suddenly the brook begins to dry up. We think, But God sent me to do this ministry. God spoke to me 10 years ago!

The Lord is trying to say to us, “I sent you to the brook, but now I am telling you to leave that place. I made it dry up so that you would no longer depend on a mere stream. Now I am going to send a national downpour!

“With the brook, I could give you enough to drink, but the people of the nation are dying. I want to move you out of this hiding place so you can defeat the Baals. Then I will send a downpour over the entire nation and bless it.”

The Lord will do what it takes to move us out of our ministries and comfortable lives into a new place. He may say, “Yes, I sent you there 10 years ago, but now it is time to move. I want to do something new with you.”

We must be willing to move from where we are and obey God’s instructions.

Step 3: We must go where God directs. We read in 1 Kings 17:9 that the Lord told Elijah to go to Zarephath of Sidon. Zarephath was to the north of Israel, in Phoenicia. The Lord said, “I am going to use you, but I am going to take you out of your comfort zone.”

How comfortable it is to stay right where we are in our little corners, hidden next to our peaceful brooks. But God is calling us to something greater, and some will not pass the test because they are unwilling to go where God wants them to go.

Step 4: We must be willing to depend on others. What would have happened if Elijah had refused to leave Kerith? He could have said, “What do you mean a widow is going to feed me? God feeds me directly from the heavens. I am not going to depend on a woman, especially a Phoenician who is not from Israel.”

How many Christians do the very same thing with the will of God for their lives? Then they wonder why the fire does not fall and why the rain does not commence.

We have to be docile and sensitive to the will of God and serious in our service to Him. My heart is gladdened when I see the amazing commitment of some of His servants.

Step 5: We must be willing to humble ourselves and ask. When Elijah got to Zarephath, he asked a widow for some bread and water (see 1 Kin. 17:10-11).This great servant of God, who was getting ready to set all of Israel free from idolatry, had to request a plate of food from a starving widow!

How many people have been broken, not because they did not have enough to eat, but because they did not understand the purpose of the Lord in their time of scarcity? They would have overcome and survived if they had continued following God. One way or another, He would have provided all they needed.

But the terror and shame that come through not understanding God’s ways cause many to give up. They do not understand that sometimes we have to pass through tribulation, testings and struggles.

Walking with God is a faith enterprise. If we are going to continue and not lose our fire and our blessing, we have to walk by faith. Sometimes God wants us to depend directly on Him, and other times, on special circumstances He sets up.

God is doing a new work. He wants to use us, but we have to be sensitive to His presence and do what He says. We have to be willing to let Him provide in the way He chooses.

Do You Want Revival?
How many of you want revival in your nation?

God wants to use you. He is preparing you and the others who stay in His army. Those who say, “Count on me, Lord,” are the ones He is going to use in the end-time revival.

Are you willing? Do you want to be used? Do you have the kind of faith that can persevere?

I pray that the same strength the Lord gave Elijah would flood your life. The normal state in life is to be unfaithful. But when the fire of the Holy Spirit falls on the life of a servant, God gives him strength to take him forward. It is like an oil that never runs out.

Follow the leading of the Lord. If He tells you to change places, change. If He tells you to go, then go.

God is preparing you. He wants to put a resistance inside you that you have never known before. Maybe some of you have started and then quit dozens of things in your life. Right now, God wants to make you faithful, strong and firm until the very last day of your life.

I pray that you would continue walking in this glorious way until the day the Lord Jesus comes again. If you desire to prepare the altar to receive the fire of God, pray this prayer out loud and in faith:

“Lord, remove from me the superficiality that destroys any lack of commitment to You. Father, affirm me in You like never before in my life. Lord, help me, so that when You ask me to go west of the Jordan, I will go west of the Jordan. When You ask me to change places, I will change places.

Help me to go where You want me to go, O Lord. Father, I pray that You make me docile and obedient to Your Word and Your will forever. Amen.”

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ SPIRITLED WOMAN.

SERGIO SCATAGLINI


Sergio Scataglini is the founder of Scataglini Ministries. God has given Sergio a ministry to impart to others a passion for a life of holiness.

What Happens When You Listen to God.


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True friends are hard to come by. Ron and Jackie Hill are those kinds of friends. While we only go out with them about once a year, it feels as if we have just seen them the week before. We know that if we needed them, all we would have to do is call, and they would drop everything to help.

Once they shared a heartwarming story about their daughter Sarah. Sarah is a behavioral therapist who specializes in working with autistic children. She has a heart for these special kids. At one time she found herself with only 20 hours of work a week. Finances were tough.

Wisely, she began to seek the Lord, and boldly asked Him for more hours. As she prayed, she heard the Lord say, “Volunteer.” She prayed some more. Again she was impressed in her spirit with the simple wordvolunteer. Sarah honestly admitted that she responded out loud with, “Have you lost your mind, God? I don’t have enough gas to even get back and forth to work. How am I going to be able to drive somewhere to volunteer?” And as God so often does, He merely repeated, “Volunteer.” Obediently, albeit a bit reluctantly, she obeyed.

Sarah was attending a very large church, and asked to volunteer as a Sunday school teacher for autistic children. With her credentials she was welcomed with open arms. Shortly after that, the therapist group she works with let her know that they had a client for her. When she went to meet them she immediately fell in love with the family. As they talked, the parents shared that they needed her help on Sundays. Her heart sank. Sadly, she explained that she could not help them because of her commitment to the church.

They explained that their need was for someone to help them so that they could go to church. When she asked them where they attended, it was the same church where she volunteeredThese godly parents wanted someone to take their autistic child to the very Sunday school class that she was helping in. In other words, they were now going to pay her to do what she had volunteered to do at the prompting of the Holy Spirit.

God never speaks to us in startling ways, but often in ways that are easy to misunderstand. Elijah desperately needed to hear from the Lord. Standing in a cave on a mountain, “a great strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing” (1 Kings 19:11-12, emphasis added, NASB). And in the gentle wind Elijah heard the voice of the Lord.

In each of our lives, the Lord usually speaks to us in a still small voice. And like the young boy, Samuel, we must learn to respond with “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening” (1 Sam. 3:9). Nothing comes into our lives without God Himself speaking into the situation. Too often, our spirits are so overwhelmed with the circumstances we find ourselves in, that we forget to say, “Speak, Lord.”

This week in your walk with Christ, when you find yourself not sure which way to turn, practice saying out loud, “Speak, Lord.” As you learn to take this vital step in your deepening relationship with the Father, remember to listen and obey. His answer may not make total sense. But if you ask for His guidance, He promises to answer.

God usually doesn’t shout. Most often, you will sense a gentle blowing. And in that warm wind of your spirit, you will find the voice of God. As you listen, your spiritual ears will grow more and more acute, and like Jesus did, you will learn to hear God’s voice all the time. I promise.

PRAYER POWER FOR THE WEEK OF 12/30/13

As we approach a new year this week, take some time to reflect on your spiritual walk, realign your priorities to always seek God first before undertaking any new endeavor, and listen to His still small voice. Thank Him that He orders your steps and has the perfect plan for you. Ask Him to direct you in setting some goals for the New Year and bringing you the divine connections you need to accomplish His plans for you. Continue to pray for Israel to fulfill God’s purposes in this season. Remember those persecuted for righteousness sake and ask the Lord for a global harvest of souls and for revival to ignite and spread throughout our own nation. Join those who are heeding God’s Word in humility to turn from their wicked ways, and seek His face. He has promised to heal our land if we do so. 2 Chron 7:14; 1 Kings 19:11-12; 1 Sam. 3:9.

Break the Drought Over Your Life.


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One thing God loves to do is show off. I know this is hard to fathom, but God loves to display His power andglory to make a point that you’ll never forget. In 1 Kings 18, God marks the memory of His people by consuming a sacrifice by fire.
Some of you may know the story of how Elijah challenged 400 prophets of Baal. This was a showdown between Baal and the God of Elijah during a severe drought in the land. Elijah had declared a drought over the land, and it was so bad that people were eating their children to live.
During this time, water was as precious as gold. Elijah prepared his sacrifice and asked for 12 large jars of water to be poured out on the altar. You have to wonder where Elijah stored 12 large jars of water when everyone else had no water. He was pouring out the most precious commodity of that time on God.
Elijah poured out what was most valuable on the altar. God responded immediately by consuming the water and the sacrifice by fire: “Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!’” (vv. 38-39, NIV).
God Responds
The response didn’t stop with the sacrifice: “And Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” (v. 41). The sacrifice broke the drought over the land.
If you’re struggling with a drought in your life—it could be a famine of the Word of God or a lack of finances, or maybe a famine for the presence of God—take note of Elijah’s action. Elijah took what was most valuable in his day and poured it out on God.
God proved Himself faithful by pouring rain on the land. When you show your utter dependence on Him by giving Him what’s most valuable to you—your time or your money—God will respond.
We’ve sowed numerous times into the work of God when we didn’t have it. We’ve seen God prove Himself over and over again with an unexpected $15,000 or $60,000 to $70,000 in scholarships and grants that our son didn’t even apply for or in new clients that came to me without my having to market myself.
We had a famine of God’s presence where we were living and decided to move to Kansas City. Before we moved, my husband, Jerome, wanted me to move ahead of the family. We were moving to help build World Revival Church.
Jerome opted to stay in Columbia, Mo., to get the house ready to sell. “It will be easier for you to find a job,” he said.
He was right, because I was offered several positions. Of course, that meant I had to leave my 1-year-old and 4-year-old sons. I remember praying and crying out to God about the anguish of leaving them.
Then a Scripture came to my mind: “’Truly I tell you,’ Jesus said to them, ‘no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life’” (Luke 18:29-30).
I remember weeping as I read that Scripture over and over again. OK, it wasn’t like I was one of those missionaries I’ve read about who left their kids in another country so they could preach the gospel in a dangerous area. I was just moving 1 1/2 hours from my kids and husband.
But I remember Jerome and I praying about this and laying it before God. I believed that for that season of sacrifice, my children would reap. I prayed they wouldn’t have to see a therapist when they turned 30 about that season when I left. I felt like a bad mom, but I got to see them Friday through Sunday.
Now we’ve lived in Kansas City for 14 years, and we’ve seen tremendous blessings. I poured out being with my babies for a few months for the sake of the kingdom. And God has poured the blessing of being a family that serves God together back on us. That temporary sacrifice broke the famine of His presence in our family.
My sons don’t even remember my being gone for those three months when I lived in Kansas City on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and then drove back to Columbia to be with them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Please know that I don’t recommend leaving your children to follow God. My husband prayed and sought counsel for this decision.)
I proved God to my own hurt, and He proved Himself over and over and over again. God will not be outdone in sacrifice. Prove Him by pouring out on Him, and He will respond to you.
Leilani Haywood is the editor of SpiritLed Woman and a frequent contributor to Charisma. She is an award-winning writer who has been published in The Kansas City Star, Focus on the Family, Metrovoice Newspaper and many other publications

Syria Jihadists Hold Torahs Hostage; Demand Prisoner Release.


Jihadists are holding Torah scrolls and other religious materials looted from the Jobar synagogue, an ancient Damascus landmark, and are demanding the release of prisoners held by President Bashar Assad’s government in exchange for their safe return, the Times of Israel reported.

A source involved in negotiating the release of the material and getting it out of Syria told The Times of Israel that it is being held by the al-Nusra Front, an Islamist organization associated with al-Qaida and designated a terrorist group by the State Department.

The stolen items are believed to include at least three or four Torah scrolls and silverware.

“They took everything they could get their hands on,” the source said. “They want prisoners held by Assad [in exchange for them].”

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The Jobar synagogue in Damascus, which is believed to be more than 2,000 years old, was built on the site where Elijah the Jewish prophet anointed Elisha his successor. It was reportedly damaged in early March by mortars fired by Syrian government forces, the Times of Israel reported in April.

Since then, the government and the rebels have exchanged accusations about who was responsible for looting the synagogue. The rebels accused government forces of attacking the building before setting fire to it.

But, according to the government, the rebels burned the synagogue while “Zionist agents” stole historic religious items.

The source said that Qatar may become involved in negotiating the release of the items, while Syrian-Jewish expatriates are reportedly participating in the talks.

Approximately 40,000 Jews lived in Syria in 1948. By last year, that number had dwindled to around 100, according to the Jewish Virtual Library.

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By Joel Himelfarb

Don’t Bend Your Knee to Baal.


 

Do you often find yourself bending your knee to the spirit of Baal?
Do you often find yourself bending your knee to the spirit of Baal? (Lightstock)

The apostle Paul referred to Jewish believers in Yeshua as the “remnant” of Israel (Rom. 11:5). He compared them to the 7,000 people in the time of Elijah who did not bend their knee to Baal (v. 4).

Since I am a Messianic Jew and do not participate in idolatry, I certainly qualify as one who does not bend the knee to Baal.

Really?

Baal was the Canaanite god promoted by Jezebel. In Revelation 2:20, we are told not to tolerate the spirit of Jezebel (and thus Baal). This spirit permeates modern society in rebellion, sexual sin and carnal entertainment.

To “bend the knee” may be a physical act, but it may also refer to yielding in one’s thoughts and emotions.

Have I let myself yield to evil imaginations?

Perhaps I’m bending the knee to Baal-Jezebel sensuality and self-indulgence more than I would like to admit. Perhaps you are too. I shared this with our team last week, and we all knelt on the floor and repented.

Soon after, I was at the local mall, and near the entrance was a giant advertisement of a woman dressed only in underwear. I felt the fear of God (Prov. 1:7; 8:13). I went into the store and politely yet firmly requested to have the poster removed and to register the request with the management of the chain of stores across the country. I had a sense that the poster would be removed in three days. On the third morning, workmen arrived to change the poster. May God grant us grace not to bend the knee to Baal!

 

The blessing of silence….


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
-Psalm 19:14

Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth, who were by this time in their older years, did not have any children. This meant they didn’t have an heir to carry on their stories or lineage. So, Zachariah was heavy laden because he really wanted a son.

As a priest, he went about doing his duties in the temple. Every morning, the greatest responsibility was to burn the incense. However, with twenty thousand priests in the temple, each day they cast lots for the job. Most priests never got the honor of burning incense in the holy place.

One day, Zachariah’s lot is picked; he’s chosen to burn the incense! So, the older priest enters behind the curtain where the holy of holies is kept. Outside, tens of thousands of people are drumming, singing, praying for him. Then, the angel Gabriel appears in glory, saying to Zachariah that he’s going to have a son who will be the new Elijah, called John the Baptist, empowered to change the world by preparing all for the coming Messiah. It’s an amazing, spiritual, religious experience.

Zachariah has every reason to believe that this blessing is true. How could he not with a shining angel in the holy of holies proclaiming a wonderful prophesy over a son not yet born? Nevertheless, Zachariah stands back and says, “How can I know this is going to be true? I’m very old and my wife is very old.” Despite the incredible signs and wonders, he doubts. And what does the angel do? The angel Gabriel does him a tremendous favor. He causes Zachariah to be silent so he can’t speak doubt anymore. He can’t shoot his blessing down. He has to just sit back and watch God‘s blessing go to work.

Remember, there’s power in our every word.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I know I have pushed away many blessings you have had for me by responding negatively, with doubt, with mistrust, with negative words. I will endeavor to be more positive and open to your every blessing. Amen.

Reflection: When have you waylaid a blessing through a negative attitude or words of doubt?

The Key to Keeping Your Faith Strong While Waiting for A Miracle—Thanksgiving.


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We need to start seeing all signs of breakthrough with a prophetic eye and learn how to thank God. (Photonut/rgbstock.com)

The Old Testament prophet Elijah models an important characteristic to walking in the supernatural power of God and receiving miracles. He knew what it meant to celebrate a seed like it actually was the harvest.

In the same way—particularly at Thanksgiving—we need to start seeing all signs of breakthrough with aprophetic eye and learn how to thank God for the small cloud in the same way we would thank Him for the abundance of rain.

Let me explain.

I believe Elijah’s account in 1 Kings 18 is very relevant to us today when it comes to thanksgiving and experiencing the supernatural power of God in our lives. We don’t always make the link, butthanksgiving is a vital key to experiencing the miraculous. So many of us stop short of our complete miracle because we have never learned how to give thanks for the seed like it was the complete harvest.

We reserve thanksgiving for the when miracle comes to full fruition. We wait for the spectacular. We wait for the total healing. We wait for everything to come into perfect alignment and we get exactly what we have been believing God for.

This is not the essence of faith. Faith is not required when we receive everything we have been praying for; it is essential when we are living in the gap between our present situation and what we are believing for. So how do we maintain faith to keep us going while we are waiting for our miracle? The key to sustaining faith is giving thanks for all signs of progress.

This is not wishful thinking. This is not positive confession theology. This is having prophetic vision to see beyond the external shell of circumstance and actually see the harvest that is within the seeds of improvement.

Think about it. A harvest of apples is contained in a seed. An apple does not become an apple when it is fully grown; an apple begins its life in seed form. In the same way, miracles do not come to pass only when you receive the complete breakthrough, restoration or healing. Every step of progress that we experience on the way to wholeness and fullness should be celebrated like a seed of the complete miracle.

So, with the holiday season staring us down, here are some important keys that we can learn from Elijah in 1 Kings 18 to release the faith-building power of thanksgiving in our lives:

1. Elijah had ears to hear in the Spirit before others heard in the natural. “Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain’” (1 Kings 18:41, NKJV).

Elijah heard the sound of the abundance of rain—however, I have to believe this was no natural sound. He was listening in the spirit realm. I know this because if King Ahab had also heard the sound of rain, he might have responded differently. He did not. Instead, “Ahab went up to eat and drink” (v. 42).

Prophetic hearing positions you to hear God’s Word amidst the noise of circumstance or the silence of lack. Regardless of what is or is not going on, you have a sure anchor in the eternal, unchanging Word of the Lord. This is your advantage and your key to sustaining faith-preserving thanksgiving.

You become the greatest catalyst of breakthrough when you learn how to hear what God is saying and pray these eternal realities over the present conditions. It does not deny the presence of drought; it simply chooses to focus on and express gratitude for the abundance of rain that is locked up in the small cloud.

In the same way, the promise of breakthrough for you is contained in the seed of Scripture. It is not some mystical, outlandish thing. The Word of the Lord is clearly unveiled in Scripture. Immerse yourself in that book of promise, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you a unique assurance of abundant rain for your need or present situation.

2. Elijah responded to what he heard. “So Ahab went up to eat and drink. Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, ‘Go up now, look toward the sea’” (vv. 42-43).

We return to the looming reality that both Elijah and King Ahab were facing. Even though the Word of the Lord assured abundant rain, there was no rain visible in the natural realm … yet! Both men responded to what they heard—Elijah heard in the spirit, while Ahab heard with purely natural ears.

I am amazed at how many believers respond to God’s promises from an Ahab perspective. Basically, they do nothing: “There is no rain now, which means there will no rain … ever.” The miracle doesn’t come with fast-food, “your way right away” speed, so we mistakenly conclude that God is not in the miracle-working business anymore.

Spiritual maturity is developed as we learn how to persevere and persist, anchored on God’s Word even when our natural circumstances show absolutely no signs of improvement. Elijah told his servant to go out and look for signs of rain. The servant returned, telling Elijah that he saw nothing. How did Elijah respond? “Seven times Elijah told him to go and look” (v. 43, NLT). Perseverance.

Elijah positioned himself to be thankful, for not only did he hear the word of the Lord, but he responded to it like it was true. This is what compelled him to not accept no as an answer from his servant.

So many of us abandon breakthrough or step away from our miracle because at the first, second or even third prayer, we appear to see no results. Elijah heard the word of the Lord and responded like it was true. This caused him to keep pressing in until what he heard became what he saw.

3. Elijah celebrated the small cloud like it was the abundance of rain. “Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, ‘There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!’” (v. 44, NKJV).

A vital key to walking in the supernatural power of God is to increase our awareness of what God is doing. We must remember that the harvest is in the small seed and the outpouring is in the small cloud. Contemporary leaders who practice this perspective are the ones who are experiencing some of the greatest measures of breakthrough in their ministries.

One notable example is healing evangelist Randy Clark, from Global Awakening. In his gatherings, as people receive prayer for healing, Randy encourages those who experience any kind of improvement in their physical conditions to wave their hands around and celebrate the progress. Why? It reorients their perspective to what God is doing and builds corporate faith through thanksgiving.

Focusing on what God is doing causes us to be thankful. Instead of being disappointed that we did not receive 100 percent restoration of hearing, sight or removal of pain, we celebrate the 30 percent improvement. As a result, our faith is strengthened to keep on believing for the 60 percent and 80 percent and, ultimately, the 100 percent. Thanksgiving builds our faith, and that faith sustains us while we continue to believe for the complete miracle—for ourselves and for others.

I encourage you—this season and always—to be thankful for all of the little signs of blessing and breakthrough. Elijah focused on the small cloud, not the empty sky. All progress, improvement and change is worth thanksgiving and celebration. Sure, it may be a cloud the size of a man’s hand, but Elijah responded to that little thing like it was an abundance of rain.

“Then Elijah shouted, ‘Hurry to Ahab and tell him, “Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”” (v. 44, NLT).

Why the shout and urgency? Elijah knew that contained in that cloud was the massive outpouring he heard about and saw in the spirit.

In the same way, I encourage you to give thanks for every sign of improvement, healing, restoration and progress in your situation. Remember, the seed contains the harvest. And every step forward is a step toward complete breakthrough!

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

LARRY SPARKS

Larry Sparks is author of the books Breakthrough Faith and Breakthrough Healing. He also founded Equip Culture Media—a ministry that empowers believers with the tools and resources they need to live victoriously through the supernatural power of God. Currently, Larry serves as director of curriculum resources for Destiny Image Publishers and hosts Life Supernatural, a weekly radio program that features best-selling authors, emerging filmmakers and key ministry leaders. He lives in Florida with his wife and daughter.

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