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I Kings 19:1-21

I”ve always found this passage both humorous and enlightening, humorous because the great prophet of God allowed a woman to frighten him and enlightening because even after great spiritual victories, we are prone to intimidation. Which gives us a “heads-up” to how the devil operates and lets us know that no matter how spiritually strong we become we must watch out for depression and sadness. The Apostle Paul put it nicely and called it a law:

21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. (Romans 7)

I know that fear is not of God because Paul told his spiritual son, Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7)” So we need to be like Nehemiah as he supervised the rebuilding of the wall, we need to have a trowel in one hand and a weapon (spiritual) in the other so we protect that which we have been ordained to build.

Several years ago I once heard a wonderful message about Elijah’s time in the cave. The message was taught to be used as a pattern when we become depressed and suicidal, like this great prophet of God.

First God will always allow you to get much deserved sleep and rest and which will sustain you for your journey to your cave. Once at the cave he will send hurricane force winds into our lives to blow away those things and people in our lives that can be and need to be blown awayt. After the hurricane, He will send an earthquake to shake loose the things and people left over from the hurricane. Then and only then will he send the fire of purification to refine and burn off the dross of that which remains. When the hurricane is gone, when the earthquake has passed and when we our purified the still small voice of God will have unrestricted access to our hearing.

So get ready to Rock and Roll and feel the heat!

Acts 12:1-23

This passage always reminds me that we can spend all night pouring our hearts out to God yet when God answers are prayers we do not recognize the answer. This has happened to me several times and I wind up asking for forgiveness because I’ve used what I’ve prayed for without thanking God because I didn’t recognize my answer when it showed up.


Psalm 136:1-26
Speaking about depression and suicidal tendencies this Psalm seems to be a good one to speak to yourself aloud when pain and despair come lurking ‘round your door. In the Forty-second and Forty-third Psalm (NIV), David speaks to himself four times saying,
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (42:5, 6, 11; 43:5.)

Proverbs 17:14-15

15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both an abomination [exceedingly disgusting and hateful] to the Lord. (Amp.)

Do we do this, yes you, we, us Christian, do we do this when one of our own does something atrocious and we justify their behavior at the expense of the ones they have killed, harmed or maimed? What I’m talking about is not offering forgiveness and mercy, but totally ignoring the victim. The Hebrew word Shalom, peace, is not just a nice a word that means we make nice and forget that we may have caused someone grievous pain it means to restore to reconcile to make whole. [Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology] Without that reconciliation there is no peace, no Shalom.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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