The Place of Empowerment and Enlightenment for the Assignment.
Scripture: 1 Kings 17:1-7
Notes: NOTHING replaces moments of time spent with God. I repeat “NOTHING!” It is during those moments, that God SPEAKS and DIRECTS. It is during those moments, that we find ourselves and become one with who we are and who God has created us to be. What God does at times, is give us a taste of His overall purpose on our lives, by first giving us a simple assignment that he expects us to follow. When we follow through on those moments of simplicity, God then begins to open up to us the overall scope of his purpose for our lives. It comes through stages and moments. By stages I mean, times of development on our end. Our development, however, is contingent upon our moments spent with God. It is at moments as mentioned, where God reveals his purpose for our lives. Moments is where revelation is experienced. Revelation gives us that ahhhhh experience. An I see experience! You see you as no one else will. This is what is needed for all of God’s people. We need an I see me moment! An I see what God has called me for a moment. An at one moment where we become one with the call of God on our lives.
Special Point: God has work for us to do and we need a moment.
Special Point: It was during Elijah’s moments by the brook Cherith, that he found strength for his assignment. He first got the simple assignment when he declared the drought, but at Cherith, he discovered that it required more than a declaration to fulfill his overall assignment. He made one declaration, “As the
Lord God liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” (1 Kings 17:1)
This was his simple assignment. Through this simple assignment, God instructed him to go by Cherith where He would’ve revealed to him that his assignment needed more time to be spent in God’s presence. His assignment which might have seemed simple required more time spent in God’s presence.
Special Point: What might seem to be a simple assignment, in reality, requires more time spent in God’s presence because it is greater than you think it is. It is greater because you don’t really see what you’re up against until you encounter it. Elijah later saw what he was up against when He ran from Jezebel and hid under a Juniper tree and requested to die. So this lets me know that you can’t really see what you’re up against. Your up against some real forces who at the end of the day when they finish with you you may also request to die. As a matter of fact, they may even kill you.
The bible says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Special Point: So because of your assignment, you need a Cherith.
It was during those moments, that God empowered Elijah for the work that was ahead of him. In this stark and dreary place, Elijah found himself utterly alone. But alone with God. The wilderness was a place of preparation for the work God had called him to do.
Special Point: The declaration to Ahab about the drought wasn’t the end of the work, it was just the beginning.
The wilderness is the place of soul-making. We do not make our mark on the world by instinct, intellect, education, personality, humor, appearance, or charm. Influence comes from within. It is a matter of the heart. It cannot be quantified or codified-put into a two-step or ten-step process. It can’t be gained at a weekend seminar or obtained from a correspondence course. It is the result of the work God is doing in our souls. And that work is always done in secret.
God told Elijah to ‘hide’ himself by the brook Cherith. Cherith represents the hidden life no one sees but God. Jesus said, “Go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
It was during those secret place that Elijah’s ministry was birthed. Because of Elijah’s great assignment he had to prepare himself. His preparation didn’t come in the form of any formal education. Ahab and the children of Israel needed a real God encounter.
Special Point: People really need God during these times that we are living in. We are up against some real demonic forces that are maximizing full momentum to destroy the people of God.
Let’s Take A Look at What Elijah was up Against:
Elijah was up against Three Forces: 1. Ahah 2. Jezebel and 3. God’s rebellious people.
Ahab: In a brief summary, the scripture says in 1 Kings 16:29-34, that Ahab did more evil in the sight of the Lord than any other man. To make things worse, he married Jezebel who influenced him to worship her Gods
Jezebel: Jezebel was crafty, and unscrupulous who came from a long line of monstrous tyrants. Her father was the cruel and vicious Ethbaal, who murdered his way to the throne of the city-state of Sidon by assassinating his brothers.
Special Point: So Elijah was up against greedy, wicked and aggressive people who would do anything to get to the top even if they have to worship and sacrifice idols thus abandoning their belief or killing their way to get to the top even if it means taking your life. Nothing in these individuals minds would stop them from furthering their evil plans. Wickedness was behind their pursuit of success. They even caused a large number of people to buy into their agenda by selling them a dream using things and self-gratification to lure them in. This is what they did to the children of Israel, God’s people. They used their influence or position to others thus making them apart of their godless behaviors. When Ahab married Jezebel, she moved in all of her bags, her baggage, and Baals. From that day forward, there would be no doubt as to who wore the royal pants in the family. Ahab was utterly dominated by this unprincipled woman. Ahab didn’t care however, because his intentions were political convenience. He wanted to consolidate his position vis-a-
vis Phoenicia, Israel’s rich and illustrious neighbor to the west. He wanted that and he could’ve gotten it through Jezebel.
Special Point: Be careful of those who are trying to connect with you for the wrong reasons. Their connections are self-motivated and it’s not to benefit you but to make them look better and for them to get what they want. They are not really on the Lord’s side! They are not about godly agendas. God’s agenda is always about building others lives. Mans agenda is all about building their own lives.
Jezebel was a missionary of the Baal cult. When she and Ahab got married and she came into God’s territory, she established a Baal site at Jezreel, Israel’s summer capital, supporting its 450 priests out of her own purse. Then she induced her addle-brained husband to build a huge temple in Samaria, large enough to house great crowds of idol worshipers (2 Kings 10:21).
Israel: Israel’s mind became poisoned by Jezebel’s prophets. Her prophets were everywhere teaching God’s people lies. She even started to kill out the LORD’S prophets (1Kings 18:4). So Israel didn’t have a real voice until Elijah came.
Special Point: So this was what Elijah was up against! So he had to hide in Kerith where he needed some alone time with God.
Special Point: Where you are going and what God wants to accomplish through you and what you will be up against, you need a Kerith experience.
Special Point: Your success is not about you. It’s about God being glorified through you. Godly success always benefits others and in return, you share in those benefits. This is what God shows you at Cherith. At Cherith, you forget about you! God shows you His overall purpose which always, benefits others.
Special Point: God told Elijah to hide by the brook Cherith and as he was hiding, to drink of the brook and as he was drinking, He commanded the ravens to feed him there.
As God was showing Elijah His overall purpose which involved other people, God didn’t forget about Elijahs’ own needs. He allowed a raven from which we get our word ravenous (extremely hungry) whose nature was selfish as it relates to food, to bring food to Elijah morning and evening exactly on time.
So God never forgets about our own needs as we focus on others needs.
Our Times and What What We Are Up Against:
The bible says in Matthew 24:9-12, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
The times now are worst than it was back then. Demonic forces are even stronger. Your education or your influence wouldn’t solve the problem. What we need is a Cherith experience. A place alone with God where God can empower us to do
what has never been done before. Where God can unlock his secrets to us and show us strategies on how to get the edge above our competitors. How to destroy their wicked attack against us.
Let’s Summer It All Up:
At the beginning of verse one, God stirred up Elijah’s spirit and placed His word within Elijah thus giving him boldness to declare the word to Ahab. After Elijah declared the word, God spoke to Elijah spirit and told him to go hurry eastward and hide by the brook Cherith. God then placed Elijah in a position of further instruction and sustenance.
Special Point: God will never instruct to go anywhere where He wouldn’t provide for you. God was preparing Elijah for what was before him. Elijah spoke what was in his spirit, God then immediately responded to that word and then hurried Elijah to Cherith for further instruction and empowerment, and also for sustenance.
Special Point: God said to tell the people to declare what He has placed in their spirit and He will back up his word and give you what it takes to carry out what He has placed in your spirit. He will also provide for you during the process.