Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

Are you being ravished by the ravens? or pecked by the pigeons?

 

Are you being ravished by the ravens?

           Or pecked by the pigeons?

                        February 2, 2014

 

I Kings 17:1-6 NKJV

 

And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “ As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord , for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.

 

Elijah is faced with a situation not unlike what we deal with every day of our life. Do we trust God?...live with conviction?...obey the Holy Spirit in order to keep peace in our lives?...or do we fly in the face of logic?...obey the Lord and in the process, place our way of life in harm’s way?

 

Elijah knew the wrath of Ahab and his wife, Jezebel...but he also knew the cost of disobedience to God and knew the wonder of God’s ability to do miracles in His midst.

 

There are times when our critical decision making processes are challenged by the flesh in the area of what we know...circumstances, and they are put up alongside “WHO” we know....the God of Abraham, Isaac , and Jacob...the God of miracles.

 

We can become tempted to trust the concrete...trust in the resource...when in fact we must look beyond and trust the source. Elijah did not trust the brook that ran to the river Jordan...nor did he rely upon the ravens. His trust was in the Lord His God who sent the provision.

 

 

I am not rich I am wealthy

 

Philippians 4:18-19 NKJV

 

Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Our mentality is important to trusting God.  So many of us can throw up our hands and worship God when everything is going according to plan, but let a hiccough in the system occur and we begin to unravel.

 

We must not think of ourselves as rich....rich is a temporary condition. Rich implies that we have money today, but what about tomorrow? Rich can be followed too closely by “poor”.  Rich is a fleeting condition that is subject to external conditions.

 

We must begin to think of ourselves as “WEALTHY”. Wealth indicates not only having a resource, but a SOURCE. Wealth is not simply the presence of physical worth, it is also the personification of a spiritual condition. Wealth is a continual state of inheritance that covers the gamut of everything in our lives.

 

Wealth is not how much you have, but how you live. It far exceeds numbers on a sheet...it is being part of a lineage.

 

 

Are you living by choice or by divine providence?

 

Revelation 11:15 NKJV

 

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the  kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

 

You have heard it said that life is a series of choices...and while that is true, it is not God’s best for his children. If we rely entirely upon the choices we make, we set ourselves up to pay the consequences of those choices.

 

Praying for God’s divine providence in our lives, causes us to not live our lives according to probability, but according to God’s will for our lives. Our choices cause the path of our lives to be littered with debris from the explosions along the way. Not every choice will be a good one and not every good choice will be the best choice. We learn from Elijah that God led him to the brook to be fed by ravens, but when that ran out...God had a plan beyond that.

 

Here in the book of Revelations, the seventh angel proclaims what we already know. The battle was not won on the battlefield at Armageddon...it was won on a cross at Calvary. The kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever. John the revelator was not instructing us...he was conveying an announcement to an unenlightened world that victory is not according to any choices we make...but according to the providence of God.

 

If we make our own choices, we circumvent God’s best for our lives. A self-made man is also a self-destroyed man. We can live by our choices...or we can thrive by our reliance upon God.

 

 

The mentality of the believer is to no longer exist according to worldly systems, but by the immeasurable supply found in God's kingdom.

 

Galatians 2:19-21 NKJV

 

For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

When Elijah stepped over that line with Ahab, he knew that the game had changed. A war began, not only in the natural, but a war for his heart began in the spiritual. Had Elijah lived by fear and human rationale, his road may have taken a quite different course. If he had not heard and harkened to the voice of the Lord and headed for the brook Cherith...he would have placed himself in peril. Instead, he avoided the attacks of those who sought his life AND he never experienced the effects of the drought...instead he was fed a constant source of bread and meat from ravens...he drank from the cool clear waters of the brook.

 

Our lives, when lived in the flesh are subject to the same environment as everything else in the natural. We are subject to the droughts...the famines...the diseases and the disasters. In God’s domain, we may see the problems...the pigeons...the birds of prey that are not here to sing to us, but to steal our food.... but we also have the ravens that he sends to feed us, sustain us, provide nourishment and protection for us.

 

When it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; I become impervious the trials of this world. They may beat at my door and scream threats, but I am safely hidden in Christ that He may direct me...guard and guide my steps...take me safely to my next destination. 

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