1 Sam. 4:21 π 2 Ki. 6:16 π 2 Ki. 6:17 π Isa. 45:11 π Hos. 4:7 π Mt. 6:24 π Gal. 5:9 π Jas. 1:27
The only luxury that Moses, Elijah and Elisha had was talking to God.
These three men of God are referred to very often in Christian full gospel sermons as men of great faith, and also as an example of men rightly appropriating the power of God.
However, these leaders didn’t look to the Scriptures to get suggestions of how to fulfill their own prosperity and success, but waited humbly before God until God gave divine direction of how to carry out God’s will. They didn't specialize in claiming “things,” but specialized in obeying God’s command, then as God’s plan was implemented (not man’s), God supplied the faith to fulfill it.
A further perusal of the oft-quoted verse, Isa. 45:11 (top), will show us that God is not telling us to command Him what to do. The opposite is true: we are not to question God concerning how He deals with His children.
The untamed ego, even in Christian people, is looking for success in a world that God has commanded us to avoid its standards of values. ( Jas. 1:27; top )
Moses, Elijah and Elisha wouldn’t be popular at all on our present day Christian T.V. This success-oriented, perfumed environment would be contrary to their incense, that of pleasing God with a broken and contrite spirit before God, void of the human ego’s lust for success and possessions.
Fellow Christian people, judgment is coming (if not already here) and we must reevaluate our values and repent to gain an intimate relationship with Almighty God, or we'll perish in the midst of newly “confessed in” homes, cars and sailboats. God be merciful!
“The more they increased and multiplied in prosperity and power, the more they sinned against Me.” ( Hos. 4:7 Amp.; top)
Elisha said to the fearful, “Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” ( 2 Ki. 6:16 ); yet our compromised stand, with its worldly eyesight, will not let us see what Elisha saw, that the mountains were full of horses and chariots of fire. ( 2 Ki. 6:17; top )
Our present, worldly Christian attitude has negated any chance for us to receive the whole counsel of God. God has always demanded total allegiance to Himself. Anything less will permeate the whole loaf, making it all moldy and totally leavened, ( Gal. 5:9 ), with “Ichabod” (see 1 Sam. 4:21 ) as the label over an apostate church. ( No man can serve two masters. - Mt. 6:24; top )
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