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Weary and afraid from the Spiritual Battle?

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The hand of the Lord was on Elijah as he spoke truth to the nation of Israel in order to turn their hearts back to God and to help them recover from the destructive patterns of the spirit of Baal. God used this mighty prophet to prove Jehovah’s defeating power over darkness and bring a message of direction and hope for Israel’s future. On Mount Carmel, Elijah experienced severe spiritual battle-followed by mighty spiritual victory!

Due to the longevity and intenseness of the battle, even though the Lord had given Elijah powerful spiritual victory, when the enemy Jezebel bullied Elijah with death threats, he was afraid. At that moment, Elijah’s spiritual power was overwhelmed by the spirit of fear. The intense fear told him that this was too much, that the struggle had gone on too long, and he ran away- trying not to feel. Running only led Elijah into a deeper spiritual decline and negative state- towards depression, hopelessness, and wanting to give up on life and the blessings that God had promised him for the future. Not only did he attempt to run away from God, but he began pulling away from the people close to him, who cared about him. He lay under a juniper tree, ignoring his need for food, feeling that he was alone and that no one understood him. He wanted to die.

But God did not give up on Elijah, and He revealed that it was not time for him to leave this earth, even though he was weary, that he must complete his destiny and fulfill the purposes and pre-ordained plans made by the wisdom of God. God helped Elijah step-by-step by sending food for him to eat, he also sent angels that gifted him with spiritual and physical power. Jehovah lifted up Elijah physically, emotionally, and physically by renewing his heart and mind, and revealing His faithful love, which is more powerful and pushes out fear. Elijah was able to stop running and hear what Jehovah had to say. The battle was the Lord’s not his.

When fear knocks our spiritual breath out and we want to run away, lie down and quit, we must remember that God’s love for us is bigger than the spiritual battle and our fears. Just as He helped Elijah, He will help us. He is closer than we know, and He will never leave us – even if fear pushes us to run away, He will pursue and draw us into His faithful and powerful love. Our God’s love is the greatest spiritual power- pushing back and overcoming the attempts of our spiritual enemy to crush us, and hinder us from discovering and stepping forward in God’s positive, planned destiny for our lives.

“Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done and how he had slain all the prophets [of Baal] with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, ‘So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.’ Then he was afraid and arose and went for his life and came to Beersheba of Judah and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a lone juniper tree and asked that he might die. He said, ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life’”(1Kings 19:1-2).

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