THE PASTOR’S DESK – JULY-2016

God’s Powerful Voice.

I am constantly amazed at the ability of the Holy Spirit to reveal new meanings and
revelation from the Word of God. So often it is from passages of scripture that we
have read many times, suddenly when we are in need of encouragement because of our
present circumstances the Lord will deposit a fresh insight into our hearts, from a
familiar passage so that we can appropriate to ourselves and be lifted out or released
from the situation we have found ourselves or the church is going through.
1.Corinthians.14:10. “There are many voices or languages in the world and none of
them are without meaning or influence”
The Apostle Paul is teaching the church how to use gifts of the Holy Spirit and their
purpose. That it is essential to understand what is being said otherwise it is
meaningless. Contextually Paul refers to the use of prophetic gift as opposed to the
use of tongues without an interpretation.
This scripture can also illustrate that believers and leadership/s are being constantly
exposed to and flooded with information from many sources some good and some bad,
the latter from worldly ungodly sources. So much negative or misleading information
tends can easily infiltrate into and detrimentally effect a church or individual
believer.
Elijah found himself in difficult circumstances because he had listened to a message
(literally) the voice of King Ahab’s wife Jezebel, threatening his life, 1.Kings.19:2-3,
she was a notorious corrupt and evil woman responsible for introducing the false
worship of a heathen god Baal into Israel. From a high experience of seeing God’s
power at work and being used to expose and mock the false nature of Baal worship, he
shortly after is running in fear of his life to the mountain of God, where he hides
away in a cave on Mt Horeb the mountain of God. How long it was before the Lord
decided to speak again into his life is unknown? Possibly God waited until Elijah was
spiritually ready to clearly hear his voice again. “He that has an ear let him hear
what the Spirit is saying to the churches” Rev.2-3, Mt.11:15.
From Elisha’s experience we can learn that we all may go through similar a period of
doubt and fear. A church may moving forward, numbers increasing, all seems to be
going well. Satan is fully aware when a church or person is moving powerfully forward
in the Lord. Quite suddenly he will attack without warning when least expected and
negative things begin to happen to reverse the situation, members become critical of
one another, leaders are attacked, people leave for no sensible or acceptable reason,
tithing income decreases, frequently panic and fear takes place within the leadership,
etc.
Discouragement becomes the order of the day we strive to understand the reasons
and try various methods to reverse the situation sadly often resorting to worldly
methods or plans, sometimes we may try to copy what another apparently successful
church is doing hear from the Lord. Very rarely do these things work. The only way to
regain momentum is to seek the Lord and do whatever He tells us to do.
1.Kings.19:9-17. Reveals a basic pattern to understand and simultaneously provided
Elijah with an answer, encouragement, restoration and above all a most important
lesson learning to listen and hear the Lords voice. What the Lord reveals to Elijah is
necessity for every church leadership or individual believer to fully understand. The
Lord shows Elijah His Word it not to be found, from outside sources. The sequence is
found in the following verses, 11-13.
v.11. a.”Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord” (Get out the cave you
are hiding in – this represents feeling sorry for oneself or hiding from God)
b. “And behold the Lord was passing by” A great and strong wind was rending
the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord”
c. “BUT THE LORD WAS NOT IN THE WIND!”
d. “And after the wind an earthquake, ‘BUT THE LORD WAS NOT IN THE
EARTHQUAKE!”
v.12 a. “After the earthquake a fire, BUT THE LORD WAS NOT IN THE FIRE!”
b.”and after the fire;-
“A SOUND OF GENTLE BLOWING!” (A STILL SMALL VOICE, nkj)
v.13. a. “IT CAME ABOUT WHEN ELIJAH HEARD IT” (THE VOICE)
b. “He WRAPPED HIS FACE IN HIS MANTLE AND WENT OUT AND
STOOD IN THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAVE!”
i. Immediately Elijah recognised the Lord, he covers his face both afraid
to look upon the Lord’s presence and in submission.
ii. Only following hearing the voice does he move obediently to the cave
entrance, as previously told to do so, v.11a.
c. “And behold a VOICE CAME TO HIM AND SAID “WHAT ARE YOU
DOING HERE ELIJAH”?
After Elijah made further excuses attempting to justify himself before the Lord.
v.15-21. The Lord ignores Elijah’s excuses and immediately orders and recommissioned
him to get busy about the Lord’s business, refocussing his attention
upon the important matters of the kingdom. The Lord gives him a series of big tasks
that He knows that Elijah will never personally fulfil, but the Lord has already made
provisional for these to be completed through the ministry of Elisha.
Elijah’s experience at the cave, is lesson to both church leaders and the individual
believers. He was equipped and able to discern the fact that God WAS NOT IN THE
WIND, EARTHQUAKE, OR THE FIRE, although they sought his attention through
sound and sight. They are typical of worldly sounds and action that seek our
attention, but they have no substance that will last.
However! An ear that is able to discern the voice of God the Holy Spirit will find the
direction and plan that He alone has for a church or individual believer. 1.Cor.2:9-16.
No matter how loud the world shouts for our attention and methods, a wise man or
woman in Christ will seek the Lord for direction. Philippians.4:6-7.
Pastor Terry Brinded 2016-07-02

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