Have you ever tried to help God fix a situation? Perhaps a miracle was needed, and you did everything in your power to make it as easy as possible for God to bring it to fruition. Too often, when asking God for something, without even realizing it, our minds work on how we can make things happen. This, of course, is not faith.
In I Kings 17, we find the very first mention of Elijah. Nobody knows where he came from or who his family was. What we do find is a man who was serious about God and eager to demonstrate that his God was the One True God. At the time, there was a serious drought in Israel. He approached King Ahab, and Ahab blamed him (Elijah) for troubling Israel with this drought. Elijah pointed his finger right back at Ahab and accused him of bringing on the drought by leading Israel into idol worship.
This sounds much like the world today—blaming the church for its problems—not progressive enough, living according to an “archaic document” aka the Bible, etc. Ahab didn’t realize the problems of the nation existed because of his own choice to forsake the commandments of God. Likewise, the world’s problems exist for the same reason.
There is however a remedy, and the fix for today is the same fix Elijah put into place—the supernatural! Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal with what should have been an easy task for them since Baal was supposedly the god of lightning. There were two bullocks brought for a sacrifice, and whoever could bring fire down on the sacrifice was the one who was serving the right God.
As you know, the prophets of Baal did all they knew to do—dancing, chanting, and cutting themselves—but still, nothing happened. After they finished all their shenanigans, Elijah took his turn. He was so sure of how this was going to turn out that even in the midst of this dire drought, when water was so scarce, he had water poured on his sacrifice until it ran in the trenches. Elijah didn’t try to help God out in the miracle. He knew his God, and he knew that because he was operating in line with God’s Word, it would turn out just the way God intended.
I Kings 18:36, 38, And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things AT THY WORD. Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
Elijah was WHOLLY INVESTED in this Word from the Lord, and someone who is wholly invested in the Word is someone who will see the results that the Word declares.
What Word are you wholly invested in? Right now, there is fear, oppression, perversion, disappointment, and discouragement all around us. But the Word is the cure for each of these demonic attributes, and it is up to each believer to become WHOLLY INVESTED in the Word they need.
When the Lord first talked to me about restoration several years ago, I became WHOLLY INVESTED in it. I studied it, went to bed with it, woke up to it, preached about it, danced about it, and confessed it continuously. Not only was I wholly invested in it, but Phyllis was as well. Then in the spring of 2020, when all of the COVID talk began to kick up, I said to Phyllis, “I don’t know much about all of this COVID stuff, but I am declaring this—somehow, this is going to work FOR us, not against us.” By the end of 2020, we experienced more restoration than we had in all of the years combined since the Lord began talking to me about it, and He’s still restoring to this day.
In James 5:16-18, we find the story of Elijah referenced in talking about fervent and effectual prayer. One translation reads like this, Elijah was just as human as we are, and for three-and-a-half years his prayers kept the rain from falling. But when he did pray for rain, it fell from the sky and made the crops grow.
Think about that! Elijah was JUST AS HUMAN AS YOU ARE, and yet he was able to pray and cause the rain to stop for three-and-a-half years. Then when the time came, he prayed again and caused the rain to fall.
What situations are you facing today that require a supernatural intervention? A child? Your finances? A healing? Your marriage? A business? Here is your answer – BECOME WHOLLY INVESTED IN THE WORD REGARDING THE SITUATION, and like Elijah, get serious about it, refusing to give up!
Remember that Elijah was experiencing the drought too, but regardless of the discomfort he experienced, he refused to give in and let up on his prayer. He was an “according to the Word” guy, and you too can have the results that Elijah had.