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    Christian Devotional – July 3, 2019

    Secret agent. Our story of Elijah adds a new character, Obadiah. He has a very interesting position. He is something like a secret agent. He works for the evil king Ahab and yet follows the Lord. How do those go together? Read 1 Kings 18:3-4. Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly; for when Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the Lord , Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water.) 1 KINGS 18:3‭-‬4 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.18.3-4.NASB Obadiah follows God first and foremost. He is in the service of King Ahab and Queen…

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    Christian Devotional – July 2, 2019

    Three years, no rain. It’s been a long 3 years for the people of Israel. Now God is on the move again. God has been providing for Elijah through this whole time and now God is ready for Elijah to take action again. Read 1 Kings 18:1-2. Now it happened after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.” So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. 1 KINGS 18:1‭-‬2 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.18.1-2.NASB This whole situation started when Elijah went…

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    Christian Devotional – July 1, 2019

    Seeing is believing. Elijah had told the widow that he was a man of God. The widow had seen the food continue to replenish each day. However, it wasn’t until this moment that she believed. Read 1 Kings 17:23-24. Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house and gave him to his mother; and Elijah said, “See, your son is alive.” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.” 1 KINGS 17:23‭-‬24 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.23-24.NASB Each one of us, no matter how religious or…

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    Christian Devotional – June 30, 2019

    God answers prayer. People can say all they want about feeling like God doesn’t hear them, but at the end of the day, God truly does answer prayer. Read 1 Kings 17:20-22. He called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, have You also brought calamity to the widow with whom I am staying, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and called to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray You, let this child’s life return to him.” The Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the life of the child returned to him and he…

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    Christian Devotional – June 29, 2019

    The widow’s son has died. The widow feels like it is a punishment. So what does Elijah do? Read 1 Kings 17:19. He said to her, “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed. 1 KINGS 17:19 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.19.NASB Elijah took action. He wanted to make sure that whatever God’s plan that he was going to be right in line with it. He took the son from the widow and placed him in his own bed. When we see needs that others have, do we reach out and…

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    Christian Devotional – June 28, 2019

    Assumptions. We make assumptions every day about why certain things happen or don’t happen. We think we understand the causes and we act, or react, based on these. Sometimes we are wrong. Read 1 Kings 17:17-18. Now it came about after these things that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became sick; and his sickness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. So she said to Elijah, “What do I have to do with you, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my iniquity to remembrance and to put my son to death!” 1 KINGS 17:17‭-‬18 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.17-18.NASB…

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    Christian Devotional – June 27, 2019

    Obedience. The widow heard the word of the Lord through Elijah. But more than just hearing, she took action. She followed through. Read 1 Kings 17:15-16. So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah. 1 KINGS 17:15‭-‬16 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.15-16.NASB God did what He said He would do. The widow trusted Elijah and followed through. Her obedience was a positive impact for both her and Elijah. Now, God would have…

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    Christian Devotional – June 26, 2019

    Give God your best. Elijah was working with the widow that God had sent him to. He knew the plan, but the widow did not. Read 1 kings 17:13-14. Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘The bowl of flour shall not be exhausted, nor shall the jar of oil be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain on the face of the earth.'” 1…

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    Christian Devotional – June 25, 2019

    Perception. Yesterday we read that God commanded Elijah to go to a certain widow because she was going to provide for him. Today we see that widow not knowing or understanding anything about that and struggling to even provide for herself. Read 1 Kings 17:10-12. So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little water in a jar, that I may drink.” As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in…

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    Christian Devotional – June 24, 2019

    The next step. Elijah had been obedient and God had provided. However, now there is a new command from God and Elijah has a choice. Read 1 Kings 17:8-9. Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” 1 KINGS 17:8‭-‬9 NASB https://bible.com/bible/100/1ki.17.8-9.NASB Obeying God is truly a command, but it is an ongoing thing. We must continue to obey him and not get stuck in the prior command. What if Elijah had said, “No, God, you told me to go to the stream and I’m staying…