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He who is the Creator God is the creative God, and He created us in His image and likeness; we have the ability to resemble, reflect and represent Him to others. He created us with imagination and curiosity, with the capacity to hope and to dream, and He placed within us the power to live an extraordinarily creative life. We are designed to create, to be a part of a process that brings something good and beautiful and true into the world.
After Ahab was killed, his son Ahaziah became king over of Israel. Not long after, King Ahaziah suffered an accident. How did he respond? Well, as it turned out, just like his father. He thought first not of God, but of Baal. Through the encounter Elijah had with Ahaziah, we see that bypassing God is foolish, negotiating with God is futile and living without God is fruitless.
When the rule of self leads in the hearts of God’s people, desires are distorted, poor counsel is welcomed, power is abused, and life is destroyed. When the reign of the Lord leads in the hearts of God’s people, sin is exposed, justice is faced, and mercy is tasted.
Kingdom service that endures involves Kingdom servants who encounter God’s presence and embrace God’s ways. God’s servants in a troubled world can count on three things: fierce threats around us, deep discouragement within us, and God’s renewing presence among us. Elijah had a mountain top experience, then fell into a dismal valley. God is there to meet us in the valleys, offering us rest and hope through His majestic whispers.
We learn from Elijah, a man just like us, that there are certain approaches and attitudes that make prayers effective. We must pray humble prayers. We must be specific with our prayers. For prayers to be effective we must also be persistent. Effective prayers are expectant prayers.
Above anything else in our lives, God wants to have all of our hearts, our worship, our focus, our adoration. We make trouble in our lives when we worship anyone or anything but the one true God. True servants of God know the essentials of devotion and cost. They know the error of false worship, and the only One worthy of our worship. Elijah proved to the people the futility and foolishness of worshiping and depending on anyone other than the One True God.
God took Elijah to a season of total dependence where he couldn’t depend on anything at all but God, and God alone. God sent him to a brook, and then dried up the brook so that he would leave where he was to go to where God ultimately wanted him, so once again, He could perform a miracle and raise the dead back to life. God used the horrible things to shape him into a true man of God.
The Holy Spirit is referred to as our Advocate or Helper. There are many examples in Scripture of how He convicts, warns, teaches, guides, leads and prays for us all with the desire to protect us. The Holy Spirit strengthens you to handle whatever situations come your way and protects you from being led astray from Jesus’ teachings.
The Holy Spirit helps us to live out the character of Jesus, loving each other with patience, kindness, endurance, encouragement and sacrifice. We are unable to manufacture unconditional love without the Spirit controlling all areas of our mind, will and emotions.
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come and empower the disciples to do the things He commissioned them to do. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit did indeed come and anoint the disciples with power in a very visible and experiential way. This power not only transformed them, but allowed them to impact the world in ways they couldn’t have imagined. That same power is available to followers of Christ today.