Tuesday, June 7

HOW TO DEAL WITH THREATS!



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The mighty man of Israel had just killed 400 prophets of Baal.  Just in case you don’t know what a big deal that is, think of it as one man standing up against the armies deployed by the president of your country.

Dangerous isn’t?

Yeah right!

Well, the signs and wonders of the amazing man of God isn’t really what we want to zoom in on today. So let’s delve right into the gist.

When you get a vision from God, there would be moments of great victories often preceded by challenges. In the case of Elijah, the vision was to ensure that the nation of Israel was faithful to the God who brought them out of bondage.

This vision was directly challenged by the wicked rule of the king called Ahab and his powerful wife Jezebel. They had introduced the worship of Baal to the Israelites and were beginning to take over the spiritual atmosphere of the Land. Elijah found this annoying as it was against the plan of God.

So he staged a public challenge against the prophets of Baal. God honoured his dare by answering by fire and Elijah had the prophets of Baal killed. (1 Kings 18:36-45)


The news got to Jezebel and she swore to kill Elijah by that time tomorrow.


Amazement number one
Elijah ran into the wilderness at the news of Jezebel’s threat.
What do you think made a mighty man run in the face of a threat?
You guessed correctly that it might be FEAR.

But was Elijah really afraid? What exactly was he afraid of? Was it death?

I certainly believe that he wasn’t afraid of death because at the wilderness (a crazy place to be in the first place), Elijah asked God to take his life because he was tired. (1 Kings 19:4)
So if he really wanted to die, why did he run from Jezebel?

One thing was true; He lost sight of the big picture.


The big picture

Light and darkness are in constant battle for man’s soul. Jezebel was only a representative of darkness as much as Elijah was a representative of light.
These forces have distinct agenda and will stop at nothing to see it established. Nevertheless, light will always prevail because darkness can’t stand it (John 1:15)
So why didn’t Elijah remember that this wasn’t really about him?


You see, the art of objectivity is the greatest source of sanity in the face of a threat. You must master it.

According to an online dictionary, Objectivity is the quality of being objective (not influenced by personal feelings or opinions).
Elijah lost this important skill that was why he fled in the face of Jezebel’s threat.

How It Connects With You And I

Have you ever stood up for righteousness when everyone else is choosing the path of darkness? If you have, you will understand how lonely it feels sometimes.

Elijah felt alone (1 kings 19:10). That’s why he fled.

In these last days, we are still up against the threat of Jezebel. In revelation 2:20, scripture reveals her works
·        Self acclaimed prophetess
·        Misleads God’s servant into sexual immorality
·        Influences God’s people to eat meals sacrificed to idols
·        Leading God’s servant into adultery with her

For want of time, I will not dissect this scripture. I will just work on another post dedicated to the spirit of Jezebel.

However, I need us to see that the “craze” for ungodliness happening in our generation is the spirit of Jezebel at work. She threatens those who want to stand for righteousness, making them afraid of living boldly for Christ. She does this through the policies of our various nations and the laws of our lands. Year in, year out she continues to inspire lawmakers to favour satanic agenda while threatening the children of God.
We are fast approaching an age of great turmoil. One in which many will not only abandon their assignments/vision/purpose/calling for fear of their lives but they will deny Jesus the Christ.

#Ponder

We would have moments when we think we are alone because we are the outspoken ones on that “issue” or because we are consistently doing it the right way when everyone else doesn’t give a damn. But we are never alone. The truth is, those on God’s side will always be more even if we don’t know them.

Just as God said, “I have seven thousand others who haven’t bowed to Baal” (1 kings 19:18); He also has other believers who are standing with you even though you can’t see them.

So when you are standing up for righteousness and Satan or his agents threaten to pull the bed from under you. What do you do?

EMPLOY THE ART OF OBJECTIVITY

How do you do so?

1.    Remember Why You Chose To Stand Up For Or Walk In Righteousness In The First Place.
Was it your cause or God’s cause? Was it to please the Lord or to make a name for you?
Now, if it was God’s cause and it was for his pleasure, no need to fear honey because the purpose of God cannot fail. In Isaiah 46:10 God says, “My purpose will stand and I will do all that I please”!

2.   Remind Yourself That God Is The Real Lion Not The Enemy.
Scripture says, the enemy goes about like a roaring lion. This means he really isn’t a lion. The real lion is Jesus! Revelation 5:5 confirms that when it says, “Do not weep! See, the lion of the tribe of Judah has triumphed”! (NIV paraphrased)
Come on now honey! Our king already won the enemy. He (the enemy) is already defeated that’s why he is threatening.

The purpose of threats is to make you scared. It is to throw you off balance.
Why didn’t Jezebel just send men to kill Elijah? Why did she have to pre-inform him first? Obviously she needed to scare him because fear is the police of darkness.

So it looks like you will lose your job for walking in righteousness right? It looks like they might kill you or your children? Don’t worry love, they can only hurt the body but not your soul (Mathew 20:28) and your soul is the real thing the enemy is after. So don’t let him nor his agents have the pleasure of watching you show fear!

3.   Pull Up Your Chronicles
A chronicle is a factual written account or historical events in the order of their occurrence.  You certainly have a chronicle of God's wonders i your life in time past. It just mayn’t be written.

What about times when God showed up for you? Times when you “feared so and so” but the Lord prevented it?

You see, that’s where Elijah missed it. He forgot about the times when he provoked famine on the land for three solid years and brought a heavy down pour at his word! (1 kings 18). Wasn’t Jezebel there? What about the time when he called fire from above to consume the 3-batches of armies sent by Ahab to bring him (2 kings 1:9-13)?

To tell you that God was indeed aware of the threat and Elijah’s new location, he sent an angel to make him a meal in the wilderness (1 kings 19:7). Hmm, Elijah must have been really important such that Angels cooked for him right? Not really. The agenda of God was very important therefore Elijah needed to be taken care of because he was a stake holder (that’s what we really are). So if God has to use an angel, He will!

It was this same Elijah that got fed by a raven with burger during a famine he caused (1 kings17:2-6)!


I believe there are several other amazing wonders God did through and for Elijah that weren’t written in the bible. So why did Elijah suddenly fear Jezebel?

He didn’t consult his chronicles!

When we sit down to think about how far God has brought us, we will be assured of the truth that He never leaves His own! This knowledge will give you confidence to stay put when the enemy threatens.

4.   Recognize Your Role:
Don’t get it twisted! You are not the miracle worker or the powerful one. JESUS is!
You are only an instrument. Therefore, we must not make the mistake of comparing the enemy’s representative and us. We are more powerful than “Jezebel and her threat” because He that is in us is greater than he that it in the world! (1 John 4:4)

Elijah felt he was the doer and so he got tired. That’s why God had to tell him, “look man, I’m the one behind your boldness and I’ve got many others on this path of righteousness. Anyway, since you are tired of being used; please go anoint Elisha to take your place, Jehu to rule as King over Israel and Hazael as King over Aram”!
God showed him that this was about an Agenda and he could use anyone to complete the task.

So darling, it is never about us!

Weakness and fear comes in the face of  threat when we forget that it is God who works in us to will and do of His good Pleasure(Philippians 2:13)

5.   Know Who Is Been Challenged
It is not you that the enemy is coming against. He is coming against God. Therefore, you mustn’t fret about his threats. This why I love David!
Remember when Goliath threatened Israel?  When David got on the scene he quickly spotted who was being attacked. He knew Goliath wasn’t challenging Israel but the God of Israel and so he said, “who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of God?” 1 Samuel 17:26
David knew it wasn’t about them!!
I shared some lessons on that historic fight here


When you do these five things in the face of threats, you will be bold enough to remain in your assignment!

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done” Revelation 22:12
HOLD YOUR GROUND!!

May the Lord preserve us!!

Committed to your Fulfillment
Anne Atulaegwu
 
Anne Atulaegwu


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