Good Morning September 1

There is an account in II Kings 19 about Elijah fleeing from Jezebel for fear of his life. He hides himself, and cries out to the Lord, “I’ve had enough Lord. Take my life away…”(vs.4) We see the problems of the world, as we spoke about yesterday. We see the persecutions happening to Christians around the world. We see no end to the political correctness leading our nation in the wrong direction. We can feel like Elijah, “I’ve had enough Lord.” In the midst of it all the Lord ministered to Elijah and finally assured him, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”(vs.19) We need to remind ourselves of this. The Lord has not abandoned His world, and we are a lot more than 7000. We are Lutherans, and Baptists, and Catholics, and independents. We have our different doctrines, but we stand under the authority of the one Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Head. We are one body of believers in Him. We don’t know all of the others. The 7000 didn’t either. Each one often felt alone, but they weren’t. We are a body of Christian believers, encouraged to stand strong in our faith in Jesus Christ. We are not an army to bear arms, but to take up the “Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God”.(Ephesians 6:17) We look beyond our differences to stand together in prayer. With the full armor of God we are able to stand. And more than stand, we reach out in love to many around us who are hurting in this broken world. Remind yourself often that you are a part of a vast company believers who know the victory we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.