The Ascension

8th October

As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into Heaven.”

2 Kings 2:11

Elijah may have had his doubts about his calling but he will always be remembered as being one of the greatest prophets in the Bible. There was something special about him. He was also one of the only three people in the Bible to have been taken to Heaven without actually dying (Enoch and Jesus the other two). Scripture does not mention why this happened but what we can know through scripture, is that he was a very anointed man who followed the Lord closely. In fact so great was his life that he even appeared in Jesus’ transfiguration in Matthew 17:3, along with Moses (there is also many references to him in the New Testament too).

Yet Elijah didn’t have any special qualifications to inherit such an anointing. He was just a normal human being who even had thoughts of giving up (both on his ministry and his life). However, his life is a great example of how a simple man can be used by God is such a mighty way.

Let us too take hope and courage that we can also be used by God in a mighty way. Let us cast off our doubts and walk in faith. Let us simply believe that God is the One and Only True God. Moreover, let us not hide that fact but freely share it. There is only one God and His Name is Jesus Christ. Let God’s miraculous deeds through our hands bring many to believe in HIM!

You Are Not Alone…!!

4th March

“And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain…. but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. ”

1 Kings 19:11-13 

There are very few people that were or are full of so much faith that can rival that of the Old Testament prophet, Elijah. What a man of God. Elijah saw some of the most miraculous events and wonders that were to ever take place in the Bible. Yet he found himself here in this passage running away from the call God had on his life, through the fear of an evil leader. This same Elijah had just been given supernatural strength to run faster than a chariot, was fed by ravens, made bread from a tiny bit of oil and flour, and called down fire to burn a water soaked altar. Yet this man feared a human being, the evil ruler, Jezebel.

So often in our lives we can witness God move in such powerful ways, yet as soon as a situation comes up where we feel tried, lonely and tested, we hide away and forgot the wonders God has done in our lives. However, it is often in the stillness of our storms, when we take time to sit in the presence of God, that we really hear His voice. Elijah, although he saw God move in great power through him, was fearful of death, fearful of Jezebel and Ahab and tried to hide from what God had called him to do. Yet God, in His loving, gentle, kindness embraces Elijah and meets him where he is at; not in the raging storms, earthquakes and fire, but in the still, small and peaceful voice.

If the storm is raging and you feel alone, know that God will meet you were you are and give you strength. Whatever the challenge, God is with you, it’s a promise!