DON’T HOLD BACK (1)
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
“And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:16 (KJV)
As we climax the age, people are going to think and care more about themselves much more than they think about God and the things of the Kingdom. I come to challenge you today not to hold back from God. Don’t cut back on your service to God. Refuse to cut back on your giving even in difficult times because it is when things are difficult that you really need God to come through for you.
We are told in 1 Kings 17 that the widow of Zarephath was about to hold back because of the recession in the land, but somehow she had the common sense to obey the prompting of God’s servant. She had planned to cook what she had left, eat with her son and die. You see, keeping what she had was the natural thing to do, but thank God she didn’t, because by the word of the prophet that agenda of death was terminated.
Also in Luke 5 we are told that Simon Peter and his team of fishermen were also in a sort of recession when Jesus came to ask for the use of their boat. They were washing their nets after they had toiled all night and caught nothing. That was certainly not a good time for them to lend out their boat. They were tired and frustrated, and yet Jesus placed a demand on them. The natural thing to do, would have been to tell Jesus to go elsewhere but they did not. Peter allowed Jesus use his boat to preach. At the end of the preaching, Jesus asked him to launch out into the deep and let down his nets for a draught. He came up with a net breaking miracle.
Beloved, there is no way you give to God and go away empty handed. In fact there is nothing you invest in the Kingdom that goes unrewarded. It is a surety that when you give of your time and resources to the Kingdom, God will reward you. It is time to look away from your circumstances, frustrations and release for the Kingdom. Rather than eat her last meal with her son, the widow of Zarephath sowed her last food. Rather than die as she thought, she had enough to eat and spare all through the famine. I prophesy that your seed will speak for you in every area of your life. You will not lack. You will not go away empty handed.
Further reading: 1 Kings 17:7-16, Luke 5:1-9 Daily Bible reading: Morning-1 Kings 21-22, Evening-Luke 23:26-56