Hello everyone. Welcome once again to LIFECLASS. I’m glad you came. Thank you, Jesus, for this wonderful opportunity to be in a class where we share Life.
It appears we’re not going to leave that particular verse in a hurry. I mean 1 Kings 18:41. it’s simply loaded with so many tools we need to break our gush of abundance. In the last class, we read of the twin command given expressly by Elijah to King Ahab in preparation for his gush of abundance. In 1 Kings 18 verse 41, Elijah commanded Ahab to
- Get Up
- Eat and Drink.
But in that last class, we looked only at the first command – Get up. Today, we’re considering the second express command – Eat and Drink. I title today’s LIFECLASS – Behave! If You Believe.
Isn’t it rather ironic that Elijah commanded Ahab to begin to do in Advance what he will later start doing and doing in excess when the abundance arrives! Or wait a minute, doesn’t Elijah know that there had been drought for three and a half years and of course, everyone in the nation was starving already of food?
For Ahab, Eat and drink for means two things.
- Start behaving what you’re expecting
- Celebrate! Make merry, Cheer up, lighten up your countenance, rejoice
Let me start with the first. How would it look like when the king suddenly starts celebrating, eating and drinking in front of everyone while they looked at him and starved? Let me tell you something. You have to learn to start behaving what you believe not minding what anyone will think or say and irrespective of the virtual reality slamming you in the face. I call all those obstacles virtual realities because God’s word is your reality. Whatever God says about you, that’s your reality.
For instance, if you’re waiting to the called up to resume some job or the other, even though they haven’t got back to you as the employers promised, it’s time you start behaving exactly how you’d do when you get called. Wake up early, dress up for work like you will do when you resume work. Iron your shirts and wears as you would do. Get an office desk and ergonomic chair for yourself in the corner of your room or house and resume work daily as you would do in that your dream company.
I’ve always dreamt of being a distributor of God’s blessing. Right when I was still being broke, I got several blank envelopes and wrote names of all the people I’d love to give regularly to. Then I labeled them with the amounts I’d love to give to these people. It looked like a joke, but not long after that, it came to pass.
If you want to get married soon, pick a convenient wedding date for yourself and prayerfully, keep thanking God in anticipation of that wedding date, even if you’re not sure yet of who your spouse will be.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By it, the elders obtained a good report. – Heb 11:1
What amazes me in this scripture – 1 Kings 18 that we’re considering – is that all these commands had to be carried out even after God’s promise in verse 1 that he was ready to send rain onto the land.
Let’s confirm this again.
And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
See, God had given His word that He was ready to send rain upon the land in verse 1, yet, Elijah had to fish out the eight hundred and fifty (850) evil prophets in verse 21 and instructed the people to choose between either following God or the Baal (devil).
God had already promised to send rain, yet, Elijah had to call down (God’s) fire in verse 38, get the people to praise God in verse 39, kill the evil prophets in verse 40 and then commanded Ahab to get up, eat and drink in verse 41. All these preparations? Even after God had given his word to send rain unto the land? It tells you that your faith in God’s word will only get you results when you apply God’s wisdom backed up with action. James 2:17 says – Faith without works is dead. You have to begin to behave what you believe. That’s what Elijah meant when he commanded Ahab to ‘Eat and Drink’ in anticipation of the coming rain of abundance
Let me go to the second point.
To eat and drink is to celebrate, cheer up, lighten up your countenance, and rejoice. There has been hunger for years and people have lost their ability to hope. Hope was dead. But Hopeless people don’t receive abundance. They only grope. They murmur, they complain, they wear sagged faces and moody looks. It’s natural to look depressed when you’re in lack. It’s understandable to always wear a frown when you’re broke or when business isn’t doing fine. It looks okay to nag always because you don’t have children of your own, after more than a year in marriage, but for all these, you must get your hope back, if you ever want to change those situations.
No wonder, The Bible instructs in Isaiah 54 verse 1:
Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not laboured with child! For more are the children of the desolate. Than the children of the married wife” says the Lord.
Why should you break forth into singing? Because joy is the gateway to abundance. Weeping remains for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Joy ushers in the morning. Without joy, there’s no morning, no abundance. Elijah knew this much. He knew that there’d be no abundance when Ahab the king, leader, and custodian of the people’s lives remains downcast, gloomy, or sober. He must spring up with joy, celebrate, eat drink and be merry in anticipation of that abundance. Then will everyone in the nation follow suit and there’d be so much expectations of faith in the atmosphere. And that will be followed by manifestations of abundance.
Today’s message is clear. Two things will usher in your abundance speedily. Your faith actions – behaving what you believe and secondly your joy and merry heart in the lord which is a confirmation that you have received this abundance in your spirit. Say, Lord Jesus, from today, I refuse to act or talk contrary to what I believe. I step out and back up my faith with positive actions in Jesus Name. Amen!
If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, then now is the time for you. Bible says with joy shall we draw out water from the wells of salvation. Your salvation is now. Say, Lord Jesus, my heart is full of Joy and I receive your salvation today. I receive forgiveness for all my sins and I’m glad my name is written in the book of life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Thanks for joining LIFECLASS today. Remain blessed as you meet me again in the next class. In Jesus’ Name. Amen