The God of Elijah, who never changes, is going to change every level of your life today.
God never changes, my friend. He loves you as much today as He did Elijah the prophet. The God that knew how to take care of Elijah the prophet is going to reach into your life on every level … and provide for you … and work that miracle you need right now, this very day.
If you'll learn to obey God as Elijah the prophet, God will reach nations through you, my friend. You may be a housewife. You may be a school student, a business man. You may be in the ministry. You may wonder, "How could God use me? How can God use me in my finite environment with my human incapabilities?" But, my friend, the Spirit of God knows no limits to the one that's yielded to Him. What kind of man was Elijah? He was a man like Jesus of Galilee who moved in the Spirit of God.
Can you move in the Spirit of God like Elijah did? The Bible says that, "Elijah the Tishbite, one of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab the King, the leader of the nation, 'As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there not shall be dew nor rain these years, Ahab, but according to my word.'"
Elijah confessed that God was going to move in the situation. Elijah set the situation up for God. You know, the Bible tells us that, "Elijah was a man of like passions as we are." "He had the same humanistic drives," the book of James says. The same temptations. The same frustrations as you―as me―yet he prayed and it did not rain for three and a half years. He prayed again, and God brought rain to the Earth.
There were probably a lot of fellows in Elijah's country on the other side of Jordan that could have done the same thing. However, Elijah had something different in his life. He spent time with God. He had told the leader of the nation, "As the LORD God of Israel, before whom I stand." You see, God's man, Elijah, stood before God daily. He had a place where he met with God. He had a place where he stood and listened to God, and where he communed and talked with God. He contacted God in the Spirit, and that's why he could move in the Spirit.
Elijah knew that one of God's judgments on a wicked nation was that God would cut off rain. Elijah knew that King Ahab―the leader of the nation of Israel―had not been living godly. And Elijah knew that if he would just go confess God's Word, it would give God access to move on the Earth in that situation. If you'll confess God's Word today in your situation, God will move. God will invade your environment. Move in the Spirit. Obey God. Do as Elijah did.
You see, Elijah simply set the situation up for God as he confessed and said, "Ahab, as the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years but according to my word." Elijah didn't assail to go, my friend. He went. He would do what God told him to. He was obedient to the Word of the Lord, and that's moving in the Spirit. It's when you and I are obedient to God's Word and leading. God leads you according to His will, my friend, and His will is His Word.
One time I was praying in a room. I had been resting. I'd been preaching for days on the streets, and my body had been taxed. If you obey God and rest when God tells you to, you'll never hurt your body. I was resting at some facilities that a man and his wife had provided. I had a great desire, a great burning in my heart to pray for the then President of the United States -- President Nixon. I went into the room. I prayed, I don't believe longer than 15 minutes, and that great burning desire then left. It was as though the Spirit of God said, "I've answered your prayer. I'll let you reach the President, but indirectly through one of his right-hand men."
Later that evening a fellow came to the place where I was staying, and he invited me to go somewhere. I didn't want to go, but I felt a strange impression to go. I felt the Spirit of God rolling inside of my being, that it had an answer for what I had prayed that afternoon. I went with that man, and that night God crossed my path with the wife of a man―a key political figure.
That wife of that man prayed with me and received Messiah Jesus as her LORD. She repented of her sins. She had a new birth from above. She stayed up till about three in the morning reading her Bible, and later God touched their family, and that family has now had a ministry for years. That man was one of the leading figures―if not the key figure―in the Watergate case.
You know, you never know who God will cross your path with today or tomorrow. You don't know what God's going to do through your life. You may be a younger person, an older person. You may be a person that God seemingly has left in a holding pattern. I want to tell you―if you'll open up to the Holy Spirit―the blessings of God will be aimed at you from every direction … if you'll just receive them. Yes, moving in the Spirit is being obedient to God's Word and leading.
It's important to obey. The Bible tells us, "To obey is better than sacrifice." God may tell you “Put on a red sock on one foot and a green sock on the other, and go into the middle of the freeway and hold up a big Bible and preach.” (Or, down to the shopping mall and preach.) You may say, "That's stupid." Well, I imagine Elijah the prophet thought a lot of things God told him to do were stupid. They seemed foolish superficially, but Elijah had walked with God long enough that he knew the God of Israel―the God that had provided for him―would never ask him to do something for which there was not a reason.
We don't have to understand the reason. All we have to do is obey. If God tells you to put a red sock on one foot and a green one on the other and to preach in the freeway, how do you know that some fool is not driving down the freeway cursing God, denying God's Son, and yet asking for a sign and saying, "God, if you'll put somebody in front of me with a red sock on one foot and a green sock on the other, then I'll receive Jesus." You don't know what God is doing in the lives of other people.
One time God actually told me to preach on a freeway in Canada. I preached, and God reached a great crowd of people (as I remember there were TV crews filming an accident there). When I got back in the automobile, a preacher who was from another country said, "God's Spirit told me to do the same thing, and I disobeyed Him"? Do you know what? That was a sign to me from God, and I got blessed for doing that. God reached many people.
Yes … Elijah wasn't invited to the king's palace, but he went anyway. My friend, God may send you a lot of places where you're not wanted. I remember one time that, in His divine providence, God allowed me to be arrested for preaching on the streets, and God gave me a great court trial. Before the court trial, nine people alone were saved in the jail, and I preached myself back out of the jail. I've learned that if can preach yourself in jail, you can preach yourself out of jail.
It seemed foolish, but while I was in jail they put me in a room with four cement walls, a cement ceiling, and a cement floor. I said, "God, surely you wouldn't want me to preach here. Nobody can hear me?" But the Spirit of God said, "Preach," and so I preached. I started at Genesis, went to Revelation and back again, and the sound was miraculously multiplied and anointed of God, went under the steel door, through the administrative area where the secretaries and the officers were doing the bookwork, clear out into the lobby, and four college age students gave their lives to Christ out there.
I want to tell you, you don't know what God's going to do. Nine were saved in the jail. Then the Lord Jesus won the court trial which was a big jury trial which extended for days. It opened up a door for street ministries all over, and gave street workers boldness in the Lord. My friend, obey God. Yes, Elijah, again, was not invited to the king's palace, and neither will you probably be invited to a lot of places. I want to tell you, the Spirit of God will send you if you'll obey, and if you don't, God will find somebody else to bless.
You know, I've been to that place in Israel where Elijah went to see Ahab. He probably had some fears, some doubts at times in his life. Possibly before he went to see the leader that time. Condemnation from the enemy probably attacked his mind. Maybe depression tried to set in, but he knew how to resist it. Resist those things, brothers and sisters. You see, those are tools that the enemy uses to keep you from moving in the anointing because Satan is afraid of the anointing of God. The anointing breaks the yoke. It destroys the devil’s attacks. Messiah Jesus said, "You go in and bind the strong man, and then you can tear up his house." So, when depression or doubt hits you, just move on in. Bind the strong man, cast out his demons, and do what God has instructed YOU to do.
The greatest place you can be is under the anointing. When I feel the attack of the enemy―or when I sense Satan doing things to try to confuse―I just simply pray, "God, show me a new way to reach seven new countries for Christ in the next six months just to make the Devil mad." Go on in. Get under the anointing.
Will you move out in faith today instead of fear? Elijah was like Jesus―he obeyed God and the Spirit of God. He moved in the Spirit.
Will you obey God?