We do not live as the world would have us live, but God has set us free. "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8: 31-32) God has given us the grace to see the light in this time. God is Living, He is the God of the supernatural. He makes the impossible possible. Our God does wonders.
We are not those who withdraw but those who persevere to be saved. "The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17) "Hoping against hope, he believed, so that he became the father of many nations" (Romans 4:18)
1 Kings 18:21
When Elijah told Ahab to gather the people, it was a command and the king complied. Elijah knew the authority that God had given him. That is faith. Faith submits. Everything we do must always be in the Will of God. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:14) "For it was not by the will of man that prophecy was ever brought forth, but moved by the Holy Spirit that men spoke from God." (2 Peter 1:21) We must always be subject to the Holy Spirit. When the king's men came to Elijah, he never came down, but when the Spirit said to him, "Go," then he came down. Ahab gathered the people and all the prophets.
1 Kings 18:19
850 prophets gathered and Elijah alone. Elijah alone in front of the prophets, all the people and the king. Humanly speaking, you flee at the sight of this. Elijah had no one to support him, except the Word of God. When you take a stand for the Word of God, no matter how many people you face, you are not alone. Having God on your side is wonderful.
In the same way, Elisha, facing the army of Syria, God revealed to him the hidden plans of the king. He bankrupted the whole army of Syria. When you have God, you have everything. When times get tough, you only have God. "Seek the LORD while he is found; call on him while he is near." (Isaiah 55:6) This is the good time. "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, who will have mercy on him, to our God, who never tires of forgiving." (Isaiah 55:7) This is the time when God wipes away your thoughts so that it no longer has any influence on you. The king of Syria sends his army to look for Elisha. The city was surrounded and there was no way out. His servant, Gehazi, is afraid: "Oh my lord, how shall we go? (2 Kings 6:15) Elisha remained calm because he had something.
When God laid his hand on Elisha, when Elijah threw his cloak over Elisha, then he became different. He was no longer the same man. From that day on, Elisha always followed Elijah, he was attached to him despite all the difficulties. This is perseverance. Elijah knew that Elisha had to take over, but he tested him. The others gave up because they were not in the program. When you are in God's action, there must be something in you. Even if you are pushed away, you still resist. "Don't you also want to go away? Simon Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. And we have believed and known that you are the Christ, the Holy One of God. Jesus answered them, "Didn't I choose you twelve? And one of you is a demon!" (John 6:67-70) If they were chosen, it was because they were in God's plan. "I have kept those whom thou hast given me, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled." (John 17:12) If God has chosen you, it is because you must be the light. Never slacken in doing good.
Elijah saw that Elisha was so persistent, so he asks him, "Ask what you want me to do for you, before I am taken away from you." (2 Kings 2:9) When God has chosen you, you are persistent. Even when you get a little discouraged, God comes and says, "Be strong and take heart!" It is a daily struggle. "And Elisha said, Let there be upon me, I pray thee, a double portion of thy spirit!" (2 Kings 2:9) Let us not seek God with our reasoning, but let us be led, let God do it. God does not want you to be a fearful son. The Spirit really filled Elisha, he was no longer the same. God revealed the king's thoughts to him in his sleep.
Gehazi was afraid, he did not understand the degree, who Elisha was. Elisha was calm because he had spiritual eyes. "Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." (2 Kings 6:16) If you were in Gehazi's place, you would also doubt. "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) You don't believe that. God is there, He cannot fail in His word.
Jesus speaks in the present tense, not in the future. Since He rose from the dead, He has been there. He is not absent for a day. As long as we are on earth, He will never be absent! "And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he abides with you, and will be in you. (John 14: 16-17) "God is our refuge and our support, a help that never fails in trouble." (Psalm 46: 1) "And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me." (Psalm 50:15) God wants you to be strong, not to be able to be discouraged. We are a different people, a people set apart, on whom God has His eyes. When you are in your room and you are crying, He is there. Since the day you accepted Him, He is there with you.
No more complaints, no more fears, God will take care of you. God is watching over your life, Satan can't even dare to touch you. Satan can only do what God allows him to do. Banish worry because you have nothing to fear. "(Isaiah 54:17) God has called us to prosper.