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    by Leonard Ravenhill

    To the question, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" we answer,
    "Where He has always been-on the throne!" But where are the
    Elijahs of God? We know Elijah was "a man of like passions as
    we are," but alas! we are not men of like prayer as he was. One
    praying man stands as a majority with God! Today God is
    bypassing men - not because they are too ignorant, but because
    they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our handicaps,
    and our talents our stumbling blocks!

    Out of obscurity, Elijah came on to the Old Testament stage, a
    full-grown man. Queen Jezebel, that daughter of hell, had routed
    the priests of God and replaced them with groves to false deities.
    Darkness covered the land and gross darkness the people, and
    they were drinking iniquity like water. Every day the land, fouled
    with heathen temples and idolatrous rites, saw smoke curling
    from a thousand cruel altars.

    Elijah lived with God. He thought about the nation's sin like God;
    he grieved over sin like God; he spoke against sin like God. He
    was all passion in his prayers and passionate in his denunciation
    of evil in the land. He had no smooth preaching. Passion fired his
    preaching, and his words were on the hearts of men as molten
    metal on their flesh.

    Brethren, if we will do God's work in God's way, at God's time,
    with God's power, we shall have God's blessing and the devil's
    curses. When God opens the windows of heaven to bless us,
    the devil will open the doors of hell to blast us. God's smile
    means the devil's frown! Mere preachers may help anybody and
    hurt nobody; but prophets will stir everybody and madden
    somebody. The preacher may go with the crowd; the prophet
    goes against it. A man freed, fired, and filled with God will be
    branded unpatriotic because he speaks against his nation's sins;
    unkind because his tongue is a two-edged sword; unbalanced
    because the weight of preaching opinion is against him. Preachers
    make pulpits famous; prophets make prisons famous. The
    preacher will be heralded; the prophet hounded.

    Ah! brother preachers, we love the old saints, missionaries,
    martyrs, reformers: our Luthers, Bunyans, Wesleys, Asburys,
    etc. We will write their biographies, reverence their memories,
    frame their epitaphs, and build their monuments. We will do
    anything except imitate them. We cherish the last drop of their
    blood, but watch carefully the first drop of our own!

    -From the classic book 'Why Revival Tarries' by Leonard Ravenhill.

  • #2
    I was just telling this same message to someone this morning.


    • #3
      Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
      I was just telling this same message to someone this morning.

      Thanks for the reply Steve.

      Elijah spoke the truth and God proved He was with Elijah by preforming miracles.

      Elijah was never once proven that he spoke something that was not of God that he claimed was from God.

      Yet the people still did not stand behind him but deserted him.

      Elijah had very few friends.

      There is a very high price to pay for speaking the truth.

      The King that led Israel astray lived in a palace and had more food than he could eat. He had the best this world has to offer.

      Yet Elijah had to be fed by a Canaanite widow that was starving herself and ravens.

      Nothing has changed. False prophets who claim to be real, make false prophecies that do not come true. Yet people flock to them and send them money.

      Men called of God to be prophets live in the wilderness almost alone, except for The Lord who walks with them.

      Last edited by Lou Newton; February 4, 2016, 08:36 PM.


      • #4
        I agree with you brother. Just look at the previous forum we met on and how the leader is a liar and a bully and still prospers. Praise Jesus for everything.