The Saints Are Marching On

(I Kings 19: 1-14)

Many times, when it seems like the devil is winning the battle in our lives, I want you to know that it’s because a big testimony is around the corner. However, the devil, in his craftiness, would want to do everything possible to hinder you from launching into that realm of glory. Little wonder he is referred to, as a toothless dog!

Hence, as believers, it would be unwise of us to throw in the towel at that time and give in to defeat. It is never the time for us to mock ourselves by magnifying our problems or doubting the saving Grace of our Father.

Elijah was one of the prominent prophets in Israel during his time. He had won several battles and did innumerable miracles by the help of God. He made a public show of 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (I Kings 18:17-40).

He even declared a terrible famine in the land of Israel, when the people would not cease from idolatry and the Lord granted him his request! Such that there was no rain for 3 years. And when he prayed again, that there be rain, God produced a torrential downpour (1 Kings 18 vs 41-46).

But a time came in the life of this great man of God that he was devastated, and felt like the worst failure on earth. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, king of Israel had just sworn by her gods to destroy him in a day’s time. She even threatened to do worse to Elijah than she had done to other prophets in the land.

Now, of a truth, anybody would fear Jezebel in that land because she was a terrible queen in Isreal. And she was known for her wickedness and great war waged against the prophets of God. She had killed several men of God in the land, and wanted the people to serve no other god than Baal.

However, what she forgot was that the owner and creator of Israel is God. And he would never allow anyone to take his glory.

And it is the same with you and God. God created you and He would never let the devil take the glory over your life. But have you not become fearful of the devil just like Elijah feared Jezebel too?

So, Elijah had been threatened and had to flee for his life. He ran far away from Jezebel ‘s sight just like a lot of us Christians always ask to be taken away from the world because of what we face today. He also asked to die because he thought life was over for him.

The devil had raised his ugly head at Elijah, and isn’t that all he knows best to do? The devil comes to steal! To kill! And to destroy! He is good at instilling fear in believers. So he has frightened Elijah and was ready to kill him.

But our God is faithful! He showed Elijah how mighty He is by feeding him with refreshing meals which was able to carry him for 40 days and 40 nights to mount Horeb where he finally sought the face of God.

“And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: and Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:15-18 KJV)

The Lord did not only prevent Elijah from dying in defeat, He also gave him victory on all sides. He announced to him his successor;
Elisha, and told him the would-be king of Israel, Jehu, who later saw the end of Jezebel.

Now, guess what happened to Jezebel at last? She was thrown out of her bedroom window, trampled by horses and eaten by dogs!

The devil never wins any battle! Not in the lives of those who stick to God. Look at the likes of Job, Hezekiah, Daniel, Nehemiah and even Jesus! They entered into their victories, because they didn’t give in to the devil.

A time would come in your life, when your faith in God would be tested. It could be joblessness, barreness, stagnation or loss of property. But none these, beloved, can be compared to the glory that lies ahead of you.

Our Lord Jesus has promised us that the Church would march on and that the gate of hell would not prevail. So, don’t be downcast!

No matter what you may be going through today, I want you to look up above, to your solutions; rather than below where your problem lies.

I want you to be strong in the Lord, because greater is his plans for you, than your present situation.

Don’t give up! Stay with God and don’t panic! Your victory is assured! March on soldiers of Christ. And just like Elijah, and other saints of God, you shall conquer.

Temidayo Adebisi

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