I always get a little emotional when we come to the end of a Bible Study series. I just get so involved with the stories and attached to the characters. Like Elijah. Wasn’t his testimony powerful? And wasn’t he an inspiring person to get to know over the past few weeks? We’ve learned how to be bold for God, how to make the most of our dry season, how to trust God when we don’t feel like enough, how to be used by God right where we are, how to stop being lukewarm, how to find the passion for God we crave, how to wait on the Lord and so much more.
But before we conclude this series I have one more video to share with you. In it I want to ask you an important question: how will you answer God’s call on your life? We’ll end this series looking at Elijah’s successor named Elisha. In this week’s video we’ll learn how to answer the call just as Elisha did. With faith, boldness, and obedience.
Dear Heavely Father, thank You for being in relationship with me. Thank You for loving me and knowing me. May I answer the call you’ve placed on my life with the strength, humility, and courage only You can provide. I love you. In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.
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Hello Beloved! Today we are continuing our Daughters of Fire Series where we are learning life lessons and wisdom from Elijah in the Bible on how to live passionate lives for Jesus Christ.
In 1 Kings 19:19-21 Elijah finds Elisha to anoint him to be the next prophet over Israel. As we briefly discussed last week this call on Elijah to minister to the Israelites was far greater than himself. It went beyond what he could do alone. See once Elijah was gone God sill had plans on pursuing His people and He Himself would raise up the next generation to make sure that would happen.Serving does not mean being less than, it simply means you've been called by God. Click To Tweet
So Elisha is called to succeed Elijah. And those are some big shoes to fill. We saw what happened at Mount Carmel. But if you skip ahead a bit you’ll see that Elisha goes on to do far more in the name of the Lord that Elijah. And the reason why is found in the last verse of our studies text. 1 Kings 19:21 says.
Then [Elisha] set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.” – 1 Kings 19:21 NIV
Why did God choose Elisha, why trust him to such a high calling? Because Elisha had a servants heart. A heart not only looking out for himself and concerned with popularity but completely devoted to the will of God. Now if this is sounding familiar it’s because we already touched on humility and service in part one of this series. Remember, before Elijah even lets us know his name the first thing we learn about him is that he is a servant of the Lord. From Elijah to Elisha it all comes full circle back to being servants of God. The call on God’s daughters of Fire is to serve. And many won’t answer the call because they don’t want to humble themselves. We want to be great but we don’t want to serve. But the calling on our lives is greater than only thinking of ourselves. Philippians 2:3 tells us:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself. – Phil 2:3
Note that the verse says “in humility”. We value others not because they are better than us, we do it because we are called to serve. Serving does not mean being less than, it simply means you’ve been called by God. Jesus served but He was far from less than. Serving is not about devaluing yourself, it’s about using your value for someone other than yourself. This is why the scripture says do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Humility is using your good, for others, because you have been called to serve. So then, how are you going to answer the call?
Now let’s keep this conversation going Beloved! Comment and let me know what was the most important thing you learned about being a Daugher of Fire and living passionately for Jesus in this series? I cannot wait to read your comments.
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