Beware of distractions
The Lord has been showing me that we have to be careful of many distractions. I received the warning the other day, and today, one of my fellow songwriters emailed me with the same message from another messenger of God, therefore I am passing this important message on to you.
There is so much going on in the world today with #COVID19 and #Coronavirus that some of may begin to be lullabied by the news reports of what is going on instead of staying in prayer and staying on constant contact with our Heavenly Father. I am a little embarrassed at the fact that someone else had to send me an email to take what God has been showing me seriously. This should have been posted before I got the correction to do so. Ministers, we should not be provoked to accountability or in some cases, jealousy to do God’s work. God said that if you don’t do what He tells you to do, He will send someone else to do it for Him. Elijah ran from Jezebel and showed fear. As prominent of a figure as he was, even he didn’t do what God told him to do so God rose up Elisha to finish the work.
The Lord Speaks to Elijah
1Ki 19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
1Ki 19:10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
1Ki 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
1Ki 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
1Ki 19:13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
1Ki 19:14 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
1Ki 19:15 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:
1Ki 19:16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.
1Ki 19:17 And it shall come to pass, thathim that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay.
1Ki 19:18 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.
The Call of Elisha
1Ki 19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who wasplowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
1Ki 19:20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
1Ki 19:21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
I’ll leave you with a sermon that I did years ago and re-did recently called, “Don’t let the devil ride.” That was one of my first songs that I sang lead for at a church that I attended when I was about 13-14 years old. The other lead that I had was “Jesus Loves Me” and people loved those songs. It’d be pretty bad if I let that devil ride now after all these years, amen? Here’s the link, God bless. https://www.blogtalkradio.com/revessie/2019/01/20/dont-let-the-devil-ride