Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
“Tested to Serve In The Furnace”
Text: 1 Kings 17:9
“Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
“Testing To Serve In The Furnace,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
Faith is tested in the furnace of affliction; and we Serve others by Faith in the furnace of affliction.
In other words, the same events that Test you and I many times become the means by which God is able to use you and I in ministry Service to others. This is what’s happening in Zarephath with Elijah and the widow woman; they’re BOTH in the Furnace of affliction! It’s interesting to know that the word Zarephath means “a smelting place!”
Elijah had the brook dry up and came to Zarephath for food, to a widow in deep poverty preparing her last meal for her and her son - and Elijah asks her to Serve him with a little cake first; and then make for you and your son.
Faith is not only grown in the furnace- Faith Serves while IN the furnace. Elijah obeyed God and Served the widow with God’s Promise to satisfy her need of oil and meal - the widow obeyed God’s Word and Served Elijah the little cake first.
And Elijah, the widow , her son, And Her Household ate many days on the meal and the oil multiplied by God.
You and I can see this in our life. While you and I are in the furnace growing our Faith, believing and trusting in God’s Word - look for “ministry opportunities “ to serve others.
I remember many years ago when I was having a financial problem and asking God for help. He dropped this prayer into my heart: “Oh God, send someone to me that has a financial need so I can pray for them. I Know their burden because I have the same need!”
He did send me a young man and as I prayed for his need, God met my need!!
I was being Tested in the Furnace to Serve in the Furnace.
Listen up Warrior! When you’re in the Furnace of suffering, don’t miss the opportunities for ministry service to others. Others have the same needs as you - when you Serve them with prayer for them God will meet your need as well.
I have found that the sweetest service of ministry flows from the furnace of affliction. That’s where Love is purified, Faith is forged, and Grace spills out of our life in Ministry Service to others! This is the picture of our Commander as Son of Man. All His Life as Son of Man was spent in the furnace - showing you and I how to Grow Faith and Serve Grace and Mercy to others.
Warriors are Tested To Serve In The Furnace! Ooooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,
Jesus and Billy