The famine is in our land.  The people are perishing for lack of knowledge of the real TRUTH.   We are power thirsty yet all the wealth the world has offered is of no comfort.  We are filled will gluttonous attitudes, yet we hunger for something more to satisfy our souls.  We are searching to find food for the beast inside, the beast of selfish desire and prideful lust after all our eyes can see.  We say we have a passion for God and a vision for people, yet we are continuing to stumble blindly as one who has lost their first love.  We have been led by the brook Cherith a place of cutting off all the unusable things in our lives; we hid there and drank freely.  But the brook dried up shortly after those first moments when we first knew HIM.

It’s time to ARISE.   We go down to “a smelting furnace”.  A place called Zarephath, where we are refined and purified.  This is the place where what we have is multiplied and dead things live again.  Just like the three Hebrew children’s faith was tested, we too must have our faith tested.  We have been there, standing in many fires feeling His presence and coming out strong yet not complete.

Elijah is here.  The Bible declares in 1 Kings Chapter 18 that a “sore famine” was in the land of Samaria.  King Ahab sent for his governor Obadiah and asked him to go and look by the fountains and go and look by all the brooks, search for grass so that we may not lose all the beasts.  Both went in search Ahab going his way and Obadiah another each man alone in their search.  The Bible states that; And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my lord Elijah?  And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy lord, Behold, Elijah is here. (1Kings 18:7-8) Obadiah was in the way when he met the prophet. 

If you are seeking in the WAY you will find the TRUTH.  The One who has given us LIFE is calling is there just one faithful servant who will carry my WORD to the world.

Obadiah- a servant of Jehovah

Elijah- Jehovah is God

The declaration was made.  Go; tell your lord that Jehovah is God. 

A famine requires a search.  The Bible declares that my people perish for lack of knowledge.  If we are perishing we are lacking. We begin the journey.  We are searching.  While searching we find the answer to all.  Jehovah is God!  Elijah is here. 

When the WORD is present, all is well.  Fear not.  Peace.  Go tell the World Jehovah is God (Elijah) is here!  At the proclamation and recognition of the WORD fears arise.  The servant (Obadiah) cries have I sinned?  Are you asking me to go into the world where the TRUTH is unwelcome?   1 Kings 18:10 As the Lord thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not there; he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.The world has not found you, so therefore they declared with an oath that He is not. 

Can you hear the WORD of truth?  John 1:10-11 He was in the world and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.The servant lifts his voice in appeal.  Have I not done enough?  I have hidden the word and feed it bread and water. (1Kings 18:13)

Are you bold enough to face the world and declare Jehovah is God?  Do you just hide the WORD in a cave?  A carved out place in your mountain of safety, is this the place you keep the WORD?  Jehovah is GOD!  Shout it to the world and the WORD will show Himself TODAY!Fear keeps our faith from activating. 

The servant was afraid he would lose his life. (1Kings 18:14)   The command is the same GO, TELL the world JEHOVAH IS GOD!Mark 8:34b-35 Whosoever will come after me let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

The challenge is made.  Are you the one troubling us?  Does the world feel as though we the Christians are the source of their trouble?  Then our answer should be Jehovah is God. 

We should answer that the troubling they feel is the result of disobedience to the TRUTH.  The world has sung the song of lies and subtly far too long, it’s time for a new song in the land Let God be true and every man a liar.  Ascend to the mountain challenge the gods of this age.  Build an altar and choose sides. 

It’s time to quit straddling the fence between hot and cold Christianity.  If the LORD be GOD then follow him.

Watch the world build its altars; listen to the world cry aloud for someone unknown unnamed god to save them.  No one shows up, no voice is heard in the land, the gods of this world have forsaken them.  But just when all seems hopeless the altar of the Lord is repaired. 

The WORD begins to rebuild an altar that was broken down.  It’s time to build up the altars of old and make ready a sacrifice.  It’s time to pour into ourselves the LIVING WATER that overflows the trenches dug out in our lives. 

It’s time to cry HEAR ME, O LORD that this people may know that thou art the LORD God and that thou hast turned their heart back again. (1Kings 18:37)

Passion for God will fall like fire from heaven and we will hear the vision for the people  speak, Get thee up and eat and drink for there is a sound of abundance of rain. (1Kings 18:41b)I am as just a voice crying in the wilderness, let us prepare the way of the Lord and make His path straight. 

My passion for God burns within me, it is not a fire that was kindled by man nor can it be quenched.  My heart began to burn within me from the first moment HE called me by name.  My vision is written plain on my heart and out of that heart I cry!My God, let the

Church of God rise up to the challenge for today.  Let us hear with an ear of understanding.  The time has come.  Let us turn and be healed.

Malachi 41For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.2But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.3And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.4Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all
Israel, with the statutes and judgments.5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:6And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.