1 Kings 17

1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

2 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

5 So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

7 And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

8 And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,

9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.

15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.

Little Johnny’s dad came to him and said Johnny I am so sorry I can’t get you the toys that Billy’s dad buys him, and I am so sorry I can’t get you the nice clothes that Tommy’s dad buys him, and I am also sorry I can’t take you hunting every weekend like James dad does for him, Little Johnny looked at his dad and said Dad, Something is better than Nothing!

If I can be honest with you today, there is a Spiritual Famine that is in our land. There was a time when people looked forward to Sundays going to church, because it was time of refreshing, renewing, rededication, getting filled back up for the week that was in front of them.

Now Sundays have become a day of entertainment, a day of fulfilling flesh desires, and doing everything that does not involve the Spirit of God.

Our society is in complete chaos, and confusion, and most people don’t have a clue on who God really is. Neither do they fear the Lord. There is a Spiritual famine, a Spiritual famine or allowing his Spirit to move within our churches, because we are so afraid we are going to offend someone, a Spiritual Famine of miracles that could happen, or demons being cast out, or people being delivered from their sins, our church world have become nothing more than a social club, that have put together dance teams, to show the church folks how to dance before God and to entertain God.

God doesn’t want our entertainment, he wants our praise and our worship from the heart.

God could no longer bless the nation of Israel. Elijah was instructed by God to go to wicked King Ahab and his notorious wife, Jezebel, that a famine was coming. This famine would affect all of the people of Israel including Elijah.

Because of sin Israel was going through a famine and it affected everyone. We need to realize and understand that when we sin, it affects the blessings from God, and yes God withheld the rain from Israel because of sin, and he will withhold your blessings and will cause a famine to come upon you and your house hold, to the point you think that you are about to die, and wonder where is God, how can I touch God, and I need to feel God.

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