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In You our ancestors put their trust; they trusted, and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were saved; in You they trusted and were not put to shame. – Psalm 22:4-5

Trusting God is essential to control your life. I want to show you how Elijah, one of the greatest men of God, totally lost control of his life, but also regained it.

God instructed Elijah to call all the idol priests together. Elijah had to hold a contest on the mount Carmel to see which god would respond with fire. In 1 Kings 18:20-46 we read how the living God responded with fire. There was a big victory.

Jezebel, the king’s wife, was an instrument of the evil one to seduce the people into idolatry. When Jezebel heard what had happened, she became furious.

Elijah was still thinking about his victory when he received a message from Jezebel: ‘May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them’ (1 Kings 19:2). It was as if the evil one said: ‘Elijah, you are going down.’

Sometimes we come face to face with a hysterical devil who is after us. Jezebel swore by her gods, whom Elijah just defeated in the name of the Lord. So, Elijah had nothing to fear. Nevertheless, he panicked and ran for his life. Here you see how a man of God can turn into a person full of fear. He fled and sat down under a broom bush.

Perhaps you are not able to control your life anymore. However, when we live holy and just before God, we have nothing to fear. When nothing is going well, say as Nehemiah: ‘Should a man like me run away?’ (Nehemiah 6:11). God gave Elijah new strength while he sat there lonely and defeated. God still had a big task for him.

God also has a big task for you and me. Do not run away. Take control of your life again and say: ‘I am more than a conqueror through Jesus who strengthens me.’

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