Where Are the Elijah’s of God?

An open letter to all:

Where Are the Elijah’s of God?

Leonard Ravenhill asked that question in 1959. Keith Green later asked the same question in the early 80’s before his untimely death.

So, where are the Elijah’s of God? Ravenhill said this, “We know Elijah was a man of like passions as we are, but alas! We are not men of like prayer as he was!”

Here’s the deal–one praying person is a complete majority with God. Ravenhill goes on to say, “God is bypassing men—not because they are too ignorant, but because they are too self-sufficient. “

It is prayer God wants, Holy Spirit, on fire prayer! There is no substitute, no alternative, and no other plan. And we need to up the ante on our prayers. Elijah prayed and darkness covered the land.

Last week the heat was at 99 degrees one day and 100 the next. I could only get the temperature down to 85 in our house; our air conditioner is failing and was set to be replaced. Many of you know that my wife has suffered horribly for months with a chronic coughing condition brought on by severe allergies, a condition with her larynx, and esophageal acid reflux. The heat was making it very difficult to stay in our house.

Annamae is a woman of prayer; she gives full definition to the word indefatigable. She will not be dissuaded in her prayers, no matter her physical condition. So, we prayed for God to give us a break in the weather. Just a few days later the weather broke and has stayed “cooler”. We woke up to 69-degree weather today and forecast of highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s for the next week. Annamae will return to Tulsa next week to cool weather and new air-conditioning.

We have seen great answers to prayer these last months. So much greater than the weather, but, oh, does the weather count. Monstrous, miraculous answers to prayer prayed for people hundreds of miles away and prayed for the people on our block. Why do answers like this surprise us? They shouldn’t.
Through the Holy Spirit we can be armed with the entire panoply of God to overcome the enemy. As Annamae and I learn to pray about all things, we are seeing these anomalies of answered prayer turn into weekly events. I have a goal to see great answers to prayer daily.

So where are the Elijah’s? They are anywhere a person lays down his partnership with God and allows Him to be Lord with complete ownership.

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Inviting violence into your life. The decision to really pray.

If we make the purposeful choice to follow the Lord in sanctification, we draw a line in the sand with the enemy and the battle begins. You see, the enemy isn’t disturbed about the nominal Christian who seldom prays and doesn’t mature into a disciple. This person is no threat to the world Satan rules. But the disciple who prays and decides to pursue the fullness of the Lord found in sanctification poses a great threat to all the enemy stands for.

I think we take this whole issue of sanctification way too flippantly. Sanctification can be a violent process. The enemy doesn’t like it, and our flesh rails against it. There is nothing pretty about dying to yourself. Through sanctification the Spirit of God is putting His finger on every aspect of our lives that is not in concert with His purposes. Sanctification is taking everything that captures our attention on this earth and putting it through a filter that only allows those things to pass through that interest God.

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Author’s Corner Interview August 8 @ 10:30 A.M.

August 8, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m. CST
KNEO Radio 91.7 FM

Clark Matthews and the Author’s Corner
Author’s Corner is sponsored by Christian bookstores and can be heard at 1:00 pm Monday through Friday on KNEO, 91.7-FM, and on kneo.org.

The listening audience is in southwest Missouri, but reaches into Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas to a population of about 500,000 people.

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Does the Church Office Carry That “Op-out” from for Spiritual Warfare? Day 3 of 4 on Spiritual Warfare

Every Christian is Called to the Battle

Make no mistake—every Christian is called to spiritual warfare. The enemy is seeking to destroy us (1 Peter 5:8). Our spiritual survival depends upon being able to discern the enemy; repel his attacks, temptations, and schemes; and stand against the powers of darkness. God has called every one of us into His spiritual army (2 Tim. 2:3-4).

God has not called us to just stand and defend ourselves in battle. He has called us to use the weapons of our warfare to defeat the enemy and crush him underfoot (Rom. 8:37-39, 16:20; 1 John 2:13-14). Everyday people such as you and me are called to put on the armor of light and cast aside the works of darkness (Rom. 13:12). We are called to bring God’s kingdom of heaven to earth: “Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

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Did Somebody Say Spiritual Battle? I Don’t See No Spiritual Battle. Spiritual Warfare…Day 2 of 4

Satan dwells in the darkness. This is where he and all his demons (fallen angels) were sent to by God (Luke 10:18; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; Rev. 12:4). Where is the darkness? We need to understand that any place the knowledge of God is absent is darkness, and darkness is the domain of the enemy. Where Christ is, there is light and the darkness is dispelled (John 8:12). People who do not follow Jesus walk in darkness.

Before you came to know the Lord as your Savior, you were in the kingdom of darkness. You lived in this world physically, but you lived in Satan’s territory spiritually. The moment you accepted Jesus as your Savior, you were transported into God’s kingdom. It makes no difference now where you live physically, whether or not you live under persecution, or if you are affluent or impoverished—if Christ is your Savior, you live in His kingdom (Col. 1:13, NASB).

The battle is furious in the unseen realm. This is why our weapons in spiritual warfare are not carnal or fleshly.

The enemy wars against us as we pursue God to have His kingdom established in our minds, emotions, and wills (our souls). The enemy is actively planning schemes, diversions, rear attacks, and every other evil plan to cast doubt in the minds of men and women concerning God’s Word. The enemy entices our emotions and wills to be captured by the world—“the lust of the lfesh,” “the lust of the eyes,” and “the…pride of life” (1 John 2:16). So many Christians find themselves trapped in sexual addictions, pornography, and other types of perversions and compulsive behaviors, never realizing that they are losing a spiritual battle. They try to fight the battle with worldly weapons that yield little success. They haven’t been taught to wage war in the unseen and heavenly realm.

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What’ All This Spiritual Warfare Stuff?

The Word of God reveals that there is a furious spiritual battle taking place right now in the heavens and the unseen realms (Eph. 6:12). Most of us are unaware of this war. If we have an awareness of spiritual warfare from the Scriptures, we don’t really believe in it or that we have been called to participate. There is an additional rebutting that takes place with many Christians when it comes to spiritual warfare: it is a disturbing concept for us. The thought of battling demons, evil spirits, or Satan himself is overwhelming and frightening. But here is the truth of the gospel: much of the world has come under the in influence of Satan, as he rules the world. (2 Cor. 4:4)

Just because we have accepted Christ and go to church does not mean we are immune from the attacks and influence of Satan. When we choose to walk in darkness and sin and not respond to Christ, we open ourselves up to the enemy.

We are warned by Christ to be cautious and be sure we are walking in the light, not darkness. “The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore lest the light which is in you is darkness” (Luke 11:34–35).

UPCOMING EVEVTS

July 28 Friday WKTO 88.9 FM 11:00 a.m. taping. Daily Moments with Carol Henry
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Program Name: Daily Moments with Carol Henry
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July 29 Saturday KCFO 970 AM @ 11:00 a.m., 11:00 p.m. Airing Doc Blevins and Friends

August 16 Wednesday WGGS Television Niteline 8 p.m. and Thursday, August 17th at 8 a.m.
WGGS Television Dove Broadcasting Greenville, South Carolina
http://wggs16.com/

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Bible Gateway Interview with Tim Cameron

You can see my interview with Jonathan Peterson, manager of marketing for Bible Gateway at:

40 Days Through the Prayers of Jesus: An Interview with Tim Cameron

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The interview will be featured in this week’s edition of Bible Gateway’s Weekly Brief, thier newsletter of important Bible-related trends, statistics, articles, and pivotal happenings on the Web and at Bible Gateway, delivered on Fridays to 400,000+ subscribers. (Subscribe by going to https://www.biblegateway.com/newsletters/)

News about the interview will be sent to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for inclusion in its industry-wide trade newsletter, RushToPress.

And the interview is featured on their main site (https://BibleGateway.com) which gets more than a quarter million views a day.Through their website homepage, mobile access, and various social media networks, Bible Gateway’s long-form and short-form communication messages achieve more than 3 million personal impressions a day.

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