“Purging Fear, Doubt and Indecision”
Dr. Jeanette’s Purging series Part 5
Remember what James, our Lord’s brother said, “James 1:6,7 “..when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind. “Don’t expect to receive anything from the Lord.” Doubt and indecisiveness permeates our world and in our lives. Yes. We would like to know for sure in and in advance that what we do and think will yield positive fruit and productivity. But, we don’t know that. However, there is a way to know we are moving in the right direction. We need wisdom and aligning ourselves to use it. “The reverence and respect of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10. Wisdom and understanding can give us longer life. Leading a healthier life can be a part of that.
Do you remember the Great Prophet Elijah? 1 Kings chapter 18 details an exciting account of Elijah’s faith and obedience. King Ahab and his wife Jezebel were engrained idolaters. There was a severe famine and drought in its third year. Ahab called for Obadiah who was over the palace and to search out the land for food for the animals, horses and mules.. Elijah met Obadiah suddenly. Elijah was bold and masterful in his demand to Obadiah to go and tell Ahab that I am here. Obadiah was afraid because of his fear of death from Ahab. Ahab had been looking of Elijah, devout monotheist (serving the one true God Jehovah. Ahab called Elijah “a troubler.” Ahab in his anxiety over the drought and famine called together the prophets who worshipped the false gods of Baal and Israelites on Mount Carmel. Ahab challenged Elijah, who said to all the people, “How long will you waver between two opinions?” If the LORD is God, follow him. But, if Baal is God, follow him.” This contest was to determine who is The Holy One and who is the false god. The bull for the false prophets was prepared first to avoid the appearance of fraud. They called on the name of Baal for many hours seemingly at least eight or so. They hopped around the altar that was prepared..leaping and hopping. All to no avail. Elijah There was no voice or sound of life coming from the prepared sacrifice, the bull. Elijah built a trench and an altar with stones. He dug a trench. He poured water on the wood which ran down around the altar and even filled the trench. His prayer, “let it be known today that you are the only true God and turn their hearts back to you again. When God sent his holy fire down which consumed the altar. Elijah prayed and reminded God. I have done all these things as you have commanded. Elijah had the false prophets seized the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and would not release them from their death. After these things, Elijah called for the rain to return. He false prophets would not turn their hearts to serve the one true LORD Jehovah. They would not free themselves from doubt, fear, greed. The false prophets had to be destroyed for their worshipping false gods. What do you want from the Lord? Go to him in faith, nothing doubting. Just ask.
Thanks for reading! Jeanette Grattan Parker, Founder-Superintendent Today’s Fresh Start Charter School 323-293-9826 www.todaysfreshstart.org; Askdrjeanette® www.askdrjeanetteparker.com [email protected] “Inquiring minds want to know.”© All rights reserved. Ask Dr. Jeanette® Scripture references: