Friday, December 31, 2010

Step Three Out Of THE CAVE - RETURN To Your Place Of Service

What steps can you take to come out of THE CAVE (the place where ministry becomes misery)? We have already seen two.

REST Your Physical Body!

RENEW Your Spiritual Passion!

Now comes step three:

RETURN To Your Place Of Service!

In 1 Kings 19:15-19, God orders Elijah back into service. He gives him three specific commands to fulfill as His prophet:

Anoint Hazel king over Aram
Anoint Jehu king over Israel
Anoint Elisha as prophet in your place

The same principle is needed in your life if you are a pastor or ministry leader who has found yourself inside THE CAVE. You need to RETURN to your place of service. Whatever you have been called to do - do it!

RETURN to studying!
RETURN to preaching!
RETURN to teaching!
RETURN to leading!
RETURN to visiting!
RETURN to administrating!
RETURN to counseling!
RETURN to witnessing!
RETURN to singing!

And as you return, do so in power and confidence in the God who called you. In 1 Kings 19:18, God reminds and assures Elijah,

"Yet, I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him."

God reassures Elijah! And He reassures you today as well. And how did Elijah respond? 1 Kings 19:19 says,

"So he (Elijah) departed from there and found Elisha..."

He obeyed! He got back in the game! He RETURNED to his place of service. And so must you!

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