ENCOURAGEMENT FROM ABOVE
TEXT: I KINGS 19: 1-8
WHEN YOU NEED ENCOURAGEMENT?
1 Kings 19:1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.
The new job, the new baby, the new promotion is not an end in itself. If it is of God – the devil will attempt to attack it by discouraging you.
1Ki 19:2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.”
1Ki 19:3 Then he was afraid
2Ti 1:7 God’s Spirit doesn’t make cowards out of us. The Spirit gives us power, love, and self-control.
1Ki 19:3 Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.
Pro 28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Jos 7:11 Israel has sinned! They have broken the agreement with me that I ordered them to keep. They have taken some of the things condemned to destruction. They stole them, lied about it, and put them with their own things.
Jos 7:12 This is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies. They retreat from them because they themselves have now been condemned to destruction! I will not stay with you any longer unless you destroy the things you were ordered not to take!
1Ki 19:4 then walked another whole day into the desert. Finally, he came to a large bush and sat down in its shade. He begged the LORD, “I’ve had enough. Just let me die! I’m no better off than my ancestors.”
Job 22:29 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
1Sa 17:29 And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
1Sa 17:30 And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.
1Ki 19:4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, TAKE AWAY MY LIFE; FOR I AM NOT BETTER THAN MY FATHERS.
1Ki 19:5 And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him,
29.Every stranger around me that is increasing my loneliness, deliver me!
30. Father, I am grateful for people around me that has stayed with me. Please encourage and reward them.
31. Deliver me permanently from the bondage of loneliness.
32. As the Lord lives, from today, I will never walk alone!
FOR WE HAVE PRAYED IN JESUS NAME.
It was a normal day for Saul but it was an arranged day from God! From now your days will be arranged. The dad sent him on an errand like any other kid could have been sent but by the end of the day – He had become a king! He did not lobby for it. He did not bed for it – purely by divine arrangement! We will take the scriptures line upon line to use to pray!
DIVINE ARRANGEMENT CAN WORK FOR ANYBODY!
1Sa 9:1 There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth.
1Sa 9:2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
“a man of wealth.”
That which is bigger than what money and my family can buy – Arrange it for me oh Lord!
“a handsome young man”
God – all that I have – my beauty, my brain ETC – ARRANGE IT FOR YOU, GLORY LORD!
Where no one has ever been to, What no one has ever touched in my lineage – let divine arrangement take me there.
Father, In every area of my life – make me exceptional!
“ From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.”
THE DAY OF DIVINE ARRANGEMENT IS LIKE EVERY OTHER NORMAL DAY
1Sa 9:3 Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to Saul his son, “Take one of the young men with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.”
1Sa 9:4 And he passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. And they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then they passed through the land of Benjamin but did not find them.
On the day that promotion is arranged, let me be selected for an errand.
Lord – let today be my day of visitation.
As I step out of this prayer session, I receive a divinely arranged call to greatness!
In the name of Jesus, let my legs walk me into a divine program
“passed through the land of Shalishah but did not find them.” and ” passed through the land of Benjamin but did not find them.”
FRUSTRATIONS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO DESTROY A DIVINE PLAN
1Sa 9:5 When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, let us go back, lest my father cease to care about the donkeys and become anxious about us.”
1Sa 9:6 But he said to him, “Behold, there is a man of God in this city, and he is a man who is held in honor; all that he says comes true. So now let us go there. Perhaps he can tell us the way we should go.”
Lord, while the power of divine arrangement is working behind the scene, let me not be breakdown!
Arrange a helper into my life who will initial my walk into a divine arrangement!
Let my pains push me to you! Let my cries be heard in heaven!
Make me a source of help to people who need a divine arrangement
Every demonic and evil arrangement intended to derail me, STOP
I decree that I will not take that step that will make me miss or walk away from divine arrangement,
1Sa 9:14 So they went up to the city. As they were entering the city, they saw Samuel coming out toward them on his way up to the high place.
1Sa 9:15 Now the day before Saul came, the LORD had revealed to Samuel:
Every arrangement that you have been working for me, FAST TRACK it – let it manifest today!
The one that you have arranged to help me – talk to him.
No matter how far away they are – the one you have ordained to pull me up – speak to him loud and clear!
Every helper that is the divinely arranged plan for my future – manifest!
Every power blocking the arrangement Heaven has made for me – be destroyed permanently!
DIVINE ARRANGEMENT IS REAL!
1Sa 9:16 “Tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel. He shall save my people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have seen my people, because their cry has come to me.”
” Tomorrow about this time”
Lord! Speak now that my tomorrow will be alright!
” I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin”
Send me Lord to where the arrangement that will give me rest has been made in the name of Jesus!
” and you shall anoint him to be prince over my people Israel”
By reason of the anointing of Divine Arrangement on my destiny today – coronate me as King!
By reason of the anointing of Divine Arrangement on my destiny today – I will not struggle again!
DIVINE ARRANGEMENT LEADS TO DIVINE IDENTITY
1Sa 9:17 When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD told him, “Here is the man of whom I spoke to you! He it is who shall restrain my people.”
1Sa 9:18 Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, “Tell me where is the house of the seer?”
LORD, before I arrive at the place of greatness, arrange a “space” for me.
Lord! By the anointing of divine arrangement – Identify me and promote me!
DIVINE ARRANGEMENT SOLVES PROBLEMS EASILY
1Sa 9:20 As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father’s house?”
Lord! arrange ease into my life!
Lord! arrange ease into my family!
Lord! arrange ease into this ministry!
Lord! arrange ease into Our nations!
Lord I submit – let divine arrangement sort me out in the name of Jesus!
IN JESUS NAME! AMEN!
MY PLACE WILL NOT BE TAKEN
There is nothing as sad and frustrating in life than been harassed and forced to leave a position that is rightly yours and that you have worked for – for years! A lot of things can cause this and as you know I prefer a preventive approach to spiritual things!
The king Xerxes called a party/banquet for six months with unlimited alcohol and in the state of drunkenness asked Vashti the Queen to come and do a fashion parade and she refused. He was advised to depose and remove her!
FACTORS THAT CAUSES REMOVAL FROM PEOPLE’S PLACES
” For six whole months”
5. The next six months of my life will not be spent in foolishness and vanity.
6. That year of failure will not come in my life
7. Every decision by someone close to me that will destroy be – I abort them in Jesus name
8. I, (insert your name) will not suffer for another person’s stupidity.
Est 1:5 After that, the king gave a banquet for all the people in the capital city of Susa, rich and poor alike. It lasted a whole week and was held in the gardens of the royal palace.
Est 1:12 The king’s servants told Queen Vashti what he had said, but she refused to go to him, and this made him terribly angry.
Est 1:15 The king said to them, “Queen Vashti refused to come to me when I sent my servants for her. What does the law say I should do about that?”
Est 1:16 Then Memucan told the king and the officials: Your Majesty, Queen Vashti has not only embarrassed you, but she has insulted your officials and everyone else in all the provinces.
Est 1:17 The women in the kingdom will hear about this, and they will refuse to respect their husbands. They will say, “If Queen Vashti doesn’t obey her husband, why should we?”
Est 1:18 Before this day is over, the wives of the officials of Persia and Media will find out what Queen Vashti has done, and they will refuse to obey their husbands. They won’t respect their husbands, and their husbands will be angry with them.
Gen 37:20 Let’s kill him and throw him into a pit and say that some wild animal ate him. Then we’ll see what happens to those dreams.”
Gen 37:21 Reuben heard this and tried to protect Joseph from them. “Let’s not kill him,” he said.
Psa 92:8 But you will rule over all of us forever,
Psa 92:9 and your hateful enemies will be scattered and then destroyed.