Life Lesson 1 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow





Life Lesson 1 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Elijah prophesied to King Ahab that it would not rain and God told him to go to the Brook Cherith where He would send ravens to feed him. (1 Kings 17:2-4) 

After some time, the brook dried because of the drought and God told Elijah to go to a widow in Zarephath and we can learn the following lessons from their encounter:

Obey God

When the Cherith Brook dried up, God told Elijah, "Go to Zarephath and live there.  I have commanded a widow to provide for you."

Elijah responded obediently for he arose and went to Zarephath. (1 Kings 17:8-10) 

He did not complain to God that he had moved from where he was when he prophesied about the drought to King Ahab to go to the Brook Cherith and now he had to move again since it had dried and go to Zarephath which was in Sidon. 

Therefore obey God’s instructions because He is the one Who knows what He has planned for your future.


Bible study for women 1 Kings Prophet Elijah

When Elijah arrived at the Zarephath city gate, he found a widow gathering sticks and asked her to bring him some water to drink. 

The widow obediently stopped doing what she had been doing and went to get him water. (1 Kings 17:10-11)

This widow's act of obedience was itself a sacrifice because Elijah asked her for water which was a scarce commodity at that time due to the drought. This drought had affected a large area because Elijah later told her 'The bin of flour shall not be used up and the jar of oil shall not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.'" (1 Kings 17:14) This shows us the earth was affected by the drought and not just King Ahab's territory.

Therefore be obedient when God asks you to do something even if it is uncomfortable for you to do so for To obey God is better than sacrifice and to heed Him is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)

Galatians 6 10



Galatians 6 10 As we therefore have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.


Galatians 6:10 says, "Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all and especially to those who are of the household of faith."

This shows us that we have to perform acts of kindness to all people but favor our fellow Christians. 

One way you can do this is by supporting Christian businesses through purchasing their goods and services. 



3 Benefits of Supporting Christian Businesses



Benefits of Supporting Christian Businesses
1. You will be obeying the Word of God
When you purchase products and services from Christian businesses, you are obeying Galatians 6:10 by doing good to those who are of the household of faith. 




2. You may be spreading the Word of God
The Bible tells us that Paul stayed with Aquila and Priscilla And worked because they were all tentmakers by occupation and he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath. (Acts 18:3-4)  

Thus we can see that Paul made tents which he sold to support himself as he preached the Word of God. Aquila and Priscilla were partners in his ministry because they gave him accommodation and thus helped him in doing what God had called him to do. 

If you lived during their time and purchased goods or services from Paul's tentmaking business, you would have been supporting his ministry because he also says For you recall brethren our labor and hardship and how we worked night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you as we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God. (1 Thessalonians 2:9)

Therefore, if you buy products from a Christian business you may also be contributing to preaching the Word of God as it may also be the owner's tentmaking business.

For persons who spread the Word of God like preachers, evangelists and Christian bloggers like myself supporting us financially is very important because it allows us to spend less time working to get money to pay our bills and thus allows us to spend more time spreading the Word of God. 

Therefore, make it a point to buy goods and services offered by businesses run by Christians as it may be their tentmaking business even if they do not state it publicly.

N.B. A tentmaking business is defined as a business which supports a Christian financially as they do what God has called them to do.

To find Christian businesses that you can support visit https://jirahslist.com/ which is a Christian business directory. If you are a Christian who owns a business, you can also list your products and services there. 
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3. You will reap a reward
Jesus told his disciples, "Whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, I say to you that assuredly he will by no means lose his reward. (Mark 9:41) 

We can see a good example of this from the Shunammite woman who Said to her husband, "I know that this is a holy man of God ... please let us make a small upper room and put a bed, table, chair and lampstand there for him so that whenever he comes to us, he can rest in there.' (2 Kings 4:9-10)

One day as Elisha rested in the upper room the Shunammite woman had made for him, he told his servant Gehazi to call her and he asked her what he could do for her. Though she did not give Elisha an answer, Gehazi told him that she did not have a son. Elisha thus prophesied to her saying, "Around this time next year you shall embrace a son" and she did.(2 Kings 4:11-17)

Thus we can see that because she supported Elisha because he was a holy man of God, this Shunammite woman received a reward of a son.

Therefore if you support businesses owned by Christian ministers simply because they are run by men and women of God, you will also reap a reward. 

So make it a point to spend your money in Christian businesses because you will be making an investment in the Kingdom of God and you will by no means lose your reward(Mark 9:41)

To start you off, you can visit https://gumroad.com/l/partnerwithus to support Christian Stress Management and then visit https://jirahslist.com/ where you will find a listing of products and services  offered by Christian businesses that you can also support. 


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As you heed Galatians 6:10 and do good especially to those who are of the household of faith, do not get discouraged if you do not reap your reward quickly for Galatians 6:9 tells us Let us not grow weary while doing good because in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9)



Do you have a "Tentmaking" Christian business? Tells us about it in the comments section below and list it at JirahsList.com



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*Who can pray effectively?
*How can I pray effectively?
*When can I pray effectively?
*Where can I pray effectively?
*What can I use to pray effectively?





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How Can I Pray Effectively Part 4






How Can I Pray Effectively part 4


Our Christian book for this month is How to Pray Effectively since the National Prayer Day is observed on the first Thursday of May and will be held on May 2, 2019 and May 7, 2020 and May 6, 2021.


How to Pray Effectively is a Bible study which uses practical examples from the Bible to show you the things you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions:



*Who can pray effectively?
*How can I pray effectively?
*When can I pray effectively?
*Where can I pray effectively?
*What can I use to pray effectively?





How to Pray Effectively Book Excerpt
How Can I Pray Effectively? Part 4

To pray effectively, you have to do the following:

Praise God

The Bible tells us that At midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and praising God while imprisoned. Suddenly there was an earthquake and the foundations of the prison were shaken. All the doors were opened and all the prisoner’s chains were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26)

If you want to pray effectively, you have to praise God because we can see from Paul’s example that combining praising God with prayer can achieve great results since God is enthroned in the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3)
We can also see that when King Jehoshaphat was praying after his country was attacked, he begun by praising God for He said, “O Lord God of our Fathers, are You not God in heaven? Do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the earth? In Your hand is there not power and might so that no one can withstand You?” (2 Chronicles 20:6)
By asking these questions in his prayer, Jehoshaphat was praising God for being in control in heaven and in all the kingdoms on the earth. He was also praising God for being so powerful that no one could resist Him including the Ammonites, Moabites and people from Mount Seir who had attacked the Israelites.
King Jehoshaphat also placed the choir that was singing praises to God in front of the Israelite army when they were going to position themselves in the battlefield. As a result of their praises, God caused the enemy armies to fight each other and the Israelites won.
Therefore make it a point to always begin your prayer sessions by singing praise and worship songs because we are to Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. (Psalm 11:4) Then, continue to praise God as you pray by enthroning Him as God over your situation by declaring that He is still in control of your situation even if it has left your control.
At midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and praising God. (Acts 16:25)

Thank God


The Bible tells us that In every situation combine prayer with supplication and thanksgiving as you make your requests known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

So, if you want to pray effectively, you have to thank God after asking Him for what you need.
Emulate Jesus Who thanked His Heavenly Father when He was praying for Lazarus’ resurrection for He said, “Father I thank you because You have heard me.” (John 11:42) His prayer was answered and Lazarus woke up and walked away from his tomb.
Jesus also thanked God before He miraculously fed 5000 men with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. (John 6:11) His thanksgiving worked wonders because 12 baskets of leftovers were collected after these men and their families were fed.
Therefore as you pray, thank God for the blessings that He has already given you in the past and for those you are expecting to receive in the future. Thank Him also for listening to your prayers and even when you are waiting for your answers to come, Continue earnestly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2) 
Do not be anxious about anything. In every situation combine prayer and supplication with thanksgiving as you make your requests known to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Remind God

The Bible tells us that, Remember now O Lord I beg You how I have lived before you in truth and with a perfect heart and how I have done what was right in Your sight. (Isaiah 38:3)
If you want to pray effectively, remind God of the good things you have done.
We can see that when King Hezekiah became sick, God sent his Prophet Isaiah to tell him to set his house in order because he was going to die. Hezekiah then turned to the wall and prayed, “Remember now O Lord I beg You how I have lived before you in truth and with a perfect heart and how I have done what was right in Your sight.” (Isaiah 38:3)
God responded to his prayer by sending Isaiah back to Hezekiah to tell him that He had heard his prayer, seen his tears and added 15 more years to his life. (Isaiah 38:1-5)
We can also see another example of this from the centurion whose servant was sick because when he sent Jewish elders to ask Jesus to come and heal him, they reminded Jesus of the centurion’s good works for they said, “He loves our nation and he has built us a synagogue.” (Luke 7:5)
Therefore, when you are praying, remind God of the good things that you have done not because God needs to be reminded, but because it serves to boost your faith.
For example if you have been helping the less fortunate members of your society, remind God of your acts and what His Word says for it is written, “Blessed is the person who considers the poor because the Lord will deliver them from trouble, preserve them and keep them alive. They will be blessed on earth and God will not deliver them to the will of their enemies. God will strengthen them when they are sick and sustain them on their sickbed.” (Psalm 41:1-3)
In addition to reminding God of the good things you have done, you can also remind Him of the good things He has done for you especially if they are relevant to the problem you are praying for.
We can see this after King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were attacked because he prayed, “Are You not our God who drove out the inhabitants of this land and gave it to the seed of Abraham your friend forever? And they dwelt here and built You a sanctuary?” (2 Chronicles 20:7-8) By reminding the Israelites that God is the One Who had defeated the people who had been living in their Promised Land, Jehoshaphat was also telling them that God was also able to defeat those who were attacking them.
Therefore, also remind God of what He has done for you in the past with regard to the issue that you are now praying about. Do this not because God has forgotten, but to strengthen your faith in Him.
Remember O Lord how I have lived before you in truth and with a perfect heart and how I have done what was right in your sight. (Isaiah 38:3)

To learn more read How to Pray Effectively which uses practical examples from the Bible to teach you 20 things that you should do to ensure your prayers are answered. This Christian prayer book also answers the following questions:
*Who can pray effectively?
*How can I pray effectively?
*When can I pray effectively?
*Where can I pray effectively?
*What can I use to pray effectively?







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