Life Lesson 10 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Life Lesson 10 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Life Lesson 10 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

God Uses Imperfect People

As the widow displayed her obedience by going to get the water, Elijah called out to her and gave her the next instructions when he asked her to bring him a piece of bread. (1 Kings 17:11)

This shows us that when God speaks to us either directly through prayer and His Word or indirectly through His prophets, we have to obey the first set of instructions He gives us if we want Him to move on and give us the next set of instructions.

We can also see that this obedience does not even have to be in actually doing the thing but in preparing to do it because the widow did not actually bring Elijah water, she displayed her obedience by Going to get it. (1 Kings 17:11)

Therefore when God asks you to do something, begin taking the necessary steps for doing it because obedience to the first set of instructions can lead to the next set of instructions where your miracle may lie like in this woman's case for her miracle was in being provided with food and not water, during the famine.

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Christian Teenage Stress Management

Christian Teenage Stress Management

This blog post on Christian Teenage Stress Management is dedicated to answering the questions on top youth topics that I receive from youth who are stressed. Please book mark the page as I will be adding new content as I answer more teen stress questions by using principles from the Bible, medical relaxation techniques and life skills adapted from the book Managing Stress for Teens by Dr. Miriam Kinai.
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Top Youth Topics - How to Pass an Exam

Christian Teenage Stress Management Question 1 by Youth
How to pass my exam?

Answer by Christian Counselor Dr. Miriam
To ensure you pass your exams, do the following:

1. Pray
Pray and ask God to help you just as He helped Daniel and his 3 friends For these four young men God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. (Daniel 1:17)

When their schooling was over, Nebuchadnezzar The king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (also known as Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego) … in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them 10 times better than all (Daniel 1:19-20) the other students.

We can also see that God also gave Bezalel wisdom and understanding to excel in his craft for He said, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri … and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge and in all manner or workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood and to work in all manner of workmanship.(Exodus 31:2-5)

Therefore pray and ask God to give you wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill so that you can pass your exams. For example you can pray the following prayer:
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to give me wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill so that I can pass my exams with flying colors.

2. Do your best
Do your best for Daniel distinguished himself … because an excellent spirit was in him. (Daniel 6:3) Therefore decide to excel in everything that you do from paying attention in class to doing your homework excellently and studying superbly.

This means that you must do the right thing at the right time even when your parents/guardians, teachers or prefects are not watching you. Do not hunch over your books and pretend to be studying regardless of whether you are in a day or boarding school because Daniel and his 3 friends were studying away from their parents and yet they excelled. 

3. Manage your time
Manage your time well to ensure you have a time to study … a time to sleep … a time to eat … a time to laugh … a time to keep silence (Ecclesiastes 3)

Ensure that you therefore wake up early in the morning to study instead of tossing in your bed for As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed. (Proverbs 26: 14)

4. Study consistently
Study consistently by setting specific study times each day and keeping them.
For the best results, summarize the key points of each topic from your class notes and textbooks in a revision exercise book each weekend while the lessons are still fresh in your mind as this will reduce your revision time when the exams draw near. E.g. In mathematics, write down the formulas for each topic with one example of how to apply it.  

As you study, take 15 minutes breaks after studying for 1-2 hours to rest and replenish your energy. You can take a walk, chat, eat, or drink water.

5. Sleep adequately
Sleep for 7 - 9 hours each night to rest your body and avoid sleep deprivation which results in poor concentration and low retention.

6. Commit your work to God
After you have done your best preparing for your exams Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. (Proverbs 16:3) To do this you can say the following prayer:
Heavenly Father I come to You in the name of Jesus and I commit all the work and studying I have done this term. I ask that You bless it dear Lord and help me to pass my exams.

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Why Am I Eating Manna Instead of Drinking Milk and Honey?

Why Am I Eating Manna Instead of Drinking Milk and Honey?

Have you being believing the Promises of God and yet you have not yet received them in your life?

If you have, learn from the Israelites why they had to eat Manna in the wilderness before they entered the Promised Land to drink their Milk and Honey.   

1. God may be training you
When the Israelites left Egypt, they knew that they were going to A land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 13:5) 

We can see Moses reminding them about this when he was telling them that they were to remember the day they left Egypt and not eat unleavened bread for 7 days (Exodus 13:3-7) for he said "When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service. (Exodus 13:5)

However after leaving Egypt, they first ate unleavened cakes baked from the dough they had carried from Egypt. (Exodus 13:39) 

Then, as they continued their journey to their Promised Land they found themselves in the Wilderness of Sin where they complained of hunger. 

God responded by telling Moses, "I have heard  the complaints of the Israelites. Tell them that 'At twilight you shall eat meat and in the morning you shall be filled with bread and you shall know that I am the Lord your God.'" (Exodus 16:11-12)

That evening, quail came and covered the camp and in the morning there was dew all around the camp and when it lifted, there Was a small, round substance which was as fine as the frost on the ground. (Exodus 16:13-14)

Thus God miraculously fed the Israelites in the wilderness with quail and manna so that the would know that He was the Lord their God. 

Therefore understand that God may be allowing you to go through the Manna Phase so that He can teach you certain aspects about Himself. These can be that He is a miracle working God or that He is Jehovah Jireh the God Who Provides even in the wilderness. 

2. God may be testing you
When the Israelites complained because they did not have food, God responded by telling Moses that He would rain bread from heaven and the people would go out to gather it every day except on the Sabbath. (Exodus 16:1-4) God did this for a reason for He says, so that I may test them to see whether they will walk in My law or not. (Exodus 16:4) 

Therefore if you are in a Manna Phase when you were expecting to be in a  Milk and Honey Phase understand that God maybe testing you.

So, if for example your finances are trickling in with just enough to cover your daily expenses instead of flowing in abundance to cover your yearly budget, know that God could be testing you to see whether you will walk in His ways by obeying His commandments in your hour of need or if you will walk away from Him and look for alternate sources too supply your needs. 

3. You are not ready
When Pharaoh let the Israelites go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines even though that was near for He said, "Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt." (Exodus 13:17)

So God led the Israelites around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea(Exodus 13:17)

Thus we can see that God led them through the route which kept them in the wilderness longer because they were not ready to fight.

This shows us that sometimes God can allow you to spend a longer time in the wilderness eating Manna because your character is not strong enough to handle the challenges ahead of you on the way to your Promised Land.

4. Other Reasons
There are many other reasons that can keep you in your wilderness instead of moving into your Promised Land. 

For example click on the link below for another reason:
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Therefore pray and ask God to reveal to you why you are still in the Manna Phase and to show you what you need to do to enter your Milk and Honey Phase.

Do you need to stop fearing waging spiritual war by prayer and fasting while putting on the armor of God?

Or do you need to know Him in a deeper level by experiencing His Power?

Or do you need to master how to resist temptation?

Or do you need to stop complaining, murmuring and speaking against God because this made most of that generation of Israelites to die in the wildernesss in their Manna Phase.

Or do you need to repent because you disobeyed God like Moses who struck the rock instead of speaking to it and as a result he died without entering the Promised Land?

Only God knows the real reason you are eating Manna in the Wilderness instead of drinking Milk and Honey in your Promised Land. Therefore pray and ask Him to show you the reason and what you can do about it.

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Life Lesson 9 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Life Lesson 9 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Life Lesson 9 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Give To Receive

Another principle that we can learn from this poor widow is that of Give and it shall be given back to you a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing. (Luke 6:38)
This woman gave flour and oil to Elijah by feeding him and in return she received a good measure of the flour and oil because she, her son and Elijah Ate for many days (1 Kings 17:15) for the Bin of flour was not used up and the jar of oil did not dry up according to the word which God spoke through Elijah. (1 Kings 17:16)   
Therefore if want something, give of what you have so that you can receive what you want. 
Note that this principle applies for tangible things like food and money and it also works for intangible things like love and patience.

Understand also that in some situations you may be the one to start giving to a servant of God before they ask you to give. If you want to apply this principle to your life and you do know which servant of God to give to, simply ask God to show you. 

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Life Lesson 8 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Life Lesson 8 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Life Lesson 8 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

Believe in God

This poor widow was not an Israelite and yet God chose to perform this great miracle of feeding her and her son during the famine through His prophet Elijah because of her faith.

We know this because when Jesus was rejected by His people in the synagogue in Nazareth after he preached and they asked, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22), He told them, “A prophet is not accepted in his country” (Luke 4:24) and then He went on to tell them that “There were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when it did not rain for 3 ½ years and there was a great famine but Elijah was not sent to any of them except to a widow in Zarephath.” (Luke 4:25)

By giving this example in this context Jesus was showing the people of Nazareth that this widow had faith in the God of Israel even though she was from Sidon and that is why God chose to send His prophet to her.

Therefore regardless of who you are or where you live, decide to have faith and believe in the God of Israel so that He can solve your problems and use you to achieve His purposes here on earth.  

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