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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 13, 2010 - The Meat That Strengthens

By F. Helen Jarvis

Have you ever languished like Elijah under some “juniper tree” of exhaustion, discouragement and despair? Take courage. The God who sent an angel to the prophet to feed him and encourage him still lives, still loves, still cares. He sees your despondency and He desires to give you exactly the help you need.

The account in 1 Kings 19:4-8 reveals that Elijah was physically exhausted and spiritually depressed. His spirits had sunk so low that he wanted to die then and there. But our Heavenly Father looked on him in pity. He did not berate His servant. He remembered that the prophet had been tested to the limit of human endurance, and so He sent an angel with food and drink. After eating and drinking, Elijah had a good sleep. Then the angel awakened him and gave him a second meal. And Elijah, after the second repast, journeyed 40 days and 40 nights “in the strength of that meat.”

Is there not a lesson here for all of us? Who has not become faint in the battle against sin, at some time or other? Who has not become weary in well-doing and been made to cry, like Elijah, “What’s the use?” Exhausted mentally, emotionally, spiritually and often physically, we have cast about for something that would refresh us.

This leads us to the Bible truth that reminds us, “Man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live” (Deuteronomy 8:3). Again, we recall the words of Jesus, “My flesh is meat indeed” (John 6:55), and, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

It is clear, therefore, that there is a nourishment greater than any we can obtain from earthly food. Could ordinary food and ordinary drink have given Elijah enough strength to make that 40-day trip to Mount Horeb? No, it was a supernatural provision that came to him in a divine manifestation of mercy, that day.

Natural laws cannot account for what happened. It was a miracle of God’s grace, and we need just such miracles today in our personal conflict with the powers of darkness.

We can learn a lesson from John 4:31-34 that will help us to appropriate these truths in a practical and positive way. We read that when the disciples brought food to Jesus, He refused it, saying, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” This puzzled the disciples, so He explained, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.”

In ministering to a needy soul and becoming a channel of blessing, Jesus had found a nourishment that sustained Him in a fashion that earthly food would never do. Have we learned this secret?

The anointing for Christian service gives a power and a purpose to life that makes life worth living. Purely natural things cannot refresh the spirit of the child of God in a satisfying measure. Earthly sources cannot replenish the strength that has been exhausted in spiritual labors. Neither food, amusement, relaxing interests, nor even rest is sufficient. We must go to Christ for the meat that satisfies. Only in Him, and in His Spirit, and in His Word, do we find needed strength and sustenance.

Many Christians will testify that the “uplift” that fully refreshed their spirit and met their need came in some spiritual touch from God — a new revelation of Christ, or a new understanding of the Book, or a special quickening through meditating on the goodness of the Lord, or perhaps it was a direct anointing of the Spirit in answer to prayer.

Oh, thank God for the meat that strengthens.

— Adapted from “The Meat That Strengthens,” originally published in the July 31, 1955, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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