A New Revelation Of God

There are times when, to lead us on into new authority and blessings, God must liberate us from the container of our previous experiences. The Lord was passing by, but He was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, all of which were familiar symbols to Elijah. The Lord who caused these mighty manifestations was not in them. Elijah knew that the still small voice was God's. He realized that God doesn't reveal Himself only in powerful, miraculous ways. To look for God in only something big (valleys, churches, and conferences, highly visible leaders) maybe to miss Him, because He is often found gently whispering in the quietness of a humble heart. Are you listening for God? Step back from the noise and activity of your busy life and listen humbly and quietly for His guidance. It may come when you least expect it. For Elijah, mighty manifestations hads been signs of God's approval. But something new was at hand that requireed a fresh submission to the living God. A double portion of power was coming! The distinguishing characteristic of this new anointing would not only be seen in supernatural manifestations but in greater wisdom and compassion.
Eartquakes, fires, and storms - the signs that accompanied Elijah - are the signs of our times as well. But to enter the double portion, we must learn to recognize God's nearness when there are no earthquakes or storms to capture our attention. He demands we enter a more refined relationship with Him, one that is based on His love and the whisper of His word, not merely upon spiritual phenomena or the issues of our times. After the last sign, there came a gentle blowing (v.12 ). Elijah recognized this Holy silence: The presence of God was returning. Elijah wrapped his face in his mantle lest he look upon God ( v.13 ). Perhaps it was near this very site that Moses, five hundred years earlier, hid when the Lord passed by. Now it was Elijah's turn. Entering this eternal stillness was the person of God.
We too must learn to hear the voice of Him who rarely speaks audibly and observe the actions of Him who is otherwise invisible. Elijah would gain the courage to endure Jezebel's wrath the same way Moses faced the rage of Pharaoh: He endured, as seeing Him who is unseen ( Hebrews 11:27 ). We must learn to detect, without great signs, the still, small voice of God. He will not fight for our attention; He must be sought. He will not startle us; He must be perceived. It took no special skill to discern the earthquake, the fire, or the great storm. But to sense the holy quiet of God, our other activities must cease. In our world of great pressures and continual distractions, the attention of our hearts must rise to the invisible world of God's Spirit. we must learn to see Him who is unseen.

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