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PFO preached a sermon titled, Sound of Abundance, on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Scripture was taken from 1 Kings 18:41, which says “And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.” Sound is a series of waves that pass through to the medium of the ear. Sound can convey unbelievable, implausible and unconceivable things to the people of God if they are able to hear some of the incredible messages God wants to relay to us. In the spirit realm, a sound of abundance is a decree, not just a sound wave.
We need to be careful regarding what we are listening to or what we are hearing. “The sounds that you hear will complement the voice that you will also incline your ear to”. In 1 Kings 18:1, God had instructed Elijah to show himself to Ahab and tell him that He would send rain on the earth. In verse 41, Elijah believed God and relayed this message to Ahab that there would be an abundance of rain despite an ongoing drought in the area. With the abundance of rain would be abundance of harvest. Food (e.g. flour, barley) that used to be scarce and expensive will now be sold for a cheaper price since they will become available in abundance.
From Elijah having to relay this message in a season of lack, there are three (3) main things we can learn from this story.
1) We need to rebuke the negative. Ahab’s officer questioned Elisha’s message. In response, Elisha rebuked the officer and told him he would see but not eat of the food (or the abundance). We see a similar scenario play out in Matthew 16:23 where Jesus had to sharply rebuke Peter for disbelieving that Jesus would need to suffer, die and resurrect. Peter, like the officer, became a stumbling block, to the message. He was mindful of things of man, not things of God. He was concerned with the safety and concern for Jesus, rather than the fulfillment of God’s purpose for Jesus’ life. A purpose that would save man an entire world.
2) We need to be bold and courageous. Elisha need to be bold to declare the message to the King. He could easily have been crippled by fear when all evidence showed what was contrary to his message. We need to be bold to declare what God has deposited in our hearts. “Our performance has to do with whether we function in faith or in fear.“ Fear freezes, faith releases. Fear cripples the most able, faith empowers the least able.” God commands the same of Joshua, for Joshua to be bold and courageous. We need to exercise boldness with faith to activate the supernatural.
3) We need to be prayerful. Elijah spent a great deal of time laboring in prayer which allowed him to hear the spirit; to hear beyond the natural. This led him to a position of delivery where He could deliver a message that only God knew (in the supernatural). At the end of the day, God would be glorified. This message would bring hope and blessing not only himself, but a whole nation. “Every time you pray, you are putting pressure on the spirit realm, and you are loading the cloud that is bringing your blessing with expectancy.”
Sometimes we find ourselves in a season of drought, and are seeking and trusting God for an oasis of water. We often here the adage, “Things are not always what they seem.” We may see lack, but God sees abundance. If we rebuke the negative, are bold and courageous and are prayerful, God will reveal the sound of abundance to us. We do not need to live in fear, but need to exercise a faith that releases. We need to activate the supernatural.