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SOME MIRACLES CANNOT WAIT, GOD HAS TO PROVE HIMSELF NOW.
BUT YOU CANNOT ASK GOD TO PROVE HIMSELF IF YOU DON’T BELONG TO HIM.
I PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE YOU THE GRACE TO HOLD TIGHT TO GOD IN PRAYERS UNTIL HE ANSWERS YOU TODAY.
Pastor E. A. Adeboye at RCCG Special Sunday Service. Going Higher (Part 30)
‘God Please Manifest Yourself’
1 Kings 18:36
We looked at the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, today we want to go on to the next thing Elijah said. Elijah was saying in his prayers Lord God Almighty prove yourself that you are who you say you are. Prove yourself like you said in Genesis 17:1, that you are El-Shaddai, the God who is more than enough. Prove yourself to be the Almighty. Psalms 91:1, tells us that you are the Most High and the Almighty.
Almighty means that there is nothing you cannot do, Jeremiah 42:27. God prove today that there is nothing too hard for you to do. This is why I am praying that God who can do anything will prove himself in your life and every impossibility in your life will become possible today.
Prove yourself that you are the maker and controller of all things. Genesis 1:9-10, it is recorded that you made the sea so you are the controller of the sea. According to Job 38:8-11, you told the sea that this is how far you can go, you cannot go further.
You proved in Exodus 14:21-28, you told your servant to life up his hands and the Red Sea parted. You made the sea and you are the controller of the sea.
Genesis 1:14-18, you created the sun and the moon, the greater light to rule the day and the lesser to rule the night and you proved that you are the controller of both the sun and the moon.
Joshua 10:12-14, when Joshua asked the sun to stay and the moon to remain stationary, you brought it to pass.
We know in Isaiah 38:1-8, that the Almighty God can even ask the sun to go backward, you are the Almighty prove yourself.
It is interesting when you find out that there is nowhere in the Bible where it says He created fire because he is fire. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:29, that our God is a consuming fire. I am sure Elijah must be telling God, you are fire, you have come down before in Exodus 3:1-6, when you wanted to speak to Moses you came down as a fire burning in the bush and the bush was not burning and you have proved it again and again that you are the controller of fire. When they threw Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, the fire didn’t burn them so Elijah was saying to God, you don’t change, you said so in Exodus 3:14. Leviticus 9:8-24, when Aaron presented an offering before the Almighty God, He sent down fire to receive it so Elijah was saying to God, prove yourself, do what you have done before, do it again.
There is something more serious in his prayer, he said show this day, not tomorrow, prove yourself today that you are God in Israel. I believe that there is a lot to learn from his prayer. Some miracles can wait for one year. Genesis 18:9-14, when God decreed that Sarah will have a son, she had to wait for nine months for Isaac to show up.
2 Kings 4:8-17, Elisha decreed that the Shunammite woman will have a son, she had to wait for nine months for the miracle to come to pass. Some miracles can wait for a year, some a month.
1 Samuel 17:1-16, 51, you will see that Goliath terrorized Israel for forty days before the miracle came. I hope somebody is listening to me very closely, some miracles can wait for a week.
John 11:1-51, Lazarus was sick, they sent a message to Jesus Christ, He heard, stayed where he was for another two days before he arrived. By the time he arrived, this fellow had been dead and buried for four days, the two days of waiting plus the four days of burial that is six days and yet the miracle came. Some miracle can wait for twenty-four hours, 2 Kings 7:1-11, when there was a siege at Samaria and Elisha prophesied and said by this time tomorrow, there will be an abundance of food and nobody will want to buy, they will just go and collect. Twenty-four hours came and what he prophesied came to pass, some miracles can wait for twenty-four hours.
Some miracles cannot wait, it has to be now, prove yourself, that is what Elijah was saying. I am standing alone before these angry crowds ready to take me to pieces, God you better do something now. When David ran to meet Goliath, if he had missed that first stone, we won’t be telling the story we are telling now. Matthew 14, when Peter was walking on water to meet Jesus Christ and he began to sink and he cried to God and said help. If Jesus had said don’t worry, your miracle can come tomorrow, the story we are telling now will be a different one.
Once Shadrach Meshach and Abednego landed in the fiery furnace, if God was not there already to take care of their situation, the story will be different.
Mark 10:46-52, when Jesus was passing by and Bartimaeus was begging God for help and shouting it was because he knew that it is either now or never so I am asking somebody this Sunday, when do you want your miracle because you can wait till next year, God will still be on His Throne, or wait a month, a week, God is still a miracle-working God but some miracles must happen immediately, prove yourself now, when it is time to pray that should be your prayer, God I know you are the controller of times and seasons, this very day you must answer me now.
In Genesis 32, when an angel appeared to Jacob and started wrestling with him, the Angel said let me go, he said if you don’t answer me now by tomorrow I will be dead. Some miracles can’t wait.
I pray for every one of you listening to me today that God will give you the grace to hold tight to God in prayers until He answers you today.
Prove yourself oh Lord this day, that is what Elijah said if the fire did not fall that moment, that would have been the end of the story for Elijah, he went on to say prove to these people that I am your servant, give me your backing, that is what he was saying.
Many of us are serving God in spirit and truth, there is nothing bad in saying, Lord prove to the world that I am serving you, prove to those who are asking where is my God, show them you are right behind me, give me your backing, prove it, Lord. Elijah was saying give me your backing like you gave to Moses in Exodus 3:7-12.
Prove yourself, give me your backing the way you gave it to Joshua in Joshua 1:1-8, you told Joshua as I was with you, so will I be with Moses, now you are with Moses and Joshua, be with me, give me your backing. Let people know that everything I am doing is for your glory.
Isaiah 61:1-3, it is written that you give beauty for ashes it is so that you may be glorified. Lord, why am I asking you to prove yourself in my life today? It is so that you may be glorified, not because of me, Elijah was saying Lord the reason we are having this competition is because of you. I want you to pray today like you have never prayed before, tell the Almighty God I am nothing if I am put to shame that is nothing but you cannot afford to be put to shame, you are the Almighty and the whole world knows that I am called by your name, prove yourself so that you may be glorified.
I have a deep feeling within me that if you really call on Him, He will answer you.
You can’t ask Him to prove himself if you don’t belong to Him, He can only prove himself on behalf of those who are his children, that is why if that is the only reason why you must give your life to Jesus Christ, do so now, it is only when you belong to him that you can call on him to prove himself. If you are anywhere listening to me and you want to say to God before the sunset today, I want a testimony then surrender your life to Jesus now.
Call on Him to please have mercy on you, to forgive your sins, save your souls, become your Lord and Saviour, to receive you into His family, call on Him to save your soul, He is willing to do so.
God Bless you!