Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:11

How You Can Avoid a Cave-In

Written by  Bill McNeese, Harvest Family Church
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God wants His children avoiding cave-ins. I’m not so much referring to a physical cave, but there may be something that has caused you to retreat into a cave of depression or discouragement. The good news is that you can come up and out of that cave of defeat and begin to walk in the freedom of the victory that is yours in Christ.

 

Many of us at some point have lived in a place where we feel trapped, in a cave of hopelessness. You may be dealing with oppression in your mind, with negative circumstances that tempt you to despair, or with destructive habits in your life.

 

But thank God, whatever cave you may happen to be in today, God wants to bring you out of it. He wants you avoiding a cave-in!

 

God is a good God, and His Word reveals that He is a deliverer, a restorer, and a caring Father who wants His children free from any bondage they may be experiencing. God wants you to be fruitful, blessed, and walking in victory again.

 

I want to look at an account in Elijah’s life from 1 Kings 19. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, had sworn to kill Elijah. He had just experienced a great victory when he slew 450 prophets of Baal. But after Jezebel’s threat, Elijah ran for his life. He ran under a juniper tree and prayed that hemight die. After the angel ministered to him he then entered a cave in verse 9 where he began expressing his despair to the Lord, “Lord I have served you faithfully...and I am alone being the only one who hasn’t bowed his knee to Baal.” (vv,9-10 paraphrase) Notice that Elijah’s perspective got all warped and twisted. That’s what discouragement can do to you. God later revealed in verse 18, “I have 7000 that haven’t bowed their knee to Baal.” But Elijah was down and ready to quit. He had reached a low point in this cave, and there was a cave-in ahead. But God revealed to him that he still had a wonderful plan ahead for Elijah.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 reveals that God is thinking good thoughts toward you which involve a wonderful future and a hope. God’s promise of victory, deliverance, and divine purpose still belonged to Elijah. You may find yourself in a cave of discouragement, feeling hopeless; but God still has a plan for your life. You can still do great things for God, be productive, and experience victory in life.  Also, realize that the promises of God are as true today as they’ve ever been, and your circumstances don’t change the Word of God.

 

When you yield to discouragement and depression it blinds you to the truth of God’s Word. This is what happened to Elijah. When this happens to someone, even a Christian, the tendency is to see the negative, and not see the great promises of God. A combination of discouragement, self-pity, and despair is enough to cause a loss of perspective and therefore the temptation to retreat into a cave where you begin to walk by sight and not by faith.

 

But, thank God, Elijah was willing to hear the voice of the Lord. Today, we have God’s voice - it’s His Word, the “more sure Word of Prophecy” (II Peter 1:19). We also have the still small voice of the inward witness (Romans 8:16). We need to avail ourselves also of sound Bible teaching in a solid local church. That puts us in an important position of hearing God’s voice as well. God’s Word needs to be the final authority in our lives, especially if we are having a cave-in experience.

 

Elijah came out of that cave and is used by James in the New Testament as an example of a righteous man who’s prayers avail much (James 5:16-18). You may be in a place right now, in a cave of some kind where it seems like there is no hope of coming out. But know this, God’s promises are still true, God loves you with an everlasting love, He has a bright future for you, and He will turn your hopelessness into a great deliverance.

 

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Bill McNeese is senior pastor of Harvest Family Church, located at 7245 Copperfield Drive, in Montgomery.

 

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