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Saturday, December 1st, '18

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WHAT YOU BEHOLD IS WHAT YOU BECOME

"And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life..." (1 Kings 19:3)

 

Notice the words, when Elijah "saw that". Wicked queen Jezebel had made a public threat to kill the prophet and Elijah "saw" it. Now I don't know how you "see" a threat, except that the words that entered his ears became a word picture that filled his imagination. The faith principle of "seeing before believing" also works in the negative as a fear principle. Elijah "saw that". He pondered it, went to sleep and woke up with a picture in his mind. The picture always becomes a profession. He started to rehearse by mind and mouth his fear and soon panic took over. Job confessed, "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me..." (Job 3:25) Self-perception becomes a self-prophecy. Next thing, the prophet of Mount Carmel is hiding in a cave.

 

How do you go from Carmel to the cave?...by misjudging the man in the mirror. Our title says what we behold we become. When Peter's focus was on Christ he became like Christ and walked on the water; when he beheld the choppy seas his self-image became equally choppy. When Elijah saw himself in God's hands he called fire down on the altar; when he saw himself in Jezebel's hands he slumped under the juniper tree. Notice Elijah "went for his life". Jesus said that those who find their life shall lose it. When we see ourselves crucified with Christ and "hid with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3) then we need not fear Jezebel's threats. After all, how is she going to kill a dead man? The cure for fear is to know our rightful position and authority in Christ then renew our minds accordingly. Focus allows no room for fear, "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:2) Eyes focused on one thing cannot see many things. Focus on your calling and you won't feel a need to compare with other men's callings. It always goes back to what you behold is what you become.

 

 "Let thine eyes look right on, and thine eyelids look straight before thee" (Proverbs 4:25). Satan plans distraction for our reaction. He seeks to keep us in constant conflict, in panic mode, what if this happens or that happens, is this one for me or against me, why is that person staring? When Elijah started looking both ways, at God and at Jezebel, then he froze. It is like the cow that stood between two hay bales and starved to death for not making up her mind. Elijah was the most potent prophet in the Bible as far as getting answers to prayers, shaking the religious establishment and causing chaos in Ahab and Jezebel's wicked kingdom. But when he "saw" the phantoms lurking in his own hyped imagination he immediately became ineffective. God had to refocus his attention with a strong wind, an earthquake, a fire and then a still small voice (1 Kings 19:11,12). God's wind and earthquake were a thousand times more powerful than Jezebel's huffing and puffing. The still small voice proved that God was in perfect composure even amid all the turbulence and threats. Refocused, Elijah's nerves were settled and a fresh anointing came upon him that inevitably led to Jezebel's ouster and demise. Don't let the enemy's words turn into images and pictures. Nip that in the bud. See yourself the way God sees you and keep that focus, because what you behold is what you become.


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