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Monday, May 21, 2012

YOU CAN OUTRUN CHARIOTS by Gary Wilkerson

 Sorry for the lay out, did what I could, well worth a read anyway.
 
David Wilkerson Today
 
 
 
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
 
 
 
YOU CAN OUTRUN CHARIOTS
 
by Gary Wilkerson
 
 
 
 
 
Jezreel was known as a city of chariots. It excelled
 in warfare because of its
 
vast fleet of iron vehicles made for swift
 movement in battle. Chariots
 
represent the strength of man. They signify the power to
 speed ahead with great
 
agility, the ability to accomplish something 
through a powerful, dominating
 
resource.
 
 
 
Today there is a "chariot lifestyle" — one of comfort and ease, 
where all our
 
needs are provided. If we need something, we write a check for it.
 If we want to
 
do something, we go ahead and do it.
 
 
 
To a Christian, the chariot lifestyle can have great appeal.
 In the world's
 
standard of success, we see impressive "chariots" and "stallions."
These are
 
the means, the material wealth, that provide people with ease
, security and
 
comfort at all times.
 
 
 
But the servant of God does not seek those things primarily.
 Instead, he seeks
 
to obey his Master's voice and pursue the concerns
 of His kingdom. The
 
Christian learns early in his faith walk that by pursuing
 the Lord first, "all
 
these things will be added to him" (Matthew 6:33).
 
 
 
This same believer sometimes may find himself without the 
needed resources to
 
do certain things for his family. He doesn't see his
 calling or ministry being
 
fulfilled, so he is tempted to think, "The resources
 are out there, and the
 
world is using them to great effect but I don't have any
 of them. I need them
 
to accomplish God's work. How can I get hold of them?"
 
 
 
Elijah knew better than to look to the world's resources.
 Imagine the scene as
 
he addressed King Ahab. There stood the king,
 perched high in his brilliant
 
chariot, towering over the lowly prophet.
 Yet Elijah spoke boldly to Ahab:
 
“Prepare your chariot and go down” (1 Kings 18:44, ESV).
 
 
 
Next we read, "The hand of the Lord was on Elijah, 
and he gathered up his
 
garment and ran before Ahab to . . . Jezreel" (1 Kings 18:46).
 God's man outran
 
a chariot over a distance of many miles! How did Elijah
 accomplish this? The
 
phrase "gathered up his garment" means, essentially,
 “to gird up your
 
loins” which means that he prepared himself.
 
 
 
The apostle Paul tells us we have been called by God to 
run a race. Peter
 
refers to this race also when he tells us to gird up the
 loins of our mind.
 
He's saying we need to prepare ourselves for the contest by
 reinforcing our
 
belief and trust in the Lord. When you see chariots in front
 of you carrying
 
people swiftly toward their goals, don't despair.
 Do not be dismayed at the
 
power they have and you lack. God has a different way for you.
 When you set
 
your eyes on the Father and let His powerful hand come upon you,
 you too can
 
outrun chariots.
 
 

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