made of; just to test and try you.
It wasn’t very long after Elijah predicted it was going to rain (and it came a deluge) until he wasoff sitting under a juniper tree, wishing he was dead, thinking he was the only one left servingGod.I will say this here, when God begins to give you supernatural discernment, supernatural gifts, thedevil is going to jump on you with all the power of his might.God has not said that discouragement won’t come; it will come to some of you ministers, laymembers and servants of God; but there is one thing sure, God always has an angel at Hisdisposal that knows how to come and give you meat; or give you strength to last 40 long daysfrom just one meal.I started with Chapter 18, but in Chapter 19, Elijah is asleep under the juniper tree, wishing hecould die, when the angel touched him and said, “Elijah, rise and eat!” The angel had built a fireand charbroiled him a steak! He had prepared it just for him, and Elijah ate this and went in thestrength of it forty days and forty nights; from that one meal that God sent him from heaven! OhGlory!This ought to encourage every one of you preachers, who might be discouraged.Some preachers have asked me, “How many chairs do you have under your tent?”I always reply, “I don’t know. I haven’t counted them. God didn’t call me to count chairs. I haven’ttime to count them. God called me to preach the Gospel! These chairs aren’t bothering me. Whatis bothering me is the people sitting on the chairs. They need help; they need deliverance. I amnot so concerned about how many chairs there are under the tent as I am about the peoplesitting in these chairs, bound, tied and fettered, diseased and afflicted. They must have a miraclein their body, in their soul, in their mind and in their spirit.”
ARE YOU DISCOURAGED?
God promised me that He is going to do it through my life, through my ministry, and through yourlife and your ministry. But remember this, some of you have tried and have been discouraged.You come under this tent and look at its size, then you see all these beautiful shiny vans outthere and say, “Oh, My, the Lord is just so good to some people. Why doesn’t He do this for me?”There was a time when I used to look at a tent. It wasn’t as large as this one; it was only aboutone third as large as this one, but it was the largest one I had ever seen. I thought, too, “Oh Lord,you are so good to this preacher. He has trucks, and lots of chairs, and is preaching to suchcrowds of people.” I was actually discouraged, but the Lord spoke to me while I sat on a backseat of that man’s platform and said, “Son, 13 years ago, I called you to do this. I met you in aprayer closet and told you to do this; in a time of fasting and prayer, I gave you a list of things todo - 13 things that stood between you and the miracle working power of God in your life. Youhave obeyed to a certain extent and have already marked many things off of the list, but you stillhave a part of that list that is left. If you had obeyed me when I told you to, 13 years ago, I wouldhave done this for you thirteen years ago!”