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Steve Wilber - "gods Provision"…; (elijah) 1987-07-28

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+++Title: "God's Provision For His Children"
+++Speaker: Steve Wilber
+++Date: 1987-07-28
+++Venue: Pinecrest Summer Bible Conference, 1987. Tues night meeting.

---A message from the life of Elijah (I Ki. 17). Steve has shared more about this Bible passage than any other.

---4 minutes- Jesus touched people with His word as well as with His hand. Our mothers touch us with their hand when we are immature, but this shifts into words once we are mature. (Helps to explain why revivals are of limited duration. Man lives ...by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.)

---7 min - Sandy Hayden gets a mention here.

---15 min - Having the "substance" of God in your life. Steve refers to Sister Beall's sermon on Samson. It had an eternal quality that you never grew tired of hearing, because of the divine life that was in it.

---17 min - The sheer loveliness of His dwelling place TURNS US AROUND from that which drives us toward the platform and toward the pulpit. There is a terrific thrust toward public-ness where everything is seen.

---Elijah can do miracles, but he quickly retires back to the HIDDEN PLACE. No miracle crusade for him. Remarks about God's secret "Presence Chamber".

---22 min - You have to bring your own cheese to Pinecrest.

---24 min - "What is life without a wife?"

---28 - The necessity of God's presence. Steve has little confidence in the human mind or intellect. Nothing of value can be done without God's presence.

---34 - While society is under famine, the widow woman is kept alive. God can keep our soul alive after the current move of God fades. Indeed, the beauty of having the Brook Cherith dry up is that it throws us back on God.

---41 - The "Loaf Keeper" of Emmaus (Luke 24). Jesus is with them incognito. They go inside and He reaches over with a certain authority and seizes the loaf of bread and takes it in his hands. He's a stranger, but. being who he is, he really has the right to lay hold of the loaf of bread because "Lord" in Anglo-Saxon means the "loaf keeper". He's the lord of all the loaves; he fed the five thousand.

---42 - When the loaf goes into His hand, it undergoes some kind of a transformation, because when he gives it to them personally ...their eyes open and they recognize Him. This is the value of the Brook Cherith drying up.

---44 - Elijah's eating was dependent upon his hearing from God. The word of the Lord literally sustained him.

---46 - The widow and her son were "barrel scrapers", receiving just enough to scrape by one day at a time. Provision with humiliation.

---49 - The widow's son dies, but Elijah has undergone a progressive emptying. God has so filled him with LIFE that he stretches himself out three times on the child and sees resurrection.

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