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New American Standard Bible
Elijah Predicts Drought
1Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.” 2The word of the LORD came to him, saying, 3“Go away from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4“It shall be that you will drink of the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to provide for you there.” 5So he went and did according to the word of the LORD, for he went and lived by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 6The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he would drink from the brook. 7It happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land.
I’ve posted the same scripture because I believe the Holy Spirit wants to teach us a few things from this chapter from 1 Kings. A couple of details. The word ‘Cherith’ means ‘to separate’, and ‘East’ references Jesus. After giving Ahab the prophetic word about the drought the Lord spoke to Elijah to go east and hide himself by the brook Cherith. If we are going to be healthy enough spiritually for God to use us as His spokesman in this generation, we must develop a habit of hiding away, and separating ourselves alone with Jesus. When Elijah dwelt by the brook, the Lord fed him supernaturally. This is what the Lord wants to do with us. He wants us to hide away in the presence of Jesus so that He can feed us supernaturally, so that nourished by the words of His mouth we can go forth with a fresh and expanded anointing. It’s at our Cherith that God speaks into our personal lives words that heal, encourage, and impart faith. It is also here that God impregnates the womb of our spiritual ears with the intentions of Heaven. Find a rhythm in your life where you regularly hide away by your Cherith. If we are called to ” live by the words that proceed out of His mouth,” then Cherith is where we are fed those words of life. Have a great day looking for Jesus disguised in the Poor, and the Poor in Spirit.