By Pastor Trevor Springate ....
1 Kings 17:2–6 (NLT): Then the Lord said to Elijah, “Go to the east and hide by Kerith Brook, near where it enters the Jordan River. Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food.” So Elijah did as the Lord told him and camped beside Kerith Brook, east of the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat each morning and evening, and he drank from the brook.
God told Elijah to go to a place and receive, because God had already commanded the blessing. So Elijah went to the place and received. He did not have to fight for it, beg God in prayer for it, or get a crowd of people to pray on his behalf, he didn’t even have to fast. Because Elijah followed Gods will, the path God had for him. All he had to do was stay on that path and get to the place to receive. If he for some reason Elijah veered off that path, and did not get to that destination he would of missed out, for God had commanded the blessing beforehand.
If you are in a place and not receiving, finding you are fighting a battle and not getting anywhere, even going backwards and wondering where God is in all of this, then maybe, just maybe you have taken the wrong path and need to get back on the right track again to receive. God wants you to receive more than you do, not receiving is not Gods fault, it is usually ours.
Acts 1:4–5 (NLT): Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem and they will receive. I wonder how many did not stay, got off track and missed out on the first baptism of the Holy Spirit?
If you do get off track, wonder off the path, understand this, God is always there, He will direct you back on track, if you let Him. We sometimes think we know a better way, but it often leads us into dray places, where were have our backs against the wall and find we have to fight for survival, so it seems. I found for some reason it is always easier to fight a spiritual battle when on the right path for God.