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“Then the LORD said to Elijah, “Go and live in the village of Zarephath, near the city of Sidon. I have instructed a widow there to feed you.” So he went to Zarephath. As he arrived at the gates of the village, he saw a widow gathering sticks, and he asked her, “Would you please bring me a little water in a cup?” As she was going to get it, he called to her, “Bring me a bite of bread, too.” But she said, “I swear by the LORD your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” But Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid! Go ahead and do just what you’ve said, but make a little bread for me first. Then use what’s left to prepare a meal for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the LORD sends rain and the crops grow again!” So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her family continued to eat for many days. There was always enough flour and olive oil left in the containers, just as the LORD had promised through Elijah.” (1 Kings 17:8-16 NLT)

In this passage the widow was gathering enough to cook her last meal. She planned on this being her last day, this was the end. Elijah then comes along and, with a prophetic word, completely reverses her situation. What she thought was the end, was just the beginning.

Some of you reading this can relate, spiritually, to this widow. You’re at the bottom of your barrel, you just can’t seem to scrape up any more hope and any more energy, you feel like this is the end. The word God gave me for you is, what you think is the end, is just the beginning. The enemy has made a decision for your life but the courts of Heaven have reversed that decision. This is just the beginning. I dare you to take what little bit you have left and begin to work with that. As you do, things will begin to reverse in your spiritual life. God has a plan and a purpose for your life so if you are feeling like this is the end, then what’s going on in your life is not God.

Continue to push forward, what you think is the end, is just the beginning!

Author: Stephen Young

Stephen’s Gate is a weekly devotion that purposes to encourage people to live the victorious life God has called them to. Stephen grew up in a Christian home and was raised in Church. As a young boy he was very shy and never wanted to be the center of attention, however, he always had the desire to preach and minister to others. God called him into ministry in his late twenties and he has enjoyed every minute of it. Stephen previously served as an Assistant Pastor in Fort Fairfield, Maine before moving to Georgia. Stephen and Kristen have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful girls, Abigail and Sydney.

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