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November 8, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AS YOU WATCH THIS PROGRAM ON YOUR TELEVISION AT HOME,
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  • OR ON YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN,
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  • PERHAPS YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A SEASON OF WAITING.
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  • YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE IS ON PAUSE
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  • AND YOU'RE DESPERATELY LONGING FOR SOMEONE
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  • TO PRESS THE PLAY BUTTON AGAIN.
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  • THOSE TIMES OF WAITING
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  • CAN BE SOME OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING SEASONS IN LIFE,
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  • BUT THEY CAN ALSO BE SOME OF THE MOST FRUITFUL.
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  • TODAY AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES,
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • I WANT TO SHOW YOU A TIME IN ELIJAH'S LIFE
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  • WHEN GOD ASKED HIM TO WAIT,
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  • AND HOW GOD ULTIMATELY USED THAT TIME FOR GOOD. MY MESSAGE
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  • TODAY IS TITLED "WAITING TIME ISN'T WASTED TIME",
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] MANY OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NAME ELIJAH
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  • BUT FEW OF US KNOW THE BOLD STANCE HE TOOK FOR GOD,
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  • NOR THE DETAILS OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NOW YOU CAN TRACE ELIJAH'S FOOTSTEPS WITH THE ELIJAH MAP,
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  • A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF THE KEY EVENTS IN ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • THIS COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCE WILL HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND
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  • HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE, JUST LIKE YOU AND ME,
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  • IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • GOD, AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE,
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  • WILL HAVE YOU IN A WAITING TIME.
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  • AND LAST TIME WE LOOKED AT THE BENEFITS OF WAITING ON GOD,
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  • FIRST OF ALL, WAITING REMINDS US OF OUR NEED FOR GOD.
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  • SOMETIMES AFTER WE'VE EXPERIENCED A GREAT FAILURE IN
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  • LIFE, OR EVEN A GREAT SUCCESS, WE NEED TO BE REMINDED
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  • OF OUR NEED FOR GOD, WAITING DOES THAT.
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  • SECONDLY, WAITING ALLOWS US TO RECHARGE OUR PHYSICAL,
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  • EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL BATTERIES.
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  • SOMETIMES WE NEED TO RENEW OURSELVES IN LIFE
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  • AND WAITING GIVES US ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT.
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  • AND THIRD, WE SAW WAITING PREPARES US
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  • FOR AN EVEN GREATER MISSION.
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  • SOMETIMES GOD HAS SOMETHING BETTER PLANNED FOR US
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  • THAT WE COULD NEVER EVEN IMAGINE,
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  • BUT WE NEED TO WAIT UNTIL GOD SAYS IT'S TIME.
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  • AND THAT WAS TRUE FOR ELIJAH.
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  • ELIJAH EXPERIENCED A WAITING TIME
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  • TO PREPARE HIM FOR A GREATER MISSION.
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  • LOOK AT I KINGS 17:1, NOTICE HOW ELIJAH
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  • JUST APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE ON THE SCENE
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  • AT A SIGNIFICANT TIME IN ISRAEL'S HISTORY.
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  • "NOW ELIJAH, THE TISHBITE,
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  • "WHO WAS OF THE SETTLERS OF GILEAD SAID TO KING AHAB,
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  • "'AS THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL LIVES,
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  • "'BEFORE WHOM I STAND, SURELY THERE SHALL BE NEITHER DEW
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  • "'NOR RAIN THESE YEARS EXCEPT BY MY WORD.'"
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  • NOBODY KNEW WHO ELIJAH WAS,
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  • AND SUDDENLY HE IS AT THE PALACE IN SAMARIA,
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  • PRONOUNCING THIS JUDGMENT AGAINST AHAB
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  • AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
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  • AND THEN WHAT DID GOD SAY?
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  • AMAZINGLY, LOOK AT VERSE TWO,
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  • "AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO ELIJAH SAYING,
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  • "'GO AWAY FROM HERE AND TURN EASTWARD, AND HIDE,'"
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  • LITERALLY REMOVE YOURSELF, "'BY THE BROOK CHERITH,
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  • "'WHICH IS EAST OF THE JORDAN.'"
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  • IMMEDIATELY AFTER BURSTING ON THE PUBLIC SCENE,
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  • GOD SAYS, "NOW, YOU NEED TO GO HIDE YOURSELF FOR A WHILE,
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  • "GO HIDE YOURSELF."
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  • AND THE FIRST PLACE HE WAS GOING TO HIDE HIMSELF,
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  • THAT PLACE OF WAITING, WOULD BE A BROOK CALLED CHERITH.
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  • CHERITH BECAME THE PLACE OF TESTING FOR ELIJAH,
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  • THE PLACE OF TESTING.
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  • GOD WILL HAVE YOU AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE
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  • IN YOUR OWN CHERITH, YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE,
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  • YOUR OWN WAITING TIME OF TESTING.
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  • WHAT IS IT THAT GOD DOES IN OUR TESTING TIME?
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  • FIRST OF ALL OUR CHERITH, WHEREVER THAT IS,
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  • WHENEVER THAT IS, TEACHES US TO WALK WITH GOD DAILY.
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  • EVERY EXTRAORDINARY PERSON HAS TO LEARN
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  • HOW TO DEPEND UPON THE LORD DAILY.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THIS,
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  • WHEN GOD REVEALS HIS WILL TO YOU,
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  • HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW HE DOESN'T SHOW YOU
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  • THE WHOLE BLUEPRINT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE ALL AT ONCE?
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  • WHY IS THAT?
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  • I THINK IT'S BECAUSE IF WE KNEW THE WHOLE STORY,
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  • IF GOD SHOWED US THE WHOLE BLUEPRINT,
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  • WE'D GO BARRELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY (LAUGHS)
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  • WITHOUT ANY NEED AT ALL FOR GOD.
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  • "OKAY, GOD, THANK YOU FOR THAT INFO, HERE I GO."
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  • BUT WHEN GOD SHOWS US JUST A LITTLE BIT
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  • OF WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW,
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  • IT MAKES US DEPENDENT UPON HIM DAILY.
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  • THAT WAS TRUE FOR ELIJAH.
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  • WHEN GOD SAID TO ELIJAH, NOW IN VERSE THREE,
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  • "GO HIDE YOURSELF BY THE BROOK CHERITH,"
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  • HE DIDN'T TELL HIM HOW LONG HE WAS GONNA BE THERE,
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  • HE DIDN'T TELL HIM THAT IN FACT,
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  • THERE WAS GONNA BE ANOTHER WAITING PLACE CALLED ZAREPHATH,
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  • THAT WOULD LAST SIX TIMES AS LONG, HE DIDN'T TELL HIM
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  • THAT HE WOULD BE CHALLENGING THOSE SWORD-WIELDING PROPHETS
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  • OF BAAL ON MOUNT CARMEL,
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  • HE JUST TOLD HIM WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO NEXT.
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  • EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO WAIT ON GOD
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  • AND TO WALK WITH GOD DAILY.
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  • SECONDLY, OUR CHERITH TEACHES US TO OBEY GOD COMPLETELY,
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  • TO OBEY HIM COMPLETELY.
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  • NOW, HAD I BEEN ELIJAH, AND I HAD JUST BEEN IN THE PALACE,
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  • AND GOD SAID, "NOW THAT YOU'VE BEEN IN THE PALACE,
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  • "YOU NEED TO GO OUT HERE IN THE WILDERNESS
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  • "AND HIDE BY THE BROOK."
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  • I SAID, "GOD, DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND
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  • "THE PRINCIPLE OF MOMENTUM?
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  • "I MEAN, THINGS ARE MOVING IN OUR DIRECTION NOW,
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  • "YOU JUST HAD ME GET THIS MESSAGE TO THE KING,
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  • "SURELY ISN'T A TIME NOW FOR ME TO GO ON A SPEAKING TOUR,
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  • "TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING?"
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  • GOD SAID, "NO, NO, THAT'S NOT MY PLAN.
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  • "YOU'VE DONE WHAT I'VE CALLED YOU TO DO NOW,
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  • "NOW YOU GO HIDE BY THE BROOK CHERITH."
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  • AND NOTICE WHAT HAPPENED IN VERSE 5. "SO ELIJAH WENT
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  • AND DID ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF THE LORD,
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  • "FOR HE WENT AND LIVED BY THE BROOK CHERITH
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  • "WHICH IS EAST OF THE JORDAN," HE OBEYED GOD COMPLETELY,
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  • AND WILL YOU NOTICE, HE OBEYED GOD IMMEDIATELY,
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  • NO ARGUING WITH GOD ABOUT IT.
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  • GOD SPOKE, ELIJAH HID.
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  • THAT'S AN INVALUABLE LESSON
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  • TO LEARN TO OBEY GOD IMMEDIATELY.
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  • MY FRIEND, THE LATE HOWARD HENDRICKS,
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  • WRITING ABOUT THIS PASSAGE, SAYS,
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  • "THE LORD AND I HAVE A RUNNING ARGUMENT.
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  • "I CONSTANTLY ATTEMPT TO IMPRESS HIM WITH HOW MUCH I KNOW,
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  • "HE CONSTANTLY SEEKS TO IMPRESS ME
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  • "WITH HOW LITTLE I HAVE OBEYED."
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  • YOU KNOW, FOR A SPIRITUAL GIANT LIKE HOWARD HENDRICKS,
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  • STRUGGLES WITH OBEYING GOD IMMEDIATELY,
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  • NO WONDER WE STRUGGLE WITH THAT
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  • FROM TIME TO TIME, DON'T WE? BUT THOSE WHO WANT TO BE
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  • USED BY GOD IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY, LEARN HOW TO OBEY
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  • GOD COMPLETELY, AND YES, IMMEDIATELY.
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  • AND FINALLY, OUR CHERITH, OUR WAITING PLACE, TEACHES US TO
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  • TRUST GOD ABSOLUTELY, TO TRUST GOD ABSOLUTELY.
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  • NOTICE WHAT HE SAID, GOD SAID TO ELIJAH, VERSE FOUR,
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  • "IT SHALL BE THAT YOU SHALL DRINK OF THE BROOK,
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  • "AND I HAVE COMMANDED THE RAVENS TO PROVIDE FOR YOU THERE."
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  • THAT IS, "ELIJAH, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO DEPEND UPON ME DAILY
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  • "FOR YOUR WATER, AND FOR YOUR FOOD.
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  • "I'M GONNA SEND THE RAVENS
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  • "AND THEY'RE GONNA BRING YOU BREAD AND MEAT EVERY DAY."
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  • AND SO EVERY DAY, ELIJAH HAD TO EXPERIENCE,
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  • HE HAD TO EXERCISE THE TRUTH OF KING SOLOMON,
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  • WHO HAD WRITTEN YEARS EARLIER IN PROVERBS 3:5-6,
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  • "TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART
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  • "AND DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING.
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  • "IN ALL YOUR WAYS, ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
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  • "AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT."
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  • WELL, YOU NOTICE WHEN GOD SENT ELIJAH TO A HIDING PLACE,
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  • HE DIDN'T SEND HIM TO CAMP OUT BESIDE A LARGE RIVER
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  • WHERE THERE WAS AN UNLIMITED SUPPLY OF WATER,
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  • INSTEAD IT WAS BY A SMALL BROOK
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  • OUT IN THE DUSTY WILDERNESS, EAST OF THE JORDAN,
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  • THAT COULD HAVE (SNAPS FINGERS) DRIED UP JUST LIKE THAT.
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  • AND THEN FOR HIS FOOD,
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  • HE DIDN'T GIVE HIM A REFRIGERATOR FULL OF PROVISIONS,
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  • HE SAID, "I'M GONNA SEND THE RAVENS
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  • "TO BRING YOUR FOOD EVERY DAY."
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  • THAT'S WHAT GOD DOES.
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  • SOME OF YOU ARE IN A CHERITH,
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  • YOU'RE IN A WAITING PLACE RIGHT NOW.
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  • NOW, LET ME GIVE YOU A WORD OF WARNING ABOUT IT,
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  • DON'T BE SURPRISED IF THINGS GET WORSE
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  • BEFORE THEY GET BETTER DURING THAT TIME OF WAITING,
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  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ELIJAH.
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  • OKAY, HERE HE WAS BARELY EKING OUT, DAY BY DAY,
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  • LIVING BY FAITH, WHEN WHAT HAPPENS IN VERSE SEVEN,
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  • "AND IT HAPPENED AFTER A WHILE THAT THE BROOK DRIED UP
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  • "BECAUSE THERE WAS NO RAIN IN THE LAND."
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  • SUDDENLY THE ONE PROVISION GOD HAD MADE FOR HIM FOR WATER,
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  • THE BROOK, SUDDENLY DRIES UP, NO SOURCE OF WATER WHATSOEVER.
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  • SOME OF YOU ARE IN THAT VERY SAME SITUATION,
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  • YOU'VE BEEN IN THAT WAITING PLACE,
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  • TRYING TO LEARN THE LESSONS GOD WANTS TO TEACH YOU,
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  • AND YOUR WORK HAS DRIED UP.
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  • YOU KNOW THE FIRST REACTION IS, WE WANNA PACK UP OUR BAGS
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  • AND GET OUT OF OUR CHERITH AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE,
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  • AND THAT'S ALWAYS A MISTAKE, TO MOVE WITHOUT GOD'S LEADING.
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  • NOT ELIJAH, LOOK AT VERSE EIGHT, HE WAITED AT CHERITH
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  • UNTIL THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO HIM AGAIN.
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  • HE WAITED IN THAT TESTING PLACE, CHERITH,
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  • UNTIL THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME TO HIM.
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  • AND EVENTUALLY IT DID.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE NINE,
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  • "GO TO ZAREPHATH, WHICH BELONGS TO SIDON, AND STAY THERE."
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  • THAT WAS THE SECOND WAITING PLACE FOR ELIJAH,
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  • WHERE THE TRAINING, AND TESTING,
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  • AND REFINING, WOULD BE EVEN MORE INTENSE.
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  • BUT LISTEN TO ME, IF CHERITH WAS THE PLACE OF TESTING
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  • FOR ELIJAH, ZAREPHATH REPRESENTED THE PLACE OF
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  • REFINING OF ELIJAH'S FAITH, THE PLACE OF REFINING.
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  • WHAT IS IT THAT GOD WANTED TO REFINE IN ELIJAH,
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  • AND YOU AND ME AS WELL?
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  • FIRST OF ALL, ZAREPHATH REFINES OUR HUMILITY.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE NINE, "ARISE AND GO TO ZAREPHATH,
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  • "WHICH BELONGS TO SIDON, AND THEN STAY THERE.
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  • "BEHOLD, I HAVE COMMANDED A WIDOW THERE
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  • "TO PROVIDE FOR YOU." (CHUCKLES)
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  • NOW, THINK OF THE HUMILITY THAT REQUIRED.
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  • HERE'S THIS GREAT PROPHET OF GOD,
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  • AND GOD SAYS, "ELIJAH, I WANT YOU TO GO TO A WIDOW
  • 00:11:19.170 --> 00:11:23.030
  • "AND DEPEND UPON HER FOR YOUR DAILY SUSTENANCE."
  • 00:11:23.040 --> 00:11:26.200
  • BUT NOTICE THIS WIDOW WASN'T ANY WIDOW,
  • 00:11:26.210 --> 00:11:29.080
  • SHE WAS A GENTILE WIDOW, SHE WASN'T EVEN A JEW,
  • 00:11:29.090 --> 00:11:35.080
  • AND GENTILES THEY WERE AT THE BOTTOM RUNG
  • 00:11:35.090 --> 00:11:37.020
  • OF THE SOCIAL LEVEL IN ISRAEL,
  • 00:11:37.030 --> 00:11:38.210
  • THEY WERE THOUGHT TO BE DOGS, SCUM,
  • 00:11:38.220 --> 00:11:40.290
  • BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T A PART OF GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 00:11:41.000 --> 00:11:44.220
  • THE FACT THAT ELIJAH WENT TO A GENTILE
  • 00:11:44.230 --> 00:11:46.290
  • MEANS THAT GENTILES, NON-JEWS,
  • 00:11:47.000 --> 00:11:49.060
  • HAVE A PLACE IN GOD'S PROGRAM,
  • 00:11:49.070 --> 00:11:52.000
  • THAT WAS THE THEOLOGICAL REASON HE WENT TO A GENTILE WIDOW
  • 00:11:52.010 --> 00:11:56.010
  • BUT FOR ELIJAH'S PURPOSE,
  • 00:11:56.020 --> 00:11:58.080
  • GOD SENT HIM THERE TO REFINE HIS HUMILITY,
  • 00:11:58.090 --> 00:12:01.220
  • TO MAKE HIM DEPENDENT UPON A GENTILE WIDOW.
  • 00:12:01.230 --> 00:12:06.180
  • DON'T BE SURPRISED IF AT YOUR ZAREPHATH,
  • 00:12:06.190 --> 00:12:10.060
  • GOD MAKES YOU GO THROUGH SOME HUMBLING EXPERIENCES.
  • 00:12:10.070 --> 00:12:13.090
  • IF YOU'RE GONNA BE AN EXTRAORDINARY PERSON,
  • 00:12:13.100 --> 00:12:16.200
  • GOD HAS TO REFINE OUR HUMILITY.
  • 00:12:16.210 --> 00:12:18.240
  • SECONDLY, GOD USES ZAREPHATH TO REFINE OUR CONTENTMENT.
  • 00:12:18.250 --> 00:12:24.210
  • LOOK AT VERSES 10 AND 11.
  • 00:12:24.220 --> 00:12:26.240
  • "SO HE AROSE AND HE WENT TO ZAREPHATH,
  • 00:12:26.250 --> 00:12:29.040
  • "AND WHEN HE CAME TO THE GATE OF THE CITY,
  • 00:12:29.050 --> 00:12:30.280
  • "BEHOLD, A WIDOW WAS THERE GATHERING STICKS.
  • 00:12:30.290 --> 00:12:33.220
  • "AND HE CALLED TO HER AND SAID,
  • 00:12:33.230 --> 00:12:36.180
  • "'PLEASE GIVE ME A LITTLE WATER IN A JAR THAT I MAY DRINK.'
  • 00:12:36.190 --> 00:12:41.020
  • "AND AS SHE WAS GOING TO GET IT, HE CALLED HER AND SAID,
  • 00:12:41.030 --> 00:12:43.250
  • "'OH, AND BY THE WAY, (CHUCKLES)
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:45.210
  • "'PLEASE BRING A PIECE OF BREAD IN YOUR HAND.'"
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:50.050
  • NOW, PROVIDING THE WATER TO ELIJAH
  • 00:12:50.060 --> 00:12:52.210
  • WAS NO PROBLEM FOR THE WIDOW, THERE WAS WATER,
  • 00:12:52.220 --> 00:12:56.110
  • HE WAS THIRSTY, HE HAD BEEN ON 100-MILE TREK,
  • 00:12:56.120 --> 00:12:58.290
  • OKAY, I CAN GIVE YOU WATER, BUT FOOD, THAT'S A BIG DEAL
  • 00:12:59.000 --> 00:13:03.180
  • BECAUSE THERE WAS A FAMINE IN THE LAND
  • 00:13:03.190 --> 00:13:05.130
  • BECAUSE OF THE DROUGHT.
  • 00:13:05.140 --> 00:13:06.280
  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THERE WAS VERY LITTLE FOOD AVAILABLE.
  • 00:13:06.290 --> 00:13:10.030
  • SHE SAID, "ELIJAH, I CAN'T DO THAT."
  • 00:13:10.040 --> 00:13:11.240
  • LOOK AT VERSE 12, "AS THE LORD YOUR GOD LIVES,
  • 00:13:11.250 --> 00:13:18.060
  • "I HAVE NO BREAD, ONLY A HANDFUL OF FLOUR IN THE BOWL
  • 00:13:18.070 --> 00:13:21.060
  • "AND A LITTLE OIL IN THE JAR.
  • 00:13:21.070 --> 00:13:23.000
  • "AND BEHOLD, I'M GATHERING A FEW STICKS,
  • 00:13:23.010 --> 00:13:25.280
  • "THAT I MAY GO IN AND PREPARE FOR ME AND MY SON
  • 00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:29.210
  • "THAT WE MAY EAT IT AND DIE."
  • 00:13:29.220 --> 00:13:33.030
  • YOU WOULD THINK ELIJAH WOULD SAY, "OH, WHOA, I'M SORRY,
  • 00:13:33.040 --> 00:13:34.150
  • "I WOULD NEVER ASK YOU TO GIVE ME BREAD
  • 00:13:34.160 --> 00:13:36.040
  • "UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES."
  • 00:13:36.050 --> 00:13:37.280
  • "LOOK AT VERSE 13, THEN ELIJAH SAID TO HER, 'DO NOT FEAR.
  • 00:13:37.290 --> 00:13:42.070
  • "'GO DO AS YOU HAVE SAID,
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:44.130
  • "'BUT MAKE ME A LITTLE BREAD CAKE FROM IT FIRST,
  • 00:13:44.140 --> 00:13:48.110
  • "'AND BRING IT OUT TO ME, AND AFTERWARD,'"
  • 00:13:48.120 --> 00:13:52.140
  • UNDERLINE THAT, AFTERWARD, "'YOU MAKE ONE FOR YOURSELF
  • 00:13:52.150 --> 00:13:56.160
  • "'AND FOR YOUR SON.
  • 00:13:56.170 --> 00:13:58.200
  • "'FOR THUS SAYS THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL,
  • 00:13:58.210 --> 00:14:00.160
  • "'THE BOWL OF FLOUR SHALL NOT BE EXHAUSTED,
  • 00:14:00.170 --> 00:14:04.050
  • "'NOR SHALL THE JAR OF OIL BE EMPTY UNTIL THE DAY
  • 00:14:04.060 --> 00:14:07.110
  • "'THAT THE LORD SENDS RAIN ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.'"
  • 00:14:07.120 --> 00:14:14.140
  • HAVE YOU EVER SAID TO GOD,
  • 00:14:14.150 --> 00:14:17.080
  • "GOD, IF YOU WILL JUST MEET MY NEED,
  • 00:14:17.090 --> 00:14:20.050
  • "THEN I WILL OBEY YOU?"
  • 00:14:20.060 --> 00:14:24.100
  • HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW GOD SAYS,
  • 00:14:24.110 --> 00:14:25.120
  • "NO, YOU GO FIRST." (CHUCKLES)
  • 00:14:25.130 --> 00:14:28.000
  • THAT'S WHAT'S ELIJAH WAS SAYING ON BEHALF OF THE LORD.
  • 00:14:28.010 --> 00:14:30.250
  • HE SAID TO THE WIDOW, "YOU DO WHAT GOD HAS COMMANDED,
  • 00:14:30.260 --> 00:14:34.060
  • "GIVE ME SOMETHING TO EAT, AND THEN AFTERWARDS,
  • 00:14:34.070 --> 00:14:37.110
  • "I'LL NOT ONLY PROVIDE YOUR MEAL FOR TODAY,
  • 00:14:37.120 --> 00:14:40.020
  • "BUT I WILL GIVE YOU ENOUGH FLOUR AND OIL EVERY DAY
  • 00:14:40.030 --> 00:14:44.110
  • "WITH AN INEXHAUSTIBLE SUPPLY
  • 00:14:44.120 --> 00:14:46.160
  • "THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EAT EVERY DAY
  • 00:14:46.170 --> 00:14:49.100
  • "UNTIL THIS DROUGHT ENDS."
  • 00:14:49.110 --> 00:14:51.220
  • WHAT DID SHE DO?
  • 00:14:51.230 --> 00:14:52.170
  • LOOK AT VERSE 15,
  • 00:14:52.180 --> 00:14:53.290
  • "SO SHE WENT AND DID ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:56.040
  • "AND SHE AND HER HOUSEHOLD ATE FOR MANY DAYS.
  • 00:14:56.050 --> 00:14:59.280
  • "AND THE BOWL OF FLOUR WAS NOT EXHAUSTED,
  • 00:14:59.290 --> 00:15:02.160
  • "NOR DID THE JAR OF OIL BECOME EMPTY,
  • 00:15:02.170 --> 00:15:04.270
  • "ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF THE LORD,
  • 00:15:04.280 --> 00:15:06.270
  • "WHICH HE SPOKE THROUGH ELIJAH."
  • 00:15:06.280 --> 00:15:10.060
  • NOW, JAMES 5:17 TELLS US THAT THIS FAMINE LASTED
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:13.130
  • FOR 3 1/2 YEARS IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:16.130
  • ELIJAH HAD ALREADY SPENT SIX MONTHS AT CHERITH,
  • 00:15:16.140 --> 00:15:18.230
  • SO DO THE MATH,
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:20.060
  • THAT MEANS HE WAS WITH THIS WIDOW FOR THREE YEARS.
  • 00:15:20.070 --> 00:15:25.210
  • AND GUESS WHAT THEY ATE FOR THREE YEARS?
  • 00:15:25.220 --> 00:15:29.180
  • BREAD AND WATER, BREAD AND WATER,
  • 00:15:29.190 --> 00:15:33.220
  • BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER, BREAD AND WATER.
  • 00:15:33.230 --> 00:15:37.270
  • NEVER ONCE IN THESE THREE YEARS THAT HE COMPLAINED,
  • 00:15:37.280 --> 00:15:41.000
  • WHY WAS GOD DOING THIS TO HIM,
  • 00:15:41.010 --> 00:15:43.140
  • BECAUSE HE WAS TRYING TO TEACH ELIJAH,
  • 00:15:43.150 --> 00:15:46.230
  • THE ALL-IMPORTANT LESSON OF CONTENTMENT.
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:50.250
  • YOU KNOW WHAT CONTENTMENT IS?
  • 00:15:50.260 --> 00:15:53.060
  • A GOOD DEFINITION, CONTENTMENT IS BEING AT PEACE
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:56.170
  • WITH THE UNCHANGEABLE CIRCUMSTANCES
  • 00:15:56.180 --> 00:15:58.240
  • GOD HAS PLACED IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:15:58.250 --> 00:16:01.120
  • GOD WANTS US TO SEVER ANY DEPENDENCE UPON PEOPLE,
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:05.070
  • OR POSSESSION, OR CIRCUMSTANCES,
  • 00:16:05.080 --> 00:16:07.120
  • FOR OUR INWARD SENSE OF WELL BEING,
  • 00:16:07.130 --> 00:16:09.100
  • HE WANTS US TO LEARN TO DEPEND UPON HIM.
  • 00:16:09.110 --> 00:16:13.020
  • AND THAT'S HARD, THAT'S HARD TO BE CONTENT, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:17.170
  • I MEAN, WE HAVE THIS INSATIABLE DESIRE, ALL OF US DO,
  • 00:16:17.180 --> 00:16:22.010
  • FOR MORE, OR FOR BETTER, OR FOR DIFFERENT.
  • 00:16:22.020 --> 00:16:26.280
  • LOOK, AS LONG AS YOU ARE ALWAYS LOOKING
  • 00:16:26.290 --> 00:16:29.260
  • FOR MORE, BETTER, OR DIFFERENT,
  • 00:16:29.270 --> 00:16:32.070
  • YOU'RE GONNA BE DISTRACTED BY THOSE THINGS
  • 00:16:32.080 --> 00:16:34.060
  • AND NEVER BE AVAILABLE
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:35.140
  • FOR GOD TO USE YOU IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:38.130
  • EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE LEARN THAT LESSON OF CONTENTMENT,
  • 00:16:38.140 --> 00:16:42.210
  • LIKE ELIJAH DID.
  • 00:16:42.220 --> 00:16:44.180
  • THIRDLY, OUR TIME AT ZAREPHATH REFINES OUR GENTLENESS,
  • 00:16:44.190 --> 00:16:51.000
  • IT REFINES OUR GENTLENESS.
  • 00:16:51.010 --> 00:16:53.040
  • SOMEWHERE DURING THIS PERIOD OF THREE YEARS,
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:56.210
  • THIS WIDOW'S SON,
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:58.030
  • WE DON'T KNOW HOW OLD HE WAS, DIED UNEXPECTEDLY.
  • 00:16:58.040 --> 00:17:01.230
  • AND HOW DID THE WIDOW RESPOND?
  • 00:17:01.240 --> 00:17:03.170
  • LOOK AT VERSE 18, "SO SHE SAID TO ELIJAH,
  • 00:17:03.180 --> 00:17:05.290
  • "'WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO WITH YOU, OH MAN OF GOD?
  • 00:17:06.000 --> 00:17:09.110
  • "'YOU HAVE COME TO ME TO BRING MY INIQUITY TO REMEMBRANCE
  • 00:17:09.120 --> 00:17:13.150
  • "'AND TO PUT MY SON TO DEATH.'"
  • 00:17:13.160 --> 00:17:16.010
  • HOW DOES ELIJAH RESPOND TO THIS FALSE AND UNFAIR CRITICISM?
  • 00:17:16.020 --> 00:17:21.160
  • DOES HE SAY TO HER, "YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT SISTER,
  • 00:17:21.170 --> 00:17:24.170
  • "YOU'RE A SINNER, AND I'M A MAN OF GOD.
  • 00:17:24.180 --> 00:17:27.220
  • "AND THAT'S THE REASON HE DIED, OH YOU SINNER,
  • 00:17:27.230 --> 00:17:30.090
  • "GOD JUDGED YOU FOR THAT.
  • 00:17:30.100 --> 00:17:32.030
  • "AND DON'T YOU DARE SPEAK OUT AGAINST A PROPHET OF GOD
  • 00:17:32.040 --> 00:17:34.270
  • "OR YOU'RE GONNA DIE TOO."
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:36.220
  • DOES HE DO THAT?
  • 00:17:36.230 --> 00:17:38.160
  • NOTICE HOW HE RESPONDS, IT'S AN AMAZING RESPONSE.
  • 00:17:38.170 --> 00:17:42.000
  • LOOK AT VERSE 19, "HE SAID TO HER, 'GIVE ME YOUR SON.'
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:46.260
  • "THEN HE TOOK HIM FROM HER BOSOM,
  • 00:17:46.270 --> 00:17:49.030
  • "AND CARRIED HIM UP TO THE UPPER ROOM WHERE HE WAS LIVING,"
  • 00:17:49.040 --> 00:17:52.090
  • ELIJAH WAS LIVING, "AND LAID HIM ON HIS OWN BED."
  • 00:17:52.100 --> 00:17:55.280
  • VERSE 20, "HE WEPT BEFORE THE LORD, PLEADING,
  • 00:17:55.290 --> 00:18:00.040
  • "'O LORD MY GOD, HAS THOU ALSO BROUGHT CALAMITY TO THE WIDOW
  • 00:18:00.050 --> 00:18:06.170
  • "'WITH WHOM I'M STAYING, BY CAUSING HER SON TO DIE?'"
  • 00:18:06.180 --> 00:18:10.270
  • HE SAID, "GOD, WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO THIS POOR WIDOW?"
  • 00:18:10.280 --> 00:18:15.000
  • BUT THIS WIDOW HAD JUST MISTREATED ELIJAH,
  • 00:18:15.010 --> 00:18:18.280
  • BUT HE INTERCEDED ON HER BEHALF TO GOD.
  • 00:18:18.290 --> 00:18:24.010
  • AND THAT WAS ELIJAH, HE ASKED FOR GOD'S BEST FOR HER
  • 00:18:24.020 --> 00:18:27.070
  • AND NOTICE VERSE 21,
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:28.210
  • "THEN HE STRETCHED HIMSELF UPON THE DEAD CHILD THREE TIMES,
  • 00:18:28.220 --> 00:18:34.240
  • "AND CALLED TO THE LORD AND SAID,
  • 00:18:34.250 --> 00:18:35.280
  • "'OH LORD MY GOD, I PRAY THEE,
  • 00:18:35.290 --> 00:18:38.140
  • "'LET THIS CHILD'S LIFE RETURN TO HIM.'
  • 00:18:38.150 --> 00:18:42.020
  • "AND THE LORD HEARD THE VOICE OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:45.010
  • "AND THE LIFE OF THE CHILD RETURNED TO HIM,
  • 00:18:45.020 --> 00:18:49.130
  • "AND HE WAS REVIVED."
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:51.100
  • HOW DID ELIJAH KNOW GOD WOULD ANSWER A PRAYER LIKE THAT?
  • 00:18:53.030 --> 00:18:57.190
  • THERE WERE NO BOOKS AVAILABLE THEN, HOW TO REVIVE THE DEAD,
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:19:01.110
  • NO BOOKS LIKE THAT.
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:03.000
  • IN FACT, DID YOU KNOW THERE HAD NEVER BEEN A RESURRECTION
  • 00:19:03.010 --> 00:19:06.060
  • BEFORE IN THE HISTORY UNTIL THIS TIME?
  • 00:19:06.070 --> 00:19:08.270
  • GOD HAD NEVER RAISED ANYBODY FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:12.030
  • THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME
  • 00:19:12.040 --> 00:19:13.150
  • GOD EVER RAISED ANYBODY FROM THE DEAD,
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:16.090
  • BUT ELIJAH BELIEVED IN THE POWER OF GOD.
  • 00:19:16.100 --> 00:19:20.160
  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, GOD HONORED THAT REQUEST,
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:24.190
  • AND HE RAISED THE WIDOW'S SON FROM THE DEAD,
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:28.060
  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IS EVEN MORE STRIKING TO ME
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:30.270
  • THAN ELIJAH'S FAITH,
  • 00:19:30.280 --> 00:19:34.110
  • WAS ELIJAH'S GENTLENESS IN DEALING WITH THIS WIDOW.
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:39.170
  • EVEN THOUGH SHE ACCUSED HIM UNFAIRLY,
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:42.140
  • HE WAS WILLING TO ABSORB HER ANGER
  • 00:19:42.150 --> 00:19:48.100
  • AND DEAL WITH HER IN KINDNESS.
  • 00:19:48.110 --> 00:19:51.160
  • ELIJAH WAS A PICTURE OF WHAT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:55.070
  • WOULD DO 800 YEARS LATER.
  • 00:19:55.080 --> 00:19:57.190
  • THAT'S THE KIND OF GENTLENESS,
  • 00:19:57.200 --> 00:20:00.120
  • THE GENTLENESS MIRRORED BY THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:04.150
  • IF HE WANTS TO DEVELOP IN EACH ONE OF US,
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:07.100
  • IF GOD IS GONNA USE US IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
  • 00:20:07.110 --> 00:20:10.220
  • WHY DO I SAY THAT?
  • 00:20:10.230 --> 00:20:12.000
  • LOOK AT THE WIDOW'S REACTION IN VERSE 24.
  • 00:20:12.010 --> 00:20:14.200
  • "THEN THE WOMAN SAID TO ELIJAH,
  • 00:20:14.210 --> 00:20:17.010
  • "'NOW I KNOW THAT YOU ARE A MAN OF GOD,
  • 00:20:17.020 --> 00:20:21.210
  • "'AND THAT THE WORD OF THE LORD
  • 00:20:21.220 --> 00:20:25.100
  • "'THAT IS IN YOUR MOUTH IS TRUTH.'"
  • 00:20:25.110 --> 00:20:28.190
  • "NOW, I KNOW, ELIJAH, THAT YOU'RE A MAN OF GOD,
  • 00:20:28.200 --> 00:20:34.190
  • "AND THAT THE GOD YOU SERVE IS REAL."
  • 00:20:34.200 --> 00:20:35.270
  • WHY DID SHE COME TO THAT CONCLUSION?
  • 00:20:35.280 --> 00:20:38.160
  • CERTAINLY, BECAUSE OF THE MIRACLE SHE HAD JUST SEEN,
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:42.200
  • HER SON RAISED FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:20:42.210 --> 00:20:44.220
  • ABSOLUTELY, IT WAS THE MIRACLE THAT DID THAT,
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:47.030
  • BUT I THINK IT WAS MORE THAN THE MIRACLE.
  • 00:20:47.040 --> 00:20:49.150
  • I THINK WHEN SHE SAW ELIJAH'S SUPERNATURAL RESPONSE
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:53.240
  • TO HER ANGER, SHE THOUGHT TO HERSELF,
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:20:57.040
  • "THERE IS SOMETHING REAL ABOUT THIS PROPHET,
  • 00:20:57.050 --> 00:21:00.090
  • "AND THERE'S SOMETHING REAL
  • 00:21:00.100 --> 00:21:01.230
  • "ABOUT THE GOD THIS PROPHET SERVES."
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:06.050
  • PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TO GOD
  • 00:21:06.060 --> 00:21:08.180
  • WHEN THEY SEE US REACTING NOT NATURALLY, BUT SUPERNATURALLY,
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:14.200
  • WHEN THEY SEE US RESPONDING TO INJUSTICE
  • 00:21:14.210 --> 00:21:16.190
  • WITH GENTLENESS, RATHER THAN ANGER.
  • 00:21:16.200 --> 00:21:19.140
  • GOD WANTS TO REFINE THAT QUALITY OF GENTLENESS
  • 00:21:19.150 --> 00:21:22.250
  • IN EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO BE USED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:28.000
  • TIME YOU SPEND AT CHERITH
  • 00:21:28.010 --> 00:21:32.090
  • LEARNING HOW TO TRUST AND OBEY GOD COMPLETELY,
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:36.130
  • TIME YOU SPEND AT YOUR ZAREPHATH
  • 00:21:36.140 --> 00:21:39.130
  • REFINING THOSE INVALUABLE QUALITIES
  • 00:21:39.140 --> 00:21:41.280
  • OF HUMILITY, CONTENTMENT, GENTLENESS,
  • 00:21:41.290 --> 00:21:46.270
  • THOSE WAITING TIMES, (CHUCKLES) THEY'RE NOT WASTED TIMES,
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:51.040
  • FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO TRULY EXPERIENCE
  • 00:21:51.050 --> 00:21:54.240
  • AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:21:54.250 --> 00:21:56.170
  • MUSIC
  • 00:21:56.180 --> 00:22:02.230
  • AS WE CONCLUDE A SENSITIVE STUDY LIKE THIS ONE TODAY,
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:06.240
  • I KNOW I'M SPEAKING TO SOMEONE
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:08.110
  • WHO'S IN GOD'S WAITING ROOM AT THIS VERY MOMENT.
  • 00:22:08.120 --> 00:22:11.210
  • LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU.
  • 00:22:11.220 --> 00:22:15.240
  • THE TIME YOU'RE SPENDING IN CHERITH, OR ZAREPHATH,
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:19.190
  • CAN BE THE MOST REFINING MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:19.200 --> 00:22:22.250
  • IT'S ALL PART OF CHOOSING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:28.050
  • WELL, I'M PLEASED TO REPORT THAT OUR DAILY TELEVISION
  • 00:22:28.060 --> 00:22:30.260
  • AND RADIO PROGRAMS ARE REACHING MEN AND WOMEN
  • 00:22:30.270 --> 00:22:34.020
  • FROM ORLANDO TO SEATTLE, AND FROM SAN DIEGO TO BOSTON,
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:38.140
  • AND ALL POINTS IN BETWEEN. AND WE HAVE HUNDREDS
  • 00:22:38.150 --> 00:22:42.130
  • OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
  • 00:22:42.140 --> 00:22:44.010
  • TUNING INTO PATHWAY TO VICTORY ONLINE,
  • 00:22:44.020 --> 00:22:46.160
  • OR THROUGH OUR MOBILE APP AS WELL.
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:48.280
  • I'M THINKING OF I'M GRATEFUL PEOPLE LIKE MITCHELL,
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  • WHO RECENTLY WROTE,
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF USING ORDINARY PEOPLE,
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