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Elijah: Overcoming an Intimidating Culture

Watch Elijah: Overcoming an Intimidating Culture
January 10, 2021
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Elijah at times felt like he was the only one left who could share the Word of the Lord. He overcame, and we can too—even in an intimidating culture.

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Elijah: Overcoming an Intimidating Culture

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  • male announcer: In 2018,David Jeremiah released
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  • his book and series,"Overcomer:
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  • Eight Ways to Live a Lifeof Unstoppable Strength,
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  • Unmovable Faith,and Unbelievable Power."
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  • The book becamea New York Times bestseller
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  • and the biblically-basedteaching
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  • inspired thousands to claim
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  • the power Godhas given believers.
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  • David Jeremiah tookthis motivating message
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  • on a nationwide tour,
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  • visiting four cities
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  • where thousands of peopleheard new messages
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  • about the overcomersof the Bible,
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  • heroes of the past
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  • who overcamethe greatest of obstacles
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  • with the power of God.
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  • The same power God is readyto give all believers today:
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  • power to be morethan conquerors,
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  • more than winners,and more than victors.
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  • Power to be overcomers.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • You glad to be here?
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  • All we wanna do is worshipthe Lord tonight, right?
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  • "There are walls between us,"c'mon.
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  • ♪ There were wallsbetween us ♪
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  • ♪ By the cross you cameand broke them down ♪
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  • ♪ You broke them down ♪
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  • ♪ There were chainsaround us ♪
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  • ♪ By your grace weare no longer bound ♪
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  • ♪ No longer bound ♪
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  • ♪ You called meout of the grave ♪
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  • ♪ You called meinto the light ♪
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  • ♪ You called my name ♪
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  • ♪ And then my heartcame alive ♪
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  • ♪ Your love is greater,your love is stronger ♪
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  • ♪ Your love awakens,awakens, awakens me ♪
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  • ♪ Your love is greater,your love is stronger ♪
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  • ♪ Your love awakens,awakens, awakens me ♪
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  • ♪ What a love we found ♪
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  • ♪ Death can't hold us down ♪
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  • ♪ We shout it out ♪
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  • ♪ We're alive,'cause you're alive ♪
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  • ♪ What a love we found ♪
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  • ♪ Death can't hold usdown ♪
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  • ♪ We shout it out ♪
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  • ♪ We're alive,'cause you're alive ♪
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  • Michael: C'mon, sing this out.
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  • ♪ Your love is greater,your love is stronger ♪
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  • ♪ Your love awakens,awakens, awakens me ♪
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  • ♪ Your love is greater,your love is stronger ♪
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  • ♪ Your love awakens,awakens, awakens me ♪
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  • ♪ Your love is greater,your love is stronger ♪
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  • ♪ Your love awakens,awakens, awakens me ♪
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  • ♪ Your love is greater,your love is stronger ♪
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  • ♪ Your love awakens,awakens, awakens me ♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • [audience cheering]
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  • female announcer:Coming up on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: You hearthe prophet Elijah saying,
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  • "How long are you gonna teeterbetween two worlds?
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  • Choose for yourself somebody.
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  • If you're gonna livefor the world,
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  • go live for the world.
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  • But if you're gonna livefor God,
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  • live for Godwith everything you have."
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  • He called the peopleto that challenge
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  • and to that decision.
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  • with his message,
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  • "Elijah: Overcomingan Intimidating Culture."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Tonight,I wanna talk with you
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  • about an overcomer
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  • who the Bible saysis just like you,
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  • and just like me.
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  • You say, "There's somebodyin the Bible like that?"
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  • Absolutely.
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  • The Bible says of this personthat he is
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  • a person of like experiencesas we are.
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  • And his name is Elijah.
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  • Elijah's one of the greatestovercomers in the Bible.
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  • And as we study his life,
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  • we will learn what it meansto overcome
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  • in an age like the agein which you and I are living.
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  • I wanna take youon a tour of Elijah's life.
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  • Obviously, I can't tell youthe whole story,
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  • it covers a lotof scriptural ground.
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  • But we're gonna drop in
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  • to a few key placesalong the way
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  • of Elijah's journey,
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  • and we're going to learnthe overcoming secrets
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  • of this keyOld Testament character.
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  • During the regimeof Ahab and Jezebel,
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  • the northern kingdom of Israelsank into the moral sewer,
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  • and Jezebel went on a campaignto hunt down and slaughter
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  • all the true prophets of God.
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  • Then suddenly, out of nowhere,
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  • one of the most unusual heroesof Scripture
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  • made a dramatic appearance:Elijah the prophet.
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  • Elijah was not a writing prophet
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  • like Isaiah,Jeremiah, or Ezekiel.
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  • He was a preaching prophet,and a miracle-working prophet.
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  • And the story of Elijahis contained in the Bible
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  • in just eight chapters
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  • from 1 Kings 17to 2 Kings chapter 2.
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  • He made such an impactby his life,
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  • he's mentioned oftenin the New Testament.
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  • So I want us to learn tonightfrom the life of this man
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  • five lessonsthat can help us overcome
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  • the attempts of our cultureto intimidate us.
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  • Are we up for that?
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  • Let's study the Word of Godtogether.
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  • The first thing we noticeabout Elijah
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  • was he was firmin his convictions.
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  • In 1 Kings 17:1,as we're introduced to this man,
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  • we read these words:"And Elijah the Tishbite,
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  • of the inhabitants of Gilead,said to Ahab,
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  • 'As the Lord God of Israellives, before whom I stand,
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  • there shall not be dewnor rain these years,
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  • except at my word.'"
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  • Now, let's put that in context.
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  • Elijah shows up.There's nobody to introduce him.
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  • There's no preparationfor Elijah.
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  • One day, Ahab looked upand there he stood.
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  • Notice how he described himself:
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  • "The Lord God of Israelbefore whom I stand."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen,in an age of idolatry,
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  • Elijah knewthe true God of heaven.
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  • He knew Jehovah of Israel
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  • and he knew what it was liketo stand in God's presence.
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  • That's what made him different.
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  • And this has got to betrue for us
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  • if we're going to withstandthe intimidation of our society.
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  • The fundamental way to overcome
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  • the intimidationof a fallen culture
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  • is to acknowledge Jesus Christ
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  • as the Lord and Saviorof your life.
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  • In all things and at all timesto glorify him,
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  • have one goal in your life,not many, just one,
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  • to bring honor and gloryto the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • let come what may.
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  • When we know himand stand in his presence,
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  • and we can say with Elijah,"Before whom I stand,"
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  • and we knowthat we're not standing
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  • before some powerful potentate,
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  • we're standingbefore the Almighty God.
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  • When you stand before him,nothing else matters
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  • and you can stand upto anybody who comes after you,
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  • no matter what they may say.
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  • He was firm in his convictions.
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  • And here's something
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  • that just doesn't seemto fit with his story:
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  • He was filled with compassion.
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  • Our second lesson from Elijahinvolves kindness.
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  • We're prone to think of Elijah
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  • as a fiery, unflinching prophet,and he was.
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  • And he called downfire from heaven
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  • and he was a fiery prophet,
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  • but the Bible also tells usthat Elijah was a kind man.
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  • Let's pick up the storyin 1 Kings 17.
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  • Here's what the Word of Godsays:
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  • "And the word of the Lordcame to Elijah, saying,
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  • 'Elijah, go to Zarephath,and that belongs to Sidon,
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  • and dwell there.
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  • And I have commandeda widow to provide for you.'
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  • So Elijah got upand went to Zarephath.
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  • And when he cameto the gate of the city,
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  • here was this widowgathering sticks.
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  • And he called to herand he said,
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  • 'Please bring mea little water in a cup,
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  • that I may drink.'
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  • And as she was going to get it,
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  • he called to her againand he said,
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  • 'And please bring mea morsel of bread in your hand.'
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  • And she said,'As the Lord your God lives,
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  • I do not have bread.
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  • All I have isa handful of flour in a bin,
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  • and a little oil in a jar;
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  • and I'm gatheringa couple of sticks
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  • that I may go in and prepare itfor myself and my son,
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  • that we may eat it,and die.'"
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  • In other words,I'm at the last moment of life.
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  • I don't have anything left.
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  • "And Elijah said to her,'Do not fear;
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  • go and do as you've said,
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  • but make mea small cake first.'"
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  • And she's probably thinking,"Are you kidding me?
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  • What is the matter with you?"
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  • "And then he said,
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  • 'For thus saysthe Lord God of Israel:
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  • "The bin of flourshall not be used up,
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  • nor shall the jar of oilrun dry,
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  • until the day the Lordsends rain on the earth."'
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  • And she went away
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  • and did accordingto the word of Elijah;
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  • and she and her householdate for many days.
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  • And the bin of flourwas not used up,
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  • nor did the jar of oil run dry,
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  • according tothe word of the Lord
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  • which He spoke by Elijah."
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  • That little story is one
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  • of God's most privatepicturesque miracles.
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  • Here was a prophet who caredfor a widow and her son
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  • who were in distress.
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  • As they shared their final grainand oil with this man of God,
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  • somehow the binalways had flour in it
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  • and the jar of oilnever ran dry.
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  • You see, Elijah was a kind man
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  • who could proclaimthe law of God
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  • and still demonstratethe love of God.
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  • And that's a crucial balancefor any of us
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  • who wants to overcomesocietal intimidation.
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  • What happens when somebodytries to intimidate us?
  • 00:11:49.258 --> 00:11:51.861
  • We get mad and wetry to intimidate them.
  • 00:11:51.894 --> 00:11:55.331
  • Christians today arein a tough spot.
  • 00:11:55.364 --> 00:11:57.166
  • On the one hand,
  • 00:11:57.199 --> 00:11:58.501
  • we must never compromiseour message.
  • 00:11:58.534 --> 00:12:00.669
  • We must never dilute our values.
  • 00:12:00.703 --> 00:12:02.872
  • We have a responsibilityto speak truth to our generation
  • 00:12:02.905 --> 00:12:06.408
  • and upholdthe teaching of Scripture,
  • 00:12:06.442 --> 00:12:08.344
  • especially on moral issues,
  • 00:12:08.377 --> 00:12:10.946
  • even when they havepolitical ramifications.
  • 00:12:10.980 --> 00:12:14.850
  • On the other hand,we don't wanna alienate
  • 00:12:14.884 --> 00:12:17.253
  • the peoplewe're trying to win to Christ.
  • 00:12:17.286 --> 00:12:20.322
  • We don't want themto think of us
  • 00:12:20.356 --> 00:12:22.091
  • as ugly, harsh, and unloving.
  • 00:12:22.124 --> 00:12:24.827
  • So we're trying to stand
  • 00:12:24.860 --> 00:12:26.162
  • for what we believethe Bible teaches
  • 00:12:26.195 --> 00:12:28.164
  • and, at the same time,
  • 00:12:28.197 --> 00:12:29.498
  • we're trying to be compassionateand kind to these people.
  • 00:12:29.532 --> 00:12:32.234
  • And I'm here to tell you,
  • 00:12:32.268 --> 00:12:33.569
  • you can do both of those thingsat the same time.
  • 00:12:33.602 --> 00:12:37.173
  • God has called usto be people like that.
  • 00:12:37.206 --> 00:12:40.576
  • Third lesson.
  • 00:12:40.609 --> 00:12:41.977
  • He was was fervent in prayer.
  • 00:12:42.011 --> 00:12:44.079
  • "Now it happenedafter these things
  • 00:12:45.181 --> 00:12:46.649
  • that the son of the womanwho owned the house became sick.
  • 00:12:46.682 --> 00:12:50.519
  • And his sickness was so serious
  • 00:12:50.553 --> 00:12:52.154
  • that there wasno breath left in him.
  • 00:12:52.188 --> 00:12:54.723
  • And she said to Elijah,
  • 00:12:54.757 --> 00:12:56.225
  • 'What have I to do with you,O man of God?
  • 00:12:56.258 --> 00:12:58.828
  • Have you come to me to bringmy sin to remembrance,
  • 00:12:58.861 --> 00:13:01.163
  • and to kill my son?'"
  • 00:13:01.197 --> 00:13:02.798
  • In other words, she thought
  • 00:13:02.832 --> 00:13:04.133
  • God sent Elijahto her house to punish her.
  • 00:13:04.166 --> 00:13:07.770
  • "And he said to her,'Give me your son.'
  • 00:13:07.803 --> 00:13:11.073
  • And he took him out of her armsand carried him
  • 00:13:11.106 --> 00:13:13.475
  • to the upper roomwhere he was staying,
  • 00:13:13.509 --> 00:13:15.711
  • and laid him on his own bed.
  • 00:13:15.744 --> 00:13:18.113
  • And then he cried outto the Lord and he said,
  • 00:13:18.147 --> 00:13:20.216
  • 'O Lord my God,have You also brought tragedy
  • 00:13:20.249 --> 00:13:23.219
  • on the widow with whom I lodge,by killing her son?'
  • 00:13:23.252 --> 00:13:27.489
  • And he stretched himself outon the child three times,
  • 00:13:27.523 --> 00:13:30.860
  • and cried out to the Lordand said,
  • 00:13:30.893 --> 00:13:33.195
  • 'O Lord my God, I pray,
  • 00:13:33.229 --> 00:13:35.264
  • let this child's soulcome back to him.'
  • 00:13:35.297 --> 00:13:39.068
  • And the Lord heardthe voice of Elijah;
  • 00:13:39.101 --> 00:13:40.970
  • and the soul of the childcame back to him,
  • 00:13:41.003 --> 00:13:43.772
  • and he revived."
  • 00:13:43.806 --> 00:13:45.975
  • Prayer and intercessionis God's way of using us
  • 00:13:46.008 --> 00:13:50.446
  • to bring about the answershe desires on this earth.
  • 00:13:50.479 --> 00:13:54.383
  • And some thingsthat we deal with
  • 00:13:54.416 --> 00:13:57.152
  • when the intimidating worldis coming after us
  • 00:13:57.186 --> 00:13:59.822
  • can only be accomplishedthrough prayer.
  • 00:13:59.855 --> 00:14:04.326
  • Fervent, righteous prayers.
  • 00:14:04.360 --> 00:14:09.064
  • And then we have to be fearlessbefore evil.
  • 00:14:09.098 --> 00:14:12.968
  • After we have committedourselves
  • 00:14:13.002 --> 00:14:14.570
  • to the Lordship of Christ,
  • 00:14:14.603 --> 00:14:16.338
  • after we have adoptedan attitude of kindness,
  • 00:14:16.372 --> 00:14:19.241
  • after we have begun prayingwith fervency,
  • 00:14:19.275 --> 00:14:21.677
  • we're ready to confrontour culture
  • 00:14:21.710 --> 00:14:23.279
  • with the boldnessof the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:23.312 --> 00:14:25.514
  • And the next chapter in the lifeof Elijah contains
  • 00:14:25.547 --> 00:14:28.384
  • one of the most dramatic eventsin all of the Bible.
  • 00:14:28.417 --> 00:14:31.720
  • After three years of droughtand judgment,
  • 00:14:31.754 --> 00:14:33.889
  • the nation of Israel teeteredon the edge of a decision.
  • 00:14:33.923 --> 00:14:37.359
  • And Elijah told Ahabto gather atop Mount Carmel
  • 00:14:37.393 --> 00:14:41.397
  • the 450 prophets of Baaland the 400 prophets of Asherah,
  • 00:14:41.430 --> 00:14:47.236
  • and I'll pick up the storyin verse 21
  • 00:14:47.269 --> 00:14:48.971
  • 'cause it's betterthan I could ever tell it.
  • 00:14:49.004 --> 00:14:51.073
  • "And Elijah cameto all the people, and he said,
  • 00:14:51.106 --> 00:14:54.510
  • 'How long will you falterbetween two opinions?
  • 00:14:54.543 --> 00:14:58.314
  • If the Lord is God,follow Him;
  • 00:14:58.347 --> 00:15:00.916
  • but if Baal, follow him.'"
  • 00:15:00.950 --> 00:15:03.686
  • And the saddest thingin this Scripture is:
  • 00:15:03.719 --> 00:15:05.521
  • "The people answered himnot a word."
  • 00:15:05.554 --> 00:15:11.160
  • I think that tonight there'sprobably some people here
  • 00:15:11.193 --> 00:15:13.128
  • who need to hear that challenge.
  • 00:15:13.162 --> 00:15:15.464
  • You're teeteringbetween two worlds.
  • 00:15:15.497 --> 00:15:18.133
  • You're trying to livefor Jesus Christ over here,
  • 00:15:18.167 --> 00:15:20.336
  • but you want some stuffthat you see in the world
  • 00:15:20.369 --> 00:15:22.738
  • that you thinkis gonna satisfy you
  • 00:15:22.771 --> 00:15:24.773
  • but we know will not.
  • 00:15:24.807 --> 00:15:27.076
  • So you go back and forthfrom wanting to live for God
  • 00:15:27.109 --> 00:15:30.679
  • to wanting to live for yourself
  • 00:15:30.713 --> 00:15:32.581
  • and all the kicks that comefrom a worldly life.
  • 00:15:32.614 --> 00:15:36.385
  • And you hearthe prophet Elijah saying,
  • 00:15:36.418 --> 00:15:39.288
  • "How long are you gonna teeterbetween two worlds?
  • 00:15:39.321 --> 00:15:42.691
  • Choose for yourself somebody.
  • 00:15:42.725 --> 00:15:44.526
  • If you're gonna livefor the world,
  • 00:15:44.560 --> 00:15:45.928
  • go live for the world.
  • 00:15:45.961 --> 00:15:47.396
  • But if you're gonna livefor God,
  • 00:15:47.429 --> 00:15:48.831
  • live for Godwith everything you have."
  • 00:15:48.864 --> 00:15:51.066
  • He called the peopleto that challenge
  • 00:15:51.100 --> 00:15:53.168
  • and to that decision.
  • 00:15:53.202 --> 00:16:00.809
  • Verses 22 to 24,
  • 00:16:00.843 --> 00:16:02.311
  • the events of the dayare continued.
  • 00:16:02.344 --> 00:16:04.246
  • "Elijah said to the people,
  • 00:16:04.279 --> 00:16:05.981
  • 'I alone am lefta prophet of the Lord.'"
  • 00:16:06.015 --> 00:16:07.983
  • Now, we knowthat wasn't true,
  • 00:16:08.017 --> 00:16:09.318
  • but that's what he thought.
  • 00:16:09.351 --> 00:16:11.120
  • "'But Baal's prophetsare 450 men.
  • 00:16:11.153 --> 00:16:14.423
  • Therefore,'" he said,"'let them give us two bulls;
  • 00:16:14.456 --> 00:16:17.659
  • and let them chooseone bull for themselves,
  • 00:16:17.693 --> 00:16:19.695
  • and cut it in pieces,lay it on the wood,
  • 00:16:19.728 --> 00:16:21.997
  • and put no fire under it;and I'll prepare the other bull,
  • 00:16:22.031 --> 00:16:25.367
  • and lay it on the wood,and put no fire under it.
  • 00:16:25.401 --> 00:16:27.703
  • And you callon the name of your god,
  • 00:16:27.736 --> 00:16:29.571
  • and I'll callon the name of the Lord;
  • 00:16:29.605 --> 00:16:31.774
  • and the God who answers by fire,He is God.'
  • 00:16:31.807 --> 00:16:35.110
  • So all the peopleanswered and said,
  • 00:16:35.144 --> 00:16:36.512
  • 'Well spoken, well spoken.'"
  • 00:16:36.545 --> 00:16:40.149
  • And so that's what they did.
  • 00:16:40.182 --> 00:16:42.618
  • All day long, the prophetsof Baal pleaded with their god.
  • 00:16:42.651 --> 00:16:46.755
  • I love to read this.
  • 00:16:46.789 --> 00:16:48.490
  • They danced around
  • 00:16:48.524 --> 00:16:49.825
  • and they leaped up and downon the altar.
  • 00:16:49.858 --> 00:16:52.094
  • They cut themselves.
  • 00:16:52.127 --> 00:16:53.429
  • They did everything,
  • 00:16:53.462 --> 00:16:54.763
  • but Baal never showed upto consume their sacrifice.
  • 00:16:54.797 --> 00:16:58.233
  • Now, this is why I like Elijah.
  • 00:16:58.267 --> 00:17:00.669
  • Elijah feels like it's okay
  • 00:17:00.702 --> 00:17:02.771
  • to have a little funwith these guys.
  • 00:17:02.805 --> 00:17:05.841
  • So he's gonna work on 'em.
  • 00:17:05.874 --> 00:17:08.010
  • So he makes fun of them,
  • 00:17:08.043 --> 00:17:09.411
  • and I can't get inall the details,
  • 00:17:09.445 --> 00:17:11.747
  • but he sayssome pretty interesting things
  • 00:17:11.780 --> 00:17:14.583
  • to these guys.
  • 00:17:14.616 --> 00:17:17.519
  • And after hehas made fun of them,
  • 00:17:17.553 --> 00:17:20.122
  • when the false prophetshad exhausted themselves,
  • 00:17:20.155 --> 00:17:23.292
  • Elijah drenched his altarand his sacrifice with water,
  • 00:17:23.325 --> 00:17:26.161
  • and verses 36 through 39:"Then it came to pass,
  • 00:17:26.195 --> 00:17:29.298
  • at the time of the offeringof the evening sacrifice,
  • 00:17:29.331 --> 00:17:32.734
  • that Elijah the prophetcame near and said,
  • 00:17:32.768 --> 00:17:34.937
  • 'Lord God of Abraham,Isaac, and Israel,
  • 00:17:34.970 --> 00:17:37.039
  • let it be known this daythat You are God in Israel
  • 00:17:37.072 --> 00:17:39.975
  • and I am Your servant,
  • 00:17:40.008 --> 00:17:41.443
  • and that I have doneall these things at Your word.
  • 00:17:41.477 --> 00:17:44.346
  • Hear me, O Lord, hear me,
  • 00:17:44.379 --> 00:17:46.148
  • that this people may knowthat You are the Lord God,
  • 00:17:46.181 --> 00:17:49.384
  • and that You have turnedtheir hearts back to You again.'
  • 00:17:49.418 --> 00:17:52.221
  • And the fire of the Lord fell
  • 00:17:52.254 --> 00:17:54.223
  • and consumedthe burnt sacrifice,
  • 00:17:54.256 --> 00:17:56.225
  • and the woodand the stone and the dust,
  • 00:17:56.258 --> 00:17:58.794
  • and it licked up the waterthat was in the trenches.
  • 00:17:58.827 --> 00:18:01.897
  • And when all the people saw it,they fell on their faces;
  • 00:18:01.930 --> 00:18:04.366
  • and they said,'The Lord, He is God!
  • 00:18:04.399 --> 00:18:07.302
  • The Lord, He is God!Yes, he is.
  • 00:18:07.336 --> 00:18:09.138
  • He is God.'"
  • 00:18:09.171 --> 00:18:12.741
  • Imagine the courage
  • 00:18:12.774 --> 00:18:14.143
  • that God gave to Elijahin that moment.
  • 00:18:14.176 --> 00:18:17.279
  • Here was a prophet who thoughthe was the only one left,
  • 00:18:17.312 --> 00:18:21.984
  • the only one still committedto Jehovah,
  • 00:18:22.017 --> 00:18:24.586
  • and before him were850 false prophets,
  • 00:18:24.620 --> 00:18:28.790
  • backed upby the most powerful couple
  • 00:18:28.824 --> 00:18:31.393
  • and despicable couple on earth,Ahab and Jezebel.
  • 00:18:31.426 --> 00:18:35.664
  • He was aloneagainst all of them.
  • 00:18:35.697 --> 00:18:38.200
  • A great multitude showed upto watch the drama
  • 00:18:38.233 --> 00:18:41.103
  • and Elijah stood like a flint,
  • 00:18:41.136 --> 00:18:43.405
  • challenging the heretics,
  • 00:18:43.438 --> 00:18:45.174
  • and he called downfire from heaven.
  • 00:18:45.207 --> 00:18:50.179
  • Reminds me of the early churchin the New Testament,
  • 00:18:50.212 --> 00:18:53.882
  • when the early believerswere filled with the Holy Spirit
  • 00:18:53.916 --> 00:18:56.418
  • and spoke the Word of Godwith boldness.
  • 00:18:56.451 --> 00:18:58.420
  • It seems to me
  • 00:18:58.453 --> 00:18:59.755
  • that more and more peopleare doing that today.
  • 00:18:59.788 --> 00:19:02.191
  • As the times grow darker,
  • 00:19:02.224 --> 00:19:03.825
  • God is raising up believersin unusual places
  • 00:19:03.859 --> 00:19:07.296
  • and giving them the boldnessto speak up for the gospel.
  • 00:19:07.329 --> 00:19:10.432
  • Isn't it interestinghow the same culture
  • 00:19:10.465 --> 00:19:12.968
  • that preachestolerance and openness
  • 00:19:13.001 --> 00:19:15.037
  • and every viewpointtries to silence
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:17.539
  • the simple witnessof the followers of Christ?
  • 00:19:17.573 --> 00:19:21.176
  • But we have a right to be heard
  • 00:19:21.210 --> 00:19:22.945
  • and we have a responsibilityto hold up the cross of Christ
  • 00:19:22.978 --> 00:19:26.215
  • to a needy world.
  • 00:19:26.248 --> 00:19:27.549
  • We need to call fire downfrom heaven, in a sense,
  • 00:19:27.583 --> 00:19:30.786
  • and preach revival
  • 00:19:30.819 --> 00:19:32.120
  • to a world that is haltingbetween two opinions
  • 00:19:32.154 --> 00:19:36.458
  • and this is no timeto be a secret disciple.
  • 00:19:36.491 --> 00:19:39.561
  • It's time to stand up for Jesusand to use every platform,
  • 00:19:39.595 --> 00:19:43.265
  • every opportunitythat God gives us,
  • 00:19:43.298 --> 00:19:46.168
  • to preach his Wordwith boldness.
  • 00:19:46.201 --> 00:19:53.508
  • Elijah was filledwith conviction,
  • 00:19:53.542 --> 00:19:56.144
  • firm in his compassion,fervent in prayer,
  • 00:19:56.178 --> 00:19:59.081
  • fearless before evil,
  • 00:19:59.114 --> 00:20:01.149
  • and one last thoughtthat brings this back
  • 00:20:01.183 --> 00:20:03.752
  • to the humanityof all of us.
  • 00:20:03.785 --> 00:20:05.821
  • He was fueled by faith.
  • 00:20:05.854 --> 00:20:09.458
  • The Bible saysElijah was different.
  • 00:20:09.491 --> 00:20:11.660
  • He was kind,he prayed with fervor,
  • 00:20:11.693 --> 00:20:13.862
  • he spoke with boldness,but then in the next chapter,
  • 00:20:13.895 --> 00:20:16.965
  • the story takes a turnthat we can hardly comprehend.
  • 00:20:16.999 --> 00:20:20.669
  • You know it.
  • 00:20:20.702 --> 00:20:22.004
  • "Ahab told Jezebelall that Elijah had done,"
  • 00:20:22.037 --> 00:20:24.506
  • and how that Elijah
  • 00:20:24.539 --> 00:20:25.841
  • had killed all the prophetswith the sword,
  • 00:20:25.874 --> 00:20:27.542
  • 'cause, remember,after he called down fire,
  • 00:20:27.576 --> 00:20:29.811
  • all of his guys got together
  • 00:20:29.845 --> 00:20:31.446
  • and they took outall the prophets of Jezebel.
  • 00:20:31.480 --> 00:20:33.115
  • They killed 'em all,
  • 00:20:33.148 --> 00:20:34.883
  • which did not makeJezebel happy.
  • 00:20:34.916 --> 00:20:36.485
  • "And Jezebel senta messenger to Elijah,
  • 00:20:38.186 --> 00:20:40.289
  • saying, 'So let the godsdo to me, and more also,
  • 00:20:40.322 --> 00:20:44.359
  • if I don't make your lifeas the life of one of those
  • 00:20:44.393 --> 00:20:47.029
  • that you killed by tomorrowabout this time.'
  • 00:20:47.062 --> 00:20:50.632
  • And when he saw that,
  • 00:20:50.666 --> 00:20:52.200
  • Elijah aroseand he ran for his life."
  • 00:20:52.234 --> 00:20:57.105
  • And I'm thinking,"Isn't this the guy
  • 00:20:57.139 --> 00:20:58.607
  • who just stood up1 against 850
  • 00:20:58.640 --> 00:21:01.076
  • and called downfire from heaven?
  • 00:21:01.109 --> 00:21:02.411
  • And now he's runningfrom a woman?
  • 00:21:02.444 --> 00:21:06.615
  • Come on, Elijah."
  • 00:21:06.648 --> 00:21:09.551
  • The Bible tells usthat Elijah was
  • 00:21:09.584 --> 00:21:11.720
  • a man with a nature like ours,
  • 00:21:11.753 --> 00:21:13.689
  • so we must have the capacityto do stuff like that too.
  • 00:21:13.722 --> 00:21:18.193
  • In chapter 19,
  • 00:21:18.226 --> 00:21:20.896
  • Elijah had somethinglike a nervous breakdown.
  • 00:21:20.929 --> 00:21:24.032
  • It says in verse 4: "He himself
  • 00:21:24.066 --> 00:21:25.400
  • went a day's journeyinto the wilderness,
  • 00:21:25.434 --> 00:21:26.968
  • and he came and he sat downunder a broom tree.
  • 00:21:27.002 --> 00:21:30.939
  • And he prayed that he might die,and he said, 'It's enough!
  • 00:21:30.972 --> 00:21:34.876
  • Now, Lord, take my life,
  • 00:21:34.910 --> 00:21:36.211
  • I am no betterthan my fathers!'"
  • 00:21:36.244 --> 00:21:38.613
  • Well, nobody ever told himhe was better than his fathers,
  • 00:21:38.647 --> 00:21:41.216
  • but that's what happensto you when you get depressed.
  • 00:21:41.249 --> 00:21:43.785
  • I've come to believethat many Christians
  • 00:21:43.819 --> 00:21:47.122
  • are having problems todaybecause of sheer exhaustion.
  • 00:21:47.155 --> 00:21:50.992
  • We're running ourselves ragged,
  • 00:21:51.026 --> 00:21:52.427
  • and at some point, we need timefor rest, sleep,
  • 00:21:52.461 --> 00:21:54.496
  • nourishment, and replenishment.
  • 00:21:54.529 --> 00:21:55.997
  • If you're havingsome kind of depressive episode
  • 00:21:56.031 --> 00:21:58.133
  • in your life right now,
  • 00:21:58.166 --> 00:21:59.534
  • perhaps exhaustion and fatigueare playing a role in it.
  • 00:21:59.568 --> 00:22:03.138
  • God created us for rest,
  • 00:22:03.171 --> 00:22:04.773
  • and if we're gonna begreat for God,
  • 00:22:04.806 --> 00:22:06.341
  • we have to take careof our human bodies.
  • 00:22:06.375 --> 00:22:09.644
  • There's not anything wrongwith taking time
  • 00:22:09.678 --> 00:22:11.880
  • to go and replenish your spirit.
  • 00:22:11.913 --> 00:22:13.482
  • Elijah is a man like us,the Scripture says,
  • 00:22:13.515 --> 00:22:16.184
  • and he had this great victoryon Mount Carmel
  • 00:22:16.218 --> 00:22:18.687
  • and God used him to stand up
  • 00:22:18.720 --> 00:22:21.356
  • against the intimidationof his world
  • 00:22:21.390 --> 00:22:23.058
  • but, in the process,Elijah got worn down.
  • 00:22:23.091 --> 00:22:26.495
  • And God spoke to him,"And He said to Elijah, 'Go out,
  • 00:22:28.163 --> 00:22:30.599
  • and stand on the mountainon the the Lord.'
  • 00:22:30.632 --> 00:22:33.502
  • And behold, the Lord passed by,
  • 00:22:33.535 --> 00:22:35.070
  • and a great and strong windtore into the mountains
  • 00:22:35.103 --> 00:22:37.339
  • and broke the rocks in piecesbefore the Lord,
  • 00:22:37.372 --> 00:22:40.809
  • but the Lordwas not in the wind;
  • 00:22:40.842 --> 00:22:43.645
  • and after the windan earthquake,
  • 00:22:43.678 --> 00:22:45.347
  • but the Lord was notin the earthquake;
  • 00:22:45.380 --> 00:22:48.116
  • and after the earthquake a fire,
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  • but the Lordwas not in the fire;
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  • and after the firea still small voice."
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  • Elijah had gotten his eyeson Jezebel
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  • instead of on Jehovah.
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  • He had become distractedby the queen of Israel
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  • and forgottenabout the King of kings.
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  • Anxiety takes overwhen we come to believe
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  • that our problems are greaterthan God's power.
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  • Sometimesthat happens to all of us,
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  • but God knows how to reassure uswith a still small voice.
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  • I'm convinced that Godprimarily does that in our lives
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  • through his holy book,the Bible.
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  • The most precious thingin my life
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  • is how the Lord gives mespecific verses
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  • to help me throughspecific times in my life.
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  • It's his still small voice,
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  • and this has always been
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  • the great secret of perseveringand overcoming
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  • and staying at itfor a long period of time.
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  • As we journey
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  • through the valleysand mountaintops of life,
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  • we're going to encountera lot of stress and pain
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  • and momentsthat require us to dig deep
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  • into our ownspiritual reservoirs and listen
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  • for the still small voiceof God.
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  • That's why I keep talkingabout the importance
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  • of reading your Bible every day,
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  • of having a devotional patternin your life,
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  • even memorizing,meditating on God's Word.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen,we cannot stand up
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  • to the intimidationof our society
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  • without beingconstantly replenished
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  • by God's still small voice.
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  • Let me tell you something else.
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  • I know there aresome people here tonight
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  • that don't know Jesus Christ.
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  • You've never put your trustin the Lord Jesus.
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  • I haven't preached necessarilyan evangelistic message,
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  • but I believe
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  • that when the Word of Godis preached,
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  • God will use that Wordto penetrate
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  • the hearts of thosewho don't know him.
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  • Let me tell you tonight if youdon't know Jesus Christ,
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  • tonight's the best opportunityyou've ever had
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  • and may be the last oneyou will ever have.
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  • I don't want youto leave here tonight
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  • unless you know for sure
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  • that Jesus Christis living in your heart.
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  • You can never dealwith intimidation
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  • unless you haveJesus in your heart.
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  • I hope this will be the nightGod works in your life.
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