Sunday, July 02, 2017
Elijah - the summer series 1
Not qualified. James says Elijah was a normal bloke. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
James 5:17 ESV
Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord , the God of Israel, lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word."
1 Kings 17:1 ESV
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours.
God can take a nobody and make a somebody.
That's God's job. What does it take to become somebody? Be common.
Gilead means rough hillbilly unrefined. 2 Kings 1:8 the hillbilly the Tishbite
He knew how to pray fervently. Stopped the rain. He was depressed living in solitude. God captured his heart. He steps into the presence of the king and becomes somebody.
Fear is our society's real epidemic. Not drugs.
Samuel learned that the Lord looks at the heart.
Do we believe that the Word of God is infallible? Do we follow it or ignore it? Elijah dared to speak up. Do we stand up for righteousness?
3. Commitment to God. That's what gave him the guts to stand up. I believe in Jesus. Don't just say whatever.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV
Simple faith. Common faith with full confidence in God. Stand in his presence. Deal with the stuff.
Trust God to make your nobody into a somebody. A powerful servant of God.