Gene Cunningham - September 11, 2000

Elijah #10

Elijah illustrates the Lord's statements (Mat 10:32-39). Scripture is there for our benefit (Rom 15:4, 1Co 11:10, 2Ti 3:16). Elijah was just like us and afraid (Jam 5:17). Elijah is under more than a physical conflict (1Ki 19:1-3). Satan is behind the scene attacking him. The greatest danger is after a victory. When we give into fear we do stupid things. Elijah prays to die (1Ki 19:4). Though we are faithless, God remains faithful (2Ti 2:13). He provided everything to Elijah. "What are you doing here,Elijah?" (1Ki 19:9-12) When the Lord asks questions we have no answers. God won't deliver us through signs. Don't look for the Lord in strong winds, fires and earthquakes. God asks again. The problem behind problems is sin. Elijah is preoccupied with himself and his importance (1Ki 19:13-14). God has Elijah appoint his successor, who anoints the King of Israel, and his servant (1Ki 19:15-17, 2Ti 2:2). God wants impact for the cause of Christ (Heb 5:12). Elijah was disillusioned making the same mistakes we do (1Ki 19:18).

Scripture References: Hebrews 5:12, James 5:17, Romans 15:4, Matthew 10:32-39

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