I want to draw your attention to just three words about this Shepherd, who is the Lord, and His relationship to the Christian. You find them in Psalm 23 (verses 2 and 3): He leads me.
The Surprising Influence of a Godly Life
What’s the point of being faithful to God? The greatest moment of Elijah’s life led to deep disappointment. After all the prayer and all the ministry, Elijah felt defeated. He probably asked himself: What have I accomplished? What has come of my life? What was the point?
Maybe you’ve asked yourself some of these same questions. If your energy is drained and your motivation is almost gone, you need to know about the surprising influence of a godly life.
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 Leaders are people who set out on a journey and take others with them. Today I want […]
The word of the Lord came to him, ‘Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith.’ (1 Kings 17:2) This is astonishing: Elijah must have done a double take… “What? We just launched the ministry and now you say ‘Go hide yourself.’” This man has been preparing himself for ministry. […]
“Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.” (1 Kings 17:13) Our series is about leadership and today we see that leaders ask for great sacrifice, for the sake of […]
He took [the child] from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged. 1 Kings 17:19 On this special weekend, we come to the story of a mother whose heart was broken and then entered into overwhelming joy. If you are visiting for Mother’s Day weekend, I am so glad […]
Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly…) (1 Kings 18:3) God has his people in some surprising places. We have seen this already in the story of the widow of Zarephath. God sent Elijah to this lady, who must have seemed the most unlikely person to be in a […]
“Let it be known this day that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and that I have done all these things according to your word.” 1 Kings 18:36 The time had come for Elijah to confront the prophets of Baal. Notice it wasn’t his own idea. God extended patience to […]
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. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. James 5:17-18 People who want to make a difference […]
He departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat… Elijah passed by him and cast his cloak upon him. 1 Kings 19:19 Most of Elijah’s life was an uphill struggle in which God’s people had given way to rampant idolatry. He served through the reign of the worst King Israel had ever known […]