Open Invite

Open Invite

Kings 19:1-18

“When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.” Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, and angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank, and the food gave him enough strength to travel forty days and forty nights to Mount Sinai, the mountain of God. There he came to a cave where he spent the night. But the Lord said to him, “what are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah replied, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire Thayer was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied again, “I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” Then the Lord told him, “Go back the same way you came, and travel to the wilderness of Damascus. When you arrive there, anoint Hazael to be king of Aram. Then anoint Jehu grandson of Nimshi to be king of Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from the town of Abelmeholah to replace you as my prophet. Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha! Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!”

  • Even in your worst moments God will be with you
  • When you run God will meet you there
  • Sometimes after a great victory you can find yourself in a valley
  • There are many things in our lives that drain us out
  • Sometimes we try to do life with no gas in our lives and we wear ourselves out
  • The Bible says we are like cups that need to be over filled and we give out of the over flow but instead we give from the cup and we drain ourselves out
  • The only way you can fill your cup is by spending time with God
  • Elijah had a great moment with God and he gave it his all
  • We are under a spiritual battle
    • Some of us are fighting and getting mad at people when we should be praying for them
    • Some of us are fighting our situation when we should be praying through our situation
    • We need to understand that sometimes when we are fighting depression, anxiety, sickness, stress, and lack of provision is a spiritual battle
  • Elijah wanted to quit and hid under a tree
    • He went into a cave and asked God to take him
    • Sometimes when we are tired we try to escape the situation like Elijah
    • When we are at our limit we try to escape our responsibility because we feel it’s easier not to deal with it.
    • A lot of us hide when we should be facing and dealing with the situation
    • Ignoring something will not make it disappear
    • Acting like it’s not a big deal will not make it less of a deal
    • Faking it will not make it disappear
  • We sometimes go back to that place Go took us out of
    • A lot of us try to get right with God then something happens and we go back to the lifestyle that was more easier and we think it will be better
  • A lot of us try to numb ourselves rather than feel what we need to feel an deal what we need to deal with
  • Elijah went into a cave and developed a victim mentality saying he was the only one left
    • But God said “ I have 7,000 waiting”
    • We sometimes develop a victim mentality thinking we are the only ones going through something
    • We are so focused on out little pain that we ignore the people God has ready to be with us
  • Why did Elijah develop a victim mentality?
    • He listened to the wrong voice
    • God kept talking to him over and over but whose voice did he keep repeating in his head: Jezebels saying “I’m going to kill you” but there was another voice there, the voice of God saying “Get up and eat and go!”
    • Some of us need to get up an eat and keep going
  • Be careful of the voices you listen to
    • Before you listen to someone check their fruit
    • Check their relationship with God
    • Make sure that person is right with God
  • Get up and go you have a long way to go, you have a mission, you have a purpose, you have a calling, you have a destiny, you have somewhere to be
  • Not everything that make you feel comfortable is what you need for you to advance in your life, being uncomfortable is part of life  
    • God is more invested in your destiny than your comfort
    • Sometimes God will allow you to go through darkness to get you out of your comfort so you can look for Him in a deeper way
  • There is an open invitation from God in the bible, when you feel like quitting, like you’ve had enough in Matthew 11:28 “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
    • He says come to me because when we get around Jesus, when you get around His presence it doesn’t matter what your going through because His presence will overshadow whatever you are going through
    • What we need the most of is the presence of Jesus
  • Don’t run away from the One who can fix your situation



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