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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
October 28, 2018
Central Passage
1 Kings 19
Description

Are you constantly struggling to deal with your reactions to situations? Do you find yourself caught in the same sin over and over? In many cases your reaction/sin life are a direct result of your bad habits. Over a lifetime you have conditioned yourself to respond certain ways to certain things, but when Christ saves us we become a new creation. Take a listen and let us know How God spoke to you?

Here are the Pastor's study notes

Mrs. Smith, a senior adult, was so happy, “I’ve cured my husband of biting his nails.” I said, After all these years? Tell me how? she replied I hid his teeth!

Bad Habits can bring personal embarrassment and physical limitations. American educator, Horace Mann, once described the predicament this way: “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it.”

Lloyd Cory, The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until the are too strong to be broken.

Elijah has just challenged 450 prophets of Baal and won. He challenges God to reveal Himself and God does. Elijah should be on top of the world, but Jezebel issues a death threat.

1 Kings 19:1-3 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.

So why is a man who just saw God move in such a powerful way, now afraid?

1 Kings 19:9-10 There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.”

V9 is a great question to ask yourself when facing temptation or your response is not godly to a situation.

What are you doing here? Physically, mentally, emotionally. Why are you in the place that you are?

What is your purpose? When Christ died on the Cross He gave us a new purpose in life.

Elijah v4 has ran away about a day’s journey. He is begging God to let him die.

His given reason shows that it is not fear but selfishness.

  • I have been very jealous for the Lord
  • The others have forsaken you, torn down the altars, killed the prophets
  • I am alone, am left, and they seek to take it away
  • Look God, I’m basically the only one doing anything and after standing up to them, you are going to allow me to go through this.
  • The defeat after the victory
    • For many believers you know this story all too well. Not the Elijah story, but your own. God has moved and used you, but then the attacks began.

Steps to overcome

  • Get alone in prayer(He had to get away from everyone and everything to be with God)
    • V5-8 Part of the key to fasting is to realize that only God can provide what you need. When the physical desires become great, but God is greater.
    • Trust that the Lord is preparing you for something great. The grace of God provides the strength to get you to where you need to be in order to evaluate your life and the triggers of your responses.
  • Learn to discern the voice of God over all things, including nature and big events
    • God’s voice is unique. If you ever struggle to hear it, open your bible.
    • When our habitual responses are to protect ourselves from what we view are unjust attacks, we have to be careful not to give too much attention to nature, the people, their faces, our negative thoughts.
  • This takes time. You developed these habits over the years, they will not fade quickly.
    • He needed to travel, God gave him strength, and then encouraged him.
  • Pick someone in the Bible, Church, Life, and throughout history that you admire their Godly walk. Then purpose in your life to be like them. Imitate them.
  • Ask others to help hold you accountable
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