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Posted By Pastor Warren R. Davis

In 1 Kings 19:1-21, we see Elijah in the depths of despair.  The prophet is sitting under a juniper tree, asking God to take his life. The mighty prophet of God is discouraged and depressed. He has been used mightily of the Lord and he had expected a great revival to come to the land. A revival in which the people of Israel would repent of their sins and turn back to God with all their hearts. When this didn't happen, and when Elijah was threatened by the wicked queen Jezebel, he felt as though he and his ministry were a failure. Therefore, he ran away from his position, his problem, and his people.

While Elijah is a perfect picture of one who is depressed, he is also a portrait of a man who is guilty of sin. Verse 4 reveals the truth that Elijah's trouble stemmed from thinking more highly of himself than he should have. This is a problem we are all encouraged to avoid, 1 Cor. 10:12; Rom. 12:3.

For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  Romans 12:3

Certainly, God's perfect will for Elijah would have been for him to have stood up against Jezebel and to have led the country in renewed devotion to the Lord God. Of course, we all know that this isn't what happened. Yet, when we see how God deals with the fallen man of God, it can show us the steps God takes in the lives of those He wishes to restore to usefulness and power.

As this chapter in the life of Elijah comes to an end, we find him well on the road to recovery. He is back, and he is serving God once again! The Lord's ministry in his life has delivered him from the brink of death and of shipwreck. Some of you need that ministry today. You are on the verge of quitting on the Lord. You are discouraged and defeated. Others have wandered off into sin and are living lives that are not pleasing to the Lord. I wonder if He is speaking to your heart this morning? Is He saying, "What doest thou here?" If he has spoken to you, you need to come before him and ask for a fresh heart!

 
Posted By Pastor Warren R. Davis

Jesus is Coming Are You Ready?

The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Immediately he told his signalman to send a message to the other ship coming their way" 'Alter your course 10 degrees south."

Promptly a return message was received: 'Alter your course 10 degrees north."

The captain was angered; his command had been ignored. So he sent a second message: 'Alter your course 10 degrees south, I am the captain!"

Soon another message was received: Alter your course 10 degrees north, I am seaman third class Jones."

Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke: 'Alter your course 10 degrees south, I am a battleship."

Then the reply came 'Alter your course 10 degrees north, I am a lighthouse."

In the midst of our dark and foggy times, all sorts of voices are shouting orders into the night, telling us what to do, how to adjust our lives. Out of the darkness, one voice signals something quite opposite to the rest, something almost absurd. When the voice happens to be the Light of the World, and the voice is saying prepare yourselves, I am returning for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle, we must note ignore the voice of God that is saying I am coming, are you ready?

For much of America’s history, the assumption was that if you were born in America, you would affiliate with the Christian faith. A new nationwide survey by The Barna Group, however, indicates that people’s views have changed. The study discovered that half of all adults now contend that Christianity is just one of many options that Americans choose from and that a huge majority of adults pick and choose what they believe rather than adopt a church or denomination’s slate of beliefs       

Jesus is coming! Skeptics and scoffers deny that fact, but they can’t change the truth of it. Jesus is coming, and He is coming soon. This is not a childhood game! Eternity is at stake!

 

 

 

 
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