Why study the book of Kings?
It illustrates the tension of living Gods way in a corrupt culture.
Why study a portion of Kings the life and time of Elijah?
Because Elijah was an incredible example of someone who took a stand against the corrupt culture, answering God’s call to bring people back to faithfulness.
The cast in our story is son of Omri and the Jahwehiest Elijah who’s name means “Jahweh is my God”.
Sons of Omri
Wealth to purchase and build Samaria
Successful transfer of power
God calls us to bring people from the corrupt kingdom of this world back to him.
Prophet- One who speaks on the behalf of God 1Cor 14:1-4
Jesus sends out the 12 disciples the 72 followers and at his ascension to all- Go make disciples of all nations…James5:19-20
Allowing your heart to be changed
1. Going from miracles for me to miracles through me. 1Kings17:2-4
2.Willing to receive Gods Assistance Gods way. 1 Kings 17: 7-9
3. Holding to faith which keeps you on the path when challenges arise. 1Kings17:10-12
Overcoming worry and anxiety starts with trust.
Overcoming worry and anxiety requires a shift of fears.
“What if you looked at your problem as an opportunity for God to work? What if your greatest problem was also going to be greatest miracle?” Lou Engle.
Overcoming worry and anxiety requires an exchange of desire.
Matt 6:5-14. Psalms139:15, Ephesians 3:20, Romans3:26,
The Big three Christian Duties: (the trinityof pursuing righteousness).
A more effective way to pray:
1. Prayer is most effective when birthed in the secret place.
2. Prayer is most effective when we know who we address.
3. Prayer is most effective when we pray with Confidence.
We are most like God when we give.
We are most alert to God’s voice when we pray.
We are most dependent on God when we fast.
Praying-my soul, heart
Yet, Jesus cautious us.., “be careful ”
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard and that leads to life. And those who find it are few.
Acts of Giving
Jesus is not doubting or questioning if we will be giving . It’s one of his commands.
You can give without loving but you can’t love without giving
1. Be careful …
2. When you give…
3.Then you father…
We are choosing whose reward we want.
Earthly deeds done to men see them out reward is here It’s all we are going to get.
Heavenly deeds done so only God sees them. He will then reward us in his own way.
Acts of righteousness done because we love Jesus and we are obeying his commands.
Barnabas real name was Joses but the apostles renamed him Barnabas because of his generosity. He encouraged many people .He also stayed with those people for at least a year to help them. We all as Christians can take a page from from his book. It takes a special person to become an encourager . Everyone in the body in the body of Christ needs this . Some churches lack this very important element. It made me think when I was reading through Acts 11 that I could use improvement in this area. When we encourage someone else we can build there faith.