Title: Part 1
Date: June 25-26, 2016
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1
If you have ever doubted God’s provision in your life, Elijah’s story might build your faith.
Ahab went to meet Elijah. When he saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” 1 Kings 18:16b-17
Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18:22
Make a Decision.
But the people said nothing. 1 Kings 18:22
About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened.” 1 Kings 18:27 (NLT)
Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacriﬁce. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. 1 Kings 18:29
“Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 1 Kings 18:36b-37
“Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again” 1 Kings 18:36b-37
Then the ﬁre of the Lord fell and burned up the sacriﬁce, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. 1 Kings 18:38
Never underestimate what God can do through one surrendered servant.
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. 1 Kings 19:3a
“I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:4b
Elijah & Discouragement: Physical exhaustion, Emotional depletion, Post-victory meltdown
Elijah & Perspective: Rest, Nourishment, God’s presence, A plan
Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 1 Kings 19:5
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” 1 Kings 19:11a
And after the ﬁre came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. 1 Kings 19:12b-13a
The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came…” 1 Kings 19:15a
· Who was or is one of your favorite superheroes?
· Read 1 Kings 18:18-40
· How many false prophets did Elijah face by himself? (v. 19)
· Have you ever felt outnumbered in your stand for what was right?
· Why do you think Elijah covered the altar with water three different times? (v. 33-35)
· What was the result of one individual remaining faithful to God? (v. 38-39)
· Phil mentioned, “Never underestimate what God can do through one surrendered servant.” Is there an area in your life where you feel like you need to be surrendered to God and see what he will do?
· Read 1 Kings 19:1-4
· After seeing God work in might ways, why do you think Elijah became so fearful of Jezebel’s threat?
· Have you ever experienced depression or struggle after a great success or victory? If so, what was that like for you?
· When you are discouraged, what typically helps you to find perspective and encouragement? Consider the things that God gave to Elijah (rest, nourishment, God’s presence, a plan)
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?