3.29.20 Online Only
(Paul wanted to go to Rome to preach, BUT he writes from a Roman prison)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:4-7
Do not be anxious about anything? Even possible?
Elijah (prophet from the old Testament) – he struggled with anxiety!
1 Kings 17-19—Confronted King Ahab
- King of Israel that started worshiping Baal
- Married Jezebel
- Elijah—Prophesied Drought
God worked in MIGHTY ways to provide and care for Elijah
Elijah experienced nonstop—Protection, Provision, Presence, Power God!
Jezebel makes a threat and Elijah falls apart!
3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:3-4
Elijah made same common mistakes that we make…
1. We run ourselves into the ground. (Afraid, Ran for life…)
- Too much work
- Spiritually cold
2. We shut people out. (Left his servant—most loyal companion)
- Internalized problem
- No one understand
3. We focus on the negative. (Had enough—No better than my fathers)
- Life isn’t going to get better!
- Never going to change!
- Never get into right college, Terrible Mom, Struggle financially.
4. We forget God.
Every step of the way—Every moment—Every situation
God had been Present—God had Provided—Had Protected—Forgets!
Elijah literally means “My God is The Lord!”
God meets Elijah in his need.
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:11-12
Why does God’s voice seem so quiet?
He whispers because… He is (always) close.
Today, you might be in the midst of going through a difficult time. For some it:
1. Never happens – the situation doesn’t come about – Elijah
2. Does and not as bad
3. Worst case scenario BUT God carries you through!
No storm God won’t bring you through!
No obstacle God won’t help you overcome!
No enemy that God won’t defeat!
No heartache God won’t heal!
Because of who God is, there is no place in my heart for anxiety!