What can I do when Iím _______?
James tells us that Elijah was a man just like us.† Have you ever given that statement much thought?† If Elijah was a man just like us, then he would have experienced both the highs and lows of life.† He would have known both the joys and heartaches of serving the Lord.† When we turn to chapter 19 in the book of First Kings; we read about one of those moments when Elijah was at a low point in his life.† Some of us can identify with that.† There are times when we feel like we are the only one still serving the Lord.† Maybe you have experienced that dry season in your life where the energy was gone and the thrill of serving is a distant memory.† Could it be that the meter is on empty when it comes to desire in answering the call of God on your life?† Elijah was a man just like us in that he reached that moment in his life.† Here we find him afraid, alone, exhausted, and praying that God would take his life.† In that moment God steps into the picture and restores His prophet.† During the month of February we will look at how God did this because I believe He wants to do the same for us when we find ourselves afraid, lonely, hopeless, and exhausted.† The God who restored Elijah is the same God who can restore us today.† If you need some restoration in your life today when it comes to serving the Lord; join me as we look at a man just like us.
February 2nd †††††††††††††† Title: What can I do when Iím afraid?†††††††††††††††††††††† Text: 1 Kings 19:3-5
Theme: God has a way of reassuring us that calms our nerves when we are struggling with fear.
Have you ever been chased by someone that was threating to kill you?† Back in High School there were those moments when that might have been the case.† Some bully wanted to beat us up after school, a brother was threatening revenge for a prank he did not appreciate, or a jealous boyfriend that thought you might be stealing his girl.† Elijah had a wicked queen that was threatening to kill him for what he did to the 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel.† To escape her grips, Elijah ran in fear to a place out in the desert.† This prophet of God was afraid of what might happen to him.† In this message we will look at how God reassures us in His word that we must not live in fear of those who threaten us.† God promises to be present with us no matter where we go in life.
February 9th†††††††††††††††† Title: What can I do when Iím lonely?†††††††††††††††††††††† Text: 1 Kings 19:3-5
Theme: God has a way of reminding us that opens our eyes when we are struggling with loneliness.
Valentineís Day is a special occasion for those who are in a committed relationship.† It is a time to express your love and affection for your significant other.† The reality is that a lot of individuals feel lonely even when they are in a crowd.† When we are depressed and discouraged, we may feel like we are the only one serving in a ministry or that no one else cares.† Elijah can relate to you on this issue.† He left his servant at Beersheba and traveled on alone into the desert.† When God asks him what he is doing; Elijah mentions that he is all alone in his devotion to the Lord.† God reminds the prophet that he is not alone, but that there are more than seven thousand individuals who have not bowed before the Baals.† Maybe God needs to open our eyes today to realize we are not alone in our devotion to the Lord.† This message will look at the reality that we are never alone when it comes to serving the Lord.††
February 16th†††††††††††††† Title: What can I do when Iím hopeless?†††††††††††††††††† Text: 1 Kings 19:3-5
†Theme: God has a way of redirecting us that lifts our spirits when we are struggling with hopelessness.
†Have you ever felt like things were completely hopeless in your life?† Ever been at that point when you just wanted to die because you felt like things could not get any worse?† February is one of the most depressing months of the year according to scientific research.† There are a number of reasons for people feeling hopeless, depressed, and blah during the month.† First Kings chapter 19 does not mention the month when these events took place, but we do see Elijah crying out to God to end his life.† The prophet wanted to lie down and die; he felt so dejected.† God comes to Elijah and sets him on a new course of action.† He is to anoint several new kings and a new assistant to help him in the ministry.† God is redirecting the prophet.† Instead of praying to die; we need to pray that God will redirect our attention when we are struggling with hopelessness.† This message will look at how God does that today.†
†February 23rd†††††††††††††† Title: What can I do when Iím exhausted?††††††††††††††† Text: 1 Kings 19:3-5
Theme: God has a way of refreshing us that restores our strength when we are struggling with exhaustion.
†Are there mornings when you want to slam your alarm clock on the floor?† Do you ever wake up feeling completely drained and you donít know why?† Exhaustion does not always come from physical exercise.† Sometimes we are so mentally drained that our arms and legs feel like lead weights.† Spiritually, our tanks are running on empty and its only Monday.† Elijah can relate.† He was there in the desert praying to die.† As the last words rolled off his tongue; he feel asleep.† It took an angel to wake him up.† Twice an angel came to Elijah and told him to get up and eat.† God was restoring his prophet before sending him on the next mission.† Thatís the beauty of our God.† He has a way of refreshing us spiritually when we are faithful to Him.† In this message we will examine some ways that God restores our strength when we are struggling with exhaustion.††