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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 Kings 19:8-9

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"WHAT DOEST THOU HERE"
Intro: Elijah had just experienced one of the greatest victories of his career. Fire from heaven.
I. WHAT DOEST THOU HERE.
A. He was in the wilderness of Mt. Horeb.
1. About as desolate and uninhabited as you can find.
B. Sometimes we find ourselves in weird places.
1. Places where we as servants of God don't belong.
2. The place of despair.
a. We have given up and run.
b. Our greatest trials often follow our greatest victories.
c. Our hope should always be bright.
1. We may lose a battle but.
2. Jesus won the war.
3. The place of depression.
a. It's no use, I can't fight the world.
b. Our note from Cheryl. "It's no use."
c. David said, "Why art thou cast down, O my soul?"
d. God is still on the throne.
4. The place of fear.
a. Elijah feared for his life.
b. Fear is a tool of Satan.
1. The fear of failure has held back many from ventures of success.
2. The fear of man bringeth a snare.
3. It will cause you to run back in defeat when you should be running forward to victory.
c. God said "fear not" then He gave the greatest reason -- "for I am with thee."
1. "Ye, though I walk through the valley of the shadow..."
2. Rom. 8, "If God be for me...?" "Who shall separate us from the love of God?" Tribulation, distress, perverse.
C. What doest thou here? You have no business here.
1. You've counted yourself out when God wants to count you in.
II. WHAT DOEST THOU HERE?
A. He was hiding in the cave.
1. He had fled from Israel through Judah to its southern most border Beersheba. Then south to Horeb.
2. He was getting as far from the scene of action as possible.
B. He was doing nothing.
1. His fear had driven him from the work of God.
a. One week calling down fire to consume the sacrifice and turning the people to Jehovah.
b. The next week hiding in a cave surrounded by sage brush and cactus.
2. He wasn't really hiding, God found him, in fact was with him all the way.
a. He was so distressed and fearful it took him a little time to find God.
1. There was the wind, earthquake, fire.
2. God spoke in the still small voice.
III. WHAT DOEST THOU HERE?
A. Elijah started his little speech again offering excuses.
B. God ignored his speech and sent him back to work.
Sermon Notes for 1 Kings 18:24 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 1 Kings 19:8-9 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 2 Samuel 3:39 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 2 Kings 2:14 Next Book →
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