July 7, 2013

“TRUSTING GOD, OVERCOMING FEAR”

Passage: 1 Kings 18-19

Bible Text: 1 Kings 18-19 | MEMORY VERSES
Psalm 56:3-4 (NLT) “3 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”

 

Isaiah 41:10 & 13 (NLT) “10 don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. – 13 For I hold you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God. And I say to you ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

 

Elijah had a confrontation with the enemy, in this case with the priest who worshipped Baal, and they had led both King Ahab and Jezebel and the nation into Baal worship.

Elijah proposed a contest of sorts to discover who was really the authority-the true God, and in this contest, the Baal proved to be a false god and those who worshipped him, false prophets, therefore Elijah had them put to death.

Queen Jezebel upon hearing what Elijah had done, sent him a message that she was going to have him killed and Elijah became afraid and ran and hid from Queen Jezebel

In his running away, Elijah faced fear, abandonment, aloneness, and wanted to God to take his life rather than be subjected to whatever Queen Jezebel might do to him.

During his running away, Elijah became weary, tired and hungry, but God provided food and water for him and allowed him to rest so he could continue his journey.

Once Elijah made it to the mountain of God, he hid back in the cave awaiting his fate, but God had other plans for him. God speaks to Elijah first while he is still in his fear and hiding in the darkness of cave, then again when He has Elijah come out into the light of presence and reminded Elijah that He has and would continue to provide for Him, that He still had work to accomplish and the work was not in the cave- so he needed to get up and get going, trusting that God was still there with him, was still there providing and protecting him and that he still had work to accomplish.
The Consequences of Discouragement
 Divided attention—if you are discouraged, you may not be able to work wholeheartedly.

 Placing blame—when you feel down, be careful not to dwell on the wrongs of others.

Anger and depression—unless you address the inner roots of discouragement, you will never overcome negative feelings.

 Estrangement—People push others away by constantly grumbling.

 Loss of confidence—every aspect of your life will suffer when you feel unsure of yourself.

 Negative spirit—don’t rehash painful events.

Unwise decisions—Discouragement can cloud your judgment. By working through your feelings first, you can then make a careful, godly decision.

 Falling from God—Depression is fertile ground for seeds of doubt.

 
The Cure for Discouragement
Rest. Physical and emotional exhaustion often lead to discouragement. Get some sleep, find a place or a way to rest and get away from the problem for a moment Look within yourself. – Ask, Why am I discouraged?

Reorganize your life. In other words, evaluate your use of time, energy, and other resources. Make sure you’re doing the right things in the right way. Look up. – Ask God to intervene, to help you.

Resist the Enemy. Ask God to reveal the best response to difficulty, don’t allow Satan to rob you of the present or the future by reminding constantly about your past… Don’t look back. Don’t dwell on hurtful things in the past.

Resolve to trust God. Believe that He is in control (Ps. 103:19), loves you, and will never leave you (Heb. 13:5). He can turn adversity into something good. Look ahead. Focus on what the Lord is doing now in your life.

Be encouraged by what He has planned for the future.

 
ADDITIONAL VERSES TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER
Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20

David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Matthew 10:28

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Romans 8:15

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

2 Corinthians 4:7-11

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Hebrews 13:5-6

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
 

MEMORY VERSES

Psalm 56:3-4 (NLT) “3 But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”

 

Isaiah 41:10 & 13 (NLT) “10 don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. - 13 For I hold you by your right hand—I, the Lord your God. And I say to you ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”

 

Elijah had a confrontation with the enemy, in this case with the priest who worshipped Baal, and they had led both King Ahab and Jezebel and the nation into Baal worship.

Elijah proposed a contest of sorts to discover who was really the authority-the true God, and in this contest, the Baal proved to be a false god and those who worshipped him, false prophets, therefore Elijah had them put to death.

Queen Jezebel upon hearing what Elijah had done, sent him a message that she was going to have him killed and Elijah became afraid and ran and hid from Queen Jezebel

In his running away, Elijah faced fear, abandonment, aloneness, and wanted to God to take his life rather than be subjected to whatever Queen Jezebel might do to him.

During his running away, Elijah became weary, tired and hungry, but God provided food and water for him and allowed him to rest so he could continue his journey.

Once Elijah made it to the mountain of God, he hid back in the cave awaiting his fate, but God had other plans for him. God speaks to Elijah first while he is still in his fear and hiding in the darkness of cave, then again when He has Elijah come out into the light of presence and reminded Elijah that He has and would continue to provide for Him, that He still had work to accomplish and the work was not in the cave- so he needed to get up and get going, trusting that God was still there with him, was still there providing and protecting him and that he still had work to accomplish.

The Consequences of Discouragement

 Divided attention—if you are discouraged, you may not be able to work wholeheartedly.

 Placing blame—when you feel down, be careful not to dwell on the wrongs of others.

Anger and depression—unless you address the inner roots of discouragement, you will never overcome negative feelings.

 Estrangement—People push others away by constantly grumbling.

 Loss of confidence—every aspect of your life will suffer when you feel unsure of yourself.

 Negative spirit—don’t rehash painful events.

Unwise decisions—Discouragement can cloud your judgment. By working through your feelings first, you can then make a careful, godly decision.

 Falling from God—Depression is fertile ground for seeds of doubt.

 

The Cure for Discouragement

Rest. Physical and emotional exhaustion often lead to discouragement. Get some sleep, find a place or a way to rest and get away from the problem for a moment Look within yourself. - Ask, Why am I discouraged?

Reorganize your life. In other words, evaluate your use of time, energy, and other resources. Make sure you’re doing the right things in the right way. Look up. - Ask God to intervene, to help you.

Resist the Enemy. Ask God to reveal the best response to difficulty, don’t allow Satan to rob you of the present or the future by reminding constantly about your past... Don’t look back. Don’t dwell on hurtful things in the past.

Resolve to trust God. Believe that He is in control (Ps. 103:19), loves you, and will never leave you (Heb. 13:5). He can turn adversity into something good. Look ahead. Focus on what the Lord is doing now in your life.

Be encouraged by what He has planned for the future.

 

ADDITIONAL VERSES TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20

David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Matthew 10:28

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Romans 8:15

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

2 Corinthians 4:7-11

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Hebrews 13:5-6

For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"