Part 3 | Enduring Faith
Sent by God.
Fed by Ravens and Widows.
Standing for righteousness.
Hated by his world.
These are the phrases that describe the life of Elijah. Yet James says “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours” James 5:17
Can modern-day Christians really learn something from this ancient wild prophet? His story seems out of the realm of possibility and yet he speaks to us in our day louder than ever.
The journey of following Christ will be filled with constant temptations, hostile opinions, and devastating occasions. But God’s still small voice will always lead you home. The key is to learn to listen.
From 1 Kings 18
📖 1 Kings 18:21 (ESV) And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two diﬀerent opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.
📖 1 Kings 18:26b (ESV) “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made.
1. Our faith has to endure thestage.
📖 Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) Faith is the substance of things hope for the evidence of things not seen.
Our Faith will endure theby .
📖 Colossians 1:16 (NIV) For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.
2. Our faith has to endure through thestage.
📖 1 Kings 18:22 (ESV) Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.
Our Faith endures through Isolation when we are inwith people who .
3. Our Faith has to endure through thestage.
📖 1 Kings 18:33-35 (ESV) And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt oﬀering and on the wood.” 34 And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time. 35 And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water.
Our Faith endures through the impossible, when weand step out in the .
4. Our Faith has to endure through thestage.
📖 1 Kings 18:43-44 (ESV) And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. 44 And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’”