Pastor Mike begins a new series and addresses the question that so many people have asked over the past few months, “Will 2020 Ever End?” We will take a look at the story of Elijah where Pastor Mike will take us through some steps in how to respond when we feel beaten down by discouragement.
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Will 2020 ever End?
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest.
Psalm 22:1-2 CSB
Beaten down by…
Now Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So May the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 1 Kings 19:1-2 NASB
How to Respond:
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 1 Kings 19:4 NASB
(Never Give In)
And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 1 Kings 19:3 NASB
(Never Give Up)
…”It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 1 Kings 19:4 NASB
For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Romans 15:4 CSB
He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6 NASB
So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God. 1 Kings 19:8 NASB
So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing. 1 Kings 19:11-12 NASB
(Disappointment is often God’s appointment)
(Never allow my problems, to outweigh God’s promises)
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NASB
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