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Summary: Faith is a personal experience, born in your life measured by your ability to withstand opposition and affliction.

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FAITH IN CONFLICT

01/25/09

IKing 18:41-45

41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

43 And 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 it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

45 And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel.

(KJV)

*** The scriptures declare at least 5 times...

*** The just shall live by FAITH.

*** You can't sit by someone who has faith and get their faith.

*** Faith is a personal experience, born in your life measured by your ability to withstand opposition and affliction.

*** You can't measure my faith by the look of my car, or the size of my wallet.

*** You can measure my faith by my ability to stand up against opposition...

*** When you see how tough I am in the battle and how relentless I am when all hell is breaking loose, sick,no money, now you are talking about faith!

*** And by the way...God can't move a mountain till there's a mountain to move.

*** But Elijah concluded if God be for me...

*** Out numbered standing alone he looked like a fool.

*** But sometimes you got to have the kind of faith that makes you look like a fool.

*** I don't know how, when, or how but I know I am coming out of this!

*** Elijah gives us a perfect illustration of faith in conflict.

*** By three powerful didactic ways;

A SIGN, A SOUND AND A STORM.

*** A SIGN....

*** Outnumbered on all sides and God said go ahead and dig ditches, make trenches and pour water, I am going to give you a public sign.

***It's one thing for God to bring you out in private but it,s another thing when He brings you out in public.

***A sign that tells everybody the Lord was on your side!

*** When you get a sign like that you will have church in your living room, get happy washing dishes.

*** Everybody looking at you and He brought you out! It will make you praise the Lord.

*** You can't get out of here and have a secret sign of how to get on I 90, no it has to be a public sign, it has to have a light on it, etc.

*** Fire fell from heaven...licked up the wood and water and rocks...when God gives you a sign it will burn stuff that everyone said could not be burned.

*** But after all that isn't it funny how before you get out of one thing here comes something else?

*** He didn't even get to celebrate the sign cause he is still standing there in the drought.

*** What do you do when God has done great things for you and you are still in a “dry place”?

*** It's worse than a famine we can exist longer without food than we can without water.


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