Summary: Why do we as a people of God, even after he’s proven victorious in our lives time after time, still fear that he can’t do it?
In this particular text, what strikes me is that in the previous chapter, Elijah is just coming off of a victory over the Gods of Baal, where God provided for him and allowed victory, yet, even after that, here in chapter 19 verses 1-3, Elijah becomes fearful again because of what Ahab told Jezereel.
Many of us humans I feel do the same thing today, as Elijah did so many years ago... (Elaborate)
So, Why do we have "Fear after victory."?
II. Body: Why do we fear after a victory?
A.) Because we listen to other people too much, & not enough to God.
-19:2-3 Elijah paid more attention to the messenger than to God. This caused him to run and to fear.
-You can’t listen to everything or everybody or anything or anybody that tries to speak into your life!
- You have to watch who you let speak into your space!!
-Talk about false prophecy.
-Not everybody who speaks into your space has your best interest in mind!
-We need to listen to the voice of God more!
B.) Because we don’t think highly enough of ourselves or that, despite what we’ve done that God can use us.
- We have God-esteem issues...
- We don’t think that God can use a wretch like us, but truth be told, he can! Time & time again!
-19:4- Elijah just felt like dying because he couldn’t take it anymore & felt useless!
-You Can’t Give Up on God!
-The bible says, "I have a plan for your life, and that is to prosper you & not to fail you!"
-God WANTS TO USE YOU!!!
C.) We let our current situations overwhelm us rather than thinking on what God has ALREADY done!
-If Elijah would have just reflected for a breif moment on the last time God did it, and the time before that, & the time before that, he wouldn’t have feared b/c he would have known what God can do!
-If we do the same today we would get the same results!
(Elaborate on point.)
III. Preach The Text:
-Set up scenario & story of text.
-Encourage & exhort the people of God that you don’t have to fear!!
-The same way God did it for you before, he’ll do it again!
-Begin to think of how God has made ways in the past, and begin to think about his goodness, for when I think of the goodness of Jesus!!! Whew! And all that he’s done for me, my soul cries out, "Allelujiah!" So stop fearing, worrying, & losing sleep, & trust that he will get the victory!!