Summary: Stand for the truth
Let us pray
I trust no one has forgotten what happened 26 days ago, and hope we have all learned (refer to 9/11.)
something from that tragic experience..... elaborate.....appeal to the unsaved to trust
the Lord before it is too late.....
Please turn with me in your bibles to 1 Kings 19 verses 1 through 8. Let’s all stand and read together. Please tell someone, Stand for the truth.
Have you ever felt sorry for yourself, and you just don’t know what to do? It seems the
entire world was against you, and you just want to run away and hide. Have you ever felt
that even after doing your best, it seems God has forgotten you, and he is no-where to be
found? Have you ever felt it is time to give it up, throw in the towel and surrender? It is
in these times of help-less-ness; these times of hope-less-ness, that God wants to work on
your behalf. When you are down and it seems you can’t find a way out, God is saying to
you, Get up and go. Stop having that pity party for yourself; stop being sorry for
yourself, and just rely on God for he will make a way out, when there seems to be no
Our topic for today is, Get Up And Go. In our text for today, we find one of the greatest
prophet of God who ever lived being seized by fear because his life was being threatened
by a woman. Elijah had proven God for himself, he had just called down fire from heaven
as he prayed to God, but now we find God’s man being fearful for his life, because a
woman had spoken.
In verse 1 of our text we find the great King Ahab complaining to his wife Jezebel about
what Elijah had done, but in his complaint he did not mention what God had done. (read verse 1) elaborate...
In verse 2 we find Jezebel’s reaction to the complaint of her husband Ahab. (read verse 2
King James and Living Bible). Women can be very powerful in the things they say.
Remember the story of Samson and Delilah, how Delilah enticed Samson to tell her
where his strength lie.......elaborate..
What about Job’s wife who told Job to curse God and die.....elaborate..
In verse 3 of our text we find God’s man running for his life. (read verse 3) As a child of
God, one who is saved and sanctified, filled with the Spirit of God, what would you do if
you knew there was an order out to have you killed? Would you stand around and check
things out, or would you do like Elijah, and run for your life? I want to believe, that most
of us here would run for our life, and pray while we were running. We would take the first
flight out of town; the first bus out of town, or what-ever means available to get out of
town. Most of us would run and ask questions later. Elijah did what a reasonable man
would do, he ran for his life. Elijah had been on the mountain top with God, but here we
find Elijah running for his life. During the famine, Elijah was fed by ravens, but here we
find him running for his life. Elijah prayed and the widow’s son was brought back to life,
but here we find Elijah running for his life.........elaborate...great things had happened
because of Elijah.........
Elijah was afraid, and so he ran for his life. Let’s look at Pro-verbs 29 verse 25. (read)
Let’s turn to Isaiah 51 verse 12 (read) elaborate....
I wonder today if you are here, and you are running for your life? Where are you running
to? Where do you expect to go? Look at verse 4 of our text (read King James and Living Bible) God’s man had come to a place in his life where he could not run any more, and
now he wished to die. Some-times because of cir-cum-stances we might want to die. Lord
I have had enough, I can’t take it any more.....elaborate....my husband is driving me
crazy; my wife is driving me crazy; these kids are too much to handle; I can’t pay
my bills; the church is not helping me; I have no job...............
In those moments of crisis, when it seems there is no way out, God has a way of sending
his angel to minister to our needs. Let’s look at verse 5 and 6 of our text (read)
Let’s turn to Psalm 91 verse 11 (read) Saints you are in good hands........elaborate..... Let’s
Elijah was exhausted, and so God had to prepare him for the journey ahead. Let’s look at