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Summary: It is easy in ministry to find a safe spot and hide and just spend your time licking your wounds. You must arise and quit this.

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IT IS ENOUGH? LICKING YOUR WOUNDS?

NAW, GET OUT OF THE CAVE!

TEXT:

1 KINGS 19:4 But Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under the juniper tree: and requested for himself that he might die; and said IT IS ENOUGH; now O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

1 Kings 19: 9 Elijah came to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the WORD OF THE LORD came to him, and said to him, WHAT DOES THOU HERE ELIJAH?

I Kings 19:13 And behold there came a voice uonto Elijah, and said,

WHAT DOES THOU HERE, (IN THE CAVE), ELIJAH?.

ECCL. 12: 12 - 14

I ponder if we understand what our assignment before God is? How do you handle praise?

How do you handle criticism?

How you handle these two areas will tell alot about yourself.

Each believer has several general tasks and several specific tasks that Jesus has assigned to our duty.

Some of these are delegated authority, some direct.

Some opportunities missed might return, but some opportunities missed may never

return. Can we say honestly, we our doing our complete duty? We can never do

our duty, until we identify what it is! The more effort we give, the better

the understanding will develop.

Notice how fleeting the state of man is ---

yesterday in embryo;

today opportunity;

tomorrow regret and unfinished deeds?

So for what ever time we have, we should know our assignment and exercise all effort to accomplish our purpose.

Live life with a plan, be obedient to that plan -- invest all your

efforts with joy, and when the day comes to depart life, -- you can smile.

As an olive is a bloom on the tree, then a fruit hanging, developing, and then

ripping. We must see that the olive has matured through seasons. It will be

crushed and become a drop of olive oil.

All of this is a process of time. We must recognize the season that grew the little olive, the tree that matured it, and the process of time that the Father has planned. Why not see this in our walk?

We can develop wrongful, invalid conclusions and values about our

assignments by the teachings of society, by the daily menial life at home, by our goals for materialism and business, and by entertainment and emotions that make us feel good.

The "feel good" mentality that has invaded the camp of God will

never stand the TEST OF TIME.

Pain, bitterness, hurt, and being offended are parts of this process.

We must develop a strategy to overcome, we are VICTORS not victims.

Joseph illustrates the plan of God may lead through long valleys

that we can never understand, until the race is over.

The conclusions on our assignment are expressed by Solomon. Solomon

stated, the conclusion of the whole matter is to fear God and keep His

commandments.

For God will bring every work into judgment with every secret

thing, bad and good.

( Ecc. 12:12-14)

Have we lost our fear of the judgment in today’s church?

One of my fears, as a pastor, is: we never identify what our assignment

really is. The effect of not knowing our duties and performance expectations

could be: that we will fall short of our potential. No sadder words of pen


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