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Summary: How to respond when threatening circumstances/difficulties come on the heels of great spiritual victory.

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“The Christian’s Terror Threat”

I Kings 19:1-8 & John 10:10

1KI 19:1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors." 5 Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." 6 He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 7 The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

JOHN 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

INTRODUCTION

• We are now at a time in our country where we have to deal with elevated terror threat levels as it pertains to our nation’s security and the threat of some kind of attack.

• Elijah found himself with a rather personal terror threat…Jezebel wanted to kill him

• What do we do when we sense that the terror alert has been elevated in our lives?

I. His TERROR {vs 1-2}

1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them."

• Literally, Elijah’s life was threatened and there was no disobedience, no false confession, no sin issues, etc.

• All he did was the will of his Father

• Sometimes, our situation looks pretty hopeless and all we did was obey the Father.

EXAMPLES

The finances are a mess

Things aren’t very good at home

The job situation looks bleak

Sickness enters the picture

• Before we go any further, I want to remind us of some pretty good Bible verses which many of us have heard before:

RO 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

1JN 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1JN 3:21 For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

MT 19:26 …with God all things are possible."

LK 18:27 Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."


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Thomas Brown

commented on Jul 7, 2007

Perfect! I wonder how we would do under the same conditions? Might we not hear this message again and again? I certainly hope so. Brother Neal Brown

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