Learning from Elijah – Sunday’s sermon in short

James 5:17 nkjv – Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

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Elijah was an old testament prophet who suddenly appeared in the Bible narrative and is someone of “legend”. He prayed and stopped the rain for over three years, called down fire from heaven, and raised a widows son from the dead among other miracles. It seems that none of us could even begin to be like him, but Elijah was a man just like us. So what made him stand out from other “ordinary” people?

Elijah was a man who prayed the word

I Kings 17:1-2 nkjv
And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “ As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.” Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying,

Elijah was a man who was obedient to God

I Kings 17:2-5 nkjv
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord , for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.

Elijah had no plan B

He was completely sold out to God. He sat until the water ran out waiting for Gods next command.

I Kings 17:6-7 nkjv
The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.

I Kings 17:8-10 nkjv
Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”

If we pray God’s word, are obedient to him and rely completely on him them we will become just like Elijah, a person sold out to and used by God.
“For nothing is impossible with God.”
Luke 1:37 

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