When you need hope - Outline
August 18, 2019
Elijah was an __________________________________________.
Elijah was as human as we are…. (James 5:17a, NLT)
He often wavered between ______________________ and ______________________.
and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. (James 5:17b–18, NLT)
Elijah’s story: Part 2
When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?” (1 Kings 18:17, NLT)
“I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the LORD and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.
Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel.” (1 Kings 18:18–19, NLT)
Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent. (1 Kings 18:21, NLT)
Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of the LORD who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets. Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it.
I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.
(1 Kings 18:22–24, NLT)
About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!” (1 Kings 18:27, NLT)
So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out.
They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.
(1 Kings 18:28–29, NLT)
Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the trench! (1 Kings 18:38, NLT)
And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The LORD—he is God! Yes, the LORD is God!”
(1 Kings 18:39, NLT)
Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
(1 Kings 19:4, NLT)
How do you deal with life when you are struggling
to find hope?
1. Get _______________________.
Depletion leads to _____________________.1
“I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”
(1 Kings 19:4, NLT)
Depletion causes you to exaggerate ________________________.
I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” (1 Kings 19:10, NLT)
(1.To clarify, we are not talking about clinical depression here, but the normal highs and lows that people experience.)
2. Find ________________________.
Anyone who escapes from Hazael will be killed by Jehu, and those who escape Jehu will be killed by Elisha!
(1 Kings 19:17, NLT)
Yet I will preserve 7,000 others in Israel who have never bowed down to Baal or kissed him!” (1 Kings 19:18, NLT)
3. Get back _________________________.
There he came to a cave, where he spent the night. But the LORD said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
(1 Kings 19:9, NLT)
Then the LORD told him, “Go back the same way you came…
(1 Kings 19:15a, NLT)