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Fearful, Forgetful Elijah (1 of 6)
Series: A Character Study on Discouragement
I Kings 19:1-7 (vs.4b)
January 1, 2003
1. Tonight I want to begin a 6-part series of messages on the subject of discouragement. The reason? We all have times of discouragement - we all have times that we worry:
a. It seems no matter how many messages we have heard on the subject, and no matter how many victories we have had over discouragement, we still tend to fall into the "trap of discouragement."
b. I call it a trap because that is what it is. Discouragement certainly doesn't come from God; He has told us not to worry - not to be discouraged:
1) Discouragement comes from two people: the devil and self. What a team: A Christian paired up with the enemy to do his dirty work.
2) The devil knows that if he can give us a good reason or a cause, if he places the right bait in front of us, we will often take it.
2. The purpose of this series is to better equip us with "anti-worry" devices...some things that may help us with this matter of discouragement.
a. There is no better way to learn than to learn from others. That's why I have selected 6 people from the Bible whom we can look at. Hopefully, the lessons we learn from them will help us.
I. ELIJAH'S SITUATION
A. He was running from the enemy
1. When he got wind that Jezebel was after his life he took off. The Bible says in (vs.3), "When he saw that he arose and went for his life."
2. Here's the first mistake - running from the enemy. Have you ever read of anyone defeating an enemy by retreating?
a. We remember the story of David when he was faced with the enemy. The Bible says that he "ran to meet Goliath."
b. When Gideon fought the Midianites, the Bible says they "ran down into the camp." No running from the enemy here.
3. Listen, one of the easiest ways to become discouraged is by not facing discouragement head on:
a. The problem could be financ ...
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