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Because He Lives - Life's worth the Living (3 of 3)
Series: Because He Lives
1 Kings 19:1-4
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone. Because He lives I know He holds the future. And then today's message, life is worth the living, because He lives. Well, we read here about a man who said, life is not worth living.
I Kings 19:1-4 ''Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with a sword. So Jezebel sent a message 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.' And Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. And when he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there while he himself went a day's journey in to 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 fathers!'''
Now as we look at the word of God and look at this experience with this man Elijah, we need to be reminded what has happened just prior to this experience. Elijah had been on a spiritual high. He had conquered the prophets of Baal. He had challenged them to a dual to see who would really be God. He challenged them to pray to their god and he would pray to his God. And he said, the God that answers by fire, He is the real God. And God answered by fire and the god who was Baal, who could not hear, or see, or speak, failed to answer. And then the prophets of Baal were destroyed and the people fell on their faces and they said, ''The Lord, He is God. The Lord, He is God.'' It was a national revival that affected the entire nation. What a tremendous time that had been with the Lord. And now, Elijah has run for 75 miles, he finds himself in a desert alone and after that great spiritual experience when he called down fire from heaven, Elijah is so depressed that he said, Lord, it is not worth it. Life ...
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