The Servant’s Training: Prosperity
Apr 7, 2019 招世超牧師 Rev. Abraham Chiu
36 At the time of the evening offering, the prophet Elijah drew near and prayed: "LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. I have done all these things at your instructions. 37 Answer me, LORD! Answer me so that this people will know that you, LORD, are the real God and that you can change their hearts." 38 Then the LORD's fire fell; it consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up the water in the trench! 39 All the people saw this and fell on their faces. "The LORD is the real God! The LORD is the real God!" they exclaimed. 40 Elijah said to them, "Seize Baal's prophets! Don't let any escape!" The people seized the prophets, and Elijah brought them to the Kishon Brook and killed them there.
1 Kings 18: 36-40 (CEB)
41 Elijah then said to Ahab, "Get up! Celebrate with food and drink because I hear the sound of a rainstorm coming.” 42 So Ahab got up to celebrate with food and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. He bowed down to the ground and put his face be-tween his knees. 43 He said to his assistant, "Please get up and look toward the sea." So the assistant did so. He said, "I don't see any-thing." Seven times Elijah said, "Do it again." 44 The seventh time the assistant said, "I see a small cloud the size of a human hand coming up from the sea." Elijah said, "Go and tell Ahab, ‘Pull yourself togeth-er, go down the mountain, and don't let the rain hold you back.'" 45 After a little while, the sky became dark with clouds, and a wind came up with a huge rainstorm. Ahab was already riding on his way to Jezreel, 46 but the LORD's power strengthened Elijah. He gathered up his clothes and ran in front of Ahab until he came to Jez-reel.
1 Kings 18: 41-46 (CEB)
1. Elijah’s Spiritual High
2. Elijah’s Post Spiritual High Syndrome
1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, how he had killed all Baal's prophets with the sword. 2 Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah with this message: "May the gods do whatever they want to me if by this time tomorrow I haven't made your life like the life of one of them." 3 Elijah was terrified. He got up and ran for his life. He arrived at Beer-sheba in Judah and left his assistant there. 4 He himself went farther on into the desert a day's journey. He finally sat down under a solitary broom bush. He longed for his own death: "It's more than enough, LORD! Take my life because I'm no better than my ances-tors."
1 Kings 19: 1-4 (CEB)
A. Focus Too Much on Adversity
B. Focus Too Much on One’s Big Self
9 There he went into a cave and spent the night. The LORD's word came to him and said, "Why are you here, Elijah?" 10 Elijah replied, "I've been very passionate for the LORD God of heavenly forces because the Israelites have abandoned your covenant. They have torn down your altars, and they have murdered your prophets with the sword. I'm the only one left, and now they want to take my life too!"
1 Kings 19: 9-10 (CEB)
15 The LORD said to him, "Go back through the desert to Damascus and anoint Hazael as king of Aram. 16 Also anoint Jehu, Nimshi's son, as king of Israel; and anoint Elisha from Abel-meholah, Shaphat's son, to succeed you as prophet.
1 Kings 19: 15-16 (CEB)
1. Can you share a spiritual experience that you felt very close to God that you indeed can do all things through Him?
2. When you become aware that you were in the valley of spiritual darkness, what would you do?
3. What do you see are the reasons that caused you drifting away from God?
4. How can we continue to experience the presence of God and serve under His guidance and protection?