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Elijah was normal man from a small town whom God choose to use in an extraordinary way. While God used Elijah in some of the most unusual ways, he also dealt with great persecution, loneliness, and discouragement. With Elijah as our model, this series will encourage us to allow God to use us and also deal with things in our heart along the journey!
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What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! At Generations Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Our goal is to connect you with God and with other people through powerful worship services that offer biblical truth in relevant and practical ways.

Whether you’re a spiritual seeker who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to grow deeper in your faith, you can find a home here at Generations Church. We invite you to worship with us this Sunday!

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Generations Church understands the Biblical purpose for its existence. We strive in every way to follow the commands of Scripture in the following areas:
1) A CHRIST-CENTERED CHURCH:
We are a church that is based on the life and teachings of Jesus. He is central to our individual lives and to the life and ministry of our Church. 1 Peter 2:5-7
2) A CHURCH WITH A HEART FOR EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS:
We are a church that believes in the Great Commission. From our local community to the most remote part of the world, we believe that every person deserves the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Mark 16:15
3) A PRAYER-FOCUSED CHURCH:
We are a church that believes in the power of prayer. Prayer draws us close to God and impacts our lives and world. Luke 11:1
4) A SPIRIT-EMPOWERED CHURCH:
We are a church that is dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the instructions of our Lord and to live a life that is pleasing to God. Acts 1:8
Elijah; Prophet of Fire, Man of Despair
1 Kings 17

Theme: The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain...
James 5:16-17
Last week:

• A quick history of spiritual life at the beginning of 1st Kings.
• Elijah announces to Ahab a great drought.
• God sends Elijah to a brook in Gilead.

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 1 Kings 17:1

Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”
1 Kings 17:2-4

So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 1 Kings 17:5-6

• God is using him and working on him at the same time.
1. Elijah is sent by God to the widow at Zarepath.

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 1 Kings 17:7-9

So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
1 Kings 17:10-11

He leaves the brook and departs for Zarepath.

• You may be experiencing a shift in your life—a new season—a time for some things to end or a time for a new beginning?

God sends him to Zarapath in Sidon, a very evil place!

• How will we win those in tough places if we are not willing to go to those places?

“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 1 King 17:12

• Gods plan does not always look like I think it should look!

• Be patient and wait for God’s plan to unfold.

Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”

She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:13-16

Obedience:

• Obedience is the first step of faith!

• Obedience comes before blessing.

Two kinds of miracles:

• Abundant miracle, “pressed down shaken together.”

• The “just enough” miracle
2. The widows son dies

Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” 1 Kings 17:17-18

• Don’t let your present circumstance erase your divine history.

“Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” 1 Kings 17:19-21

• He did not give up after the first try! He kept praying, declaring and believing.

The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.” 1 Kings 17:22-24

• Sometimes God’s plan and the hardships that I face are not about me, it is about reaching others.
For additional reading on Elijah check out the You Version devotional below.

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