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March 3, 2022 7:00 am
Whatever dog is so hiding all ends up in the 12 does not, how come God was fighting ember our Lord himself. Good night's rest for 30 years until the time came when the father said okay go now/the living prize.
The risen Christ from the West Coast because the more than a right good year is his word from the Lord for me and this is welcome to leading the way with pastor, author of the just released book, never give up.
Dr. Michael felt like God forgot about you or felt like you had become so useless to him because of winter like you at the time, so did one of the greatest people in the Bible today. Dr. Yousef gives you a unique look into the full life of Elijah, the man who experienced public victory and seasons of seeming hopelessness when he felt hidden. Fortunately, God tells us about his highs and lows in the Bible and Dr. Yousef thinks that experiencing these may give you courage in your faith. Also, please remember that there are many ways that you can listen to the challenging teaching of Dr. Yousef, radio, television, online podcast, and deleting the weight and more. Get the firstname.lastname@example.org right now to listen with me as Dr. Michael Yousef against today's leading the way audio he's called it God's hiding place.
When people read the book of James chapter 5 verses 17. I didn't read about how larger were just like one of us a man like us to provide for the right. Install and he prayed for the rain to come down in the ring them down. I often get to reactions. One reaction serves what God doesn't answer prayer this way now.
The second responses.
Well, I am not one of God's super spirituals like Elijah and that is why God doesn't answer my prayer. I want to tell you that both conclusions are wrong because the problem is that most people never take the time all the effort to understand how, why, and when God is Elijah's prayer because as we're going to see in the series of messages.
Elijah was far from being super spiritual. We go to see him depressed and discouraged we going to see him scared and frightened. We don't pursue him down and defeated. In other words, you are just like you and me. Like us, and everywhere. In fact going to tell you at the outset of the series are beginning to good to learn less about Elijah more about God forever asking me how to discern the voice of God. How do you know it is the will of God.
How does God deal with you while there's really no secret to the way you know God's word and you see how God dealt with his people. How he's dealt with individuals with the help of nations and God is a consistent God.
God's character is a consistent character and that is only what you going to discern the will of God as you pour your heart upon his word here is we going to see how God worked with Elijah we going to know more about God than we were about Elijah. Turn with me please in your Bibles. Chapter 17 of first Kings. The first thing you notice that verse one is Elijah comes from nowhere just popped up on the scene.
No background, no family tree, no qualifications, no explanation just appears but here is what I want to communicate with you today. If you want to be effective for God. If you want to make a difference for God. If you want to God to use you in a mighty way. Listen to how God works because I want to tell your dad outset, God is not impressed with what impresses people God is not moved by what moves people God does not judge people the way we judge them. God has a different set of criteria by which he uses individuals each one of us is different and he uses us all in a different way to tell your word about thing I have before I get back to larger, I cannot leave him out.
It is very important. It is not pop up again and again is an important element in the series I have probably was the most wicked King in his room and talk about the kingdom of Israel. The northern kingdom is after Solomon remembered was split. Judah was on the southern kingdom is over 10 tribes were up in the north. He was the most wicked king that Israel had that was not his only problem he learned of human from Suydam.
She is the daughter of the king aside in modern-day Lebanon who was more wicked than he was the best possible yet another problem. It was a first-class wimp didn't have a spine and there's another problem. Jezebel had a superior mind to that of her husband.
Jezebel had a superior intensity that her husband Jezebel had a superior strategy than that of her husband. Jezebel had almost a. Drives that her husband, in fact, some people have named Jezebel the Lady Macbeth of the Old Testament. I thought that he knew better than his forefathers.
So instead of marrying a godly Jewish woman here without a worship of bail, the God of the Phoenician drug use my imagination.
How I have rationalized this and probably while he was dating Jezebel. He was a boy just wait until I marry her. Israel is going to get a new convert wait until I'm sure will be part of Israel.
How can she go to church with me, she will have no choice but to tell you something that seldom happens. I want to tell you further that you can do anything you want to do as long as you know, that the Scripture could not be clearer on this matter that you must not be equally yoked.
This wasn't Paul's suggestion. This was not Paul's idea was merely telling us what the whole Bible is telling us Paul was merely telling us what the holy God said to his people not to marry a nonbeliever. Jezebel was an intense worship of bail. So instead of me converting you is often the case, she was worshiping the God of the Phoenicians and their worship bail bail was a symbol of Satan and God told his people when they come out of Egypt into the promised land. He asked him to do one thing he said when you go there is wipeout bail wipe out the worship is about.
That was God's judgment upon those who used to believe in him.
But what did the people of God do they dance with bail on the worshipers of bail. They did not obey God, and they lost the privilege as God's people once and for all and forever. And that is why, in the fullness of time, God sent his son, the Lord Jesus Christ and now the church is a chosen people. Bail was a God of power without righteousness.
Bail was the God of lust without love. There wasn't moral and immoral God, but it was like the force in the Star Wars SQL.
He had a good start and had a bad sign and the people forever confuse what side they were dealing with losing the right I want to tell you this and comes from my heart.
There is a little bail and every one of our hearts.
There's a little shrine in every one of our hearts and God has been telling you to deal with it know God is not going to pray about it is not fast about it is not telling you to read books about it is not telling you to understand the background to how you can what you are God wanted to extend you know what it is. Maybe the plus that has not been conquered. Maybe the lying spirit that forever shading the truth may be a habit that you need to overcome maybe a relationship that has no place in your life.
God has been saying to you deal with it did with those little bales there were those little shrines destroyed them.
For if you do what Israel did they make keep on tolerating it. Keep on feeding it.
Keep working with it. It could prove to be your undoing.
Little bales in our lives are like the gas leak in the room and keeps leaking just a little bit every day in a little bit every day until it's ignited. A spark was sent the room to flame. And that's exactly what happened in Israel. That's exactly what happened in Israel for years the Israelites floated with bail and worshipers of bail and when Jezebel came from Felicia bringing her because of bail. The whole nation plunged into immorality. Elijah the man who came from nowhere and whose name means Jehovah is my God you remember on the cross, Jesus said much about people said is he calling upon Elijah. No Elijah's name means Jehovah is my God and he was given an awesome task will tell you something, I will. I thought about this knowing that I would have easily taken this responsibility, God gave him an awesome task of confronting uncompromising relation to do it will look at verse one. He comes in and he confronts the evil in society by confronting the leadership you see societies like fish.
They rock from the head down. There is no home. There is no business there is no organization there is no church. There is no nation will rise above its leadership. Elijah looks at a company says, as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except that my word and then the wants of something very curious to Elijah after he went and deliver his message. God said now go hide yourself books generous east of the Jordan you will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.
Some of you wondering so we know about the rain. What is a do we see the land of Israel got about 1/50 of an inch of you every morning, kept all the vegetation that coated the grass and recorded all the greenery that would give a greater life if it were not for the Jew that would be no vegetation, everything would die in the mind of God said there will be no due no rain for years.
Why the prove that Jehovah is the living God and not bail of the Phoenicians.
Now imagine Elijah taking this message and going the King I have in there in the court hearing Jezebel sitting in all of bail profits. The cheap imported from Lebanon that she brought from Felicia and were all sitting. Elijah walks in and he wrecks a pronouncement God before whom I stand for means there will be no rain.
I can imagine after Elijah left the public with each other last. Who is this politically correct Yahoo. He probably smelt bad move. Bed rest bad talk bad kids, but I want to tell you something that didn't last too long because within a short period of time they were looking for him everywhere but they could not find how come God was hiding. Elijah, please listen when God hides you, you are here. When God protects you, you are protected when God shelters you your sheltered when God seals you you are shield to be afraid when you are God's hiding places. God commanded Elijah to hide other endeavors. Persons sees this as a weatherman God gave him a message to preach and then the next thing those ideas it doesn't make sense. That's perplexing. That's right, I will explain something to God's hiding places are always a preparation for greater things to come. God's hiding place is always for greater service to follow, but often our hiding places are puzzling. Often our hiding places a perplexing and I have no doubt at this time Elijah was perplexed with this word from the Lord, saying, Lord, you made me a prophet you call me to proclaim the high go hide yourself eastward. This was a perplexing command I want to tell you something else. It was also a purposeful command whenever God is preparing a man or woman to do great things for him. Invariably he sends him hiding in his hiding places. Joseph goes from being his daddy's favorite boy to the pit. The part of his house to the present why God was hiding in there so he can become the Prime Minister of Egypt.
Moses grew up in all lecturing of Pharaoh's palace ends up in the wilderness in the desert.
How come God was hiding in their ass that was hidden from the senior site quality hiding for so long because of the right time God is going to help us save the nation, our Lord himself had in Nazareth for 30 years until the time came when the father said okay go now declare your Messiah ship will often encounter the living Christ.
The risen Christ on the road to Damascus because the northern Arabia and he hides there for nearly 3 years is is a word from the Lord's only enthusiastic everyone of us is hiding for the purpose God will hide you somewhere in the short run until you are ready for what he will do with you. Write this down toward for God commanded Elijah's servant, he said you go hide. I want to confess to you because just in case you think I'm preaching at your home to confess to the hiding times in my life all frustrating times, there were perplexing times they seem to me to be purposeless, but you know as I look back and see the hand of God working this purpose are now can rejoice when you have a word with you who have never been in one of God's hiding places.
Listen carefully. If you have not been there in God's hiding places. God wants to send you the if you will ever use you.
He wants to send you God use you without sending you for the time in his hiding place. God wants everyone of us to have assurance in our lives.
Why, because only there he can walk his purpose out a new there. God often works both widely and outwardly works outwardly because there is nobody else can understand you there. You have not booked to cheer you up there, you have no friend to relate to their Elijah was at the possible of the ravine east of the Jordan. And it is quite a distance, place, there is nothing there but the rocks some trees and some dripping water but don't underestimate these because, as Elijah looked at the rock he learned about the rock of his salvation when he saw the trees.
He remembered the words of the psalmist about the tree is planted by the living water as he saw the dripping of the river he remembered from his interbeing will flow rivers of living water, but you see, God also does and would work in you when you are in one of those hiding places when you are insurance God is doing something it would make something happen to Elijah and would like because in verse one we see him introduced as Elijah the Tisha bike and go down skip a diverse 24 and there you see the widows benefit a bail worship by Gentile calling him the man of God. God did something inwardly in Elijah's life.
God can do something inwardly with you when you are in his hiding places. Whether God do with a larger and that hiding place. He kept peeling all the layers that Elijah had because he wanted to get down to the real Elijah is like peeling an onion and you take a layoff if there's come down and take another layoff in the tears come down if they can have a layoff with tears coming down some of you are trying to hold these layers, but God wants to get to the real you and the only way he can do it is by you, not the projection of who you are not your perception of who you are not the public.
You not doubt you, but the real you don't want to get down to remind me of the young man who visited an elderly monk in a cave in the young man asked that elderly monkey said what is new here to fight with the devil to wrestle with the devil and holding his own is what you do is diverse with God and was perplexed as he was confusing surprisingly so well you hoping to win his own. I want to lose. I will loose its like Jacob in the Valley of Chubbuck, who wrestled with God until he lost it larger was wrestling with God until Elijah lost and only then can we expect God's hand of blessing upon him, only then Elijah can move from being a Lodge of the Tisha bike being Elijah the man of God. This command to Elijah was perplexing. It was purposeful, but also firmly was a place of provision.
Whenever you are in God's hiding place.
You can be sure about one thing is going to care of you psalmist set up in young now mold of never seen the righteous forsaken of his children before Brent, whenever you are in God's hiding places. His shadow is over you, God had the most unusual catering service for Elijah, but part of God's provision was natural. The other part was super natural diamond others.
God said to Elijah you going drink from the brook that is natural and then he said to him, I am going to command the ravens to come and bring your bread and meat in the morning and then bring your bread and meat in the evening that a supernatural those of you who don't know anything about ravens. There are ravenous birds. They eat everything in sight, and then some more. These were vulture's kind of birds in your God used them to bring Elijah bread and meat in the morning bread and meat at night. I wanted him to write on getting close. Here the letter to Mrs. when you are in God's protection program. God can make the mean godless person kind to you when you are in God's hiding program. He would use the most unusual catering service to take care of you when you are financially faithful to the Lord will make the little much. I have been there. I know what I'm telling you to be true, but I don't want you to miss verse seven verse seven first Kings 17. After a while, in God's hiding place and Sheriff letter by the brook.
The brook dried up.
Have you thought about this. Elijah became a victim of his own success. Elijah was suffering with the rest of the nation. Where is God's. Have you ever suffered because your faithful to God and have you ever taken a stand and everybody seems to get mad at you and all about that, but I want to tell you again that all kinds of Brooks sometime dryer business Brooks dry out Martha Brooks dry out academic Brooks dry up ministry Brooks dry out what God is saying to you when that happens is this don't be anxious, don't worry because I am planning to do great things God sent Elijah from drawing to a bail worshiping with her and side effects to give sometime God says go to juris and hide with me when you come out you will be more than you have ever is a question are you willing God's hiding place.
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