In this Year of Jubilee – What is your hope, your faith. What are you Expecting?
I Kings 18:41“There is a sound of abundance of rain.”
- Your Faith is tied to your Expectation. Expect a Miracle!
- James 5:17 “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. (18)Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.”
Pray with Expectation – Elijah’s contest with the pagan prophets of Baal
- Put your faith to the Test – Don’t get comfortable with status quo… (don’t just say nothing!)
- See the value of tests and trials
- I Peter 1:7 (NLT) “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold.(9)For you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
- 11:6“Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
- Define the battle– a spiritual one! – When Elijah defined the battle, the people answered…EXPECTATION
- Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
– Your battle: Finances, Marriage, Emotions, Motivations, Obedience to God’s Commands…- Cut the bull!
- Move towards the Lord– Make a daily decision
– v.30 Elijah said, “Come near unto me” AND he repaired the altar of the Lord.
- James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
– What are you doing to move towards God? Church attendance, daily devos, prayer, Life Groups
- Listen for the Spiritual Sound– Listen: God is speaking through His Word, His Prophets, astill small voice.
- II Corinthians 5:7“For we walk by faith and not by sight.”
- 10:17 “Faith comes by hearing… by the Word of God.”
- Declare what you are Hearing– v. 41“There is the sound of an ABUNDANCE of rain!”
– Feed your expectation by speaking it. Faith speaks! Get it in your spirit..ABUNDANCE is coming!
- Matthew 12:34 “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
- P.U.S.H. – Pray until something happens! Elijah put his face between his knees – birthing position – 7 TIMES
- I Thess. 5:17 (NLT) “Never stop praying.”
- 24:16“Though a righteous man falls 7X’s, he rises again, but wicked are brought down by calamity.”
- Win the Race with Ahab– Ahab represents the world, the flesh, the enemy, bad choices
– v.46 The power of the Lord came upon Elijah! – ran 30 miles, outran Ahab’s team of horses!
Ps. 62:5-8 “My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us Selah.”