Please read 1 Kings 19:1-8
As we study the life of Elijah, especially in chapter 18, we see a man of greatfaith, great power, and great courage, and yet, as we read chapter 19, wefind that Elijah was just like everybody else. Though he was a man of greatfaith and courage, he was also human. He was a man. He had weaknesses, just as you and I have weaknesses, and he had strengths, as we have strengths. So, it is important to realize that it is not necessarily thegreatness of a man or woman that determines the outcome, but it is his or her faith.
Elijah took several steps downward that we see so often in Christianity today. First, Elijah faced:
- Discouragement. As it does so often, defeat followed a great victory – see chapter 19. The day will come when you and I will also facemoments of discouragement. The discouragement caused Elijah to be.
- Distracted. There will be distractions. So often a Christian is distracted,which increases the temptation to become discouraged. The devil will do anything he can to getus sidetrackedfromour main goal – to distractus. The devil does not mind us doing good, as long as we don’t do it in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then comes:
- Disillusionment. Elijah truly became disillusioned, not only with himself, but even with God, which led to:
TOMORROW we will see, “DISTRUST and DISPAIR!”!