Why Men Run Part III

1 Kings 19:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

Elijah Flees to Horeb

19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

Have you ever wanted to run from a situation in your life? You are fighting discouragement, despondency, and even depression. We have all fought off these feelings. Sometimes we want to just run and get away.

In 1 Kings 19:1-4, we read how Elijah is threatened by King Ahab’s wife Jezebel. She was a woman who wanted to rule over her husband and intimidate Elijah by telling him that she was going to kill him for killing the Baal prophets.

Elijah withers back in being the man of God who he is and he cries out to God and said he had had enough. Then out of discouragement, he cries out to have his life taken.

How could such a man of God come to a place of such discouragement? I would like to give you 5 reasons why Elijah ran and how it applies for us today.

  1. Elijah was not thinking realistically or clearly. He became short sighted and failed to consider the source of the threat.
  2. Elijah separated himself from other men. He left his servant and friend. He went alone.
  3. Elijah was caught in the backwash of a victory at Mt. Carmel. His mountain top experience peaked. He lacked energy to fight off the negativity.
  4. Elijah was physically and emotionally exhausted. He did not take time to rest and recover himself with the Lord.
  5. Elijah got lost in self pity. Self pity lies aggravate every situation.

Is one of the 5 reasons causing you to run today? Ask Jesus for help. Get with other brothers in Christ. Refocus your life. Elijah finally did just that. An angel came and replenished him physically and spiritually.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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Dwell On These Things

‘Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. ‘ Philippians 4:8 

I like to think that I spend most of my time there.  I think most people who know me well, would say that I am generally an upbeat, optimistic individual.  I tend to focus on the good things in my life and to see the best in others, giving people the benefit of the doubt more often than not.  With that said, I too am subject to allowing my mind to go to dark thoughts, to get down, depressed, feel inadequate or to dwell on the “negatives” in life and others.  The thing to remember is to not stay there.  That’s where satan wants us to live.  That’s how he wants us to feel and how he wants us to view the world and others. 

The worst thing we can do to satan is to represent Jesus Christ in word and deed to those around us.  We do that by focusing our minds and hearts on what He’s directing us to in Philippians 4:8.  When, despite what is happening to and around us, we choose to focus on the things that are of God, the world around us changes.  The people within our sphere of influence change because our perspective is what it should be and that is contagious.  Have a blessed weekend.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace

Out of the Deep

Have you ever been going about your day and some random thought or song appeared in your head, seemingly out of nowhere?  It happens to me often, but the thoughts are not really out of nowhere.  At one time, you likely heard or saw that thing that popped into your current consciousness, even if you had mostly forgot about it.  Maybe it was a word or a note, but sometimes I even start to think of a song that I haven’t heard in years and all of a sudden, it is there.  If it is a good song, I may go look it up and listen to it, especially if it is tied to good memories.  Some things we are reminded of are not tied to good memories and may have several negative implications.  We try to ignore or forget some of these things, even if they were a part of making us who we are today.  Are there any memories you wish you could erase from your mind? 

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  Luke 6:45

I spent 20 minutes one day working with a child and school staff on a preschool playground.  While I was there, much tattling went on.  Every few minutes a child would come over to the teacher and would say, so and so said this!  If it was a bad word, the child would whisper it to the teacher.  There were several bad or mean things mentioned that day, and I overheard several of them.  These kids were being taught which words were good and bad, not by their teachers, but by their peers, and indirectly by parents.  If you know young kids, you know it doesn’t take more than once for a child to hear a word, any word, and repeat it to others or in play.  They basically model what they see and hear.  Our 4 year old watches and models exactly how I stand, my posture, and where I put my hands, feet, etc.  It’s a little alarming at times, so I am more aware of what I say and do around him.  Mostly, I try to avoid doing anything that will be taken out of context, but also know it is just a matter of time before he does or says things he hears other places than at home.  Is there anyone watching and imitating what you are doing at work or at home now?

With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.  Proverbs 11:9

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

We can’t always unhear or unsee the things we encounter in life that we wish we would not have experienced.  We can fill our hearts and minds with good things that can help outweigh and overshadow most of the negative things though.  When we are in the Word on a regular basis, it helps us learn and know the heart of God much better and lets us incorporate those principles into our everyday lives much more easily.  We try to listen to teachers who speak the truth, even though there is much misinformation out in the world today.  If you are uncertain about something, go to God and to trusted friends for wise counsel.  God brings healing and freedom from past hurts and experiences and can even use these things to make us stronger in our faith.  Those who are forgiven much, have a greater ability to forgive others as well.  May you find healing from bad things you have experienced, and may you keep your eyes, ears, and heart from being hurt from those things in the future.  May you trust God with your life as you lean on His words and Counsel.

Yours in Christ,
Clark

Dealing with Disappointment

Have you ever felt disappointed?  Of course you have! We all have.  What do you do when you feel disappointed?  You might get angry, you might recluse, you might do something else. 

There was a man who was paralyzed.  He had four friends and might I add they were the right kind of friends!  These friends heard that Jesus was a healer, so they decided to take their friend on a mat to Jesus.  Jesus fame was growing in the city and when Jesus would teach crowds would gather.  On the day these friends were going to bring their friend to Jesus there was a crowd so big there was no room in the house and there was no room outside the front door.  The man on the mat was probably used to disappointment.  I am sure he felt like today was not his day due to there not being any room.

His friends would not be defeated so easily.  So they decided to go up on the roof and create a door. Here is what happened next:

5 When Jesus saw the extent of their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are now forgiven.”

6 This offended some of the religious scholars who were present, and they reasoned among themselves, 7 “Who does he think he is to speak this way? This is blasphemy for sure! Only God himself can forgive sins!”

8 Jesus supernaturally perceived their thoughts and said to them, “Why are you being so skeptical? 9 Which is easier, to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are now forgiven,’ or, ‘Stand up and walk!’? 10 But to convince you that the Son of Man has been given authority to forgive sins, 11 I say to this man, ‘Stand up, pick up your stretcher, and walk home.’” 12 Immediately the man sprang to his feet in front of everyone and left for home.

When the crowds witnessed this miracle, they were awestruck. They shouted praises to God and said, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Mark 2:5-12

Notice that Jesus saw the faith of the friends and extended forgiveness, but when he saw the thoughts of the haters he brought forgiveness. 

What if your faith for others is bigger than you thought?  What if your choice of friends is a bigger deal than you thought?  Do your closest friends take you to Jesus when you have settled in disappointment?  What if you haters are what is using to bring your healing? What if the issue you were known for became the very place Jesus decided to show His strength and power?

Where are you facing disappointment?  Who is someone in your circle facing disappointment?  How will you face disappointment today? Just Accept it? Take your friends to Jesus? Make your own door to Jesus?

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Brandon Sereg

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