Sermon: Courage (1 Kings 16:31-17:1)

Leaders are people who set out on a journey and take others with them.

 

AHAB

 

1 Kings 16:29, In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years.

 

1 Kings 16:30, Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him.

 

1 Kings 16:25, But Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord and sinned more than all those before him.

 

R. G. Lee described Ahab as, “The vilest toad ever to squat on the throne of Israel.”

 

Matthew 7:13-14, 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

Four Steps to Follow the Broad Road of Satan

 

  1. Break a commandment of God. (v. 31)

 

  1. Subvert the worship of God. (v. 32)

 

1 Kings 16:32 says, He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria.

 

No one who takes the Bible seriously can say that all religions are different ways of saying the same thing.

 

Exodus 20:3, says, You shall have no other gods before me.

 

Exodus 20:4 says, You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

 

1 Kings 12:28 says, After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

 

  1. Provoke the anger of God. (v. 33)

 

1 Kings 16:33 says, Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to arouse the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than did all the kings of Israel before him.

 

By His very nature, God is not angry. God is love. That is His nature.

 

  1. Ignore the warning of God. (v. 34)

 

1 Kings 16:34a says, In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho.

 

Joshua 6:26 says, At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: “At the cost of his firstborn son he will lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest he will set up its gates.”

 

1 Kings 16:34 says, In Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken by Joshua son of Nun.

 

ELIJAH

 

1 Kings 17:1 says, 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.”

 

If you find yourself in a dark place, in a hard time, and you are a Christian believer, do not be surprised, because God often puts His bright lights in dark places.

 

The same God who gave courage to David to overcome Goliath is the same God who gave Elijah the bravery to face Ahab, and is the same God who can give you the boldness to face obstacles on your path.

 

1 Kings 17:1b, “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.”

 

Four Steps to Follow the Narrow Road of God

 

  1. Stand in the presence of God.

 

  1. Believe the Word of God.

 

Deuteronomy 11:16-17a, 16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce,

 

  1. Stand up for the truth of God no matter what it costs.

 

James 5:17 says, Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.

 

Strive to be a person who cares more about God’s glory than about your own comfort.

 

  1. Speak in the name of God.

 

1 Kings 17:1b says, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

 

Your prayers in private will give you power in public.

 

Matthew 17:13-14, 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

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