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Njah Gideon April 12, 2013 at 5:50 am

The life of Elijah is a big challenge to me in that, he was bold enough to stand before Ahab and tell him of the prolonged drought endagering his life. He obeyed and was patience with God to direct him the way forward, which is difficult with me at time to wait on God’s direction. Challenging Baal prophets was a prove of total trust in the living God and is a great challenge to me. He was human, but proved that if we trust God, He will do whatsoever we ask of Him. Mtt.7:7. Thanks so much Godbless you.

David Peach April 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Njah, I agree that Elijah was a man of faith. He was able to trust God even when he was scared. He allowed God to lead. That is something we often struggle with.

Patricia Schneider April 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

Wow, David! (Is it OK I call you by your first name? Let me know which you prefer, please?)
So appreciated this article you wrote that appeared on my Facebook page this morn! Reading it re-affirmed the lessons I’ve recently been learning about “obeying and trusting God’s Word.”
Have never read the two books of Kings. Looked up 1 Kings 18:36,37 (Elijah’s prayer.) Also highlighted it in orange. (BTW, fascinating story of Elijah!) Intend to start reading more of the Old Testament and the 2 Books of Kings. (Have an online daily Bible Study…we’re on the first book of Samuel now. Have tried to read the Old Testament years ago, but could never appreciate it. I just thought what a “naughty” people the Israelite were, always complaining & disobeying God! LOL!)
You mentioned about Elijah being arrogant when he was in the cave conversing w/God. Oh, David, I also was soooo arrogant at one time, too.
I have a bi-polar illness. When my beautiful Mom passed on in 2009, grief turned into the worst depression ever, lasting 3 years. Any sins committed during depressions I would “blame’ the depression, not take responsibility for my sins.
Didn’t do anything except eat & watch TV, and an occasional outburst to Jesus, “Please lift this d— depression!” My wonderful hubby, Gary, took care of everything…meals, housecleaning, laundry, etc. And being so patient and understanding towards me. His comfort through my tears was so endearing, David. Yes, Gary is a God-fearing, GOOD CHRISTIAN. Can’t believe God gave him to me!
Sorry, digressing here…anyhoo, re:my arrogance about sins. After those 3 years, for whatever reason, got interested is viewing my Facebook page again. That’s where I discovered “What Christians Want To Know” site! WHAT A BLESSING! After three weeks or so of reading several articles, especially Pastor Jack Wellman’s, depression started lifting, then replaced by sheer joy (like the one when I FIRST had MENTAL HEALTH in my life. 2002-2009!!!!)
That’s when The Holy Spirit showed me my arrogance about sins committing during depressions, that I am accountable for them. So, with a newly-humbled heart, I confessed all my sins to Sweet Jesus. (What a ‘boo-hoo party’ that was! LOL)
Afterwards, David, I felt incredible peace, as if Jesus’ Arms were around my shoulders. Have felt His Presence innumerable times over the years.
Thanks so much for allowing me to share my experiences with God.
Oodles of blessings for you and your family, David!
Always in Christ, Jesus….Patty

David Peach April 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Patty, you can certainly call me by my first name. No problem.

That is a wonderful testimony of how God used His Word and this website which teaches the Bible to help your mind. Having been acquainted with people struggling with depression and bipolar disorder I know it is not something that you can just will to go away. But there is a God who is the great Physician and He can control what goes on in our bodies.

I encourage you to continue studying the Bible. I pray it brings you more and more clarity of mind.

One thing that helped me enjoy the Old Testament so much more is when I started to see how all the stories are connected together. I have some articles at my website (linked from my name in the comments section here) that may help you understand the basic stories in the Old Testament books. I have about 1/2 of the Old Testament done. They are just basic summaries of the books of the Bible.

God bless!

Thomas Bowers April 12, 2013 at 10:46 am

David, along with the arrogance Elijah may have had when continuing to answer God with…”I do what I do because there is no one else to do Your work for You.”….could there have been a desperate feeling of loneliness in Elijah’s heart and mind? Loneliness for the human friendship/kinship that is just under the surface in our lives….since Eden. The situation also symbolic of the stress between the reliance on God’s desire for us and man’s need to find more immediate security. The need for humility is surely present. But it seems so often that when we are counseled to be humble, as in non-prideful, we are often acting out of deep loneliness. Which of course spotlights mans ever recurring choice between God’s path and our individual efforts to fill the void of aloneness.

Please let me assure all that I am not a Bible scholar….not even remotely. I thank you, David, and others for the many lessons I receive on this website.

David Peach April 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thomas, that is a great observation.

The truth is, in that passage where I say Elijah may have been responding in an arrogant way, the Bible doesn’t really tell us why God kept asking him the same question. Though Elijah responded with the same words over and over, there was something about the way he said those words that let God know that Elijah had finally surrendered the problem to God.

I have been around great visionaries. They are often people with strong personalities like Elijah. Many times they don’t have close friends because they don’t feel like anyone else has the same goals in mind. Elijah actually knew there were at least 100 other prophets of God who were safe and ready to preach the truth (1 Kings 18:13). But, for some reason, he still felt like he was alone.

Whatever the reason for God pulling Elijah to the side, it is a good example for us to see that he finally surrendered to God. I can’t claim to be the great prophet Elijah was, but I can humble myself before God when He speaks to me. I think it is an even greater lesson for me to know that if Elijah needed to be reined back and given a dose of reality, I certainly need it too.

Thanks for your comment.

Patricia Schneider April 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This is for THOMAS BOWERS (April 12, 2013), Dave. OK?

Hello, Thomas!
Sooo good hearing from you, again! It’s been awhile, since late 2012, I think. On one of Pastor Jack Wellman’s articles? You had discussed the changes and loss in your life?
I did respond to your comment, may not remember me. That’s OK. Since then I wrote your name on my Prayer Board, a list of folks I DAILY pray for. And still do!
Loved your introspection about arrogance may be from loneliness. The Holy Spirit surely gave you some insight there! Sadly, it’s a human condition that affects too many souls, especially in these times.
How’s life been treating you, Thomas? I pray your daily “walks with Jesus” fill you with incredible joy!
Your sister in Christ, Jesus…Patty

Thomas Bowers April 13, 2013 at 12:02 am

Thank You so much Patty. Yes, of course I remember your sweet and supportive comments. You and I seem to gravitate to some of the same articles. I did not see your reply to David’s lesson until after I’d posted mine….or I would have recognized You in mine. Thank You so much for including me in Your Prayers. I did the same for Your Husband, Gary. I hope he is recovering. I read almost everyday’s WCWTK lesson….as You probably do. Many seem to be tailor made for my concerns of the moment. Lately I’ve been watching several of the Inspirational TV channels in the morning. I ran across Jim Evans and his wife’s marriage ministry and was very impressed. God Bless You and Your Family. Thomas

sola kehinde April 16, 2013 at 4:18 am

What I learnt from the life of Elijah is that we are just vaccums without God. In Him we live, without Him we are lifeless. Elijah aas human initially wanted to glorify himself until God let him realized the inefficacy of man without Him

Sherry Williams June 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

Yes

lorrie July 9, 2017 at 4:10 pm

The story itself confirmed what God says to me constantly, there are people who can and will stand beside you, I have put them there so that you may learn more, and that fellowship is important for speaking and being an example of my love and truth. To trust him and know he will be with me and protect me when I listen.

REBECCA February 11, 2018 at 7:22 pm

TO TRUST GOD! HUMBLE YOURSELF AND KEEP TRUSTING GOD!

Daniel chidiebere July 18, 2018 at 2:34 am

Hello David Peach,
I just found this website and this is my first article here. I must tell you, I am richly blessed by it through the insite it brings.
How is your ministry growing? It’s a rare thing you are doing. May God continually guide you.
God bless you

Dennis Richards February 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm

I am an Elijah freak, I also believe strongly in reincarnation.
After John the Baptist baptized Jesus, even though John the Baptist told the crowd a bit sooner, that he was not Elijah, Jesus, after he was baptized, told the crowd that if they would accept it, he John the Baptist, was ELIJAH!
The profits had said that Elijah would come first to make straight the way for the Savior, Jesus Christ. JB did just that. Now it gets even crazier, after King Herod had JB beheaded at the request of his wife the wicked Herodias, During his transfiguration on the mountain Peter and James saw Jesus talking to Elijah and Moses!!! Say what!!!
Elijah at his last sighting, was taken up by a firey chariot to heaven and he was alive. So he must have reincarnated for a life/lifes between being Elijah and John the Baptist. keep in mind we all love and believe in Jesus and HE said to the crowd If you will accept it he is Elijah! This was Jesus talking ,not some pharasie or other.
What say u guy’s???
Dennis

ALESIA CLEVELAND March 21, 2019 at 10:04 am

Good Morning
Today I was reading the Elijah story and found that he was a very obeying man of God and trusted him to the full point in his life. It made me see the reality of life today and believing and trusting God.

Jack Wellman March 21, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Thank you my friend. I like your point about believing and trusting God.

ALESIA CLEVELAND March 21, 2019 at 10:24 am

Good Morning
Today I was reading the Elijah story and found that he was a very obeying man of God and trusted him to the full point in his life. It made me see the reality of life today and believing and trusting God. Being bold just like Elijah makes me think of all the things he went through with the king and queen. The king was the way he was, because of the queen and time came about and he died in battle.

Regia Brown June 24, 2019 at 4:19 pm

The lesson I’ve learned through the life of Elijah is to simply trust God. If I trust Him TOTALLY, He will bring provision, direction, and deliverance. Thank you for this lesson!

Trish September 7, 2019 at 11:10 am

Great article on this subject.





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