• Confident in the Lord's Power

    | Nov 09, 2023
    She stands there, tears streaming down her face, holding the body of her son in her arms. And at that precise moment, Elijah holds out his arms and says, "Give him to me."
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  • Incredible Associations

    | Nov 08, 2023
    Elijah had walked into a situation that was, from all human perspective, impossible. But the good news is that he saw beyond the difficulty. He handled the problem with faith, not fear.
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  • Crucible for Christ

    | Nov 07, 2023
    As we did earlier, let's first examine the significance of the name of this place where the prophet was told to go. Zarephath comes from a Hebrew verb that means "to melt, to smelt." Interestingly, in noun form it means "crucible."
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  • Our Obstacle Course

    | Nov 06, 2023
    Part of every boot camp experience is the grueling, grinding, and sometimes daunting obstacle course. It is neither fun nor easy, but its demanding discipline prepares the recruit for whatever situations he or she may face.
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  • Laying the Foundation of Courage

    | Nov 05, 2023
    Elijah had prayed that it would not rain and, ultimately, it did not rain for three and a half years. So the dried-up brook was just an indication that the very thing he had prayed for was beginning to take place. He was living in the result of his own prayer.
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  • Tough Spots

    | Nov 04, 2023
    Elijah was in a tough spot. A life-threatening spot. The brook had dried up. Had God forgotten His faithful servant? Has God forgotten you? Has He left you all alone? The God who gives water can also withhold water.
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  • The Brook Has Dried Up

    | Nov 03, 2023
    One morning Elijah noticed that the brook wasn't gushing over the rocks or running as freely as it had in days past. Since that single stream of water was his lifeline, he checked it carefully.
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  • God's Provisions

    | Nov 02, 2023
    The ravens were God's catering service, delivering provisions to His prophet. "The ravens will bring in your food, Elijah." Isn't that incredible? God makes provision for Elijah's physical welfare during this time of seclusion.
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  • A Step at a Time

    | Nov 01, 2023
    God's direction includes God's provision. God says, "Go to the brook. I will provide." Vance Havner, in his book, It Is Toward Evening, tells the story of a group of farmers who were raising cotton in the Deep South.
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  • Into the Shadows

    | Oct 31, 2023
    Any recruit who has been through boot camp can tell you that every hour of the day someone is ordering you where to go, when to be there, what to do, and how to survive. That's a vital part of basic training.
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  • From Hurt to Usefulness

    | Oct 30, 2023
    As we read those words and try to imagine the original setting, we begin to see the surprising nature of God's plan. The most logical arrangement, seemingly, would be to keep Elijah in the king's face.
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  • Cut Down to Size

    | Oct 29, 2023
    'I am going to cut you down to size!' If I heard that once during the ten weeks I spent in a U.S. Marine Corps boot camp more than forty-five years ago, I must have heard it a dozen times.
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  • His Word Is Final

    | Oct 28, 2023
    God keeps His promises. It's a major part of His immutable nature. He doesn't hold out hope with nice-sounding words, then renege on what He said He would do. God is neither fickle nor moody. And He never lies.
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  • A Unique Spokesperson

    | Oct 27, 2023
    God's methods are often surprising. God did not raise up an army to destroy Ahab and Jezebel. Neither did He send some scintillating prince to argue His case or try to impress their royal majesties.
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  • Special People for Special Times

    | Oct 26, 2023
    God looks for special people at difficult times. God needed a special man to shine the light in the blackness of those days. But God didn't find him in the palace or the court. He didn't find him walking around with his head down.
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  • Alone in the Gap

    | Oct 25, 2023
    We're first introduced to him as 'Elijah the Tishbite' (1 Kings 17:1). Talk about stepping out of nowhere! Elijah came out of this insignificant place--out of nowhere--to make such a significant contribution to God's plan . . .
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  • A Legacy

    | Oct 24, 2023
    Finally, and naturally, David falls on his knees and utters a beautiful prayer, an extemporaneous expression of his worship of the Lord God. The first verses are expressions of praise.
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  • The Best I Can

    | Oct 23, 2023
    David was saying, "God did not give me a yes answer. When it came to my own dream, He gave me a no answer. But He did give me other things in place of that dream, and I'm making the very most I can of those other things."
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  • Penetrating the Darkness

    | Oct 22, 2023
    Are times hard? Are days of trouble upon you? When times are tough, the Lord is our only security. David assures us in his song that the Lord delights in us; He sees and cares about what is happening in our lives, this very moment.
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  • Downward Steps of Sin

    | Oct 21, 2023
    Tracing the downward steps in David's eroding family relationships, we now have Absalom murdering Amnon, a brother murdering a brother. "The sword will never depart out of your household, David."
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Take Those Thoughts Captive!

Let’s face it, many of us have trouble dealing with fear so we’re not controlled by it. But it is possible to replace fearful, debilitating anxiety with assuring truths from God's Word. Find helpful guidance in this article for overcoming isolation and enjoying peace-filled living.