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Jul 08, 2018

The Gentleness of God

Renowned Christian family counselor James Dobson used to say that we should prepare children and others that highs in life are generally followed by lows, sometimes extreme lows. That is exactly what happened to Elijah after a tremendous spiritual miracle and experience with God. Elijah followed his miraculous feat by running from God and desiring to die. When we are lowest, the gentleness of God nurtures us, teaches us and restores us to health. There is a beautiful message of that in I Kings 19.

 

The Gentleness of God

I Kings 19:1-18

Pew Bible Page 191

 

He Supplies Our Physical Needs   Verses 4-8

To those who walk in God, He promises to faithfully supply their _____________, though He will not always supply their _____________. 

 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  Matthew 6:33

We receive love and strength from God.  As a result, a Christian’s life should be a testimony of gratitude, imitation and motivation. 

He Sustains Us In Trials and Temptations   Verses 8-10

Trials are from ________ and are used to _________________________ Christian traits such as love, faith, obedience and character, as well as remind us of our helplessness and need for Him.  James 1:2-8, 12

Temptations are from _____________ and are a lure to __________ through arguments, flattery, or the offer of some real or apparent good.  I Corinthians 10:13

He Speaks Amidst the Chaos   Verses 9-13

The greatest encounters with God should not be sought in the ____________________ or circumstantial realms.

Biblically hearing and responding to God should involve three fundamental facts:

  1. I recognize it is God speaking to me through His own Word by His own Spirit.
  2. I respond to His Word in _____________. This means I have complete confidence      in His commands and His character, to the point where I am prepared to act.
  3. I run, without excuse, _____________ or debate, to do the thing God requests. I simply say, “Yes, Lord, whatever you wish or will.  Here I am to cooperate and comply with it.”