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May 3, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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  • Tony Evans: What depression,discouragement,
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  • despair often brings isdistorted information.
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  • Elijah is by himself.
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  • Depression gets worseif there's nobody in your life
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  • to change your thinking.
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  • See, if you're feeling sorryfor yourself and you're talking
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  • to yourself, that's a badconversation for yourself.
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  • You're already feeling sorry,and there's nobody to talk
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  • to but you, about you,regarding you,
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  • to tell you whatyou ought to do.
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  • And you aren't in a placeto even hear you correctly,
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  • then your discussion withyourself is helping yourself
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  • to become worse off about you.
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  • So, God then enters the pictureand tells him,
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  • "Elijah, tell me how you feel.
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  • Stop talking to yourself 'causewhen you talk to yourself,
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  • you were getting depressed,you were suicidal.
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  • Start talking to me, okay?
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  • Now, I'm going to show youthe wind and the rain
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  • and all that stuff.
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  • Now, y'all talk to mebecause you talking to you
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  • is killing you.
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  • Since I don't want youto kill you,
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  • stop talking you to you,and y'all talk to me."
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  • God has an angel for you,he's got a person for you,
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  • he has himself for you.
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  • He gave Elijah all three ofthose to give him a supernatural
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  • experience to lift himout of his depression.
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  • And one of the reasons that thechurch exists is to have people
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  • available in your life when youare down who can embrace you,
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  • minister to you, lift you up,and he can use you
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  • to do the same thingfor somebody else.
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  • Because when we are depressed,we need another perspective.
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  • That doesn't deny the realityof how we feel,
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  • but what it does is,doesn't let you live there.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: We are lookingat the life of Elijah
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  • to discover the supernatural.
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  • And I don't want youto miss the point.
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  • I want you to get this.
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  • And today, we're going to beintroduced to him and
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  • learn about a lesson aboutGod's supernatural provision.
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  • The context in whichElijah appears on the scene,
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  • he appearsin 1 Kings chapter 17.
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  • We're told in verse 1,"Now Elijah the Tishbite,
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  • who was of the settlersof Gilead."
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  • Tishbe, or if you werefrom there,
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  • you'd be called a Tishbite,was the place Elijah was from.
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  • Now, we don't knowa lot about Elijah.
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  • He just kind of breaksin on the scene,
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  • and he comes likeout of nowhere.
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  • His name means Yahweh is my God.
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  • That tells us a little bitabout his mother and father,
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  • who named them.
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  • They were obviously peopleof faith that
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  • they would name him that way.
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  • Prophets, as Elijah was,showed up
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  • because there wasa spiritual issue
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  • among God's peoplethat needed to be addressed.
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  • Prophets were there to bringGod's message in the midst
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  • typically of spiritual decline.
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  • Well, the scenario that bringsElijah on the scene
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  • is summarized for us inchapter 16, verses 32 and 33.
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  • "So he erected an altar,"that is King Ahab,
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  • "erected an altar for Baalin the house of Baal,
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  • which he built in Samaria.
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  • Ahab also made the Asherah.
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  • This Ahab did more to provokethe Lord God of Israel
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  • than all the kings of Israelwho were before him."
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  • So, the context that bringsElijah on the scene is idolatry.
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  • Ahab the king has begunworshipping Baal,
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  • and he brings the rest of Israelto worship Baal with him.
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  • He not only worships Baal,he worships Baal's girlfriend,
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  • Asherah, because Baaland Asherah are kind of like
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  • boyfriend and girlfriend,work together
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  • to bring fertility to Israel.
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  • They looked to this idolto bring fertility to Israel.
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  • Let me define an idol again sothat you understand its meaning.
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  • An idol is an unauthorized noun,person, place, or thing.
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  • It's an unauthorized nounthat you look to
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  • to meet the needs in your life.
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  • You're looking to it.
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  • Idols weren't just somethingthat was there.
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  • It was you lookingto that something
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  • that was there to dosomething for you.
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  • So, in places around the world,people will worship the sun,
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  • and the moon, and the stars,and the water, and the trees.
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  • But they're not just worshipingthat to worshiping that,
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  • they're doing that'cause they're hoping
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  • their worship of that thingbrings something to them.
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  • Now, you and I over here,we don't worship those
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  • kind of idols, we worshipAmerican idols.
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  • We worship people,and popularity, and power,
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  • and prestige, and possessionsbecause we look to it
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  • to meet a need.
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  • When you lookto an unauthorized noun,
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  • or when you lookto an authorized noun
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  • in an unauthorized way,you have an idol.
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  • You don't need a tree,they could be an actor,
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  • an actress, an entertainer.
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  • It could be your bank account.
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  • It could be your house.
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  • It could be the peopleliving in your house.
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  • When you look to them in anunprescribed way from God,
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  • you just created an idol.
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  • So, before we go any further,are there any idolaters
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  • in the house?
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  • So, Elijah comes in verse 1and he says to Ahab the king,
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  • "As the Lord the Godof Israel lives,
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  • before whom I stand,surely there shall be
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  • neither dew nor rain these yearsexcept by my word."
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  • "Ahab, God told me to tell youheaven's gonna close.
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  • No dew, no rain, and it's notgoing to be for a day,
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  • a month, or a year.
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  • It's going to be for years.
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  • There's going to be a downturnin the agriculture economy.
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  • Okay, who's your daddy now?
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  • Who's your God now?"
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  • Let's see what Baal can do now.
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  • Let's see what Asherahcan do now.
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  • God attacks Israel at the placeof their idolatry because
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  • they were looking for Baal andAsherah to bring about fertility
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  • even in the land, so thatwhatever you are worshiping
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  • because it's unauthorized,or it's authorized
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  • and you're worshiping itin an unauthorized way,
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  • don't be surprised when Godshuts it down to let you know
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  • that is an idol.
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  • So, he removes the provision.
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  • Now, the Word of the Lordcomes to Elijah in verse 2,
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  • saying, "Go away from hereand turn eastward,
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  • and hide yourself atthe brook of Cherith,
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  • which is in the east of Jordan.
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  • It shall be that you will drinkof the brook,
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  • and I have commanded the ravensto provide for you there."
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  • There's our word "provide."
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  • So, I'm going to use the naturalprovision of a brook.
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  • But I'm going to provide for youanother way supernaturally.
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  • Because I'm going to callon the raven catering service
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  • to supply you foodmorning and evening.
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  • They're going to give youbread and meat,
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  • that's called a sandwich.
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  • They're going to give you breadand meat morning and evening.
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  • Now, that ain't normal.
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  • A brook that you can drink from,that's normal.
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  • But having birds fly inwith a sandwich twice a day,
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  • having waiters fly inon schedule every day
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  • in a drought, that ain't normal.
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  • Oh, but it's worse than that.
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  • You see, in Deuteronomychapter 14, verses 11 to 14,
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  • God tells his people,
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  • "Don't mess with ravens,they are unclean birds."
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  • Deuteronomy 14:11 to 14,Ravens are unclean.
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  • You may not eat them,you don't mess with them
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  • 'cause they're unclean.
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  • Well, what does that tell youabout God's provision?
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  • That ought to tell youthat God can use hell
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  • to bring heaven to you.
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  • See, you never wantto box God in because
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  • while God does not sin andGod does not tell you to sin,
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  • he often uses sinand uses sinful people
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  • to provide for his people.
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  • So, the beautiful thing aboutGod's provision is that
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  • you never want to box him in,and you don't want to be
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  • so spiritual that you miss himusing ravens to address
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  • the need in your life.
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  • Those are unclean birds.
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  • They were prohibited birds.
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  • But God is so God that even thedevil has to be under his rule.
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  • He says, "I want you to--I want you to go to the brook
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  • 'cause I got the--I got somebirds that got your back.
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  • I got some birds that are gonnacover you at this place
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  • called Cherith."
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  • Now, this ought to free you upa little bit because
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  • that means the sky's the limit,the world's the limit.
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  • Now, what this means,in order to have
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  • a supernatural raven feedingyou and to have birds
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  • listening to God to feed you,
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  • that means that God must beyour only source.
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  • Your job is not your source.
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  • Your bank is not your source.
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  • Your employer is notyour source.
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  • God is your only source.
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  • Everything else is a resource,a mechanism that God uses,
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  • and you must free him up to usewhatever resource he wants
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  • to use, even if it comes fromsomething you wouldn't normally
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  • understand it coming from.
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  • So, he's there at Cheritheating two meals a day,
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  • drinking some fresh water.
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  • I mean, he's doing okayin a bad situation.
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  • Ah, but now we come to verse 7.
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  • "It happened after a whilethat the brook dried up,
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  • because there was no rainin the land."
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  • So, now he becomesa recipient of the very judgment
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  • everybody else is experiencing.
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  • So, follow this.
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  • When he first gave it,God provided supernaturally.
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  • But now, the economyis affecting him.
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  • The circumstances in the landare affecting him.
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  • The downturn is affecting him.
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  • And things dry up.
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  • So, don't have anybody tell youserve the Lord
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  • and things don't get dry.
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  • Serve the Lordand you don't lose your job.
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  • Serve the Lord and your bankaccount doesn't get drained.
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  • Serve the Lord and thingsdon't break down
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  • and dip into the savings thatyou didn't plan to use for that.
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  • Don't let anybody tell you thatif you're in God's will,
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  • he was in God's will,that things don't still dry up.
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  • Said the brook dried up.
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  • It was judgment on the land,and he lived in the atmosphere
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  • of the judgment,so he was affected, too.
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  • Verse 8, "Then the wordof the Lord came to him."
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  • When did the word of the Lordcome to him?
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  • When things dried up.
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  • Okay, the word of the Lord cameto him and told him where to go
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  • for the catering service,the raven catering service.
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  • So he's, you know,eating sandwiches every day,
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  • twice a day,he's drinking his water.
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  • All of a sudden,what's happening in society
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  • is now affecting him.
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  • And now, the word of the Lordcomes to him again.
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  • Okay, let me explain something.
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  • When God allows things to dry upin your life,
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  • it is because he's moving youto a different provider.
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  • When God allows thingsto dry up in your life,
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  • it is because he hasa different plan.
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  • So, God says to him,"Go to Zarephath.
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  • Arise," verse 9,"go to Zarephath,
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  • which belongs to Sidon,and stay there.
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  • Behold, I have commanded awidow there to provide for you."
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  • Okay, I have problems with this.
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  • First of all,Zarephath is the Baal belt.
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  • You know,this is the Bible belt?
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  • That was the Baal belt.
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  • That was the center of Baalworship is Zarephath in Sidon.
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  • God will often test your faithby sending you places
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  • you don't prefer to go'cause it doesn't make sense.
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  • How is a widow who's downto her last meal,
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  • as you're going to see,going to help me?
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  • She can't help herself.
  • 00:14:47.442 --> 00:14:49.511
  • But God said, "I commandedthe widow,
  • 00:14:49.544 --> 00:14:54.916
  • as she's gonna beyour new provider."
  • 00:14:54.950 --> 00:14:58.153
  • But he was close enoughto God to hear his voice.
  • 00:14:58.186 --> 00:15:05.760
  • Hmm.
  • 00:15:05.794 --> 00:15:08.229
  • "So he arose,"cause Elijah is a man of faith,
  • 00:15:08.263 --> 00:15:11.366
  • so he's not going to just listento God to say amen.
  • 00:15:11.399 --> 00:15:13.902
  • He got up, "He aroseand went to Zarephath,
  • 00:15:13.935 --> 00:15:18.506
  • and when he cameto the gate of the city, behold,
  • 00:15:18.540 --> 00:15:21.209
  • a woman was theregathering sticks.
  • 00:15:21.242 --> 00:15:23.878
  • And he called outto her and said,
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  • 'Please get me a little waterin a jar, that I may drink.'
  • 00:15:26.181 --> 00:15:29.951
  • As she was going to get it,he called and said,
  • 00:15:29.985 --> 00:15:31.953
  • 'Please bring me a pieceof bread in your hand.'"
  • 00:15:31.987 --> 00:15:35.357
  • So, why does he say thisto a woman?
  • 00:15:35.390 --> 00:15:36.691
  • Well, God said there's goingto be a widow.
  • 00:15:36.725 --> 00:15:38.026
  • He comes to the city,he sees a woman.
  • 00:15:38.059 --> 00:15:39.627
  • But is this the woman,or are there other women?
  • 00:15:39.661 --> 00:15:41.863
  • How do I know thatthis is the one?
  • 00:15:41.896 --> 00:15:43.231
  • So he says, "Well,give me some water,
  • 00:15:43.264 --> 00:15:44.799
  • give me some bread,"to see if this was the one
  • 00:15:44.833 --> 00:15:46.701
  • that God had to provide for him.
  • 00:15:46.735 --> 00:15:49.204
  • "But she said, 'As the Lordyour God lives, I have no bread,
  • 00:15:49.237 --> 00:15:55.610
  • only a handful of flourin the bowl
  • 00:15:55.643 --> 00:15:58.179
  • and a little oil in the jar.
  • 00:15:58.213 --> 00:15:59.914
  • And behold, I am gatheringa few sticks that I may go in
  • 00:15:59.948 --> 00:16:02.717
  • and prepare for me and my son,that we may eat it and die.'"
  • 00:16:02.751 --> 00:16:07.255
  • Wait a minute, I'm confused.
  • 00:16:07.288 --> 00:16:10.058
  • Didn't we just read,God had commanded the woman?
  • 00:16:10.091 --> 00:16:15.096
  • In fact, Elijah says to herin verse 13,
  • 00:16:15.130 --> 00:16:20.201
  • "Do not fear," so she's scared.
  • 00:16:20.235 --> 00:16:24.706
  • I don't see the command'cause she's scared to death
  • 00:16:24.739 --> 00:16:28.309
  • 'cause she's downto the last meal.
  • 00:16:28.343 --> 00:16:30.178
  • Here's this manasking for stuff.
  • 00:16:30.211 --> 00:16:32.514
  • He says, "Make me," verse 13,
  • 00:16:32.547 --> 00:16:36.351
  • "A little bread cake from itfirst, and bring it out to me,
  • 00:16:36.384 --> 00:16:41.456
  • and afterward you may make onefor yourself and for your son."
  • 00:16:41.489 --> 00:16:45.860
  • He tells her, "This is whatI need you to do.
  • 00:16:45.894 --> 00:16:48.630
  • I need you to make memy bread first, and then,
  • 00:16:48.663 --> 00:16:51.766
  • and then you take care of youand your son.
  • 00:16:51.800 --> 00:16:56.137
  • And when you do, this iswhat God's going to do."
  • 00:16:56.171 --> 00:16:59.941
  • He says, "For thusthe Lord God of Israel says,
  • 00:16:59.974 --> 00:17:05.180
  • 'The bowl of flourshall not be exhausted,
  • 00:17:05.213 --> 00:17:08.683
  • nor shall the jar of oilbe empty,
  • 00:17:08.716 --> 00:17:11.086
  • until the day thatthe Lord sends rain
  • 00:17:11.119 --> 00:17:13.188
  • on the face of the earth.'"
  • 00:17:13.221 --> 00:17:14.956
  • He gives her a promise from God.
  • 00:17:14.989 --> 00:17:16.891
  • All this woman has is a promiseand a final meal.
  • 00:17:16.925 --> 00:17:22.530
  • The question is whether shegoing to believe the preacher.
  • 00:17:22.564 --> 00:17:25.967
  • But now because he's a preacher,but because he's saying
  • 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:28.203
  • thus saith the Lord.
  • 00:17:28.236 --> 00:17:30.805
  • what he challenging her to do?
  • 00:17:30.839 --> 00:17:33.875
  • He was challenging herto put God first.
  • 00:17:33.908 --> 00:17:40.515
  • She was--he was challengingher to faith 'cause all she had
  • 00:17:40.548 --> 00:17:44.319
  • was a promise from a preacher.
  • 00:17:44.352 --> 00:17:46.821
  • But his job was to get herto act in faith for her,
  • 00:17:46.855 --> 00:17:54.496
  • 'cause she was going to bethe beneficiary of her faith.
  • 00:17:54.529 --> 00:17:56.998
  • He was going to be toobecause she was going to make
  • 00:17:57.031 --> 00:17:59.367
  • a bread cake for him.
  • 00:17:59.400 --> 00:18:01.402
  • So, what does the lady do?
  • 00:18:01.436 --> 00:18:04.305
  • Verse 15, "So, she wentand did according
  • 00:18:04.339 --> 00:18:09.511
  • to the word of Elijah,"which was the word of the Lord.
  • 00:18:09.544 --> 00:18:14.449
  • And what happened?
  • 00:18:14.482 --> 00:18:17.452
  • It says, "And she and he andher household ate for many days.
  • 00:18:17.485 --> 00:18:22.957
  • The bowl of flourwas not exhausted,
  • 00:18:22.991 --> 00:18:25.660
  • nor did the jar of oilbecome empty,
  • 00:18:25.693 --> 00:18:27.862
  • according to the wordof the Lord
  • 00:18:27.896 --> 00:18:29.931
  • which he spoke through Elijah."
  • 00:18:29.964 --> 00:18:33.468
  • So, now let me give youthe secret of your provision.
  • 00:18:33.501 --> 00:18:38.773
  • Elijah, we got to leavehere 'cause this is dried up.
  • 00:18:38.806 --> 00:18:43.311
  • I got a widow.
  • 00:18:43.344 --> 00:18:44.646
  • I know, I knowthis doesn't make sense,
  • 00:18:44.679 --> 00:18:46.114
  • but I got a widow over there.
  • 00:18:46.147 --> 00:18:47.448
  • She doesn't have much,
  • 00:18:47.482 --> 00:18:48.783
  • but she's goingto take care of you.
  • 00:18:48.816 --> 00:18:50.118
  • So, you do what I told you,you go over there,
  • 00:18:50.151 --> 00:18:52.187
  • and you minister to her.
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:55.957
  • You create faith in her.
  • 00:18:55.990 --> 00:18:59.227
  • And when you create faithin her,
  • 00:18:59.260 --> 00:19:01.296
  • she going to take care of you.
  • 00:19:01.329 --> 00:19:03.264
  • But when she takes care of youout of obedience to me,
  • 00:19:03.298 --> 00:19:05.500
  • because you excited faithin her,
  • 00:19:05.533 --> 00:19:07.268
  • I'm going to take care of her.
  • 00:19:07.302 --> 00:19:09.103
  • Or to put it in the wordsof Scripture, Luke 6:38,
  • 00:19:09.137 --> 00:19:11.839
  • "Give and it,"the thing you give,
  • 00:19:11.873 --> 00:19:14.175
  • "will be given back to youpressed down, overflowing."
  • 00:19:14.209 --> 00:19:17.946
  • 'Cause it says, "And they willreturn it back to you."
  • 00:19:17.979 --> 00:19:22.817
  • The secret to your provision isto be a provider for somebody
  • 00:19:22.850 --> 00:19:28.723
  • who needs what you need sothat God can use what they need
  • 00:19:28.756 --> 00:19:33.094
  • that's what you need to blessthem and return it back to you.
  • 00:19:33.127 --> 00:19:38.166
  • The question is, do you needwhat God has to offer?
  • 00:19:38.199 --> 00:19:42.737
  • That's the question.
  • 00:19:42.770 --> 00:19:44.839
  • And this is not justabout money.
  • 00:19:44.872 --> 00:19:46.507
  • It can be relationships,it can be--
  • 00:19:46.541 --> 00:19:48.142
  • it can be helping hand.
  • 00:19:48.176 --> 00:19:49.811
  • It can be God pricking youto reach out to somebody
  • 00:19:49.844 --> 00:19:52.914
  • who's sad because you needencouragement, so you decide,
  • 00:19:52.947 --> 00:19:56.117
  • "Well, you know,I need encouragement,
  • 00:19:56.150 --> 00:19:57.719
  • so let me find somebodywho needs encouragement.
  • 00:19:57.752 --> 00:19:59.320
  • God, led me to somebodywho needs encouragement
  • 00:19:59.354 --> 00:20:01.122
  • so when I encourage them,
  • 00:20:01.155 --> 00:20:02.724
  • you'll bring somebodyto encourage me.
  • 00:20:02.757 --> 00:20:04.192
  • And you'll workthis thing around, and so God--"
  • 00:20:04.225 --> 00:20:06.494
  • This is not just about tithesand offerings.
  • 00:20:06.527 --> 00:20:08.463
  • It is about God being ableto work through you to benefit
  • 00:20:08.496 --> 00:20:11.299
  • somebody else so he can comeback to you and give you
  • 00:20:11.332 --> 00:20:13.635
  • the miracle you've beenlooking for.
  • 00:20:13.668 --> 00:20:15.837
  • It's the supernatural circleof provision.
  • 00:20:19.674 --> 00:20:23.111
  • He invoked her faith.
  • 00:20:23.144 --> 00:20:24.879
  • If I can ever get you and meand us to move in faith,
  • 00:20:24.912 --> 00:20:28.750
  • not talk in faith,but to move in faith,
  • 00:20:28.783 --> 00:20:34.455
  • then heaven opens upand God blows your mind.
  • 00:20:34.489 --> 00:20:37.959
  • That somebody who makesless than you can feed you
  • 00:20:37.992 --> 00:20:42.397
  • and almost retireat the same time.
  • 00:20:42.430 --> 00:20:46.067
  • We got some folks herewho are living by faith,
  • 00:20:46.100 --> 00:20:48.369
  • who are on bare incomes,who God has blessed.
  • 00:20:48.403 --> 00:20:51.139
  • We have one sister who shejust lived on subsistence,
  • 00:20:51.172 --> 00:20:54.809
  • she had three kids,she's a widow,
  • 00:20:54.842 --> 00:20:57.211
  • and God brought a manwho gave her his house.
  • 00:20:57.245 --> 00:21:02.784
  • You never know howGod's going to come at you.
  • 00:21:02.817 --> 00:21:05.019
  • You never know whereit's going to come from.
  • 00:21:05.053 --> 00:21:06.754
  • But you'll never see it,
  • 00:21:06.788 --> 00:21:08.523
  • if he sees idolatry,you'll see a famine in the land.
  • 00:21:08.556 --> 00:21:12.226
  • And it may not bea famine of money,
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:13.561
  • it could be a famine of peace,it could be a famine
  • 00:21:13.594 --> 00:21:15.430
  • of confidence, it could bea famine of stability.
  • 00:21:15.463 --> 00:21:18.266
  • It could be all kind of faminesbecause you are doing
  • 00:21:18.299 --> 00:21:25.073
  • what the land does,worshiping another God,
  • 00:21:25.106 --> 00:21:27.308
  • an unauthorized worship.
  • 00:21:27.342 --> 00:21:29.344
  • So, the questionon the floor is,
  • 00:21:33.348 --> 00:21:37.151
  • who's your source?
  • 00:21:37.185 --> 00:21:40.688
  • 'Cause I know what some of youare thinking.
  • 00:21:40.722 --> 00:21:43.157
  • You're thinking,"That's Old Testament.
  • 00:21:43.191 --> 00:21:45.660
  • That's in the Old Testament,
  • 00:21:45.693 --> 00:21:46.994
  • I don't believethat works today.
  • 00:21:47.028 --> 00:21:48.329
  • I don't believe that principleapplies today."
  • 00:21:48.363 --> 00:21:49.897
  • So, let me close by quotingyou Luke 4, verse 24.
  • 00:21:49.931 --> 00:21:56.971
  • When Jesus is rejectedin his own hometown, he says,
  • 00:21:57.004 --> 00:22:00.508
  • "Truly I say to you,no prophet is welcome
  • 00:22:00.541 --> 00:22:02.744
  • in his own hometown,"talking about himself.
  • 00:22:02.777 --> 00:22:06.080
  • "But I say to you the truth,there were many widows in Israel
  • 00:22:06.114 --> 00:22:11.219
  • in the days of Elijah,when the skies were shut up
  • 00:22:11.252 --> 00:22:14.489
  • for three years and six months,when a great famine
  • 00:22:14.522 --> 00:22:17.458
  • came over all the land.
  • 00:22:17.492 --> 00:22:19.961
  • And yet Elijah was sentto none of them,
  • 00:22:19.994 --> 00:22:22.964
  • but only to Zarephathin the land of Sidon,
  • 00:22:22.997 --> 00:22:26.367
  • to a woman who was a widow."
  • 00:22:26.401 --> 00:22:29.537
  • Girlfriend had made itfrom the Old Testament
  • 00:22:29.570 --> 00:22:32.940
  • all the way to the New Testamentwith a new prophet,
  • 00:22:32.974 --> 00:22:37.245
  • whose name is Jesus.
  • 00:22:37.278 --> 00:22:39.280
  • And Jesus said, "Let mereach back to the old prophet."
  • 00:22:39.313 --> 00:22:42.517
  • He said, "There were a whole lotof widows in Israel,
  • 00:22:42.550 --> 00:22:45.386
  • but God sent to only one.
  • 00:22:45.420 --> 00:22:48.122
  • And the one he sent itto didn't even go to church.
  • 00:22:48.156 --> 00:22:51.325
  • She was the widow of Zarephath,she was a Gentile.
  • 00:22:51.359 --> 00:22:54.262
  • But because she was willingto act in faith,
  • 00:22:54.295 --> 00:22:57.098
  • she was the only onewho got the miracle,
  • 00:22:57.131 --> 00:22:59.667
  • even though there werea lot of widows
  • 00:22:59.700 --> 00:23:01.769
  • who could've gotten the miracle.
  • 00:23:01.803 --> 00:23:03.604
  • But they were living as idols.
  • 00:23:03.638 --> 00:23:05.673
  • But because this one foreignwoman was willing to believe
  • 00:23:05.706 --> 00:23:09.143
  • the prophet,a greater than Elijah is here.
  • 00:23:09.177 --> 00:23:12.947
  • I am the prophet."
  • 00:23:12.980 --> 00:23:14.715
  • So, the questionon the floor is,
  • 00:23:14.749 --> 00:23:16.651
  • are you going to be thatunique person that God
  • 00:23:16.684 --> 00:23:19.620
  • supernaturally provides for?
  • 00:23:19.654 --> 00:23:21.989
  • Does he have somebodyover there, or over there,
  • 00:23:22.023 --> 00:23:24.125
  • or over there, and over there,and over there?
  • 00:23:24.158 --> 00:23:26.461
  • And the rest of y'alljust go home.
  • 00:23:26.494 --> 00:23:33.401
  • How many widows who are willingto trust him
  • 00:23:33.434 --> 00:23:36.671
  • does he have in a crowd?
  • 00:23:36.704 --> 00:23:40.174
  • And guess what?
  • 00:23:40.208 --> 00:23:41.709
  • Jesus said, "One good onewill do."
  • 00:23:41.742 --> 00:23:45.480
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  • 00:23:45.513 --> 00:23:55.523
  • Tony: You only haveone source, one provider,
  • 00:23:58.192 --> 00:24:02.663
  • and that's God.
  • 00:24:02.697 --> 00:24:05.166
  • He uses many different resourcesor mechanisms through which
  • 00:24:05.199 --> 00:24:10.137
  • he makes the provision.
  • 00:24:10.171 --> 00:24:12.406
  • But never confuse the resourcesthat he uses as your source.
  • 00:24:12.440 --> 00:24:19.347
  • When you do, you've madeyour resource God.
  • 00:24:19.380 --> 00:24:22.917
  • One source.
  • 00:24:22.950 --> 00:24:24.952
  • That's why, in the lifeof Elijah, he shifts sources.
  • 00:24:24.986 --> 00:24:28.456
  • One minute, he usesan unclean raven.
  • 00:24:28.489 --> 00:24:31.425
  • The next minute, he uses a widowof Zarephath.
  • 00:24:31.459 --> 00:24:34.428
  • Because God can shift sourcesanytime he chooses.
  • 00:24:34.462 --> 00:24:38.966
  • That's why when you getdisappointed because
  • 00:24:39.000 --> 00:24:43.304
  • he didn't use the same sourcethat he used last time,
  • 00:24:43.337 --> 00:24:47.041
  • it's because we've gottenconfused that
  • 00:24:47.074 --> 00:24:49.377
  • resources can vary.
  • 00:24:49.410 --> 00:24:51.712
  • If this job doesn't work out,God can create
  • 00:24:51.746 --> 00:24:54.549
  • another opportunity elsewhere.
  • 00:24:54.582 --> 00:24:56.651
  • If this persondoesn't come through,
  • 00:24:56.684 --> 00:24:58.219
  • he's got more thanone person he can use.
  • 00:24:58.252 --> 00:25:00.621
  • If this bank doesn't cooperate,he can--
  • 00:25:00.655 --> 00:25:03.524
  • he can come up withanother scenario.
  • 00:25:03.558 --> 00:25:06.561
  • I mean, God has the worldof options open to him.
  • 00:25:06.594 --> 00:25:10.531
  • So, make sure you don't makeas an idol your resources,
  • 00:25:10.565 --> 00:25:16.404
  • but you keep focusedon your provider,
  • 00:25:16.437 --> 00:25:20.741
  • and that is God.
  • 00:25:20.775 --> 00:25:22.443
  • And when you keep focusedon him and watch his provision
  • 00:25:22.476 --> 00:25:25.846
  • of meeting your needs,like he says
  • 00:25:25.880 --> 00:25:28.549
  • in Philippians 4: 19,
  • 00:25:28.583 --> 00:25:30.685
  • "My God is able to meetyour need,"
  • 00:25:30.718 --> 00:25:33.454
  • because Paul understoodGod alone is the source.
  • 00:25:33.487 --> 00:25:37.625
  • So, thank him that he isyour source for every area
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  • of your life.
  • 00:25:42.129 --> 00:25:43.764
  • Keep your focus on him.
  • 00:25:43.798 --> 00:25:45.333
  • Thank him for the resourceshe's currently using,
  • 00:25:45.366 --> 00:25:47.868
  • but always leave that door openfor new resources
  • 00:25:47.902 --> 00:25:51.305
  • he chooses to use.
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