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Bread of Life Devotionals
THE BURNING BUSH DOMINION CHURCH INC.
Date: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
Topic: DON’T BE DISCOURAGED BECAUSE OF FEAR
Text: 1 Kings 19:1-4
📖1….”And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and withal how he had slain all the prophets with the sword.
📖2….Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.
📖3….And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.
📖4….But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
🔥Fear is the father of discouragement. If a man is not fearful or afraid of a challenge, he can never be discouraged from facing it headlong. Absence of fear kills discouragement, and creates the ability to finish well. Elijah had just finished slaughtering 450 Prophets of Baal, and 400 prophets of the groves in 1 Kgs 18:19 & 40, yet the empty threat of one woman, Jezebel, in 1 Kgs 19:2, scared him to desire death. Most of our failures in life, are caused by the fear of the unknown, which discourages us from attempting to confront our challenges.
🔥🔥It was David’s ability to conquer the fear of Goliath, that birthed the boldness he had to confront and conquer him in 1 Sam 17:49-51. Even though his elder brothers tried to create fear in him to discourage him in 1 Sam 17:28, he refused to listen to them, and went after his faith that created boldness in him, and helped him to conquer his fear of the size of Goliath. No wonder Proverbs 28:1 says while the wicked flee when no one pursues them, the righteous shall be as bold as a lion. Why fearful and discouraged when the Lord is with us? Stop expecting evil with your fears.
🔥🔥🔥Even though weakness is not a virtue, yet God uses the weak instead of the discouraged. He gives the weak strength (Isaiah 40:29 & 31), but abandons the discouraged…Numbers 13:31-33, 14:23, 29-34. The point at which Elijah was discouraged from fighting Jezebel, God’s enemy, God had to replace him with Elisha in 1 Kgs 19:14-19. When Jeremiah was called in chapter 1, God warned him against fear when he referred to himself as a child, and told him to put on boldness in verses 6 to 10. Beloved child of God, as boldness made the Sanhedrin to respect the apostles in Acts 4:13, put away fear and discouragement, and watch God drown your enemies.
🙏Dearest Father, as a man of war, drive from me, every situation that will create a discouraging fear in me, in the face of challenges in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏O Lord, inject into me, the boldness that motivated David to face Goliath with a mere sling, in Jesus’ name.
🙏🙏🙏My Father, my Father, I reject every spirit of fear and discouragement, that can lead to my being replaced with another to fulfil my calling, in Jesus’ name.
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