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December 12, 2021


December 12, 2021

God With Us – In The Wilderness


“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means, ‘Matthew 1:23 NLT


. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey . He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:3-4


… All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
1 Kings 19:5-6


The angel of the Lord came back a and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. , he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he and spent the night. And the word of the Lord : “, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:7-9


He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 1 Kings 19:10


The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the . After the wind there was an earthquake, but the . After the earthquake came a fire, but the . And after the fire came a .
1 Kings 19:11-12


The Lord is and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18


Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10


Small Group Discussion Guide


How did God communicate to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:3-12? How about you? How can you adjust your life to hear from Him?

Pastor David said, “Your deepest need becomes a gift when it drives you to depend on God.” Have you experienced this gift? Can you share your story?

Practice waiting on God this week. Each day, ask Him to turn your needs into the gift of depending on Him.

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