September 12, 2021

Exalt the LORD

Bible Text: 1 Kings 17:1-24 |

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It is well established. No one will dispute it. Life is hard. But there may be seasons when your life is on track. When all the lights are green. When you are blessed and filled and happy and everything and everyone around you is at peace. What do you do when everything goes your way? Whether you are a Christian or not, there are inherent dangers in times of blessing. It is possible, in the midst of the joyfulness of plenty to forget God, to lose your sense of purpose, and to take the credit for all the good in your life.

Like all of us, the prophet Elijah experienced highs and lows. As one of his greatest successes played out, Elijah fell into deep depression. At a time when he should have been riding high, he sunk so low. From his experiences recorded for us in 1 Kings 17-18, we will be challenged to handle the times of blessing in our own lives in a way that acknowledges the God who is behind it all. When everything goes your way, exalt him, keep your focus, and remain humble.

Sermon Notes

When Everything Goes Your Way (1 Kings 17–19)
Exalt the LORD
1 Kings 17
Pastor Todd Dugard

When everything is going my way, I will exalt the LORD because…

…he loves and disciplines (v. 1)

Hebrews 12:5-6
Hebrews 12:11

Many of the trials that he sends us are for the purpose of weaning our hearts from created things and fixing them more closely on him who created everything.
Charles Spurgeon

…he protects and provides (v. 2–16)

Philippians 4:6-7
Philippians 4:9

…he hears and heals (v. 17–24)

Psalm 103:12
Isaiah 53:5
Luke 20:38

Receive blessings and enjoy times of peace and plenty as grace gifts from God and not the result of your own efforts or random good fortune.

Prepare for hardship and set the stage for times of trial and loss by deciding in advance that you will exalt the LORD no matter what.