You Are Not Alone

Posted on 09/11/2016 by Rev. Jennifer L. Faust

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MAKES ME WANT TO SHOUT

When I think about the Lord
how he saved me, how he raised me
How he filled me with the Holy Ghost
He healed me to the uttermost

When I think about the Lord
how he picked me up, turned me around
How he set my feet on solid ground

Makes me want to shout
Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!
Lord you're worthy
of all the glory
and all the honor
and all the praise!


I WORSHIP YOU

I worship you, Almighty God
there is none like you
I worship you, O Prince of Peace
that is all I want to do

I give you praise
for you are my righteousness
I worship you, Almighty God
there is none like you


THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU

There is none like you
no one else can
touch my heart like you do
I could search
for all eternity long and find
There is none like you


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Father God, thank You for Your presence and for Your love. Thank You for allowing us to meet here in this place. I ask that You would continue to guide us as we walk into the next part of this service. Guide my words, Lord. I am but a vessel to be used by a Mighty God. Have Your way in this place Oh Lord.


Here in the USA today is a remembrance day. It's been fifteen years since 9-11-2001. I'd like to take the time for a short moment of silence.

Today I am doing the fire side chat. I'm not sure if it will be very long, but that's okay. It isn't the length that makes a sermon great, but the content, right? :)

Today we are going to look at 1 Kings chapter 19 verses 11-18 which reads

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 And he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”

15 Then the Lord said to him: “Go, return on your way to the Wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, anoint Hazael as king over Syria.16 Also you shall anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. 17 It shall be that whoever escapes the sword of Hazael, Jehu will kill; and whoever escapes the sword of Jehu, Elisha will kill. 18 Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

Here we have Elijah. He is running for his life. He goes into a cave and God finds him there. A few things happen. First, a great and strong wind came, but God was not in it. Then, an earthquake came. God was not in that. Next, fire. God was not in that. Lastly, a still small voice and that, that was God. Somehow or by Someone Elijah went to the entrance of the cave and God spoke to him.

Elijah says to God that he is the only one left. I am all alone and they who killed the other prophets seek to kill me, too. But God says something to him. Something that is for us, too. God tells him that there are others who have not knelt in front of Baal. 7,000 of them to be exact.

Do we feel like Elijah at times? We feel all alone and that no one is there for us. We are alone in our pain and grief and misery. We are so alone. Alone. Alone.

But I say to you, there is a still small voice saying that you are not alone. It is saying “I am with you!” Just because you can't see Him or what He is doing or where He is leading doesn't mean He has left you all alone.

He has not allowed you to go alone. He has not forsaken you. He has been with you all this time! Open your eyes! Feel His presence! Can you not see? Have you not heard His voice calling out to you?

No. You have never been truly alone. As you hear the wind, feel the earthquake, see the fire, don't forget to listen closely to the still small voice. For maybe...just maybe within that still small voice you will hear the promise “I will never leave nor forsake you.”