1 Kings 18: Elijah meets Ahab again, this time Signs and Wonders confirm his Word.
“How long halt ye between two opinions?”
For three years Elijah stayed with the widow, while the Lord provided food daily and raised her son from the dead. (miracles)
The Lord told Elijah to go to Ahab, he went, but Ahab, in the end, came to him.
When Ahab saw Elijah, he said unto him: “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”
From Adam to you and I, when we sin our first response is: “That woman you gave me.” It’s not my fault, I was tricked, I had no idea You didn’t approve of …
When will we just learn to say, Yes, Lord, I screwed up, forgive me?
Elijah set the record straight: “I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.” (a Word of Knowledge)
Remember: “Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.”
Elijah then sent for all Israel, the 450 prophets of Baal, (the sun God), and 400 of Jezebels prophets, (of the groves), to gather at Mt Carmel.
After they were gathered Elijah spoke:
“How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him:” (a Word of Wisdom)
This really, is a question for us, today.
Todays Christian is more likely to identify with his Denomination than with Christ.
I’m a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Church of God, ect…
The symbols, rituals, traditions of our services, have become more important then true Worship.
(If you don’t think so, try skipping a tradition to use the time for teaching, or testimonials.)
We worry more about filling the seats, meeting the buget, tickling the ears, then training our people how to wait on the Lord.
We are double minded.
We cannot follow Christ, because we are following, Luther, Wesley, Billy or Franklin, Charles Stanley…. (all good examples), but not the final word.
The Book is what we need to follow. The people in Elijahs time: “answered him not a word.”
Unfortunately today, we don’t, by silence, admit to our sins. No we have many words, multiple excuses.
Every man, woman and child, written about in the Bible, is just that. Some of them sin, and rebel against God.
Some, hide and feed the prophets of God.
Some sing and pray, and interceed, others are Prophets, some work miracles, some have great faith, and heal the sick.
They are people, like us. No better or worse, not at all different then us except, obedience to God is job #1.
Do you ever wonder why we don’t see signs and wonders following? Why our children are so easily, pulled away from “the church?”
We have allowed “the church”, to become the building, “Worship” to become, the order of the Sunday service.
The “presence of God”, is just an after thought.
We are “The Church, Christ in us, the hope of glory. The things He did and more, are our great commission.”
He sent us to build a house for Him to abide in. Our house, (Gods Temple), is full of the world, instead.
We must empty ourselves of the world, and fill ourselves with His Word and Life.
You might be a powerful prophet of God. Or lead the next great Bible teacher, to the Lord.
We cannot do either with out a strong, faithful, obedience to His Word and Spirit.
He gave us the tools, you know what they are, but they are buried, out of sight, misunderstood, rejected, never to be seen and used, by those who claim to believe.
Lord, open our eyes, lead us to the place, You would use us. Empower us by Your Holy Spirit, to do Your will. Amen