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Wavering

1 Kings 18 ESV
After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.” So Elijah went to show himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria. And Ahab called Obadiah, who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly, and when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water.) And Ahab said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs of water and to all the valleys. Perhaps we may find grass and save the horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals.” So they divided the land between them to pass through it. Ahab went in one direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by himself. And as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. And Obadiah recognized him and fell on his face and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?” And he answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here.’ ” And he said, “How have I sinned, that you would give your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me? As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they would say, ‘He is not here,’ he would take an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. And now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here.” ’ And as soon as I have gone from you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where. And so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared the Lord from my youth. Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water? And now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here” ’; and he will kill me.” And Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him. And Ahab went to meet Elijah. When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.” Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made. And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention. Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down. Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name,” and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time. And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water. And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.” And Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.” And they seized them. And Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon and slaughtered them there. And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’ ” And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.
1 Kings 18
God wants to be everything in our lives, heart, & focus
1st commandment you shall have no other gods before me
Jesus love the Lord your God with all your heart mind soul & strength
What is Satans biggest attack?
take the hearts of people away from the One true God to worship false gods
this is called idolatry
FALSE GODS PROMISE WHAT ONLY THE TRUE GOD PROVIDES
god of Money
promises happiness & security
rich man with life illness has no security
lost loved one has no happiness
times of Elijah people were serving many false gods
Recap
Elijah confronts evil king Ahab married to Jezebel
19th consecutive evil king
worst of them all
continued to turn peoples hearts to idolotry
baal: sun/fire god
asura: baal’s wife
People turned from the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob
for promise that if they worship false gods
crops grow
better life
God raised up Elijah to confront king with a message
it will not rain until God tells me to pray for rain
major drought & famine
God sends Elijah into hiding for time of preparation
because King Ahab wanted him dead
Goes to Chireth Brook
one day that brook dried up
God sent him to Zarephath
woman with a little flour & oil that never ran dry
she fed him
one day her son died & Elijah called on God who raised him from the dead
NOW IT’S TIME TO CONFRONT
3 years into drought
1 Kings 18:17 KJV 1900
And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
1 Kings 18:17
because he said that God was going to send a drought
1 Kings 18:18 KJV 1900
And he answered, 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.
1 Kings 1
you are putting false gods before the One True God
monotheism: one God
polytheism: multiple gods
We may believe in One but our lives often give way to many
not necessarily to Baal
but to others more socially acceptable
money
material possessions
house
car
image
sports
hobby
children
ANYTHING ELEVATED ABOVE GOD IS IDOLATRY
WHAT ARE THE FALSE GOD’S IN YOUR LIFE?
monotheistic beliefs
polytheistic practice
It’s time to quit wavering
1 Kings 18:19 KJV 1900
Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.
big table
1 Kings 18:20–21 KJV 1900
So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
How long will you do this?
if God is God then follow Him
if baal is god then follow him
too often we pray
God get me out of hell and let me live my life
I want to do what I want to do
hear my prayer & bless me
but I want to do what ever I want
I want all of your good things
but I don’t want to quit my bad things
Christian Sunday
Heathen Monday
claiming Christ
living like we don’t know Him
wanting benefits
not willing to sacrifice
QUIT WAVERING… PICK A SIDE
If your God is the real deal then sell out
material posessions
we are accumulating
getting into massive debt
stop being generous
steal if we have to
b/c accumulation is the goal
self image
gym 3-times a week
tan it
tweak it
tat it
puff it
tuck it
color it
style it
ignoring the fact that you will die one day
buy whatever clothes you need and go for it
sexual pleasure
don’t let something as small as marriage hold you back
not married… go for it
marriage shouldn’t limit you
play both sides of the street
do what you want
if that’s your god… go for it
home
hire a chef
landscape it
BUT IF CHRIST THE SON OF GOD IS THE ONE TRUE GOD
then quit wavering
serve Him with all of your heart
don’t claim Him and live like He doesn’t exist
I can feel Elijah speaking directly to me
to this revival meeting
OUR FAITH IS AN ALL OR NOTHING KIND OF FAITH
that’s what revival is all about… to help us get all in
SHOWDOWN
you get two bulls… one for your prophets & one for me
1 Kings 18:24 KJV 1900
And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
baal is the sun god/fire god
1 Kings 18:26 KJV 1900
And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
1 Kings
dance: worship dance, full body, twists, shouts
no one dances today:
Allen Jackson
extreme home makeover: MOVE THAT BUS
sports team: shirt off & painted
Elijah teasing with them
1 Kings 18:27 KJV 1900
And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
talking
pursuing:
busy
relieving himself
journey
sleep & needs woken up
V. 28-35 Louder, more dancing, cut themselves… all day long
we don’t dance for false gods all day long
BUT OFTEN TIMES FOR A LIFETIME
to the ones who promise but never deliver
1 Kings
1 Kings 18:36–37 KJV 1900
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
so that You turn hearts of people back to you
I pray this for so many people that I love
used to walk with Him
turned away
Watch this
1 Kings 18:38–39 KJV 1900
Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.
The Lord, He is God
all else fell so short that we could recognize Him
- The Lord, He is God
Why doesn’t God show Himself this way today?
I’d go do this every morning to get me ready for the day
go to my brothers house and call a heavenly fireball down to lead him to salvation
HE DOES IT IN SO MUCH OF A GREATER WAY
2000 years ago He sent His Son down
stirring a fire in the hearts of people
continuous flame of HS living inside of believers
how much more power do we need?
Let us not fall because we believed falls claims
put our hope in things other than God
our joy
this world would love to have you profess the Name of Jesus but fail to live like you claim
false hope/no hope
we must not waiver but keep our eyes on the prize
Let us use the fire power of the HS within us to point those who have lost their way back to Him
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