Summary: From the Tomb to a Womb
Pastor William D Poovey ThD
Bethel Church of Olar, SC
From the Tomb to a Womb
1 Ki 19:9 And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; “that means he planned to be there awhile” and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah? 10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 15 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room. 17 And it shall come to pass, that him that escapeth the sword of Hazael shall Jehu slay: and him that escapeth from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha slay. 18 Yet I have left me 7,000 in Israel,
all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.
According to 1Kings 17:1 Elijah was one
of the inhabitants of Gilead. The point is:
He was one of the people, he was one of us,
in other words, he was in the same mess as everybody else, he was surrounded by the same sinful problems and circumstances.
He was in it, but he wasn’t a part of it.
This is very important: Because Israel’s spiritual condition was at an all-time low, from generation to generation each successive king had taken the nation deeper into sin and farther away from God.
Finally, it says that Ahab the son of Omri
did evil in the sight of the Lord above all
that were before him, and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the Kings of Israel that were before him.
Now, here stands Elijah, alone, against this flood of ungodliness, and perversion.
Have you ever felt like you’re all alone?
You’re the only one trying to do right, You’re the only one who is standing for righteousness. You’re the only one on your job, You’re the only one in your family,
You’re the only one on your street, In your town, Maybe God forbid, even in your church, you’re the only one who is really trying to Live a pure, holy and separated life.
Tell Your Neighbor (I’ve got good news)
It only takes one. It only takes one.
It only took One David to get rid of Goliath
It only took One Moses to Lead 5 million people out of bondage
It only took One Ezekiel, to turn a dry bone yard into a mighty army
I just want to tell you: You can make the difference on your job, in your family,
in your city, in your church, In your world.
Tell your neighbor: I can change it…
The devil goes to great lengths to try to convince us that one person could never make a difference, but the devil is a liar.
“No matter how dark it gets…
one light changes everything.”
Jesus said: Ye are the salt of the earth,
the light of the world.
The only way that darkness can win
is for the light to refuse to shine.
Grab your neighbors hand and shake it real good and tell them: Just turn the light on.
Elijah was no push over prophet, Elijah knew the power of God, through his ministry the dead were raised, the widow of Zarephath went into supernatural provision and was sustained through the famine.
He had a debt destroying, dead raising, prosperity producing anointing…
He was bold as a lion and mean as a bear,
he was a man’s man, no weekend warrior.
“ He stood alone” against a wicked king, and his wicked wife, and entire religious system that had turned against God.
I know a lot of people that can stand, as long as they got someone to lean on, as long as people are backing them up, and patting them on the back encouraging them.
But if you are ever going to do any real kingdom work, you might as well know… Sometimes you will have to stand alone.
Paul the apostle said:
2Ti 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.
Tell your neighbor: I’m learning to stand,
I want your help, I appreciate your help,