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Summary: If there is not a balance within the Christian life, we can become off kilter, like a washing machine with the clothes off balance, it makes a lot of noise, but it’s not cleaning your clothes properly.

1 Kings 18:17-39 (quickview) -Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is that you, O troubler of Israel?"

18 And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.

19 Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."

20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.

21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word.

22 Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.

24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD; and the God who answers by fire, He is God." So all the people answered and said, "It is well spoken."

25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it."

26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, "O Baal, hear us!" But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.

27 And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened."

28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.

29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.

If there is not a balance within the Christian life, we can become off kilter, like a washing machine with the clothes off balance, it makes a lot of noise, but it’s not cleaning your clothes properly.

If we are not careful we can put so much emphasize on rituals or traditions that we can began to do those things without our heart being involved!

Church is important, but so is having the right attitude about being in church!

Sunday school is important, but so is being there for the right reason!

Tithing is important, but God wants us to give from the heart not only from the pocket book!

Because all of this….Church, Sunday school, tithing, witnessing, helping, sacrificing, praying, studying, it is all for your benefit, and God wants you to get the most out of all these experiences! (You cannot out give God!)


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