Summary: A sermon on the story of Elijah and the Prophets of Baal.
READING: 1 Kings 18:17-40 (Text v39.)
Ever wondered why it is that a church can be small and struggling (and remain that way) - insignificant in the community - and not even looking like changing for many years to come; and then ALL OF A SUDDEN, through a series of events - a speaker comes with a word from the Lord, or a new pastor takes over (or an old one takes to prayer) - THINGS BEGIN TO MOVE. That little church just explodes with life and becomes an unstoppable force.
OR have you ever thought why it is that a person can be brought up in a Christian home for many years, attend church regularly, even see the miraculous, and yet remain untouched by the Word of God and the power of the gospel; and then, in ONE BRIEF MOMENT, they are changed - someone who has been praying for years finally wins through - their lives are infilled with God’s power and immediately they’re not only saved but set on fire and become a contagious reviver of other hearts.
When you read the Bible, do you consider why it is that the children of Israel spent long periods of time in difficult circumstances, and then all of a sudden God intervened and raised up a man to deliver them. Like, for instance, when they spent 400 YEARS in bondage in Egypt - timid, broken-spirited slaves - and then along came Moses and then NOTHING could prevent their miraculous escape under God’s hand.
These are encouraging things for us to observe aren’t they? Whatever your situation today - though we long for a mighty outpouring of God’s Spirit upon our church but it seems slow in coming - though you have loved ones whom you long to see saved; but you’ve prayed for so long for little results - though you personally have desired for years to see God move in your workplace, but nothing ever seems to happen:-
PRESS INTO GOD!! For the time is coming when God will declare that the day is His to show His glory - TO BEAR HIS ARM - and nothing can stand against Him IN THAT DAY - “The DAY of the LORD’S POWER”.
This evening we are going to see this truth from the passage of Scripture that we’ve read. We’re going to see the “DAY of the LORD’S POWER” when all those who look on are made to behold and to declare (v39) “the Lord, He is God - the Lord, He is God”.
An amazing account of an amazing day in Israel’s history; a history marred by many failures and disappointments.
The Lord had been so faithful to Israel in bringing her out of Egypt and into the promised land - but continually she turned her back on Him.
The Israelites had the power, in God, to completely conquer Canaan and to become a standard of righteousness to influence the nations around about.
BUT INSTEAD, they continually wanted to be accepted by their neighbours - they wanted to “be as other nations”. God said, “YOU’RE NOT LIKE other nations - you’re a peculiar people unto me”. BUT STILL they insisted on following the ways of other nations.
They constantly drifted to worshipping idols and foreign gods. OH, YES, they worshipped the ONE TRUE GOD who’d led them out of captivity - along with the many ba-al gods and Ashorahs of Canaan; they adopted the mentality of their heathen neighbours.