Summary: Worse than any drought that has ever touched the earth is the drought that has stricken the church (the drought of dry eyes)
Elijah calls for a meeting with Ahab: because of the sins of Ahab and the nation of Israel (God at the prayer of Elijah had shut up the heavens and there had been a 3 and a half year drought.
DROUGHT = dryness, emptiness, famine, desolation, destruction, death
Ahab the king of Israel meets Elijah with these words: Art thou he that troubeleth Israel?
Trouble=) stir up, disturb To agitate; 2. To afflict with pain or discomfort. 3. To cause mental agitation or distress
This shows you how far Israel had fallen from Gods divine presence and calling: this king who was suppose to lift the standard and was to lead Israel into their divine destiny, and relatinship with God, was so backslidden that the very presence of Elijah with his commitment and his consecration and his love for God (disturbed, agitated, even caused Ahab such distress that he called Elijah (he that troubeleth Israel)
You might as well know this: That when you get serious about serving God, when you consecrate yourself to live a holy seperated sanctified life ) You will be viewed as a trouble maker,
why? Because most people are satisfied to live around the altar, i mean satisfied to be religious, look the part sound the part, (but When you have chosen to live on the altar= A living sacrifice ) you will upset this worlds system and you will disturb religious people.
(Rom 12:1)I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Elijah called the nation of Israel back to the altar.
Elijah is not known through the scriptures as a great preacher, but when the bible shines the spotlight on elijah, we see him on the ground with his head between his knees (praying)
He showed us what the altar looks like:
The great need of this hour is for men and women who will rebuild the altar:
The altar is the meeting place with God, It’s where You climb Mt Moriah and give your Isaacs up to God, it is a place of sacrifice, (death to self) it is a place of consecration.
It's the place where we wrestle with God for a changed life, (it's the place where Jacob the deceiver, the liar, the usurper and the suplanter dies and Israel the prince with powrer is born.
Elijah took 12 stones= the 12 tribes) Also = divine order or divine Government- He was building a picture of Isreal back under Gods divine government = Living according His Word.
He Rebuilt the altar. He knew that if he could bring Israel back to the altar, and the altar back to Israel, that he would bring Israel back to God.
I want you to know that the only hope for America today is to come back to the altar: There's no president, no politician, no legislation that can turn this country around.
The only hope for change in America is God.
God back in the home, God back in the schoolhouse, God back in the whitehouse, God back in the church house.
if we can get America back to the altar, we can get America back to God.
Malacai 3:7 Return unto me, (and I will return unto you) saith the Lord of hosts.
This is where were at in America right now.
The greatest structure that we can build in America is not to rebuild the world trade center, It’s not in new york.
It’s In every city, and in every church and in every Home
It’s the structure called the altar.
It wasn’t torn down by terrorists attack, There is no terrorist that could destroy the altar, It was torn down through neglect, and decay, and rejection, in favor of a more comfortable and less painful and humiliating way,.
(Only Humble people can pray) (Only weak people can pray) (Only Poor people can pray) Only Helpless people can pray. Only needy people can pray.
Only people who are willing to admit they need help can pray
The Greatest sin of America is not (homosexualty ) the greatest sin of America is pride.
It’s not national pride that we need in America today, It’s national humility and total dependence upon God.
2 Chron 7:14
If (my people), which are called by my name, shall (humble themselves), and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
I know there are some wicked, evil things happening in the world, there are gross and horrible things being done in the world, the world is a very dark and dangerous place, but God is not speaking to the world