"And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?"
(1 Kings 19:12 -13 KJV)
When one slows down and listens after problems have happened, one may hear that "still small voice" telling one to stop. It might come as Elijah heard it or it might come in other forms, but Our Awesome God knows the best way to stop you when you are going the wrong way, doing the wrong thing or you just need to slow down. We often do not know or understand God because we do not listen for or heed His gentle calls to stop and consider what we are doing.
A whisper can barely be heard and is especially hard to hear as you rush to and fro, so sometimes it must be felt as a pressure on ones' heart and mind. It is like a warm gentle breeze blowing calmly across your soul. It warms and comforts you when you heed it and listen. This feeling and voice are well worth your wait. So listen and wait for Our Awesome God to whisper in that "still small voice" so He gets your attention.
When you are pursuing a path that clearly follows scriptural commandments but you sense that God wants you to do something else that is not on that path, stop and pray before going on. Consider the action and test It against scripture. Does it involve anything that might violate Our Awesome God's word? If not, do the action as best you can as soon as possible. Leave the results and consequences up to God.
Once the assignment is accomplished, God may give you another job. If not, you can return to your original path, but you might want to pursue it in a different direction. A good example is found in Paul’s journey described in Acts, chapters 16 and 17. Sometimes God closes doors (Acts16:6-7). Sometimes God tells us directly by voice or in a vision (Acts 16:9). Other times God uses circumstances (Acts 17:13-15). Paul never did get to Galatia or Bithynia but he preached the Gospel wherever he went.
Our Awesome God never explains His plan to us. He gives us commands in the Bible and lets us work out our own plans to obey them to the best of our ability. Then God blesses them with results that may not be what you expected. But you should always be listening for Him to tell you when He wants you to do something else. You will learn to listen and obey while developing a deep and abiding love for Him and His gentle stops.
Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening is at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Our programs include a Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors!
"But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers."
(1 Kings 19:4 KJV)
Our Awesome God sent Elijah, the Prophet, to rescue the Israelites from their moral and spiritual decline into Baal worship. Elijah had confronted and defeated the prophets of Baal, but confronting wicked Queen Jezebel was too much because she threatened to kill him for killing her false prophets.
Elijah didn't keep in mind Our Awesome God's faithfulness to him but panicked, ran and hid himself (1 Kings 19:4). Elijah was depressed and felt a failure because the prophets of God were gone, the worship in temple of God suspended. He felt a failure and that God had left him. But Our Awesome God sent His angel to feed Elijah and then God asked him why he was there. God then sent him to anoint two kings and a new prophet named Elisha to take his place (1 Kings 19:15-16).
Before he left the cave he was hiding in, God reminded him with an earthquake and fire that God could and would do anything to protect him. Elijah remembered Our Awesome God's faithfulness, protection and provision of food. He would sustain Elijah because He could do anything. So he rested and returned to the missions God had for him, a wiser and more mature man of God ready to serve Him.
We, like Elijah after stress and depression, need to rest in Our Awesome God, remember His faithfulness and trust Him for the future. We need to turn to God and drop our doubting and depression. God is there in our lives all the time helping us, especially, in our times of stress and doubt. He knows all and sees all. He is in control. You need to follow His guidance. He brings victory when His advice is followed carefully.
Come join us at our church or join any church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Tomorrow, 8/20/15, #4 Chariots of Fire will conclude the life of Elijah.
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM along with AWANA for children (September through May). We love visitors!
"And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water...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."
(1 Kings 18:35, 38 KJV)
Elijah set down the challenge for Our Awesome God. The time of decision had come. In each of our lives we have the same decision to make as to whether we follow God or not. But Ahab and all the people of Israel were summoned to Mount Carmel to meet with God. The invitation was also extended to the rabble that called themselves "prophets of Baal". The Bible tells us that there were 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah, a total of 850 against Our Awesome God.
They met at Mt. Carmel. The scene was set and the challenge was issued. "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." (1 Kings 18:21 KJV) Elijah did not leave open any other options. There were only two alternatives, just as there are only two alternatives today. We follow Our Awesome God or follow Satan. There is but one God and, because it was void, He created all from the inanimate objects to the animate objects, He created it ALL.
Then Elijah asked the Baal prophets to set up their altar to Baal, take their bullock and prepare it on the altar and then call for fire to burn it. The prophets of Baal called there god from morning until the time of the evening offering but nothing happened though they yelled, danced and cut themselves. No voice and no fire! Nothing happened!
Elijah cut his bullock, put it on wood and then had them pour water all over the meat and altar three times, filling the trench around it. Then Elijah prayed to Our Awesome God and God sent a fire to consume the burnt sacrifice, the stone altar, even the dust and all the water in the trench -- all were consumed (1 Kings 18:38). Immediately, the people made their choice!!
See you here tomorrow, "#3 Elijah Is Stressed." What did he do next? He became a great prophet!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning. Bible Study is at (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM). Then again, Sunday evening (6:00 PM) there is Bible Study along with AWANA for children (September through May) which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM), there is a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week, the choir and the Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word."
(1 Kings 17:1 KJV)
Elijah stood up boldly for Our Awesome God in a time when idolatry had swept his Israel. In fact, his name means "My God is Yah(weh)." The false god he opposed was Baal, the favorite deity of Jezebel, wife of King Ahab of Israel (869-850 BC). To please Jezebel, Ahab had altars erected to Baal, and allowed the queen to murder God's prophets.
The Scripture above is the first mention of Elijah in the Bible and he was telling King Ahab of a coming drought because of the prophets that were killed and the altars to Baal he had built. Elijah is told by Our Awesome God to run to the Brook, Cherith to escape Queen Jezebel's wrath and where God has told the ravens feed him (1 Kings 17:6-7). When the Brook, Cherith dried up, God sent him to a widow in Sidon whom he helped and stayed with. He brought the widow's son back to life with God's help (1 Kings 17:22). God was using Elijah even as he was in hiding from Queen Jezebel and King Ahab. Elijah was slowly being taught to depend completely on God for all his needs and wants.
After three years of drought, Our Awesome God sent Elijah to King Ahab in Samaria where there was a famine. Elijah spoke with King Ahab of Israel, telling him to gather 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah and send them to Mount Carmel with all Israel (1 Kings 18:19). The Bible doesn't say whether Ahab knew God was going to challenge Baal or even lift the drought or not.
Notice that King Ahab didn't argue about gathering the people Elijah asked him to bring to Mount Carmel. He did everything Elijah asked because nothing else had stopped the drought and famine. Had he learned that Our Awesome God is Supreme? Read our website tomorrow, 8/18/15, when the conclusion of this incident with Elijah will be told in "#2 Heavenly Fire" or you might just read 1 Kings, chapter 18. Reading the Bible and praying are very important to Our Awesome God and God's children.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets along with AWANA for children (September through May) which goes until 7:30 PM. There is more during the week. We love visitors!
"And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei... So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land."
(Numbers 21:33, 35 KJV)
“Bashan was an area north of Gilead and east of the Jordan River and it stretched to the slopes of mount Hermon to the north but really had no definite boundary. It went from the Jordan River on the east again to no definite boundaries on the west. So Bashan included the fertile, wooded slopes of Jebel Ed-Druze, the very rich plain of el-Chauran, the rocky tract of el-Leja', the region now known as el-Jedur, which resembles the Chauran in character, but less well cultivated. It, also, includes the breezy uplands of el-Jaulan with its wonderful reaches of pasture land. It was a land of rich, great cities, as the existing ruins testify”. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/B/BASHAN/)
Moses and the Israelites defeated King Og of the Amorites in a battle led by God and killed all the people in about 60 cities before they came to the Jordan River. Later this land, known as Bashan, was given to the half tribe of Menassah as their possession and it became a part of Israel for many years. Our Awesome God had provided this land for His people and they kept a part of it until the Syrian Wars (1 Kings 22:3). King Jeroboam II regained it briefly (2 Kings 14:25). Then it was incorporated into the Assyrian Empire (2 Kings 15:25-29). Today it is part of Gilead.
God provided them with the best, as Bashan was known for the oak trees on its mountains and the strength of its bulls. Today that area is known for its wheat crops. Our Awesome God always provides the best for us, His Children, but we forget, like the Israelites, to say "Thank You" to our God. Don't take for granted what you have today. Remember to Thank God for what He provides.
Join a church (if you haven't already) that prays often and loves our God. His son, Jesus Christ, died for you and took your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. Again Our Awesome God is providing for you a way to get to heaven. He loves you!! Praise the Lord!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM). Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children which goes until 7:30 PM (September through May). Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) we have Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts".
(Jeremiah 2:19 KJV)
Backsliding is a “condition that results from spiritual apathy or disregard for the things of God, whether on the part of an individual or a group bound by a prior covenantal pledge of commitment to uphold the doctrine and commandments of the Lord. Backsliding includes departure from a good confession of faith and from the ethical standards prescribed for God's people in the Scriptures.” http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/backsliding.html
It is important to realize that backsliding is done by the believer and often by the faithful follower of Our Awesome God. Unsaved person cannot do it because they don't believe in Jesus Christ. No Christian is immune to this "disease" but some find backsliding easier to do than others. So as Christians we should know some of the symptoms of backsliding which are found in the following Scriptures.
1. The Focus of Your Heart Changes from the Things of God to the Things of the World. (Deuteronomy 1:27-36 / I Kings 11:1-4).
2. You Become More Concerned About Yourself rather Than the Things of God such as Worship, Service to God, etc. (John 6:26/ Philippians 2:4,21).
When either of these symptoms are seen or felt, the Christian should start looking for others. In fact, every Christian should examine themselves three times a year at least for signs of backsliding. If you find either symptom mentioned, 1) you should actively seek the things that are of Our Awesome God and 2) pray until you can "feel" God or hear Him. 3) Ask God to reveal Himself to you and bring to your mind any sin you might have committed. 4) Rearrange what you have been doing and include what the Lord has revealed to you. Keep working in this manner until Our Awesome God tells you the problem. God will reveal it, if you are persistent and continue looking at your backsliding. You are a child of the King!
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children, which goes until 7:30 PM, and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"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 18:26 KJV)
Baal was the lord of the Canaanite religion and was seen in the thunderstorms. This was one of the main religions of Canaan that Our Awesome God did not want His people involved in. Baal worship in Canaan revolved around two themes that represented the conception of Baal his worshipers held. Baal was both the sun-god and storm-god. He was worshiped as sun-god when the people wished to express thanks and gratitude for light, warmth and fertility. Worship of Baal as storm-god took place to appease the destructive nature of Baal, seen in the droughts and storms that devastated the vegetation of the worshipers. The efforts to appease Baal whenever adverse conditions prevailed culminated in the sacrifice of human beings, usually the firstborn of the one offering the sacrifice. The victims were burnt alive, a practice in the Old Testament termed, “to pass through the fire” (2 Kings 16:3; 2 Kings 21:6 ). Baal worship practice was as diverse as the communities in which he was worshiped.
Baal worship was well established in early Canaan and was always infiltrating the Israelite worship of Our Awesome God, as God knew it would. Again, if the Israelites would have killed or driven out all the inhabitants of the cities of Canaan until none was left as God told them to do, they would not have married their women nor have been enticed into worshipping Baal.
Today, God's people can be pulled away from the worship of Our Awesome God by cults that worship idols or their pride in their own works to get to heaven. Idols now are more than just statues or paintings. Idols include anything more important to you than worshipping Our Awesome God and His son, Jesus Christ. Do you have an idol or cult you worship? Consider what God did to the worship of Baal in 1 Kings 18 (KJV). It is extinct as a formal religion today but most of the features are still practiced in our world. (See http://www.propheticalert.org/baalworshipindisguise.htm)
Learn more about Our Awesome God by reading His Holy Bible, praying to Him and worshipping in a church which preaches and teaches the Holy Bible. Join us at LWBC every Sunday at 9:30 AM, we have small group Bible Studies and at 10:30 AM, we meet in the sanctuary for Worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM we have Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Our programs include Home Bible Studies and a Wednesday Prayer Meeting but are varied as we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible. We love visitors and practice the "love one another" commandment to all.
Flo & Bill