"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 if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up… And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace."
(Daniel 3:18, 20 KJV)
This story of Our Awesome God's chosen people continued while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1-3). The king had made a golden image and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Those that wouldn't bow down to it were to be thrown into the fiery furnace according to the law he signed. The Chaldean astrologers, jealous of the captive Israelites who had found favor with the king, told him that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down to the golden image. They had not bowed down to it and they told the king they wouldn't which made the king very angry (Daniel 3:19).
Furious with pride and rage, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were bound and cast into the flames. The fiery blast was so hot it killed the soldiers who had escorted them. But as King Nebuchadnezzar peered into the furnace, he marveled at what he saw: "... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25 KJV) Then the king ordered them out of the furnace and when they did come out they didn't even have the smell of smoke nor was anything burned on them. King Nebuchadnezzar declared their God to be the one true God and that day they got freedom for all within the king's boundaries to worship Our Awesome God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men determined to worship only the One true God. In the face of death they stood firm, unwilling to compromise their beliefs and faith in God. They had no assurance they would survive the flames, but they stood firm anyway.
Their story in the Bible speaks a strong word of encouragement, especially to young men and women of today. Thank Our Awesome God that they faithfully worshiped Him. How strong is your faith in God?
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise/Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
"And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven."
(2 Kings 2:11 KJV)
Elisha, who was to replace Elijah as chief prophet for Our Awesome God, was staying very close to Elijah since he knew that Elijah was to be taken up that day to Heaven. When Elijah asked Elisha what he could do for him, Elisha said he wanted a double portion of Elijah's spirit. Elijah told him if he saw Elijah go up to heaven he would have his double portion. Now we don't know exactly what Elisha knew, but the "chariot of fire" was not mentioned in the Bible before Elijah ascended.
The chariot was a powerful religious symbol of Our Awesome God for ancient Israel: not the ordinary chariots used for war, but what the Bible calls "chariot of fire." The first mention of a chariot of fire is in 2 Kings 2:11, cited above. This is the story of Elijah being caught up into heaven. Although tradition imagines it was the chariot that carried Elijah away, the Bible says a fiery chariot and its horses separated Elijah from Elisha, his disciple, while a whirlwind snatched Elijah away and, some think, into the fiery chariot. If it was a fiery chariot that Elijah rode in, was it a symbol to Israel?
So Elijah didn't die, he went to up with or in, a "chariot of fire". His time on earth was over and his replacement on earth was Elisha. Our Awesome God had fulfilled his wishes to die by taking him up with a spectacular "chariot of fire" in full view of God's prophets. Did God plan it that way? Of course He did. Everything God does is with the purpose of having His children (Christians) know He will give them the best. Are we watching carefully as Elisha did? Elisha got his double portion of spirit and he used it spectacularly.
Are you a "child of the King"? God will give you what you have earned when you get to heaven. But for any awards, you must be a Christian. Our Awesome God wants anyone who realizes that they are sinning and is ready to stop sinning and do it God's way. Come just as you are and tell Him. Even Christians have to admit their sin because only our Lord can get rid of sin for you. Don't wait! Get to God and then to a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. He was Elijah's God!
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and 10:30 AM for worship Service. Sunday evening at 6:00 PM for Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and prayer. There are more programs during the week. 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!
Flo & Bill