We are in the second week of our Elijah series; this week Josh tackled 1 Kings 18 (My God can kick your god’s butt). It has been awesome to have Josh preaching again, he gets this look in his eyes that reminds me he is passionate about preaching God’s word, and reaching our city!
Josh started out by talking about Obadiah. He was willing to do some great things for God, as long as no one knew about it. Obadiah is confronted by Elijah, who had put it ALL on the line for God, and told him that it was time to go public.
If you are embarressed by God, and don’t want others to know that you go to church or pray; then do not be upset if when things go wrong, you wonder where God is… Obadiah did not want to go public, or be different because he was more concerned about his life and position then God’s glory. Have you ever seen an alien? We as Christians are not suppose to fit into the status quo, we are supose to be different. Unfortunately, too often, like Obadiah, we have created a faith that does not require God to step in. All of our prayers and expectations are small enough that we can accomplish them on our own. Faith is supose to be an adventure, but that kind of faith requires our vision of God to be big, and Obadiah was content to have a small vision of God.
Elijah confronts Ahab and calls out all of the prophets of Baal and Asherah, 850 in all. A battle of the Gods on Mt. Carmel, Baal’s homecourt. All of Isreal comes to see who will win. Elijah admonishes the crowd, If God is not God then follow Baal.
And so the prophets of Baal call out for 3 hours, Elijah wonders aloud to them,” Maybe he can’t hear you, or his is in the bathroom. Why don’t you call louder.” So for another 3 hours they cut themselves and call, but nothing happens. No one answers…
Elijah takes a moment to address the nation of Isreal reminding them that this is their God, and he is calling them back, remember their history, that they have forgotten. And then after dumping water on the alter and bull Elijah prays a BIG prayer, for God to come through. And fire from heaven came down and there was nothing left.
Josh quoted Mark Batterson, ” you need to pray like it all depends on God, and work like it all depends on you.” Elijah not only had big prayers, but he showed up and did the hard work.
Josh ended with some vision casting about what drives us as a church, instead of recaping it I think you should take a moment and listen to it yourself. It will definately be worth your time.