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Monday, June 8, 2015

God Issued

1 Kings 18 Elijah was face to face with King Ahab, the worst of the Kings of Israel. Led by the Lord (1 Kings 18:36), Elijah posed a challenge to King Ahab, all the 850 prophets of the false gods, and all the Israelites. Elijah went there and stood in front of the people and asked, "How long will it take you to make up your minds? If the Lord is the one and only God, follow Him. But if Baal is the one and only God, follow him." - 1 Kings 18:21.  Baal represent money, power, self worth, and all of other ideas people used for self worship. This worship was taking over the Northern Kingdom and the prophets were gaining ground because of the backing of the kings.

When Elijah asked for King Ahab's prophets and worshippers to meet on Mt. Carmel, it had to take great bravery. It was Elijah against them all, and he would ultimately face the evil Queen Jezebel, who was killing off all of the Lord God's prophets.  Think back, when was the last time you had to take a stand for Christ?  This is not me challenging you, but instead encouraging you. If we do not look for opportunities to stand for Christ when we meet opposition. Elijah was one man, but it was more than that. You can have all the power in the world, but if you do not have the power of the living God your power is useless. Elijah's power was God Issued. So is ours. Amen.

God used Elijah to turn the people back to God and reunite the 12 tribes.  No matter what people believe, He is the Lord God. God will make the resources available to us in creative ways to accomplish his purpose.  He will give us the wisdom to raise a family, the courage to take a stand for truth, or the means to help provide for someone. You can have faith that whatever God commands us to do he will provide. Stand Firm! Take Heart and be of good courage. Yahweh Yireh! The Lord will provide.  Yahweh Yireh!