Hey everybody! I wanted to share with you for the next few days some “old gold” that I had sent out awhile back! It’s on a story in 1 Kings about Elijah that I had studied and really found a lot of fire in my faith during that time so as you read through these I pray they will light your faith on fire as well!!!
“When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?” “I have made no trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers, for you have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead. Now summon all Israel to join me at Mount Carmel, along with the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah who are supported by Jezebel. ” So Ahab summoned all the people of Israel and the prophets to Mount Carmel. Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.”
1 Kings 18:17-21
Usually try to send just 1 or 2 verses but this story that I got the chance to teach the kids about last night has way too much Gold not to share! I’ll be sending the story piece by piece cause every verse is so important! So Israel is in a serious drought since they have started following other gods which King Ahab has brought to their nation. Elijah is confronting Ahab about the situation he has brought upon everyone and tells him to bring everybody to Mt. Carmel. I thought about how I was before Jesus came into my life. I was worshiping other gods just like Ahab and all of Israel was doing. By other gods I mean whatever i thought was more important than the Lord, I spent a lot more time with those gods than I did the God. I’m sure it’s not just my testimony this speaks to but all of ours, no matter how bad your gods were, we were all lost before Jesus saved us. Just like the people of Israel prob thought well, everybody else is doing it, it was the kings idea so I guess it wouldn’t hurt. That’s what I thought, I was just flowing with what the world says is “okay” or “fun” and that’s the lie I told myself which led me deeper and deeper into worshiping those gods and putting God to the side. Just think about it! How many actions or decisions do you make based on what others do, what the TV shows you to do? Prob a lot cause it’s so easy to get caught in that comparison trap. But the truth is, that route always leads to a drought. Before Jesus came into my life that’s where I stayed all the time, in a drought, no matter how much “fun” I thought I was having it was only for a minute then I’d end up feeling empty, not satisfied so guess what? I chased it more and more and just like Ahab I was blind to the fact that my sin and decisions were causing this drought. So thankful that Jesus showed me what true filling of peace, joy, and satisfaction is! Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle but because of Christ it’s a lot better than it used to be! The last piece of this verse, Elijah calls the people of Israel out, asking them how long are you gonna keep messing around with that stuff from your old life and actually follow God! It’s a decision we make the day we give our lives to Jesus but what I know l forget a lot, it’s a decision we have to make everyday! It’s easy to let the sins and pain of yesterday let us detour us from following Jesus today. Whether you think you’re too far gone, too sinful, whatever it is, Jesus knows that you suck lol and he still loves you through it anyways. Everyday we’re faced with so much outside influence, so many voices and lies from Satan saying, “you’ll never beat this, you’ll never get past this addiction, you’re too weak.” The moment we feed into those lies we lose, the moment we decide to stand and confront the problem like Elijah did, speaking Gods truth over the lies, “I know I’m too weak, I’ll always be that way but with Jesus I don’t have to cause He’s more powerful than any of those little g gods, or anything that’s thrown at us.” It’s a constant reminder of looking back at the times Jesus brought you out of some pretty thick bondage or struggles, knowing who He is and what He’s capable of, and that He didn’t bring you out or sacrifice himself on the cross for you to be one foot in, one foot out, He did that for your freedom! So when you make that choice today, know what your choosing, know Who you’re choosing and get jacked up about what Jesus has in store for you!