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!!!
“So they prepared one of the bulls and placed it on the altar. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning until noontime, shouting, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no reply of any kind. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar they had made. About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!” So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out. They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.”
1 Kings 18:26-29
Just going deeper into this story with Elijah, we’ve learned about how all this relates to us. The past life and maybe current life of following our “gods” and the drought that we constantly find ourselves in because we go to the wrong place, looking for the wrong things, our personal gods instead of the one and only God! Once again I pray that we embrace people in our lives or situations that bring out that question, “how long will you waver between two opinions? If your gods are it then follow them but if God is your God then follow Him!” It’s crazy to me how much of my life I’ve wasted calling out to the gods in my life, addictions, sins, things I think I have to have to get through and I put them before the one true God of my life. At the end of the day I’m just like these prophets of Baal, I go to those obsessions or desires to the point of harming myself cause I’m so caught up in thinking those things are my ticket to a better life, and then I always find myself with no answer, no satisfaction or joy, just empty after I spent all day trying to get those things to fill me. It’s convicting looking back and even now still calling to the wrong things in the wrong place but that’s the beautiful thing about having a relationship with Jesus. Because of what He sacrificed to set us free and give us victory we don’t have to get stuck in that way. The decisions and sins of yesterday don’t have to affect or control the decisions we make today or tomorrow! How awesome is that!! And even if we don’t want to admit it we all have those gods in our life cause we’re all human, sinners before God. But the great part is Christ, what He did for us and the fact He lives with us everyday in this process of moving farther from those gods that have beaten us down and wasted our time, and closer to God and His purpose and plan for our lives! This may sound crazy but I feel like Elijah mocking them, telling them how stupid they are for calling out to nothing, useless worldly made up lies, it’s kind of like the Holy Spirit living within us reminding us, “Hey Jordan you know you don’t have to be the dummy you once were, those things are useless, just set your eyes on the one true God almighty and I’ll help ya keep moving forward.” That voice comes in so many ways, whether it’s people in our lives, situations or literally the Holy Spirit speaking through our conscious telling us what’s right, what pleases God and what will help us in this spiritual warfare we’re constantly in every day. The biggest thing these verses showed me was to take some inventory on what some of those “gods” may be in your life. Look to see what you put before God on your priority list and how it may be something holding you back from getting out of the drought you’re in and into the rain God brings down when He is #1 in your life. That’s where all change starts, in recognizing and admitting the problem then God will give you more than enough help to show you how to get past these gods if you stop calling on them and call on Him