Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Advent(Dec. 15): Bowing Down

“I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals.Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”But the people said nothing.Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it.Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord The god who answers by fire—he is God.”Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”1 Kings 18:18-24"Elijah took a stand and cried out, "How much longer will you lean this way and that way and flail and flop about between the One real God and Baal?  Make a decision and commit to it!"
To prove God's authority and authenicity, Elijah entered a challenge with the prophets of Baal. 
God did respond...and answered his requests, going above and beyond!!!

One of the great needs at all times in a society, but especially in times of great apostasy, is for God’s people to step forward for God and His truth. Those who do, however, are nearly always a minority. While God always has His people, they are, as they are described in the Bible, a remnant or a minority. Even in Elijah’s day, there was a remnant. Seven thousand had not bowed the knee to Baal (1 Kgs. 19:18Rom. 11:4-5). But to Elijah it seemed as though he was the only one left.In verse 21 we see one of the key issues of our day and any day--the instability of indecision and double-mindedness. It’s so easy to straddle the fence. There is always a great pull for people to lead lives of duplicity to some degree. They may go to church on Sunday, but the rest of the week they are dominated by other loves, concerns, and commitments. They feel the tug of God on their hearts and the love of the world at the same time. But what a dangerous position!(source)Taking a stand for the truth and facing a majority who stand against the truth often leaves us feeling lonely. Humanly speaking it very often appears we are alone. We must remember, however (as Elijah did at this point), when we stand for the Lord we are in the majority because standing with us is the Infinite Almighty and His myriad of hosts. (source)
Are you facing that call to stand in the gap or stand before the majority and take a stand for the Lord? The decision for God as your one and only true Master, is also the decision to lay up treasure in heaven. It is also the decision to cast your needs and burdens on Him. Above all, it is the decision to trust in God’s solutions rather than your own tactics to handle life.  

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  1. Thank you for sharing this edifying post, encouraging us to serve our God this Advent and every day of the year.

    1. You're welcome, Karen. I'm glad were uplifted!! Thanks for stopping by. May you have a blessed day, sister.


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