Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Stop Limping Along

The wicked King Ahab and his infamous wife Jezebel were looking for the prophet Elijah for 3 years. Jezebel and Ahab intended to put him to death because he had pronounced judgment on the land. God was judging the land because of the acceptance of the false worship of a god named Baal. Baal worship was covering the land. 

The modern LQBTQ and radical feminism movement resemble the ancient worship of Baal. Baal worship revolved around sexual immorality and offering children as a sacrifice to the false deity; it was a sacred right to Baal worshipers. 

Elijah told Ahab and Jezebel that God was displeased and that His judgment would be no rain in the land until he said so. After 3 years of no rain, God told Elijah to present himself to Ahab. Notice what the Bible says about this confrontation. 

1. The Confrontation 

1 Kings 18:17 "When he saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, is this you, you troubler of Israel?"

Isn't it amazing how the ungodly are troubled by righteousness?

GODLINESS TROUBLES THE WICKED!

As a civilization grows increasingly wicked, those who are moral will begin to be viewed as trouble-makers, dangerous, and even enemies of the state. Like today, many confrontations are beginning to happen simply because there are faithful believers willing to take a stand for what is right. The confrontation led to the situation. 

2. The Situation 

Elijah rejected this accusation and boldly proclaimed the situation at hand. 

1 Kings 18:18 "Elijah said, I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and you have followed the Baals."

Just as in Elijah's day, the problem in America today is not conservative, Bible-believing Christians. The problem in our nation is the acceptance of what God considers an abomination. Just like in the days of Elijah, the confrontation and situation will bring each individual to making a decision. 

3. The Decision 

1 Kings 18:21 "Elijah came near to all the people and said, how long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow Him."

The word "hesitate" literally means to limp. The people were limping between two opinions, unwilling to put their full weight down upon who God was or what He called them to do. Just like in 1 Kings, I am growing weary of many professing believers in our day limping between two opinions. I believe God is calling those in our nation to decide who we believe He is. 

Stop limping between two opinions! Believe the God of the Bible and put the full weight of your decision on Him! Trust God with each day and the outcome of each decision. Live by faith in His Word and follow Jesus as He leads. Stop limping along.