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June 12, 2019, 7:00 PM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-Between Two Gods (Week 3:3)


Elijah-Between Two Gods

 

1 Kings 18:23-24

“Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.”

 

Thought for Today

Baal was the Canaanite god of the sky, whose wrath came with the storms and whose judgment was sent as lightning. Elijah chooses the simplest trial for the prophets of Baal. They would build two altars and place a sacrifice upon each. The god who provided fire from the sky is really god. The other is a fake. The prophets of Baal had to be delighted at the challenge. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. What does this tell us about our God? The Lord is almighty. That means that He is powerful in every area. Baal’s strength was supposedly in the sky. The Lord was powerful in the sky, on the ground, in the ocean, and in space. He made all of it. There is no arena of life in which God is weak. The amazing thing about God is that for His children He delights to show His strength at the point of their weakness. He comes to the place where we struggle and demonstrates His power by giving us the victory, because He knows we will see His hand clearly. This causes us to acknowledge His presence and worship Him. Conversely, when challenged, God loves to pick the area where His opponent is strongest, so there will be no doubt who is superior. So if you are feeling weak invite God in. Give Him the chance to do what He loves.

 

Prayer

Lord God, I confess that I am weak in ________________. Show me Your love and power in this area of my life so that I will receive the double blessing of victory in the area and the growth in my faith in You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It's not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He's made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, "Let's go do that together. ― Bob Goff

 

Quote of the Day

We were given the Scriptures to humble us into realizing that God is right, and the rest of us are just guessing. ― Rich Mullins

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June 11, 2019, 8:33 PM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-Between Two Gods (Week 3:2)


Elijah-Between Two Gods

 

1 Kings 18:20-21

So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.

 

Thought for Today

Ahab agrees to the duel with Elijah and is so confident that he gathers all the people to see his prophets in action. Seeing the people, Elijah takes this opportunity to ask them a poignant question. How long will you sit on the fence? How long will you hedge your bets? Pick a god and follow him. The people have wavered between the Lord and Baal. They have paid homage to whomever seemed expedient. They didn’t want to rock the boat with their volatile king, nor did they want to leave the God of their fathers. God was livid. He had brought them out of Egypt. He had given them a land of their own. He had won their battles and fed their children with mana from heaven. What had Baal ever done? Nothing. They had simply given Baal credit for the rain that God had sent. The people’s mute response must have been deafening to Elijah’s ears. They were still sitting squarely on the fence. This is an astounding moment. At least until you look deeply into your own heart. Have you ever credited a blessing God sent to luck? (Did you look around to see if PW heard you?) Have you ever taken credit for the things God did through you? While these have no idol to place on our mantle, they are not really different from what the people of Israel did. Take a moment today and reflect on all the blessings God has sent, all the times He came through, guided you, healed you, blessed you and your children. Hold on to these things. They are there to remind you that God is for you. Then, make sure to give Him credit.

 

Prayer

Loving Father, I thank You for the many blessing You have brought into my life. I apologize for the times I credited even the smallest blessing to anyone but You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks. ― Thomas Goodwin

 

Quote of the Day

Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ― Charles Dickens

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June 11, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Elijah-Between Two Gods (Week 3:1)


Elijah-Between Two Gods

 

1 Kings 18:17-19

When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father's house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table.”

 

Thought for Today

Some months before our reading God challenged Baal to a heavenly duel. Baal was the Canaanite god of rain, so the Lord God of Israel declared that He would refuse to allow the rain to fall and if Baal was stronger he could make it rain. For months the heavens were shut and neither rain nor dew touched the ground. God decides it is time to end the heavenly duel with an earthly one. So He sends the prophet Elijah to King Ahab to challenge the prophets of Baal and his consort Asherah to a duel on Mount Carmel. It is interesting that Ahab considers Elijah the “troubler of Israel.” It is Ahab’s pagan worship of Baal that caused the trouble. He rejected the Lord and set up Baal as the god in Israel. Even after months of drought he cannot be convinced he is in the wrong. This is why God moves the battle to earth. Ahab needs to see God’s power firsthand in order to believe that He is the true God. So Elijah calls for Ahab to gather the 850 prophets that eat in his house and bring them to face him. The true God will be revealed for the entire world to see. When you talk to people about God they will often only see what they want to see and reject everything else. Like Elijah, it is not your job to convince them you are right. You are called to present the evidence and allow God to convince them. Elijah simply extends the challenge and trusts God to do all the hard work.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You that You always stand with Your people. Help me to live today with the confidence that You are by my side every moment. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Stop asking God to bless what you're doing. Find out what God's doing. It's already blessed. ― Bono

 

Quote of the Day

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible. ― Stuart Chase

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