Elijah and the Contest

How long will you wait?

          Text:  1 Kings 18:17-46


               “Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness
                        that results in stagnation ”     ~ Charles Stanley

               “Indecision may or may not be my problem.”   ~ Jimmy Buffet


               Indecision is the result of fear and doubt

              Indecision creates greater fear and anxiety



            Solomon’s reign                              (1 Kings 11)        

            Solomon’s death                             (1 Kings 11:41-43)

            Solomon’s sons                     Rehoboam & Jeroboam

            The Kingdom Divided                      (1 Kings 12:16-20)

            Both Kingdoms begin to practice idolatry  

                              (Read 1 Kings 16:23-25; 29-33)



           Elijah opposes Ahab and Jezebel

                 “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom

                 I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain

                 these years,except by my word.” (I Kings 17:1)

           After three years of drought, Elijah confronts Ahab again. 

              A challenge is offered-

                 “Give us two oxen, let the prophets of Baal chose their ox,
                  and cut it up and lay it on wood, but put no fire under it.
                  I will prepare the other ox and lay it on the wood, and I will
                  not put fire under it.  Then you call on your god and I will
                  call on the name of the Lord, and the God  who answers
                  by fire, He is God.”

            (See 1 Kings 18:1, 17-19; 1 Kings 18:25-29; 1 Kings 18:30-)


The Contest         1 Kings 18:20-40 

               “How long will you hesitate between two opinions?

                               If the Lord is God, follow Him!”

              God is not interested in halfhearted commitment.
              He will either have our hearts in their entirety, or He will have
              nothing to do with us at all.
              (See Joshua 24:15; Psalm 119:113; Matthew 6:24; John 14:6)


The Lessons         
           All religions are not equal*

           Activity, dedication, and emotion are not always signs of                                         spirituality*

           The benefit of faith depends on the object of your faith*

           God does not accept partial loyalty or shared devotion

           The faith you live by should be enough to die by*

           Prayers that move the heart of God will impact your reality

                                                            * Notes from David Jeremiah

    Deut. 4:24   For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

    1 Sam 12:24 Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your

    For consider what great things he has done for you.

    Luke 16:13  No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate
    the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and       
    despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

    Joshua 24:15  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose   
    this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in       the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose
     land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

    Psalm 119:113 I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.

    James 5:17  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed
    earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for

    three years and six months.


                              It’s Decision Time

                                  Right  Now…

                      You are one decision away

                       from changing your future!


                  How long will you hesitate?

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