ELIJAH ON MT.
INTRODUCTION: There Are Only Two Religions:
1. The Religion of Man;
Man's religion may have much that is attractive and pleasing to men, but it lacks power and authority. It is a lifeless body.
2. The Religion of God.
The religion of God is attested as Divine by miraculous fire from Heaven in answer to believing prayer
We have here-
I. THE RELIGION OF MAN (v 19)
A. Its Followers
1. There is many.
2. A depraved religion will always be popular
i. With a depraved humanity
B. They Were Earnest.
1. They cried aloud and
i. Cut themselves with knives,
ii. With zeal,
a. But not according to
iii. Is like a train on the wrong track.
a. Obviously misdirected.
b. Extremely dangerous
C. They Were Deceived.
1. The favour and power of God
i. Cannot to be purchased with works
ii. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit
iii. Washed by the Holy Spirit
iv. It is always God’s Mercy
2. The Holy Spirit will not
i. Cause us to leap upon the altar and
a. To cut ourselves
3. It is by faith
II. THE RELIGION OF GOD AND HIS WORSHIPPERS.
A. It Cannot Be Said Of Christians
1. What they worship
i. They know not what
B. They Are Comparatively Few.
1. Here is but one against four hundred and fifty, i. That one is not Elijah,
a. It is God,
b. Who Elijah trusted.
ii. The battle is the Lord's
C. They Are Deliberately Faithful.
1. See the calmness of Elijah.
i. No “leaping and cutting” with him.
ii. He doesn’t move hastily
a. Because he believes in God
iii. To have such faith
D. They Are Divinely Favoured.
1. Our God is a consuming fire.
2. When He comes
i. He consumes the hard heart,
a. Licks up the dust of sin
III. THE CALL OF ELIJAH FOR A DECISION.
A. That There Are Two Opinions.
1. God's and man's.
2. They are as wide apart as light and darkness.
i. Which do you follow?
B. That There Are Many Who Halt Between Them.
1. The choice is between the "wisdom of man"
2. The “wisdom of God”
1 Corinthians 1:19-30
i. Between sin unto death and
ii. Obedience unto righteousness
C. Only Those Who Have Decided For Jesus Are Safe
1. When the people saw it they said,
3. The prophets were slain at the brook
CONCLUSION: Have you ever been to Mt Carmel, thought you were the only one who cared. Felt so alone, discouraged because you were just alone?
I have, many times since I became a believer. Many times while here at this church. Many times I wanted to call down the fire of God on my heart, to sear it from my desperation. To help me just carry on in God’s work.
How many times I have put out the fleece, to determine God’s will. There have been those times, however, there are also all those other times where God has blessed not only me, but this church and individuals within this church. It is great to see the rains of blessing shower down on droughts of blessings.
Elijah hid in a cave to hide, because he feared for his life, because he felt he was all there was for God. God reminded him that He had many more just like him.
So, what valley are you in? Are you hiding from God, afraid to worship as you could, because of some sin?
God knows where you are and He knows why you are withdrawing from Him. So, look to:
God requires one thing from you, and that is you must decide what you will do. It is your decision, not mine, nor is it God’s responsibility. It is yours, to renew your mind, to not be conformed to this world. God want you to make the right decision. Joshua said: