Praise the Lord! We are halfway through our fast, and I know the Lord is doing great things in us and through us. What a wonderful God we serve! He gives us all that we need to accomplish what He has called us to do with Him and for others. We are fortunate to know Him in such an intimate way.
Today we are going to discuss another great man who has another great quality we must walk in if we are to be ALL OUT for God. This man is best known for his quality of BOLDNESS. The meaning of boldness is:
- Fearless before danger
- Assured, confident
Of course, I am talking about the prophet Elijah. Now Elijah had told King Ahab three years prior to this encounter that there was going to be no rain. King Ahab blamed him for the famine that occurred because of it, but Elijah was bold enough to present him with the truth.
1 Kings 18:16-18 NKJV
16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, "Is that you, O troubler of Israel?"
18 And he answered, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.”
Elijah knew that the King had authority over the natural, but he was serving the God who had authority over ALL.
Today was the day that Elijah was going to confront King Ahab so that the real God could be recognized by all. He told Ahab where and when the amazing confrontation would occur:
1 Kings 18:19-21 NKJV
19 “Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table."
20 So Ahab sent for all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together on Mount Carmel.
21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word.
Already we can see that Elijah is not acting in a natural manner. No, he has the boldness of a lion. He is facing the King and the whole nation to bring about a recognition of who the REAL GOD is. He didn’t care what they thought because he had the thoughts of God. He was going ALL OUT with his statements. He was going ALL OUT with his actions, too.
1 Kings 18:22-24 NKJV
22 Then Elijah said to the people, "I alone am left a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
23 Therefore let them give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the other bull, and lay it on the wood, but put no fire under it.
24 Then you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord; and the God who answers by fire, He is God." So all the people answered and said, "It is well spoken."
He laid it out clearly. There was nothing in the natural that could give them the ability to offer a sacrifice. It would take a supernatural intervention of the one who was really their God. Without any doubt, Elijah asked them to call upon their gods to bring the fire necessary. He was fearless.
1 Kings 18:25-26 NKJV
25 Now Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, "Choose one bull for yourselves and prepare it first, for you are many; and call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it."
26 So they took the bull which was given them, and they prepared it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, "O Baal, hear us!" But there was no voice; no one answered. Then they leaped about the altar which they had made.
This is actually hilarious! There were 450 of the prophets of Baal going ALL OUT, ALL day to the wrong god. They were calling on gods with no power. They were calling, leaping, and trying to get their god’s attention to do something. Elijah couldn’t resist pointing out how ridiculous it all was.
1 Kings 18:27 NKJV
And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, "Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened."
You would have to be very bold, because your turn was next. The prophets of Baal continued their antics.
1 Kings 18:28-29 NKJV
28 So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom, with knives and lances, until the blood gushed out on them.
29 And when midday was past, they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.
Now it was Elijah’s turn.
1 Kings 18:30-35 NKJV
30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me." So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, "Israel shall be your name."
32 Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, "Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood."
34 Then he said, "Do it a second time," and they did it a second time; and he said, "Do it a third time," and they did it a third time.
35 So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water.
Remember this is during a drought that had brought famine. Water was the most precious commodity of the day, but Elijah was fearless before the danger that would befall him if this did not succeed. He had a secret weapon; he didn’t just come up with this daring act on his own to try to prove something to the people.
1 Kings 18:36 NKJV
And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, "Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your Word.”
Elijah could be bold beyond any natural ability. His declarations of God came because God had directed him in all that he had done. Elijah knew that since God asked him to do it, He would also accomplish all that needed to be done.
He had the purpose of the action in his heart for the people.
1 Kings 18:37 NKJV
“Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
The declaration that was released from the prophet’s mouth, along with the heart of the purposes of God for the people behind it, caused the heavens to open up and release what was needed for the end result desired.
1 Kings 18:38-39 NKJV
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!"
What can we learn from this account? People who know their God and are convinced that He is the ONE and ONLY God are fearless in the presence of all who call upon anyone other than God.
As Christians, we should be the ones that have no fear. We have no doubt that God will do ALL that He has promised to do as we do ALL that He has asked us to do.
Many times people who have their own agenda or want to prove that they are more powerful can lose in these kinds of confrontations. When God has told you the scenario and given you the instructions necessary to not only be victorious, but to turn people’s hearts back to God, then you can move forward ALL OUT in ALL confidence, because you are not doing it alone but at the direction of the Lord, Himself.
Hallelujah! We win because HE is in charge. Let us learn from Elijah and apply his boldness to our lives. We can be confident that if God has directed us to do anything, then it is a done deal.
Wow, God, I am so glad I serve You! It is the real God who is ordering my steps. It is the real God who is giving me instructions that will make it very evident that You are God and that You are the one who will always win in any confrontation that You put on my calendar. I am going to do what You say, when You say it, and as You say to orchestrate it. I am putting my confidence in You and I trust You whole-heartedly that You will use whatever You ask me to do, to bring the reality of WHO You really are to people. They will respond declaring, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord! He is God!”
AMEN and AMEN!
Confident - S Gretzinger and B Strand – Bethel
Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts) – Misty Edwards
Let Your Power Fall – James Fortune and FIYA
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