Continuing on from the first night of our revival, Wednesday night we looked at 1 Kings 18:17-18, 21, 36-39, which reads as follows:
“And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim…And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word…
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 of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.”
Pastor Marvin Sanders taught us that we must know who God is, where we stand with him, and, then, we must allow God to be God. We cannot deceive ourselves into thinking that it is acceptable to partially surrender to God. We cannot have split loyalties: we cannot serve both the world and God. We have to give ourselves fully and wholly to God. In order to do this, we must learn what it means to live a sacrificial life. No matter what happens, be determined to live for God and do not let the small things get in the way.