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I remember a time when I was driving my Mustang to Savannah. It was a time that I will not soon forget. It was pouring down rain. My tire lost traction when it hit a patch of water. The car spun wildly out of control across both lanes of I-16. I felt the back of the car start to go down the embankment. The next thing I knew, I was in a huge ditch. I could no longer see the road. The car had buried itself in mud up to the driver’s door. I couldn’t open it. I managed to open the passenger door and climb out. I climbed out the ditch and made it back to the interstate.
When God calls you to salvation, you begin a path, a journey. This is called sanctification. It is a process. You are on this journey to conform to the image of Christ. The journey is complete when either God takes you home or Jesus returns and takes us all with Him.
Elijah is known for being a man of obedience. He preached and went only when God told him. He listened carefully to listen to God’s voice and God’s voice only.
Ahab had to make up a story to tell his wife because Elijah killed over 800 prophets of Jezebel.
Jezebel sent a message to Elijah that she was going to kill him.
Elijah left and ran – without consulting God first. He did not pray. He did not seek counsel. He ran.
Elijah ran for over six days.
God is not finished with Elijah.
The angel is God’s first move to get Elijah back on the path from which he left.
God did not leave Elijah. Elijah left God.
What are you doing here Elijah?
Why are you where you are right now in your life?
It is easy for people to blame others for their current circumstances.
People want to live as if the decisions they make today have no impact on tomorrow.
If that was the truth, guilt, regret, and shame would almost be non-existent.
Decisions have consequences. Look back at how you got here:
- Why do people have credit cards with an average balance of $7000?
- Why are women pregnant outside of marriage?
- Why do men find more pleasure in pornography or the arms of another woman than they do their own wife?
- Why do men not lead their families physically or spiritually?
- Why do people sing lies at church?
- Why do pastors plead with the congregations every Sunday and the altars like peoples’ lives remain empty?
- Why do people chase dreams while sacrificing their marriage and families?
- Why do people pray for opportunities to share the gospel and the gospel never leaves their lips?
Elijah was in a hole. The angel was Elijah’s wake up call. The ditch was mine. Elijah went to the only place where he believed that he would hear from God. Mount Horeb. This is the mountain where Moses heard from God.
Elijah forgot about God’s providence, sovereignty, omnipotence.
God did not speak to Elijah in loud, flamboyant, extravagant ways.
God spoke to Elijah in a whisper.
God still speaks. He speaks in a still small voice – a whisper. You have to prepare yourself to hear from God.
Do you want to hear from God?
Go to the cross!
Some people have been on their path so long that they cannot see where they first went wrong.
Go back to the cross.
The place where you as a sinner first encountered Jesus and He rocked your world!
Lay your thoughts, guilt, shame, regret, habits, burdens, baggage, junk at the cross!
Pray that God would restore in you a passion and desire for His face…for holiness.
Pray Hebrews 12:29
God consume me with your fire!
If we became a people with a passion and a burning desire for God, this would affect
- college students
The first step to getting out of your pit is going back to the cross.
Go back to Jesus!