Read 1 Kings 18:20-40.
We love a good competition to settle a debate about who is the greatest. Let’s review what we learned about fire. Fire is composed of fuel, oxygen and heat. Elijah supplied the fuel (the wood and the bull) and even soaked the fuel in water. Oxygen was present in the atmosphere but, without the heat, there could be no fire. Elijah was counting on God to bring the heat. And did He ever! The fire burned up the fuel as well as the stones, the dirt and the water.
The God who answers by fire, He is God. – 1 Kings 18:24 ESV
Many of us have the fuel and the oxygen, but we lack the heat. We have a passion for God and Jesus, but we lack the power of the heat of the Holy Spirit. Our passion is powerless. The prophets of Baal were passionate but lacked the power. There is no fire without the flame. We desire the Holy Presence to restore true worship and power to our lives.
What was the issue with the people of Israel that Elijah was confronting?
Why was it crucial for them to decide this matter?
How confident was Elijah in God’s power?
Why does it matter how much we desire His Presence?
What are you willing to do to experience God’s Holy Presence?
Read 1 Kings 18:41-46.
Elijah was determined to restore true worship to Israel. He had a personal, intimate relationship with God, and was willing to put his reputation on the line to prove, once and for all, that the God he served was the One True God. His desire was for the people of Israel to worship only God. Elijah was so confident of the power of his God that he had them soak the sacrifice in water, not once, but three times. Those twelve jars of water were precious since the land was experiencing a severe drought. The extreme waste of the scarce resource raised the stakes for the competition. When the people of Israel saw the True Fire fall, they fell on their faces and worshipped.
And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” – 1 Kings 18:44 ESV
Why was Elijah willing to sacrifice their most valuable commodity?
What was the people’s response to seeing God’s power?
How did Elijah know it was going to rain before he saw it?
What is your most valuable commodity?
How confident are you of God’s provision and power in your life?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit living in my life. Without the power of Your Spirit, I struggle with temptation and doubt. Ignite my life with the Holy Heat of Your Presence. Start a fire in me that those around me can see and feel. Amen.
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