He SERIOUSLY is. (wk 4)

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Last one, I promise.  Then back to the foolish & mundane…

We may see “LORD” more often than “JAH” in the Bible, but we see “JAH” more than we think:

Hallelujah = Hallel (Praise)-u-Jah (LORD)

Let’s review: 

week 1 = Isaiah 26:4  Trust in the LORD forever, for Jah, the LORD, is the rock eternal.

week 2 = Psalm 118:5  I called upon JAH in distress:  Jah answered me, and set me in a large place.

week 3 = Psalm 68:4  Sing unto God, sing praises to his Name:  extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

Another name with JAH in it is ELIJAH = “My God is LORD” or “God, I AM”

James 5:17  Elijah was a man just like us, but he craved the fame of God.

He got into a contest with idol worshippers where they both built an altar and whichever one fire came down on, everyone would know that was the real God. 

1 Kings 18:37  …Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.

Elijah believed so strongly, that he dumped 7 buckets of water 7 times on the wood, stones & soil, all over the altar, believing that it would still catch fire from heaven.  Seriously!

1 Kings 18:38  Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil and also licked up the water in the trench.  When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD-he is God!  The LORD–he is God!” 

EliJAH!  EliJAH!  Every time they said his name, they announced “My God is the LORD!  My God is I AM!” 

 We want to become people whose life testimony says continually “My God is I AM” so that it is obvious to everyone that God is alive and working in us today.

Am I calling on the God of Daniel?  Moses?  Apostle John?  He IS the same yesterday, today and forever.

And here’s a news flash about The Fastest Man:

1 Kings 18:45-46  Meanwhile the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on (anybody else humming “Out on Thunder Island?”) and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.  The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

He outran a chariot!!  What a rush! But wait…there’s more:

1 Kings 19:1-18  Elijah gets fame for God, and immediately after that, a death threat.  This new threat from an unexpected place after a huge victory over a long hard battle sent him into a tailspin.  “I have had enough, LORD,”  he said.  “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”  After being taken care of physically and mentally…the word of the LORD came to him;  “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

God knows the answer, but poses the questions to get us to dialogue and think things through.

Elijah whines a bit, feeling so very alone.  God asks again “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  Elijah answers in the same exact way.  God assures Elijah, by names, that he is not alone.

Satan wants us to think we are on a roll–whether we are “wallerin” in defeat or celebrating victory.

Nothing about our last victory guarantees our next, (waah waaahh waaaaahhhhh)

and nothing about our last defeat guarantees the next. (WOO HOO!)

The big problem is that Elijah had developed an addiction to the spectacular.  God is not just fire from heaven.  He is the still small voice.  THAT WE HEAR HIS WORD and understand it through the power of his Holy Spirit is the most “spectacular” thing!

Am I looking for the “god of the most high” or the MOST HIGH GOD?

Elijah had begun to think of himself as the “only one.”  (pride)

God, in his kindness & love whispers “You’re not the most important thing in the world”  (but you ARE important because you HEARD it!  That’s proof of your importance!)

We need not feel isolated in a time of tidal wave temptation.  Reach out, get good Godly counsel, talk to friends.  The enemy is hoping you will stay isolated in it. 

I Corinthians 10:13  No tempation has seized you except what is common to man.

1 Peter 5:9  …because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

The flesh doesn’t ever improve or get better.  The flesh will always be the flesh.  Without the Spirit’s control, we will still go back to old ways of defeat because the flesh doesn’t learn.

Do you ever feel like God is “just not that into you?”  God sent Jesus who died and sent His Spirit to dwell in us.  God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit IS SO INTO YOU it’s not even funny!

~to make Himself conspicuous to others

~to gain FAME through our life

“It is to your Father’s glory that you bear much fruit.” 

Make us faithful.

 

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