Sunday Morning Podcast March 22, 2015. Bro. Andy Gallagher.
TEXT: JAMES 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
The verse above points out that Elias (or Elijah), was like any person with trials and limitations in his flesh, just like all people are. Obviously we are all human. The word human, comes from the word, humus. Humus essentially means dirt. A humbling fact. Sinner, saints, and prophets, are all subject to the same emotions and feelings. Once you become God’s child (spiritually saved) your humanity doesn’t go away,,,,but remains a part of you. Human, while also becoming now subject to God’s imparted holiness in the heart. Mistakes don’t go away, but are part of the learning process, just as it was also with Elijah. Elijah wasn’t spared this human need. All are equal, but the difference of God’s children and prophets, is simple obedience. Obedience is the source of God’s power in a life. Are you 100% obedient to God? It takes full obedience to God to be His child, giving us His power in our life. It takes listening to God’s word, to follow through with obedience.
In Kings 17:1-6, 18th chapters we read about Samaria being in a severe famine. King Ahab sought the prophet Elijah to confront him with blame, owing that Elijah was a prophet of the Lord. Elijah rightfully corrects the accusation by reminding King Ahab that it is his and the nation’s fault, because their sin, was the source of the land’s desolate condition. When one doesn’t follow through with obedience, it subjects a person or nation to the curses of sin. Here in this text, we see that Elijah challenges the people and prophets of Baal (the god King Ahab and nation worshiped) to make sacrifices on an altar for their false god Baal. Elijah let the people know that he would follow after, to sacrifice to the true God. To prove which god was real, Elijah instructed that each would pray down fire from heaven to burn up their sacrifice, to see who would actually be able to answer. The sacrifice that was burned with fire from heaven, would reveal the true God. Much supplication from the false prophets, even to cutting themselves, did not bring fire on the altar of Baal. When it was Elijah’s turn, he even made sure the altar to God had water around it, and drenched over with it. Because of Elijah’s obedience, God honored it, with fire from heaven completely burning up the sacrifice. The people then were shamed when they saw their error. They obeyed Elijah to not to let any false prophet escape, but slew each.
The lesson here of obedience, illustrates there is power in our lives, when we simply and fully obey God in all he directs us in. Full obedience is holiness. Holiness imparted to men that are obedient, brings the power of God in their lives to live pure, without sin. Mere humanity is given the key to live pleasing to God through simple and full obedience to God’s word. It’s all about listening to God, and not serving our self.
Don’t make it about yourself, but about obeying God fully, in all that you do.