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November 25, 2018

Survival Gear. What’s In Your Pack?

Sunday Morning Podcast Nov 25, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: 1 KINGS 18:30-35, 38-40  

30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

38  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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             39 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.                                                             40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape.  And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

We live in a “land,” that we are need of spiritual survival.  Are we prepared to persevere, sustain, or remain after an ‘onslaught” from Satan?   In the above text,  Elijah was on Mt Carmel, with the Israelite’s,  and had requested the 450 false prophets of Baal, (which served the wicked Queen Jezebel),  to come to test and demonstrate Who the Real God was (Baal, or The LORD God), to prove and demonstrate that before Israel.   Elijah set the challenge that the true god would send fire Himself to consume the sacrifice after being petitioned to.  After the false prophets had labored, cried much aloud, cut themselves with knives until the blood ran, still Baal did not answer, (verses 1 Kings 18:21-28).   Elijah mocked their vain worship and prophesying,  and then called upon the LORD,  who mightily consumed the true altar (that was thoroughly drenched), with His all consuming fire.  This is a clear impossibility for any other than the one and only true supreme God!   When King Ahab informed Queen Jezebel of the ensuing great slaughter and defeat of her 450 false prophets by Elijah,  she threatened , “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.”   1 Kings 19:2    Elijah was human like any of us, and did not feel prepared and fled.  When Elijah would have despaired while in hiding from the wrath of Jezebel, God comforted him.  Because Elijah had a little faith in his “survival pack,” God assured him that he still had 7,000 other servants that had not kneeled to the idols of Baal.      

So the first survival tool we need in our pack, is faith!  Even if we only have a little of this most important tool of faith, it is what we need, and enough, to ignite it for more, and also the many other helps that are produced by faith.1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:  Romans 5:1-4  This is our bible mathematics of survival gear!  Have you even a “little” faith?  Don’t ever let go of it!  By even a little faith, we have access into this grace wherein we stand.  We then rejoice in hope, of the glory of God.   Even the glory also of tribulations, because it will work patience.  And patience, experience, and experience hope: so make sure ‘hope’ in in your survival pack!   The wicked Queen Jezebel represents the opposition from the enemy in this text.   We all have our own “Jezebels” in our life, in many different forms, that would defeat our soul’s spiritual survival.  For “the world” is a faith destroying place.  Spiritually God’s children are in a battle for survival.   Pray and ask God to nurture your faith.  Make sure you treasure the assembling and worship together of God’s church.  You need a little faith, if you are to have hope.  To survive!   With even just a little faith, God can speak to you.    In John 4:21-26  we read about the Samaritan woman at the well.   She talked with Jesus, demonstrating a “little faith.”  She knew what the scriptures taught regarding Jesus.   But she didn’t at first know she was talking to Him.  With her little faith, Jesus touched her heart igniting for a greater faith!  She and many others found Salvation from their sins through Christ.  For even a little faith can activate more.  Don’t waste it!   In the natural, (or literal) when making bread, we need a little yeast to make it rise.  So also do we need a little faith to have hope rise in our heart.  Is Christ present to activate your faith, to raise hope in you?  Do you have the joy to know you have Christ present to keep and prosper you?  Let the Lord have His way!  

Survival Gear.  What’s in Your Pack?