Word at Work October 29, 2016

Scripture: 1 Kings 18:36-40

Verses 36-40 says, “And it came to pass, at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near and said, ‘Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.’ Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, ‘The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!’ 0 And Elijah said to them, ‘Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!’ So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.” At the time of the evening offering, Elijah cried out and fire fell. And all the people said, “The Lord, He is God!” And Elijah said to seize the prophets of Baal and not let even one escape. And he executed them all and cleansed the land. God raised up an individual with the authority to strike the economy with a Rod of Iron and to execute the prophets of Baal. Has He changed? We know from Hebrews that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Surely we realize how God wants us to use our faith to restrain evil. Elijah used his faith to kill the prophets of Baal. The breath of his lips slew the wicked. Jesus says that you and I can walk in that today. Are we ready to enter in or will we refuse because of tradition? Are we going to follow God or are we going to succumb to passivity or tradition?

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