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January 25, 2015 - Choosing One God for All of Life - I Kings 18:20-24

posted Jan 28, 2015, 6:14 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:15 AM ]
  • We pray about these things we need, but our belief that God will provide is mixed with unbelief.  
  • So, being smart, careful people, we have learned the importance of having a back-up plan.
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Significant differences between God and Baal
Baal wasn't transcendent.
Baal made no demands of worshipers.
Baal did not require fidelity.
  • Baal is alive and well today and remains in a corner of our hearts – just in case.
  • Elijah has exposed our implied polytheism that we must silently confront.
  • Why does God call us to Mt. Carmel to confront the two altars in our lives?  Because God loves us and hates to see us limp along without real, gutsy, vital faith.
  • You can bleed for an idol, but there will not be any salvation from a god you have made for yourself. 
  • When your favorite Baal fails to pull through for you, it isn't because God is angry.  Sometimes Baal has to let you down before you can see that he is not God.
  • God doesn't want to judge you but simply wants to get your heart back.
  • The first apostles didn't want a god they could drag about like Baal.  They had the Holy Fire in their hearts.
  • If we are ready for passion in our faith, we don’t have to look up to the sky for a miracle.  Now we have only to look deeper into our own hearts.  The fire is kindled.  The Spirit can make it burn bright.
Pastor Jim Spon | I Kings 18:20-24