So, I’m speaking tonight to Revolution (it’s my turn in the rotation), and this is my lesson. Enjoy.
Listening to God when it comes time to make a move
I Kings 18-19
I often say I don’t understand when God speaks, that God needs to apply an iron skillet to my brain pan for me to understand. Tonight we’re going to look at why it’s important to listen for the still small voice when it comes time to make a move for God. Whether you stay or leave a ministry shouldn’t be based on external circumstances but on the leading of the Lord.
Read I Kings 19:1-9
-Ahab King of Israel
-Most wicked king of Israel (I Kings 16:30-33)
-Married Jezebel, the most wicked queen
-Israel’s wickedness caused God to bring a drought on Israel as a Judgment (I King 18:1-8)
-God instructed Elijah to confront Ahab
-Ahab (coincidentally) instructed Obadiah his Adjutant, to go in search of water for his horses
-Elijah met Obadiah on the road
-Obadiah had secretly hidden 100 prophets at the cost of his life
-Elijah instructed Obadiah to go to Ahab with a challenge
-***When God moves, he often forces us out of comfort zones***
– Elijah challenges Ahabs prophets to a sacrifice challenge, whomevers god burned up the sacrifice was the one true god.
– Ahab’s 400 prophets spent 8 hours trying
– By noon time Elijah started Mocking.
-By Evening Elijah took up the challenge, built his alter, made a trench around it and drenched it with water until the trench was filed.
– Elijah prayed and God brought the fire, God destroyed the prophets of Baal, and started a revival.
-God relieved the drought
-Elijah sent his servant 7 times to look for a sign
-There is a lot of Pressure/anxiety when God is moving
– Expectations can be overwhelming
– We looked at Jezebel’s threat
-Satan wants to derail God’s moving
-God’s desire is for us to stand firm and overcome. What may appear as an immovable obstacle, actually has a foundation of sand
-Elijah’s reaction: HE ran
-Expectations sometimes overwhelm us
– Pressure and relief drain us if we focus on the externals.
***The question of how/what do learn from Elijah’s attempted escape is now raised. The consequence of not listening or heeding God’s leading is that God completes your task through other people. How do we know when it’s time to stay or when God’s leading us elsewhere?***
-God will often “shrug” His shoulders when we’re bound and determined to do our own thing and
allow us to go off on our own.
– Elijah spent two months on the road on a trip of self pity, depression, and ultimately discovering God anew
– God asked him twice what he was doing
-He gave excuses both times, he felt isolated
-God knows, he allows us to give our explanation/excuses
– God steps in at the appropriate time and refreshes us
***When we see only the externals, we don’t see how God is moving***
-Forgot about Obadiah’s work
– Hadn’t seen the 7000 God had set aside
– Forgot Israel had proclaimed God at the conclusion of the challenge
***God tells us to Listen:
-Not to the wind
-Not to the Earthquake
-Not to the Fire
-We are to listen for the still small voice of God
-It comes from trust from past experience
– It comes from Abiding in his presence: Spending time with him
-It comes from shutting up
-God called Elijah to anoint a new generation of Leaders
-Elisha broke with his past
– His leaving was with parental blessing (inferred)
– In celebration
– He left everything and didn’t look back
-Sometimes the still small voice is telling us to stand fast, hold on, wait. It’s about God’s right time for you. God wants His servants willing, and in healthy relationships to start a movement. Past bitterness/hurt will affect your present presence
***When it’s time to move, there will be confirmations****
-We have to be in prayer
-We have to be willing
-We have to be seeking
-THE ANSWER WILL COME IN GOD’S TIME AND AFTER WE’VE DUG INTO GOD