This is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible! A few years ago, I had the privilege to go to Israel and to stand on Mount Carmel where all of this went down.
All of us are familiar with this story, so I won’t rehash it, but what can we learn from it and the one to follow in verses 41-46? God wants to do GOD SIZED things in our lives.
What GOD SIZED miracle do you need in your life today? God to heal an illness? He can! Restore a marriage or repair a friendship? He’s able. To bring home a prodigal or bring life back into your spirit? He’s fully capable.
Believe God Can
What Elijah proposed was impossible (humanly speaking)—really it was insane. But Elijah believed that his God could do it. He knew that it would prove once and for all who was the REAL God. (v.21). What limits do you put on God (if only in your mind)?
Believe God Will
This is where push comes to shove. Do you believe God will act? Elijah put his life on the line and the reputation of Jehovah. He fully believed God would do what He promised. Just like Abraham who offered his special son believing that God will just raise him back up to life again. This is a critical part of seeing God move.
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord. James 1:6-7
In both stories, we see Elijah praying, asking God to do the impossible, to bring fire from heaven and send rain in a time of drought. Have you truly asked faithfully for God to move in the area of your concern? Have you begged Him?
You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:2
God wants to do GOD SIZED things in our lives, because in those He gets the full glory. Elijah watched Him bring fire down from heaven on a soaked offering and bring rain after a deathly drought. Believe God can – Believe God will – Ask Him – then Watch Him work in ways that are bigger and crazier than you could have even imagined.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20
I want you to end JumpStart today by watching and listening to a song we sing at CPC and letting God use it to speak to you.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor