Date: June 27, 1999

Series: Elijah -- An Instrument of God's Grace

Speaker: Ron R. Ritchie

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Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve!
I Kings 18:20-46

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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might...for only in Him will you have life...You shall have no other gods before me. God condemns idolatry because it degrades both Him and the men and women whom He created in his own image. People try to capture the gods in tangible form, but in time they become that which they have been worshipping. (Hosea 9:10)

1. God challenged Baal and his prophets -- 1 Kings 18:20-39
Israel is rebuked (18:20-21)

The teams are chosen (18:22-24)

Baal won the toss (18:25-29)

God won the hearts (18:30-39)

2. God extended Judgement and Mercy -- 1 Kings 18:40-46
The false prophets suffered the reign of God (18:40)

The Nation of Israel rejoiced in the rain of God (18:41-46)

Questions to consider

1. Are you presently "limping" between loving God with all your heart as well as trying to please some other god and goddesses at the same time? What plans are you making to deal with this serious issue?

2. Are you willing by the power of the Holy Spirit within you to choose to put away the gods who have set up house in your heart?

3. If Joshua appeared before you today and said “Choose for yourself today whom you will serve, either the current false gods of this culture or the one and only living God who is now fully revealed in His Son Jesus Christ.” Which one would you choose? Why?

Idolatry is the giving of honor, reverence, admiration, divine power and devotions to a created thing or person rather than to the Creator God who is now revealed in Jesus Christ. In light of this definition we may all be in more trouble than we realize!

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