Message for September 16, 2012 from Pastor Jerry

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”  Luke 1:37

    We sing a song at New Life known as “The Days of Elijah.”  What made the days of Elijah something so special that prophecy said Elijah would come before Messiah?  When we think of the days of Elijah, we think of miracles and great powerful acts of God.  Elijah was only one of dozens of prophets in Israel.  Of all the prophets, Elijah is the prime example of being used by God.

Obviously, Elijah had faith and trusted God at His Word.  He believed that nothing was impossible with God.

    Let us look at one day of the days of Elijah.  In I Kings 18:19 we see a man with a busy day.  It started with a challenge, “if God is God, then serve Him.”  

    First, Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume a water-soaked sacrifice, an act the prophets of Baal could not duplicate.  Secondly, he slew 450 of the Baal prophets to remove their influence from the people.  Thirdly, he was anointed to outrun the chariot of Ahab being pulled by the best horses of Israel.  It was quite a day.  Most people do not see a lifetime with that much of the anointing of God, much less it happening in only one day!!

    We call this a “top of the mountain” experience–a true testimony that nothing is impossible with God.   Oh, did I fail to mention the rain that broke a three year drought?  I believe I did.  After a day like that, there would not be room for doubt, right? Wrong!!  Elijah’s next act was to run in fear of Jezebel and hide himself in a cave.  Elijah was human, just like we are , and humanity can be moved by fear if we draw back.

    Elijah knew God; he knew the power of God, but in a moment of weakness, caused by fear, he lost sight of the miracles that he experienced all day long.  In the midst of God’s miraculous, we can forget that “all things are possible with God.”  Doubt is not a result of what is going on around you, but what is going on in you.  God doesn’t change so any change comes from us.

     Even with all that God has done, I still get discouraged when I fail to remember what God has done.  I look at what is still left to do and the enemy says, “You can’t trust God to keep His word.” BUT…”I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed unto Him against that day.” II Timothy 1:12 (NKJV)  I declare that “with God nothing shall be impossible..”

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