EXERCISING THE AUTHORITY WE HAVE Elijah and the prophets of Baal
1 Kings 18; (Read on your paper Bible)
And as Obadiah was on the way, behold, Elijah met him. And Obadiah recognized him and fell on his face and said, “Is it you, my lord Elijah?” And he answered him, “It is I. Go, tell your lord, ‘Behold, Elijah is here. ’” And he said, “How have I sinned, that you would give your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me? As the Lord your God lives, there is no nation or kingdom where my lord has not sent to seek you. And when they would say, ‘He is not here,’ he would take an oath of the kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. And now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here.”’ And as soon as I have gone from you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where. And so, when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared the Lord from my youth. Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water? And now you say, ‘Go, tell your lord, “Behold, Elijah is here”’; and he will kill me.” And Elijah said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I will surely show myself to him today.” So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him. And Ahab went to meet Elijah.
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, “Is it you, you troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. Then Elijah said to the people, “I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. Let two bulls be given to us, and let them choose one bull for themselves and cut it in pieces and lay it on the wood, but put no fire to it. And I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood and put no fire to it. And you call upon the name of your god, and I will call upon the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, he is God.” And all the people answered, “It is well spoken.” Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it first, for you are many, and call upon the name of your god, but put no fire to it.” And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made. And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.” And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them. And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.
Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.” And all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been thrown down. Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord came, saying, “Israel shall be your name,” and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord. And he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order and cut the bull in pieces and laid it on the wood. And he said, “Fill four jars
with water and pour it on the burnt offering and on the wood.” And he said, “Do it a second time.” And they did it a second time. And he said, “Do it a third time.” And they did it a third time. And the water ran around the altar and filled the trench also with water.
And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their hearts back.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, “The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God
Increasing the impossibility.
Wait! Elijah was doing something impossible already! Things don’t just get on fire. You need a lighter or something else. It was impossible to him as a man.
But because he knew who gave him authority, he even increased the impossibility, just to prove that God was and is God.
Elijah knew where did his authority comes from.
Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.
Your heavenly Father gives and takes authority at will. He is the KING!
Your Father gave you authority! You are His children! Children of the King!
God is the one that rules over you! All authorities were stabilized by Him, and He removes them whenever He wants.
As a Father, God enjoys giving authority to His kids.
Elijah knew who he was and how to use God’s authority.
The corruption of this generation. Idolatry of money.
At Elijah’s time, there was a so corrupt and idolater generation. Nowadays we also have an idolater generation: This generation idolizes money!
How many kids you want to have and why?
Why did you decide for a course and not other? Why did you take this job?
Who decides if you can buy a gift for your wife? Who decides if you can go to a restaurant?
Tell me the truth, it’s the money! Your money tells you what to do. You idolize money! This whole generation idolizes money.
We are sent as Jesus was sent.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Do you think the Father sent Jesus to be in need of anything? To be lacking things, resources to fulfill His mission? NO! God Father prepared everything that Jesus would need!
There was so much provision that even with the robber, Judas, Jesus wasn’t in need of money.
Enough with all this necessities! Enough with being in need! Enough with waiting for help! Enough with planting a church as if we were doing by ourselves! God is behind all this, and He can provide enough to overflow!
4 points to unlock and use wisely the authority we have.
Elijah had revelation of 4 things: His position;
Whom he represented.
In what position are you?
Are you a slave? Are you a servant? Are you a regular citizen?
and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.
We are with Jesus Christ in the heavenly places! What does it mean? We have authority above all things but the Throne of God.
To which family do you belong?
You were born a children of God, and as a children of the King, you can command and things has to happen! The world has to obey you! Who’s your father?
If you are truly the children of the King of the Universe, all the universe is subjected to you!
What kind of power do you have?
What kind of power did God give to you?
To do greater things than the ones Jesus did!
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
Whom do you represent?
You are an ambassador of God.
He who sent you, empowered you, enabled you, supplied you!
Whom are you representing? Who’s will are you doing?
If you are doing your own will, good luck at finding the resources.
But if you are doing God’s will for your life, please, enjoy unlimited resources!
Why aren’t you being a minister again?
PRACTICAL TEACHING (worship team)
You have the authority of the Lord God Almighty!
Watch out so you don’t command things to the Throne of God. To the Throne, you ask. But for everything else, you COMMAND!
You are royalty!
1 Peter 2;9
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.