Mountain Men Sermon Series Part 4
The Mountain of Personal Conviction
Elijah – Mount Carmel
I Kings 18:19, 20
I. The Declaration of his Conviction
Elijah was stirred at the idolatry in the nation.
See 18:17, 18 his answer to Ahab. Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
I have not troubled Israel, but thou, and thy father’s house…
GO TO 16:29-33
Elijah’s response – 17:1
18:1 After many days (3 ½ years) go shew thyself unto Ahab…
18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab.
Notice Elijah’s word to King Ahab in verse 19.
18:21 How long halt ye between two opinions?
HALT – to be crippled; lame
An uncertain path; an unpredictable step.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Similar image: Abraham
- Romans 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
Elijah’s message was simple. Make up your mind!
If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.
Notice the people’s response.
Elijah couldn’t tolerate their double-minded religion.
They wanted both the Lord, and Baal.
You can’t have them both!
Same thing Joshua said to them hundreds of years prior.
Choose you this day whom ye will serve!
A person of conviction is not prone to oscillate back and forth.
A person of conviction is not influenced by numbers.
A person of conviction is not intimidated by being in the minority.
Elijah’s message was simple and one of solid conviction: Make up your mind!
II. The Degree of his Conviction
Elijah’s conviction was on full display in this proposed contest.
Notice his UNEVEN OPPOSITION – 450 prophets of Baal + 400 prophets of the grove which did eat at Jezebel’s table
Notice his UNPRECEDENTED EXPECTATION – had anyone – ever – prayed for God to light their sacrifice before?
Notice his UNCIVIL PROVOCATION – vs. 27 and Elijah mocked them…
Notice his UNREALISTIC CONDITIONS – vs. 32-35 dug a trench and poured 12 barrels of water over it.
Notice his UNWAVERING PETITION – vs. 36, 37
NOTE: Elijah did not pray for fire. He prayed for the people of Israel to finally be people of CONVICTION!
- 37 – That this people may know!!!!!
III. The Dividends of his Conviction
A. The Power fell – vs. 38
B. The People fell – vs. 39 – The Lord, he is God; the Lord, he is God.
C. The Prophets of Baal fell – vs. 40