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Elijah: Committing To The True God

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May 10, 2020
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Dr. Tony Evans is known as a relevant expositor and is a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.

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Elijah: Committing To The True God

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  • Tony Evans: What depression,discouragement,
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  • despair often brings isdistorted information.
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  • Elijah is by himself.
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  • Depression gets worseif there's nobody in your life
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  • to change your thinking.
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  • See, if you're feeling sorryfor yourself and you're talking
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  • to yourself, that's a badconversation for yourself.
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  • You're already feeling sorry,and there's nobody to talk
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  • to but you, about you,regarding you,
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  • to tell you whatyou ought to do.
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  • And you aren't in a placeto even hear you correctly,
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  • then your discussion withyourself is helping yourself
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  • to become worse off about you.
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  • So, God then enters the pictureand tells him,
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  • "Elijah, tell me how you feel.
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  • Stop talking to yourself 'causewhen you talk to yourself,
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  • you were getting depressed,you were suicidal.
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  • Start talking to me, okay?
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  • Now, I'm going to show youthe wind and the rain
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  • and all that stuff.
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  • Now, y'all talk to mebecause you talking to you
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  • is killing you.
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  • Since I don't want youto kill you,
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  • stop talking you to you,and y'all talk to me."
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  • God has an angel for you,he's got a person for you,
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  • he has himself for you.
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  • He gave Elijah all three ofthose to give him a supernatural
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  • experience to lift himout of his depression.
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  • And one of the reasons that thechurch exists is to have people
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  • available in your life when youare down who can embrace you,
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  • minister to you, lift you up,and he can use you
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  • to do the same thingfor somebody else.
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  • Because when we are depressed,we need another perspective.
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  • That doesn't deny the realityof how we feel,
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  • but what it does is,doesn't let you live there.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Tony: Israel is dealingwith a problem that brought
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  • the Prophet Elijah on the scenein the first place,
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  • and that is their attractionto idols.
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  • They were attractedto Baal and Asherah,
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  • Baal's girlfriend, the idolsthat had now consumed
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  • the culture, even thosewho named the name of God.
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  • We've defined an idol already,but just so that we review,
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  • an idol is an unauthorized noun,person, place, or thing,
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  • that you look toto get a need met.
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  • It's an unauthorized person,place, or thing,
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  • and unauthorized noun,that you look to for that thing
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  • to be the source of a needbeing met.
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  • Something God has not approved,but you're looking to it
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  • to be the sourceof your provision.
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  • That's an idol.
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  • Granted, we over here don'tworship trees by and large,
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  • or the moon, or the stars.
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  • Well, I can't really say that'cause folks are still checking
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  • their horoscopesas an unauthorized source.
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  • Because the Bible sayswhen you check astrology
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  • to find your sourceand your direction
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  • based on the movementof the stars,
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  • or the month you were born,or any of the like,
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  • you have appealed toan unauthorized source to be
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  • the definition of your needsbeing met
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  • and the definitionof your identity.
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  • So that is idolatry, so you maynot do any of the things people
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  • may do, you just havean American idol.
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  • You just look at what'shappening in the culture
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  • and you gravitate to that,whether it's people,
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  • or power, or possessions,or whether it's prestige.
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  • Whatever it is,you are looking to that thing
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  • as the source of your provision.
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  • Now, when you understandthat is the biblical definition
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  • of idolatry, then you understandthat you can be right here,
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  • right now, today and bean idol worshipper.
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  • Because while you're sittingin church,
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  • God is not your source.
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  • He's a point of reference,but he's not your source.
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  • And so we have seen some of thesupernatural activity of Elijah,
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  • and we've tried to say thistransfers over to you today.
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  • The principle of God'ssupernatural work
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  • that we're discovering inhis life relates to your life.
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  • We come in chapter 18and we come to a place
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  • where now the Prophet Elijahconfronts King Ahab.
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  • He confronts King Ahab,and he confronts him
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  • in chapter 18, verse 17.
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  • "And when Ahab saw Elijah,Ahab said to him,
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  • 'Is this you,you troubler of Israel?"
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  • In other words, "You gettin'on my nerves," Ahab says.
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  • "Is this you, Elijah,you bringing
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  • all this trouble to Israel?"
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  • Elijah responds in verse 18,"I have not troubled Israel,
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  • but you and your father's househave because you have forsaken
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  • the commandment of the Lord andyou have followed the Baals."
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  • You've followed the idols.
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  • Elijah is not concernedabout being politically correct,
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  • so he refuses to bepolitically correct.
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  • He says, "Ahab, you have broughtthis about because
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  • of your pursuit of idolatry.
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  • You've caused the heavensto shut up.
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  • It's no longer raining.
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  • The culture's in trouble becauseyou have pursued another god."
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  • One of the reasons you're seeingall of this chaos around us,
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  • even in our cultureand in our country,
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  • is because we have forsakenthe Lord our God.
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  • And what you and I areexperiencing today is
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  • God saying, "You don't want me?
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  • Let me get out of the wayand let me show you
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  • life without me."
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  • And so you have the consequenceof the removal of God.
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  • God is being removedfrom government.
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  • God is being removedfrom schools.
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  • God is being removed from thebiblical definition of marriage.
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  • God is being removedfrom the cities.
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  • God can't even open up a prayerat a football game.
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  • When God is being removedfrom the culture,
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  • that means idolatry hasautomatically set in,
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  • which means there areconsequences that accrue
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  • in the environment whereGod has been removed.
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  • And that is what washappening in Israel.
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  • They're experiencing lifewithout the one true God.
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  • So Elijah says, "Now, sendand gather to me all of Israel
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  • at Mount Carmel," verse 19,"together with 450 prophets
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  • of Baal and 400 prophetsof Asherah," that's 850,
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  • "who eat at Jezebel's table."
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  • He says,"Okay, let's have a fight
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  • at the O. K. Corral, okay?
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  • You bring your peopleand your god,
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  • and I'll be thereat high noon, okay?
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  • Let's settle this onceand for all.
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  • Let's don't confuse people.
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  • Let's put this thing outon the table."
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  • So Ahab says,"Okay, you got a deal.
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  • Let's go for it."
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  • "So Ahab sent," verse 20,
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  • "a message amongall the sons of Israel
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  • and brought the prophetstogether at Mount Carmel."
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  • Now watch this,because this is where we start.
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  • Verse 21, "Elijah came nearto all the people and said,
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  • 'How long will you hesitatebetween two opinions?
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  • If the Lord is God, follow him,but if Baal, follow him.'
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  • But the people did notanswer him a word."
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  • Oh, Elijah says,"All right folk,
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  • how long you gonna keep dancing?
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  • How long will you hesitatebetween two opinions?"
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  • The word "hesitate"means vacillate.
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  • How long you gonna dance,this God on Sunday
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  • and another god on Monday?
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  • How long you gonna goback and forth?
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  • How long you gonna dancearound this thing?
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  • How long you gonna moveback and forth?
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  • How long are we gonna haveto keep doing this?
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  • How long are you gonna haveto keep hearing
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  • the same sermon every week,calling you to full commitment,
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  • before you make one?
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  • See, a lot of folk wanna worshipGod on Sunday
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  • and then hug an idol on Monday.
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  • He says, "How long?"
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  • How many more years?
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  • How many more months?
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  • How many more services?
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  • How long are you gonna dancebefore you decide?
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  • That's his question.
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  • It says the people were silent.
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  • Why were they silent?
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  • Simple, they weren't readyto commit.
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  • They weren't ready to commit.
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  • They weren't ready to--you know, you know,
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  • you too serious.
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  • Yeah, you're being too seriousabout this Christian thing.
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  • Just let me get a little church,give me a little music,
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  • preach me a little sermon,and then leave me alone.
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  • It says the people were silent.
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  • They were not ready to commit.
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  • But watch this, they werealways ready for a miracle.
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  • They were always lookingfor a blessing.
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  • They were always looking for Godto do something
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  • while they were silent.
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  • So let me state my positionas coming from this passage.
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  • If you're not ready to commitand to stop dancing,
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  • stop looking for a miracleand searching for a blessing.
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  • They said nothing becausethey weren't ready to make
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  • a full commitment,and yet he's calling on them
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  • just to do that.
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  • So now, Elijah says, "I alone,"verse 22,
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  • "am left the prophetof the Lord,
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  • but Baal's prophetsare 450 men."
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  • Elijah says, "I'm outnumbered,450 to 1."
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  • He says, "This is not to see howthe numbers fare in my favor.
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  • I'm ready to take my stand."
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  • God is lookingfor some folk who,
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  • even though outnumbered,are willing to take their stand,
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  • who even though the other sidehas more than you,
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  • even though it looks likeyou're outnumbered in your--
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  • among your friends,among your coworkers,
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  • or what have you.
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  • He said, "This is howthe numbers shape up,
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  • but in spite of that, we gonnaput the true God to the test.
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  • He says, "Why don't you bring,"verse 23,
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  • "two oxen and let the 450 chooseone oxen,
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  • and I'll take whichever onethey don't choose.
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  • Put it on the wood,put it on the altar,
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  • but don't put a fire under it.
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  • And then you 450,you call on the name of your god
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  • and tell your god,'Light the fire,'" okay?
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  • Tell your God,"Be the Ohio Players, fire!"
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  • Tell your God to light it up.
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  • "And then I'm gonna call on myGod and let's see whose god is
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  • the God of fire."
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  • Now, unless you understandBaalism,
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  • you can't appreciate this,but Baal was the god of fire,
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  • the god of the sun.
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  • So you figure, if Baal isin charge of the sun,
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  • he can light something up.
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  • So he's challenging himat the very core
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  • of the greatness of their god.
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  • He says, "Let's seewhat your god can do."
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  • So they agree.
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  • He is so confidentin his commitment to God
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  • that he will challengethe majority.
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  • Oh, do we need some committedChristians today
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  • who are so committedand so confident in their God,
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  • they don't mind be outnumbered,because they understand
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  • that once God, the true God,is in the equation,
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  • the numbers shift.
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  • So he says, "Come on,let's don't talk.
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  • Let's do this thing.
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  • Let's do this thing."
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  • And so, here's what they do.
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  • The 450 agree, and so,they chose the ox.
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  • And verse 26, "They took the oxand prepared it
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  • in the name of Baal.
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  • And from morning to evening,they were saying,
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  • 'Oh Baal, answer us,'but there was no voice.
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  • No one answered.
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  • And they leaped about the altarwhich they made."
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  • So they're in therewith their god,
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  • "Oh Baal, oh Baal,let's have some fire.
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  • Light the altar.
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  • Oh Baal, oh great Baal."
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  • They're jumpingaround the altar.
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  • They're getting their praiseon around the idol and it says,
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  • "And nothing happened.
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  • And there was no voice."
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  • Now, this is where we getto a little humorous part
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  • in the Bible.
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  • It gets a little humorous herein verse 27,
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  • 'cause it says at about noonthat Elijah mocked them.
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  • Okay, now it's 450 of themand it's one of you.
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  • This ain't the time to bemaking fun of folk.
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  • But Elijah just standingthere and he mocks them.
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  • And look at how he mocks 'em.
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  • He says, "Why don't youcall out louder?
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  • Call out," verse 27,"with a loud voice.
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  • Y'all ain't screamingloud enough.
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  • He can't hear you."
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  • He says, "But he is a god.
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  • Maybe he's occupied."
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  • He's got another meetinggoing on and he can't get
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  • to y'all right now, so maybethat's why nothing happening.
  • 00:14:53.783 --> 00:14:57.787
  • "Or maybe he's gone aside."
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  • Now, "Gone aside," means maybein the bathroom.
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  • "Gone aside" meanhe doing number two.
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  • That's what "Gone aside" means.
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  • Or maybe he hasn't gone aside.
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  • "Maybe he's on a journey."
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  • He's on a trip, you know?
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  • He's taking a vacation.
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  • "Or perhaps he's snoring."
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  • He says, "Maybe he's asleepand you need to wake him up,
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  • so why don't you singa little louder.
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  • Praise a little louder.
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  • Pray a little louderand wake up your god."
  • 00:15:33.956 --> 00:15:37.560
  • Well, all he did was tick themoff 'cause in verse 28 it says,
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  • "They cried out with a loudvoice and they cut themselves
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  • according to the customwith swords and lances
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  • until the blood gushedout of them.
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  • When midday was past," verse 29,
  • 00:15:54.977 --> 00:15:57.380
  • "they raved untilthe evening sacrifice;
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  • but there was no voice,
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  • no one answered,no one paid attention.
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  • Then Elijah saidto all the people, 'Come close.
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  • Come close.'
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  • So all the people came nearto him.
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  • And he repaired the altar of theLord which had been torn down."
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  • Okay, let me stop there.
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  • Let me stop there.
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  • It says he repaired the altarwhich had been torn down.
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  • That means they had religionwithout commitment,
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  • 'cause the altarhadn't been used.
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  • Now, what would they doon the altar?
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  • Sacrifices.
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  • Why would they make sacrifices?
  • 00:16:36.852 --> 00:16:38.254
  • To deal with sin.
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  • So what they were doingwas having religion
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  • without dealing with sin.
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  • They did not want to dealwith the spiritual realities
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  • in their lives because Baal let'em go where they wanted to go,
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  • do what they wanted to do,act what they wanted to act.
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  • Baal did not put any boundariesor restrictions on them,
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  • and that's not the godthey wanted all week.
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  • That's good enough for Sunday.
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  • Now give me my six days.
  • 00:17:04.780 --> 00:17:07.349
  • But they wanted that god to bethe god of the supernatural,
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  • so the altar wasleft unattended.
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  • The spiritual issueswere not addressed,
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  • but yet they had enoughreligion to claim God.
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  • You oughta be tiredof religion by now.
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  • Religion can't change you,religion can't help you,
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  • and religion certainly won'tbring heaven down to earth.
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  • What you need and I need,and we need is a relationship,
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  • but you can only havea relationship on God's terms.
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  • And you can't havea relationship on God's terms
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  • if you got another god waitingfor you tomorrow.
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  • That is, another source ofyour identity and your reality.
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  • "And so Elijah tooktwelve stones according
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  • to the number of the tribesof the sons of Jacob,
  • 00:17:53.395 --> 00:17:56.632
  • to whom the Word of the Lordhad come, saying,
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  • 'Israel shall be your name.'"
  • 00:17:59.235 --> 00:18:02.671
  • So, the prophet comes alongand here's what happens.
  • 00:18:02.705 --> 00:18:09.411
  • He took the 12 stones, verse 32,
  • 00:18:09.445 --> 00:18:12.615
  • "So with the stones he built analtar in the name of the Lord."
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  • He got the spiritual priorityback in order.
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  • And unless we do thatas a church,
  • 00:18:19.388 --> 00:18:21.724
  • unless that's the main thing,every other thing
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  • is a waste of time.
  • 00:18:24.226 --> 00:18:25.794
  • He got the altar back,the spiritual part back,
  • 00:18:25.828 --> 00:18:29.298
  • the confession of sin and thepursuit of righteousness back.
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  • The altar represented all that.
  • 00:18:33.135 --> 00:18:34.837
  • "And then he made a trencharound the altar,
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  • large enough to holdtwo measures of seed."
  • 00:18:39.208 --> 00:18:42.678
  • So he digs this holearound the altar.
  • 00:18:42.711 --> 00:18:44.847
  • Now, watch what he does here.
  • 00:18:44.880 --> 00:18:47.116
  • "He arranges the wood,"verse 33,
  • 00:18:47.149 --> 00:18:48.717
  • "cuts the ox into pieces,lays it on the wood.
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  • And he said, 'Fill four pitcherswith water and pour it
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  • on the burnt offering.'"
  • 00:18:55.324 --> 00:18:56.926
  • Now, wait a minute.
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  • If you're trying to light upsomething,
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  • you don't pour water on it.
  • 00:19:00.262 --> 00:19:01.897
  • You're not tryingto pour water on it.
  • 00:19:01.931 --> 00:19:03.232
  • You wanna keep it dryso that it lights quickly.
  • 00:19:03.265 --> 00:19:06.302
  • But he pours water on it.
  • 00:19:06.335 --> 00:19:07.970
  • Oh, but that's not all he does,'cause according to verse 24,
  • 00:19:08.003 --> 00:19:10.506
  • it says he said,"Do it a second time."
  • 00:19:10.539 --> 00:19:14.443
  • So they pour water on it,they wet the wood,
  • 00:19:14.476 --> 00:19:16.812
  • wet the ox, wet everything.
  • 00:19:16.845 --> 00:19:18.480
  • He says, "Pour four morepitchers on it."
  • 00:19:18.514 --> 00:19:21.850
  • So okay, he does it again.
  • 00:19:21.884 --> 00:19:23.819
  • Oh, but is he finished?
  • 00:19:23.852 --> 00:19:25.454
  • No, "Do it a third time,"and they did it a third time.
  • 00:19:25.487 --> 00:19:29.158
  • So he prays and he praysat the evening sacrifice.
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  • "O Lord," verse 36,"the God of Abraham,
  • 00:19:33.896 --> 00:19:36.232
  • Isaac and Israel,"the covenant-keeping God,
  • 00:19:36.265 --> 00:19:38.634
  • "today let it be knownthat you are God in Israel,
  • 00:19:38.667 --> 00:19:41.437
  • I am your servant and,"notice this,
  • 00:19:41.470 --> 00:19:43.739
  • "I have done all the thingsat your Word.
  • 00:19:43.772 --> 00:19:47.076
  • Let it be known what you will dowhen people are committed to you
  • 00:19:47.109 --> 00:19:52.081
  • and your Word."
  • 00:19:52.114 --> 00:19:53.882
  • In other words,"I'm not like y'all.
  • 00:19:53.916 --> 00:19:55.684
  • I ain't dancing.
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  • I'm not like y'all.I'm not going back and forth.
  • 00:19:57.219 --> 00:19:59.722
  • I am totally committedto his Word."
  • 00:19:59.755 --> 00:20:02.524
  • That's how you knowif you're dancing or not.
  • 00:20:02.558 --> 00:20:05.361
  • He said, "Let it be knownthat I'm for real
  • 00:20:05.394 --> 00:20:08.264
  • because I obey your Word."
  • 00:20:08.297 --> 00:20:10.466
  • In other words,"God, your Word has the final
  • 00:20:10.499 --> 00:20:13.802
  • say-so over my decisions."
  • 00:20:13.836 --> 00:20:16.605
  • Until you get to that place,you're not fully committed.
  • 00:20:16.639 --> 00:20:19.908
  • If you're not fully committed,you have limited
  • 00:20:19.942 --> 00:20:22.478
  • or lost accessto the miraculous.
  • 00:20:22.511 --> 00:20:24.847
  • So he says, "I have keptyour Word.
  • 00:20:24.880 --> 00:20:27.616
  • Answer me, O Lord," verse 37,"that this people may know
  • 00:20:27.650 --> 00:20:32.521
  • that you, O Lord, are God,and that you have turned
  • 00:20:32.554 --> 00:20:37.026
  • their hearts back again.
  • 00:20:37.059 --> 00:20:41.230
  • And the fire of the Lord felland consumed the burnt offering,
  • 00:20:41.263 --> 00:20:45.801
  • the wood, the stones, the dust,and licked up the water
  • 00:20:45.834 --> 00:20:49.838
  • in the trench."
  • 00:20:49.872 --> 00:20:51.874
  • Now, this is one of the scenesI wanna see on instant replay
  • 00:20:51.907 --> 00:20:56.679
  • when I get to heaven 'causeit not only said the fire fell,
  • 00:20:56.712 --> 00:21:01.317
  • but it says it consumedthe stones,
  • 00:21:01.350 --> 00:21:04.987
  • the wood and the stone.
  • 00:21:05.020 --> 00:21:07.323
  • But here's the part I like.
  • 00:21:07.356 --> 00:21:08.891
  • It said it licked up the wateraround the trench.
  • 00:21:08.924 --> 00:21:12.361
  • Oh, and when you see Godshow off and show out for you,
  • 00:21:12.394 --> 00:21:15.864
  • when you see him do exceedingly,abundantly above all you can ask
  • 00:21:15.898 --> 00:21:19.201
  • or think, when you see,because you've rebuilt
  • 00:21:19.234 --> 00:21:22.304
  • the altar, a full commitment.
  • 00:21:22.338 --> 00:21:26.241
  • He said he saw it,and then the people saw it.
  • 00:21:26.275 --> 00:21:31.814
  • "They fell on their faces;and said,
  • 00:21:31.847 --> 00:21:33.549
  • 'The Lord, he is God;the Lord, he is God.'"
  • 00:21:33.582 --> 00:21:37.486
  • Does anybody here knowwhat a hillbilly road bump is?
  • 00:21:37.519 --> 00:21:44.360
  • A hillbilly road bump isan armadillo dead
  • 00:21:45.294 --> 00:21:49.598
  • in the middle of the road.
  • 00:21:49.631 --> 00:21:53.969
  • That's what's calleda hillbilly--
  • 00:21:54.002 --> 00:21:55.571
  • country people call ita hillbilly road bump, okay?
  • 00:21:55.604 --> 00:21:59.708
  • Now, let me explain.
  • 00:21:59.742 --> 00:22:01.043
  • One half a million armadillosevery year are killed
  • 00:22:01.076 --> 00:22:06.115
  • in the middle of the road.
  • 00:22:06.148 --> 00:22:08.717
  • Every time I've seenan armadillo,
  • 00:22:08.751 --> 00:22:10.486
  • it's on his back and his legsare sticking up in the air.
  • 00:22:10.519 --> 00:22:13.489
  • Every time I see an armadillo,it's dead in the middle
  • 00:22:13.522 --> 00:22:16.091
  • of the road,'cause here's what they do.
  • 00:22:16.125 --> 00:22:19.061
  • They start crossing the road,they stop in the middle
  • 00:22:19.094 --> 00:22:23.232
  • of the road.
  • 00:22:23.265 --> 00:22:24.666
  • They stop in the middleof the road with cars coming.
  • 00:22:24.700 --> 00:22:27.536
  • They stop in the middleof the road with cars coming
  • 00:22:27.569 --> 00:22:30.406
  • and they get run over.
  • 00:22:30.439 --> 00:22:32.708
  • They get run over becausethey get comfortable
  • 00:22:32.741 --> 00:22:35.544
  • in the middle of the road.
  • 00:22:35.577 --> 00:22:38.046
  • Does God have any hillbilly roadbump Christians in this place?
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:46.522
  • Does God have any hillbillyroad bump Christians?
  • 00:22:46.555 --> 00:22:49.691
  • You come to churchand you stay in the middle.
  • 00:22:49.725 --> 00:22:52.961
  • You're like,"Malcolm in the Middle."
  • 00:22:52.995 --> 00:22:54.496
  • You stay in the middle.
  • 00:22:54.530 --> 00:22:56.298
  • You wanna be able to step overhere to the God of the Bible,
  • 00:22:56.331 --> 00:22:59.635
  • but you wanna stayover here to the world.
  • 00:22:59.668 --> 00:23:02.471
  • You stay in the middle,only to be run over by his glory
  • 00:23:02.504 --> 00:23:06.975
  • when he moves down the center.
  • 00:23:07.009 --> 00:23:08.944
  • But if he could ever get youto go all the way,
  • 00:23:08.977 --> 00:23:11.647
  • heaven will open up.
  • 00:23:11.680 --> 00:23:13.315
  • You will see heaven open,Jesus said.
  • 00:23:13.348 --> 00:23:15.451
  • You will see the angel of Godgoing up and down,
  • 00:23:15.484 --> 00:23:18.720
  • the Son of Man, and you will seewhat God can do
  • 00:23:18.754 --> 00:23:22.424
  • because you've given himall you have.
  • 00:23:22.458 --> 00:23:26.028
  • God is looking for some folkwho are gonna leave the middle
  • 00:23:26.061 --> 00:23:28.897
  • and go all the way.
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  • Tony: The dominant sin spokenof in the Bible is idolatry.
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  • All through Scripture, you seeGod's hatred of idolatry.
  • 00:23:47.683 --> 00:23:53.489
  • Idolatry is anyunauthorized noun,
  • 00:23:53.522 --> 00:23:57.359
  • person, place, thing,or thought,
  • 00:23:57.392 --> 00:23:59.561
  • that you look to as your source,because that means
  • 00:23:59.595 --> 00:24:02.731
  • you're committed to a false god.
  • 00:24:02.764 --> 00:24:06.635
  • There's only one true God,the God of the Holy Scriptures,
  • 00:24:06.668 --> 00:24:10.772
  • who's revealed himself bothin creation and in his Word,
  • 00:24:10.806 --> 00:24:14.943
  • and he does not wantany competing loyalties
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  • in our lives.
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  • He wants us totally committedto the one true God.
  • 00:24:20.115 --> 00:24:23.986
  • The moment you bringanother God, another noun,
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  • person, place, thing,or thought,
  • 00:24:28.290 --> 00:24:29.825
  • that you look toas your ultimate source,
  • 00:24:29.858 --> 00:24:33.228
  • you've createddivine competition.
  • 00:24:33.262 --> 00:24:37.165
  • You've created a deitycompetitor and nothing
  • 00:24:37.199 --> 00:24:41.370
  • will drive God from you,in terms of you experiencing
  • 00:24:41.403 --> 00:24:45.707
  • his presence in your life,like you inviting another god
  • 00:24:45.741 --> 00:24:50.112
  • into the vicinity,whether that god is money,
  • 00:24:50.145 --> 00:24:54.016
  • or whether that god iseven religion,
  • 00:24:54.049 --> 00:24:56.485
  • whether that god is education,whether that god is Korea.
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  • You can name it, but oncethat thing or person becomes
  • 00:25:00.589 --> 00:25:06.295
  • your source, God is angrywith that and will display
  • 00:25:06.328 --> 00:25:11.733
  • the weakness of your god.
  • 00:25:11.767 --> 00:25:14.069
  • Because he'll interrupt your godto let you know that god
  • 00:25:14.102 --> 00:25:16.838
  • wasn't as big, powerful,as authoritative as you thought
  • 00:25:16.872 --> 00:25:22.377
  • it was when you put your wholelife into that god's hands.
  • 00:25:22.411 --> 00:25:26.348
  • So, there must be a decisionthat we must all make,
  • 00:25:26.381 --> 00:25:31.119
  • even as Christians, that therewill be no other god before us.
  • 00:25:31.153 --> 00:25:35.657
  • You know, that goes backto the Ten Commandments,
  • 00:25:35.691 --> 00:25:37.459
  • "Thou shalt have no other godbefore me."
  • 00:25:37.492 --> 00:25:40.062
  • In fact, God wants to beso alone as God he won't even
  • 00:25:40.095 --> 00:25:43.131
  • let you take a pictureof himself creating an image,
  • 00:25:43.165 --> 00:25:47.002
  • because he does not want usto dumb down how awesome
  • 00:25:47.035 --> 00:25:50.472
  • a God he is.
  • 00:25:50.505 --> 00:25:51.907
  • Stay committed to the onetrue God because
  • 00:25:51.940 --> 00:25:53.742
  • there's only one true Godwho deserves that commitment.
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