For What Will You Stand
Wednesday evening Evangelist Brubaker spoke on the Spirit of the Godhead applying pressure on the saved and unsaved. Guilt arises and freedom can only be found in humbling oneself before a holy God and asking for forgiveness. Salvation comes to those who accept Christ as Savior and who was innocent and yet the paid the debt that our sins created. In the saved person, the pressure builds until they humble themselves, turn back to God, and ask for forgiveness.
Too often, the weight of those sins and guilt builds in unsaved person’s world. Depression and suicide may be the result. In the saved person, there’s a break in the fellowship with God the Father and a loss of joy. Sin holds both captive. The sermon shares where we stand in the eyes of God.
Thursday night’s sermon was about Elijah and the stand he took on mount Carmel to ask Israel who they would serve, Baal or LORD God. Wicked King Ahab and his wife Jezebel drew Israel into worshipping Baal. Elijah took a stand to rectify the situation, inviting 850 priests to come to mount Carmel to show all of Israel who was real, Baal or the LORD God.
An altar was built by the priests of Baal, the wood and sacrificial bullock was laid on the altar. Elijah asked the priests to have Baal send fire and consume the sacrifice. The priests chanted and called on Baal, with no results. Elijah provoked them saying, perhaps Baal was sleeping or on a journey. The priests worked themselves into a frenzied state, leaping on the altar, crying louder, and cutting themselves with knives, but here was neither voice nor any answer, nor any regarded.
Then Elijah built his altar, dug trenches around it, arranged the wood, dressed the bullock, and placed it on the altar. He called for water, 12 barrelfuls, pouring it over the altar until the trenches ran full. Elijah prayed to the LORD God. God heard him and sent fire from heaven. The flames consumed the wood, bullock, stones of the altar, the dust, and licked up the water in the trenches.
Evangelist Brubaker shared, it is time for people to take a stand against sin in our lives and against the press of the things of the world. Things that do not bring glory to a holy God should be shunned and we should be walking closer to God.