Let The Real God Show Up!

By angeline williams

Elijah and the prophets of Baal

Then GOD’s word came to Elijah. The drought was now in its third year. The message: “Go and present yourself to Ahab; I’m about to make it rain on the country.” Elijah set out to present himself to Ahab. The drought in Samaria at the time was most severe.

Ahab called for Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. Obadiah feared GOD he was very devout. Earlier, when Jezebel had tried to kill off all the prophets of GOD, Obadiah had hidden away a hundred of them in two caves, fifty in a cave, and then supplied them with food and water.

Ahab ordered Obadiah, “Go through the country; locate every spring and every stream. Let’s see if we can find enough grass to keep our horses and mules from dying.” So they divided the country between them for the search Ahab went one way, Obadiah the other.

Obadiah went his way and suddenly there he was Elijah! Obadiah fell on his knees, bowing in reverence, and exclaimed, “Is it really you my master Elijah?” “Yes,” said Elijah, “the real me. Now go and tell your boss, “I’ve seen Elijah.”"

Obadiah said, “But what have I done to deserve this? Ahab will kill me. As surely as your GOD lives, there isn’t a country or kingdom where my master hasn’t sent out search parties looking for you. And if they said, “We can’t find him; we’ve looked high and low,” he would make that country or kingdom swear that you were not to be found. And now you’re telling me, “Go and tell your master Elijah’s found!” The minute I leave you the Spirit of GOD will whisk you away to who knows where. Then when I report to Ahab, you’ll have disappeared and Ahab will kill me. And I’ve served GOD devoutly since I was a boy! Hasn’t anyone told you what I did when Jezebel was out to kill the prophets of GOD, how I risked my life by hiding a hundred of them, fifty to a cave, and made sure they got food and water? And now you’re telling me to draw attention to myself by announcing to my master, “Elijah’s been found.” Why, he’ll kill me for sure.”

Elijah said, “As surely as GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies lives, and before whom I take my stand, I’ll meet with your master face-to-face this very day.” So Obadiah went straight to Ahab and told him. And Ahab went out to meet Elijah. The moment Ahab saw Elijah he said, “So it’s you, old troublemaker!”

“It’s not I who has caused trouble in Israel,” said Elijah, “but you and your government you’ve dumped GOD’s ways and commands and run off after the local gods, the Baals. Here’s what I want you to do: Assemble everyone in Israel at Mount Carmel. And make sure that the special pets of Jezebel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of the local gods, the Baals, and the four hundred prophets of the whore goddess Asherah, are there.”

So Ahab summoned everyone in Israel, particularly the prophets, to Mount Carmel. Elijah challenged the people: “How long are you going to sit on the fence? If GOD is the real God, follow him; if it’s Baal, follow him. Make up your minds!” Nobody said a word; nobody made a move.

Then Elijah said, “I’m the only prophet of GOD left in Israel; and there are 450 prophets of Baal. Let the Baal prophets bring up two oxen; let them pick one, butcher it, and lay it out on an altar on firewood but don’t ignite it. I’ll take the other ox, cut it up, and lay it on the wood. But neither will I light the fire. Then you pray to your gods and I’ll pray to GOD. The god who answers with fire will prove to be, in fact, God.” All the people agreed: “A good plan do it!”

Elijah told the Baal prophets, “Choose your ox and prepare it. You go first, you’re the majority. Then pray to your god, but don’t light the fire.”

So they took the ox he had given them, prepared it for the altar, then prayed to Baal. They prayed all morning long, “O Baal, answer us!” But nothing happened not so much as a whisper of breeze. Desperate, they jumped and stomped on the altar they had made.

By noon, Elijah had started making fun of them, taunting, “Call a little louder he is a god, after all. Maybe he’s off meditating somewhere or other, or maybe he’s gotten involved in a project, or maybe he’s on vacation. You don’t suppose he’s overslept, do you, and needs to be waked up?” They prayed louder and louder, cutting themselves with swords and knives a ritual common to them until they were covered with blood.

This went on until well past noon. They used every religious trick and strategy they knew to make something happen on the altar, but nothing happened not so much as a whisper, not a flicker of response.

Then Elijah told the people, “Enough of that it’s my turn. Gather around.” And they gathered. He then put the altar back together for by now it was in ruins. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes of Jacob, the same Jacob to whom GOD had said, “From now on your name is Israel.” He built the stones into the altar in honor of GOD. Then Elijah dug a fairly wide trench around the altar. He laid firewood on the altar, cut up the ox, put it on the wood, and said, “Fill four buckets with water and drench both the ox and the firewood.” Then he said, “Do it again,” and they did it. Then he said, “Do it a third time,” and they did it a third time. The altar was drenched and the trench was filled with water.

When it was time for the sacrifice to be offered, Elijah the prophet came up and prayed, “O GOD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make it known right now that you are God in Israel, that I am your servant, and that I’m doing what I’m doing under your orders. Answer me, GOD; O answer me and reveal to this people that you are GOD, the true God, and that you are giving these people another chance at repentance.”

Immediately the fire of GOD fell and burned up the offering, the wood, the stones, the dirt, and even the water in the trench. (1 Kings 18:1-38 -The Message)

The Ten Virgins

This is a parable told by Jesus in the gospel of Matthew (Matthew 25:1-13). The message is clear: be prepared for the day of reckoning. The five virgins who are prepared for the bridegroom’s arrival are rewarded and the five who are not prepared are excluded. Here is the story:

God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.

In the middle of the night someone yelled out, “He’s here! The bridegroom’s here! Go out and greet him!” The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, “Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil”.

They answered, “There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.” They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.

“Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, “Master, we’re here. Let us in.”

“He answered, “Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.” So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.

To the world, the church appears to be foolish believing in the One True God and the Sacrifice of Jesus to redeem humanity, thinking that Jesus Christ is coming back or that He even existed at all. But as in the story of the ten virgins in the end, when the bridegroom makes His sudden and unexpected appearance, those who looked foolish are found to be wise; and those who appeared wise, end up looking foolish. Their foolishness is that they fell into trying to figure everything out. They figured they had time. They never thought that the He would appear so suddenly and the doors to the wedding hall would be closed. Their foolish figuring cost them dearly. They found themselves banging on a locked door, begging to be let in to the party to which they were invited, and hearing the harsh words of disappointment, “I don’t know you.”

Do you know anyone who died unexpectedly? Did you think they would die that day? God’s way of keeping time is not the same as ours. “With the Lord, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” The Lord is not slow, He is patient in His delay and is is mercy. God desires and invites everyone to come and experience His grace. He is waiting on you to choose to come. How long will He wait? He does not say, what He did say is that “Now is the acceptable moment. Now is the time of our salvation.” Today is the day, not tomorrow or the next day, or next week. There may not be a tomorrow. The wise know that the bridegroom appears when you least expect him, like a thief in the night. The foolish live as if the invitation can wait – until next week, next month, or “whenever they have the time.” All ten bridesmaids were invited, all ten slept, all were awakened. The wise rose to greet the bridegroom with joy, prepared to process into the banquet hall, lamps trimmed and burning, with oil enough to last forever. The foolish rose to greet the bridegroom with panic, scrambling for oil they do not have, and finding out too late that there is no oil to share. Each of us receives the gift of life through faith in Christ Jesus. No one can believe for another. No one can receive for another.

Are you tired of praying and worshipping a dead god who will never be able to give you real answers? Are you tired of looking for things to fill that void that you feel on the inside? That void you feel is reserved for God and no man, woman, money or any other substance will fill it only God can. Are you tired of stumbling around in the darkness, broken and empty? You really don’t have to do that any longer you know. God your Creator the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, the only True and Living God, the Only One with Power to Save you loves you and wants you to know Him so He can fill you with peace and give you real life — forever. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to shed His Blood that you might be able to come boldly before His Throne of grace and ask for help.

Jesus said: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Matthew 7:7 -KJV)

Jesus is the Bridegroom. He is the only One who can bring us back to God. He died on the Cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and mankind.

Don’t be like the foolish virgins! Jesus is coming soon! Whether you want him to or not Whether you believe He is or not He is coming. We do not know the day or the hour but we need to be ready.

The Bible gives us clear instructions on what to do to be ready. First, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Then accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and turn your life over to Him, and agree to follow Him as He leads you. Don’t wait until the time is right, it will never be just right. Don’t wait until you get it together, because you will never get it together without Jesus. Don’t think because you life a good life that you are ready. Your good life and righteousness is as filthy rags to God. Choose this day whom you will serve.

If you are ready to accept Jesus now, here is a suggested prayer you can use. This is not a ritual based on specific words, but rather, a prayerful guideline for your sincere step of faith. It is important that you believe and agree with these words, are consciously aware that you are seeking Jesus Christ, trying and intending to speak directly to Him otherwise the prayer means nothing. Just speak directly to Jesus with your lips.

Let us pray:

Dear Jesus, Your word says that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13). Jesus, I am calling on You right now. I admit that I am a sinner, deserving of Hell. I believe You are the Son of God who came in the flesh and died upon the cross, sacrificing Your precious blood to pay for my sins? I repent from all my sins, please forgive me. By faith I invite you to come into my life as my Lord and Savior. Thank you. Amen.

Now beloved if you prayed this prayer and truly meant these words the Lord Jesus HAS accepted you, welcome to the family of God. If you prayed this prayer send me an email at info@savemylovedones.com. I want to celebrate with you and send you some information that will help you in your new life with Christ!

I invite you to join Save My Loved Ones Christian Community Room. Everyone is welcome here to have Christian discussions, get your questions answered, get encouragement, spiritual mentoring, ask for prayer and offer prayer and find help in all stages of their walk with Jesus. Step into our online Christian community and become involved to whatever degree you are comfortable. The doors never close at Save My Loved Ones Christian Community Room and encouragement is just a click away. (http://savemylovedones.ning.com)

God Bless you,

Angeline

Save my Loved Ones Prayer Ministries International

http://www.savemylovedones.com

You are welcome to copy this message in its entirety and pass it along. Jesus is coming soon, let’s get as many saved as we can.

I invite you to join Save My Loved Ones Christian Community Room. Everyone is welcome here. http://savemylovedones.ning.com

God Bless you,

Angeline

Save my Loved Ones Prayer Ministries International

http://www.savemylovedones.com

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