Today we are thinking on this subject, "The Formula for Revival." [read through verse 2]
The people in Samaria were in a difficult situation. There had been a drought in the land for 3 years; not a drop of rain had fallen. And the reason there was no rain was that God was judging the land. And they were in a crisis, but the crisis was about to end. For God knew that before long the fire would fall from heaven, and then the rain would come. And that's the sequence, first the fire and then the rain. First the cleansing fire and then the cooling flood. The fire represents God's cleansing judgment, the flood represents the showers of blessing as we are going to see in just a moment.
America is in difficulty. We as a nation are facing a crisis, a real crisis. Shelby County is a spiritual disaster. Many Christians have no power in their hearts and homes, their lives, the power that they ought to have. The power you need, America needs, southern Baptists need, this world needs a revival. And I believe that we can find here in I Kings chapter 18 the formula for revival because in those dark days, God sent revival to Israel; and what God did for Israel, God can do in America and God can do now. So this is not what God has said, this is what God is saying. This is not what God is saying to people in general, or people over yonder, this is what God is saying to you, now, today. You need revival and I want you to listen as we speak about this formula for revival.
Now there was a terrible day in Elijah's day. Ahab was on the throne. Jezebel was his queen. Sin was rampant. The altar of Jehovah was broken down. And the truth of God was being dragged through the dust. It was a dark day and yet God sent revival. My heart is yearning and burning and pleading for revival in our time. So pay attention with me. As we look in this 18th chapter of I Kings, we are going to meet a succession of characters. Many of them are enemies of revival, and one of them was the tool that God used to bring revival. I want you to listen as the roll is called in this chapter, and listen carefully for you may hear your name as we study the people here in I Kings chapter 18.
The first group of people I want us to notice and think about are the compromisers that are represented by a man named Obadiah. And I continue our reading now in verse 3. "And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly: For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts." Now Obadiah was a good man and the Bible tells us in verse 3 that he "feared the Lord greatly." Not only was he a good ...
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