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On The Road With Elijah To Carmel Pt. 2 (5 of 13)
Series: On the Road with Elijah
1 Kings 18:17-40
1. A Story of Compromise
a) The Sin of the People
b) The Silence of the People
2. A Scene of Challenge
a) The Absence of Fire
b) The Arrival of Fire
3. A Step of Cleansing
a) A Commanded Purging
b) A Complete Purging
1. In our last study we began our journey with Elijah to Carmel. In this study we arrive at Carmel and visit with Elijah in one of the most thrilling scenes in the Word of God. I like to think of the account as a mountain-top revival. For three years, God had kept Elijah in seclusion, but when He brought him into public light it was with great effects.
2. Roy Hession in The Calvary Road said, "The world has lost its faith, because the Church has lost its fire." The present need of the Church is to regain its fire. In order for to regain its fire, there is a need for the fire to fall. The Church will never impact this world for Christ by adopting the methods of the world or by adjusting it message to better appeal to the world. The only hope is that it regains its fire—a divine fire from heaven. How well we need to learn that it is, "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).
3. Arthur Wallis said that revival is God revealing himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power. Elijah's experience on Mount Carmel was such a revival. When Elijah confronted Ahab he said, "Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel" (18:19-20). Gathered at Mount Carmel, God was about to reveal Himself in awful holiness and irresistible power.
4. One writes, "The presumed site of the contest is called El-Muchraka, the "Place of Burning," o ...
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