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Training In The Wilderness (1 of 4)
Series: Traveling With Elijah
I Kings 17:1-24
OPEN: A junior high music teacher had just organized a band in her school. The principal was so proud of the music teacher's efforts that without consulting her, he decided that the band should give a concert for the entire school.
The music teacher wasn't so sure her young musicians were ready to give a concert so she tried to talk the principal out of holding the concert, to no avail. Just before the concert was ready to begin, as the music teacher stood on the podium, she leaned forward and whispered to her nervous musicians, "If you're not sure of your part, just pretend to play."
And with that, she stepped back, lifted her baton and with a great flourish brought it down.
AND… nothing happened!
No music was played.
The students pretended to play… but no one made a single sound.
APPLY: Now, why didn't those children play their instruments?
They weren't sure of their part.
They weren't confident of their abilities.
And the reason they weren't sure, they weren't confident was because they weren't prepared.
The Bible tells us that - as Christians - we need to be prepared.
The Gospel of Luke tells us that John the Baptist's ministry was "… to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous-to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." Luke 1:17
And from that day until this, it has been the goal of everyone in the church to prepare one another to serve God. From Sunday School teachers to Bible studies, to preachers in the pulpit, to personal devotions - God's people have always understood that they needed to be prepared.
Peter wrote the Christians of his day and commanded them: "…PREPARE your minds for action; be self-controlled…" I Peter 1:13
And Peter also wrote that we should "Always be PREPARED to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But ...
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