Scripture Reference 1 Corinthians 2
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
1 Kings 18: 20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.
Life Lesson: The question we must individually answer for ourselves is, “Who is God?” The fact that we are sometimes indecisive with this question reveals our great need for revival and renewal.
Israel had been following the sinful leadership of their king, Ahab and his vile wife, Jezebel. Together they had removed any semblance of the worship of the One True God, Yahweh, and had instituted Baal and Asherah worship, the cultic religion of the Canaanites.
Somehow the people of Israel had forgotten the Lord their God and had turned to the pagan deities of the Canaanites. It is a slippery slope for any believer who allows complacency to be replaced by apathy and then apathy can soon turn to apostasy.
Here in the above text Elijah, the man of God challenges the people to make up their minds as to who they will believe in. I believe we all need to be challenged by the Word of the Lord as to who we are truly believing in.
Today, in a cultural climate that proliferates fear, the faith of God’s people is being challenged daily. God is speaking through His prophets, His preachers and His teachers calling the people of God back to faith in the One True God. We cannot afford to be double-minded about what we believe today. James 1 warns, 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.