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September 1, 2020 8:00 am
Just talking to God. God based on his word, the process please ask you to do. Dr. Tony Evans is the key to answered prayer is the daily decision to be a disciple prayer without the process doesn't end the provision.
This is the alternative Dr. Tony-author, speaker, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative. Do you belong to the living God, or to some random little G God today. Dr. Evans explains that the easiest way to tell is to check out who your following let's join another problem in chapter 18 of first Kings is that there is a famine in the land because it has not rained for 3 1/2 years. So is that in an economic downturn and a major crisis. We talked about no rain for 3 1/2 years. In chapter 18 verse 1.appears after many days the word of the Lord comes to Elijah in the third year, saying don't show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.
God said I want you to go show yourself today with over the government want you go. Let him see you and hear from you, said Ray. Verse 20 and absent the methods they came in. In verse 21. I will talk about verse one was my favorite one educate me at all the people and how long will you hesitate between two opinions.
If the Lord is God, follow him and bail is God, but the people did not answer him a word.
It says they were silent to me is why they silent.
Why don't they make a choice to answers they thought it was too risky to go all the way with God like that.
They want to pick up a God over here in case this godlike fully worked out I got God I got an intake situation. I got some extra bonus. God going to help her brother help assist out over here. I got Asher and bail the Bible calls that in the New Testament worldliness because worldliness it is looking to this world order to supply your needs independently of God.
The second reason they want to answer the remaining one answer is because agreement with Elijah about the true God wants to go against the government. Ahab about have the property with them. If they go to the true God, and against turn their backs on bail an actual on the back on Ahab and Jezebel.
So they are functioning non-governmentally. So the question now is do we want to risk taking Ahab do we want to risk the governmental system that have brought him to the idolatry didn't matter because we no longer is better. Just be quiet and safe so they say absolutely nothing. They have no commitment there like come jellyfish jellyfish jellyfish from a very colorful colorful jellyfish.
They have no spine. They have no skeletal frame be pretty and all that but you'll notice him always about agility. It goes wherever the carrot is moving the current moving this way the fiscally fullness which the current moving networks backbone happiness by skeletal frame. It can even swim against the character did not have been have a tail. All it does is weigh everything else is moving so it stopped jellyfish will start moving right jellyfish is going nowhere. Flow is so when flows change may change because they go with the flow. It will sting. This is pretty but it will inspire less.
If without a skeleton but get too close and it will sting you have very little benefit to all the feared show up and a lot of Christian jellyfish – so from experience to experience sermon. The sermon preacher.
The preacher charge the church conference. The conference, but when it comes to making a decision you can find a spot you can't find any substance because they made a choice that made a selection calculated that choice to include another.because they do not have full confidence in the true God have the extra gods on the side making a choice of like somebody jumping out of a plane with a parachute you don't have intentions of returning, you jump out of the plane with a parachute. You got a one-way direction that you can haul between two opinions when you on the plane what you jump off that play that issue with you.
I really believe this one will open and shoot holes in it and issue three will take me safely to the ground. If you don't have confidence you knuckle Joe you really need to know the God of the Bible so that you notice you don't open it doesn't have all and it will carry me safely to my destination. He says why do you hope between two opinion, why do you keep going back and forth in back and forth without a firm decision to follow the true and living God. Well, he says in verse 23.
Let's take two oxen and let the props bail cut it up, put on the altar will take another oxen and will cut it up and I put on the open and will see which God answers and sends that aridity pics buyer is because bail was also God choice as we choose bail strength… You become a little small pedophile God while he just let God said I and will call the true God MSC which God responds what's his name. So the promise of bail open and based on that cry out with a loud voice that leap in verse 26 about the AlterNet calling on them from morning till noon and throughout Malone worship service shall happy the stuff that came about noon wanted to move for about out early morning worship service. Working along worship service and show Okay verse 27 and it came about a new Elijah them and said with a loud voice for you either hear God you got another appointment.
The data is gone aside John. Maybe God is in the bathroom. Maybe that's why PK maybe God. Maybe God got some stubble stomach troubles and relieve himself.
All maybe taken a vacation maybe journey gone on a trip taking a cruise no he does not. Maybe the problem with nap time. After all the babies sleep and somebody needs to wake God up crowd with the boys and that it will shortly. Himself.
Verse 26 they cut themselves until the blood rushed out. So I think you guys are serious about some serious charge so you want some serious religion now themselves abusing himself when it was passed. They Ray evening sacrifice. No doing all day chart service for God to respond to God. Okay, but there was no answer. Elijah said all the people want is now going somewhere to me all the people came near to him become the enemy and he repaired the altar of the Lord which had been torn down. I went to Mr. Young come close. Israel crowd around. First of all let me fix this.
All which had been torn down. In other words, Israel was having church when I have been torn down was on the altar of sacrifice. Why sacrifice to be put on the altar to deal with sin.
Why sacrifice the deal with sin free. Got up to respond to his people because God could respond with people if it will address in the nation because that was no altar they didn't feel they had to address they were still having church the Jewish religion.
But there was no way any of them explain people believe they had immediate direct access to God before they sent once they said and from then on, they could not have direct access mediated access words that had to be something between sinful man and a holy God to address the sin so that a holy God did receive the center that had to be something that address because once then entered in the sense that God had to come through and in between process. So this in between process would be a sacrifice that would satisfy God in the Old Testament temporarily in order to free God up to hear from his people and his people to hear back from you, but that was not the altar had been torn down. So guess what, there was no relationship there was no communication was to have a church charge what they went to church without the Bible says that there is one mediator between God and man. And that is the man Christ Jesus in the New Testament, Jesus did what the sacrifice and all he is your point of contact with a holy God between the holy God, and that is the Christ Jesus with one hand he touches God with another handy touch of the sacrifice for said God was taken away while you have a point of contact: down and you are not using the point of contact you have no contact church.
So how do we restore the lost point of contact. Dr. Evans will have the answer for us when he returns in just a moment. Verse I want to remind you that Tony has just released a new book an in-depth study of the attributes and characteristics that make the Lord who he is, is called God himself. The more you learn about God, the more there is to worship so this book will deepen your sense of awe as well as your understanding of God's nature's values and his heart. If yours is.
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It would be around the altar that would be one that's where they have been division so even though they were divided tenant to put all 12 around get this thing right back together again.
We can only put all the altar. That's why whatever problem you come to the altar see God pull that thing together. But it has to be around sacrifice.
The offer can't be torn down.
Now watch this people is water.
Verse 34 on the offering first, second and third time report so much water. Verse 35 that the trench around the 5111 is both a file is pulled one out when we make a heart for God must make a heart for children. It will be clear. Only God could do this watch is now watch is now verse 36 and the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, oh Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel today. Let it be known that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant, and I have done all these things at your word answer me oh Lord answered me that this people may know that you oh Lord our God, and that you have turned their heart back again turned their heart back again. It's called revival. When God returns your heart back to him and he to you. That's called revival. Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering the wood, stone dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench know you did when he pray came from heaven and soaked up the sacrifice, soaked up the stone soaked up the dust and the trench set it up all the water in the trench.why don't you just let it ring. He says in verse 36 you did this, according to your word. The word was given in chapter 18 verse one. Make it rain but between the first one that it was going in verse 36 when it really rained. He promised Raymond verse one shallot, when rain on childbirth 36 right plan and I don't see any rain before I come from, who was because of the sin he had to confront the people who are participating in the sin confront the altar that had been torn down.
So what dealing with the sin. Many at a place on a sacrifice for sin could be dealt with and that he pray for your happiness still calls you plan to early plan before you confronted it and looked at it as a sin traded and drafted spiritually but you call all God needed to write God's promise and waiting for right now, but between the promise and that the process that's me. You will both identify and address if you're not willing to identify the draft said that it will happen and you baby and second things first. Might be a revelation because you not done between the promise and all you're going to send pray pray for me nothing but between the promise and the prayer was a process to address the spiritual call so there might be a cure. Let me say one thing about print. He says answer me oh Lord, so that people will know you are God. This is your name online and I want you to glorify your name.
God is already made you when you gonna let it rain in your life.
Let it rain in your life and what is going A, all deposit down is saying God need to make it right now because of me right now and I want to draw down from now what you have my account that I have right now but you okay now. I left the paperwork have been filled paperwork and the paperwork says that the work done on me. Work gives you the D to make the go to God and say to me oh Lord, I wanted and God is looking for the paperwork that I don't see any confronting a see where you made a choice I don't see where you pick the altar and say what you put on the sacrifice I don't see what you paperwork and UK make a draw on the paperwork.
If there is not because the bank made the provision that you haven't done what is not to be able to close the deal and the pullout you got people in churches everywhere want to make a draw from having no paperwork. God is saying that's needed and when you complete glad to give you the draw made in your town. Somebody ought to be glad that is already there but you need to know.
You need to make a draw close to what happened with the people saw they were on their faces and they said the Lord he is God, the Lord he is God.
In other words, God is now been validated and vindicated because somebody drew it down just talking to God profoundly God based on his word. Having completed the process he's asking to do prayer without the process and get the provision Dr. Tony Evan talking today about the great God of revival the perfect way to build on today's teaching is to request the entire two volume 14 message series called, revive us again as I mentioned earlier, you can get all these lessons on CD and digital download as well as a copy of Tony's powerful and insightful new book, God himself.
All these resources are yours or thank you gift when you contribute toward the work of the urban alternative, you can make all the arrangements by calling our 24 hour resource request line at 1-800-800-3222 or visit us email@example.com when a rocket shoots up into the sky. You know there's something powerful going on inside of it tomorrow. Dr. Evans will explain that the same is true when the believer is lit up by the fire of revival I hope will be back in the alternative, with Dr. Tony have urban alternative is made possible by the generous Confucian listeners like