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Event:  Pastors Notes Part 13
Date:  Mon, August 17, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  The Trouble and The Troublemaker: 1 Kings 18:1-18
Ecclesiastes 1:9 "...there is nothing new under the sun." History repeats itself because mankind fails to learn from it. The cycle of unrighteousness maybe broken for a period, and then a new generation rises only to repeat it. An example of this is the Ninevites. At the preaching of Jonah they repented but futures generations reverted back to their evil ways and God judged them. The Israelites repeated this pattern, often. The Book of Judges illustrates this vicious cycle. No sooner was the godly leader gone that the people reverted back to their sinful ways. A generation experienced the chastisement of God before they returned to Him, wholeheartedly. The Bible makes it very clear that God will not be mocked. Everyone reaps what they sow(Gal.6:7-8). We need to learn from past experiences (Rom. 15:4). After all, that is why God left us such a record. We must avoid the same mistakes, while practicing the ways pleasing to God ( Deut. 28 ). No one can escape the consequences of their choices, good or bad. What compounds the problems is the lack of genuine repentance by those who do wrong. Without repentance and brokenness before God, sufferings increase. The drought lasted 3 1/2 years. There was no National repentance, no turning from idolatry and immoral living. God's prophets were being slaughtered and the righteous persecuted. Whenever a nation turns his back on God and follows evil, values get twisted, life is cheapen, lawlessness prevails and the result is chaoes,turmoil and sufferings. Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to its people." Under the leadership of Ahab and Jezabel, the Israelites were following Baal and destroying the worship of Yahweh. So when God's prophet meets up with the king, he is blamed for the trouble in Israel. Sin had blinded the king and causes him to blame Elijah. He and his household were responsible for the deplorable conditions in the nations, but he is in denial. It's always easier to blame others for the problems, but it doesn't solve them. Until we own up to our actions and decisions, there will not be any forgiveness,restoration and reconciliation ( Prov. 28:13). David and Peter sinned greatly,but they also repented greatly and that is why they were restored and employed by God in His service. Those who are in denial and continue to harden their hearts toward God, will be destroyed, like Pharaoh of old. Ahab was morally perverted. He called evil good and good evil. He saw himself as righteous but Elijah as unrighteous. It was the exact opposite. He was the trouble and Elijah was the troublemaker. Ahab was following the devil, but Elijah followed Yahweh and the two clashed. When God's light shines through you, don't expect those who are in darkness and who embrace it, to welcome you. Instead they will persecute you. If you represent God and speak His word, expect trouble ( Jer.26:8-9;38:4; Amos 7:10; Acts 17:6;24:5). But keep in mind that God supports and defends His people (2Tim. 4;16-18). The way Christ was treated is the same way that His followers will be treated ( Mt. 5:11-12). There is a price to pay for following Jesus, but the reward is eternal. If you are causing trouble to the devil and his kingdom, you are on the right path. God has your back and will defend and deliver you. You are on the winning team.