1 Kings 13:1-34

1 Kings 13:1-34

1 Kings 13:9Vintage message from January 30, 2000.

This is the lesson that God, I believe, wants all of us to learn… We turn to friends oftentimes when we’re in trouble, we turn to friends when we’re struggling, we turn to pastors, we turn to people of importance, people that we think we can trust. But understand something. If you have not turned to God first and foremost, you have not turned to the right place. If you’re struggling with something, you know what? I’m more than happy to pray with you, and I know there are many people in this room who are happy to pray with you, but the only thing that really matters is, what has God told you to do? What does God expect of you? And you know what? God never contradicts His own Word. It doesn’t change…

God’s Word is true. God does not change His mind. God has a plan, and that plan is going to happen. God just simply asks for us to be aware of what’s there in His Word… There are simple things within God’s Word that He has asked of us, and the only way you won’t know of it is if you don’t read His Word. And let me tell you something. You have a responsibility…to read and know what’s in God’s Word…

God is looking for men and women whose hearts will be devoted, given fully to Him, who takes His word seriously, who takes serving Him seriously… Throughout history God has tried to say to His people, “I love you. I want relationship with you. I want to use you, and I want men who are going to be faithful to Me,” but that faithfulness is found in repentance and seeking forgiveness for our sin, not in what we do… And it’s in that seeking forgiveness that we become faithful to God. It’s in seeking that forgiveness that we become men and women that God can truly use, because He’s sending us into a world of faithlessness. He’s sending us into a world where there’s altars that are built to worship other gods. And those gods are meaningless, and God knows this, we know this, but the people who worship them have no clue…

I don’t expect any of you to be perfect. I’m not perfect. God knows you’re not perfect… God didn’t expect man to be perfect when He sought man out for love relationship… [We need to] look at our lives and see the areas where we have fallen short and simply say, “God, I have fallen short. Deal with it in me, and help me to be faithful to You to come to You the next time I fall short. Make Your Word clear to me. Allow me to be as faithful as I can to Your Word. Let me be an example and a witness.”

Pastor Dave Elkins