Hope in the New Year
1 Kings 18; Romans 13:11-14
- How long will you go on limping in your response to God? – Elijah was speaking to people who had been going through a difficult time, but he did not show sympathy for their troubles, he challenged their faith and relationship with God and who He is. The issue was who did they think God was. There was no justification for their wobbling faith. He told them that a faltering response to God was not acceptable. Elijah called the people to wake up and take hold of who God is. When we allow our faith to falter we rob God, quench the Holy Spirit and miss out on the expansive blessings of Christ. We need to have a consistent and wholehearted relationship with God.
- Elijah repaired the alter – We need to repair the alter of God in our lives. God’s nature and purpose in placing a spark of grace within us is for us to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 2:6-7; Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:1). We need to examine our lives. What are we allowing into our lives that hinders our growth in Christ (Romans 13:14)? Do not be content with just a spark of God, seek a blaze!