Spirit of Elijah - Part 2

    

     Last week we saw that the spirit and power of Elijah will bring with it a call of repentance and it will also bring a quickening to the Church to humbly prepare.  We must be ready for a mighty move of God’s Holy Spirit.  That move will bring the revival we all long to see – a revival in the world, within our churches, and in our own hearts.   I believe that before God releases this spirit and power to the Church to quicken the dead in spirit, we will be called to be a part of the greatest realignment in Church History.  We will be called to rebuild old walls, reset old foundations, and restore the house to its original intent of which we are living stones in the House of Our God!  This does not simply mean to put back the old ways as to reminisce of days gone by, ways that are not of this time.  But it does mean we are to assess and lay again the foundations and boundaries that, for many, have long been abandoned.

 

To Restore All Things

     Elijah and John the Baptist faced the highest cost when they confronted sin and perversion in leadership.  When sin is performed by those in leadership, it provokes a nation to follow them on that path.  If not corrected, the nation will be judged by God.  Elijah tasked Ahab to arise and call the nation to repent from worshiping and following the prophets of Baal which his wife Jezebel had promoted and served.  Elijah was calling the King to worship the one true God and to put down false worship.  John the Baptist also called for the people to repent and to turn away from sin to follow the one true God.  Elijah confronted Jezebel who had used her husband’s authority to kill, steal, and destroy – all the while promoting sexual rituals in the worship of Baal.  As recorded in Matthew 14, John encouraged Herod to turn away from an elicit marriage that he had arranged with his sister-in-law, Herodias.  Herod was the sitting king of a conquered nation and was in an adulterous relationship with his brother’s wife.  John was ultimately beheaded as a result of Herodias’ deceit and Elijah failed in his attempt to overcome Jezebel. 

     These are in fact accounts of weak men and the women who used them for their own gain – but this is not the greatest lesson from these verses.  It is true that God, for His own reasons, places a sovereign responsibility on men to rule well but one need only look at Judges 4 to read of Deborah who, as a Judge in Israel, had to work with a weak military commander named Barak, as well as, Jael who had to work around her complacent husband to bring about a deliverance for the nation.  These accounts are more about leaders who failed to lead while allowing sexual sin to be modeled in a nation which was to represent a standard of God’s righteousness, all the while ignoring the worship of God in order to worship other more convenient things. 

     Elijah, John the Baptist, and the ones who are ‘to come and restore all things’, are all focused on the restoration of an awareness of sin, of righteousness and of judgement.  Holy Spirit will work through them in powerful ways to bring this about as mentioned in John 16:8 -

And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:

     They will have a heart towards the next generation that prepares a stable foundation of righteousness and honor to God which will continue for many generations after them.  They are not interested in building a position for themselves but for God-honoring security for those who follow after them.  Those who are coming are going to make the low places high (downtrodden set free), and the high places low (pride and arrogance removed), to call for a straight and narrow way that leads to righteousness – then the end will come.

 

Restored Foundations

     Our churches today are filled with people who are seeking social acceptance rather acceptance from the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life for them.  A social gospel has been bought and sold by millions which is nothing more than a feel-good message that keeps people in darkness ever struggling for acceptance from church, church leaders, church members and all those around them.  When the ‘feel good’ goes away, they are left distraught and weary of the Church and the Savior who has been wrongfully portrayed to them.  They, like all of us, must come to Jesus as we are, humble and broken and in need of forgiveness and a Savior and ready to receive Holy Spirit’s power within to overcome the old life, to walk in the new life, and to have victory over hell, death, and the grave and all that sin brings with it.

     To come in the spirit and power of Elijah is to come with a love for the people, a hatred of sin,  and a surrendering to Holy Spirit’s intent to help the world understand sin, repentance, and judgment.  Before the end comes, before revival fires flare, the Church and the world will hear a clear call to repent.

     Let this not be missed in the above mentioned accounts of Elijah and John the Baptist.  Marriage is the ultimate example that God uses to portray His Son and His Bride, which is the Church.  Our enemy, the devil, knows the imagery of marriage better than we do.  The devil through world systems is attacking marriage and all that it stands for. 

     Any sexual relationship that is different from the Biblical definition of marriage is a lie.  It does not matter if it is adultery, fornication, of any other expression of passion and fulfillment – it is contrary to God’s intended plan for mankind.  It is time for the Church to quit winking at some, working through others, and lambasting the rest.  Anything different from God’s design is sin and until sin is called sin in the churches, salvation is incomplete and sorrow remains short of repentance.  It is time for the ones who are called in the ‘spirit and power of Elijah’ to arise and confront the wickedness of the day.  There will be no evil in their hearts but neither will cowardice be found.  They will walk in a love undeniable and history will record their victories.

     And again, I leave you with Malachi - this time from The Message -

5-6 But also look ahead: I’m sending Elijah the prophet to clear the way for the Big Day of God—the decisive Judgment Day! He will convince parents to look after their children and children to look up to their parents. If they refuse, I’ll come and put the land under a curse.  (Malachi 4:5-6 The Message)

    

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