7,000 Who have Not Bowed Their Knees

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  • September 16, 2014

7,000 who have not bowed their knee to Baal

In the time of Elijah, it seemed that everyone had turned away from the ways of God. “Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1 Kings 19:18. We are not talking about some wimpy prophet here who runs at every sign of danger. No…we are talking about the great prophet Elijah. He was running from Jezebel. He had done such mighty exploits of God for many years but this battle marked the end of his earthly ministry. The fierceness of the attack took Elijah out.

What I want to highlight this morning is not the attack of Jezebel, that is for another time. I would like to make note that Elijah, who continually moved in the ways of God thought that he was the only one left who had not given in to the religious and political climate of the day. He really believed that he was the only one left doing the work of God. He feared for his life and fled convinced that he was alone in the battle. Have you ever felt that way?
In these recent days we have seen the falling of some very large, powerful and rich ministries. There are now 6 major ministries in the US right now who are under investigation for their financial integrity. These are ministries who have major followings and are seen on TV every week. They are being held accountable for their handling of money. This last week, we heard about the heresy of John Hagee. Everyone in “The Church” has most likely heard of him. There is finally an uprising and speaking against these false teachers and false prophets. It is time to expose these deeds of darkness.

We have been so milked in the “Love Gospel” that we have become so soft and complacent. It reminds of the picture of Jesus with the little lamb on his lap and so kind and cuddly. Is this the picture of Jesus that you see? It is truly a valid picture of the Lord, but it is only a glimpse into the many facet of His character. He is also the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” This is not the picture of a soft, anything goes type of person. A lion roars and has huge, sharp teeth, and claws that can tear whatever it wants apart in seconds. This symbol of a lion represents the “King of the Jungle”. Our Jesus is the “King of Kings” We need to update our desktop wallpaper and start to see the many other facets of Jesus.

Those who adhere to the “Don’t Mention Any Names” syndrome, and just “Love Everybody No Matter What” camp are asleep and need to “Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1. It is time to stop putting bandaids on this apostasy in “Our Church”. We need to take ownership for the shipwreck that is taking place before our eyes. The train derailment needs some help to clean up the mess and get the track repaired so other “righteous trains” can make their way along the track. Do you see this happening today? How many ministries need to fall before we pull the plug on our support and repent of our blindness? What is it going to take to open our blind complacent eyes to the corruption in the church? I’d like to know, wouldn’t you? All of these ministries that are under senate committee investigation preach forms of the “prosperity gospel” Mmmm….

Have you bowed your knee and kissed Baal or will God include you in the camp who have not indulged in these adulterous relationships with Mammon and the god of prosperity and material security? If so, repent before the Lord for following a false doctrine. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9. This is a pretty wonderful promise of restoration, don’t you think?

”The Canaanite god most often referred to is Baal, which means “lord” or “master.” The word could be used as a title for any person who owned something, or any god considered to be a lord or master. But the word Baal soon became identified with various regional gods that were thought to provide fertility for crops and livestock. As a god who symbolized the productive forces of nature, Baal was worshiped with much sensuality” Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary

God is our supplier! He is our everything! When we succumb to “fear of lack” and look for other forms of security, it shows our lack of trust in His provision. It is leaning towards trusting in something other than Jehovah Jireh. The prosperity gospel grabs a hold of us because there are roots in us that want to depend on other things besides our God. Just as the Israelites lived in Egypt for 430 years and learned the ways of Egypt, and then they adopted many of those old ways and indulged in worship of the Egyptian gods, we are similar. How are we similar? We have also lived in the world with it’s convincing sales pitches and brainwashing techniques to adopt the security of it’s systems, in place of the truths of the Bible. James says, “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” James 4:4 It doesn’t get much clearer than this!

In this season of extreme materialism in the shopping malls, please remember that you are a child of God and check your heart to see where your friendship lies, as you walk amongst the frenzied panic of those who urgently need to buy the next gift, before they are all gone. God is the God of peace, love and joy in the Holy Ghost. Be one of the 7,000 who refuses to bow your knee and kiss Baal.

Love and Merry Christmas…Rob and Jody

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