Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Jul 11, 2020

It Ain’t Over - In the Cave #1

 Opening Scripture: I Kings 19:9-18

As we get into the Word of God today can we celebrate the NEXT STEPS TEAM for all they do.

As we look at 2020, six months have never felt longer and if a year could ever have a “do over” it would be the year of 2020. But as bad as we want to write off 2020 and move on to the next year. I know I heard God say “It Ain’t Over!”

If God said “It Ain’t Over!” then we have 2 choices because “You and I cannot stop a move of God, we can only miss a move of God.”

This morning I am hoping that we will turn our eyes back to the Covenant and away from the chaos.

 

Our choices are to cower in cave or trust in our Covenant.

 

One might ask why some prayers seem to stir up an immediate response from God, while others seem to take a lifetime? Although life may feel stuck, God knows how to stir us up in times of stagnanation. But while some may sense a stirring other feel broken, beat up and are at your breaking point.

The great thing about the breaking point is that only 2 things can happen; it will either break you or bring breakthrough.

YOU Decide!

 

I Kings 19:9-18

There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 

11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.  13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 14 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 15 And the Lord said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus. And when you arrive, you shall anoint Hazael to be king over Syria. 16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place. 17 And the one who escapes from the sword of Hazael shall Jehu put to death, and the one who escapes from the sword of Jehu shall Elisha put to death. 18 Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

 

How many of you have ever been at a breaking point? Everything and everyone has a breaking point. Elijah had met his breaking point. Whenever I am at my breaking point I realize my covenant of priority has become a secondhand emotion.

 

Secondhand Emotion

Emotion - Comes from the French word emovoir - to stir up

            Root word is “motion” to be moved to motion.

            Moved to tears, moved to make a difference, moved to laughter

  1. Emotions are great, but emotions were never meant to be decision makers.
  2. Emotions are beneficial because they add to the experience but now all we want is emotional experiences.
  3. Because we have let emotions move us we have a mindset that they will move God.

 

Many of us read the Bible with Love being an Emotion and not a Covenant.

***If we read the Bible and live our Christian Faith from this view point of the “Emotion of Love” rather than the “Covenant of Love” then we need to change our verbiage from Christian Faith to Christian Emotion.

I just gave many of you the answer to why our “Christian Faith” doesn’t work. Because it was never Faith, it was Emotion.

 

So how do we go from a “Secondhand Emotion” to a “Firsthand Covenant?”

People who do not understand that love is more than an emotion fail to fully cross over to understand the word Covenant. Therefore, we relegate the seriousness of a Covenant to a mere contract.

 

Contract – A contract is where two parties agree about a certain issue in which stipulations are given, agreement is reached, ratification and signing of the document by both parties occurs, then you become legally bound by the stipulations of the contract.

 

Covenant - A covenant includes a contract, but it involves a relationship, with the priority being the relationship not the contract. 

This is why buying a car is different than marrying your spouse.

I don’t have to like you to enter into a contract with you to buy a car. In fact, many of us have never met the person we are in contract with. A mediator (salesperson) negotiated, set up the terms, helped you sign the contract and we have never met the finance company.  

 

Now, when I married my wife, I wanted the relationship so much that I willingly signed the contract to bring our relationship to a heavenly standard and not a worldly standard.

 

I Kings 19:9-10

There he came to a cave and lodged in it. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very jealous for the Lord, the God of hosts. For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” 

 

Our choices are to cower in cave or trust in our Covenant. Now I say this with great caution, because God gave Elijah the same question two times.

Has God ever asked you something twice? This is when God began to move His mantel from Elijah and rise up 3 other people who would do what he wouldn’t.

Don’t miss your moment! It Ain’t Over!

 

Three Covenant Killers: Blame, Bitter, Be Aware

Blame:

Elijah said I am here because they have forsaken the covenant. Some of us would rather preach a message of blame in a cave to no one, than to stand on our Covenant with someone.

 

Bitter:

The key to your covenant is not recounting what’s wrong but to start counting what’s right.

Elijah was bitter. He told God, have been jealous for you and they have forsaken you.

When you spend time recounting what is wrong you are forsaking the promise of the covenant that He’ll make all things right.

Romans 8:28 “28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

 

Be Aware:

“Keeping it real” is a phrase we all have said. We said it as an excuse to set aside covenant because we just want an emotional release for a moment. 

But “Covenant - Keeping It Real” is separating how you perceive something and how it covenantally is.

 

This morning I am hope that we will turn our eyes back to the Covenant and away from the chaos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It Matters

The title of this message is “It Matters” because covenants are so important for these 3 reasons:

  1. Marriage Covenant is a legal relationship established by God.

If it is established by God, it can only be undone by God. Now we like that with Christianity but not so much in marriage. So, if you got married and the blessing of the covenant is in God the earthly judge can’t undo a heavenly covenant.

 

  1. Covenants function under authority.

It is not about what “he wants” or “she wants”. It is about what God wants in your marriage. We have mortgages, payments and credit card debt because of what the “he or she” wanted then ask God the bless it.

Authority means there is submission or giving up of one’s will.

 

  1. Covenants are only entered under the penalty of death.

This means, we only enter a covenant, knowing that the only way out is one of us has to die or if it is broken the penalty is death.  

This is why many second marriages don’t succeed. Because the covenant was broken for and unbiblical reason so man, a judge, separated but God didn’t. So, when the covenant was broke part of you died.

Don’t lose hope!!! You can experience resurrection and life.

 

This is the beauty of Christ. We deserved to die because we broke covenant with the penalty being death. But Christ stepped into our place of death and was crucified for us. With that sacrifice we can get back into the Covenant of Love by Faith in Him.

 

 

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