Freedom in Christ: Choosing to Believe the Truth (Session 2) – Rev Andrew Fitzgerald – 1 Kings 18:17-39

“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”
(1 Kings 18:21b)

We have begun a new teaching series based on the discipleship course, ‘Freedom in Christ’. We may have been Christians for years but do we truly know what it means to have freedom in Christ? And do we live in that freedom today? It is our hope this series will reveal God’s truth and unlock freedom of God in us. The Bible is full of truth but we fail to believe it. Why? 1 Kings 18:17-39 reminds us that everyone believes in something or someone, there are so many claims for truth and we struggle to decipher which one to believe or align ourselves with. The people of God were wavering between two opinions (21) and “abandoned the Lord’s commands” to follow Baal (18). So with audacious confidence, Elijah invited the prophets of Baal to build a sacrifice and call upon their god to prove himself. There was no response and so Elijah did the same, this time drenching the sacrifice with water and calling upon Yahweh to respond and prove himself. He did not disappoint, even licking up water from the trench (38). The people fell prostrate in worship recognising the Lord as God (39). We face different truths today. We have temptation to sway. But we must choose to believe our One True God and His Word, which is truth. As you live each day, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)