Who Is The Trouble Maker? Evans Olang

1Kings 18:1-45, “17 Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals.”

imageWhenever you are dealing with happenings, we need to get to the starting point, the root. Without understanding the starting point, finger pointing can easily be done. In our day, people are finger pointing politicians, mother nature, religious leaders, young people, Hollywood etc. In the midst of finger pointing, we try to deal with the symptoms ignoring to address the bigger issue lying underneath those symptoms.

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He Is Not Done With You, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

1Kings 19:1-3, “.. And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life…”

Elijah’s encountering with the prophets of Baal is a very interesting story in the fact that he was so zealous for the Lord. He challenged the prophets of Baal as one man to prove to them all who the real God was. In other words, 1 man against 450 prophets of Baal. They were all prophets only that one was a true prophet of God and someone had to challenge the theology of the rest. Continue reading

Learn His Ways Of Expecting Conceived Blessings, Evans Olang

1Kings 18:41-45, “Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’”

God answers prayers, I am a firm believer of that, He amazes me as to how He does answer prayers. If you are going to expect a miracle from God, don’t be surprised if He does it in a way you never imagined. He is a God of surprises therefore you have to know HIS WAYS to know when He is moving. The bible says in Psalm 103:7, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel”. Many only rejoice in the acts of God and that is okay but knowing His acts limits you to understanding how He does things. Moses was not frustrated when God was not acting, He knew God’s ways to know how and when God would move. Continue reading

A Righteous Judgment, Pastor Phil Sessa

2Chronicles 19:5-7, “5Then he set judges in the land throughout all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, 6 and said to the judges, “Take heed to what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord, who is with you in the judgment. Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.”

Have you ever stood before a judge? This can be quite an intimidating thing, knowing a judge can make a decision that will affect you being innocent or guilty on a matter. A judge is to base their decision on the law. King Jehoshaphat made a real mess of things during his reign. Therefore, “…Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat (king of Judah), “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you. 3Nevertheless good things are found in you, in that you have removed the wooden images from the land, and have prepared your heart to seek God.” The prophet condemned the alliance of King Jehoshaphat with King Ahab (King of Israel) as Israel was divided into north and south. In the days following King Ahab’s evil rule in Israel, God raised up Jehu (see 2Kings 9:2) to completely destroy Ahab’s descendants. Jehoshaphat upon hearing from the Prophet Jehu set up judges, and instructed them to focus on three things: Continue reading

The Depressed Need Deep Rest, Evans Olang

1Kings 19:1-10, “2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, … 4 … And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

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One area I have noticed that cripple believers is the area of depression, of course this is something that plagues mankind. I see many on medication to suppress or treat depression. Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us have felt this way at one time or another for short or longer periods of time. True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. For this reason I think it is one major cause for suicide. Continue reading

And The Brook Dried Up, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

1Kings 17:1-7, “6 The ravens brought him bread in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook, 7, “And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land”.

In the midst of the drought, God provided for Elijah and I believe Elijah may have been content and comfortable with God’s provision, however after a while the brook dried up. While the means stopped, the provision by other means did not. Continue reading

And The Brook Dried Up, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

1Kings 17:1-7, “6 The ravens brought him bread in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook, 7, “And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land”.

It is often easy to talk about God’s provision, our common king size problem is the aspect of waiting. God’s strategy and time table is different from ours. We know this for sure from Isaiah 55:8&9, “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my way, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways“. When you think that everything is out of control, He is in control, nothing escapes Him. Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in His time”. We need to understand that it’s His time that counts and not ours. Continue reading

Strike Again, Evans Olang

Daniel 10:12, “Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.

We live in time where everything is needed in a hurry. Talk about fast food restaurants, you drop in and get what you want, how you want it and fast. If the process is delayed even a little, frustrations are noticed. We cannot work with God in the same manner, His times are not our times. God sees far beyond what you and I see in the natural and knows what is best. You have to keep on knocking, seeking, asking. It is God’s way or no way as simple as that.

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The Sound Of Abundance Of Rain, 4of4, Evans Olang

1Kings 18:21-43, “41 Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” 42 So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, 43 and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”

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It is hard to understand God’s ways but He sure can be trusted. I do not think Elijah expected the blessing of the rain to delay, after all, he called on God earlier for fire and from heaven it immediately came. Waiting for the rain appeared to be taking long. He could not doubt God’s Word to make it happen. He had enough trust in God to take Him at His Word. Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”, Romans 3:4, “…let God be true but every man a liar”. When you know God’s ways rather than His works, you can choose to trust when it does not make sense, when it is not clear or even when things seem delayed. God can be trusted. Continue reading