“Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.”
Memory Verse: “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”I Corinthians 16:13
Most times in life we associate crowd (the mentality of strength in numbers) with being loved but it’s not usually so, in most cases this is far from the truth. Many of us love people cheering us up and although strength is gathered from knowing people are backing us but only the person who wears the shoes knows where it actually hurts. Numbers don’t necessary signify victory as sometimes all the generate is noise and not a voice. All the noise does is distract you from making clear decisions necessary for both spiritual and physical growth.
As a child of God, the struggle is real when we find ourselves in situations and circumstances that forces us to make a decision wither to obey the voice of God which is usually not in a very straight way or follow the crowd which is mostly very easy to do and likewise enticing.
These decisions vary from really little things like spending time in the pub with friends while bible study may be happening in church on the same day to really tough decisions like giving your all to someone who is in desperate needs or deciding between what is good and what is the right and will of God.
Daniel is a great example of an individual who not only believed in God but understood what it meant to have unconditional love for God. Daniel choose standing alone for Christ even when it meant facing the consequences of being thrown in the lion’s den. Every time Daniel made a choice to stand alone, God made a choice to rescue him and prosper Him. Daniel 6:3
Joseph in Genesis 39:6-23 is another example of someone who knew His God and understood the promises of God for his life. Despite all Potiphar’s wife’s attempts, Joseph refused her and even after being punished for that which he was innocent for, he stood for Christ.
When David was to face Goliath, He Knew his God and stood alone against the enemy and according to our bible reading today, Elijah did same, standing alone against the prophets of Baal.
Salvation is not a group exercise; you cannot afford to follow the crowd. The bible warns us to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” Philippians 2:12. Some people join the multitude to do evil because of the fear of standing alone. Even if it means living a sin they refuse to be set apart because of the fear of feeling like an outcast but I encourage you today to stand for God regardless.
It’s totally Ok to stand alone for your strength and assurance do not come from any man. One with God is majority.
- Father I thank you for your grace and favor, you are a good Father
- Help me from today to stand apart for you, to differentiate myself from the crowd
- Let it be evident that I am in Christ and Christ is in me.
- I receive the zeal and divine empowerment to be a good example unto others and win souls to Christ instead of standing with the crowd in sin.
- Forgive me of my shortcomings o Lord and help me to live above sin
- Receive my sacrifice of praise for in Jesus mighty name I pray, AMEN.