Does God meet with your approval?
1Kings 19-20 / Romans 7-9

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OT

19:11-13 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

NT

7:4-6 So this is the point: The law no longer holds you in its power, because you died to its power when you died with Christ on the cross. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, you can produce good fruit, that is, good deeds for God. When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died with Christ, and we are no longer captive to its power. Now we can really serve God, not in the old way by obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way, by the Spirit.


OT Flash Points

 

Elijah runs for his life after great victories over Baal & Ahab
God’s attempt to show Himself to Ahab is rejected

NT Flash Points

Death negates the Law’s authority
Because you died with Christ, it no longer holds you in its power
God freed us from slavery to our independent, isolated nature
Nothing has the power, without our help, to separate us from God & His grace
Nothing has the power, without our willful complicity, to condemn us


Perspective

If you must approve whom you serve, you only serve yourself
Pursue God in faith, not based on approval
Live the freedom He has bought for you
Plug in and let His grace flow freely through you


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