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Last week West Side conducted our annual Vacation Bible School program. We had a terrific week with many children learning about God. The theme line for the week was God Helps Us Stand Strong. Over and over again we heard the phrase Stand Strong. I have heard it so much that it slipped its way into my sermon last Sunday and it is the overall theme of my sermon this Sunday. With that thought on the brain it was easy to navigate to that idea when reading about Elijah this morning.
Elijah took many risks on behalf of God. He went to Ahab and told him that God was going to shut of the rain from the sky for three years. He went and lived in the valley until the water dried up. He boldly asked for bread from the widow. He raised her son back to life. He stood on Mount Carmel and prayed a simple prayer to God. He ordered all the prophets of Baal killed. He stood before God at Mt. Horeb. To do any of those things, to stand strong, Elijah had to know that God was standing with him.
Do you know that and do you believe that? God is standing with you and because God is standing with you … you can stand strong. When culture tells you to do one thing, but God tells you another, remember you can stand strong. When sin is inviting remember with God you can stand strong. When you want to share your faith, but are nervous, God tells you to stand strong. Elijah had the same power of God beside him that you and I have today. So Stand Strong!