United Pentecostal Church Mannheim
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Message from the Monthly Flyer from May 2011

Rain or drought?

There was once a time in Israel when there was no rain for a duration of three years. Rivers hardly had any water, there was not enough to water the fields and gardens. Every day was difficult, it was a real problem. Yes, the people prayed, nevertheless, there was no blessing and no answer to their prayers.

They did not know the reason why there was no answer, for they trusted in their priests of Baal. They were the ones who kept them from the truth with their hypocrisy and lovely words. The people prayed one time to God, and another time to the idols of Baal, depending on their mood. They wavered to and fro. God saw how they were - lukewarm, indecisive, boring, confused, and spiritually dead. After three years, God sent them a man who would explain to them what their problem was. How would they respond?

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

• We, each one of us, are standing here like Elijah before the world. We ourselves need to build up the altar of God in our lives, we must put the wood upon it, bring the sacrifice and divide it up, then water it with tears.

• Then the altars of the priests of Baal have already been standing for too long in our country. For too long, they have been calling and playing their role of religion and no blessing has come upon the people.

Thereafter, we can call upon God like Elijah. Then the people do not know the ways of God, the priests of Baal cannot help them. Only then will the fire fall. As a result, the people will know who God is, and they will forsake their useless tradition and throw their idols away. Let us be like Elijah. For now is the time of salvation and God will bless.

Only then, when the fire fell and miracles took place, did the people believe. They forsook their idols and worshipped the One and only God. Then the rain came in abundance and the plague was over. - Therefore, have faith in Jesus Christ and show Him your deeds. rw

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