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

"If the LORD be God, follow him..."

Elijah made this statement on the day that, he challenged the nation Israel about who God is and compelled them to make a decision.

1.Kings 18:21 And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word.

Nobody can completely give himself to something, unless he is convinced that the product, idea, or person is right in his own eyes. In our present day, the world is confused when it concerns God. People are easy prey for the unrighteous, for those who do wrong, and especially for the devil. The task of the enemy is to bring people into corruption by deception, which finally ends with eternal damnation.

Although Israel knew better, yet nonetheless, they did not keep up personal contact with God; and as a result, they lived in the past. Religion became a lifeless matter for them, so that they inclined to follow false doctrines and practices.

We, also, are blessed to recognize the things of God. However, we must protect ourselves from letting our lives be led by circumstances, or the blessings of God, instead of by God Himself. Many things could be the truth, but without an interaction with the God of these truths, they could just be a replacement for God, from whom they emanate.

The challenge today is very great and should be taken seriously, for we are literally surrounded "by every wind of a doctrine", which clamours for our attention and demands that we follow it, doing what it says.

...that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, Ephesians 4:14

We must spend time studying the Bible and in prayer, so that we can resist the evil which is against our soul. If God is really who He says He is, then we should follow Him from our whole hearts. It should not be a sad task being His servant, for in His presence is the fullness of joy.

He requires and deserves our total surrender. Then, as God, there is no-one beside Him who in some particular way can compare to Him, and there is no-one who is even close to doing so either. Nobody is able to do better than He can. He is so gracious and kind to us all, and is patient with our mistakes which we keep making.

We should be happy to serve Him and can consider ourselves blessed to be accepted by Him. sw

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