Title: Holy Trouble Makers

The Ecosystem Of Change;                      

Show up-Speak up-Stand up! 

The invisible plurality, the audible name, the visible fire! 

*1 You and God Will Always Be Greater! 

Show up, speak up, stand up with God, and God, for God! 

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only prophet of the Lord who is left, but Baal has 450 prophets.

On one side we have 450 Baal prophets.

 In addition 400 Asherah Prophets. 

On the other side; One prophet of the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph.

It looked like 850 plus a worship band plus the king plus spectators against one. 

To the human eye, it looked like a mismatch.

To the human eye, It looked like one inevitable slaughter. 

To the human eye it looked like there was no possible logical reasonable plausible way for Elijah to obtain a victory. 

But God!

Somebody shout “But God!”

Is there anyone here who can bear witness that it looked impossible…but God! 

Is there anyone here who can testify that when all the doors closed in front of you…but God!

Is there at least one person here who can attest to the fact that you would not even be here today if not for these two powerful words; But God! 

What all the enemies of Elijah and more importantly of God’s truth did not understand is the principle of one plus God will always be greater than ..anything and everything hell and life can send your way! 

One + God > Everything! 

One person carrying God’s promises will always be greater than thousands of life’s problems. 

One person full of faith will always be greater than all the forces full of fear.

One person under the anointing of the Holy Spirit will always be greater than all the armies under Hell’s authority. 

How do we know? 

The Bible says….

If God is for us, who can ever be against us?    Romans 8:31

I’m here to tell you God is for you! 

God is for you! God is for you! God is for you! God is not against you, God is for you! 

God is with you. Matthew 28:20

God is in you. 1 John 2:27

God is for you! Romans 8:31 

I’m here to remind you that…

God is for your faith, family and future!

God is for your dream, your destiny, and your dominion! 

I and of course we serve a multi generational God therefore put a smile on your face because God is for your children, and your children’s children, and your children’s children’s children’s children!

You and God will always be greater than anything hell can send your way!

You and God Will Always Be Greater! 

Show up, speak up, stand up with God, and God, for God! 

*2 The Name! 

Show up, speak up, stand up with the name! 

23 Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. 

24 Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.

Wow! 

Visualize this for a moment. 

Imagine what took place on that day. 

A child of God versus all the advocates of ideologies, social constructs, and worldviews full of lies deception and immorality.

The quintessential old testament standoff.

The rumble in the jungle.

And Elijah looks at all his enemies and he is so confident that he tells them you go first! 

You call upon the name of your god I will call upon the name of my God and the first God that answers with fire wins!

Back then it was about the name. 

Today it’s still about the name.

It’s all about the name!

We find ourselves in the same identical spiritual and moral confrontational moment that Elijah found himself close to 2800 years ago.

The 21st-century is a Mount Carmel century.

On one side we have a lot of people arguably the majority worshipping  Baal, Asherah, the gods of the 21st-century. 

Entire generations have been led astray just like Jezebel, Ahab and the people of Israel worshiping the 21st-century versions of Baal, Asherah; worshiping  the God of the cancel culture, the God of wokeism, the god of sexual immorality, the God of gender, the God of race, the god of relativism, the god of victimization, the god of fear, the god of offense, The god of unforgiveness and unbelief. 

Oh but praise be to God, just like the days of Elijah, there is still a holy remnant that will not bow!

Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. Romans 11:2-5

There is a remnant that’s still believes that the name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous run into that name in there they are saved. Proverbs 18:10There is a remnant that still believes that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved! Acts 2:21
There is a remnant that still believes that there is no other name given to man through by which one can be saved but THE NAME! 

There is a remnant that’s still believes that there is a name above every other name. 

Philippians 2:9-11

“Therefore God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the mention of the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of those in heaven, those on earth and those under the earth and that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the Glory of God the Father.”

There is a remnant that’s still believes that there is power in the name of Jesus!

There is power in the name of Jesus!

There is power in the name of Jesus! 

There is power in that name. 

There is salvation in that name. 

There is deliverance in that name. 

There is healing in that name. 

There is breakthrough in that name. 

There is abundant life in that name. 

There is eternal life in that name. 

There is new life in that name.

There is health in that name. 

There is holiness in that name.

This is not just any other name.

This is the name ABOVE! 

This is the name in top of, the name that rules over, this is the name over every other name.

The name above Covid. 

The name above cancer. 

The name above every disease. 

The name above every sin. 

The name above every failure. 

The name above every heartbreak. 

The name above every lie.

The name that has more authority than any generational curse.

The name more powerful than any physiological predisposition.

And the day is coming, I said the day is coming, I said the day is coming, I said the day is coming what everyone and everything will be able to that name.

Every Ahab will bow. 

Every Jezebel will bow. 

Every Baal will bow.

Every George Washington Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. will bow and so will every Ghangis Khan, Lenin and Hitler bow!

Every GED will bow and every PhD will bow. 

Every Angel will bow and every demon will bow.

Every Democrat will bow and every Republican bow! 

Every generation will bow. Every gender will bow.

Everyone who has ever lived will bow and declare what we declare in this house every single Sunday, what we declare every day of our lives through our testimony-never ending expressions of truth in love; 

Jesus Christ is Lord of all! 

The Name! 

Show up, speak up, stand up with the name! 

*3 Fire!

Show up, speak up stand up with the fire of the Holy Spirit! 

24 Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.

Wow! 

Out of all the elements and all the signs Elijah decides that the best demonstration of the sovereignty of God can best be captured through the exhibition of his fire. 

Why fire? 

When Adam and Eve failed in the garden God protected the garden with a sword on fire. 

When Moses first heard the word of God gods voice it was through a bush that was set on fire. 

When Gideon assembled his army to confront the Midianite marauders they each carried a pitcher and inside that pitcher was a torch that was set on fire. 

When the Hebrew boys in the book of Daniel refused to bow, God showed up and protected them in the midst of a furnace filled with fire! 

Why fire?

Hebrews 12:29

Our God is a consuming fire. 

Our God is a devouring fire.

Holy fire changes everything! 

Matthew 3:11

We need a church on fire! We need questions on fire! We need worship on fire! We need preaching on fire! We need families on fire!

Samuel Rodriguez New Season-Lead PastorNHCLC President/CEOAuthor “From Survive to Thrive”Exec. Producer “Breakthrough” Movie