Title: I Am Here! Here Comes Trouble!
1 Kings 18 NLT1 Later on, in the third year of the drought, the Lord said to Elijah, “Go and present yourself to King Ahab. Tell him that I will soon send rain!” 

So Elijah went to appear before Ahab.

Meanwhile, the famine had become very severe in Samaria. 

So Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of the palace. (Obadiah was a devoted follower of the Lord. 

Once when Jezebel had tried to kill all the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had hidden 100 of them in two caves. He put fifty prophets in each cave and supplied them with food and water.)

Ahab said to Obadiah, “We must check every spring and valley in the land to see if we can find enough grass to save at least some of my horses and mules.” 

So they divided the land between them. Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.

As Obadiah was walking along, he suddenly saw Elijah coming toward him. Obadiah recognized him at once and bowed low to the ground before him. “Is it really you, my lord Elijah?” he asked.

“Yes, it is,” Elijah replied. “Now go and tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.’”

“Oh, sir,” Obadiah protested, “what harm have I done to you that you are sending me to my death at the hands of Ahab? 

10 For I swear by the Lord your God that the king has searched every nation and kingdom on earth from end to end to find you. And each time he was told, ‘Elijah isn’t here,’ King Ahab forced the king of that nation to swear to the truth of his claim. 

11 And now you say, ‘Go and tell your master, “Elijah is here.”’

12 But as soon as I leave you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you away to who knows where. When Ahab comes and cannot find you, he will kill me. Yet I have been a true servant of the Lord all my life. 

13 Has no one told you, my lord, about the time when Jezebel was trying to kill the Lord’s prophets? I hid 100 of them in two caves and supplied them with food and water.

 14 And now you say, ‘Go and tell your master, “Elijah is here.”’ Sir, if I do that, Ahab will certainly kill me.”

15 But Elijah said, “I swear by the Lord Almighty, in whose presence I stand, that I will present myself to Ahab this very day.”

16 So Obadiah went to tell Ahab that Elijah had come, and Ahab went out to meet Elijah. 

17 When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”

*1 I AM HERE! 

“Yes, it is,” Elijah replied. “Now go and tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.’”

Three dangerous words.

Three life altering words.

Three words the enemy of your God ordained purpose, Christ purchased destiny, and Spirit empowered faith does not want to hear come out of your mouth; “I am here!”

After three years of exile, after three years of Ahab and Jezebel looking for him, and it wasn’t for a cuddle, Elijah steps out from under the shadow to declare “I am here!”

He showed up. He said, “I am here!” 

Do you want everything to change around you?

Do you want to be more than an inspiration?

Do you want to see transformation? 

Are you tired of going around in the desert of mediocrity and conformity? 

Do you want real, measurable, and permanent change?

Then it begins with one simple step; show up!

You must show up!

In your family, you must show up. 

With your children, you must show up. 

In your church, you must show up.

In our culture, you must show up.

In your school board meeting, you must show up.

In the things that matter most to you, you must show up.

Every generation’s success or failure hinges upon God’s children showing up.

When God’s people show up everything changes!

Did you hear that?

History is made by men and women who dare to show up!

When the Israelites stood captive in Egypt Moses showed up.

When it was time to occupy the promised land, Joshuah showed up.

When the marauders stoles the harvest, Gideon showed up!

When the Babylonians demanded the worship of a false ideology, but Hebrew boys showed up.

And when Heaven required a perfect holy sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins, Jesus showed up!

It’s time to show up!

I said it’s time to show up!

Yet it’s important to note that in the age of smart phones, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and so many technological distractions; showing up no longer just means physical presence. 

You can be physically present and not show up. 

You can be physically present and distracted. 

You can be physically present and focused on other things. 

Showing up requires you to be present physically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and even financially. 

The prophet Elijah teaches us that there will never be change unless you show up first.

Change begins when you show up. 

Life begins when you show up.

The culture will change when the church shows up.

It’s time to show up! 

But here it is, just like Elijah had many forces that did not want him to show up, there are hostile thoughts and spiritual principalities that do not want you to show up. 

Covid does not want you to show up. 

Fear does not want you to show up. 

Depression does not want you to show up. 

Anxiety does not want you to show up. 

Your past doesn’t want you to show up. 

Sin does not want you to show up. 

There are demons legions principalities powers of darkness evil rulers in high places that do not want you to show up. Ephesians 6:12 

But just like Elijah, driven by the Spirit of the living God, this is the day, this is the season where you are declaring the same identical words; Words that set free a generation and transformed a nation with the power of the living God; I am here!

Today is the day! 

Tell your neighbor “Today is that day! I am about to release those three dangerous words..!” 

We have a message, you have a message, I have a message;

For every lie of the enemy, for every hostile force, for every adversarial reality, for every pain we have suffered, for all the hell we have been through, for every war we have fought and every battle we have survived, for every valley we have crawled through and every flood we had to overcome;

I AM HERE! 

They thought they got rid of me, I am here!

They thought they would never see me again, I am here! 

They thought my best days were behind me, I am here!

They talked about me, I am here. 

They trolled me. I am here. 

They posted about me. I am here. 

They canceled me. I am here! 

Hey Covid, I am here! 

Hey depression, I am here! 

Hey anxiety, I am here! 

Hey temptation, I am here!

Hey failure, I am here! 

Hey Sin, I am here! 

Hey devils demons legions principalities and powers of darkness I am here! 

Hey generational curses I am here! 

Hey broken relationships I am here! 

Hey suicidal thoughts, I am here! 

Hey abuse, I am here! 

Hey divorce, I am here! 

Hey haters, I am here!

Hey cancel culture, I am here!

Hey old me, I am here!

Hey Hell, I am right here! 

But by the grace of God, I am what I am, …1Corinthians 15:10

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Is there anyone today in this auditorium or streaming around the world that has the spirit of Elijah? 

Is there anyone here or in Los Angeles or streaming around the world that with the spirit of Elijah which is the spirit of the living God which through the blood of Jesus is now the spirit of the risen Christ,

Is there anyone here with enough holy courage to look at everything that attempted to hold you back, sit you down, shut you up, and keep you away from living out God’s holy and beautiful purpose in your life enough to open up your mouth today and shout “I am here!”? 

Let the 21st century Elijah’s shout, I AM HERE! 

TYN: I am here!

Someone praise like you are here! 

Worship like you are here! 

Pray like you are here! 

Shout like you are here!

Live like you are here! 

Give it like you are here! 

Serve like you are here! 

Love like you are here!

I AM HERE! 

And by the way I’m not just here to occupy space. 

I’m not here to post on social media. 

I’m not here to take selfie’s.

I’m not here to whine about the world.

I’m here to pray down heaven and crash the gates of hell. 

I am here to do the will of God, live out the word of God, and walk perfectly in the way that is God Jesus Christ.

I’m here to live an abundant life, the life that Jesus purchased for me.

I’m here to thrive through the finish work of Jesus Christ.

I am here to see my entire family saved.

I am here to occupy ALL OF GOD’s Promises! 

I am here to show you Ahab, Jezebel, Baal, and the old version of me that greater is he that is in me then he that is in the world.

I am here to demonstrate that NOTHING can separate me from the love of God.

I AM HERE! 

Therefore I declare upon you and your children and your children’s children; 

Your hiding days are over. 

Your exile days are over. 

Your desert days are over.

Btw: Jesus had a very well defined I AM HERE moment; 

He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ Luke 13:32

Just like Elijah and Jesus it’s time for the church to rise up and declare We are HERE! 

We are here to lay hands on the sick and cast out demons. 

We are here to declare that Jesus is the only way.

We are here to preach the word in and out of season

We are here to confront every lie with the truth. 

We are here to replace  hatred with love.

I am here!

We are here! 

We are here to change the world! 

*2 This is Your New Reputation; The Holy Spirit Takes Care of You! 

12 But as soon as I leave you, the Spirit of the Lord will carry you away to who knows where. When Ahab comes and cannot find you, he will kill me. Yet I have been a true servant of the Lord all my life. 

I know the Holy Ghost takes care of you. This will be the testimony of the people that know you.

I know the Holy Ghost takes care of you. 

I know the Holy Ghost takes care of your family. 

I know the Holy Ghost takes care of your going in and you’re coming out.

I know the Holy Spirit got you. 

I know it was the Holy Spirit that hid you.

I know when people can’t find you is because you’re under the shadow of the Almighty. 

Oh I know God favors you. 

I know God has your back. 

I know God is with you, God is in you, God is for you.

We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 

1 John 5:18

(My Chiapas Story) Or my South Africa airline jet story

*Let the holy troublemakers please stand up! 

16 So Obadiah went to tell Ahab that Elijah had come, and Ahab went out to meet Elijah. 

17 When Ahab saw him, he exclaimed, “So, is it really you, you troublemaker of Israel?”

Here comes trouble! 

Do you know of a troublemaker and your family? Were you the trouble maker?

The moment the king of Israel saw the prophet he said here comes trouble.

We need some holy troublemakers to rise up!

But Pastor is that biblical?


Not finding them there, they dragged out Jason and some of the other believers instead and took them before the city council. “Paul and Silas have caused trouble all over the world,” they shouted, “and now they are here disturbing our city, too. Acts 17:6

To this broken world when we preach holiness that’s trouble. 

To this broken world when we preach that every single person carries the image of God that’s trouble. 

To this broken the world when we preach biblical sexuality that’s trouble. 

To this broken world when we declare that Jesus is the only way for eternal life that’s trouble. 

To this broken world would when we teach that it is better to forgive them to cancel, that’s trouble.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 97 helpful votes 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

James 4:4 ESV / 10 helpful votes 

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

To be a troublemaker spiritually and prophetically speaking is to stir things up, to flip the script, to inject a virus in the algorithm of unrighteousness.

I prophesy a generation of troublemakers rising up. 

I prophesy a generation of Elijah type righteous holy truth centered love filled troublemakers rising up. 

Let the troublemakers please stand up!

Somebody shout “Here comes trouble!”God will bless you in the presence of those that broke you. God will fill you in the presence of those that forsook you. God will use you in the presence of those that refused you. God will lift you up in the presence of those that brought you down.God will promote you in the presence of those that persecuted you. God will crown you in the presence of those that canceled you. God will shine on you in the presence of those that shunned you.
Yes it’s really me! 

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