From the Sermon Thought...

AFTER: What To Do AFTER Changes Occur


What To Do When Changes Occur                
(I Kings 19:11-18; emphasis on 15-18)

15 The Lord said to him [Elijah], “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

          Life's changes are uncomfortable, unavoidable, but often very purposeful. In this focal scripture, God revealed the purpose for the changes which He caused in Elijah's life & ministry. Consequently, Elijah did greater works AFTER God's changes in his life, than prior to these changes. As a matter of fact, the miracles which God allowed Elijah to accomplish prior to his change were for God to reveal Godself to Elijah, to prove to the extent of Elijah's spiritual gifts to himself, to expose the false prophets of Baal, as well as to prove to others that Elijah was God's prophet. As followers of God, if we follow the many biblical principles available to us, we will do greater works in God's Kingdom AFTER our spiritual changes than we did prior to our spiritual change.


1. List the recent life-changes which have occurred in your world?

2. Have you prayed for God to reveal the meaning and purpose for these changes?

3. After understanding just a little about God's purpose in your changes, how can you adjust your reception and actions to these changes, in such a way that God will be pleased and you will be able to share your experience and benefit others?


Revs. Troy & Theresa Denson