REPAIRING THE ALTAR OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE
1 Kings 18:30, “Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come near to me.”So all the people came near to him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.”
Before you can experience the manifestation of God in your life, and before there can be fire of revival in your life, ministry and church, there is need to repair the altar of God in your life. The altar of God in our lives is the level of our commitment, consecration and separation unto God – the center of our attention and priorities. We need to totally reconsecrate, recommit ourselves to God in repentance from all sins and to holiness; we need to separate ourselves from ungodliness, worldliness, compromise and care of this world.
To repair the altar, the first thing to do is REPENTANCE. 2 Chronicles7:14, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” The second thing is SEPARATION. We must separate ourselves from sin, worldly attachments and the cares of this world.
1 Samuel 7:3, 4,“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” The third thing to do is CONSECRATION, to seek the Lord His word and prayer. Acts 6:4, “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Then the fire will fall into our lives, our family, and ministries and in the church.
To keep the fire burning, there is need for COMMITMENT. We must commit ourselves into pleasing God, into holiness and righteousness. We must commit ourselves in LOVE for one another. Selfishness, self-centeredness, is cold water that quenches fire of God in lives and ministries. When the love of brethren waxes cold, the fire of revival is put out; disunity quenches the spirit and quickens self.
One of the major reasons there is no revival and fire of God in many lives, many ministries and churches, even after they have consecrated themselves unto God, and separated themselves from sins; the reason is lack of love – selfishness. The fire of God can never fall or burn on the altar void of love. Love keeps the altar dry for fire to burn, without love for one another and sharing with one another, one cannot experience fire of revival no matter how prayerful or pure one is. Songs of Solomon 8:7.
In the Acts of Apostles, the church experienced continuous great revival because of great love among them. Love does not come by just preaching love but by practicing love. Without practical love there can NEVER be the move of God’s power in a family or church, let them pray and fast for 120 days. The early church experienced mighty power of God in their services and fellowship not by long fasting but by love, sharing accomplished with holiness.
Acts 4:33-37“And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. 36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, 37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
Many Christians want the fire of God in their lives, many ministers greatly desire power of God to manifest in their ministrations and every church long for fire of revival, they take more time to pray and pray and fast for it; some go to mountain, long days of fasting,different prayers and program for revival, but why are they not seeing their signs? It is because of selfishness and self-centeredness. If you are really ready for the fire of revival in your life, you will not allow the things of this world to attract you, will not be running after latest cars, phones and other stuffs; you will not be absorbed with earthly projects of buying or building houses that you will not be able to bountifully share with your brethren, family and friends.
The people in the Acts of Apostles sold their houses and land and shared, but you are busy with how to buy and build and you want to experience the same fire of God? It does not work that way.
Churches who claim holiness without love and sharing among themselves will never experience fire of revival in their midst.1 John 4:7, “ Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God;and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” As a child of God, when you freely share with all, you will definitely experience the fire of revival in your life, family and ministry.
FIRE OF REVIVAL, SHOWERS OF RAIN
When there is revival in the land, in our lives, abundant of rain ensued. Shower of rains of salvation, many people turning to Christ,and lives being transformed for Christ. Shower of rains of healing,deliverance and all blessings in our lives and in our land. 1 Kings18:41, 45, “Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for thereis the sound of abundance of rain.” “Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel.”
Repentance from every sin, separation from every worldly attachment, commitment to watchfulness, holiness, truth, righteousness, love and consistent prayer keep the fire of revival burning in us, in our families and in our ministries.
We need the fire of God for us to be fervent for God, and for the works of Satan to be consumed in our midst and through our ministrations. 1 Kings 18:38, “Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.”
Our heavenly Father, we come before you again, we humble ourselves before You. We ask you to forgive us all our sins as we repent, we ask You to cleanse us with the precious Blood of Your Son Jesus Christ. And we ask You to send Your fire of revival upon us to consume every work of Satan in our lives and quicken us in Your work. Revive us again and cause us to rejoice in You forever. We ask in Jesus Christ name. Amen
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