06 November 2018

The Broken Altar

"And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, "Israel shall be your name." Then with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord; and he made a trench around the altar large enough to hold two seahs of seed. And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, "Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood." Then he said, "Do it a second time," and they did it a second time; and he said, "Do it a third time," and they did it a third time. So the water ran all around the altar; and he also filled the trench with water." 1 Kings 18:31-35

Elijah had no prophets with him. Afraid of King Ahab and his devilish wife Jezebel they were hidden in caves.  Although he was alone on that mountain, he was doing the will of God and this made all the difference.

I would like to draw your attention to the important fact that before Elijah started his prayer, he repaired the Altar. Unlike Elijah, there are many out there presenting their prayers, offerings and what seem to be sacrifices on a broken altar (life) -- an Altar overwhelmed with sins, grudges, pride, disobedience, lack of faithfulness, idolatry, and so much more. Thus, there is no fire. Their lives are stuck, their prayers go unanswered, there is no life, no fire.

Please note that when people get to this point, they start having doubts and doubts are dangerous, because they cause people who believe to give in, to hide ... just like the prophets in the days of Elijah did, they become defeated and weak (1 Kings 18:13).  Can such people with this kind of faith overcome the devil or anything at all?  Of course not!

I assume that you, as a member of the church, as an assistant or even a pastor, that you have been praying a lot, fasting and evangelising, but have you considered the state of your altar?

This question requires your full attention. While you keep your Altar in such a deplorable condition, life will be what it has always been ... stuck!

Just like a body infected with the flu virus is completely wiped out, your faith, strength and courage will be wiped out as well. And that is when you start wavering between two thoughts, having doubts, spiritual confusion, being disobedient and so on.

Now comes the decision you need to take in order to change the chaos that your faith is in!

Repair the Altar! Confess your sins to God, go back to your first love, replace the bad actions with the good ones.

Once your Altar is repaired, your faith will be strong, your life will have meaning once again. There will be no more doubts, no more fear.

The plan for redemption is ready. God is on standby to pour His Spirit upon you, but first, you need to repair your Altar. This means to get rid of the old life and embrace the new one God has in store for you.

After the Altar was repaired, the fire came down. What do you think will happen to you when you repair yours?

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. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!" 1 Kings 18:38-39

God bless you

Marcelo Pires

Universal Church


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