Saturday, July 5, 2014

Open Heavens Devotional for July 5, 2014: NEW ALTAR BENEFITS

TOPIC: NEW ALTAR BENEFITS 

Memorise: For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Read: 1 Kings 18:30-39
30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.



Message:
Several benefits become accessible after you have pulled down all satanic altars, repaired the altar of the Lord and built a new altar unto God. First, you will be able to have your prayers answered instantly, according to Psalm 50:14-15. Also, your offering will be accepted as was the case with Abel in Genesis 4:3-5. One reason many prayers go unanswered is because for too long, the altars on which such prayers are offered are in disrepair. God is not just interested in your request but in the state of your heart and life. Another benefit is that your potentials will be activated. When the fire fell on Mount Carmel, it took up the offering to Heaven and consumed the firewood, turning the wood into fire. Every wood has the potential of becoming fire, which is a blessing in cooking and warming people’s homes. Within you, there is the potential of being a blessing to your generation and the world. God did not just create you to eat, drink and dress up; He created you for a definite purpose. The actualisation of your potentials will be determined by the state of your altar. How long will you neglect God’s altar? How long will you leave it in disarray?

A new altar will equally bring an end to hardship. When the fire fell on Mount Carmel, not only did the fire consume the firewood, it also consumed the rocks. A rock is a symbol of hardship. In other words, when obedience is adequately mobilised in the atmosphere of purity, it becomes a powerful weapon that breaks in pieces the toughest of rocks. This also tells us that the things men consider to be weak can actually be stronger than what they consider strong. Are you allowing this seemingly weak tool to break down the rock of hardship in your life? The Lord will terminate every hardship you may be going through presently in Jesus’ Name. In addition, the fire licked the water. If you repair the altar of the Lord and build a new altar, you will never be in sorrow again as His fire will dry up your tears. Hence, Psalm 30:5 says,

“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

When you repair the broken altar and build another one, you are only helping yourself. Arise today and take out the things that have worked against God’s altar and begin to repair it now. Take out lies, lack of seriousness, excuses of lack of time, prayerlessness, etc. Ask God to rekindle you today.

Prayer Point: Father, let me know the changes I need to effect to make your altar what you want it to be.

Bible in a Year: Numbers 25:1-27:11; Psalm 147

 Source: OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL, VOLUME 14, 2014 by Pastor E.A Adeboye of RCCG

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